Snippets that I want to remember...
~ a little boy who follows his big brother around with awe in his eyes and love in his heart
~ our poor dog who went firewooding with Papa and Forrest, only to come back with a huge gash in her chest...thank goodness for neighbours who can do stitches in exchange for a bottle of whiskey and for other neighbours with extra dog cones, even if they are returned this tattered and held together with lots of duct tape
~ our little 3 year old goes to bed laying out all his favourite hats on the side car bed (which he is meant to sleep in but always ends up cuddled next to me like a little barnacle ~ love!)
~ we are getting about 4 eggs a day now, in hues of brown, white speckled and green. It is like Christmas, checking the nesting boxes several times a day. I don't think it will grow old for me, this excitement over fresh eggs to be discovered amongst the bedding, as I've had gardens for years and years, and I am always delighted and excited each morning to go for a wander and peek on what is new and emerging. Fresh eggs are like that. To make sure it is fair for everyone involved, this is how the kids go to the coop, holding hands together so no one can get there too soon. Makes me laugh as I watch them from the house, running across the bridge over the creek and to the chickens. Then they line up by the boxes and wait til everyone is ready, and then lift the lid to see what gifts the hens have bestowed.
~ doctor play continues to be a favourite game around here. All three seem to play so well lately, elaborate make-believe games that go on for hours, sometimes all day. There have been many times this week when there were groans when I mentioned going outside because they wanted to keep playing...until I mentioned that the king and his knights could go on a quest for golden eggs...they were out the door faster than I could get my own gear on! I am finding stretches of time to myself during the day, and the house is getting tidier (for a short while, at least). Today, I found a half hour to make cookies even, much to the delight of these three.
~ my sister is learning how to help care for my daughter and her diabetes. Afterwards, we have the pleasure of spending time with cousin Franny, who is always up for fun! She is a favourite around here, and all five of us sat down for some handwork time together...pure bliss!
And perhaps the most exciting event of all, Sunshine has learned to knit, too! In September, we dyed some wool for her and then I spun it up. All we were waiting for was a cozy afternoon in November to sit down and learn how to use the wooden needles she made herself. Within ten minutes, she was off and running...and not wanting to put it down. At dinner, she wolfed down her food so she could scoop up her knitting basket and bring it to the table. After bath, she was found on her bed, knitting while her brothers were brushing their teeth. A few weeks later, she isn't as passionate about picking it up, but when she is so inspired, it is there for her.