February is here with the drip, drip, driiiiiiiiiip of melting snow, the chattering of chickadees, and the discovery of muddy ground showing through here and there. Where we live, it'd be foolish to think Old Man Winter has packed up and headed north, but this pleasant interlude between flurries is most welcome!
This week, we headed to a local epic sledding hill with another homeschooling family. Forrest tried a real snowboard and was up and going...all that practice on a No-Board proved very helpful.
Back home, there was a little relaxing and a whole lotta fort play.
I keep meaning to post about our homeschool happenings, and then I get immersed in, well, homeschool activities. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to doing that. However, I will say that I think one of the biggest challenges this winter has been to actually carve out the time to do four mornings of schooling each week. We are so busy with various programs (Herb Club, Art at the Shack, Aikido, and Guitar lessons), in addition to playdates and time with Papa when he is home from the mountains...that we squeeze in a little here and a little there. But it is so enoyable for both Forrest and me, and I'd like to write more about it soon!
This picture reminds me so much of myself when I was younger. Forrest is so addicted to his dot-to-dot puzzles, he finds a moment to finish one up outside while waiting for his brother and sister to get ready to go to guitar lesson.
Earlier in the week, we also visited some friends down the road who have a few too many of something we are wanting right now. Well, I am wanting and everyone else is on board...
Josh and I have been dreaming into our future here, and wanting to finally, finally! get some critters for our little 5 acre parcel. The chicken coop is still in progress, though Forrest has some layers coming his way from another farm this spring. But oh! Icelandic sheep are all I dream about right now. While this beautiful ewe is staying put, we will begin fencing this year in hopes of some lambies of our own in the not-too-distant future.
And my favourite photo of the week was taken just yesterday. One little boy, needing a little comfort, found some solace in his Papa's big, strong arms. I cannot express how wonderful it is to have Josh around on these precious, few and far between winter days.