My most reliable kitchen assistant right now is Huckley. Nearly every meal, he may be found with freshly scrubbed hands, still drying them, and asking, "Can I help, mama?" Of course! He likes to chop all sorts of things, and running outside to the Kitchen Garden for greens is a nightly ritual. I am so very grateful my kids like to be in the kitchen with me, looking to help and casually sharing conversation.
We are garden sitting for some friends of ours who offered us half their strawberry harvest if we collect their berries regularly. Last year they put away 100 lbs of the yummy fruit, so we were happy to lend a hand...or four pairs of hands, really. Our first night, we made a strawberry rhubarb pie with two helpers eager to roll dough and sample sweetness (big brother was finishing up some end of year homeschool work).
Also, this week...we are finishing up the last bits of homeschooling. We seem to always de-rail a little for the last few months of school while the gardens emerge from the snow in March. This year, we let a few things go in exchange for some good outdoor play and learning, requiring a little more effort right now while the gardens are somewhat under "control". I want to remember this when I'm planning next year, because really, outdoors is where we all want to be after a long winter.
So while schoolwork is wrapping up, there is always some of this...
driving a bus together
Forrest continues to love carving. Often, it is spears or knives for battle, but he will also eagerly sharpen anyone's pencils, too.
Sunshine called me to the table one night this week to show me a flower arrangement she had made on a piece of clay she scultped. She spent several minutes while I waited to make me the perfect heart to complete her spontaneous "gift". She is a very generous and thoughtful one, this girl of mine.
And this photo is classic Huckley...dressed up in (clean) laundry by his siblings amdist huge peals of laughter...
Enjoy your weekend, friends...happy Solstice and may the sun shine brightly on all those you hold dear!