Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bees and Butterflies need to take baths too

We've actually been back from our vacation for a week now. It's taken that long to get back into the groove of being home and doing activities. It still feels like summer vacation. Just before we left for our trip A.-girl and I decided to give the Bees and Butterflies a place to take a bath. The birds can't have all the fun! I had a couple of bucket-fulls of nice smooth river rocks that were used as table decorations at our wedding. They had been sitting around doing nothing so why not become landing pads for Bees and Butterflies to take a drink, cool down and maybe bathe? We also used a beautiful blue ceramic pot tray and a low birdbath holder ( at least that's what I think it is)
All A. had to do was put the rocks in the tray...
(We figured the family rock was one of the most important)
Then put in some water...
and leave the rock tops above the water for the little guys to land on,
and then wait... and wait... and wait...
We're still waiting. No bees or butterflies have graced our bath. Possibly we'll move it to a high bee populated area like under the Sedum plant in the front yard. A.-girl wonders if the water is too cold!?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thanks so much!

Yay! My first honorarium so to speak! Jen from Montessori Beginnings has tagged my blog as one that she enjoys. Thanks so much Jen, you inspire me too!
Conditions of this award are: Tell your readers 10 things about you that they may or may not know, but are true. Tag ten people with the award, and be sure to let them know they have been tagged (a quick comment on their blog will do). Don’t forget to link back to the blogger who tagged you.
Let's see, 10 things about me!?
  1. The sunflowers growing outside my window brighten every morning, so I love sunflowers.
  2. We're seriously considering having another child!
  3. I have an undying passion for raw cacao.
  4. I try to learn something new from nature everyday
  5. I'm learning about wildcrafting so that my family and I can enjoy super nutrient dense food at no cost.
  6. I want to move to the middle of nowhere and live fully self-sustained and off of the grid.
  7. I eat mostly raw foods (until my husband comes home and says "Let's make popcorn"
  8. I am so thankful for the Montessori method. It's given me a way to raise my child with less confusion and self-doubt. Being able to nurture a happy, respectful, resilient and wonder-filled child in this crazy world is such a great relief and blessing.
  9. I miss my Volkswagen van! Now I am going to acquire a Delica or a Toyota Hiace, and fully enjoy the economical advantages of a diesel engine in a fully camperized 4 wheel drive vehicle that can fit many children!
  10. I think my husband is brilliant!
Now comes the really fun and actually hard for me part, tagging 10 other blogs that I really respect and enjoy. I don't find that I have enough time to frequent and find many montessori inspired blogs so I'll list 5 of the ones that I don't see listed on other blogs too often but that I love (They are mostly crafty blogs but they have wonderful ideas:
  1. filth wizardry: So many great craft and activity ideas. Her kids have a super duper time!
  2. one inch world: Crafty, creative and fun
  3. over the crescent moon: Honest, real and real fun
  4. little eyes on nature: A beautiful blog about sharing nature with children. The blog author is also the principal of two montessori pre-schools which she calls enviro-nature pre-schools. Awesome!
  5. Sadly lost blog!: Oh NO! I was so happy to link whoever visits here to this blog. It is a spectacular kids art blog but I have lost the link and name. ;0( I must find it again and if I do I will definitely mention it then). It's too good to not spread the word!