We’ve enjoyed a nice, cozy morning at home. I just returned from visiting my dad in the hospital. His heart surgery went well, and he’s re-gaining strength and getting around even better than expected. I was thrilled to have time with him and my mom and glad that I could leave him knowing he was doing as well as anyone could a few days after such an ordeal. Now I’m glad to be back with my girls enjoying a homey morning.
After breakfast, we did some good ole housecleaning. Vacuuming was a priority, but we manged to also get some dusting done using Mama’s trick from All of a Kind Family. I hide buttons and M finds them as she dusts. She absolutely loves this game, and we’ve been using it for months. The buttons combined with a long reaching swiffer duster turn dusting into entertainment and give me a chance to get another chore done.
After the house was clean not quite as dirty, we started our work time. We got through several pages in M’s math workbook and M practiced writing her numbers. I could tell that M was getting restless and C had stopped playing and climbed into my lap so we pulled out our dark blue silkie, transformed it into Brigid’s cloak, wrapped it around M and sat on the couch to read Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan.
We followed our reading with a short discussion of the many of the things people are celebrating at the beginning of February, St. Brigid’s Day, Candelmas, Groundhog Day, signs of spring like the birth of lambs and the blossoming of crocuses.
We sat down at the computer and found a You Tube clip of Punxsutawney Phil making this year’s prediction of six more weeks of winter. Next we made cookie candles similar to these at Catholic Cuisine. We took the suggestion of using a candy corn for the flame, and we didn’t make holders, because I didn’t need cream puffs or a bag of mini doughnuts sitting around the house 🙂 The girls held a cookie candle, and I held a real one, and we had a short candle procession before we sat down and ate our cookies.
Revived from our snack, C raced off to play with our animal bin, and M went over the week’s sight words and read a book to me. We considered what to do next (art? music? a game? a read-aloud) and settled on working some puzzles including a new Safari one that fit great with the African animal exploration we’ve been doing. While we worked, we listened to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos #2, #3, and #5. I was inspired by Melissa’s Wiley’s Bach post to pull out our Bach recordings and familiarize the girls with his work.
After lunch, I settled C for a nap,and M and I played with Groovy Girls, something we haven’t had out in awhile. Then I read a few books from our latest library stack, and she headed to her room for quiet time. We’ve got a playdate scheduled for the afternoon with some friends who’ve been out of town. What a nice way to start the week – some play, some work, lots of learning, and soon, some friends we’ve missed.