A Day of Snowed-In Fun

A Day of Snowed-In FunThis past week we had a lot of snow.  In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in.  My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.

 

While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading

Springtime Snow

Springtime Snow

Springtime in Colorado comes with a wide variety of weather.  Earlier this week, we were enjoying the sunshine and my boys were outside playing with water balloons.

 

Today we woke up to snow that sat higher than my little guy’s waist.  We’ve had well over 2 feet fall at our house.  This next week, forecasters are calling for temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. … Continue reading

Spring Egg Fun

Spring Egg Fun
2 dozen brightly-colored eggs, ready for hiding.

Yesterday my boys decorated two dozen Spring Eggs so they would be ready for today’s scavenger hunt. (We use THIS simple recipe for Homemade Egg Dye).

 

Today I’ll hide the eggs, and the boys will follow their set of clues until they have found them all. We find this is a great way to keep things fun while also making it so the older one doesn’t wind up with most of the eggs.… Continue reading

Life: Welcoming our First Big Snowfall

Life: Welcoming our First Big Snowfall
The view from our deck this morning.

This may not be our first snowfall of the season (our first snow was only a dusting), but today we woke up to our first snowfall with more than a symbolic significance.

 

This morning when we looked out the windows, we saw several inches of snow. It blanketed the trees, covered the deck, and was plenty to spend multiple sessions playing in throughout the day.… Continue reading

Celebrating our First Snowfall of the Season

Celebrating our First Snowfall of the Season
We woke up this morning to a dusting of snow, our first of the season.

We’ve known that the first snowfall of the season could hit at any time for a while now. We’ve had it snow as early as September here at our Rocky Mountain home, so making it until early November without snow actually feels a bit luxurious.

 

Last month my 6-year-old excitedly asked if we could celebrate the first snowfall with sledding and making maple candy.… Continue reading

Autumn

Autumn
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The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

–Emily Dickinson, Autumn

 

Autumn is here. Beautiful, crisp, a final celebration before our little part of the world fades into the renewing slumber of winter.… Continue reading

How I’m preparing for Cold and Flu Season

How I'm preparing for Cold and Flu SeasonFall is here, winter is approaching, and already I’m hearing lots of people sniffling and coughing. We’re all spending more time indoors, and heaters are coming on more frequently. The season of colds and flu seems to be settling in.

 

While I firmly believe that a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are the best ways to keep our bodies healthy, I also keep some other natural immune system supports and remedies around our house in order to help our bodies if we’re exposed to a virus or if we feel ourselves coming down with something.… Continue reading

Fall, Leaves, Fall: How we Welcomed the Change of the Seasons

Fall, Leaves, Fall: How we Welcomed the Change of Seasons
My 6-year-old looking at the yellow aspen as we rode horses through the mountains (he’s following behind our trail guide).

Fall, leaves, fall

By Emily Brontë

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.… Continue reading

Decorating Spring Eggs (+ egg dye recipe)

Decorating Spring Eggs (+ egg dye recipe)

With Easter on its way next weekend, we’ve been seeing eggs, bunnies, and chicks everywhere (not to mention a plethora of goods containing huge amounts of sugar, and even more insidiously lots of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, unhealthy oils, genetically modified soy, and chemical preservatives).

We avoid bringing unhealthy sweets into our celebrations, including our celebration of the rebirth of the natural world around us in the Spring.… Continue reading

How we Welcomed Spring

How we Welcomed Spring

A couple of weeks ago, my 6-year old announced that he wanted to do something special to celebrate spring’s arrival. Spring arrived on a warm, clear, sunny day. Here’s how we welcomed the change of seasons:

How we Welcomed Spring

We forced tulip bulbs. It’ll be a while before outdoor tulips will bloom in our mountain yard. But we bought a bunch of tulip bulbs, placed them in a large glass vase with a small amount of water, and watched them sprout and grow.… Continue reading