February days

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 13: big snow, again; much shoveling (and wondering if someday we might invest in a snow blower); one stuck car (mine, trying to back out the driveway); children out early from school; dog so happy to go out one door and come back in another, around and around; two walks through the woods, in an effort to tire out said dog; snow turning to icy rain; and a mad dash past bedtime by the only one of us left who gives out Valentine's Day cards to 21 children in her class. We were happy, Clementine included, to sleep.

February 14: wishing you calm weather, a very happy Valentine's Day, and if, like us, school's out next week, a little break from your everyday February routine. xoxo


Thursday, February 6, 2014

"One winter morning, Peter woke up and looked out the window.
Snow had fallen during the night.
It covered everything as far as he could see."
~ Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day

Yesterday morning, we woke up to snow covering everything as far as the eye could see. The kids slept late and then spent the day outside, Clementine was in snow heaven, and we're expecting more on Sunday. We may not be as happy at the end of June, when school is still in session because of too many snow days, but for this moment, with a winter wonderland out our window, it's good.

And then to sleep.

Bits and pieces

Monday, February 3, 2014

Four things I'm loving right now:

This book and this book. "The One and Only Ivan" is written for children, but if you were to ask me for a very short list of favorite books, this would be on it. Meanwhile, "The Goldfinch" is keeping me up much too late at night.

This is not a painting (or, rather, a print of a painting) of my children, but it could be, and it makes me think of them every time I look at it. I bought it from this Etsy shop.

This spoon, made in a 6th grade woodworking class. Like Ivan, it's a one and only.

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