June 10, 2014

Blogging Break

Well, hey there, dear friend!   After a close to a decade of blogging, I've decided that I'm ready to move on to other adventures. I'm leaving this blog here in case I change my mind - which I am prone to do - but I'm going to focus my energies in other directions for a time.

Thanks for sharing so many lesson plans and adventures with me over the years!  I've loved getting to know so many of you, and even meeting blog friends in person when you travel through.  It's been a good time and I am so honored to have met and/or corresponded with so many innovative and energetic parents who are forging amazing paths around the world.  

I'm still posting our activities and adventures on Instagram.  It's all of the pretty without all of the time commitment, so I'm pretty happy with that venue for sharing.  I look forward to seeing you there, at http://instagram.com/mommaskyla   

Bye for now!

June 9, 2014

Kids Cook Monday : Turtle Bread and Herb Exploration

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I may have taken time off of blogging, but we sure didn't take time off from having the kids in the kitchen!  

We went to the wetlands many times to look at the various critters, we checked out a wetlands kit from
the extension office that was full of wetland story books, identification cards and charts, and all kind of other good stuff that we didn't get around to utilizing.  


Our kitchen focus has been bread making, so we decided to integrate that into our thematic unit and make some turtle shaped bread.


With whatever bread recipe you like, let it rise once normally, then shape it, let it rise a second time, and then glaze and season before baking.


To make a turtle, separate about one fourth of your dough for the head, tail, and limbs.  The rest is just a ball for the shell.  Take kitchen scissors and snip a pattern into the shell.  You can snip the eyes and mouth as well.  Don't be afraid to snip deep, as you will lose some of your shape in the second rise.


I asked the kids what herbs they might like to have on top of their turtle, and they looked at me in silence.  They had no clue.  So we paused and had a little fun letting them open every single herb bottle we own and smell it - maybe taste a flake or two, and agree on what they thought might be a favorable combination. This turned out to be a great exercise. It gave me lots of ideas for future herb lessons.

They settles on basil and Parmesan cheese over the egg wash.  It was the tastiest turtle ever!

To see what other families are up to in the kitchen, pop over to the Kids Cook Monday site.  Happy Mondays!

June 4, 2014

Finally Home

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We're all moved into a temporary rental house in our new town and life feels suddenly blissful in a way that it hasn't in years.  I can't put into words just how healthy this move feels for our family. After a month spent reflecting, I'm still not sure I've identified all the ways that our last living situation changed our family for better, for worse, and likely forever.

As we are building new rhythms in our healthier landscape, I can't help but ask myself how this blog space will reflect the shift.  Right before the move, I was toying with the idea of not blogging anymore.  It felt like just one more stressor in an already overextended daily routine.  One more place that I was putting myself out there for scrutiny when I already felt under the microscope in my non-virtual existence.  One more thing that needed to get done.

But after taking May off to settle into our new scene, I found that I missed sharing in this space.  And as my daily family routines start to find a more sustainable balance, my day seems to have natural space for sharing again.  And at the very same time, my heart seems to be healing and softening and more open.  There seems to be the potential here for this space to be a creative outlet again instead of one more thing that needs to get marked off the to-do list.

So I'm feeling renewed in many ways and I'm happy to get back to sharing that with you.  Perhaps in some different way that I did before, but sharing none the less.  It's good to be back!

May 2, 2014

May Moving Break

We made it to Corvallis, friends!  We're settling nicely despite the fact that our moving truck has yet to arrive.  We're sleeping on camping cots and in the floor, we're taking turns eating meals because we have 3 borrowed dishes that we're taking turns with, and we're schooling exclusively from workbooks so that the kids can work independently for a while as I set up utilities, study maps, and fill out forms for everything from homeschooling to mail box key access.  There's a lot of paperwork involved in a move!

So I suspect that I won't be blogging much in May.  We are considering not even bothering to set up internet at our rental since we hope our house sells soon and we can move on to a house of our own.  That means library visits will be my only computer time.  

But once we're settled in, I'll have all kinds of new an exciting adventure stories to share. So check back!  And who knows? Maybe the library will prove an excellent blogging location.  But with 3 kids in tow, I somehow doubt it.  

Hugs and love from one happy camper in Oregon!  See ya soon!
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