2019 P52, Week 7. Watercolor, Valentine's Day, and Ice. Elyse Rowland, Kalamazoo Michigan Photographer.
Lots of good piled into one week…
Every so often I do a little Homeschool Refresh. We let go of things that aren’t working, keep the things that are, and sometimes we try a few new things. Like watercolor! We recently purchased these watercolor brushes with refillable handles, and they’ve made notebooking so much fun! It’s as simple as untwisting, filling it, and then squeezing water into your paints. You can even use these on the go…they’re marvelous.
The baby is almost always climbing in the windows. I probably should stop him before a windowsill breaks, but I was having too much fun watching the big boys paint in their Wisdom + Joy books.
Remy decided to paint a Duroc pig, an American breed we’ve raised in the past, and plan to raise again this Spring.
River is 4, so sometimes I’ll draw the outline for him, and then he adds color. At the end we sit together, read a few lines about the subject from the book (in this instance, a Porpoise), and then he narrates one or two things he’d like me to write next to his painting (for example, where the creature lives, how large they grow to be, or what they eat.) He absolutely loves going back and looking at these paintings of his, and tells everyone he knows that he “does school with mama everyday.”
So mischievous. That giant smile on his face is because he grabbed several crayons and wrote all over the windows. If you know a good, quick way to remove crayon wax from windows, leave me a comment below. :)
One thing I’ve learned from raising 3 wild boys: they’re experts at removing clothes when you’re not looking…
In the car, he pulls off his socks and boots the minute we pull out of the driveway, and sometimes even bunches his pants up to make them more like shorts. Silly kid ;)
Selling all our baby things. The things I have the hardest time selling are our wraps, slings & carriers. They were my most used baby item… actually, one of the only types of items I really used. I’m a simpleton when it comes to ‘gear’ and prefer to do without. But wearing my babies… nothing brought me more joy than wearing them close. I still carry Rhett (22 months) whenever possible.
This backdoor is my nemesis. I don’t want the clutter of a coat rack, but I also hate coats and boots laying around. I spend half my day picking up mittens and hats and socks and coats, sweeping up dirt that tracked in… but this scene with good ol’ guard dog Waylon laying there… it makes me smile. :)
I’m part of the sweetest little Bible Study and we just started reading through the book of James. I decided to really just enjoy God’s word and pen my favorite words from the passages. I later went back and watercolored the headings of each page while the boys were working on their own notebooks. It feels freeing to not be answering a ton of questions from a study book, and instead to just read and write the Word.
The book off the right side is our new curriculum guide. It’s through Lamp + Light (Salty Tribe Co.) and we’ve only just begun, but I can already tell you this is the right curriculum for us. It’s the same type of rhythm we already had going, but I love that Jane gives book recommendations and tips for each subject. It’s a minimalist curriculum, and allows us to teach the boys based on their interests, as well as tweak it to fit our busy homestead lifestyle (especially during planting season, canning season, and when traveling.) Highly recommend the Salty Tribe Youtube channel. If you’re considering homeschool, or just need some encouragement to do what works best for your family, I think you’ll be encouraged!
This past week we were hit with another ice storm, and the results were magical. As soon as school was finished for the day, we ran outside to play in the woods.
Big brother helping little brother across the bridge. We need to do some bridge repairs this spring. Several times a year, the water flows about a foot above this bridge, which causes damage over time. But this is one of my favorite spots to photograph families, so it’s at the top of my honey-please-do list ;)
Something about chickens in the snow… so pretty.
Isn’t it amazing all the fun textures you see when the earth is covered in ice? I gave myself about 20 minutes to just walk around taking photos of anything that caught my eye, and the following images are the result.
If you’re a creative and get in a rut, I can’t recommend this enough… grab your camera and take photos without thinking about rules, the end result, or anything else… just shoot.
The joy that came out when I shot for fun rather than for results was so worth it. Broke me out of the mold for a few minutes, and I’m better for it.
My husband is amazing. Hours upon hours go into heating our home and water during the winter. This wood = pure love.
I love the colors of these eggs. And Waylon loves the taste ;)
Homemade bread. It’s such a simple thing to make, and I told my husband it’s one of the only things I make that really brings me joy. I love tweaking the recipes, adding herbs, and seeing my family’s happy faces when they pair the crusty bread with one of our favorite soups. This past week we had sausage potato soup with wheat bread — so delicious!
On Thursday we celebrated Valentine’s Day with sweet homeschool friends of ours, the Dame family. Their kids are around our kids ages, so we make sure there’s plenty of playtime (i.e. Nerf Guns & Bey Blades), and then try to squeeze in a yummy snack (usually Remy’s famous popcorn recipe), along with some sort of science or STEM activity.
Remy’s friend Pete did an excellent job leading the group in paper airplane folding. It’s so amazing seeing the talents God has given each of these little people!
They created 3 different airplanes and then flew each. They decided their very first airplane with a specific type of fold was the best. We also talked about how different throwing methods could change the outcome.
This Project 52 is blessing my socks off. Want to see past weeks? You can see more here.