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First Ski

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First Ski - 2
First Ski - 2
First Ski - 2
First Ski - 2Winter weather is here!  Two boys and I found opportunity to go out for our first ski of the season this past weekend.   And, I went out with all three boys after school yesterday.  Our daughter started her first day of practice on the nordic ski team yesterday.    

These images highlight the afternoon darkness that is setting in this time of year, the sunset currently is around 4:30 and will continue to creep earlier until the winter solstice.   

We are bracing ourselves for a long winter, but we are ready with our gear and activities to get us through.

Minnesota Parent Column - October

MNP 1018_CoverRGBThe October issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column in this month's education issue, are all about ways to enrich learning at home:

Minnesota Parent - October - Megan Devine

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Find the online link to my column---> HERE.


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As always - thanks for reading!

Around Here


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Ski 5



Although we are experiencing some sub zero temperatures, we are finding our way outdoors.    We have a solid base of snow for cross country skiing and between after-school ski practices, MYSL and weekend outings, we're logging a fair amount of kilometers on the trail.

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Coffee shop 2

Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts


We are staying warm, even given our recent sub-zero temperature cold snap.   We recently tried out a new coffee shop in town with a welcoming atmosphere after a cold and snowy ski.  We have been keeping ourselves busy inside, the kids experimenting with duct tape crafts, the mama with some knitting projects.  On these winter days we are also savoring summer blueberries and backyard maple syrup with pancake breakfasts.

Wishing you a great start to your week!

solstice ski



IMG_1085Yesterday I took the opportunity to take an after school ski with my four.  

This year already we are going a little bit farther, the older two setting off on their own course with the added comfort and connection of a cell phone, and me with the younger two.

A lovey late afternoon in the woods enjoying above zero temps and a beautiful sunset.   

Happy Solstice Friends!

After schooling - Memory Wire Beading







Earlier this week we had an opportunity to take part in a Memory Wire Jewelry Class at our local library.  It was a fun and enriching part of our day!  It was great to have this (free) experience to look forward to - and even more fun to participate and to learn some new ideas for a fun and easy project.  The best part, of course, was the lovely jewelry that we were able to create and take home!

We love and value our library!

Keep Calm and Carry On








Keep Calm and Carry On 

That is my strategy for well-being today.

With gratitude for the life that I am able to live a life grounded in simplicity and rooted with our efforts teach and live from our core family values of honesty, fairness, compassion and trust.   

Spreading love and light from our little corner of the world.


pumpkining in kindergarten








Here are a few snapshots from short, busy and fun week in kindergarten.  

In the lesson plans were:  pumpkin investigations!

Monday:  Pumpkin seeds (My garden was generous this year I grew 16 pie pumpkins - and I had a couple donations - so each student was able to investigate their own pumpkin.  I brought home one 5 gallon bucket of pumpkin "guts" for the chickens - and two 5 gallon buckets of cut and seeded pumpkins.

Monday night:  The kindergarten teacher (and husband) roasted pumpkin seeds, the kindergarten teacher also bandaged the blisters that she got from slicing and cutting the tops off of 18 pumpkins.

Tuesday:  Roasting pumpkins.   In class we roasted a crockpot full of sliced and seeded pumpkins throughout the day, sharing with the kiddos one way pumpkins can be cooked.

Tuesday night:  Roasting pumpkins - I had two crock pots going at home roasting pumpkins overnight and during the daytime to make the most of our harvest.

Wednesday: Pumpkin puree and pumpkin smoothies.  In class I showed the kids what part of the pumpkin that we make into pumpkin puree and we celebrated our efforts by making (and enjoying) pumpkin smoothies.

Wednesday night:  Before we went out and celebrated our anniversary, I finished up making pumpkin puree from all of the baked pumpkins.  I was able to put up over 26 cups of fresh pumpkin.  (I freeze it in 2 cup servings in quart freezer bags.)

Another successful year of pumpkining at home and school - done!

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Now I just need to make it through a Halloween on a Monday night.

If you are looking for some pumpkin inspired ideas, check out my recent post on

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Spending our time after-schooling this week outdoors together.

We “afterschool” in our family by enriching pockets of time with our children outside of the school day, nurturing experiences that encourage mindfulness, family connection, curiosity and play.

We are noticing the colors of the fall leaves are gaining momentum as the season of autumn progresses, and with a reprieve from some wet weather we were able to observe a variety of mushrooms making appearances along our hike.

I encourage you to join me in my efforts to spend time with your child after-schooling, with the intent to live a life grounded with with purpose, balance, connection and joy!



After-schooling -week 2







We had another full week of school and  - a lovely week of after-schooling.  


We “afterschool” in our family by enriching pockets of time with our children outside of the school day, nurturing experiences that encourage family connection, curiosity and play.

This week we spent time together:  hiking, cooking, eating, coloring, biking - just to name a few things-

I encourage you to join me in after-schooling, living with purpose, balance, connection and joy!