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We put away winter jackets and snow pants.  It was warm enough to run in shorts.  Then we got winter weather again.    It was a beautiful weekend, the ice is officially off many lakes, but I woke up to snow this morning.   Today's scheduled track meet was canceled due to the snow.
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I have chicks hatching in my classroom!   These three hatched Sunday night and another one during the school day for all of the kids to see.   I am posting some more pictures and videos on my instagram account if you want to check it out!

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?



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Our big excitement on the homestead this week is that:

We have a sauna!

My husband has been putting in a lot of time and energy and has created this beautiful and functional space for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

The invitation to this space and this experience could not have come at a better time, as the last few weeks have been particularly challenging for me in terms of keeping balanced and managing stress.

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As a mother of four children who’s also a kindergarten teacher, I feel like I’ve jumped into the deep end of the pool — in terms of my commitments and responsibility.

Most of the time, this deep end is a wonderful place to be, as I have so many blessings in my life.

But there are waves. Waves, that we, as parents, all experience — not-so-pleasant moments involving our children, our careers, our family and home lives — can be overwhelmingly stressful.  

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About five months ago, my husband and I decided to sell our camper and invest that money in this more permanent space that encourages rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Now we have our sauna - our family resilience builder.

I am beyond grateful that we now have our sauna! The routine of taking a sauna is grounded in simplicity, mindfulness and connection  This avenue for relaxation and and outlet to experience, what the Finns term saunanjälkeinen, the state of rejuvenation that cleanses the mind, body and soul.

 

 


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We have been enjoying time together outdoors on the weekends on the slopes at Giant's Ridge.  We are enjoying alpine skiing and snowboarding - and - this mama even tried snowboarding with the boys this past weekend.

James got out on the lake with his brother ice fishing (and catching!) last weekend a well.

I am finding that when we schedule some time for fun it is a refreshing break from day to day responsibilities. when we schedule time for fun.  Making experiences like these rhythms of our life has is providing opportunity to strengthen our relationship as a family through conversation and play.

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We are getting in the holiday spirit.  As a family we are focusing on advent, we made cookies and put up decorations, including our Christmas tree.

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?

 


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We have been enjoying time together outdoors on the weekends on the slopes at Giant's Ridge.  We are enjoying alpine skiing, snowboarding - and - this mama's new style: telemark skiing.

Zoe and I are spending time on the nordic trails as well.   We are having a lot of fun together and it is good for everyone to get away from the responsibilities of home and have a weekend day of fun.

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It certainly feels like December in kindergarten!   There is lots of energy and excitement.   In December I like to pull out some of my favorite projects and activities to share with the kids.   We are in the process of  hand sewing project with felt and buttons. This week my kids completed a winter birds project (I get a lot of inspiration from Patty Palmer's Deep Space Sparkle site) .   The Kindness Elves have also been visiting our classroom, this week the kids were inspired to make Christmas cards for residents of our local nursing home.   (I love this alternative to the elf on the shelf idea.)  

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James is continuing to make great progress on our sauna building.   We now have an installed stove, a sheet rocked wall and a door!   

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The nordic ski season has begun!  Our daughter competed in her first meet this past week and did great.   We are excited to cheer her on at our first home meet next week!

 

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?


Around Here - A Season In Transition

 

 

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We're still experiencing winter weather. We still have lots of snow, we even were downhill skiing last weekend!   I am hoping that when Spring weather finally does arrive, it will be fast and furious.  Now, bets are on if the ice on the lakes will be melted by the Minnesota fishing opener early May.

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The sap is has started to run again.  We have had several days in the past few weeks that the temperature has not reached above freezing.  Just this week the sap started running again.  I plan on collecting for another week, then I am planning on pulling the spiles and boiling down what I have.  

Kids and Eggs - 9I am leaning into traditional rhythms of Spring.  I have eggs in my classroom incubator and I am reading Charlotte's Web to my kindergarten students.  Usually, this happens after our classroom pancake party, where I share syrup made from the sap we collected from our schoolyard maple trees.   This year there is a little overlap, but I am making sure these fun experiences happen.   We are holding off a little bit on our planting. Our school garden will be ready for transplants any time soon.
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Taking it day by day, with hope and a knowing Spring will be here soon.  Until then, I am working with intention to enjoy the beauty of this season in transition.

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The colors are reflecting the change in the seasons from summer to fall.  Our weather has been rather extreme, hot and humid one day, then cold and rainy another.  

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The garden is producing.  We have had a stretch of warm and humid days which has helped to ripen tomatoes.  I have never has so many ripe tomatoes in the fall!  I have been busy canning tomatoes and making and canning salsa to line our pantry shelves for our family to enjoy.

IMG_0328The bees are hanging in there.  The nectar flow has pretty much ceased in our neck of the woods.  The warm weather has kept the bees active, but hungry.  I made a sloppy candy board with a pollen patty and consolidated the bees into one super recently as I start to prepare and transition them with hope that this colony will make it through our long winter ahead.

Other happenings:

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We are keeping busy following our children in their athletic endeavors.  Fall extra curricular include cross-country running, a kids marathon race and flag football.

RaceI ran too!   I returned to the running scene and completed a local half marathon after having a competition hiatus for the last 13 or so years.  It felt good to accomplish this goal.

BdaySince I have last posted we have also celebrated this special boy's 8th birthday!  

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Oh how our life is rich and full!  This mindful practice of reflecting upon still images serves as a reminder of all of the beauty in my life, especially on difficult days. This simple practice fills me with gratitude and evokes feelings of joy and love.   I invite you to play along.


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6:27 3After several days of cool weather and rain (Sunday we fired up our wood stove it was so cold), we finally had a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors.  We filled it up with a morning outing to a nearby beach then more time outdoors at home, whereas this mama tended to the garden and bees then hiked up our back ridge with the kids in search of ripe berries.  I usually find a few blues before the 4th of July, last year at this time we found a few more than we did today, but we did find some!   It has been a great day to experience the sunshine.


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In the course of a busy day it can be so easy to just go through the motions.  Today, happened to be one of those particularly busy days.  I will spare you all of the details, but I will just spend a moment reflecting on the idea of slowing down and practicing mindfulness in the midst of the chaos.   I know that even on the busiest of days, and perhaps on these days the most, it is important to slow down.  

This afternoon I decided to take just 15 minutes with my camera to capture some gratitude snapshots.   Simple things like a pile of stacked word, a basket full of eggs, or a crooked smile from on of my middles are just enough to elicit a feeling of gratitude, which equates to happiness in my heart.

I encourage you to capitalize on pockets of time in your life and find moments of your own for this simple practice of gratitude.

 

...more thoughts on this on my post on mothering.com