Last week was all about our cruise in the Caribbean, while this week can be summed up in two words: POTTY TRAINING! I barely have any pictures of the week since we imprisoned ourselves indoors to practice, practice, practice. I’ve been doing a LOT of laundry! I felt like I had a newborn again, as I got up several times a night to change sheets and jammies! We have made really significant progress since we started on Saturday. It is so nice to have one child out of diapers!
The weather has been less than ideal for being outdoors! The cold temperatures and freezing wind have made it nearly impossible to be out and about. Today is a nice break, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50’s, (after a bout of lows in the single digits!), so we are soaking up outside as much as we can! I signed up for a blog program that encourages kids to love outdoors. For the month of November we get daily emails with ideas of discovering nature, called “Fall Outside.” So far, we haven’t been able to participate in many of the suggested activities with the bitter cold weather and gale winds, and then potty training, but yesterday we turned over a new leaf and went on a hunt for colors of the rainbow in nature! It was fun! Nathan discovered the corn cob for red, and I remembered that one of our asparagus varieties produces red berries, some orange-ish leaves from a fruit tree, freeze dried yellow flowers from my flower garden that needs to be cleaned out, greenish-blue spruce stems and leftover purple cabbage leaves. Nathan was excited to show Dan our creation when he got home from work.
Since we spend more time indoors, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about a “routine” of free play, coloring/painting/play-doh or baking, reading, outside time, chores and music time. I downloaded free easy piano music of children’s songs and we’ve been singing along and the kids play drums or bells while I play and sing “This Little Light of Mine”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Since we don’t have lambs, we got creative and used our own names with goats and cats. So….Nathan had a little goat, little goat, little goat. Nathan had a little goat, whose fleece was brown as dirt. OR Natalie had a little cat, little cat, little cat. Natalie had a little cat whose fur was black as night. Or something to that effect. 🙂
My friend Berty got me back into soap making, and she whipped up a batch of hot process pure tallow soap yesterday afternoon in the crock pot. Today I am slicing it out of the mold and then it will cure for a week. It’s such a fascinating process! I made cold process goat’s milk soap 2 years ago, but I have forgotten what to do even though I have all the equipment. And the math! It’s a good thing they have online soap calculators!
In N&N news, Nathan is talking so well with past tense sentences and starting to use personal pronouns, like I, you, and me correctly. He’s getting to the age where his mind is very imaginative, and so he tells stories that aren’t true. So while they can be amusing and funny, our work is cut out for us in helping him understand what is “truth” and what is “make believe.” Natalie is a riot. She laughs hysterically at herself when she nods her head. Yes! That’s it. No toys or funny sounds. Just crawling along on the way to a crumb on the floor, stops and flops her head forward and laughs and does it again! Nathan and Natalie like to play under the table, crawling around after each other, and we built a fort out of chairs and blankets in the living room on Sunday night.
Thanksgiving is just a week away and I am hosting my parents before they go on their own Caribbean cruise. Then on Friday we will spend time with the other side. So now it’s all about menu planning! How to cook the sacred turkey. What sides? Traditional or non-traditional? What’s for dessert and how many pies should there be? I love Thanksgiving food…sweet potatoes, cranberries, leftover turkey sandwiches, and pumpkin pie! Yum!
So, in the spirit of gratefulness, I am thankful for this beautiful sunny day where we can play outside!
And that’s the news from this no-pictures-potty-training week on the farm!