{Daughter Diaries} #47

Daughter Diaries 47 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you recently asked me what my best thing to do is and this right here is it. Living, loving and learning with you girls. Sweet and spontaneous days like this always make up for the tough and the trying days in between. Dear Bubbles, today we laughed and today we cried as your toddler tantrums continue to stretch us both to our limits. But amongst the lows there are also the highs and today I choose to remember the story time snuggles, the early morning giggles and your eager green fingers. Dearest Daughters, may you hold on to the good and let go of the bad, because life is sweetest when it is savoured.

What are some of your favourite childhood memories?

 

{March Gratitudes}

Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For family firsts a snow that sticks.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For new connections and hobbies that give life.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For dates with this one and effortless style.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For surprise incoming and creativity that is contagious.
March Gratitudes 2018 | The Open Home
For love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during March, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #46

Daughter Diaries 46 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, so far you’re making my job as a home educator much easier. You’re eager to learn, quick to help out and basically teaching yourself to read and write – thanks for that! You’re a joy to be around sweetheart and I’m pleased we get to spend our days together, I shall treasure these early years of no pressure learning forever. Dear Bubbles, you sure had us worried for a minute there. Hospital stays with your three year old are never fun, especially when nasty tubes are involved. It did the trick though and 24 hours later you were home and smiling and delighted to be back with your big sister. So thankful to have my noisy, cheeky and contrary little limpet back, even if you do drive me crazy sometimes! Dearest Daughters, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, I will always be right there (probably getting no sleep and a crick in my neck, but I’ll still be right there, because it’s what we mother’s do!).

Anyone else ready for the winter coughs, colds and bugs to be over and done with?

 

{Winter Nature Study}

Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Each week we kickstart our homeschool week with Nature Explorers on a Monday morning and it’s always one of the highlights of our week. As a group we’re using Exploring Nature with Children as a guide and I also use this curriculum at home to inspire my library withdrawals and craft activities.

This term we’ve braved the cold winds on our nature walks, we’ve got our hands dirty as we dug for worms and we’ve got technical as we measured the age of trees. We took a closer look at the winter sky and moon and also revisited the tree we chose back in autumn.

We even started a Calendar of Firsts and a Phenology Wheel in our nature journals and ended the season with a rare Guernsey snow day!

Here are some of the snap shots:

Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Watching the sea foam frolic in the wild winter wind!
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Rock pooling in the winter is a favourite nature activity of ours.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Dramatic winter skies are best observed down on the beach.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Winter pond study with early daffodils at Silbe Nature Reserve.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Trudging through the beautifully muddy St. Peters countryside.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Mother-Daughter nature journaling in action.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
The first sign of Spring, Candlemas Bells, more commonly known as Snowdrops.
Winter Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
First snow day!

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Winter?

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For memories in the making and my last look back.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For island life and exploring up close.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For the end of an era and a hope for the future.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For the wind in your hair and the thrill of life.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For slow starts and my sweet little yogis.
Gratitudes February 2018 | The Open Home
For quality time and the Spring before the snow.

 

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during February, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2018 | The Open Home
For nose scrunching sweetness and the bravery of toddlers.
Gratitudes January 2018 | The Open Home
For frolicking foam and a beach close to home.
Gratitudes January 2018 | The Open Home
For Mama’s little helper and a snail mailer in the making.
Gratitudes January 2018 | The Open Home
For sunshine on a grey day and the first signs of Spring.
Gratitudes January 2018 | The Open Home
For faith that can move mountains.

 

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during January, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #45

Daughter Diaries 45 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, January is proving to be a cold and blustery kind of month, but whilst others are hibernating indoors away from the elements you are eager to continue exploring nature together, “just us!” I love you enthusiasm for learning, your wonder of nature and especially your need to refuel with hot chocolate. A girl after my own heart that’s for sure! Dear Bubbles, I’m afraid age comes to us all. You were reluctant to turn three last month, but now that the shock and denial is wearing off you appear to be embracing your new age with real gusto. Being three is not all that bad after all, you finally get to go to play school, will soon start swimming lessons with Daddy and can now also watch The Jungle Book! Wow, you must be a big girl. Dearest Daughters, may this year bring you lots of adventures and many happy memories.

What’s your favourite Disney Film? Our girls have only seen 5, but The Aristocats is a favourite around here.