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Saturday, February 28, 2015

A day at the library.....

I took 5 of the little kids to the library and we met up with a friend and her daughter. It was a warm day so we played on the playground and inside. Etta really enjoyed the gear puzzle. I may have to put one on her wish list.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Day


My job and the kids' schools are closed today. We have threat of snow in the area. The kids are really hoping for snow so Evan worked on a Winter snow blessing. He placed some rosemary and a small purple flower with the Winter Mother figure in the blue blessing bowl. The other little kids placed small containers around the bowl. Hopefully snow will fall. Evan put a lot of his own personal energy into collecting everything and placing this all in the yard. Let the snow fall.....



And so it did!! Right before everyone went to bed the snow started to fall. Blessed Winter....







Monday, February 16, 2015

When you don't want to take a prescription for arthritis in your hands

My oils of choice along with a carrier lotion for my 40 year old arthritic hands....

I feel better now.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My new favorite shirt



Dancing tree of life......

I can't think of anything better.

Angelica root


My new mortar and pestle were used tonight to grind some Angelica root. I enjoy the essential oil but the actual herb is good to have on hand for various needs associated to women's reproductive health. I felt called to have Elaina's blessing Mother figure help inspire my herb work. The ground root was placed in alcohol to start the tincture process.

A cold day at the playground...







Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Valentine's Day dates





I took Evan and Eliot to the library. I am so glad they don't miss a beat when the computers are taken they head to the board games. After we collected our books we stopped by Lyn's job to surprise her. Happy Valentine's Day....

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lactation support anyone?

 
As a CLC (certified lactation counselor) I work with mothers who are pregnant, nursing, or even weaning. I even provide education for families who just want to learn more. Yesterday I had an opportunity to meet in a lactation room of a local baby store. I am so happy when there are more places for mothers to feel comfortable. I support mothers nursing wherever they are comfortable but sometimes a space away from a crowded store is just the thing....
 
 
Today the lovely family I met is expecting their 2nd child any week now. 

Homemade (classmade) maracas

Thank you Mrs. Kitty...
A co-worker and fellow teacher made these wonderful maracas. They were such a hit with the children. She took pennies and placed them into an easter egg and then tapped  the egg between two plastic spoons. They didn't hold up through a lot of toddler action but as they lasted they provided so much fun. Anything from dried beans to rice can be put in the eggs.




Teapot dramatic play

 
Anyone who knows me knows I collect teapots. When the theme of the week is Nursery Rhymes of course I had to bring a little tea into the class. The paper teapot plastic teapot and real tea bag all came in handy. We worked on the natural sequence of placing the teabag in the cup, pouring water into the cup, and then taking a pretend sip. Teaching toddlers math is as simple as teaching them a simple natural sequence. So much more fun then 1 +1=2.......
 
 

Etta standing

 
Well, Lyn is helping. ...
 
This picture isn't very good quality but I am so proud of Etta. She has low tone and has a lot of difficulty bearing weight and standing even with help. Lyn was playing with her got her to stand up for a little bit.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Starting on a journey....

Working with women in the childbearing  year is a calling I cannot  escape.