I know, I know. I’m a slacker. But what can I say, I’ve been giving myself a break on what I don’t feel like doing more this year.😀 And I haven’t been inspired to write that much, or been short on time when I did have the urge.
But this weekend was the annual Waldorf school auction, and as always, I found plenty of goodies to buy and support the school. Plus got lots of spring cleaning done this weekend, so that feels good. Not so much the windows and yard type stuff. More the, “how did everything in this house get so disorganized and why don’t any of my kids’ clothes fit?” kind of cleaning.😀 Cleaned out some clothes that don’t fit any more, got some that do out of the garage, got rid of some toys they’d outgrown, organized the ones we’re keeping, and purged a decent amount of junk in the processes. One of the things I put away for safe keeping but couldn’t bear to part with was our collection of wooden blocks, including the ones Sunshine made with her kindergarten class that I bought at the Waldorf school auction a few years back!
Also finally got the group menu for our August trip to raft the whole Grand Canyon done, finally! So that felt good, too. Although the trip is coming quickly. We did our wilderness first aid refresher class last weekend, so that was fun.
Back to the fun auction stuff we bought. We were on a kind of a theme, I guess. I bought ducks, cows, goats, and sheep. Oh, and a bear and a fox. None of them literally, thank goodness.😀
We bought some felted wool animals: the ducks, bear, and fox. The ducks were little, part of the fairy tale themed centerpieces (Ugly Duckling), so we thought they would go well with the felted farmyard we bought a few years ago at auction. The bear and fox are bigger and put away for Christmas from Santa, perhaps. Although Sunshine asked me flat out yesterday, “Mama, tell me the truth, did you and Daddy give us this?” (she was playing with the wooden washing machine Santa brought a couple years back). I didn’t want to lie to her, but I said, “Honey, Santa brought that.” Omission is a lie, I know. But I wasn’t ready to disillusion her yet. Perhaps it will happen before Christmas this year, but we’ll see. I didn’t flat out say, “No, we didn’t give you that.” But I think our time may be short on that one.😦 She’s also more hormonal lately.😦 OMG. Puberty is on it’s way!!!
Cow-wise, we purchased a gift certificate for $50 worth of beef from a local ranch. Always love to buy thing we would buy anyway!
As for the goats and sheep, we purchased two (that’s right TWO) trip to regional farms to play with the animals! We get to visit Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands and stay at a goat farm for a few days, and we get to take a group of ten friends to a local sheep farm. Can’t wait for both! We’re actually sharing the goat farm trip with another family we’re friends with.
We also purchased some cooking lessons we’ll split with friends focusing on sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free cooking. I got a parenting book that some friends recommended. And then, also for the kids, we got a workshop to make a dreamcatcher, a puppet show at the preschool teacher’s house this summer, and a lyre lesson for Sunshine. She took a couple lessons last fall before her class started off the local Magical Strings concert walking through while playing the lyre, so I thought she might enjoy that. Oh, and we bought babysitting services from one of Moonglow’s class assistants, so that’s fun.
And finally, one of the things I’m most excited about, I purchased (because I didn’t ask Mr. Sustainable, I TOLD him) a painting by one of the girls’ teachers. She painted several on the fairy tale theme, The Frog Prince, a fairy’s mushroom house, and the one I fell in love with, Star Money. She is going to start teaching a painting class on Friday evenings that Sunshine will go to, so that will be fun. And Moonglow starts a rock climbing class this week, having tried ballet and yoga in the last year and not being awed by either. Perhaps this will be her niche.😀