JUST SO WE SIMPLY
My dear children,
Today we had our third day of spring break. What did we do today?
After breakfast, I cleaned up and then I folded laundry with Grace’s help. Most of you children watched “Crocodile Hunter” as we folded clothes. Caleb, you are always studying snakes these days, and you were thrilled when we realized the show was about the COBRA.
WE WORKED OUTSIDE TOGETHER
I wanted to make a path into the woods and I got you all to help me. Grace, you cried because you were worried about us meddling with your favorite spots. But, after we talked, and you realized that we were going to make it prettier, you were fine. Jacob, you used Dad’s saw and cut down all the little trees and branches that were in the way. Ethan, you used your hatchet and cut down some trees, too. Dave, you used the pruners and got rid of some briers and cleaned off a big rock. Caleb, you picked up sticks with Sethie. Sarah, you were so fussy that I walked back to the house to put you to bed for nap (You were very happy to be in bed with your beloved blankie). It was fun to be outside together.
“Before and After Pictures of our Path Into the Woods”
JACOB MADE A WEAPON
Jacob, you found the perfect stick to make yourself a weapon.
I liked the way you designed the handle.
YOU MADE UP A DARING GAME
For this game, you decided that whoever lost a round of “the sticks game” would have to jump into the (very cold) pond.
Davy, you were The Unfortunate who had to jump in first.
You tried to run away.
Your brothers caught you.
They threw you in without mercy.
Later on, you five older ones played. Everyone got wet over and over. You were loud and silly. Remember when Caleb said he would jump off even though he was very scared, because the water is so very deep? He said he would but then changed his mind and none of you let him chicken out even though he was crying. Jacob, you threw him in and then we all clapped when he got out. He was so happy and proud of himself. A promise is a promise.
WE ATE LUNCH TOGETHER AT THE TABLE
Tom and Jerry was on TV and we all ate homemade soup and some nice fresh salad. Jacob, you said the blessing.
We had homemade soup with angel hair spaghetti noodles (broth is water and broth, with basil and 2 T. of tomato sauce). Served with a swirl of olive oil and a tablespoon of freshly grated Parmesan. (recipe from the delightful cookbook, Apples For Jam)
I dearly love cooking for you children. I love it when we are sitting around the table together.
After lunch, I read The Lucky Bat to Caleb and Davy in my bed and got so tired that I took a nap.
After nap, we went outside again.
I love being with you children, but best of all I like being with your Papa.
We were pleasantly surprised when he came home early from work.
I said, “You came home early and now you have to get your picture taken because I’m blogging about my days this week and this is newsworthy.”
Davy, you took the pictures.
“Each day is a little life.” -Schopenhauer
I wrote this with our dear cat Spot in my lap, and Sarah by my side sucking her finger and holding her blankie.