While the trees are mostly bare, all the Spring bulbs are putting on a show. Tulips are starting to bloom and grape hyacinths are delivered to me with great regularity. I have two vases overflowing right now, along with a full size hyacinth that Laurel picked (eek!). It all smells so sweet. It is a little strange to have all this blossoming life right now, several weeks ahead of what we are accustomed to, but I am trying to embrace it. What else is there to do?
Everyone is sleeping a full eleven hours each night, and Laurel is still napping. All the fresh air (and mud and sand) is doing wonders, I guess. Willow has some sniffles, but they may be due to her nine year change. I remember well the many complaints she had during the six year change, and I think this may be quite a lot like that. A cold just a month after having had the last one is record-breaking for this at-home family. We've got kefir and various other things to help us along, so it will pass and we'll feel thankful for the chance to slow down.
We got a new floor in the kitchen this week, wood-grain vinyl. There's hardwood underneath all that, but we'll save that job for a time when there aren't galloping children in the house. We'll probably be ready for a full-scale refinishing of all the floors then. It is so nice to have a new floor--one without gouge marks and floral prints (as much as I love them on fabrics). In this way, the kitchen got a good Spring clean, since it is such a hard-working space. Mike put up a new mailbox, too, and I've got a ceiling fan waiting to go into the kitchen. I am hopeful it will make the Summer canning much more comfortable.
There is a lot to be hopeful about these days, with Spring in the air and all the waiting garden seeds. I'm planning on building a hugelkultur bed or two with some of the rotten wood, leaves, straw and rocks we have. While the stars have yet to align for us to have chickens (and I'm getting stage fright), this project seems to be a good fit. I have all the supplies ready and waiting. If any of you have done this, let me know. I'd love to hear. Carrie is working on her own beds, too.
School planning has been happening, as well, the third grade year writing itself out in my mind. Gardening and fiber crafts are surely going to be at the heart of Willow's turn. In that way, I suppose we'll get an early start. It's going to be new terrain, in many ways, though some things will be revisited in a new way. Enki covers some language arts skills that I see will come up in the materials from Christopherus next year. I do like the idea of each child having their own experience of each grade. Roan, I think, will do more building in grade three, though time will tell.
Well, I think folks are waking up, so it's time to mix up breakfast!