Thursday, January 08, 2009

sunshine.


Ahhh, the sun returned today, if only for a bit before the big snow tomorrow. This week we have happily eased back into our rhythm and routine after the boys had their dad home (but constantly working) last week. We have started many ongoing projects this week ... paint, clay, plant, food, books, 'experiments' ... Here are a few!

The boys started grass gardens using the local wheat berries we get for our bread making. We started on Tuesday and have been spritzing with water and tracking the progress for a few days now. We should have long green wheat grass soon!


We made some hollow 'mountains' (in progress above) of clay and are drying them to paint and use for our baking soda/vinegar lava eruptions the boys love doing so much. That goes with this book that A has been reading - he is loving Hawaii lately, and so is interested in volcanoes, history, and culture. Besides, words like Kilauea, Halema‘uma‘u, and Puʻu ʻŌʻō are just cool!


We started a tray of micro greens. We are comparing our previous batch where we grew in cells before transplanting to open trays with very dense seeding - to see which method has the best results. The boys love watching the progress, I like eating fresh greens in January! ; )


We had a bowling 'field trip' with a friend today. Three spirited boys competing at bumper bowling! What a fun time. It is so nice when school is back in session after the holidays and we can get out to places without worrying so much about G (little asthma guy) getting sick.

Tomorrow the snow will come. We are all excited to see some fresh snow and get outside again after the ice storm last weekend left everything dirty brown and rock hard and crazy slippery all week - fresh powdery white snow is very welcome!

12 comments:

Lynch Family said...

Love the photos! Evie likes to grow wheat grass for the chickens in the middle of winter, they devour it! Always lovely to see what is happening in your neck of the woods, we are happy for the snow too!

Tara said...

Great ideas, and I love the little caves for the volcano explosions- too fun :)

Dawn said...

I always forget that I can actually grow wheat grass with the wheat berries for my bread making. ;) Do you need to put them in soil, or do you just spritz them with water?
I hope you get your snow today, and I'm hoping for some where I live.

Amy said...

Yay! We had sunshine here (in Maine) today too--so lovely. Cold, but lovely.

Amy said...

Yay! We had sunshine here (Maine) too. So lovely. Cold, but lovely!

Amy said...

(gah! disregard that last comment--didn't mean to post twice). :P

Kristin9204 said...

thanks so much for the comment on my post. We really enjoyed making your recipe! I only wish I would have doubled it because they are almost gone. I have found so many great craft ideas and recipes in blog world. Thanks again for sharing your recipe.

Eluciq said...

I am very drawn to that sculpture in your window...it looks very Lord of the Rings...

oh how you would love where we live...we get so many sunny days...but we also get snow...it is a crazy thing this place called Colorado.

Joy said...

Your microgreens look great! I bet you'll be enjoying those during this frigid winter. :)

TheOrganicSister said...

I can't imagine that much snow. I'm chilly inside our home but outside has warmed up to high 50's/low 60's. Looks like you guys come up with tons of cool stuff to do indoors though. Around here, we stay indoors in the summer but we're usually too hot to be motivated to do much. lol

~Tara

anthromama said...

Ooh, clay volcanoes! So fun. We're partial to pahoehoe and aa around here :-)

alis said...

Last Christmas Seth's uncle gave him a Volcano kit. It was basically a hand decorated box with baking soda, vinegar and red food coloring in it. Seth was thrilled. he made volcanoes in the back yard for weeks. It came with a nice book on volcanoes, but that was not nearly so fascinating. Please post photos when your volcanoes erupt!

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