Oh, November! Our little household has been bustling with all the goings on of a busy season. It's amazing how much life happens in a few short weeks, isn't it? Especially when those few (or more) weeks fall, well, in the fall. We heartily welcomed November, a month full of anticipation and celebration of our most favourite festivals. But, we've also been enjoying:
Making bread (plain and cheddar with chive), drop biscuits, applesauce (from a 38 lbs box of biodynamic Macintosh beauties), and plenty of nourishing stock. Our pantry is filling!
Creating everything from paintings to mama made pants, a snow fairy costume to wool felt poppies. And the list grows...
Knitting as quickly as I can in anticipation of Advent (and Martinmas past).
Harvesting the last of Sean's hot peppers which have found their way into many suppers and our first homemade hot sauce.
Feeling thankful for the bounty of garlic we have on hand that we harvested from our land as well as the frozen rhubarb and strawberries in the deep freezer. Reminders of a great, year long adventure.
Taking our time with slow breakfasts on drizzly fog horn filled days, long walks in the forest in the crisp and near winter air, the first sightings of snow on the mountains and all the skiing talk that follows (both cross country and downhill), pumpkin fields, visits from family, picnics with friends, and morning recitals of The Owl and the Pussycat.
Learning so very much each and every day. My teacher training and practicums have filled most of this month and I continue to feel so blessed to have the opportunity to learn all that I'm learning under the inspiration of truly incredible Waldorf teachers. And there's Coco's learning too, which of course happens each day, every day within our family rhythms. Still, it fills my heart to hear the sweet songs and verses that she brings home from her preschool.
Enjoying the incredible west coast sunsets and sunrises that come with late fall. Everything looks dusted in gold, pink, and crimson.
Settling in after an already fully packed November. We'll be enjoying this week with a much slower pace as I quietly prepare our home for Advent. This time, this very moment, is one of my most treasured of the year. The time when, only days away, so much joy and special magic await. This is when the house grows more still, the wintry music begins to play, and start our celebrations by switching out our autumn picture books for our winter ones.
Remembering that while Coco is young it is up to Sean and I to protect and preserve the magic of all of this for her. She creates so much of it all on her own, but out in the stirrings of this busy season such wintry and festive bliss for children (and adults) can easily be lost. Yes, I'm reminded that nothing encourages the experience of childhood magic more than simplicity...and a little imagination.