Monday, September 24, 2012

a little goodbye

I am off tomorrow to partake in another 5 days of intensive teacher training (in Waldorf/Steiner Early Childhood Education). A dear friend (we should really call her 'Aunty') will take the children for two days which will make 4 little ones running around her home- thank you again and again and again! Brad will bring them home in the evenings and then have a couple 'Dada days' with them before my return on Saturday night.

Although my patience was wearing thin more than a few times today I also felt the urge to connect and appreciate these two wise spirits who have come bounding into my life destroying and recreating everything that I was or thought I would be.

I will miss them very, very much.

Until my return. In kindness.
{new sailboat shirt and dress from Tabitha and Hugo- so beautiful and so reasonably priced!}

Friday, September 21, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special. extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.- soulemama


Thursday, September 20, 2012

slowly

On Sunday evening after catching up with an old friend, Brad and I slipped into bed and fell fast asleep. At around 12:45 I heard Indi call out for a cuddle and got up to see her. The next thing I knew I was on the floor of the children's room (having fainted) instinctively popping my middle right finger back into place (it was dislocated), my face was drenched with blood and my thigh was aching immensely. Fortunately, Indi fell right back to sleep and neither of the children woke up to see the gory scene, but Brad got quite a shock when I stumbled back to the bedroom and turned on the light. Our kind neighbour sat in the house while Brad dropped me at the hospital and I spent the next 10 hours in emergency waiting to be treated, hooked up to an IV (because my blood pressure was so low) and trying to figure out what on earth had just happened!

Brad stayed home the rest of Monday and the past two days have been quiet ones.

Out of this experience a very calm and quiet gratitude began to well inside of me. A part of that initial peace might have been shock, but surrounded by those who are sick and injured and others who are doing their best to serve and heal was really quite a beautiful and inspirational experience and I began very quickly to see just how superficial my wounds were and how blessed with health our little family has been.

I have been really consciously focusing on the word 'breathe' this year which has morphed more into focusing on being calm, balanced, present and mindful. We've cut out weekly activities and replaced them with weekly bushwalks; we aim for one playdate a week instead of two or three; I shop from home or when I am on my own instead of with the children; I've even taken more time for myself, hiring a beautiful babysitter a few hours a week.


Even still, I wonder if this accident was the universe trying to tell me something... is there a lesson I haven't quite been grasping? Or was it just an accident plain and simple?

I'd love to hear your thoughts... you know me enough now to take a guess or two! And of course I am going to look into my low blood pressure further and have a few tests done- I've had it for years and this is not the first time I've fainted.

{making felted rocks- thanks to this tutorial- final photo courtesy of Twig and Toadstool- ours aren't finished yet}

Blessings on you all.

Go gently.

Monday, September 17, 2012

all natural homemade orange juice gummies in 15 minutes


We made Natalie's nourishing orange jelly just the other week and it was a huge hit so when I saw this recipe on pinterest I knew I just had to combine the two to create a sweet treat that just so happens to be immensely more healthy than any store-bought gummy candy out there.

Here's out version of these delicious and slightly nutritious sweet gummies: 

Ingredients
3 tbs grassfed gelatin
1/3 cup orange (preferable freshly squeezed and strained) juice
3 tbs raw honey 

Directions
Combine all three ingredients together in a saucepan on low heat until the gelatin has completely dissolved and the liquid is smooth
Pour into non-stick decorative ice cube trays
Place in the freezer for 10-12 minutes
Remove, pop out and enjoy!

Friday, September 14, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special. extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.- soulemama



Thursday, September 13, 2012

his little treasure bag

We went on a council run bushwalk last week and on our way out the door I out an adorable felt butterfly bag around Indigo's neck to collect tiny treasures in. As soon as I put it on her I realised North needed one too for his collections and so into the felt stash I dove and like a madwoman I sewed up this little pouch in under 20 minutes. I took a shortcut- using a glue gun to stick the toadstool on the front but if you have the time it would look just divine sewn on. 
 
Simply fold a long rectangular strip of felt in half, sew up the sides, braid some thick yarn together and sew the strands into the top of the pouch. Add a personalised embellishment and voila! A very quick and easy treasure bag perfect for small stones, feathers, gumnuts, acorns and much more!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

grain-free apple coconut cake



Ingredients
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
dash of vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp bi-carb
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 peeled and cored apples, chopped into small pieces

Directions
Mix the dry ingredients together, set aside
Beat the eggs, then add the rest of the wet ingredients and then fold in the dry ingredients mixing as minimally as possible (you want it smooth but you don't want to lose that beautiful lightness you created by beating the eggs).
Pour into a greased and/or lined pan (this makes quite a small thin cake- you can double it easily if you like)
Place sliced apples on top and lightly press into the batter

Bake at 180˚C for around 20-30 minutes (Sorry, I am no good at timing my baking, I go on gut instinct)
Remove from oven when you do a pick test and the pick comes out clean
Let it cool before removing from the pan

Ice with proper vanilla frosting or for a simpler version just sprinkle with a bit of cane sugar or top with whipped cream.


I hope you like it! xo m.

Monday, September 10, 2012

spring presence

 


Noticing spring colours popping up all throughout our home. 

As I mentioned in the last post I have been trying to sit and be present with the children a bit more than usual. They are going through a bit of sibling rivalry at the moment. In a nutshell: North is very into creation, building and constructing and Indi is all about destruction which doesn’t make for a very amicable pair at times. I find when I am in the room with them just quietly sitting, humming, sewing or knitting, far less arguments occur and if they do happen I am able to distract and redirect a lot faster than if I were in another room cooking or cleaning (because what else what I be doing, right?). 

This means I have to do a bit more preparation when all is quiet, for example, setting the table for breakfast after dinner; making lunches in advance to simply serve or warm up on the day; prepping for dinner while Indi has a nap and tidying up the house in the evenings when they’ve gone to bed. It seems a bit much, but it really enables me to have these very slow, intentional pockets throughout the day and then it all feels worth while.

Friday, September 7, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - soulemama

Thursday, September 6, 2012

yarn along

 


I am joining Ginny at Small Things (don't you just love her blog?) in her Yarn Along this week. Inspired after I finished a very simple garter stitch doll blanket, I decided to give knitting another go. I gave up for a while because I wanted to wait until I had time for a real teacher (as opposed to youtube). 

I have been working on a free pattern by Noro Yarns called "Moss Stitch Sweater", which is funny because after I had done far too many rows to pick it all out I realised I had been doing K1, P1 on top of one another instead of a K1, P1 sequence and then a P1,K1 sequence on top of that. As a result I think I have created some sort of a ribbing pattern instead of moss stitch pattern. Sigh! 

I still think it looks good though and I have finished the back and am now working on the front. I am really enjoying the space that knitting is giving me to slow down and be present. Instead of rushing around the house doing chore after chore I am happy to sit with the children for intervals and just be in the moment with them while they play. If only I could figure out how to pick up a stitch after I've dropped it... back to youtube!

What are you knitting? If you have any beginners patterns especially for babies (for a new niece!) I would love to hear about them.

bush walking



Our family bushwalks are now an established part of our monthly rhythm. Sometimes the theme is a treasure hunt, others it's finding as many 'critters' big and small that we can and this time it was finding every colour in the rainbow. We found everything but blue, but there were blue feathers flying overhead and blue waters down below.

It's funny- my children can be all sorts of loud and crazy when we're at home having breakfast, but the moment they get outside surrounded by big trees, bush, flowers and beaten paths- they're calm, quiet and focused. In the great outdoors the loudest sounds they make are singing or humming little marching tunes as we follow the winding trails.

There is an energy in these tall forests that can't be found anywhere else. I feel enveloped by peace and wisdom. 

I think my children feel it too.

Monday, September 3, 2012

our springtime nature table



We (by we I mean mostly me!) were more than ready for a change of scenery on our little nature table. Finding the little bird's nest was just the inspiration we needed to start creating our Spring table.

I am guessing you might ask-

* the Little Violet Child was made from a beautiful kit created by Natalie from the Little Gnomes Home

* the bunnies, doornob toadstool, buzzing bee and sparrow were all crafted by me

* the baby sheep, needle-felted toadstool and mushroom capped forest child were bought at a local Steiner school fair

* the knitted sheep was made by Linda from Mamma4Earth

* the book in the background is called Spring by Gerda Muller

* the walnut sailboat was bought with many others as party favours for North's 4th birthday party from Eco Party Box