Rhythm of our days…

Oh my… is it really the last week of January already?  I hope winter is going by as fast for all of you actually experiencing a “real” winter.

I realize I haven’t posted in ages.  I guess the whirlwind of the holidays and then recovering from the holidays left little time for blogging; but, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With the new year here and Lincoln getting a bit older (he’ll be 3 in May, what?!?), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rhythm in our home life. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been quite interested in the Waldorf education philosophy, and creating a predictable rhythm is a big focus.  Simplicity Parenting also definitely touches on it.

I’m not talking about a set schedule per se- certainly anyone with a toddler can attest to the fact that maintaining tight schedules becomes quite difficult.  But, more of a gentle flow that helps a child know what to expect throughout the day (mealtimes, play time, bed time, etc.).

Currently, we have pretty good daily habits, but I’d like to work on creating more seasonal and yearly rhythm too.  This can be accomplished through focusing on seasonal changes and special holiday and festival celebrations.  Obviously, we all know the traditional holidays (Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.), but delving into Waldorf, I’ve begun to discover all sorts of additional cultural festivals throughout the year- as well as ways to make those season changes (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, etc.) more special.

I have grand plans to start incorporating these events into our year- we will see how that all pans out 😉 I will keep you posted.
First up is Valentine’s Day, so I am working on a few, small things we can do to make that day special at our home.

For now, I’ll leave you with a few family pictures we took just before the holidays.  The session was a lot of fun.  We were in the arts district in downtown LA and had an amazing photographer (Britney Moore Photography, for anyone local to LA… she was fantastic!)

Happy New Year everyone!

PS- Any tips on special things you do to celebrate throughout the year, please feel free to share 🙂

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polar vortex indeed!

Lincoln and I spent several days in Chicago last week-
such a wonderful time of year to visit the tundra…

We were in town because my lovely friend Victoria is having a baby! and her baby shower was over the weekend.

It was great to catch up with some friends and family, but I have to confess… after several days of driving in the snow and slush, bundling myself and Lincoln up every time we stepped outdoors and a few slips on that infamous “black ice,” I was more than ready to return to sunny California.

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln seemed to LOVE the snow

Lincoln LOVED the snow….

... and he was a great traveler

… and he really was a great little travel companion

Back at home, worn out from our travels...

Back at home, very worn out from our travels…

 

 

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Okay, well not really here in Los Angeles… sunshine and 60 degree weather do not quite say “Christmas” to me… Not that I am complaining!  I hear about the arctic weather back in Chicago, and I feel lucky to be trotting around in a cardigan, rather than a parka.  (I have been pretty amused to see the locals dressing for this “winter” weather.  Lots of puffy coats, lots of Uggs… I mean, come on people!)

Anyway, I’ve been reading a book called, “The Last Child in the Woods” which is all about the importance of nature and the outdoors for children.  Living in a pretty urban setting, I’m not sure that Lincoln is getting the kind of idyllic self-directed interaction with the natural world that the book advocates, but I do try to make sure Lincoln gets some time outside every day.

Here are a few of our recent neighborhood walks…

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground...

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground…

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representing our Chicago Blackhawks out here in LA…

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Merry Christmas?

in a rut

Maybe it’s because January always feels like the longest month ever… Maybe it’s because it has been cloudy everyday for what feels like the last 500 days… Maybe it’s because I am just getting over a very unpleasant head cold… Maybe it’s because I am still sans any real friends out here…

Whatever it is, I have been feeling a bit blah lately…

But, I am forcing myself to get out of this funk… I did some searching and found two new mommy groups here in Spokane.  I’m feeling optimistic about the potential for finally making some mom friends.  I went to a ‘meet up’ today at some local kids’ gymnastics center and Lincoln had a fantastic time crawling all over the colorful, bouncy floor.

Also, I have to get outside and get some fresh air everyday, even if it is cloudy and grey and cold.  I know it’s good for Lincoln and (I’m sure) good for me.  I am committing to daily walks with baby boy… even if we are only outside for 10 minutes, I’m sure it’s better than nothing.

maybe if I looked glam like this all bundled up, I'd be more excited to get outdoors... image from here

maybe if I looked glam like this all bundled up, I’d be more excited to get outdoors… image from here

Two exciting developments in Lincoln world…
His two front teeth are almost in!  One of them is completely through the gums, and the other one finally started to pop through this morning.  Poor thing.  I cannot imagine how painful teething must be.

And, Lincoln started saying, “Mama” today!  Now, I’m not certain that he was actually directing it at me, but I was still pretty excited to hear him babble, “Ma, ma, ma, ma…” all day long.

Here’s to a happier week!

we took this picture around Christmas... look at his face... too funny...

we took this picture around Christmas… look at his face… too funny…