Winter Days

looking at the snowLast night we had our first snow of this winter. It was only an inch or two, but it reminded me of one of the reasons I love snow. The bright white covering reflects so much more light than the muddy grass and dead leaves underneath it all. There is beautiful sunlight streaming through all of our windows today!

We have been passing our winter days at home, doing lots of creating, building, and reading. Nearing the end of the pregnancy and my energy is low, so the kids are forced to find creative ways to keep themselves busy around the house. We have had some nice days, which allowed them to play outside. The rest of the time has been pretty quiet (as quiet as it can be with 5 kids with lots of energy).
knitting outsideI’m spending lots of time sitting and resting, so my creative energy is going into less strenuous projects like knitting and drawing.

winter treesicy flower budmuddy slushy wagonThis is probably all of the snow we will get for the year, and unfortunately it just made lots of mud in the yard. We’re still thankful for the bright sunshine though!

mancalamancala

The bigger kids have been playing more games. It’s been nice to have two old enough to play together without help from an adult. This week they have played mancala, Sorry (a few times), and nature bingo.

castle blocksblock mess The castle blocks have been out most of the week— often just in a pile on the floor—but they have also been made into large castle structures when the one-year-old isn’t nearby to keep knocking them down. reading in the rocking chair

And he’s been getting lots of reading done!

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2 Responses to Winter Days

  1. Tiana says:

    I really want to learn how to knit…what is your favorite type of needles and yarn? I made Kylie a little potholder for Christmas, which was fine, but I felt like my yarn was a little difficult to work with, and my needles are metal, so they were VERY slippery…an advice would be appreciated!

    • Sara says:

      Honestly, I still can’t knit with regular needles. I find circular needles much easier to maneuver, and I also prefer bamboo over metal because it’s less slippery. You can knit straight things on circular needles by going back and forth. I’m working on a baby blanket. I also prefer natural fiber yarn. The one in the picture is a 30% wool blend. The other things I have made have all been cloth diaper soakers and were 100% wool. I think better yarn is worth the price, once you are confident knitting. And the great thing is, you can always pull it apart and use the yarn again (unlike fabric, which is lost once you cut it!).