Wow. The last post I had was back in July. I've been really thankful for the time away. It has been a blast learning to home school Callie. She's taken on Kindergarten like a pro and we've been having some serious fun together. I absolutely love the time to invest in her and join her in her learning. It is precious to me and I'm so thankful that for this season I have the opportunity to teach her at home.
But, of course, I couldn't just teach her on an old, beat up table. I had to jazz it up a bit. I figured it'd be more fun to do Kindergarten on a turquoise table, so I decided to dabble in refinishing furniture. I was a little scared to start off with, but I am beyond pleased with the result. What used to be an eye-sore is now one of my favorite pieces of furniture. I think it's really fun, and I'm pretty sure Callie learns better with the brighter color. ; ) Take a look...
In addition to schooling and re-doing furniture, I've also been working on a gratitude advent for Thanksgiving. Last year I felt like the holidays blew past without me taking time to enjoy them, so I've decided that this year will be remarkably different. Starting with Thanksgiving. We're going to practice being thankful, everyday as a family. And I had to find a cute way to do it, so I came up with this...
I was originally inspired by this idea I found on Pinterest. It has thirty envelopes and each envelope holds an index card for each member of the family. Each day, everyone writes down the date and one thing they are thankful for on their card, and this continues each day in November. Then next year, each person does the same thing on last years card, and this continues year after year. So, ten years from now my kids can look back and see what they were thankful for when they were five. I think it will be a beautiful thing and I can't wait to start!
I did change up the original idea a bit. The one on pinterest was on a painted board. But I liked the idea of having a mobile tradition that could easily be packed and taken with us-regardless of where we go or where we're living. I have a feeling we'll be overseas again at some point and I wanted to be able to take this with us and not have to figure out how to pack a big board. (and I couldn't help but get a little Ann Voskamp-y. How can you do a gratitude advent without incorporating some of the richness from her book? And if you haven't read her book, you should. I promise you won't regret it.)
Now that I've finished these two projects and feel like I have a good rhythm with home school, I'd like to open up my store again for custom art. My custom art listings are now live in my Etsy store. If you'd like something made, just email me or send me a convo through Etsy. I'd be happy to make you something! And, thanks to all of you who have waited for me. I'll be emailing you soon. :)
Make November memorable!