It’s Not All Mary Poppins

On your marks…


September! For those of us in Canada, THIS is the New Year. For some odd reason, we delay celebrating it until January 1, smack dab in the worst throes of the bleak mid-winter, weirdest damned thing I can think of, but everyone knows that the Tuesday after Labour Day is the beginning of the real new year.

The seasons are changing. It’s definitely early fall around here. A few rogue leaves lay about on the ground. The rest will follow in a while. It’s dark when I wake in the mornings, and dark again when I go to bed. The air is fresh, and though we’ve had a rainy couple of days recently, when the sun shines, it has that gorgeous autumn glow. Lovely.

And the kids? They are Back to School. My eldest has been out of school from some years now, of course, but my younger two are starting today! And, for the first time in their educational history, they will be attending the same school! Yup. Both of them start classes at the University of Ottawa today, Emma in nursing, and Adam in bio-pharmacology. (Aren’t you impressed? I sure as heck am. At the end of the day, I will have produced an anthropologist, a nurse, and a … um… something impressively medical…)

That’s exciting!

And me? Back to work today. Before my time off, I was starting to drag a bit. I was tired too often, physically, mentally, mostly trudging through my days. This morning? I am psyched and ready! The theme for the month is fall (but of course!), and I have my plans. Oh, do I have plans! Plans for outings, plans for crafts fancy and simple, plans for indoor activities and out. We’ll be doing a tree for our wall as we do most years (only this time I have ideas involving fingerpaint paper and printing for that trunk), making leaf belts, leaf prints, seed coasters, and applesauce. I have compiled my first sensory bin. (Even if the kids don’t enjoy it, I had fun assembling it! In fact, given how tactile I am, if they’re rotten, maybe I just won’t share… neener, neener…) I have the menu for the week posted. We’ll be heading to the library for fun fall-theme books.

It will be one lovely, creative, happy, heady round of fun, fun, fun!!!!

I am READY! TO! GO!

(Here’s hoping it lasts more than a week…)

September 6, 2011 Posted by | crafts, my kids | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Why I love my job, reason #563,143,654

Anna makes her leaf belt. Don’t you just want to squeeze her all to goodness?

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Anna, crafts, outings | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Autumn crafts, again: Leaf belts and seeking more

Here we have our masking-tape belts, all turned into tapestries. The one on the far right is baby Noah’s. He was more interested in crumpling the tape than sticking things to it. The few leaves on it were placed there by the other children, who noted that if they stuck stuff to his back, he couldn’t rip it off. Clever little things, aren’t they?

The belts were not quite so lushly decorated when they were removed from the children, but once displayed on the dining room wall they became much more interesting. The leaf stash in the stroller — there is always a leaf stash in the stroller these days — the stash was raided, and slammed onto the tapes on the wall. Whapping leaves onto the wall was way fun.

Ta-dah! Thanks for the tip, JWG. (JWG’s comment is number three.)

It striked me that with fall here (or on its way for some of you), the time is right for leaf crafts. We’ve done a couple here. I have more, but I’m sure I’m not the only one with ideas!! Let’s open the floor: How about you out there? Any crafts you like to do with the fall leaves?

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Canada, crafts | , , , , , | 8 Comments