Autumn appears to be done here in Idaho.
This picture was from a few days ago, now that view is without color and mostly covered in snow.
I spent yesterday cracking walnuts and finishing up preserving all the apples I picked. The elderberries didn't happen. I went to pick when I was able and they were already done for. I must try to do better next year.
The boys and I do school now in the afternoons during naptime for Cupcake. It works better that way as we are able to work without as many interruptions. I am not one of those great homeschool moms that can teach math to the five and six year old while magically making the two year old part of the lesson. We do some things, like read alouds with her joining us, of course, but where I need the boys to focus and learn a new idea such as math it's best to wait.
We are doing a social studies unit I wrote when I was teaching on map skills and our place in the world. I think it is funny to see how much I can cover faster than I was ever able to in a classroom. We are able to skip a lot of the "filler" things. Plus, it is easier with all of us on the same page living in the same exact place. We share all the same reference points. It is nice to add some more Charlotte Mason type learning with the unit which is something I was not familiar with as a classroom teacher.
We were able to do the lessons I wanted quickly. We turned on Little Women and I made the boys hot tea and served muffins I baked yesterday morning. I cracked more nuts and we just enjoyed a snuggly afternoon in by the warm fire while Cupcake slept, Sweetheart worked and the sky snowed. It was a lovely afternoon.
Well, I don't really have anything to say. I just wanted to pop in and let everyone now I was still alive. We are all well and hope you are, too.
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