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IMG_6661 IMG_6656 IMG_6667 IMG_6668 IMG_6669 IMG_6672 IMG_6676 IMG_6651Happy New Year!

If you have visited during the past month, but encountered no new posts, thank you for taking the time to stop by. When I logged on today, I honestly couldn’t believe it had been a month since I last posted. Tempus fugit.

We finally started getting some snow around Christmas and our last storm left the magnificent beauty that you can see in the photos above. We hiked the day after the storm and couldn’t have asked for a better day to be out in the woods; the inversion (read: killer smog) had cleared, the trees were bent under the weight of the snow and the sun shone on us for the duration of our hike before disappearing behind clouds. We finished our hike with a car picnic consisting of crackers, cheese and ripe pears.

We generally have a book on audio to listen to as we motor around. Right now, we are almost at the end of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, book 4. These books keep getting better and better. I would recommend them for older children (10+) because there are a lot of vocabulary, grammar and history asides that are most entertaining when you can understand them!

I decided to choose a word for this year. I don’t remember ever doing that before. The word that popped into my head and wouldn’t leave was “authentic,” so it and I are paired for 2015. I don’t feel as though I haven’t been authentic before, I just felt like this year I wanted to reach a point where I was acting true to myself as much as possible. The definition “true to one’s own personality, spirit or character” really resonated with me. The kids and I even made vision boards this year the first week we started back to our studies. I really enjoyed seeing what they chose to put on their boards.

Teal is currently finishing up astronomers, Pintail Norse Myths, and Wigeon has had the story “Old Gnome and Jack Frost” by Suzanne Down this month. She is making an ice-picture similar to the story from items collected on our winter walks in the photo above. The pan of water had to sit outside for nearly a week until it was cold enough to freeze. Today when she put in all the grasses, berries, etc., I just popped it into the freezer so she can hang it up tomorrow.

There are so many things I’ve been wanting to write about here. I hope to be around more often. I have missed reading many of my online friends’ blogs, too, so if you see a comment from me on an old post, it’s just because I’m catching up.

As always, thank you for taking the time to drop by!

At the Lake

IMG_5967 IMG_5968 IMG_5969 IMG_5970 IMG_5971 IMG_5973 IMG_5974 IMG_5976 IMG_5977 IMG_5978 IMG_5979 IMG_5980 IMG_5981 IMG_5984 IMG_5985 IMG_5986 IMG_5987 IMG_5988 IMG_5989 IMG_5990 IMG_5991 Before my trip to New York, Pintail, Wigeon and I spent a little time at the lake. By ‘lake’ I mean reservoir, because here in the west we build our lakes to control water.

I was amazed to see a little ring of green plants growing along the water edge. They looked like tiny clovers. The wind picked up right as we were leaving.