Introducing …

It is with great joy that I introduce you to …

Amelia Jean

“Mia”

Born August 1, 2011

20 inches long

8lbs. 7 oz

Beautiful!

Thank you all for your prayers, good vibes, and sweet thoughts.  We have felt them all and appreciate your kindness.  As I told the other Simple Living Media editors earlier this week, delirious is my favorite kind of happy and we are certainly deliriously happy to have Mia here!

And, now, back to that blogging break …

“I actually remember feeling delight, at two o’clock in the morning, when the baby woke for his feed, because I so longed to have another look at him.” – Margaret Drabble

Nature in Art: Nature Study and Georgia O'Keefe

I’m enjoying a break as my family welcomes our new baby. I’ve got some wonderful guest posts lined up to share with you.  Today, I am pleased to welcome my friend Sally Faulkner of With Eager Hands.  – Kara

Summer is a time of expansion, of that long-anticipated out-breath of life, don’t you think? The days are long and free, each sunrise bringing its promise of something fresh and new.  For many, gardening and food preservation are the hallmarks of summer. For others, it is travel and vacations with family and friends. Still others eagerly welcome and embrace the days of poolside respite and relaxation.

We are fairly big homebodies here, so taking a break from our lessons and appointments is what summer is all about.  While as homeschoolers we choose to stop the majority of formal studies, we like to keep the children engaged and learning.

Summer here lends itself to two wonderful learning opportunities: Nature Study and Artist Study. Both activities are kid-magnets, are easy to orchestrate, and best of all — summer months provide us all with a plethora of subjects to study!

The fact that Mom also loves these two studies and desires to make them a larger part of the family’s homeschool experience makes these activities winners all around.

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Putumayo's Animal Crackers: A Great Snack for your Ears!

The following review is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

In many places we’re hitting what they call the dog days of summer.  It’s hot and the fresh summer air may be starting to feel a little stale.  Summer days still stretch ahead of us, and if your family is like ours you may be in need of a little pick me up.

The other day I was searching for just that to boost our spirits, and I was reminded of how important it is to make music a part of our day.  I had gotten out of the habit of making music a part of our daily ritual since we moved way back in December.  A new set up in a new home somehow changed our family rhythm, and we needed to get that back!

Animal Playground

We jumped into it (literally) with a new favorite song “No More Monkeys” which can be found on . If you’re looking to escape those dog days of summer, this collection of animal inspired tunes is a terrific way for the whole family to laugh, sing and dance their hearts out.

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