Archives for February 2013

Crafting on: knitting a tunic for Amelia


The temperatures have dipped down low again here in the Hoosier state, after teasing us with a few days of warmth and sun.   We’ve been, once again, spending our days indoors, keeping our hands busy crafting in order to keep cabin fever from setting in.

Is it just me, or has this been a very long Winter so far?

I’ve been knitting, usually to the company of some of my favorite podcasts or while listening to one of the older kids read their lessons to me.


I’ve been working on something for warmer Spring days:  a tunic top for Amelia from cotton color-changing yarn.

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Childhood, uncomplicated


As the calendar turned to the new year, I realized that there were some things about simple living I needed to recommit myself to, including living for the “small” moments and being dedicated to giving my children as uncomplicated of a childhood as I can (there will always be complications in life, of course, and bad things happen but I will strive to focus on the joys of childhood).

Some recent events and the results of the reader survey confirmed to me that I was on the right track in thinking smaller and simpler – in my offline life and here at the SK blog.

If you haven’t been to the blog for a little while (I know many of you read the SK posts in a reader) then your visit today might reveal a few changes.  Most of the changes I suspect won’t make much of a difference except to me, but those of you who have been reading Simple Kids for a while might notice a few things are missing and there are a few things that are new.  I’ll be making some more changes here and there as I refine my vision for the online home I have here.

Change can be a very good thing.

Getting back to the basics and the simple joys of childhood.

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Weekend links


We have had a nice, quiet weekend so far.  The temperatures have taken another dip down, so we haven’t been outdoors as much as we would like to be, but we’ve found plenty to keep us occupied with indoors – like blocks, books, and baby dolls.

pancakeJillianYesterday my husband got up early and surprised our oldest daughter with a daddy/daughter date at the pancake restaurant.  He snapped a picture with his phone and sent it to me so that I could see her smile.

With an almost five year age difference between Jillian and the little kids, it is important to Christopher and I that she gets some one on one time with each of us so that she knows we love her and value her, too (even though it might seem like the louder, less independent younger kids eat up a lot of our attention).

Plus, pancakes twice in one week?  Who wouldn’t love that?

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