Daybook 10.27.14

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Outside my window … the skies are still dark as I type this, but the weatherman tells me that today and tomorrow are supposed to be really lovely and sunny. (And we’ll just pretend that the dire predictions for the rest of the week after that didn’t happen, okay?)

I am thinking … that there are now just 9 weekends left in 2014 and we have plans for 8 of them. They are good plans, fun plans, but that thought still leaves me a little bit shocked (and committed to enjoy the down time and quiet moments whenever I can).

I am thankful … for my sweet kids. When I told them that our local arts center had been vandalized (mums pulled up, pumpkins smashed) they were eager to help and to spend some time cleaning up and painting new pumpkins. Max even volunteered to go on a stake out to catch the bad guys, ha ha! I’m so thankful for their big hearts.

And, I’m also thankful for friends who see a need in our community and rise up to meet it and to Piney Acres Farm for donating the pumpkins.

There are some good people in this small town and I’m really glad we call it home.

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A Simple Halloween Story: The Little Orange House (vlog)

Little Orange House Story and Craft | SimpleKids.netThe following post originally appeared October 2010, an oldie but goodie I recently shared with my three year old and her older siblings and I thought it would be fun to re-share it here as well. Have fun!

Last week I shared with you some tips and suggestions for storytelling with your children. This week I am bringing you a very simple story, with a fun twist, that you can tell your kids this Halloween.

I thought it would be fun to share the story of The Little Orange House in a vlog.

You will need a few props for this story.  Watch carefully and you”ll see the surprise at the end!

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A Simple Autumn 2014

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This time of year is my favorite. I love fall! We celebrate two of my favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving, and there’s a special family birthday (extra special this year as my oldest becomes a teenager!)

Plus the autumn world with all of its vibrant hues and natural coziness is one of the most beautiful, don’t you think?

This year I decided to organize all of our fall related posts in one place, making it easy for Simple Kids visitors to celebrate a simple autumn with us.

I’ll update this post throughout the season, so check back often for fall inspiration!

A Simple Autumn 2014

  • Smashing pumpkins – coming soon!
  • Turkey cookies – coming soon!

Looking for more autumn inspiration? I’ve got a Pinterest board for that!

Do you have a favorite simple autumn themed post of your own to share? Leave a comment below with a link back to your site so that others can check it out, too.

A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start to show off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous! Even the rainy days have had a certain coziness to them, as the rain adds a happy drip-drip-drop rhythm to our days.

My middle two kids, ages 6 and 8, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and we’ve gotten started making Halloween decorations together.

Springtime is magical, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year and we have some favorite seasonal traditions.

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A Simple Autumn: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Fall

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Last week I mentioned I want my family  to experience this time of year, not just as dates on the calendar, but as an opportunity to use all of our senses to really savor the season.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Autumn with our kids.

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What Does Autumn LOOK Like?

The hallmark of Autumn is the changing colors of the leaves, of course.  This provides opportunities to create leaf rubbings and other leaf related crafts. We can rake leaves together, which naturally leads to jumping in leaf piles!

Yesterday, we made a map of our backyard. The kids and I have been talking about the trees in our yard and what they look like now versus what they looked like a few short weeks ago.  We wonder what they will look like in the Winter time.

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