Kara’s Journal: Daybook 11.11.14

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Outside my window … the skies are dark and the only sounds are our neighbors’ car doors and engines turning over as they head out to work and school.  (the photo above is actually last night’s sunset)

I am thinking … that if it weren’t for these quiet early mornings where I can move slowly and ease into the day, I don’t think I could handle just how long the days have been lately. We’re going through lots of transitions plus a few of the kids have colds and it it taking a lot of energy for me to guide the kids gently through our days.

I am thankful … for an AMAZING thirteen year old daughter!  Also for hot coffee, warm blankets, and wool socks.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 11.4.14

Halloween 2014: Anna, Spider-Man, the Little Mermaid, and Sophia the First | SimpleKids.netLinking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. Note: there may be affiliate links in this post.

Outside my window … the skies are blue-gray and we are expecting rain later that should last most of the rest of the day.

I am thinking … that there are three more days before a teenager lives in this house. In my mind’s eye I can still see my oldest daughter as a newborn, all chubby baby cheeks and long slender fingers. And yet, as nostalgic as I am for those baby days, I’m really proud of the young lady Jillian is becoming and I’m excited to see what this next phase of her life brings.

I am thankful … for fresh starts. Yesterday was a long one and I didn’t parent as well as I could have or should have. Here’s to fresh starts and a brand new day.

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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.