I’ve always been interested in family history and started talking to older relatives and researching it around 11 years ago. I loved learning more and especially coming across old family photos. I got photos any way I could: taking pictures of others’ originals (they print out surprisingly well), getting extra original copies, and downloading photos that distant relatives had shared on Ancestry.com. I’ve found a couple of ways to display old family photos that I really like.
We have a snowy day over here (and a snow day)! Looking out the window made me think of the children’s book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We also recently read a wonderful book about it called A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day. I loved getting background info on the making of the classic and highly recommend!
A couple years ago I read a book about a family that wanted to have a zero waste home, meaning they wanted to create no garbage and also limited their recycling since so much recycling actually ends up in the landfill. I think it’s always inspiring to see what others are doing to try to be a little greener, so I figured I’d highlight some things we’ve incorporated into our lives.
The library where I work sent out an email asking all interested staff to contribute a list with the top things they read, watched, or listened to this year (up to 15). Every year they post the lists on their website. They asked us to limit older titles we just discovered. I mostly followed that request and chose to only include books. If you’ve got a little extra time over the holidays and are looking for a great book to read, perhaps one of these will be up your alley?
Even though I usually bring my camera out on hikes to try to capture whatever feathered friends may be flying about, I often have better luck getting pictures of birds in my backyard, especially after refilling the feeder.
Do your kids get up easily in the morning? I have one that hops out of bed like a little birdie and another that more resembles a hibernating bear.
I’ve written a little about how my kids and I like to make bouquets with the flowers from our garden. I’m not sure I’ve shared about how my 7-year-old started a little cut flower business last summer.
Recently Finn (4) has been really into having dance parties with fast-paced Christmas music. We’ve cycled through different lists on Spotify going from Christmas Classics to Christmas Pop to Christmas Dance to get him the most danceable songs. Christmas Club Mix was going to be next haha. I thought I’d share a few of the simple ways we enjoy the holiday spirit as a non-religious family that doesn’t do Santa. Continue reading “Our Simple Christmas Traditions”
So many kids love graphic novels! When I’m working in the children’s room of the library I’ll often see kids beeline it to check out Dog Man (often for the umpteenth time). I like to jump in and offer one of these books in addition. I thought it would be nice to have a list of awesome graphic novels for kids age 5-12 in one spot. Any of these would make a great holiday gift!
I was looking through summery flower pictures on my phone and admiring this purple and yellow prairie-inspired bouquet. I somehow realized I had dried the bouquet. Of all the flowers in it, the purple spikes of the astilbe dried the best I think.