Today marks the end of a long, long weekend. Due to Tuesday elections and countywide budget cuts the kiddos were home for a five day weekend. We had a great time beginning with a huge taekwondo fundraiser for St. Jude chidlren's hospital in which our school broke 2,500 boards in three hours! (there were many soar arms and feet but nobody seemed to mind - or complain too much.) The kids had a blast with all the excitement of breaking boards, moon walk bounce attractions, and a dunk-the- instructor tank - plus some much needed early Halloween candy. On Sunday we played at a meet the new rabbi picnic followed by some trick or treating with friends in a new-to-us neighborhood. For much of the remainder of our long, long weekend we stayed close to home and savored the fact that we did not have to be anywhere or do anything in particular.
The weather was gorgeous but chilly. And although this mama usually opts to stay indoors and knit when the highs are in the 50's, we spend most of our days outside. I often wish that I enjoyed being outdoors more than I do and I am immensely grateful for doggies, kiddos and (now) chickens that force me to get out and breathe in the fresh air!
We had time to revisit our veggie garden and collected its bounty.
Lots of new sweet peppers and ...
grape tomatoes. Yum.
Of course some knitting was done. (more on this later in the week)
Pumpkins were painted. (using paint markers)
We were focused.
We were silly.
We were serious. We had a blast.
Today, on the fifth and final day of our break, Abigail decided it was time to sew something out of her "favorite fabric." We opted for a skirt because it's a quick project and simple enough where a six year old can actually help. We used the super simple selvage method to sew the skirt. (Simply sew desired length of fabric selvage to selvage and then make an elastic casing for the top edge and hem the bottom edge with ribbon. Done.)
This skirt took us thirty minutes to sew. But I had the most fun following the girlie around for the next two hours as she twirled in her new skirt...
and picked flowers (weeds actually - but pretty weeds) in her new skirt...
and engaged in conversations with her doggies in her new skirt.
I will honestly be sad to see them go off to school tomorrow. Good thing the weekend is only two days away!