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Saturday, January 10, 2009

 

simplicity

beth at total mom haircut has a new theme for us to dig into. this time around it's "simplicity."

it's an idea that is on my mind a lot these days. i'm learning to embrace the simplicity of moments with children and how to create these simple, meaningful times for them. really, life is quite simple for a child. we adults can muck it up with our high falutin concepts. and over explanations. i'm trying to remember that less is more. less is more with the young child.

lately my son and i have taken to sewing. he is working on a simple necklace for his sister. he's been taught to sew by me and by his grandmother. we talk about the mommy and the baby wormm (the threads) and how they go in and out of the ground. up and down. i work on embroidery or sometimes my beloved gnomes while does works that worm. the moment we sit down to do this purposeful work, we look at each other and in his eyes i can see how much this kind of thing feeds him. a simple, at the table, purposeful interaction between the 2 of us. working side by side.

today we took to the outdoors. the simplicity of snow. it's a magical playland out there. and there are so many of nature's creatures to think about. here is a photo journal of our simple, joyful playtime.

thanks to beth for a great assignment!

first stop was to feed the birds. we think of them as a snow storm approaches this evening.


and they came by the dozen!


butt sliding. doesn't get more simple. sit, slide, laugh, repeat.




following tracks in the snow. he was sure they were made by the tomten.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

Look at that snow! Oh, I'm jealous of that. I love the photo of the tracks. There's just something about tracks in snow, be they child or animal.

We've been enjoying feeding the birds as well. We made pine cone feeders and watch them from our window. It's been a wonderful winter activity that I intend to post about very soon.

And I think what you said in the beginning is quite true. We do tend to mess with our children just being children. Less IS more with them. And I so love the image of the two of you looking at each other as you sew together...

January 10, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger sarah chia said...

Great photos. It almost makes me wish that I still lived somewhere that it snowed. I do miss that freshly fallen time and the beauty and simplicity that comes with it.

January 11, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
OpenID incognitomom said...

A simply beautiful post. (No pun intended.) You are so right about less being more for children and how we adults tend to make it all more complicated than it needs to be.

January 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM  

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