I seem to be always so behind in posting updates about our little days here. It’s been weeks since Halloween, but here are a few snapshots from that day. We don’t make a huge fuss of the holiday, since we don’t allow the kiddos to eat anything they would pick up trick-or-treating, and because funds are tight and I don’t care to invest much in short-lived costumes. There is so much Phoebe already misses out on, so I do try to make an effort for her to participate in as many things as I’m able. I picked out some candies for the kids from our local health food store, things that were certified GF and also free of dyes and corn syrup, etc. We carved pumpkins, each of them picking out their own design and helping however they wanted in the process. Noah was batman for maybe the third year in a row? I didn’t mind one bit. That costume was a good buy. 🙂 Phoebe wanted to be Sacagawea, but changed her mind to being Kaya (her American girl doll) at the last minute. I had wanted to make her a simple cute fawn costume since she is obsessed with deer/fawns, but.. the indian costume was fine, already available. Philippa was a little kitty, one of her favorite animals to pretend to be anyway. We let them trick-or-treat around our block, since this is the first time we’ve lived anywhere with neighbors close by to even be able to trick-or-treat. We traded their collected candy with my previously purchased goods, and handed out candy to a few neighbors who came by. The rest of the “junk candy” leftover I gave to Brandon to share with guys at work or dump.
We’ve finished up a semester of school with our co-op, though Phoebe and I will carry on with school through part of December to try and get as much done before baby comes in February and interrupts our rhythms a bit. The blustery and sometimes dreary November days have kept us inside sometimes, cuddling under blankets and piles of books or hand crafts. Our days feel full to the brim with schooling, errands, house work, playdates, library and park visits, playing outside, house projects, etc. Slowly we go, it seems. Some days I love the simplicity, somedays the mundane gets to me. But always, I treasure this season with these little ones growing so fast.
We are entering birthday season in the midst of holiday season, and I’m often looking at these little ones with misty eyes. Another year, already? How it flies by, while feeling all the while like it’s crawling along maddeningly. Philippa turns three this week, and I’ve been busy planning and ordering her gifts, hoping everything arrives in time for her day. These days grow so full and busy and I’m always striving for ways to slow it down and hang on to the end of the year, trying to savor it all before it finishes. I remember Ann Voskamp’s old well-worn words, that we weigh moments down with our attention. So I’m trying to pay close attention to this day, this moment, to really see it–to know it is fleeting. To slow down and see: how Philippa is still two years old for two more days, the way the light moves across the room throughout the day, their laughter in the chilly air, our quiet walks over crunching leaves, the boredom and the glory all rolled somehow together into one.