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Kyleann33
Interests: I love being a stay at home mom. Alex & I go for walks, visit the library, explore creeks & parks, bake and paint together. I also love sewing- I sew children's clothes to sell in a baby boutique and cloth produce and market bags to sell in a local food store.
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Happy St. Lucia Day! We celebrated a day early so that my mom could join us, since she comes to town on Tuesdays. The boys and I read our special St. Lucia story and baked buns. I just use our spelt bread stick recipe, add some extra honey, cinnamon and cardamom, and they are delicious. We shape them into an S shape and tuck raisins into the ends. Mom brought us delicious treats from the African stand at Central Market. This is the St. Lucia story that we like, from Bending Birches: On a cold and dark morning a girl... Continue reading
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We had the first snow of the season yesterday. It snowed almost all day, big flakes that clung to the trees and bushes. We got about 5" of beautiful snow. We had such a lovely snowy evening together~ we made homemade chicken wings (the best!) and pizza. Then we made hot chocolate to enjoy while we watched a "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie together. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick was on the planning committee for the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts, which was held in our city this year, the end of October. We got tickets for the VIP reception at the Pressroom Restaurant, then seating up front for the award ceremony at the convention center. The boys stayed with the parents while Nick and I had a dressed up night out together. There was even a red carpet and photographer for the event, very fun! (The Governor is on the far left, next to Nick) Nick took off on Friday, and after going out to breakfast... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We have fun things planned for each day of Advent this year. I put a note in the pockets of this calendar that I sewed a few years ago. Here is our plan for each day: Make a big bowl of popcorn and play Monopoly Get our Christmas tree Hike with Papa Make smoothies Put shoes out for St. Nicholas Read St. Nicholas stories Bake cookies with friends Have lunch at Oasis See the Nutcracker at Fulton Theater Ride bikes at the trail Make smores in fireplace Read "The Legend of the Pointsettia" and make tacos for dinner Celebrate St.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We started a new holiday tradition this year, adding a beautiful wooden Advent spiral and candle to our table. Nick painted a lovely Mary and Joseph, and they move with a candle through the spiral as we count the days to Christmas. Nick cut the Mary and Joseph from Pine, sanded and painted them. I love how they turned out, and that he can turn my vision into reality. We'll still celebrate our Waldorf inspired nature advent by adding the items for each week around our spiral. Each week is a celebration of one of the four worldly Kingdoms: mineral,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We went to a new to us Christmas tree farm, Heritage Tree Farm in Rothsville, on Saturday for our Christmas tree. It is a very sweet farm, with horse-drawn wagon rides out to the field on Saturdays. What this photo doesn't capture is that Eli was terrified of the horses. The driver said we could pet them, and as I started walking closer Eli shrieked. So we backed away and talked about being quite and calm around horses. We had a nice ride out to the field to cut our tree. And we actually have a roof rack this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I had a dentist appointment yesterday, and after getting no news (he doesn't really know why my tooth that had a root canal 3 weeks ago still hurts), I needed to get outside for some fresh air. So Mom, the boys and I headed to the rail trail for a short walk. Mom, Alex and I enjoyed the sunshine and walk. Eli made it about 400 feet and got tired legs. This photo sums it up well, notice Eli's expression: Then this happened: Haha. Is there anything quite as frustrating and amusing as a toddler who is too tired to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We celebrated Thanksgiving with Nick's mom yesterday. We enjoyed a delicious feast of ham, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, brussel sprouts, salad, pear cranberry sauce, apple pie and pumpkin pie. I had so much fun cooking with help from the boys. Contrary to pictured above, Eli can really smile sweetly for a photo: After a delicious meal we all had rest time, then there was time at the creek to sail Alex's handmade boats, and lots of games. We had an easy dinner of treats like olives, cheese and crackers, leftover ham, and a hummus veggie tray. I think... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I wanted the joy of my marathon to shine alone in my last post, but truly, everything isn't peachy around here. Three days before the race I had to have an emergency root canal through a crown, and it didn't heal properly and still ached a week later. The dentist prescribed an antibiotic and steroids which seem to be helping. And the steroid is probably also helping my foot, which got injured after the marathon. Thankfully nothing hurt during the race, but I couldn't bear weight or walk much last week. PT couldn't rule out a stress fracture, but thankfully... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I got to run and love every mile of the Harrisburg Marathon last Sunday. I had trained to 23 miles, so knew that I could do it physically. I was amazed at how fast the minutes and miles seemed to speed by. I loved the beautiful course along the Susquehanna River. I loved the challenge of pushing myself. I loved the camaraderie of other runners on the course, of cheering on the other mamas from my running group. My sweet parents and brother met me at mile 12.5 on the course with my sweet potato gels and refill of my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Our homeschool group is coming to make wooden bird feeders at our house next week. The woman organizing the project suggested that the youngest children that can't hammer a feeder together can make pinecone bird feeders. Alex and I had seen some good pine cones when we ran/biked 7 miles on the trail last Friday. We headed to the rail trail this morning, where we were pleased to gather about 15 pinecones. Then we walked on the trail to gather pretty autumn leaves, which we're pressing flat now then will dip in beeswax. Then we played at the little park... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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It's funny to still call our younger chickens "chicks," because at almost 11 weeks old they are so big! We put them in the coop with the "auntie" hens for the first time last night, then let them all out into the grassy area together today. They seem to be doing well together. We think at least 3 of the young ones are roosters, we're hoping to be sure in the next couple of weeks and find homes for those guys. The chickies mama, Big Brown Eyes, laid her first egg yesterday after going broody in August. The auntie hens... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We went to one of the boys favorite Halloween events today~ the local Halloween parade at Hamilton Park Playground. The boys love dressing up and getting to walk behind the fire truck for a few blocks around the park. After the parade there is a goodie bag for each child, along with a pumpkin to paint. They asked Nick to dress up as Waldo, and I said that I'll dress up, probably as a witch, when they go trick-or-treating on Tuesday. I had such fun making Alex's ant costume, and he's thrilled with it. Eli likes being a bulldozer and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I got two quart basket kits from Basket Weaving 101, after reading a good review of them on a fellow homeschoolers blog. The kits are easy to use with good photo instructions. Alex was eager to weave, and after I got in the first tricky three rows he did the rest of the basket! He decided he didn't want his basket to have a handle, so we just finished it with the rim. I was so impressed with the quality of reed supplied with this kit. He was able to even get the rim on without it splitting and breaking.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The study of houses and First Nation Peoples are traditional blocks in the Waldorf 3rd grade year. We started with studying shelter~ first with shelter of ourselves in clothing (the process of growing cotton and wool, spinning, weaving, dyeing etc.), then houses across the world. That led into learning about First Nation Peoples. We are fortunate enough to live right near a full-size longhouse replica (the only one in Pennsylvania!), so we went to tour that on Saturday. It was amazing to stand inside something we've read so much about, and to see (and hold!) all the artifacts. We've done... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The day before we left for Virginia I did my last long run before the Harrisburg Marathon~ 23 miles! Since I ran on a Friday my running buddies were at work, so I ran alone until my Dad joined me on his bike at mile 17. Then Alex asked to bike with me, so he joined us for the last 5 miles while Mom and Eli played at the park by the trail. It was a beautifully cooler day, and I had lots of time to think and enjoy time to myself. My pace slows significantly when I get to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick's cousin Laurie invited family to gather together at her farm outside Bridgewater, Virginia this past weekend. We left Saturday morning, and stayed in Va. until after lunch on Monday. It was so fun to get to relax and chat with family on Laurie and Park's beautiful farm. Nick has 3 cousins and an aunt and uncle who live in Virginia, and his aunt and uncle from Florida were there too, along with his relatives from Maryland~ his mom, sister and her children, and his uncle and aunt. The kids had fun watching the cows, and isn't that view gorgeous?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We celebrated Alex's 9th birthday last week, 9 years with our sweet boy! We enjoyed a day at the Landis Valley Harvest Days, where the boys got to pick a pumpkin, watch wool dyeing, see things like sauerkraut, applesauce and molasses being made over wood fires, and their favorite part~go on horse-drawn wagon rides. We got to see my Aunt Sondra at the spinning and weaving tent, and one of her friends showed us an easier way to use a drop spindle that I'm eager to try. (Eli's enjoying popcorn) Alex asked for apple pie and chocolate cake for his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The boys spent Saturday night with my parents so Nick and I could have some date time. We all had a wonderful time, and it was so fun to see the pictures of Alex and Eli flying their kite at the park! I love seeing Alex's arm around Eli. I savor moments like this, treasuring the times they are sweet to each other. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I wanted to try dyeing some wool roving and silk capes with the boys to celebrate Michaelmas this week. We dyed wool with Poke Week with my aunt last year, this was the first time I've tried dyeing on my own. After lots of emails and consulting with my aunt we cut the Marigolds from our garden and some Goldenrod from our front meadow. I used this tutorial, and we started by soaking the flowers in warm water overnight. I also soaked the wool roving overnight using 2 tablespoons of alum dissolved in boiling water (and warm water to cover... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We've been reading dragon and autumn stories this week, and talking about courage. We celebrated Michaelmas today by baking dragon bread, a tradition we've done for the past 5 years. I also got a dragon cookie cutter, and yesterday we baked gingerbread dragon cookies. I've loved reading these lovely stories to the boys this week. As more darkness enters our world in autumn and winter, take courage. It's also a wonderful time of year to think about what is scary to us, to hold that in our hearts and see how we can face it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex has had a digging pit since he was 3, in fact it's one of the reasons we wanted to move from our last house~ we needed more digging room! The boys spend hours every day digging together, making walls with mud, sand and water, and driving trucks on the roads they make. They call it the "Brotherville digging pit," and it's next to the "Brotherville Nature Preserve." (The space around our 3 apple trees where they've asked Nick to not mow the grass.) There's even a spot to lie down when one needs a break from digging: I hope... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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One of our favorite autumn books is "The Apple Cake." After reading the story this morning Eli helped me bake a delicious apple cake. I put together a recipe I found on Instagram and my family's quick cake recipe. Apple Cake 1 1/2 cup flour (I used sprouted Spelt) 1/3 c maple syrup 1/4 c coconut sugar 1 egg 1/2 c melted coconut oil 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon Chopped apple, I used 2 1/2 apples Combine melted oil, maple syrup, eggs and sugar, mix well. Add dry ingredients, stir in apples. Pour into greased... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I'm running 21 miles on the trail tomorrow, and have done a lot to prepare food-wise the past couple of days. I mixed up my electrolyte drink yesterday, with Eli's mixing help. I keep it in the fridge, then will add it with ice cubes to my hydration backpack in the morning. I also made my running gel that I'll eat every 6 miles. I mash together a banana, baked sweet potato, chia seeds and thin it with apple juice until it's like a thick milkshake consistency. Yesterday I baked sweet potato raisin cookies, I'll probably eat a few of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex headed outside with a clipboard to draw ants yesterday afternoon. I love this drawing of an ant queen: Eli was inspired to draw too, and went into the chicken run to draw the chickens. First he sprinkled some feed on the ground to attract the hens so he could see them better. He drew some, then asked Alex to come hold a chicken for him to see it and draw. Alex sat with Bold Rocket (yes, we have a chicken named Bold Rocket) in his lap, and was amused when she closed her eyes to rest while Eli drew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead