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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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We've been reading "Charlotte's Web" for the kid's bookclub this month. It's been fun to read about the county fair in the book, and then we got to go to the fair in my hometown this week. We went on the night of the pig show, which was so fun to see. We saw the sheep show prior~where sheep are led around on leashes, and stand still for the judge. But the pig handlers had to use sticks to guide the pigs around, while getting them in front of the judge and making eye contact with him. It was fascinating,... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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All 8 of our chicks hatched, we're so delighted. There is only one with a name so far because it's so different from the rest. Alex named the black one "Charcoal," and it's his favorite. Sure hope it turns out to be a female so we can keep it! Nick gave the chicks their vaccines yesterday, a process which made him very nervous. It's tricky to pinch the skin on the back of a tiny chick's neck to stick a needle into it! We sure are loving watching the chicks with their mama. She softly clucks when she wants them... Continue reading
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This is where we were yesterday from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., keeping watching over Big Brown Eyes and her hatching chicks: There was guitar playing, snacking, drawing, lots of photo taking, and excitement. We've seen chicks hatching in an incubator before at local fairs, and we've gotten day-old chicks shipped to us. But it's so fun to see them tucked under their mama! Most of the chicks are speckly yellow, one is black with a yellow spot on its head. We think all 8 chicks hatched, last we saw there were 7 chicks and the last egg had a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The Taproot Waldorf Homeschool Conference was amazing refreshment for my soul. I went expecting a homeschool conference, and it was that, but went so much deeper. Our days were filled with singing, yoga and hiking, poems, inner work, drawing, handwork, and inspiring lesson plans. I wanted to share in this space one of the poems that was read on our first day, which spoke to me. One of the main things I took away from my time at Taproot was that I am enough, and what I'm doing is enough. Forget about Enlightenment Forget about enlightenment. Sit down wherever you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I leave tomorrow for a Waldorf Homeschooling Conference in Ohio. I'm anxious about being away from the boys for so long, but I'm trying to think positively and picture all of us having a wonderful long weekend. It's a small conference, I think only about 30 participants. I'm taking classes like teaching 3-4 grade, drawing, and inner work. Mornings start with a group walk or yoga, after dinner the evening sessions include things like a hike, nature study and campfire. I hope it will be inspiring for another great year of homeschooling my sweet boys. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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It's been so fun to take care of our broody mama hen. Aren't the eggs in her nest beautiful? The farm where we got them from has Americauna's (the blue eggs) and Barred Rocks (brown eggs) and their rooster is a Rhode Island Red. We've learned so much as we go through this too. We noticed her comb and wattle had faded in color, and Nick researched and read that is to signal to a rooster that she is broody, and not interested in mating. After she gets out to stretch her legs, eat and drink it's fascinating to watch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I've been wanting to make another basket ever since Mom helped me make a little egg basket this winter. She signed me up for a basket weaving class a few weeks ago. I didn't have time to finish the basket in class, and finally got the rim on today. It's shape isn't perfect, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Eli is already looking forward to using it when we go to Lemon St. Market next. He likes to take one of our big woven baskets to use instead of their little shopping carts, and then we have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The boys and I started reading "Farmer Boy," a few weeks ago. We're using this great Playful Pioneers curriculum to go along with all the Little House books. We've done fun things like cook some of the food Almanzo eats, do some weaving like his mom, etc. The curriculum includes cooking, art and history projects and related readings to go along with each book. The next children's book club book for our Charlotte Mason homeschool group is "Charlotte's Web." We just read this a few months ago, but decided to read it again. I purchased a fun reading guide from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex's favorite hen, Big Brown Eyes, (yes, he named her) has been broody for the past couple of weeks. This means she wants to sit on eggs in the nesting box all day. So we decided that since we wanted more chickens anyway, we would get some fertilized eggs from our farmer to put under her. Nick built her a sweet little wooden nesting box and we put it in a big metal dog crate in the small covered part of our chicken run. He put 12 eggs under her on Sunday, and hopefully in 21 days she'll be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We took an impromptu trip to visit Nick's family. We all left Saturday morning, with Nick in a separate car so he could come home Sunday. He had to go back to work Monday, but the boys and I stayed with his mom until this morning. We had such a great time. It's always fun to see the boys with their cousins. There was a delicious crab dinner: And lots of time spent playing with cousins~ playing basketball, hockey, pulling each other in a wagon, and riding bikes together. We went to the boys favorite park, where they rode their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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As I was making lunch on Friday Eli came into the kitchen to ask me to teach him how to sew. I said I wasn't able to just then, but that I would later. He gathered supplies, and we had a great time doing his first embroidery stitches together. I showed him how to do the first stitch, then he asked that I "leave him alone to sew." He did a few more stitches, then asked for me to come watch him. It was very sweet, and he's pleased with his work. He asked to make a pair of mittens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I baked these flatbreads this morning, and they were so delicious that I promptly send the recipe to my mom and friends urging them to make it. The texture was perfect, unlike other cracker recipes I've made these didn't crumble, and could hold up to the weight of dipping hummus. Crisp Rosemary Flatbread, from Smitten Kitchen Adapted from Gourmet, July 2008 1 3/4 cups (230 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour (I used sprouted spelt flour) 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary plus 2 (6-inch) sprigs (I used dill) 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (120 ml) water 1/3 cup (80... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex had rock camp at our county park this week from 9-12 each morning. Eli and I took Alex to camp, then hung out until Eli's swimming lessons at the county park pool. Eli was nervous and cried some the first day, but then he learned to like the instructor and enjoy the lessons. While we hung out together for 2 hours before swim lesson we played games and read books on a blanket in the park, then often walked through the Garden of the Five Senses near the pool. Eli likes the fountains and little creek that flow through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The title, wood splitting and gardening, pretty much sums up our every spare moment at home lately. We spent the day of the July 4th working together, Nick and Alex ran the splitter, Eli was the water guy and I hauled loads of split wood to stack. I stopped occasionally to admire the garden, and get the kids a snack. We've been enjoying green beans and zucchini from the garden, and love to watch the Gold Finches eat the sunflower seeds. Alex also likes to watch how the heads of the sunflowers turn throughout the day to track the sun,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Much has happened lately and I've been quiet in this space. Notably my mom's sister, Janet, passed away and so did our hen Skittish. I'm thankful that at the end of the day we have our health and each other. Our days have been ending with watermelon for a snack, reading, and listening to Nick play his guitar. Even during sad times, life is good. One of my Aunt Janet's favorite poems was also one of mine, and one that I have hung up inside my kitchen cupboard: Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I've been quieter here, and there is much to catch up on. But for now I'm relishing these guys, and cherishing their love. (And Nicks!) Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We were delighted to see how our garden had shot up last week while we were away at Lake Michigan. The sunflowers, amaranth, bee balm, zucchini and calendula are all blooming. And we picked our first ripe tomato yesterday! I love seeing the boys crouched down under the tall sunflowers to watch ants climbing their leaves. Alex told me the ants are farming aphids on the leaves. See all that amaranth growing behind Eli? We didn't plant any this year, it all came back from last year! I'm thankful for the beauty and wonder of our garden. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick noticed Monday evening that Alex had a white bump on the blue part of his eye, with some red around it. So we went to the doctor Tuesday, where they examined it but weren't sure what it was. We got a prescription for medicated eye drops and went back Wednesday, it was still there so they referred us to an eye doctor. We have that appointment later today, I'm very anxious to hear what they say. Random ray of hope in my day~our garden is growing beautifully On his way out the door to work Nick told us that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We returned home from vacation to learn that our Skittish hen has a stuck egg, again. We don't want to take her to the vet, cause stress for her and us, plus pay $200 again for the vet to help remove the egg like he did a couple of months ago. So Nick did some research, and tried giving her a soak in epsom salts. He also is giving her injections of calcium, and other treatments I won't mention for the squeamish readers. It's been at least 4 days since she laid an egg, so it's hard to remain hopeful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We got home Friday evening from a lovely week at Lake Michigan. We left last Saturday, and drove 7 hours to near Toledo, Ohio. We ate dinner at a good Mexican restaurant, then the boys were thrilled to swim in the hotel pool. Searching for fossils at Fossil Park Sunday morning I went for a run, then we went to Fossil Park, a park next to a quarry that dumps loads of shale with fossils out for people to search through. We were delighted to find several neat fossils. Then we drove to Ann Arbor, and ate at one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We'll be traveling to Lake Michigan over Father's Day, so we celebrated early this weekend. We got crab legs and shrimp, and had a delicious meal at my parent's house. The boys each gave my dad a special coin and cards they had made, and we baked oatmeal raisin cookies for him. We had ice cream cones for dessert, and realized it was Eli's first time eating a cone. (We asked at the local ice cream store that we love, but their cones have milk in them.) It was a lovely time celebrating two great dads~mine and Nick. I'm so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Happy National Running Day! I celebrated by running with my best running buddy, Alex. We ran 2 miles, stopping along the way of course to admire a huge ant colony in a sidewalk crack, some wildflowers and a pair of robins calling to us from a pine tree. I love running him, and I hope he'll continue to enjoy it for a lifetime. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The organic stand where I get my strawberries at market said this will be the last week for our local berries, so I got another 5 quarts today. I wanted to try a recipe for Strawberry Oat Bars that a friend recommended, and to freeze some. While the bars baked I cut the stems off of 2 quarts and put them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once they're frozen I'll put them in a gallon freezer bag, and they won't stick together. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars: Ingredients: FOR THE STRAWBERRY BARS: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup flour (I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Last year we canned 16 half pints of strawberry honey jam, and it's been gone for a few months. So I decided this year we needed to can more. I've been keeping careful records in my household journal of how much I can each year, and including helpful things like that I used 14 quarts of berries to get 35 half pints of jam. Friday morning I went in to market at 6:30 and got a flat of 8 quarts of strawberries, and we finished up our jam making for the season. It was perfect weather for canning~cool with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I've been spending hours lately planning the boys next year of lessons. We school year round, in Pennsylvania we can start counting school days in July, so that's when Alex will start 3rd grade and Eli pre-K. I got the first 32 weeks planned out, covering traditional Waldorf 3rd grade blocks such as farming and gardening, shelter and housebuilding and First Peoples. The boys will be doing things like visiting the longhouse near us, doing a unit on time & measurement in January and going to the Clock Museum, weaving (on a loom for Alex and between a Y shaped... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead