It's been too long since I've posted on here yet again. We've been BUSY! Apple picking, fall festivals at our previous Waldorf school and our new school, making apple butter, trips to go visit friends, a trip to Williamsburg, trying to establish our autumn rhythm and in my case having one of the worst colds I can remember. Of course, I've not managed to document most of this because my camera battery is dead and I haven't been able to locate my charger since our vacation out west ( I need to write more about that too, but not tonight).
Today was the fall festival at our new school. It was a magical day for W and I. It felt so good to be at the school, surrounded by such a beautiful, caring community, and engaged in lovely activities. W got to make a bird feeder and a little sachet that he's keeping under his pillow. He also dug for buried treasure, and played with a beautiful marble run. We watched a wonderful puppet play performed by his teacher. He was also very excited because he was able to sit by her lovely assistant teacher during the performance. His two favorite things though were a delightful children's musician who let W play the bongos while he sang (my boy LOVES drums) and shucking corn. Seriously, my thumbs hurt because he wanted me to constantly be shucking the corn too. We did this for hours at a time! I wish I had my camera today. He was just so happy and engaged in his work all day. I'm thinking I need to be getting some of this corn so he can do this at home too. His corn bin is getting sparse again and he clearly thinks this is a fantastic activity.
I'm also starting to think about Christmas. I'd like to do all handmade again this year but I feel like I'm running terribly behind and I'm not totally sure what to do for everyone yet. Most of my ideas seem to be for W and I'm working to balance them out between for his birthday and Christmas. I did get one gift completed this week while I tried to rest and recover from this cold. My mom the other day found a needle-felted nativity on Etsy and loved the idea so much she just could not stop talking about it. Hint. Hint. So I set about starting one for her. I have made the principal figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. I'm fairly pleased with how these have come out. I plan on working on additional pieces to add to it in the coming years. I had initially planned to make the large set all this year, but I would like to have time to make gifts for other people too.