November has also brought with it a new chill in the air and although our afternoons have been gloriously sunny we've started this week with a new tradition of warm and cozy learning in the afternoons.
After busy mornings of lessons and choice time we pray the Angelus and have our lunch. Then I settle our littlest in for his nap. When we know that he's slumbering peacefully, we light a fire and everyone chooses a handcraft of sorts. For Violet and I it's our new found joy in knitting, or practicing crochet, which we just taught ourselves, or maybe it's some cross-stitch needlework or embroidery.
Over the weekend I tried to show Seamus how to crochet and knit a little but try as he might, his sweet hands just couldn't quite manage it (yet). I think I will start him on some harder stitching work as he has already mastered the Stitching Basket I have for him! Violet also showed Matthias how to cross stitch on a pattern she's been trying to finish, he did pretty well.
For the boy's choice however, it's lego building time!! As our sweet one snoozes, we listen contentedly to a well-chosen Audio book, this week it's Wind in the Willows narrated by the delightfully talented Jim Weiss.
The fire's crackly warm blaze enkindles our hearts and our souls as we all enjoy this cozy time together.
Here is a run-down of other things we'll be enjoying during November:
More Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson
More Buddy Bread Baking (although not by the fire ;-) and other Family Cooking Projects
Violet has coined our time Stitches & Stories which is quite telling! What kind of Warm and Cozy Learning do you have going right now???