Monday, February 1, 2016

Morning on the Homestead










Saturday morning found me making my way through the woods with field guides and kiddos, tracking animals. It was another Morning on the Homestead day, and we had a a great time. The woods were full of prints....coyote, deer, rabbit, and shrew tracks were discussed, identified, and followed before heading back for a snack and to warm up. Then it was back outside to make snow candles, and while they set, snow sculptures. By the end of the morning the kiddos were tired, and happy, and I was feeling happy and content.

I am loving these Morning on the Homestead workshops, and have some fun ideas planned for the spring session. Can't wait to share them with you.

38 comments:

  1. Snow is great to prints isn't it, as is soft earth (which we have lots of) it's wonderful how you only have to look for prints once with children and then they are looking for them every time we go out.

    I love your snow candles we are hoping to make earth candles next week too! Did the wax stay soft enough when you took it outside or did you melt it outside?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is so much fun tracking in the snow, and so much easier too. Great for little ones who haven' done it before. And yes, once is all it takes :)

      Thanks, I love the snow candles. One year for Candlemas we didn't have snow and we made earth candles, those are lovely too. I melted the wax inside, and only brought it out when we were ready to pour it into the snow. It worked perfectly.

      Have fun with your earth candles.

      Delete
  2. The workshops sound wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  3. snow candles!!! I've never heard of that and I know that if I was a kid I would love to make them, okay, as an adult too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, we have made them for a few years now, so much fun! I think you should make some Karen, you would love it :)

      Delete
  4. i love the candles - especially how they shaped up !!! You have the best ideas. Have a great week. xoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, no two are the same, that is what makes is so much fun! Thanks, wishing you a wonderful week too. xo

      Delete
  5. You come up with some great ideas for the kiddos! Goodness, I'd love to be a part of this. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thanks Anke. It was a ton of fun!

      Delete
  6. Making candles in the snow looks like so much fun, one day I will do that!
    Have a most beautiful Monday Kim.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You will love it Tracey. You know you can make earth candles too, just dig a hole in the dirt and pour in your wax, those are fun too!

      I have had a wonderful Monday Tracey, thank you, I hope yours was beautiful too.

      Delete
  7. What a great time you all had... We made snow candles last year, they were a great hit! :-) Can't wait to hear about the "Spring Edition". Have a wonderful week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, they are a ton of fun! I have some fun things planned, hoping to get it all on the website by next week :)

      Thanks, you too!

      Delete
  8. You still have lots of snow. Candle making looks like a lot of fun like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, we did on Saturday, but it has warmed up and rained. We actually have some grass peeking through the snow. My little man was running around outside this afternoon with no coat...he thought it was awesome.

      Delete
  9. I remember your snow candles! We got lots of snow today and attempted to make molasses snow candy from the Christmas Little House book we read recently. It didn't turn out so well, but I researched it and we'll give it another shot tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I have shared them before. We love them, and really love sharing how to make them with others :)

      Oh do let me know how it goes, we have done it with maple syrup before, so good. Enjoy!

      Delete
    2. Turned out better the second round. Guess the trick was adding in brown sugar!

      Delete
  10. It sounds like a very nice morning. I've never seen snow candles before, how interesting!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was really lovely, thanks Jennifer. And yes the snow candles are fun, we have made earth candles before too. You dig a hole in the dirt instead of the snow, and pour the wax in. So much fun!

      Delete
  11. Sounds like a delightful snow day and it makes me excited for what lies ahead when my kiddos are a bit older. I'm very interested in the snow candle making! I;ve never heard of that. I'm always looking for more things to do in all this snow. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was really wonderful, and always so nice to spend time with kiddos in nature. The snow candles are great fun, you should definitely try them. No two turn out the same.

      Delete
  12. Your workshops sounds like so much fun. I can just imagine the squeals of children finding the tracks, or the excitement of following them! :) Love your ideas!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We do have fun :) Thank you my friend. xo

      Delete
  13. I do love those snow candles. Still have to try them. Always inspired by your lovely projects. And for once, with 18 inches of snow outside, I do not have to be jealous of your winter wonderland!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Enjoy that snow, we are seeing grass here, the snow is melting and fast. Kinda sad about that actually, but the mild days are nice.

      Get out there and try those snow candles, your kiddos would love them!

      Delete
  14. Oh, that looks like fun. Love the snow candles, very cool. The snow looks so pretty. I know my kids would love seeing and identifying the various animal tracks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Darcel, we had a great time.

      Delete
  15. Look at all the glorious snow!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was glorious, but a week of spring like temperatures has left us with green grass, if you can believe it. It has been nice though to see the sun, and feel her warmth.

      Delete
  16. Candle making in the snow - does it get any better? I wish I was there Kim - fun times!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It doesn't :) I wish you were too, what fun that would be.

      Delete
  17. Your candles look brilliant, we must give the earth ones a go. So happy your morning went well, and look forward to hearing about Spring ones coming up too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you must, your kiddos would love making them. Hoping to get all the spring workshops organized in the next week or two, some fun things coming up.

      Delete
  18. i have always wanted to do this!!! so fun!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should try it, it is tons of fun!

      Delete