We are officially the proud owners and operators of a hand grain mill which has been such great fun all day long! Bread day will never be the same:)
The mill I coveted was over $400 and was out of the question. I did manage to find one on Amazon.com which received mostly great reviews for under $60. (here it is if you're interested!) This model is compact and works very well. It grinds fine flour suitable for bread but also coarse meal for porridge and muesli.
Most importantly, the children love it. And I love that it is purposeful work at its best; showing us where flour comes from and how we can use the fruits of our labor together to create something delicious.
....If only I could describe the conversation and instructions going on here...
Ground flour can also make a pretty decent "mess" on the floor (think: the flour bowl, nearly full, dropping on the floor. Twice. The little hands are so excited to touch and feel.)
It's an opportunity to take care of our space.
...The week has not gotten any easier with W, though. The poor boy is not himself. I do believe that lack of sleep, too many visitors to our home, and me being busy with my church job is adding to it. I've been trying to implement a warm bath together directly after the last child leaves playschool. I think that relaxing in the tub and "washing the day away" may help...
I am considering taking him to the physician's tomorrow as it's been a week with multiple symptoms.
The poor boy is miserable. I wish I knew how to help him, but I simply can't hold him all day long and nurse at his every wish. I wouldn't be able to get out of the rocking chair if I did!
Today was an interesting day. My wonderful assistant, Monica, had a home day as her daughter was feeling ill. Surprisingly enough, the day went smoothly and very quietly. I am really, really seeing how the lack of adult interaction and conversation changes our environment. Adult conversation really does take something away from the feeling of the space. It's hard not to talk with one of your closest friends, but it does serve to keep you more connected and present with the children, which is invaluable. Even if they don't understand your conversation or words, they surely do pick up on the emotion involved.
One more thing to strive for!
In other news, I have started crafting my own hair accessories (I know this is random, but I'm excited!)
I'm in love with hair sticks as they are versatile and very hair friendly (in that they won't pull or tangle!)
They're fairly simple to make and a lot of fun!
I don't have any experience working with beads, but this could be something I may really begin to enjoy...
Another single stick I created. This hairstyle is called the "Chinese Bun" and is very, very simple.
Have a great weekend!