We were away for the first week of April and came home to green grass, blooming ornamental trees, and cold nights but warm temperatures during the day. Spring is here!
This month, we will be journeying through the heart and soul of Holy Week and celebrating Eastertide in its fullest glory, despite the often horrifying and somber events of the world as of late. The calendar of the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church include an amazing array of Saints this month; so much wonder in the midst of darkness to remember. Our main family festival dates this month include:
9- Palm Sunday
10-15- Holy Week
25- St. Mark
29- St. Catherine of Siena
I am looking ahead to Ascension Day in May and the Rogation Days that precede Ascension Day ( the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to Ascension Day). There is also a Novena of 9 days that begins on Ascension Day and ends on the Eve of Pentecost. So I am really thinking about how to mark that.
These are a few of my favorite things this month for my family:
- Since we will be in Eastertide in just a short week, I am thinking of all the creative and wonderful ways to dye eggs, thinking of the Paschal candle and light in our home, indoor dish Easter gardens, Easter carols (yes, they are real!) and attending church
- Gardens outside as well – especially leading up to Rogation Days which is a wonderful time to have seeds, gardening tools and homesteads blessed.
- Spring cleaning and decluttering
- Spring menu planning!
- OUTSIDE PLAY! How often do we, as adults, forget to play? Play has really been on my mind lately as a depression and anxiety buster, as a health enhancer, as a way to create family memories and fun! Look for some ideas about PLAY coming this month to this space.
- Camping. It is a nice month to camp where we live, and we will be taking advantage of that by camping at an uninhabited barrier island mid-month. Wild horses and beach fun!
These are a few of my favorite things for small children:
- Ramping up all kinds of physical activity since the weather is generally nice…hiking, kayaking, roller blading, walking, playing in the yard never disappeared these past months, but I feel so drawn to these activities now.
- Incorporating more and more loose parts play and re-arranging indoor and outdoor play areas.
P.S. — For those of you who are using any form of screens with your small children, how about looking at rhythm, play and outside time in preparation for Screen Free Week? Screen Free Week 2016 is coming May 1-7! You can see http://www.screenfree.org for more details.
These are a few of my favorite things for grades-age children and teens:
- Spring handwork – wet felting, making beautiful spring crafts
- Movement outside and exploring nature
- Adjusting our rhythm to the seasons, but sticking to strong awake, rest and bedtimes, along with regular nourishing whole foods mealtimes.
- Exploring local history through geological and nature study, and also through local historical events of significance. There are so many National Park sites and museums to explore!
- Letting teens sleep. Spring is a time when a lot of physical growth seems to occur, and teens need their sleep!
Please share with me what is inspiring you this month!