I didn't intend to take a blogging break for the whole month of January, but I blinked and now February is right around the corner. As always, January has been a nice long exhale from the bustle and excitement of the holidays. But this year, it held some excitement of its own. Juniper started attending a three-day nursery school at the beginning of the month. The photo above is from her first day. She's impatiently waiting for me to take the picture, before racing through the doors behind her with not a hint of anxiety or trepidation that day or any day since. She is so, so excited about going to school. She gets to paint and chop vegetables and take nature walks, bake bread and hear stories and play outside every day. Her teacher emphasizes gentle rhythms, imaginative free play, and time spent outdoors.
As Juni is adjusting to rhythms at school, we have all had to adjust our rythms at home quite a bit to accomodate school drop-offs and pick-ups. My notoriously late-sleeping kids (I know, you're rolling your eyes) now have to wake up an hour and a half earlier, which means earlier bedtime, earlier dinner, etc. But we're all so excited to hear about Juni's adventures at school every day - that is, the tidbits that she chooses to share with us.
And while Juni is having fun with her school friends, Owen takes advantage of the quiet house to snuggle in and have a nice long nap.