“At first Bambi was delighted with the snow. The air was calm and mild while the white snow-stars whirled down and the world looked completely different. It had grown lighter, gayer, Bambi thought, and whenever the sun came out for a little while everything shone and the white covering flashed and sparkled so brightly that it blinded you. But Bambi soon stopped being pleased with the snow . . .
Winter dragged on. Sometimes it was warmer, but then the snow would fall again and lie deeper and deeper, so that it became impossible to scrape it away. It was worst when the thaws came and the melted snow water froze again in the night. Then there was a thin slippery film of ice. A heavy frost had set in several days before. The air was purer and rarer than it had ever been, and full of energy. It began to hum in a very high tone. It hummed with the cold.”Felix Salten, Bambi
Well friends, call me Bambi. My enchantment with those early snows has long been buried away. We —all of us up here in our house in the little woods— have taken to shunning winter as of late and longing for Miss Spring still tucked many feet below her heavy duvet. A grumbling feeling comes over me as bitter as the wind chill now when I step out into our clearing and see the yearling fruit trees and lonely garden barely breathing above the drifts, no melt in sight. The microgreens in the basement have helped me limp along since the turn of the new year but even they seem to be drooping lately under the relentless weight of winter.
Below-zero temperatures are currently holding us hostage as I write this . . . for the third full week this long winter. And to be frank as frost, it’s been one week too many. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed our winter wonderland but we’re ready to move on now. So, we decided it was time to Dream Spring this past weekend, regardless of whether the weather outside our window agrees. After all, it’s the climate in your soul that matters most. Sunshine is only ever a daydream away.
So, we had a little spring fling together!
The Captain got out his colored pencils and sketched some seeds . . .
Goldilocks and her family of bunnies “planted seeds for spring” while mean Mr. Chickadee tried to sabotage the whole seedy affair . . .
Papa began sketching out project plans for the warm season in his new “Grow-Your-Green-Thumb” Journal . . .
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I stoked the fire, sharpened pencils, sipped tea, and watched my budding beauties bring spring to life before my eyes.
Ready to DREAM SPRING with us? Here’s 7 Ways to Start!
#1. Feed your NEED to SEED
Let’s get sowing! Ahhh, can’t you just smell that damp seedling soil now?
- Check out our favorite seed company here: 🌾Five Gardening Decisions🌻 that made ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
- Get out our Seeding Skill School post here: 🌱Early-Bird, SPRING SKILL SCHOOL Special🐝
#2. WORM UP!
Ok, stop squirming! And whatever you do, don’t try to worm your way out of this activity! It’s fast, easy, so much fun, and I promise it really isn’t gross at all!
Start a worm compost bin with our super easy, kid-friendly tutorial: Make a WORM COMPOST BIN!🌱
#3. Read SPRING!
To me, reading to children is really no different than planting seeds in a garden. I invite you this week to join me in sowing seeds of inspiration, hope, and beauty in the minds, hearts, and souls of our children . . . for both their sake and the earth they will inherit.
Get our Spring Book-It List here: LET IT GROW! ~Earth Day Read-Alouds~
#4. Spring Clean!
Give your Homeschool room and routine a boost with our Spring-Clean Series and finish your school year strong!
- ~Why SPRING wants to be CLEAN~
- How I Finally Got CLEAN . . . . with a little help from my friends!
- My 12-Step Spring Clear-Out Routine
- Our CRAFT CUPBOARD CLEAROUT
- Homeschool DESK DECLUTTER!
- Spring-Clean the Homeschool Routine!
#5. Have a SPRING FLING!
We loved our pre-spring planning and play session, and highly recommend it if your family is suffering from spring fever!
Here’s what we did for our Spring Fling if you need a springboard:
- READ the parable of The Sower and the Seeds
- READ A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and discussed how the characteristics of seeds add to our interpretation of the above parable
- SKETCHED seeds from A Seed Is Sleepy
- PLAYED “planting seeds” with pinto beans, a strip of brown felt, and some felted friends
- PLANNED spring projects for the garden and homestead
- LISTENED to “Scattered Seeds” on the Adventures in Odyssey app (a lovely spoof of the parable of The Sower and the Seeds)
- WATHCED The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny from The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends on YouTube
*In a few weeks we will have a seed planting party, but we are still a few weeks out for that here in Big Sky country.
#6. Order those CHICKS!
Earlier today at the grocery store, I stood staring at the refrigerated shelves of eggs. My senses were under attack by a mosaic of colorful packaging, each carton with it’s own carefully designed billboard of competing labels. Organic! Free-Range! Pasture-Raised! Non-GMO feed! Humanely Raised! Above each stack were neon yellow price tags with shocking numbers on them like $7.99, plus stressful red notices tacked on top that read “Due to egg shortages, customers will be limited to two cartons per checkout.”
I sensed a fellow gaper behind me. Turning around I saw an elderly lady in an electric cart scanning the rows in bewilderment.
“Oh, I’m sorry, am I in your way?” I asked uncertain of how long she had been waiting behind me.
“No, not at all” she answered carelessly. “I’m just trying to decide if I’m going to get eggs or not here.”
“Yeah,” I chuckled. “My family and I were just at the feed store looking at chickens, cause this just isn’t sustainable.”
“No! No it’s not!” she laughed and hobbled out of her cart to select a humble, undecorated carton.
On the way home, I held two dozen eggs in my lap costing about fourteen dollars. Not for long, I thought to myself. Not for long.
Comment below if you’re getting girls this spring! What breed did you choose? 😀
#7. Get a jump on that project list!
Maybe your winter is already over and you’re ready to jump into spring. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite, “LUCKY!” If you’re in need of project ideas, you may want to check out 🌱Everything we did on ~Our Holistic Homestead~ for our first Spring!🌸
Some highlights on our 2023 Spring To-Do List so far:
- build chicken coop and run
- build dog kennel
- plant more fruit and nut trees
- plant more berries
- plant veggies and herbs
- assemble eleven more Birdies raised beds (check out our current twelve here: 🌾Five Gardening Decisions🌻 that made ALL THE DIFFERENCE for our first growing season on the homestead!
- load up on wood chips
Your ~Spring Peek~ for what’s coming to the blog in March!
The March of the MushROOM!
Yup, there’s fungus among us, and it’s fruiting in our basement! Stay tuned for a tour of our MushROOM coming up this month!
Meet your new best friend: “The Messy Box”
This is my new favorite way to use a cardboard box! If you are a parent and your children are humans who occasionally (or constantly) leave things lying around, you will not want to miss this post.
Our 3-Year Blogaversary Special!
Later this month, check out our 3-Year Blogaversary Special, ranking the top ten favorite posts on our blog this past year as chosen by YOU!
HAPPY SPRING, if only in our dreams! Thanks for reading, friends!
Love, ~Our Holistic Homeschool~