Tuesday, September 13, 2011

School and autumn!

School started for us 3 weeks ago.  We are starting term 1 week 4.  So glad to have a couple of weeks already under our belts.  We have a super odd schedule here.  We do school Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri.  The children don't know it but they are doing 8 days of school using this 4 day school week  :D   I am loving our new schedule and curriculum.  We are using a blend of Simply Charlotte Mason and Sonlight.  It is going so well.  We have made and are in the process of tweaking our schedule.  I use the Maxwells book,  Managers of their Homes.  We are loving the order it has brought to our homeschool.

We had company coming yesterday and it has chilled off so well here that I brought out all of our autumn decor!!  I love the colors and the pumpkins.  The crisp smells in the air and the leaves changing colors. 

One thing I like to do is have a bowl of colored candy corn on the end tables.  Sadly with the babies it doesn't last long at all.  The other is to make little pumpkin tea light holders.

They are super easy to make and look so sweet!!

Take the tealight candles  ( I pick mine up at the dollar store)  and center it over the stem of the pumpkin.  Draw around it with a pencil.  Use your knife to make shallow marks around the line.  Go around a couple of times.  Going deeper each time.  Cut smaller than you think you will need to go.  You can always cut larger.  Pry the top off and then use a melon baller to scoop out the insides.  Insert the candle.  If the hole is to small just use a vegetable peeler to make it a bit larger.

Light and enjoy.  They look sweet in sets of odd numbers.

remember they will last 3-5 days.  But they are sooooo easy to make.

Enjoy making your home a haven for your family.

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