Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Muddy Afternoon

A friend of mine recently described the wonders of mud on a forum I'm involved in and I was thoroughly inspired to have some muddy fun of our own. Boy am I glad we got out there and down and dirty in the earth! Aria tends to be very 'heady' - always thinking, very wordy and obsessed with books. I've been trying to focus a wee bit lately on encouraging her to be more grounded and in her body (for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, this is a Waldorf (Steiner) kind of outllook. Waldorf parents speak of the child 'growing down' in a sense as they come fully into their bodies. This is considered to be basically the main 'task' of early childhood. There's a lot more to it than this, but as I'm only just starting to study Anthroposophy I won't attempt to give a more detailed explanation. Donna Simmons from the Christopherus site has written a great post about it on the Christopherus blog). Playing around in mud is such a wonderful way to do this! She let out her trademark little Ooohs and Aaaaahs of pure glee as we patty-caked, stirred and squished. I think this grounding and getting out of the head by using the body was also fantastic for Mumma too!! What a clear-minded feeling. It brought back many memories of 'baking pies' under the house where I grew up in New Zealand as well.

Patty cake Patty cake...

"Dirty Mama"... um, yes!!

One content little Bubba

Aria's plate of food later became a hat

I also thought I'd just add a pic of the latest bit of knitting I've completed. I've been meaning to post about it for a while, but always seem to forget! A rainbow knitted Kimono for my Rainbow baby. I used this pattern and adapted it slightly (I needed to pick up all the stitches from around the bottom after I'd finished as it kept rolling up. A few rows of garter stitch fised the problem). I also knitted a little pixie cap using the same wool (I love this wool) earlier in the spring (you'll see this in photos on earlier posts).

She was such a busy bee this day, I was lucky to get a shot of her in frame!


Wendy said...

I look at Aria and her spirit grabs me because she reminds me of my eldest, Heather. It's a treat for me to read your blog! Thank you.

indigomumma said...

WOW! Looks like you guys had a great afternoon, so glad - mud is SO much fun. Definitely agree with it being very nourishing for Mumma as well - I loved our muddy morning playtime. We will definitely be having more mud time this week, it is GREAT! :) I LOVE the kimino you knitted, thanks so much for the pattern link too xxx

Tan Family said...

Happy muddy children...lovely! Your knitting is truly amazing, too. :)

Melissa said...

Thankyou for the lovely comments - I truly appreciate them all:) We're definitely planning on having some more very muddy afternoons in the not too distant future.