December 31, 2007
December 27, 2007
After they finished math, they went to their most favorite Christmas toy of all...the box Micah's highchair come in! Why do we even bother creating list of fun gifts when all my kids need is some cardboard, tape and their imaginations? :)
December 25, 2007
December 20, 2007
December 18, 2007
December 13, 2007
Actually, it's our gumdrop tree, not really made from gumdrops, but from easily-obtained and cut candy fruit slices. We visited the county museum yesterday for their Christmas craft tour discussing the early 1800s traditions, and saw a replica of a gumdrop tree from years' past. So, of course, we had to make one. According to the kids, it's as delicious as it looks. :)
December 10, 2007
December 7, 2007
Here is K preparing to throw her baton in the air, clap twice and catch it.
Here is CG demonstrating a horizontal move. She is so happy when she has a baton in her hands.
December 4, 2007
While we sipped tea, Micah spit peas! :)
December 2, 2007
The girls marched in the Lexington Christmas Parade today. This is by far the highlight of the season! Aren't they cute? 35 twirlers participated; this was CG's second year and M and K's first. They are counting down to next year!
They twirled to Let It Snow, but the weather was far from wintery. What a perfectly beautiful day for a parade!
This is K in action!
December 1, 2007
Scraps of fabric with pink hearts: Free (but wrinkled)
The entertaining bond sisters share: Priceless :)
November 29, 2007
November 28, 2007
The funny thing about this whole set-up, is that the guys were finally available to pour the concrete porches. So we had to work around the workmen. You know, 3 distractable 6-year-olds and big men with interesting tools and dirty boots made for some unique pictures.
November 20, 2007
November 19, 2007
November 17, 2007
The Seven Silly Eaters is my most favorite children's book! Mary Ann Hoberman truly understands all the work a mother does to find the right food for a picky child.
In the story, each child will only eat one item. They accidently mix these items together and viola! the have a cake for their mother's birthday.
So, of course, we had to make it! I found the recipe on the book's website; here it is for easy reference:
Mrs. Peters' Birthday Cake
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oatmeal, quick or regular
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 drops red food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 10-inch tube pan.
2. Warm milk to 70 degrees and add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Let sit 10 minutes until milk has thickened.
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well.
4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in oatmeal.
5. Blend applesauce with thickened milk and red food coloring.
6. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with the milk/applesauce mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
7. Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan. Enjoy!
It's quick to bake and fun to eat...it's Mrs. Peters' birthday cake!
November 16, 2007
I'm a tried and true Macintosh fan and can barely tolerate anything less, so I'm always fighting this stupid PC! I mean really...who really wants to work on a blah and boring tempermental HP?
The difference between a Mac and a run-of-the-mill PC is like driving to the beach. You can take your time on the country backroads while enjoying the view or you can drive on the crowded, congested, bumper to bumper interstate. Either way, you'll get to the beach, you'll just be more pleasant upon arriving if you didn't have to fight a bottleneck the entire way.
Okay, now don't read too much into my analogy. :) Just know that Mac's are far superior and have very little problems. In all my years of using Macs, I never had to reinstall our startup software and reconfigure the registery and all the other techno-stuff I had to do to get my computer up and running again.
November 12, 2007
November 9, 2007
- She's quite inquisitive.
- She makes me laugh with her abundant entertaining shenanigans.
- Did I say she asks lots and lots questions?
- She teams up with K to keep us laughing (and worrying!)
- She approaches life with a matter-of-fact attitude.
- She the perfect poster child for the little lawyers association. She's constantly reminding Matt and I to be "fair" towards her and her sisters.
- Can you say Drama Queen?
- She loves vegetables. She'll eat an entire can of peas, lima beans or corn for lunch.
- She thinks her main responsiblity in life right now is to make sure Baby Micah never cries.
- She has a delightful mischevious streak.
She's a fun big sis!
- She can multitask by crying and laughing and the same time
- She loves to sing at the top of her lungs
- She even answers questions with a song
- She has a refreshing child-like spirit
- She's thoroughly enjoys a great picture book
- She'a best friends to all animals and will probably run a zoo one day
- She's never met an insect she didn't like
- For that matter, she's never met a reptile she didn't like
- Her frustrations are easily remedied with a bubble bath
- She says the most quoted one-liners in our family (When CG was saying that she was finally seven-and-a-half, K piped up: "Well I'm six-and-a-whole!")
- She's very helpful around the house and willingly does her chores.
- She loves to play with her sisters and is caring towards her baby brother.
- She practices hard to make beautiful music on her violin.
- She's my walking calendar--she reminds me of my daily to-do list.
- She has the biggest smile when a baton is in her hand.
- She loves her playful puppy.
- Now that she's reading, I get to share all my favorite childhood books with her, like Charlotte's Web.
- Her pen flows freely and I love reading all her writings.
- She diligently finishes her schoolwork.
- She enjoys making things and giving them to her friends.
- She loves her raggedy Curious George that she's slept with since she was a baby.
She super silly, especially when filling in her Mad Libs book!
November 8, 2007
I just discovered digital scrapbooking. Well, I known it's been around for awhile, I just hadn't taken the time to explore all the options available for the medium. But I've been feeling a bit blah and fatiqued (the baby was up every two hours last night!), so I gave myself some quiet time in front of the computer while the kids finished their math.
First of all, I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements. I get 30 days to play with it. So far I'm loving it. It's basically a waterdowned version of the powerful Photoshop, which I used during my graphic design days. But PS Elements has everything you need. You can download your trial here. (I will say, though, I'm very, very eager to get my hands on a copy of Creative Memories' Storybook Creator Plus, because I bet it's even easier to use and better geared towards us scrappers.)
Then I found two sites full of great "paper" backgrounds, embellishments and font freebies:
These will get you started. Freely explore them and see what they offer. All sites sell, but many offer lots of free goodies to try.
A word of WARNING! This is seriously addictive! Go ahead and throw dinner in the crockpot before you start or your kids will be hungry and your husband will not be happy!
November 6, 2007
I remembered I had seen a list years ago with ideas of how to pray for kids. I googled "31 ways to pray" and found a few lists. But those list didn't include many of the prayers that my children desperately need--prayers for patience and contentment, to name a few. So I decided to make up my own list for my children. I'm sharing it with you so that maybe you will be inspired to borrow this one or create a similar list and purpose to pray for your child(ren).
I pray that my children will...
Find salvation through Jesus
Know that God has a plan for their life
Develop Godly friendships
Exemplify a Christian worldview
Find freedom from fear
Have a teachable spirit
Keep their faith in God
Devote their lives to God
Have plenty of patience
Always be honest
Have abundant joy
Develop a heart for missions
Further God's kingdom
Develop solid Bible study habits
Have a good name
Focus their thoughts
Stand firm in their beliefs
Be blessed with good health and protection
Make wise decisons
May they find us, as parents, worthy of their following
November 4, 2007
November 2, 2007
So as of Nov. 1, we've shifted gears. I know we were finally delving into our long-awaited study on explorers. But last night, my child asked me a question about Thanksgiving.
What's Thanksgiving?????, I asked myself. What do you mean, what is Thanksgiving?
So it's official. I'm a failure as a mother. My kids don't know about Thanksgiving. How un-American is that?
But it's all soon to be rememdied! We are going to study the first Thanksgiving for the rest of the month. My kids are so excited! They know just enough to ask lots of good questions. Thanks to all the awesome books we've read every year about this time, they actually knew more than I thought. I think the question was asked because the girls are finally old enough to realize that this is a very important occasion and superceeds just Pilgrims and Indians--it's all about being thankful to God for all the blessings he bestows.
The first thing we did this morning was put up a Thanksgiving Tree. I just cut open a paper grocery bag into a freehanded tree form. Every day the girls will write one thing they are thankful for on a paper leaf. They helped me cut out many of the leaves this morning--that's my thankful sentiment for the day! We did this a few years ago, but now the girls are writing and thinking all on their own...and that's a big blessing!
Here's our bare tree:
By the end of the month, it will overflow with blessings! Here's what the girls were thankful for today:
- CG: our house
- K: Thanksgiving
- M: Mommy and Daddy
Oh, yeah, here's a sweet picture I took this morning of M and K looking through one of our new library books, Waltz of the Scarecrows.