Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thankful for a good Thanksgiving

We had a good trip to my inlaws' house for Thanksgiving.  We went bowling yesterday, and the kids just loved it.  It was Lydia's first time:

As you can see, we were all dressed for the Auburn game, much to Nathaniel's delight.  Of course, he bought us all the shirts.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rough week

Well, we've had a rough start to this week.  After a great weekend spent with family and a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, we came home to...issues.  Yesterday, the septic people were unable to fix our system and aren't sure what the problem is, exactly.  So there is still water leaking into my garage.  And the neighbor's dog got loose and jumped our fence and killed three chickens.  And this morning, we discovered that one of the kids has lice.  Is it Friday yet?  It feels like we've had a full week in two days!

But on the postive side, Elijah had his first band concert.

I was surprised at how big the sixth grade band is!

And Lydia had her Thanksgiving play:

She told me that she chose to be a pilgrim because she likes the word pilgrim. "It sounds funny.  Pilgrim!  Pilgrim!"  She did a great job delivering her lines and singing the songs.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....Thanksgiving?

So, a week and a half before Thanksgiving, you need to find everyone's gloves, hats, and scarves.
 Brush the snow off of the pumpkins on the front porch.

And go play!

I had just finished shoveling off the concrete pad of our driveway when it started snowing again.  It now has another half inch on it (no pictures of that driveway spot).  But it is supposed to get colder and colder today, and this morning it was quite nice out, so we all got in some good outdoors time.  All in all, a nice snow day, although it feels more like it should be around Christmas (or later!) instead of before Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lydia at Work

Lydia absolutely loves school.  Here you can see how she works.  She loves animals, so when told to write her own sentence using the word so, she chose "Armadillo is so small".  I think she did a pretty good job sounding that out by herself.  In case you were wondering, she has been playing armadillo a lot lately.  It's one of the many animals she's very fond of.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Yesterday was a beautiful fall day.  I raked a pile of leaves in front of the stump the kids call the "cannon," then called them out.  Lydia and Malachi delighted in playing there for hours.  Elijah took over the rake and spent a very long time re-raking the pile for them.  (It is handy to have a big brother around!)

Yes, they were still in their church clothes.  I didn't have the heart to make them stop and go change.  Luckily, the leaves were all dry, so the clothes faired well.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Montessori Style Aprons

I'm going to be doing a craft show with my sister in a few weeks, and I've been meaning to try to make a child's Montessori style apron, so I decided that this was a good time to do so.  These aprons are reversible, and even small kids can put them on by themselves.  Here Lydia and Malachi are modeling the same apron, both sides:

 Malachi prefers the blue side, but I love the sailor fabric that my Mamaw gave me.  It used to be in her fabric shop.

The kids are wearing the child's size apron, and it is a bit big on Lydia.  She will probably fit better in the toddler size, but I haven't made one of those yet.  I did cut one out, though, and I've already made a daisy child-sized one.

The top strap has elastic in it, and there is a side strap that goes behind the back and velcros on the side, so the apron stays in place.

I'm very pleased with how these turned out.  I hope to make several more before the craft show!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The aftermath...

Well, I never managed to get a good photo of everyone dressed up, but this is the aftermath:

The boys have already taken off their superhero costumes, and no one is really interested in getting a picture taken, because look at all that candy!  Nathaniel hooked up the trailer and filled it full of hay to pull us around.  The kids had a blast, even though the weather was lousy.  It was cold and misty, and towards the end it started raining.  About a half hour after we got everyone inside, it was a snow/rain mix out there.
All in all, though, it was a very Happy Halloween!