Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Catching Up

Hey Everyone! I have been busy enjoying the last of summer! Spending time with family and friends is so rewarding even if it keeps ya busy! We went camping with my parents this past weekend and we had an awesome time! The kids did so well, I am so pleased! I'm glad since we want to make this a tradition with my parents and their other grandparents want to go next spring and our friends Steve and Sheri want to go in the summers. They had a blast setting up and they even rested inside while we "set up camp". We went for a ride to get some pumpkins and Mia got to ride on a horse while Noni walked by her side! We went to a farm and got to pet a few baby animals. We took lots of beautiful pictures. They loved the campfire and making smores, and Colin made us JiffyPop! They went right in the tent and right to sleep too and slept the whole night! It was so nice to sit by the mesmerizing fire and just relax and talk and watch the moon come up. We left the next morning after a great breakfast (thanks Dad! We loved watching him cook on his campstove!) Eli followed Papa around everywhere and clung to him and Mia wanted him to play and color and wanted to help him...Papa loved being able to spend time with his grandbabies since Noni gets to see then so much; it was good he had that time too! We made some memories, took some pictures, had some laughs all in all a great experience! Mia keeps pretending she's going on a camping trip and says she wants to go back again! It was definately worth the piles of laundry and catch up on cleaning at home! Of course, not without a shower and naps all around first! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Seasonal Christian Bulletin Board

I made this board for my kitchen tonight. I will use the seasons and incorporate that with God and maybe some of my kid's artwork or pictures. They will love the board because it's so colorful and will love to help change it for seasons, everyday or holidays because we'll do it together.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I Want Candy!

We made some homeade candy today, the kind you melt the wafers and put in the molds and can make candy or pops. We always did that when we were little. So we went to the craft store the other day and got all the stuff to start and we can make sweet treats every season! We started out making some letters and made a birthday plate for the party tomorrow! They would even be cute on cupcakes! They came out so cute! Mom and Papa came by for a visit when we were outside and we went for a nice walk, it was cool out and we gathered yet more leaves! My neighbors must love that we are cleaning the streets of all the leaves everywhere! They love walking around the neighborhood, they hold hands tightly and it's so sweet!

Yesterday we made a double batch of chocolate chocolate chip brownies, yum! Then Mia helped me make a honey and brown sugar ham and honey/brown sugar carrots and cornbread. We didn't do any workbooks this week but have been doing baking and art projects every day and doing lots of reading. I love watching them play and hearing her use her imagination, I love when kids use what they have and are content enough to just imagine and not limit their minds. We stayed home today since we have another busy weekend ahead. It was a nice morning, our windows are open and it feels so good to catch a cool breeze. We had oatmeal for breakfast and I'm going to give them soup for dinner tonight. I will wait for Colin to come home so we can eat together a quiet dinner and catch up. He has been at the church every night this week, and a few other places after work too, he is working so hard and does it all with a smile on his face even if it's a tired one. We sit on the couch and just relax together, and talk about our days. Even if it's only for 45 min, it's still good to grab time when you can to stay connected. We ( the kids and I )have a good schedule though and when he's got long weeks we adjust and keep busy. He always calls at 7 to say goodnight to them. :) So I have some things to take care of around here, thanks for checkin in! xo Have a safe, happy weekend! xo

Thursday, October 2, 2008

What a busy month sept was!

Wow! Is it October already? I can't even believe it! September was wonderful and filled with playdates with a few good friends and Mia started "schoolwork". We have been cleaning and baking a lot lately, maybe it's a fall spurt! It's coming fast and it sure is beautiful! God has indeed blessed us with such an amazing church where we are so amzed at the work He is doing in and amoung us, our cup runneth over! We have become close, like inseperable to a family we have known all along for 3 years while our daughters Tiffany and Mia were in the same classes and their second daughter Ashley is in Eli's class. Sheri and I have nursery duty together, and Steve and Colin are so much alike, it's unreal! It's great to find people who feel the same way as you do. We sit together in sunday school and service and have instantly become forever friends, more than that we are family. We are just enjoying this so much! God has answered a prayer with amazing, giving humble, loving down to earth, generous, beautiful people who are so in love with each other and God it's inspiring! We even got to have a double date all night with them without kids! :) We love their family so much! We also have been getting to know another couple who sits in front of us in SS, Shelly and Jared. They are sweet and kind and fun. Her and I have been getting the kids together and they play so well together. She has a daughter Kayla and a son Nathaniel. She is pregnant with her 3rd and is homeschooling. I know, awesome! They had us over for dinner and it was sooo delicious! Jared even made us these starbuksish drinks afterwards! mmmmm. They are such a nice family! :) Such cute kids too. I know her little baby girl, who is due soon will be a doll! Can't wait to meet her! We are keeping in touch with old friends who I am enjoying watching their kids grow, friends I knew before I was even married, when I was a teen, like Ali and Julie. They have their own families now and they are all so special to me. They are both going to homeschool their kids! I have such a great support system, we are all in this together and have basically the same ideas on morals and dicipline and having a schedule and boundries, That is so impotant and so refreshing to see people who put their all in their family and kids and are doing it according to God's plan. May he continue to bless them all! Ness and I of course are trying to stick to our weekly meeting. The kids have so much fun together. Riley is so cute and it's cool to look back and see how much she's grown, she's so smart! Ness and I always have so much fun together! We have fun with the kids, but we like our girl time too! :) Abbey and I continue our correspondence by sending packages back and forth between the states. I wish I could hug her, I love her so much! Bonnie and Mike let me have Bradly for a whole day! It was so much fun having 3! The kids loved having him and helping take care of him. I just love that little guy! I reconnected with my friend Kerry I had met when I was 16 and went away to Maine with, she was my bunkmate and we ended up clicking and she and I kept in touch for years, she lived with me a summer while her boyfriend was at bootcamp, and later when he came back and they got married, I was in her wedding. I called her the other night and we are so excited to be talking and can't wait to see each other again. Her and Nate had a baby girl, Becca, I can't wait to see her, she's adorable!

Besides spending time with friends I am trying to stay home at least once or twice a week so we can just be. I don't like to have them going nonstop, then you always feel on the go and I don't want to hurry life and miss little moments. Life is not a party that never ends and kids thrive on scedules, plus I LOVE to be home with them and we have a great routine during the days we have art, reading, playtime, outdoor time, a baking or cooking project, movie time, etc. I finished christmas shopping a few weeks ago and am thrilled it's behind me. I am a plan ahead and organized kind of girl! I have some project ideas in my head and am working on some thing around here. I am reading every book I can get my hands on about homeschooling, freeschooling or unschooling. I am fasinated by the knowledge and other people's experiences. Being home and nuturing my children and ME and my husband teaching them is our joy! So many memories we made this summer! We went to the zoo, the museum, the playground. Mia had her double eye surgery and is doing perfect! I got to see my cousin Ruth and her husband Eddie and meet their darling daughter Eva. I got to see my childhood friend Krissy and her sis Aimee! Good times. We had some birthday parties, some family parties, and a whole lot of "just the 4 of us" time. My nieces just turned 8 and it's hard for me to see that, they grew too fast and yesterday I was laying in thier cribs with them and enjoying the sweet innocence of a time gone by long ago. They are smart and beautiful, and did I say growing too fast? Speaking of growing too fast, our Elijah turned 1 this summer and we had a Celtics/Red sox party for our little man in our backyard with a barbecue. 16 days later our niece Jordan also turned 1. She's always smiling! Her sister and our other niece Cadence went to school this fall and turned 5 last month. The kids are growing and we are blessed to be watching and a part of a big happy extended family under a perfect sky painted with rainbows and clouds by our loving Heavenly Father.
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