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Snow Day

Thoughtfully penned on November 29th, 2011 and generally concerning Uncategorized

MOnday night we got our first (and possibly only) snow of the season.

There wasn’t much.

But enough to demand an early morning trip outside.

Leaving behind the detritus of a snow day.

Friday Five – Big Kids’ Thanks

Thoughtfully penned on November 25th, 2011 and generally concerning E, Giving Thanks, J

I asked each of the big kids to tell me five things for which they are thankful.

1. Daddy
2. M
3. Barney the armadillo (littlest pet shop toy)
4. My suitcase
5. Mommy

1. Mrs. Burks (BSF leader)
2. Dinosaurs
3. Flowers
4. Mommy
5. M

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Thankfulness – Part 5 (nos. 46-60)

Thoughtfully penned on November 24th, 2011 and generally concerning Giving Thanks

It seems only appropriate to post “thankful fors” on Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for…

46. the sweet heart of my biggest girl
47. laughs courtesy of my kiddos
48. literacy
49. the library
50. unexpected short work days
51. the funny ways little people speak
52. time to catch up with a good friend I hadn’t seen in way too long
53. my kids’ desire to learn
54. a healthy baby (even if she gets up earlier than I like)
55. Prevacid solutabs
56. a functioning washer and dryer
57. new sparkly polish to prettify my toes
58. laughing with Matt
59. my comfy, cozy bed
60. spending holidays with family

Halloween Party

Thoughtfully penned on November 22nd, 2011 and generally concerning School

Since Thanksgiving is Thursday I thought maybe I should go ahead and write up our Halloween festivities.

Now, if you know me, you know I’m not one to go all out with the holiday thing (with the exception of Christmas where it becomes a month long celebration). And we’ve debated over the years whether to trick-or-treat, dress up, etc for Halloween. Now our children are getting older and asking to do things like trick-or-treat, so we decided to not totally ignore Halloween (like we have in the past).

And I thought that just because they aren’t in a conventional school setting doesn’t mean they should miss out on the “school party” experience. So, I made our own…

A couple of my students came to school in costume.

(she’s wearing a fairy dress, though it’s kind of hard to tell)

And this one came as her silly self.

We made spider web snacks.

And ate them.

We did a little digital pumpkin carving.

And some pumpkin science.

(does it sink or does it float?)

Then we had lunch.

(they did eat sandwiches, too)

After Daddy got home we carved our pumpkin.

And described it with our five senses.



And then we did a little trick-or-treating.

I think the kids enjoyed it. I know I did.

Christmas cards? Maybe this year…

Thoughtfully penned on November 17th, 2011 and generally concerning Christmas Time

The first several years Matt and I were married we sent Christmas cards every year. Personalized, handwritten notes went to the people we cared about, were thankful for, and wanted to remember each year at the holidays.

Then E came along. Her first Christmas I sent cards, but instead of a lovingly composed note each card got a hastily written greeting and signature.

Then J came along. Christmas cards were purchased, but never composed and mailed. And that is how it has remained. In fact, I might still have those cards around here somewhere.

But this year Tiny Prints has generously offered me an opportunity to choose cards from their lovely holiday greetings collection. Tiny Prints has any type of card you could want; from contemporary to vintage, whimsical to traditional.

So, I will try to get my act together and send out something adorable like this:

(I love the ornament cards; such a cute idea!)

Too bad those children don’t look like my kids. Now I have to try to corral the four of them in one place long enough to get an in-focus picture; don’t expect everyone to be smiling. Or even looking the same direction!

I love to receive Christmas cards, and I love the idea of sending them. This opportunity and some super cute cards just might be the motivation I need.

Keep an eye on your mailboxes…

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Thankfulness – Part 4 (nos. 32-45)

Thoughtfully penned on November 14th, 2011 and generally concerning Giving Thanks

I am thankful for…

32. beautiful Fall days.
33. blowing wind and swirling leaves.
34. healthy children (it seems I’m reminded constantly these days that children get sick/die due to the fall of man).
35. friends who are more like family.
36. in depth Bible studies.
37. God’s faithfulness.
38. the promise that although life is failing now (Fall/mortal bodies) it will be renewed (Spring/eternity).
39. days at home in my pajamas.
40. fun weekends with Nonnie and Pops.
41. the washer and dryer running in the background (we have plenty of clothes and the ability to clean them in our home).
42. cloth diapers.
43. the abundance God has blessed us with and the responsibility to share that with others.
44. warm days in November.
45. contentment in my soul.

(All of my “Thankfulness” posts can be viewed here.)

Menu Planning – November 11-17

Thoughtfully penned on November 12th, 2011 and generally concerning In the kitchen

I’m currently back to menu planning on a weekly basis. I don’t like it! It is a lot more work than doing a monthly plan, as odd as that may seem. I really need to sit down and menu plan the rest of this month and December; we’ll see when it happens.

So, here’s our plan for the week.

Friday – order pizza
Saturday – lunch: picnic / dinner: barbecue, roasted red potatoes, baked beans, cheese biscuits
Sunday – lunch: leftover barbecue / dinner: small group – french toast, sausage, fruit
Monday – chicken pot pie
Tuesday – leftover pot pie
Wednesday – slow cooker potato soup
Thursday – leftover soup

My slow cooker bit the dust this weekend after cooking the barbecue, so I’m not sure about the potato soup. I guess I’ll try the same recipe but cooking it in the stockpot on the stove. We’ll see how it turns out.

Have a good week!

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FOUR – November 2011

Thoughtfully penned on November 5th, 2011 and generally concerning FOUR

It is my intention to begin posting a picture of my four kiddos every month on the fourth (thanks for the inspiration, Steph!). I missed yesterday, but caught this shot this morning during our photo shoot with Bel Momento Photography (thank you, Amanda!).

I know it isn’t a great shot, but it is what I have. :-)