Happy 2015!

Well, hello there! I’m still here and I do love to share snippets of our life but it is a bit hard at times. You see screen time is a rarity for my children so I try very hard not to spend big chunks of time on the computer when they are awake. Then when they are asleep I am too exhausted or have more pressing matters to attend to that the blog gets pushed aside (again). I like having these memories to look back on so, (once again) I am going to try to get more pictures on here. We shall see if I can manage a weekly post this year. New years are all about dreaming big…

Soooo, the 2 big kids are out with their dad doing errands. Going to the dump, bank and Lowes to buy a toilet seat is extra special when you get dad time! So, while Lucas tears Jack’s room apart I am going to get some pictures on here. I left you off with our beach visit last time so here is the rest of September…

IMG_6413Ella was very curious about this Praying Mantis that was hanging out on our porch. She got right in it’s face. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_6421We visited Monticello with Seth’s parents to attend their Heritage Festival. It rained off and on the whole time but we all really enjoyed it. The kids got to pet some animals,

IMG_6422watch and participate in all kinds of trades and crafts,

IMG_6434the music was a big hit with Jack,

IMG_6440as was playing with the hoop.

Even Thomas Jefferson (see him in the background?!) said he was really good at the game!

IMG_6450He ran full speed ahead for a good long time!

IMG_6427Checking out the beautiful gardens was more our speed. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_6430Ella taking a break out of the rain.

IMG_6483We celebrated Lucas turning 1!

IMG_6494He is getting so big…12 teeth, taking steps but still prefers to crawl (fast), climbs on everything and loves putting anything inside of containers.

That little popper toy he is holding is so fun but one of the guys is missing and I’m really hoping he didn’t throw it away. Seth is constantly finding toys in his work boots!

IMG_6489He is still my little love bug but has recently turned into a daddy’s boy! Which makes Seth so very happy!

Oh wow, they still aren’t back so, here is October too…

My good friend, Rachel and her husband came for a visit sans kids and we had a wonderful time together! Who knows why I didn’t take a single picture while they were here…sigh. Next time, we agreed she needs to bring her kids so, they can entertain each other and we can have even more talking time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_6530We like to take nature walks in our back field.

IMG_6501Sometimes Jack finds a feather and this time he wanted to turn it into a pen. So, we got creative with some black paint!

IMG_6559He also built this motorcycle! Seth just helped him hammer in the nails.

IMG_6526Gak was a big hit again!

IMG_6565I found some like new Adidas sneakers in Ella’s size at Goodwill. Anyone who knows Ella knows she adores shoes so, waiting for them to dry after I washed them was a bit torturous. She just pulled up a chair and waited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_6584Super happy!

IMG_6591Jack turned my kitchen into a giant geoboard while I was getting everything ready to make applesauce.

Don’t get too attached to my beautiful (ahem) kitchen. Plans are in the works to make some improvements this year…I can’t wait!

IMG_6594Lucas is pretty excited about it too!

Well, my family is back with their Lowes purchases and some kitchen catalogs!

See you back here again sometime soon!

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The Long Winter ~ Part 2

Aren’t you impressed I am actually posting 2 days in a row?! That is a record for me lately.

IMG_5037Jack came up with a game that involves going camping and having a picnic. You may notice they have stones in their bowls. They love reading Stone Soup (we have read many versions from the library) and acting it out. One night for dinner, we made a real stone soup (or dump soup as Seth’s family calls it) and manna from a recipe in Jack’s devotional book.

Books and food are always winners with my kids!

IMG_4947Jack has an invention basket. Basically, it is full of trash treasures that can be turned into anything he wants to build at the time.

I helped him make a snow plow one day and he had a ton of fun plowing up the pom-poms. Those fuzzy balls have been so many play things!

IMG_5227Blocks are another item that get played with a LOT.

I have read articles on the benefits of block play. Children go through different stages as they play with them through the years. Ella was at the lining up stage until one day she created this out of the blue. She was pretty happy with herself! ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_4959I wanted a moveable alphabet for Jack but I’m a bit too frugal to pay Montessori catalog prices. I bought these wooden letters instead at Michaels with a coupon. Jack had a lot of fun helping me punch them out of the sheets.

IMG_4965We had a big painting party!

IMG_5019I painted only 1 side to prevent him from facing the letters the wrong direction. He did a good job and I’m sure these will come in handy this upcoming Kindergarten year. By the way, I still can hardly believe we have reached the school years.

IMG_5157These kids are too cute!

They love books and singing so, why not combine them?! They were pretending they were in church. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_5031Seth has an amazing garden planned for us and he helped the kids plant some seeds. Our little plants are really growing and will be going outside soon!

IMG_5137We got outside as much as we could too. Jack has had fun with a pulley (like) system I rigged up for him.

I remember having all kinds of grand plans for my garage as a kid. I think it involved moving baskets that brought me things along a line of ropes…it never happened.

We have a vintage copy ofย Andrew Henry’s Meadow that belonged to my grandma. Andrew Henry has some pretty elaborate pulley inventions and amazing building skills .

I don’t know who loves it more, me or Jack? ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_5248Water play, inside and out, has been one of Ella’s favorite things to do. Many wardrobe changes have ensued but it has been totally worth it for the amount of time it has kept her busy!

So, there you have it. Some of the things that kept the kids busy this winter.

If nothing else, at least I will have these things documented for future ideas when I stand amongst the chaos that small kids can bring!

The Long Winter~ Part 1

I think we can safely say that spring is here now but it sure was a long winter. I was looking back on our winter pictures and I thought I would share some of the things that kept the kids busy during those long cold days. I actually have quite a few pictures so I will divide this up into two posts.

When they weren’t chasing each other around the house or riding the trike (yes, inside) we did some structured activities.IMG_4929Play-dough

We made our own too but I guess this wasn’t one of those days.

IMG_5021Coloring

IMG_5108Painting

I know you are saying, “Yawn, we know all about those crafty things. What else do you have for us?”

Well, let me tell you of an amazing craft that kept my kids busy for hours at a time. Seriously.

Homemade Gak!!!

IMG_5080Very fun stuff!

IMG_5077Stretchy, mess free (mostly) and endless possibilities.

IMG_5089Moms can even drink coffee and read in peace. Yes, please.

IMG_5217The 2nd time we made it we didn’t use food coloring and the kids colored it with markers instead.

IMG_5214They really enjoyed doing that. However, I would say they didn’t play with it as much and the Gak didn’t last as long.

Either way, stock up on Elmer’s glue at the back-to-school sales and make it…lots of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_5111The kids really enjoy sensory containers of beans or rice.

IMG_4426We gave our rice a rainbow makeover because who wants to look at boring white rice when the world outside is white…

IMG_4600Happy rice

Until next time…