Thought I'd post this before it was too close to Christmas... who am I kidding, it's December this is way to late to be posting about turkeys. What if we pretend that this turkey post is all about the dinner we will be having at Christmas!!! Ham you say... well maybe the next post will be about a pig!!!
These are some picture from when the kids were home on Veterans Day. They had friends over and we made yummy treats and fun pumpkins.
This first one is Wally's baby quilt. I have made one for each of my children before they are born. I also make little matching ones for the other siblings. I have two of the five that I made pictured here with Wally's quilt. They were each a little different so that the children could tell who's was who's.This is the ornament I made for the two different ornament exchanges that I am doing this year (I will blog more about that in a day or so...) The little crayon apron that I made for my nephew's birthday... I hope he likes it, I thought it came out pretty cute. Mine is altered a little from the original, I added a second row to fit more crayons. To see the instructions just go here.
Every Monday night we have "Family Home Evening" or FHE. It is a night when we have treats, activities, a spiritual lesson, singing, and fun (hopefully). This last Monday we did FHE "amazing race" style. It was so much fun we wanted to share with you.
We started out in the car. The kids were given a clue about a song. I started driving... when they figured out the song we sang it, when we were finished I pulled over and gave them their next clue. They had to figure out that we were supposed to go to the park. I drove there and gave them their next clue. They had to preform a task at the park... go down the slide, run around the park, cross the monkey bars etc... Once they preformed the task and got back into their seatbelts they were given the next clue. We then drove to 7-Eleven (the destination from the last clue) and read a scripture in the car. Then we went in and got slurpees. Once everyone was back in the car we read the final clue. It sent us to the mall where we had a lesson in the car, then we all went in and picked up the pictures that we had taken a few weeks ago. We rode the escalator while we were there (a favorite with my kids!)
This was SO much fun. I would like to do it again when I put a little more thought into it. I planned all of this about an hour before we did it!
Some how I forgot to post this earlier... so here it is!
On August 13 we went on a really fun hike with our old home school group. The location was just off of the Kangamaugus Hwy. It is called Sabbaay Falls. It was a very easy hike up a very large path to a beautiful waterfall. Because of all the rain the river was very high making the falls even more beautiful than ever. We planted a letter box while we were there. Letterboxing is very fun and if you haven't done it before you can click here to go to a website all about it .
This picture is of Carrie trying to help her friend Emmy put her shoe back on. Nelson and Mollie hanging out after being carried the entire way.
See what I mean... must be hard to ride up to the falls! This is me with my best friend Liz
The rest of our kids at the top of the falls.
This is the spot where we placed our letterbox... under the stump. It is listed on the official letterboxing website.
Emmy wanted to carry Nelson down the trail. He weighs more than she does!
Sam found the other letter box that is hidden there.
The entire group that went (minus a few moms taking pictures).
The PTA at the girls school takes part in a competition every year called "reflections." Every year there is a different theme, this year the theme was "Beauty Is..." The children could enter in 7 different areas: dance, literature, film, visual arts, photography, and music. Jess, Sam, and Sarah all entered this year. Everyone who enters gets recognised at an awards ceremony and everyone receives a medal.
Sarah painted a picture of our family. It is beautiful. She said it was beauty to her because of how much love she feels for her family. Sarah got 2nd place in her age category (K-2nd). Here she is getting her award.
Samantha entered visual arts with a drawing of her and Jess playing handball in the front yard. She also entered photography with a picture of our cat Cali. She got an honorable mention for her photograph.
Here is Sam's picture of Cali.
Jessica also entered photography and visual arts. She placed 1st in both categories in her age group (3-5th). Her painting was of her new baby brother, and her photograph was a collage of different things in nature. Her entries will now move on to the district level.
Great job girls... we are so proud of you and all of your hard work!!
This is a little old but I wanted to post some pictures of my mom's visit here. This first one is of the kids at Chuck E Cheese. Sarah giving Meme a flower. We went to a sibling class at the hospital. Here are the kids at the class... you can see Deric and Me in the background.
Carving Pumpkins just before Halloween. At the "Fun Run" Playing handball! (Jessica's favorite thing to do!)
Mom took the little ones to the park while the others were at school.
Out at the beach... it was a beautiful day and we spent almost the entire time in the water!
Gotta love the static!!! We had so much fun with my mom. It was really hard to see her leave... we hope she comes back to visit soon!!