Painting Date

The boys ask frequently throughout the year, “when will we get to go to the pottery place again?” Today was the day. This is our third year going on the Color Me Mine field trip and we love it. We enjoy using our pottery throughout the year at home, and we are excited to add five new pieces to our collection. The four boys painted a mug, and I painted a bowl to be used for cereal or soup for the girls in the house. The inside has a stamp of a princess crown and reads “Princess of the Lord”, I’m excited and Eden will love it.


Afterwords, we walked in the plaza and had our traditional lunch at Japanese hibachi restaurant. The grand finale was to our favorite store, Savers.


Snow & Sunshine

What a beautiful day The Lord made! The sun was shining and fresh fallen snow weighted the tree branches.

We have three little people with a tummy bug, so our schedule changed a bit today. Little people had a sick /snow day and the Biggies were diligent students.

The baby was super fussy all day, but I managed to sneak outside during his only hour nap. My snow buddies were shocked that I owned snow pants! Ha!


A gift from God, we have a special hill we built fall 2012 with approximately 90 loads of free dirt, and it is a huge blessing to have in our yard! Today it took multiple trips,
but we were able to get the sled trail run packed and going.

Eden Grace had a special Cheerio ring she made at Gopher Buddy group last night for the birds. She explained that it is to teach her patience. She said she had to be patient to make it and she will have to be patient waiting for the birds to eat it! After she hung it on the branch, she pouted and semi-cried that the birds were not coming. I laughed! We had another chat about patience. LOL.


My snow angels are delightful…



A pot of soup for dinner, more outside time with Daddy at night, a Christmas movie, and a successful run to Savers followed by late tea for me and a special friend …. A wonderful day unfolded!

science center

We recently purchased a family membership to the science center. Last week’s outing was the holiday laser light show, which was NOT worth a cent (or 2500 cents) or time given. But, we had great adventures afterwards at the center.

Judah driving the boats.

They loved the sand and water table.

Great towers were built!




We didn’t start our adventure departure until 1:00, so we accomplished much book work too. I hope to do afternoon outings like this in the future!

I thank God for these blessings …

Holiday Cheer Meisters!

After celebrating and constructing our gingerbread houses for three hours on Monday, we headed off to a dentist appointment. A little sibling accident earlier this month has left Isaac with three fractured teeth, two hours in the dental chair with laughing gas and local anesthesia, and repeated follow-up visits for loose adult teeth. We need to return in six weeks, with hopes that no root damage has been done. He is a trooper. No eating apples or anything with his front teeth for now , he’s on “tooth rest” , LOL.



Next, we ventured over to the Krebs family home. We attended their third annual neighborhood Christmas caroling outreach. We had dinner fellowship for two hours, and I proceeded to dress all of my people in their snow clothes, which was an adventure. The dressing was an event in itself!
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I am adventurous to the core, and sometimes I only see hindsight the craziness of my attempts. Let’s just say, it was headache causing, but also memory making. One of those mama moments where you just smile, laugh, and do the next thing.
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I think Eden Grace was the most entertaining, perhaps classified as naughty. Our very own cheer Meister! She has issues with snow pants and comfortableness of winter clothing and gloves, for starters. Getting her dressed was strenuous. I think the highlighted memorable event of the evening was at our last carol stop… of which her brothers were recounting on the drive home, which caused her in great sleepiness to scream, “They are talking about me! They are laughing at me! They’re laughing at me!” …


Yes, my baby has a pink hat on. Don’t judge me. Lol. He’s warm!

Our caroling group had many children, especially little children, and only a few adults. At each home we would sing, ring the doorbell, distribute a bag of peppermint bark and a Bible with a card from the Krebs family. We realized with many little people we had to preassign who had which role at each house. At one of the last homes, there was a misunderstanding of whom would ring the doorbell. I was still at the bottom of the driveway with the stroller, but I witnessed Eden and Isaiah wrestling each other on the porch resulting in one individual getting pushed off the porch with very loud screaming. It was clearly time to be done and go home. The homeowner came outside and asked what was going on and if everything was okay, Of which we responded by singing joyfully “Joy to the world”. While the group sang, Eden placed her head against the homeowners porch wall, and cried loudly. One of the dads scooped her up and started dancing with her singing Joy to the world, however she was kicking, flailing and screaming. Yes, very naughty and I am not proud. However , it was an interesting parenting moment and memorable for all! This was only one incident of about six…

Our day adventure had started at 9:30 am departure and we did not return home until 10:00 PM, followed by unloading the van and unpacking everything, with an 11 o’clock bedtime!

I told my Mama, that if I had known how this day was going to go, I would have attempted only one adventure and not five! She said I was making memories. Smile. I was, indeed.



Decorating Homes

On Monday, we headed to Classical Conversations Academy to join them for their holiday party and gingerbread house decorating. It was fun!


I felt totally lame bringing my four boxes of store-bought, preassembled gingerbread houses. Days earlier, I had debated at Target whether to purchase them at all, let alone spend the extra two dollars ones already assembled. When life is busy, we do what we got to do. Boy, was I glad I had bought those!