Sweet Memories

I told Lydia that she was so goofy and she said no I’m Minnie Mouse.

Grace made everyone lunch yesterday. Even my dad. She’s turning into such a big helper. Then she sat on the couch and said ok now the cooks can eat.

Today she made marshmallow soufflé which was crackers with banana, marshmallow and cheese. My husband actually had to eat it because she was so proud of her creation.

My girls are in a really sweet stage. Grace is Lydia’s mommy now. She dresses her and everything. Holds her silly cup for her. Lydia even fake cries for her. It’s so adorable. Timmy isn’t feeling it tho.

Timmy & Grace took Walkie Talkies to bed last night.

My brother came over and taught Timmy how to skateboard. When he left Timmy cried. “He’s just so cool mom I wish he could stay longer!”

This child 😂

Grace says mom open your mouth so I can yell a message to the baby.

Timmy wants to put me to bed real nice he says. He just brought me a blanket and tucked me in. Now he’s going to get a book to read to me.

Santa Spa Day

I saw this Santa Spa idea last year from this really over the top mom named Katherine Marie. All her ideas are pretty amazing.

Last year we had a huge spa party with all our friends but this year it was just us and next year I hope we get to include Madeline and Matilda.

It makes me so happy to make them feel special. I set their bathroom up like a real spa. Candles and all.

They were following me around trying to get a sneak peek. The boys were at a Christmas party but I did buy Timmy a gingerbread boy bath bomb so he can have a little something special too.

I cut foam sheets into Christmas shapes to stick to the tub wall and target had Rudolph bath puppets.

They stayed in for an hour and got super wrinkly. Then we used the face masks and did nails. I hope they remember this always and do it with their kids.

Now it’s time for makeup!

Sweet Memories

Gracie made Tim a birthday card and she wrote, “Daddy I love you you. Your heart is like a rainbow.”

Tonight it’s just me and Lydia. We shared some blue box Mac & cheese and popcorn while we watched Hallmark. Now she’s hanging ornaments on my toes and grabbing my face with her cheesy little hands.

At church whenever they start to sing Lydia grabs my hands and stands on the pew and we dance. For every. single. song.

These two love dancing. This was the sweetest show I e ever seen.I took a bath in the kids tub because for some reason the water gets hotter in there. Lydia thought it was the funniest thing. She was hysterical putting her little hands over her face like she could not believe I was in her tub.

Lydia is the tickle monster now. She puts her hands up to warm you that a tickle attack is coming only her attacks are more violent then tickling. But we all fake laugh anyway.

I sat outside today on a blanket and read a chapter book with the kids. It was so nice. We would take breaks between chapters to just soak up the nice weather. We actually watched the bees collect pollen and then we were quiet enough that a daddy cardinal landed in our bird feeder so we watched him eat. That’s how slow our December days have been. So slow that the highlight of our day was watching the bees. And of course Grace picked me a lovely weed bouquet. I love these days.

I’m making peanut butter cookies and I go to eat one and Timmy says heyyyy those are for St Nick. And I tell him I’m just making sure they’re not poison. And he says, “don’t be ridiculous you’re the best cook I know!”

Lydia thinks that every decoration is for Jesus. Every time she sees a house with lights or a Christmas tree or anything Christmas she yells, “ooooo baby house!”

Christmas School

We take all of December off from “formal” school work to do all things Christmas or to do nothing at all. I just want to soak it up while my kids still believe in all the magic.

I planned simple and easy themed days and the rest of our time was spent reading Christmas books. Our read aloud is Family Under the Bridge and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Christmas Tree

We read the book Who Would Like a Christmas Tree that was all about how the tree is home to many different animals all year long. Then we watched a kid video about how the evergreen tree became a symbol of Christ. I couldn’t have said it better myself it was so sweet saying that the boughs of the tree stretch out to God and the tree is like an arrow to heaven. I didn’t know the story of Boniface so I learned something too. Then we made tree ornaments.

Polar Express

We watched and read Polar Express then built trains. Lydia actually put together the train herself for the first time. Then we had hot chocolate and added our own Polar Express under the tree. Last year we went on the Polar Express train. It was magical.

The Grinch

We watched all three versions of The Grinch. Gracies favorite is the Jim Carey one because you get to see the Grinch as a baby. Timmy likes the one in the movie theatre. I’m partial to the original because it reminds me of my own childhood. We made Grinch kabobs for snack.

Then I read to them How the Grinch Stole Christmas while they painted a Grinch of their own.

Our Grinch even got in our the Elf fun.

Home Alone

I love these classic movies that bring me back to the good ole days. I like looking at how different life was like in this movie she’s talking on a corded phone with her friends or trying to use a pay phone to find her son. My kids didnt even know what it was when we saw one. I asked them what they would do if they woke up like Kevin and no one was home. Timmy said he’d eat all the candy then take all his money to the pet store and buy a snake. Grace said she’d get on her bike and go find me. Apparently Timmy has plans lol Lydia keeps putting her hands on her face and screaming 😱

Frosty the Snowman

Our elves brought us a snowman breakfast and we watched the movie.

Then we made some pretend snow. Even I played with it because it’s so cool. Then I broke out the snow cone machine and we we got our gloves and played with the closest thing we have to snow. Timmy even made a snowman.

The Elf

My favorite movie! We painted our own Buddy Elf.

And then we decorated or hallways like Buddy decorated the store. Making these snowflakes was so much fun. Each one a surprise. The kids were so amazed. We also made paper chains. It’s came out so cute!

The Gingerbread Boy

We read 3 versions of this book. They bit said their favorite was the Gingerbread Friends.

Then we made homemade gingerbread and brought some to the neighbors. They came out so delicious!

Timmy is Seven!

Seven sounds so big. He’s turning into a little man. And the sweetest one ever. Just tonight he came up to me and said, “Mom your face is so beautiful.” I don’t know where he learned to be this complimentary. It’s a part of him.

The other night we went for a car ride looking for the best Christmas lights. If the person was outside he would roll down his window and tell them what a great job they did. He just make my heart smile.

For this special big boy birthday I woke him up super early and took him to Disney just the two of us. He was so surprised. The whole car ride there he thanked me. And the whole time at the park and the whole drive home until he fell asleep. He said, “Mom I don’t care what rides we go on I’m just happy to be going and I want you to be happy too so you go ahead and pick what we ride first.” He really talks like that. Sincere and sweet.

The plan was to ride all the big kid rides that he’s never been on and that’s just what we did! We actually ride them all twice. First thunder mountain, then pirates, splash mountain and space mountain. I couldn’t believe who brave he was. Last year this would have never happened. He’s really grown up in a year.

I’m so blessed to be his mommy. I’ll never forget this day.

Thanksgiving 2018

There just isn’t anything better in my life than these little people. They are so blessed to grow up along side each other. These group photos keep growing every year and I love it!

Our newest tradition is to celebrate Thanksgiving at home and celebrating Friday with our family. I kinda love it. Thanksgiving day is slow and simple. We make a big breakfast and watch the parade. Then we just hang out and slowly start decorating for Christmas. We do this because Brandon and my mom work on Thursday and we don’t want anyone to be missing. This year I let the kids help me make the lasagna. I love cooking family recipes with them.

And just like Halloween we celebrated Thanksgiving to the max. We started with our thankful tree and decorating the house.

Then we made a place setting for Jesus and read a special thanksgiving book & prayer.

Timmy drew a picture of what he was thankful for and of course it was snakes.

We had a pilgrims and Indians party with our friends. We dressed up and the kids really got into playing the part. The boys were fighting with guns and arrows and the girls were churning butter. And we made some real butter in little baby food jars and it really worked. The kids used it on their biscuits.

I’m so thankful for these babies who are quickly turning into big kids and I’m especially thankful that they get to grow up with so much family close by.

Halloween 2018

I love this time of year. I just wish I could figure out how to slow it down. We had too much fun that’s for sure and way too much candy.

This was Lydia’s first year of understanding Trick or Treating and SHE IS A FAN. She brought her pumpkin bucket everywhere. And even after Halloween she was still dressing up.

We were the bat family this year all thanks to Daddy’s obsession with bat dad. All my kids talk like that guy.

Even Rosary got in the fun!

We went to Aunt Jessicas to trick or treat with the whole crew. It was so much fun. My kids are definitely getting older because they wanted to keep going all night.

Lydia’s bucket had to weigh 30 pounds da but she would not let anyone touch it. Poor child was walking with a limp but was not willing to surrender any candy. Her little voice saying trick or treat was the sweetest sound and then followed by her even sweeter Thank you. I just love her she has a personality that is like none other.

We probably over did our Halloween celebrations as usual but we started it off right by doing a costume parade at the nursing home.

We went to two trunk or treats. One for cub scouts and one at our church. I really didn’t want to go because who started all this million days of trunk or treating. There was no such thing when I was a kid but Daddy is all about it. I’m glad we went the kids had a blast at both!

We had a spooky party with our friends. The moms went alllllll out! Gross yummy food, dissecting owl pellets and touch & feel haunted house. It was a blast.

I made my kids a ghostly milkshake that cane out so cute I had to take a picture. We also made mummy brownies and pumpkin Mac & cheese. My kids think I am the best when their food is made special. We went to the pumpkin patch with all our cousins. It wasn’t exactly perfect weather. We were sweating like it was the middle of summer but the kids don’t care. We rode the hayride and searched for the perfect pumpkin.

Then we had a family carving competition!

I think that’s it for Halloween.

October School Days

This month we are focusing on Pumpkins, Seasons/Weather and Mexico.

Seasons & Weather

This book writes a poem for each season so I had them close their eyes while I read and had them tell me which season they thought it was. It’s a really a sweet book. Then we folded our paper in 4 and painted a tree for each season.

We learned about different types of clouds and laid down to watch some clouds go by. Gracie saw a big number 1 in the clouds. We did a cotton ball cloud worksheet.

We made an Anemometer out of paper cups and straws. Luckily it was windy because there was a passing hurricane.

We read Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane and then watched the show on Netflix.

Then we did some experiments from the book. We made tornadoes in a soda bottle.

Then we made clouds in a mason jar. They loved this we had to do it multiple times even Lydia was amazed. You take a mason jar and swirl warm water inside the jar. Then spray hairspray and cover with the cap upside down and filled with ice. It really works well.

Pumpkins

We created our own little pumpkin patch. We painting brown bag pumpkins.

We even had wagon hay rides!

We made the yummiest pumpkin snack.

We read the sweetest book “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” that talks about how it’s what’s inside that’s important, no matter your size or color. Then we did our own pumpkin investigation and counted the seeds.

Mexico

Every month will be the same with learning the flag, coloring the map and finding it on the globe. We checked out lots of books on Mexico from the library and learned some Spanish words.

The kids made Quesadillas themselves and were not fans of it. Who does not like quesadillas?! I tried to sell it as Mexican grilled cheese but it was not a success.

We learned about the holiday Day of the Dead. We watched the movie Coco and then went a little over the top. We turned this house into a full blow Day of the Dead festival. We baked homemade sugar skull cookies while listening to Mexican music. We painted the cookies and our faces! Then Grace taught us all how to dance like they do in Mexico and she was pretty spot on. It was so much fun!

We made cinnamon sugar tortillas but only Lydia liked it.

September School Days

September was all about food, from the nutritious to the yummy. This month we focused on Nutrition, Italy and Johnny Appleseed.

Nutrition

Timmy and Grace had to keep track of how many fruits and veggies they are each day for a week. The graph showed they had to eat 5 a day. Pretty sure all 5 were fruit servings.

We learned about the new healthy plate. Apparently the food pyramid that I learned about in school is no more. We drew the healthy plate on the board and listed different foods that could fit in each category. Then they had to pack a healthy lunchbox.

I printed and laminated different foods and they made their own grocery lists and then I let them grocery shop. They loved this.

We did a good tasting experiment. Timmy likes everything really. Grace not so much.

They played a game to see how many foods they could correctly place in the correct category. It’s so fun watching them learn new things like what dairy and grains mean.

We did an experiment with drinks to see how much sugar was in each one. This was amazing to me too! It is pretty disgusting.

Timmy is officially the healthy police now. He questions everything I make. “But mom how much sugar is in this?”

Italy

We are visiting the different countries in Epcot as part of our Geography studies. Of course we started with Italy because it’s my favorite. My great grandmother was an original off the boat from Italy New Yorker.

We colored the flag and map, took turns trying to find Italy on the globe and read lots of books. We learned some Italian words and special monuments. We even painted under our desks like Leonardo Da Vinci.

My favorite part was sharing family recipes with them. Teaching them to make our families sauce was such a special moment for me. Learning alongside them how to make fresh pasta was so fun. And then watching them eat it and asking Daddy what do you think of the food we made. The best. They also made their own pizza, meatballs and Alfredo. Turns out Timmy loves meatballs. I was so shocked.

Then at the end of the month we headed to Epcot. We bought our “passports” and headed to Italy. Epcot’s program is so great. In the passport comes stickers for each country and it’s a scavenger hunt to find the things on the sticker and then you place them in your passport with that country. When your done a native of that country stamps your passport. Then they have a craft set up and speak to you in their language. We then went to eat at a fancy Italian restaurant. They learned that Italian dip bread in oil not butter. We tested out some calamari, only Lydia liked it. Then they had spaghetti and meatballs. For dessert we had tiramisu and they loved it. I also let them try cannolis and gelato. They didn’t like the cannoli.

Johnny Appleseed

Every year we celebrate Johnny Appleseed in September since Timmy is 2 years old actually. Some of our sweetest memories with friends. This year we focused on how Johnny was a Christian. My favorite thing to teach my kids is about their faith. I love that we can live a life were Jesus is in everything we do.

We made Johnny Appleseed hats with our friends and planted some seeds of our own. Then we made an apple tree snack.

We even did some apple bobbing. We read the book A 3 in 1 Picture of God and it was all about how an Apple explains the Trinity and did a worksheet to go with it.

With our church friends we did an apple printing scripture.

Then we did s sink float experiment with the different parts of the apple. It was interesting to learn that just because as one the Apple may float, separately the pieces might sink.

We ended this unit with making homemade applesauce. The kids did it all start to finish and it came out delicious. Peeling an apple was a project in itself be because we needed 8 apples and it isn’t easy for little hands to use a peeler.

When we cut the Apple into pieces the kids wanted to save the seeds and Timmy discovered that one of the seeds had already sprouted inside the apple. Even I was amazed by that.

Finally we added the cinnamon and the girls mixed it and we waited.

It was yummy! The kids preferred Motts tho unfortunately.

Sweet Memories

Lydia has learned her name. & she loves it! Everything is “that’s Lydia’s”

Her I love you Mommy’s are the best

Timmy gets bloody noses a lot. They dr wants him to go to a specialist. He is so nervous about it. Tonight he comes in my room and says, “Mom Hod gave me a miracle. I prayed for my nose to stop bleeding and then it just did!” I told him I believed it and that it was amazing. As he walked out the door I heard him whisper, “thank you God.”

More conversations with Timmy… “Can you have 2 moms (he means wives)?” I kinda panic lol and I’m like why are you asking me that? “Wellll if I marry Grace it won’t be fair to Lydia so can I marry both of them?” No buddy you can’t. He is the sweetest. I guess eventually I have to tell him he can’t marry his sisters.

I cut myself shaving my legs. Clearly I’m out of practice. Well Grace noticed and ran to get me a bandaid and put it on. It was such a sweet moment.

Grace calls me her beautiful treasure.

I got a 3am wake up call from these sick munchkins. Fevers, coughs, no voices, all bad. The positive lots of snuggles and I cancelled all the things.