It’s March. 2018. Every year I do the same thing. I get wrapped up in the holiday busyness and neglect my blog. And every year I hate my self for it.
So here’s to catching up and hoping I remember all the goodness.
Thanksgiving was awesome this year. We actually celebrated with our family on Friday instead of Thursday. That’s because we have a new family member, Brandon, Torias fiancé who works most holidays. And honestly I loved it.
Thanksgiving morning I woke up early with my little crew and started our baking.
They were so excited to help me. For our little family dinner we had lasagna. The next day we had the real turkey dinner with all my favorite people.We started a tradition last year where we put up the nativity the day after Thanksgiving and Tim surprised me with a few new pieces to our set.
One of the perks of homeschooling is that I can really focus on the hearts of my children as much as or even more than just the academics.
I hope these small moments really impact the way they live their adult lives.
One of the projects we worked on to show our thankfulness was thanksgiving boxes for deployed soldiers. We had the kids bring in all their hard candy from Halloween and I sent the moms a grocery list of the best care package items. I event decorated one of the boxes with a turkey. I let the kids decorate the other boxes.
We were given 4 addresses for deployed soldiers and we were so overwhelmed with the response for donations that we were able to pack up NINE boxes!
The kids wrote letters, colored pictures and then packed up the boxes. I had to do some rearranging after because the boxes were so overflowing.
We went to a turkey canvas painting class.
Our church packs up all the ingredients for a thanksgiving meal for families in need. This year we let Timmy and Grace do the grocery shopping. Then after mass we all gathered round to bless all that packed up bags of food. We were blessed to even see the people picking up their food. It is so special when you get a glimpse of the joy that your stewardship can bring others.
We are also fostering 2 little kittens this November. It is always a good lesson when you can show your kids that even Gods smallest creatures are worth our time. These 2 kittens cane to us at 2 weeks old because their mother became ill and stopped nursing. They are 4 weeks old now and doing well.
So I’m attempting a no photo November kind like no shave for the men. I’m not gonna take any pictures of my kids. Honestly I don’t think it’s healthy at least not at the rate that I’m snapping their photo. So here goes.
Disclaimer: I almost never stick to the goals that I set.
Since I’ll have no photos of the fun things they do I’ll have to do a better job of writing it all down.
Update: Totally failed. Made it 5 days without my camera.
They put together a time capsule. In Timmy’s was a bunny, a drum stick, mino’s food bowl & a baby book so that we can think about Lydia when she grows up and moves away. Grace won’t tell me what’s in hers. Typical Grace. They buried it themselves in the backyard.
Later in the day we laid on a blanket and red poetry from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Timmy had piano and voice lessons. My church choir director seems to think very highly of Timmy and has offered him free lessons so we are grateful for that.
Timmy and Grace both had religious education and learned about helping others.
And hmmm guess I fell way behind because that was Monday like 3 weeks ago. So this is what we’ve been up to this November.
Went to a chocolate factory.
Had a Fall Festival and Mama was the face painter.
Grace came into my room tonight with a bunch of questions: Mom who did you play with when you were a kid, what kind of toys did you have, what shows did you watch? When I told her I played with my sisters she couldn’t understand why I still didn’t live with them because sisters live together. Funny how when you’re a kid you don’t realize that we don’t live together forever. & sad at the same time. She wanted to watch the Same shows I used to watch but Eurekas Castle isn’t on anymore lol. I found it on YouTube and we watched an episode of that and muppet babies and she she fell asleep in my arms. Such a sweet end to our day.
I’m burnt to a crisp. Only in Florida to you get a summer sunburn in late October. Luckily Dr Timmy lives here. He is just the sweetest. He brought my ice water and kept feeding it to me and touching my skin insisting I still needed more to cool down. “Mom what else can I do for you?” I could eat him up.
Lydia is selective with her lovin. Sometimes you ask her for a kiss and you get a big ole wet one, other times it’s quick shake of the head nooooooo. She thinks she’s so funny.
Grace just asked me if I knew who Santas girlfriend was. Lol
Lydia says Ready Set Gooooo
It’s Halloween week! Sorta. Halloween is on a Tuesday so everything is happening this week.
We had a lot of pumpkin fun learning. First we did a pumpkin investigation. It was awesome. They had to guess how many lines, the circumference, the height in cubes, the weight and whether the pumpkin would float.
Then we tested all our guesses. The kids love this kind of work.
We also did a pumpkin life cycle craft that my friend so graciously gave us from her tpt store. That website is the best invention ever.
We wrote down what Timmy knew about pumpkins.
We drew Halloween word pictures to match these letter sounds.
We made pumpkin playdoh with pumpkin purée.
For our Stewardship Club we had a Halloween parade at the local nursing home.
Timmy learned read a Level 1 book – Clifford’s Halloween Parade. He’s a great reader. It is so excited to see him putting it all together.
Timmy drew a map of the adventure he wants to take for his 18th birthday. He has big plans. First we sail the ocean, then hike the jungle, cross the Great Wall of china and then to Australian to see kangaroos.
In his kitchen class he learned how to crack and egg and peal a hard boiled egg.