Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tansy Grace: 3 months

My normally smiley girl was pretty serious today... I guess being 3 months old is serious business!  We've had a tough few days... feeding issues, gas issues -- growing pains!!! 
 I'm so thankful she is 3 months... I look forward to 4 months, 5 months... a year! I love the passing of time and enjoying the moments we have together... snuggle times, feeding times... seeing her smiles.
 Each baby... refines me, challenges me... reveals my selfishness, my limits... Micah and I grow in our communication and team work.  We laugh, we cry... we pray A LOT!
More than anything we are thankful that God has entrusted us with these 3 lives... and we pray He gives us the wisdom and grace to parent them well!

Happy 3 months, Tansy Grace!

Cooler Weather...

Cooler weather is settling in... I can feel it in my bones!  I'm cold all the time and all I want in a cup of tea and to snuggle up in a blanket.  
 Our fall has been gorgeous!  We've soaked up every single moment we outside possible, but it is time for cooler weather. Time for a slower pace, quieter days, blankets, tea... rest.
 I love how God gives us seasons... there is truly a time for everything!  By next spring we will be itching to get outside and to make the most of the summer, but for now we are looking towards winter.  We are slowing down, backing out of commitments... we are reflecting and feeling thankful.
It's a beautiful time... a needed time... just in time!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Getting Out...

By nature, I'm a home body... I love being home.  I can always find another project or something to do... I'm never bored.  I've been trying to get out more... be more active -- get the kiddos busy and expend some of that endless energy!
 This fall has been gorgeous... When Micah gets home from work, we've been trying to go for a hike or a park.
 The other night we got out and went to a park... and then ended up hiking the hill by the park... it was gorgeous lighting... Micah brought his camera and took these pictures... I love them!
 Too cute... love this one...
 I love this pic of Eden... 
Tansy was awake the whole time... well almost the whole time -- she fell asleep moments before we got in the car... she is becoming a good little hiker... so glad she is flexible!

I'm so thankful for this beautiful fall... the colors are bold and beautiful!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Field Trip Fun

One of my favorite things about being home schooled is all the field trips my Mother planned.  I can still remember them... where we went, what we saw, and what we learned.  When my friend mentioned she had planned a whole semester of field trips and we were welcome to come along... I jumped at the opportunity... here are the field trips we've been on so far!
 Our first field trip was to a small local caramel shop... we learned how they made their caramel.  Got to see their equipment and their wrapping machine... we got lots of samples... yum!  
 Ethan's favorite part was the huge copper pots that they used to cook the ingredients.  Pretty sure Eden's favorite part was eating all the caramel!
 When we got home - we made our own caramel.  I found a 6-minute recipe and it turned out great... my first batch was more like caramel syrup -- delicious in coffee! My second batch I cooked 6 minutes after bubbling and it was harder like carmel.
(recipe: 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup (each) sugar, brown sugar and corn syrup, and 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk.... combine ingredients, cook until bubbly, cook for 6 minutes... pour into a greased pan, let cool)
Our second field trip was to Mystery Ranch (formerly Dana Designs).  We got to tour their little factory that makes all sorts of backpacking equipment.  They make packs for the military, firefighters... etc and all the materials they use are made in America. The factory is a fun - friendly place... the workers can bring their dogs to work!  
 Our third field trip was to a Plastic factory... they make all sorts of plastic part... like for instance they were making the plastic feet of a ladder.
 It was really interesting... they have no waste... they just grind up the extra parts and make them into something else.  Ethan loved the machines... he was so fascinated by them! 
 Our latest field trip was to the Meat Shoppe... The head butcher sawed up a giant buffalo for the kids.  His knife was so sharp... I wish I had one like that!  He showed us his giant smoker and explained he made almost everything he sold in his store... all the sausages, hams, etc. He even gave us some buffalo steaks to take home... we grilled them last night -- Ethan took a bite, but Eden wasn't brave enough... Micah and I didn't care - they were delicious!!!
Tansy has been such a trooper on each of these field trips... she has been mostly happy and slept through most of them... I'm thankful that she is willing to be flexible! It sure makes it less stressful when she cooperates!  I'm so thankful my kiddos get a chance to learn this way... they are lucky kiddos!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October - Home Depot Kid's Workshop

 This month - Home Depot kids workshop day was fabulous!  The kids got to choose whether to build a fire truck, airplane or helicopter. 
 Eden built a pink fire truck.
 Ethan built an airplane...
 We heard a real helicopter was flying in - so we waited around and sure enough - it flew over our car and landed right in front of us (I got it on video).  The kids thought that was AWESOME!
They got to look inside and all around it.  They had never seen a helicopter up close.
 After the helicopter -- we went over to the fire truck and explored that!
There was a kind firefighter who explained all the tools and gadgets of the truck.  Ethan thought that was fascinating! He kept telling me this was the best day ever!

And it was a pretty darn good day! Did I mention they had free donuts, popcorn and hot chocolate!? We love Home Depot Kid workshops.... 

First Day of Fall...

The first day of Fall was ages ago, but I'm still playing catch up!  I'd love to be able to blog every day - recording our little lives, but it is just not doable... my hands are full!
Fall is my favorite time of the year!  And so we always try to make the first day of fall, special!  This year we made scare crow faces... Our Jr Club house magazine gave us this idea and the pattern to cut out... I made a copy so that each kid had one and they loved making it!
They are getting so good at cutting things out (by themselves), gluing and coloring. I love to watch them develop these skills. They always beg me to do it for them - saying it turns out better, but I keep encouraging them that they need to do it themselves and it will eventually turn out the way my does... I have 34 years of practice! It's not about the end product -- it's about the process!
 We also did our favorite leaf-shaped sugar cookies... so delicious!  
 I have to be honest... I think I ate most of them... *sigh*
I love how pretty they turned out!
Fall is such a fun time of year... we have been collecting all sorts of fall stuff... my fireplace mantle is full of seed pods, leaves, twigs and everything fall-ish... it is beautiful! 
This year we've tried to learn as much as we can about fall... we've studied about why leaves change their colors - we've collected leaves all over our town and studied their shapes - we've done leaf rubbings and tried to make leaf skeletons (soaking them in washing soda to get off the leafy part... it didn't work!)... It has been fun!  Happy Fall... or what is left of it... it is really starting to feel like winter in our part of the country!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Beauty!

 I'm loving this fall... I love every fall! Last Saturday we took a stroll on our favorite trail... the fall beauty surrounded us... it was so REFRESHING!
Here are some pics from our adventure in the woods!






 (if you are wondering what the bump is in his hat... it is a pile of snow to cool him off... look at that smile... silly boy)



I love it!

(favorite memory... Ethan found little "hitch-hiker"... it was a good chat about the guy who invented velcro and how those seed creatively spread themselves... the kiddos love them!)