Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kids Say . . . 2014 edition

The vast majority of my facebook status updates are cute/funny things my kids, mostly Little Bit, say. Recently a friend suggested that I should do a "year in review" of Little Bit's funny sayings, so I decided to take suggestion, but couldn't leave her sisters out. So . . . here are all the funny/cute things my kids said that made it onto facebook in 2014:

Little Bit got up this morning, came downstairs, went to the bathroom, came back out and said "Daddy, guess what, I'm too big to put in the toilet"

Little Bit bumped her ice cream bowl and it landed on the floor. She told me it was her elbow's fault. I asked her who made her elbow move and she said "the nurons in my brain, it's their fault". Homeschoolers are, at least, creative, in passing the blame 

Little Bit and I don't like mushrooms, the rest of the family does. Lexie just told her that they grow mushrooms in "poop", to which she said "Really? I can't believe, YOU. EAT. POOP!" Lexie's response "yeah, we don't like to think of it that way" LOL

Little Bit quote: "I saw a mummy on Jake (tv show), mummies are covered with bandaids all over, except their eyes . . . "

Ashlyn: It smells like SPRING! Why would anyone want to use air fresheners? Fresh air smells SOOOOO much better!

Rodney (to Little Bit): Who told you you could get older young lady?!
Little Bit: God.
Rodney: Oh.

Watching a video, the guy said "put on your thinking caps . . . " to which Little Bit replied "I don't have a thinking cap" 

Mom just told Little Bit that she doesn't need to eat ALL the time. To which she replied "Mama, I'll STARVE if I don't eat, just like plants DIE if they don't have water!"

Ashlyn was telling Little Bit a fairy tale, at the end she declared emphatically that "the wizard was vanished from the land" and she refuses to believe that it should be banished.

Little Bit's running around the house, peeking into corners, cabinets, etc and saying "found you" everywhere she looks . . . I don't think I want to know who/what she's finding 

I just attempted to explain the concept of materiality, in auditing, to Ashlyn, she is HORRIFIED and has declared that I'm a terrible person, for not caring if a company's books are off by "thousands of dollars", I'm very amused . . . 
Little Bit: "I know everything, ask me a question."
Lexie: "Who was the first president?"
Little Bit: "Adam and Eve"

(note, these next few are from while the girls were staying with my parents while Rodney had heart surgery)

And on a more fun note, after all the medical stuff, my dad sent me this update on life at their house, with the girls (note that the "laps" he mentions are on mom & dad's bikes, dad lowered the seats as far as they'd go and the girls are just barely tall enough to ride them):
 "Mom went to get a haircut and do some grocery shopping and left me 'watching the munchkins'. Little Bit told me that would be hard work for me.
I gave the twins a challenge to see how many round trips they could make between our house and Grandmas in 30 minutes. They took off and after 10 minutes had done 4 laps, 2 miles. At the end of the 30 minutes they had done 12 laps or 6 miles. I figure that was mighty good!
While they were doing their ride Little Bit was 'helping' me clean up some stuff in the garage. she found a box of old door knob parts and started getting interested in them. before the half hour was up she showed me that she had found a matching set of inside and outside parts and fitted them together. I was amazed!"

So nice to be with my girlie girls, they seem to be glad to see me. I'm kinda glad to see them too  And apparently spending 10 days with Papa has activated Little Bit's "question button", now she's asking as many questions as her sisters!!!!!

Last night Little Bit was upset about something so, to try to help her get over it, Ashlyn "tango" (video chat) my phone from her iPod. She created a monster, apparently the first thing Little Bit wanted to do when they got up this morning was talk to Mommy LOL. The 3 of them clustered around an ipod all talking at once is rather hard to follow, but they seemed to like it 

Little Bit: I wish we had chocolate chips for the granola, can we get some at my favorite store when we're there?
(side note: her "favorite store" is the grocery store that gives kids smarties at checkout. conveniently it's also where we're going today AND where I get chocolate chips)
Me: ok, can you remind me when we're there?
Lina: Sure, I'll keep it in my mind and not let anything else in . . . except maybe water . . . can somebody get me some water?

Little Bit, looking at the scar from Rodney's surgery, "I can't believe you let the doctor DO THAT to you!"

Little Bit quote of the morning, while examining the inner workings of the recliner part of the sofa, "Someday I'm going to take the sofa apart and put it back together" . . . oh dear!

It's been awhile since we were in Pittsburgh. Ever since Little Bit was a baby she's loved the "shiny" tunnels out here. Thought she might have outgrown it by now, but nope! She's as enthralled as ever.

Little Bit found a bottle of the vitamin D gummies we take in the wintertime and asked if she could have one. I told her those are for winter, she can get her vitamin D now by going out and being in the sun. . . she didn't want to go outside alone so she asked Ashlyn to read outside . . . "please, you'll get your vitamins!" 

We normally don't have cold cereal in the house (expensive and not healthy), but when I can find Rodney's favorites on a good enough sale I humor him. Today I brought home Cheerios. Rodney asked me why I got Cheerios and before I could answer Little Bit replied "because she loves her husband"  

Little Bit: mothers don't know EVERYTHING, you know . . . who was the first man?
me: Adam
Little Bit: oh . . . well, then . . . how tall is God?
me: NOBODY knows that.
Little Bit: See, I TOLD you mothers don't know everything!

Little Bit: You know, Dora's a real person.
Me: No she's not.
Little Bit: In my world, she is.
alrighty then . . .

I had to laugh, this afternoon Rodney took the girls shopping to get me birthday presents. When they got home Little Bit came in ahead of the rest of them and said "Mommy, you need to go to your room so we can sneak your presents in."

This afternoon Little Bit was playing with the iPad, she took a picture of something and said "this is perfect, I HAVE to blog about it!"

Me: I'm sore
Lexie: Why are YOU sore?
Me: Because I did a bunch of dragging of dirt today
Lexie (who has most definitely moved more dirt than I have this week) : Oh, I don't get sore
Little Bit: (whispers) Mommy's older than you

Rodney (while picking on his children): come on, you can trust me, I'm your daddy
Ashlyn: nope, I already tried that
Rodney: when?
Lexie & Ashlyn, together: YEARS ago!

Me: Are you doing history (on the computer)
Lexie (while playing on a message board): No, I'm doing geometry
Me: how do you figure?
Lexie: I'm trying to use smilies to make a triangle, it's harder than you'd think . . . 
Me: sigh . . . I guess she gets points for creativity or something

I told Little Bit to go get dressed so we can run errands (she was in pjs). She came down wearing a long-sleeve dress. I told her I don't care, but she might get hot (it IS cooler than normal, but still . . . ). She said "good point, I'll be right back" came back downstairs with a t-shirt & shorts on UNDER the long-sleeve dress, so "if I get hot, I can just take the dress off". She is definitely a problem solver!

When my parents are here we usually watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. As we finished Jeopardy tonight, Wheel of Fortune was on and Little Bit excitedly said "Yay! My favorite part of Jeopardy, I don't like the word part, I like the wheel part"

Lexie: Mommy, how do you spell renaissance?
Little Bit: R . . . Mommy, what's next?
Me: R-e-n . . .
Little Bit: R-e-n . . . what's next?
Me: R-e-n-a-i-s-s-a-n-c-e
Little Bit: Yeah, what she said


Little Bit: tomorrow's my wedding . . . with my husband
Me: who's your husband
Little Bit: my brother
Me: who's your brother
Little Bit: Thomas (note, she doesn't KNOW a Thomas)
Me: huh?
Little Bit: (big sigh) you'll understand when you're older . . . maybe

Little Bit and my mom are talking about last names. Little Bit said, "my name is Brown, but it should be golden."

Little Bit put socks on her hands and said "look, I'm a platypus! When I spread my fingers out it's like there's webbing in between!"

Little Bit just came downstairs and said "Mommy, I need you to make me Christmas socks and Christmas clothes . . . I need brown socks, and brown leggings and a dark green dress and a hat that looks like a star . . . so I can look like a Christmas tree on Christmas!" . . . oooookkkkaaaayyyy . . . my response was "talk to me in December" LOL 

Lexie and Ashlyn were asked to act out the Bible story in Kindergarten at church this week, the story suggests having the kids help act out the story, so the girls are trying to figure out "costumes" (playsilks and headbands) to bring for the kids. They keep asking Little Bit to be their "model" so they can figure out if different playsilks work, finally when they said "model, we need you" she responded with a big sigh and the question "do models EVER get a break?!?!"

Lexie and Ashlyn were seeing if we could tell them apart when they're dressed the same (and hair's the same). Little Bit could still tell them apart and they asked her how she could tell. Her response? "your eyelashes are different" ooookkkaaayy . . . (they asked if she meant eyeBROWS and she said no and pointed to her eyeLASHES).

Ashlyn was reading a joke off a piece of candy "What kind of cat likes water?" Little Bit answered "a jaguar". When Ashlyn said "an octo-pus" Little Bit insisted "no, it's a jaguar, I learned it on Wild Kratts!" 

Cats are so weird. In our living room we have a big basket full of throw blankets and right next to it a hat box with wood blocks in it. I can't begin to imagine why the cat prefers to sleep on top of the blocks.

Lexie: I'm going to figure out how to make carmel . . . how hard can it be?
Little Bit: And how messy can it be? A LOT!!!

Proof that I've raised 'em right . . . Lexie just said, "Lemonade Ice Tea is the best combination on earth . . . except chocolate and coffee." 

Our history fun today includes making marshmallow catapults. To make it more "history-related" Lexie also began her story of the "marshmallow wars" where medieval knights used giant marshmallows to build hold their catapult together and shot flaming marshmallows at the enemy. LOL

Little Bit (while holding a stuffed monkey, er orangutan (but I've never told her that)) just asked me if we have any (some word I've never heard) leaves. Ummm . . . no, why? "because I need it to help my pet orangutan's muscle soreness" alrightythen! A few minutes later, Ashlyn walked by and said something about Little Bit's "monkey" and Little Bit "huffed" and said "it's an APE, not a monkey! Monkeys have tails, apes do NOT!" this is what happens when 5 year olds watch Wild Kratts ad nauseum.

And another gem . . . Little Bit, to Lexie "Lexie, here's something important you need to learn about being a big sister . . . never blame someone without the facts!"

Little Bit, while making pinecone turkeys: Look Mama, I made the snood
My mom: ookkaayy
Little Bit: That's what that red thing on the head is called
Me, googling and confirming that she knows what she's talking about: Yup, she's been watching Wild Kratts again

Rodney was showing the girls the trailer for the new Hobbit movie and Ashlyn's comment was "ummm. . . did they even READ the book?" That's my girl! (and yes, she still wants to see it, she just pretends it's a completely different story from the book  )

Little Bit and Ashlyn were discussing Little Bit's loose front tooth and Ashlyn said it would probably fall out soon. Little Bit's response, "I just hope the new one grows in by corn season." Giggle! Wouldn't want to miss out on corn on the cob.

The girls are making cookies. Little Bit cracked the egg, all the way (as opposed to hitting it on the counter & then letting someone else pull it apart). Her comment, "Mommy, I finally put my thumbs in the gooeyness!" When the rest of us didn't express sufficient glee, she added "Aren't you guys EXCITED?!?!?!?!"

It's official, I'm raising history nerds. Lexie is going off on the fact that the King Arthur Flour bag's picture isn't historically accurate 

Little Bit (from the kitchen): Mommy, can I have an orange?
Me: yes
Little Bit: Good, because I forgot to ask you, and already peeled it.

And there you have it . . . just a taste of what life has sounded like at our house in 2014!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up for the Week of December 21

Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas!

Not surprisingly, the "busy trend" continued last week.

We made Dreidels, the girls made brownies, to round out their cookie-making.

We made yarn baskets (that I forgot to take pictures of) and the girls assembled the cookies into bags to put in the baskets as gifts.

We'd also found a recipe for "coal" (make rice crispy treats but use crushed oreo cookies instead of rice crispies) so the girls made "coal" for Papa and their uncles.

Tuesday night was the final night of Hanukkah. With all our menorahs it was quite the display :)

Wednesday we headed to my parents' house for Christmas.

We got there and the girls spent the afternoon helping Mama make food and decorations.

Christmas Eve we made pizza and the girls opened their Christmas Eve gifts:

Our traditional gifts for Christmas eve are books, audiobooks, games and/or DVDS (one per kid, but generally all to share). This year the books and audiobooks were more for the big girls, though the Adventures in Odyssey CDs should start to keep Little Bit's attention before too much longer, but the DVD was most definitely for Little Bit. I wasn't at an angle to get her face, but even in profile you can see how excited she was to get Frozen!

The other Christmas eve gift(s) was new nightgowns for each of the girls from Mama. In the past they've all matched, but when Mama found Hello Kitty Christmas flannel, she decided Little Bit needed that. The big girls were, of course, much too mature for Hello Kitty, so theirs are Snoopy :)

We settled in and watched Frozen while we enjoyed homemade pizza, and cookies/fudge/etc. for dessert.

Our final Christmas Eve tradition before bedtime is making monkey bread for Christmas Morning breakfast.

This year my mom made the dough ahead and froze it. She used a recipe for monkey bread dough that was a sweet dough (more like cinnamon rolls). Interestingly enough, I think we all agreed that we like it better with the plain bread dough that we normally use. Now I'm motivated to try making homemade bread dough and freezing it ahead next year instead of being lazy and buying frozen bread dough.

Christmas morning was stockings, breakfast, and then Papa and the big girls went to pick up my grandma from the Assisted Living Center.

When they got back with Grandma, we started presents. The girls were excited to watch Grandma open the cookies they'd made for her. It seemed like every time I looked over at her she was eating another cookie, so apparently they were a hit, hee hee.

They were also anxious to see Papa's reaction when they gave him "coal". He reacted with the anticipated "offense" at deserving nothing but coal.

Mama and Papa's presents for the girls this year included several hard-to-wrap items, so it was a Christmas of "treasure hunts".

The first treasure hunt led all three girls all over the house to find a dollhouse in the spare bedroom. It's a huge, handmade dollhouse (that I apparently didn't take a picture of) that a friend of my parents was making for his daughter and never finished.

Now the big girls get the fun of helping Papa finish it, and decorate it with wall paper, flooring, furniture, etc. Little Bit is already having fun playing with the dolls and furniture that came with it. Because of it's size, and the fact that it needs Papa's expertise to finish it, it will live at Mama and Papa's house. Proof that it was, indeed, a hit, came that evening when Little Bit wasn't sure she wanted to drive through a local drive-through lights display because she wanted to make sure she had time to play with the dollhouse before bed.

Another treasure hunt lead Little Bit to the playhouse where she found the world's largest stuffed giraffe, sigh . . . Mama and Papa tried to convince her that it should live at their house too, but she wasn't going for that idea. We DID decree that, since she shares a double bed with Lexie, it can only sleep in their bed if Lexie ok's it, which she's done once, so far, I didn't ask her how it went.

The final treasure hunt was for the big girls. They searched the house and outside before ending up in the shed where they found their new, full-size bikes. Ever since they used Mama and Papa's bikes while at their house this spring (during Rodney's surgery), they have insisted that their bikes were too small to ride comfortably, so now they don't have that excuse anymore! Or won't once Mama and Papa come visit us and bring the bikes to our house, since they certainly don't fit in the minivan!

The other present of note, was Little Bit's Frozen Dress-up Dress. When she told me to put an "Elsa dress" on her wish list, I added the Elsa dress from The big girls each had a couple different dress-up dresses from there and I love that they're easy to put on/off and don't have any itchy trim, etc. Some of the other cheaper, dress-up dresses we have, none of my spirited girls have been willing to wear because they don't feel right. So now I pretty much insist on this brand, or homemade. When my parents went to order the dress it was out-of-stock, but they decided to order it anyway and hope it came back in-stock by Christmas. It shipped out soon after ordering BUT when they got it, instead of the requested Elsa dress, they sent the Anna dress. When mom called about it, they said she could, obviously, return the Anna dress, but that the Elsa dress is back-ordered until JULY! With such a long wait time, and with the Anna dress already HERE, we decided to wait and let Little Bit decide for herself if she wanted the Anna dress now, or to wait for the Elsa dress. My mom did say she could make Little Bit an Elsa dress which is less of a wait than July, but still not instantaneous. It took Little Bit ALL DAY on Christmas, and some angst, to finally decide to keep the Anna dress, and put the Elsa dress on her Birthday list. Despite her preference for Elsa, she wore her Anna dress all evening, and even insisted on wearing it for the ride home on Friday. She thought I should let her wear it to church yesterday too, but I was mean mommy and vetoed that idea.

By the time presents were done, and the mess cleaned up, it was time for dinner. My brother, Dan, and his girlfriend and her boys came over.

Dan was trying to get his girlfriend's son, to climb the wall to the loft with Little Bit, but he (the son) was scared, so Dan showed him how it's done. Still didn't convince him to come up, but at least Little Bit had her uncle up there to keep her company :)

We had a nice afternoon with Dan and Beth and the boys. Then walked to their house to meet their new puppy. Little Bit had fun playing with the boys' huge nerf guns :)

Friday morning we had a relaxed morning getting things packed up and just hanging out, before heading home after lunch.

We finished up our week with an eventful Sabbath morning.  Lexie and Ashlyn did the Bible story part for Little Bit's class, by having the kids act out the story of the Wise Men.

Instead of a sermon for church, we had an all-music program. Lexie played violin with a couple other girls and also a solo.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Candy Dreidel Making . . .

This morning the girls enjoyed a yummy craft! I'd seen a few different variations online of making "dreidels" out of marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and Hershey's kisses. So this morning I set out the ingredients and when I suggested we look at the computer to see how to do it, the girls indignantly told me that they could figure it out their own way! So they did . . . here's their version of candy dreidels. (Ashlyn took the step-by-step pictures and they informed me that I "had to" post this on my blog. Enjoy!)

You will need:
pretzel sticks
large marshmallows
Hershey's kisses with soft centers (we went with dark chocolate mint ones)

Break the pretzel stick to be the length that you want for the "handle' of your dreidel.

Stick the pretzel into one end of the large marshmallow.

Gently push the toothpick into the chocolate kiss. 

The kisses we used have a "truffle" center, so the toothpick went into the kiss easily, I'm not sure a toothpick would work with a plain chocolate kiss, I think in that case, it would work better to use frosting to stick the kiss to the marshmallow.

Stick the other end of the toothpick into the marshmallow and . . . you're done!

Be sure to warn/remind the people eating these that there's a toothpick inside!

visit Lisa's blog for more new recipes!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up for the Week of December 14

And another busy week . . .

Before Lexie knew about making the cookies to pass out after church, she had promised Little Bit that they could make gingerbread men, so that was one of this week's projects. It took all day, and made a huge mess, but Little Bit had fun, and the cookies are actually pretty yummy.
As a convenient bonus, they are relatively healthy too . . . whole wheat flour, natural sweeteners, etc. We used this recipe.

This week was also when we FINALLY decorated for Hanukkah and Christmas. I tried to convince them that since it took us so long, we should skip the tree this year, but they had it all planned out and would have been soo disappointed if they didn't get to carry out their plan, so we went with it. Little Bit got to decorate the small pink tree in the girls' bedroom, AND the small purple tree in the school room.

The big girls took charge of the bigger tree in the living room. They had decided to combine the 2 holidays that we celebrate in December, and decorate the tree with Hanukkah colors, so after Christmas last year we found silver and blue balls on clearance, and the girls borrowed some more blue and silver balls from Mama when they helped decorate her tree a few weeks ago. They spent as long deciding on a specific "pattern" (don't ask me what it is) as they did actually decorating the tree, but they had fun with it, so whatever works . . .

The final result was nice, and there wasn't TOOO much arguing involved!

Hanukkah started Tuesday night. The first night's gift was a menorah of their own for each of the girls. In addition to being pretty to have more candles lit, it solved the whole "it's my turn to light the menorah!" argument. Now they each have one to light!

We had music lessons on Wednesday this week, because Thursday was otherwise occupied.

Thursday was super busy, but super fun too! My friend, Amy, is a part of a homeschool co-op group that was going to Fulton Theatre to see a performance of the Nutcracker, and asked if we wanted to come too. It was a performance just for school groups, so geared toward kids, and was great! It was a "play" rather than the "ballet" (which we watched on DVD last year, but was really hard to follow the storyline, the play was much more kid-friendly). The actors encouraged the kids to clap along, and such, and then, at the end, came out and answered questions.

As we were driving back from the Theatre, and eating our lunches, Little Bit took a bite of her sandwich, and her (extremely loose) front tooth fell out! She was very excited! Her sisters are now telling her that she should work extra hard to get her other (also loose) front tooth out before Christmas so she can actualy say "all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!"

On our way home from the play, we stopped by Amy's house for the afternoon. Lexie is playing violin with Amy's daughter, and another little girl for church next weekend, so they all practiced, and the kids played all afternoon, including putting on their own version of the Nutcracker, which was awesome! So fun to see which parts of the show made the biggest impression on the various kids.

With the coming of Hanukkah, our "Hanukkah Fairies" came to visit as well. They've been doing many of the "normal" things, like bringing donuts and such, but this year they had a special surprise just for Little Bit! After watching the movie, Frozen, last month, she is totally obsessed. AND ever since last summer when we made sensory "ice cream" (flour and baby oil) for her to play with, she's been asking when we can make it again. So Thursday night while the girls were sleeping, the fairies made up a batch of the sensory stuff (but called it snow), and the characters of Frozen came to play in the snow with the fairies, and Little Bit. She still likes the "ice cream" aspect of the sensory dough, so she got out the ice cream scoop too. She's spent HOURS playing with that stuff! I suspect we'll be using it alot this winter while cold temperatures keep us inside more.

And finally, we wrapped up our week, with Lexie and Ashlyn teaching in Little Bit's class at church. The story was the shepherds visiting baby Jesus, so the girls had all the kids dress up (Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels . . .) and act out the story with Ashlyn "directing" and Lexie "narrating". It was adorable to watch :)

Weekly Wrap-Up - The Week of December 7

Whew! Life's been hectic this month! Let me see if I can re-cap.  I'm going to go ahead and break things out by week, like normal, despite being a full week late, posting this one, so that the post isn't too horrendously long!

One of our the girls' big projects this week was baking 10 dozen (ish) cookies! My only contribution was making sure they were using recipes that I knew worked, and had all the needed ingredients (and a large part of the clean-up). They did all the actual baking! At church the previous Sabbath the pastor had asked people to bring cookies to pass out downtown on the 13th. Lexie was happy to volunteer and got a package of 40 bags to fill (each bag got 2 cookies, the rest that they baked went in the freezer for Christmas). The girls made snickerdoodles and chocolate, candycane, cookies, and put one of each in the bags.

Sight and Sound:
One of this year's Hanukkah gifts for all 3 girls, was to go see Moses at Sight and Sound. Originally we planned to give them the promise that we'd go see it sometime in January, but then a friend sent me a coupon code for 50% off the price of weekday tickets if we bought our tickets by a certain date, and went to a show in early December, so we went ahead and bought the tickets, and the girls got their gift a week early :)

Little Bit didn't really remember going to see Noah last year, so it was a new experience, all over again, for her. A lovely advantage, in addition to the discounted price, of going on a weekday in December, was that the theater was almost empty! Despite only buying the tickets a week ahead of the show, we were able to sit in our favorite section (middle, about 5 rows back), and there was nobody right beside us. If there was anyone ahead of us they weren't tall enough to block our views, even the kids'.  The one thing I didn't think through well, was that we went to an 11:00 show, which meant we were all STARVING by the time we left, around 1:30. I noticed a group near us eating sandwiches during intermission. If we decide to go to an 11:00 show in the future, I'll look into doing that (I assume, since they sell food in the theater, that food's allowed, but will need to confirm that OUTSIDE food can be brought in). It worked out ok though, because we were already planning to stop at Costco before heading home. DH took the girls to get pizza as soon as we got to Costco, and I did my shopping (without "help", woo-hoo!) while they got the pizza and started eating.

We headed home just in time to beat the beginnings of snow flurries.

The next day we woke up to snow. It snowed ALL DAY!! At the time that we would have needed to leave for music lessons, the road was snow covered and it was still coming down hard, so I contacted the girls' music teacher and arranged to shift their lessons to Friday. However, while it continued to snow, it also warmed up, so by late morning, the snow that HAD stuck, was completely melted, and never did accumulate enough to be real snow. That evening, I met some friends for dinner out. While WE didn't have any snow, people 5 minutes away DID, and people half an hour got several inches! So obviously elevation and such had a huge impact on how the weather played out that day.

Friday was more hectic than usual, with music lessons added into the mix.

Sabbath was "Jeans Sabbath". After church, we ate at the church and then a large group of us headed downtown where we passed out hot chocolate, cookies, clothes, and balloon animals. It's always nice to see people made happy by our little gifts.

So ended that week . . . and we took a deep breath before diving into another busy week!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up for the Week of Nov 30

This is going to be a short update.
The girls were all at my parents' house until Wed afternoon so I don't have any pictures or much detail from that half of the week.

I know they decorated my parents' house, inside and out and went to Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park and loved it as always.

Meanwhile, Rodney and I enjoyed a quiet, relaxing Sunday, just us including dinner at The Melting Pot. I had great plans to get all kinds of cleaning and organizing done without any interruptions on Monday to Wednesday. Instead I had a stomach bug if some kind that wiped me or the whole time. I got lots of knitting done and lots of TV watched and that's about it, sigh.  I did manage to clean our and organize our kitchen freezer and the kitchen drawers, but that was the extent of my productivity.
Thankfully I was feeling better by the time the girls came home.
Thursday we had music lessons, errands and then primping for the office Christmas party.

Friday we enjoyed a play date with friends.

Sabbath was potluck and then we came home and crashed. . .
And to wrap things up, my laptop died that afternoon so I'm learning to use the blogger app on my tablet until we can replace my laptop.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Daddy's Office Christmas Party

Thursday night was Rodney's Office Christmas Party.

The girls spent most of the afternoon primping. Even Little Bit for into it, having Lexie paint her nails and asking me to French breaks her hair to one side "like Elsa." Yes, we did recently watch Frozen!

A couple weeks ago one of the ladies from the social committee at Rodney's office asked if the girls would provide some of the evening's entertainment. Ashlyn doesn't like being in the spotlight (takes after her mommy) but Lexie jumped at the chance to play violin. Changing violins so recently was an added challenge but she stepped up to the challenge and did great. 

And I can't close without including a picture of Ashlyn too.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up for the Week of November 23

Whew! It was a busy (and CRAZY WEATHER) Thanksgiving week. The girls and I spent the week at my parents' house.

Monday's weather was AMAZING. We spent as much time as possible outside.

Tuesday we spent the day with friends. Again, lots of outside time soaking up the weather. And, oddly enough (considering how much I dislike chickens) playing with chickens. And ducks. And turkeys. And guinea fowl. But mostly the chickens because they're the friendliest, I guess. 

 Tuesday evening Rodney joined us at my parents house, just in time for the weather to do an abrupt about face and went from gorgeous and warm(ish) to snow and sleet and . . . wow I'm glad none of us have to go anywhere, today!

We ordered new tablets for the big girls because we found a good deal and Ashlyn's iPod had died, leading to her borrowing my tablet and discovering how superior Android is to Apple. Much to their excitement, the tablets, that we expected to arrive while we were gone, arrived before Daddy left home, so he brought them with him.

 I had to laugh at the sight that greeted me the next morning, Daddy and his girls, playing on their devices :)

The girls spent a large part of Wednesday making Thanksgiving decorations.

They made enough pinecone turkeys to have one at each place for Thanksgiving dinner.

And they made construction paper pumpkins.

Needless to say, Lexie has been doing lots of practicing with her new size of violin, and I finally remembered to snap a picture of her practicing.
Thursday for Thanksgiving, My dad and the big girls went to pick my grandmother up from the Assisted Living Center while Rodney went and picked up his mom and her house. His sister and her husband stopped by for awhile too. 

I showed Lexie a picture of a Turkey Veggie Tray that I saw online, and she decided she could do that, or better, and set to work.

The finished product:

My brother and his girlfriend came to dinner too. And after he went through line, the turkey veggie tray looked abit different. It gave Lexie some good insight into what it's like to have a brother LOL.

Thursday evening was quieter than usual, with Rodney was taking his mom home and my Dad and the big girls were taking Grandma back, so it was just Lina, Mama and me.

Friday afternoon friends came over and we made homemade pizza. After it was too late to make for Thanksgiving Dinner, I had seen ANOTHER picture online of a turkey made out of rice krispy treats and M&Ms, so that was Lexie and Ashlyn's Friday project, to have for dessert after pizza.

The lighting is horrible but it's proof that once in awhile Lexie and Ashyn actually work together happily on a project.

Once the turkey was all shaped, Little Bit got to "stuff" the turkey with M&Ms.

 And, after we'd all stuffed ourselves with tons of yummy homemade pizza, we dug into our turkey, didn't it turn out great?

And that was our Thanksgiving.

Saturday morning Rodney and I headed home, leaving the girls to be well-spoiled by the grandparents for a few days, so I can't tell you much about their Saturday. I hear they spent the afternoon earning their Junior Ranger badges at Catoctin National Park, and looking at Christmas lights.