Sunday, November 6, 2011


Today we began a thankfulness tree for this month.  I printed out a leaf template and the kids cut them out and wrote what they were thankful for on each leaf.  I would not want you to get the wrong impression though.  We did not have a cheery day filled with crafts.  It was a rough morning. When we sat down to do Bible time and worship I felt like I was correcting more than we were accomplishing any worship.  I sat there feeling defeated and wondering how to turn the time around when I felt the nudge to just worship in a different direction.  So, we spur of the moment made a tree on our wall.

I asked the kids to think about what they were thankful to God for and then write them down.  Just being thankful can be an act of worship.  We cut out more leaves so that we can add more on each day as they think deeper about what they have to be thankful for.  So our fall tree will act in reverse and gain leaves ;)

Craft time does make a horrible mess sometimes though.

This afternoon the kids made a fort in our dining room.  I think the boys are planning on sleeping in it tonight.  Pillows and blankets are already set up :)

As for Peanut, the minute she saw it, she had a different thought for what it was for. . . . .

it was of course for climbing.

Caleb jerry-rigged a cannon from an older hamper.  Just what a fort needs for it's look out.

Trying to find a snack in the pantry

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Confession time

Hadassah has a confession to make . . . . she is obsessed with bubble wrap. Whenever she sees any in our home she nabs it and runs to the kitchen to stomp on it and pop it.  In case you can't tell from the pictures, she learned this from her siblings - though none of her siblings have the same zeal about it.

Last week we got a very long box in the mail and Hadassah ran up to it and started smacking it with both palms.  I asked her what she was doing and she smacked it again and ran to the kitchen.  I followed her and she proceeded to imitate stomping on something . . . .:D ahhh.  She wanted to know if there was bubble wrap!  I looked in the box and told her there wasn't any.  She frowned and for the first time said, "gun".   LOL  Yes, it was a rifle.  Then she walked over to it one more time and said with great concentration, " BUBB- LE" - which was also a first. 
SO If anyone wants to know what Hadassah wants for Christmas . . . . .

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Papa Training

This morning after breakfast I heard Caleb in the kitchen with Titus. When I came downstairs he was teaching him how to do dishes. Titus was enthralled - as much with having his brothers undivided attention as with how to clean. After they were done Caleb brought him upstairs and got them both clothes. He took Titus in to the bathroom and showered him and then worked on dressing him. I sat back watching them be so cute. Then Caleb called from the other room, distress in his voice - "Mom I can not get him to stay still to get his pants on."  I called back I would be there in a minute.
A second later, in the same distressed voice, Caleb called out, " putting pants on Titus is like eating honey on ice cream and calling it good!" :-D

Later he told me he was "Papa training":)

Then a little while later Isabella was cleaning the shoe closet- which is her job.  I checked on her work and told her what a great job she did.  She looked at me in all seriousness and said " That is why God made me, if He didn't make me you would have a very nasty shoe closet."

My kids can sure make me smile!
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