You can learn a lot about a person by the way they watch a Packers game. When Jorden and I were dating, he used to gather all his Packers bobbleheads on the coffee table in front of the tv.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Today is the last day of school before Christmas break...and you know what that means...time to search the depths of our creative genius and find ways to occupy the kiddos during their week off!! I am usually one to let the kiddos figure things out for themselves, but yesterday's unexpected day off was a reminder to me of just how quickly kids become bored... and just how nice it can be to have some tricks up your sleeve!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I turned on my computer yesterday to find an email from our minister, The Reverend Suzelle Lynch. It was a response to last week's shootings at Sandy Hook. Since last Friday, I have received numerous emails from our church, school, and other community organizations about how we, as individuals, can respond to this tragedy.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Dear Christmas Cards,
I kind of despise you. Not so much receiving you, but sending you. Year after year, you threaten to put me over the edge on the Christmas stress-o-meter, and year after year, I curse you and vow to do something different in the future. Well, it's that time again, and guess who hasn't even started my cards? Yep, that's right! Apparently we were just not meant to be.
Friday, December 14, 2012
An elementary school - one place you know, for sure, you are safe.
A Kindergarten classroom - the most innocent of all the children there.
11 days before Christmas - I know there is never a "good" time, but this seems especially cruel.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
What is it about Christmas that turns us all into little kids again? Ooh-ing and aah-ing over twinkling lights, belting out Christmas tunes in the car, sipping hot cocoa by the fire, searching for the perfect branch to hang our favorite ornament, writing out wish lists and anxiously awaiting the presents under the tree, making (and eating) a ridiculous number of cookies & treats...
...and then decorating them like little miniature Santa hats...!?
...Like this one of Nora's little fingers messing with my photo shoot! When I looked back through my series of pictures, her fingers were in half of them, and always in the same spot. She was obsessed with a little nub of white chocolate and kept grabbing for it! Right after this photo was taken, I turned to find her with the entire truffle shoved in her mouth....where was my camera when I really needed it??
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
When Ellia was in kindergarten she came home with an assignment: Guess how many trees are in your yard, then count them all to see how close you came. Simple enough, right? Well, the guessing part was okay. But then the counting started. And we very quickly realized that:
(a)we were living in a forest and
(b)our guess was WAY off!
The 'simple' assignment took us forever, and at some point (around 150) we decided to stop counting and go back to just guessing. There were just. too. many. trees.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
This simple Broken Twig Tree comes together in just minutes and uses natural elements to create a beautifully striking DIY Christmas decoration!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
So....not only is it Saturday instead of Friday...it's also reeeallly late Saturday and I am just sitting down to write this post. That seems to be the way things are going around here lately - 'tis the season, I guess. The good news is that Cubby has returned for the season (yay!), promising good behavior from my kiddos (we'll see about that one...) and a rekindling of Ellia's faith in wish-making :)