Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Little Stories

Isaiah has said couple things this recently that I have to remember:

Sometimes Isaiah sits with Aliza while she does school. She is very patient with all of his interruptions. She was doing math and there was the letter E on the screen. Aliza said, "Hey Buddy, do you know what letter this is?" Isaiah said, "Ummm Inventory?" Aliza knew right away that he was in fact recognizing the letter E, but in a totally different context. He uses the E key on the computer keyboard to access his inventory in Minecraft.


I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday. Isaiah came running out of the bathroom saying, "Mom, Mom! I have cavities! Lots of cavities!" He was the least bit distressed, but wanted me to come see his teeth. He had cookie remnants stuck in his teeth. I assured him he could brush those cavities away with a toothbrush. Even at bedtime he was still checking for cavities.


I'm not quite sure where the kids picked up this song, but it's catchy and they go around singing parts of it. The first couple lines are "Once I was seven years old my momma told me Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely"
Last night a couple of the children got some frozen strawberries out of the freezer for a snack. There was drama and Isaiah wanted some and asked me to go him some. I told him that he could go downstairs and get himself some strawberries. He didn't fuss, but as he walked down the steps he was singing..."Once I was 7 years old my mama told me Go downstairs and get your own strawberries." He said every word clearly and the rhythm worked. I was laughing.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Joy Dare::December

5989. Friends who like to use their new chainsaw
5990. First day of Advent
5991. Tree decorated--and redecorated
5992. Had replacement lights
5993. Fresh air
5994. Boys sitting on stumps talking
5995. Working together to get a job done
5996. Notes that make me laugh (from Anna)
5997. Enough energy for today
5998. Science experiments that work
5999. School in the car during choir practice for the win
6000. Aliza telling me all about Anne of Green Gables
6001. Singing bedtime songs with Isaiah [Current singing list: Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children, B-I-B-L-E, This Little Light of Mine, Away in the Manger]
6002. Aliza and Anna being welcoming to a visitor
6003. Thinking about the idea of hope this week
6004. Reading by the light of the Christmas tree
6005. Leading singing from a hymnal
6006. Great attitudes during a long rehearsal
6007. Boots
6008. Winter choir concert
6009. Anna's joy, Aliza's smile
6010. Great Grandad getting to be at the choir concert
6011. Getting some brush burned
6012. A little bit of snow
6013. Sunday goal: a nap
6014. Christmas shopping with Anna
6015. Isaiah's winter hat
6016. Home all day
6017. Feeling caught up
6018. All the activities ending for Christmas break
6019. So much fun making an Advent tree
6020. Josiah thinking
6021. Friend afternoon
6022. Comfort food--breakfast for supper
6023. Cook Out milkshakes
6024. Rough night but enough strength for the day
6025. Science experiments that mostly work
6026. Rainy morning to address Christmas cards
6027. Hot chocolate with friends
6028. Silence after bedtime
6029. "Owlegories" show
6030. "Mom, take our picture!" moments
6031. Isaiah calls "This Little Light of Mine", "Poke the Light Out" and he sings along
6032. Christmas excitement is building!
6033. Officially Christmas break
6034. The baking begins
6035. Saying "yes" a lot today
6036. Cinnamon Fluff for Grandad
6037. Bible study craft night
6038. Community dinner
6039. A really relaxed day
6040. Some quiet time this morning
6041. Independent and resourceful
6042. Warm enough to be outside
6043. Cookies with neighbors
6044. Cardboard box spaceships
6045. Doing some scrapbooking
6046. Jeremy excited
6047. Baking done
6048. 72 hours of Christmas starts tonight
6049. The biggest, brightest mood tonight
6050. My family all together
6051. All of my siblings favorite things
6052. Christmas morning feels
6053. Everything I cooked turned out well
6054. Dad and Grandad with us for supper
6055. Safely in WV
6056. Chick Fil A lunch
6057. Flower seeds makes me ready to dream
6058. Relaxing
6059. Doing a project with the girls
6060. Josiah loved being with his Dad and Joel
6061. It's always good to be home again
6062. Getting some fresh air
6063. Cleaning
6064. Putting away the Christmas tree makes me feel like I have a bigger house
6065. Shrimp and pizza
6066. All the way to midnight...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas Recap 3

We get to extend our Christmas celebrations by going to Jeremy's parents house for a few days. I had a cold so I pretty much was on the couch as much as possible!

Opening Christmas gifts includes video calls with the Texas Heslop family. They watch while we open the gifts from them.

I introduced the girls to modge podge. We sat around the table doing our crafts and being together. It was fun. The guys watched a movie.
Jeremy and Josiah spent evenings (nights?) at Joel's house streaming games. Let's just say Josiah took a very long nap on the way home.
This one just makes me smile.
When anyone asked Anna before Christmas what she was most excited about she said, "Family!" She's right. That really is the best part of Christmas traditions.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Christmas Recap 2

This year I had every ready for Christmas morning before Christmas Eve so I was very relaxed going into the day. My children are early risers and Jeremy prefers to be an even later riser so I had time to mix up dough for cinnamon squares before the excitement of opening presents went off the charts. I was very unsure of how this dough was going to do. I was very sticky and didn't rise as much as I thought it should. When I rolled it out, though, it looked pretty good and it tasted even better.

Josiah gave Aliza a card that said, "Huggie Party!" It was exactly what she asked for and she loved her hugs. Josiah told her it has unlimited use and doesn't expire. So sweet.
Uncle Joel confirmed from past photos that Anna has made this face since she was 2. I really should find one from every year and line them up. Anna was the one who received the present that she didn't think we would buy and she cried.
I got a puzzle from Floret Flower farms and I guess I was in the mood for a puzzle. We put it together in one evening. Aliza and Anna stuck with it for quite a while. My Dad and Grandad came for supper and Dad put some pieces in too.
I was exhausted by the end of the day! Maybe it was because I was starting to get a cold. That night I was thinking that I'm glad I have a whole year to forget how exhausting Christmas is so that I'm ready to do it again! So many emotions, excitement, traditions and food preparation!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Recap 1

My family was thankful to be together. The children enjoy being together and the adults do too. There was that moment when Jeff was asleep with headphones in...ha. But if someone really dreads being with the family, they do a good job covering it up! I instigated a picture of the siblings with Mom and Dad.
And a picture of all the grandchildren. For whatever reasons, I have looked at these pictures a lot over the past few days.

Grandad was with us. Grandad is 91 so every Christmas he's with us is an extra special gift.

It's always fun to see how gingerbread men decorating grows with each child. Isaiah had buttons and eyes on his men this year.
Aliza brought me this gingerbread man and I did a double take! We've been watching holiday baking shows and she put some techniques into practice!
Anna was beyond excited to get hair chalk in the cousin gift exchange. It washes out really easily which is perfect for her because she loves to try out different colors and patterns multiple times a day. Maybe she will be a hair stylist when she grows up. ;)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

This Day

I'd like this break in "real life" to last for another 3 weeks! It has just been so lovely for all of us to do things that we enjoy doing. Today, for example. 

Anna was really loud this morning so Jeremy decided not to sleep in (that does not count for the "things we enjoy doing") and went to Caleb's soccer game with the kids and me. Everything is just better when Daddy comes along. 

When we got home, I finished wrapping gifts.
And then I read (a few chapter of) the new Julie Klassen book that I've been looking forward to. I also took a nap because that is always part of the perfect day!

Then I heard FedEx drive in and knew it was what Jeremy has been waiting for. A new gaming monitor! He's a happy man!
 So he played for a little while and I scrapbooked!
 Meanwhile, Isaiah and Anna were making space ships out of boxes.

 Anna was super proud of her ramp door. She spent some time watching youtube videos laying in her space ship.
It was soup for supper and Aliza and I watched the Holiday Baking Championship---with just the Christmas tree lights on. Baking shows are our favorite on winter evenings.

(As I'm writing Josiah is getting his chance to try out the big screen for gaming. It might not be how I imagined it, but playing on this screen is going to be a big FUN memory for him. Kinda liked shooting that big buck and catching that huge fish. It makes him feel all grown up like his Daddy.)

Sunday, December 16, 2018


How is time moving so quickly? I'm trying to enjoy the season, but what I really want is for everything to stop so I can sit on the couch and just savor some time.

The girls had their winter choir concert. They both did a great job. Anna was super confident standing next to one of her friends. Aliza's smile lit up the whole stage.
This picture was posted on facebook by the choir director and I asked Aliza about it. Before the concert both choirs stood in a circle, holding hands. They went around the circle and each offered a one word prayer for the evening. I asked Aliza what her prayer was. She said, "Enjoy. Because she just wanted to enjoy the concert and evening." I loved that!
One of the ladies in my Bible study group designed and prepared this Advent Tree for us to assemble together. The planning and work that she did so that we could all have something special to use each year really touched me. I love how it turned out. Isaiah is especially excited about it because 1) he can practice counting and 2) the Scripture for day 1 is from the book of Isaiah so his name is on the card.
I saw in a magazine the idea of making a hot chocolate bar and I thought it was just the greatest idea. I kept going back and forth over whether I was up for having friends over (refer to that idea of wanting to sit on the couch and savor time). I floated the idea to a friend and she thought it was a great idea so we picked a time and they came over last night. It was fun! I had hot chocolate, whipped cream, peanut butter chips, candy canes, caramel sprinkles, chocolate syrup and marshmallows. Then everyone could add whatever of those toppings they wanted to their hot chocolate. So easy and festive!
Our extra activities are winding down--only one dance class left. Just a few more days of school. We will all enjoy the break!