Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Morning!

Merry Christmas! A few pictures from our morning.

Maddie's revenge....a cell package for Daddy which started this big

then got smaller

and ended with Yoda boxer shorts.....

Whittling book from Poppa & Mamaw

Cabinet of Curiosities....for Maddie but I think we will all be reading it! 

I think the smile says it all here! 

a stowawayrosaurus!  
New notebook...important for the #1 Sherpa to have in the woods! 

getting right into the oil pastels! 

I don't think I have words for this one! 

New scissors for Momma! 

A pocket for the fridge...I wonder how many little people will end up in there from the day care kids???

And a new shirt for Little Owl from Uncle Evan & Aunt Jan

Hope you are having a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Yarn Along

Merry Christmas! I haven't participated in the yarn along for a few weeks because I have been busy with.... and ..... and hmmm....well secrets! I finished yesterday with all the secrets and wanted to try some of the acorns from The Sitting Tree. The first acorn didn't look to acorny but the second one came out much better! Maddie has been making ornaments from Truth in the Tinsel over the last few weeks. She is at the point where she makes her favorite ones but we still read all the Bible verses so will have read the whole Christmas Story by tonight. Its a fun tradition!

Acorns and Truth in the Tinsel with our advent wreath

We have been busy making cinnamon rolls and cookies too!

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas? Well, maybe!

About 2 weeks ago Maddie and I saw a squirrel steal one of her small pumpkins and make his way in a hilarious fashion over the fence and zip up the backyard with it. Then we were sick the next day and over the weekend so were not in the backyard. The next Monday we took the kids out to the yard and discovered the squirrel had cached the bottom part of the pumpkin in the tree stump at the top of the hill. Maddie zipped inside to get her camera but was too late. The squirrel saw us looking, got nervous and grabbed it while we weren't looking! This led to more fun of watching him try to balance way out at the end of the tall hemlock tree while keeping the pumpkin in his mouth. He failed at that one and the pumpkin ended up bouncing down on our neighbor's picnic table. This morning I decided to go see if anything else was in the stump. There was something but not what I expected despite the unusually warm weather here!

Thats right, a pumpkin sprout in December! Its no wonder I am so behind on Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas! 

Maddie did get busy today with a Christmas project. She made "new" crayons from old crayons for the day care kids and a couple of friends. Here is what she did. 

Soaking the crayons in warm water to get the label off. We read this tip and it worked well! 

Maddie broke the crayons into pieces and filled the cookie pan we purchased for the project.

After 10 minutes in a 275 degree oven we had melted crayons!

When they were cooled Maddie was able to remove them from the pan.

And package them up with labels from Balancing Home.
That was a fun project and I think we will soon be actually ready for Christmas despite the weather!