Friday, January 29, 2016


So, when NC gets any amount of snow, people are terrified of it.  Schools shut down for flurries.  This 7-1/2" of snow was called Snowpocalypse! hahaha!  We all had a great time in it!

ZB named big chunks of snow "snow rocks" and delighted in collecting them.
We walked down the street to a church that has a pretty good hill and took our sled for some rides.
Even Bobby got in on the snowy action!
After a couple days of falling powdery snow, we had a sunny day with nice packable snow.  Yep, this is a SnowLady.  ZB insisted on making the boobs herself!
I know other states were hit harder than we were, but I hope everyone enjoyed these snowy days!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Christmas Presents (still)

In case you didn't know, my kids are awesome!  For Christmas, Reed asked for money from relatives so he could get his computer repaired and buy a couple other smaller things.  He checked everything off his list and then made a deposit in his bank account with the remainder.  From Bobby and I, he asked for a trip to Wilderness at the Smokies hotel water park.  Yay!
He got to invite two of his great friends and we went earlier this week.
The boys went on every slide so many times, enjoyed the hot tub, and of course just getting to hang out together in the nice hotel room!
Reed even wanted ZB to come along.  She only enjoyed the smaller slides, and loved the little kids' area and the shallow end of the wave pool.
She even wanted to make a music video of her singing in the waves!

What a great way to start off the week!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pretend Trees and Real Cake!

If I had it my way, we'd totally ignore the Christmas holiday season.  My kids are mostly fine with that, but do like to have *something* to decorate the house and of course like receiving a few thoughtful gifts!  Each year, the tree is a creative problem-solving task.
This year, I found a bunch of felt at the thrift store and the kids got to work!
I cut out a large tree shape and taped it to the wall.  The kids worked probably a solid hour on making ornaments.

Reed made a sweet Pokemon ball:
ZB cut a few large shapes and then cut up little scraps.  Now, these ornaments can be mixed & matched on different days, since nothing is fastened together, besides the magic of felt stickiness.
And in the last couple days since we've made this - ZB has woken up first thing in the morning to re-arrange ornaments or make new ones (or change old ones).

Earlier this week, Reed found a Southern Living 1986 Cookbook at the Goodwill.  He LOVES it! He's been busy making shopping lists, and cooking up a storm.  Today, he made mini pound cakes.  Fortunately, ZB informed us that it's Dolly's birthday today, so the cake would be in honor of her :)  It was delicious!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Rainbow Cape!

We had such a sweet (but too short!) visit with Sissa and Big Pa this weekend.  ZB was just tickled to get to reconnect with her grandparents.  And it starts a month of seeing all the grandparents, actually!  Sissa and ZB got to play dress-up, put on a puppet show and even do each other's hair.
The following day, ZB reminded me I had never made her the rainbow cape she had requested probably a month ago.  Such a slacker am I :)
ZB helped me choose and iron the fabrics.  I cut pieces while she drew shapes on scraps and cut those out.
I told her I would sew it after she went to bed.  She instructed me to wrap it in a piece of silk, tie it with a ribbon and put it in a gift bag, so there could be present-opening in the morning. ha!  This kid cracks me up!
 I think it turned out awfully cute, and ZB is pleased as well!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Homemade Halloween

Clay has decided he is too old for trick or treating.  He's 15, so it's not any great surprise :)  He did walk around to some friends houses who were having Halloween parties.  He and a few of his friends printed off pictures of a singer's face and used them as a mask and that was it for them!

Reed and Blossom, however, got fully in the spirit.  Reed worked for so long on his Link costume (from the Legend of Zelda).  He actually made a wooden shield by himself several months ago.  Then, he designed the costume and meticulously painted the shield just right!
Blossom wanted to be Tiger Lily from Peter Pan.  Every little part had to be just right.  She painted some boots just the right color, even!  The dress was pretty quick to sew and we had a fun time making our first yarn wig.
Reed went trick-or-treating with a group of homeschool boys.  ZB and I went with another group of friends who mostly have younger girls:
Blossom got about 20 pieces of candy and was delighted!  Hope everyone had a fun holiday!

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Halloween is in the air!  We are prepping for the Halloween Festival for the homeschool co-op (which I am helping to organize this year), making costumes and cramming in  few Autumn activities in any spare time!

Yesterday, I took Reed, Blossom and one of her friends to the corn maze.  They LOVED it!  For the first time, Blossom actually did the maze!
First, they practiced in the hay maze.
They entered the maze quite excited, though about 1/2 way through we had to take a little break!

After we found all the stations and hole-punched our map, Taran and Reed did the second, smaller maze.  Blossom was feeling about done with mazes until she found out that one maze was a story maze!  The stations told parts of a story, she loved that!
Next, we checked out the hill slides.  Blossom had forgotten that she came here 2 years ago and did the slides all by herself.  Here's her friend going down the slide, and Blossom sitting reluctantly at the top:
After much coaxing, she finally went down, and had no interest in doing it again.  While the boys slid to their heart's delight, Blossom sat at the bottom making a pile of straw... which then became a pillow for her to rest on!

We all had some fun in the corn box before we had to pack up for the day!
We had other things to do with our day after all!  Like make Halloween costumes!  Reed has actually been working on his for quite some time.  Blossom changed her mind so much about what to wear, that I had to put off making hers until pretty close to the holiday.  She is going to be Tiger Lily from the Peter Pan movie.  The costume still needs some tweaking and final details, but here's what we made so  far:

To end on a totally random note, just for an excuse to include more photos of this sweet girl, these are from dinner last night.  She was cracking us up.  She finished most of her dinner and proceeded to take her fork directly to the saurkraut jar.
I was a little worried about the size of bites she was taking, but she just kept munching away!  The girl loves her kraut!

Friday, October 9, 2015


ZB's little Waldorf preschool celebrated Michaelmas which is an old European holiday marking the beginning of Fall.  It was such lovely weather and was great to gather with the other school families.
There was a cape ceremony when each child received a silk cape they had dyed themselves with goldenrod flowers.  Miss Becca had out her apple press, and the kids could crank out organic apple cider!
After all the children had helped press apples, we had a picnic lunch with the fresh-pressed cider!  We're so glad for a break from the seemingly non-stop rain we've had the past couple weeks.  This was a sweet way to celebrate that Fall time has finally arrived!

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