Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This 6 Year Old!

 This little lady is the sweetest thing!  Here we are the park, ZB in her slip (or as she calls it "the fanciest dress ever!")
We were at this park so that she could practice her new skill ... riding her bike without training wheels!!
Of course with Bobby there to help if needed...
A friend just gave her a bunch of post-it notes and she had the brilliant idea to make her own photo album.  She even asked all of the family to draw their own "photo" hahah!  Not all participated, but I love that she included not only the chickens, but also our cat and the feral cat that comes by and visits every so often (she's named him Ryan).
She included some vacation pages, too.  One was a trip to the beach.
We just finished up the Spring semester of Homeschool Co-op.  Our preschool class celebrated by making art with shaving cream.  Which of course turned into body painting with shaving cream!
Love this silly, creative kid!

Airbnb Test Run

We got the house entirely ready for Airbnb!! Lots of hard work and planning went into this project that's been consuming our lives in the last months.  This included Bobby building a new room in our house as well as doing lots (and lots) of smaller fixer-upper projects.  We're hoping it will pay off this Summer when we take a 2 month trip to the West coast and rent our house out on Airbnb.  Here's the listing if you want to check it out:

To sort of "test the waters" with Airbnb, we did a little practice run.  We rented the house out and took a trip to the beach for the weekend!
First, my brother and his sweet wife offered to have Reed and ZB for the weekend.  Bobby and I haven't gone on a trip sans kids since before ZB was born!
While the kids had fun cousin time, Bobby and I had a relaxing time camping near the South Carolina beach. 

Perfect timing, as the bugs weren't out yet and the water & air temps were perfect!  We visited touristy Folly Beach, but more enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palm.
We loved getting a break from the house work.  The beach even sent us home with this great souvenir!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

6 Year Old Birthday Girl!

Look who turned 6 years old!
ZB graciously shared her birthday seat with a little friend who scooted in when the cake was brought out!

For her 6th birthday party, she chose a Princess theme.  We made princess crafts and played a princess version of the Statues game. 

She has never been a fan of cake, so I made this ice cream cake with raspberries on top!
Love this little girl!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ZB's First Lost Tooth!

ZB had a big (and much anticipated) moment at a friend's birthday party last weekend.  She lost her first tooth!  ZB ran to find me with a bloody smile proclaiming the achievement.  We cleaned up the blood and she showed off her new gap to all her buddies.

Unfortunately, on the ride home, the tooth was dropped and we couldn't find it again.  ZB dictated this note to leave for the Tooth Fairy:
Fortunately, the Tooth Fairy was understanding and left these little treasures!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Blossom's Little Things

The boys flew off to California this week to spend Christmas break with their Dad.  It is very weird not having them home - so quiet, so little food being eaten, you get the picture!  We really do miss them a lot, and I know they're having a fabulous vacation!
At the airport at 6:00 am:

Here at home, Blossom is pretty much non-stop with the silly cuteness!  She made this concoction and placed it on the kitchen counter with a straw in it, where it's sat for a couple days now.
But beware!  It's actually a trap for robbers!!  If you do get confused and think about drinking it, Blossom has made a precautionary sign to place next to it:
Today, Bobby hard-boiled a bunch of eggs, and asked her to make a little mark on each of them so we we know they are hard-boiled.  This is what she returned to him:

Love it!

The holidays are keeping me busy with childcare in the home, and Blossom is thrilled to have friends over so often!  I just hit a deer with my van, so the car-repair costs keep coming at me, and I'm grateful for this extra holiday work right now with so much childcare.
This week has found us doing a lot of simple crafts for the season, like salt dough ornaments (and play cookies, as they ended up becoming)...

Love to all, hope you have a fun holiday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween 2016

Happy Fall!

As always Fall time finds Blossom constantly changing her mind about Halloween costume choice.  After she described the dress she wanted me to make for her (fur-lined, no less), and I looked at my busy October calendar, we decided to google "easy homemade costumes" and she quickly found an idea she loved.
And she could help make it herself!  I bought a dress and leggings from (so that they can be reused for regular clothes after the holiday).  Blossom was excited to sew the leaf sleeves by herself.  We hot-glued a headband together and voila!  Presenting the "Hot Pink Azalea Blossom":
Here she is with her trick-or-treat crew ready to hit the streets:
This was the first year she was really into Halloween.  She ran up to each house, remembering very well all of her trick-or-treating manners :)

We had our annual homeschool Halloween party, and unfortunately, Blossom got sick about 10 minutes before it was time to leave, so stayed home with Dad.  Reed did go and had a blast, though!
Reed also had a much more complicated costume in mind, but he was out of town this month and couldn't find enough time to make it happen, so he created this Shy Guy costume (a character from Mario video game) from a nightgown and hoodie from Goodwill, and a paper plate and fabric scraps.  Turned out pretty great for a last-minute costume!
And here's Reed with his whole crew before they hit the streets!  This may be his last Halloween of Trick-or-treating, I'm glad he's still doing it ... I love these kids!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nantahala Gorge

Before Summer is officially over, we stole away to the mountains for a weekend.  I have called Bryson City, NC home before, and it was great to go back for a visit! 

We got a great cabin in the woods, right on a creek outside of Bryson City.  I could have easily hung out just at the cabin the entire weekend!
The cabin area had lots of little fun things to poke around and explore.

We did go have some adventures, though! 
We went hiking at Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It was the perfect weekend to go as Labor Day had past, but "leaf" season hasn't started yet.  The weather was still perfectly summer-like, but we weren't surrounded by other visitors!

The boys and I rented inflatable kayaks and boated down the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge.  No photos of that, as the camera surely would have been soaked over that 3 hour ride!

On the last day, we had planned to go back to Deep Creek and go tubing, but the kids were worn out!  Instead, we drove back down into the Gorge and just relaxed in the river, watching boaters and rafters float by, while we enjoyed locally-made ice cream sandwiches - yum!

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