Above, poison ivy and holly all dressed up for autumn; and below, a snag simply crawling with ladybugs.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Holly the Christmas Cat came to stay with us today. She's a very sweet girl--curious but not aggressive, and very, very friendly. Let's just say that the kids were especially vocal in their thanks to Santa this year.
New pet aside, it was a wonderful day--maybe our best Christmas yet--full of thoughtful gifts, good family, and generous hearts. I think we're getting the hang of this whole "Real Meaning of Christmas" thing. All our love to all of you out there!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Lucy always lets us know what she wants. When she wants it.
She's been insistently demanding a gingerbread house for what feels like weeks now.
We finally got it pasted together and upright over the weekend -- with a few redos of cracked pieces -- and last night Family Home Evening consisted of decorating it.
The kids adorned each reindeer according to its name:
(Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, in case you couldn't tell.)
I should have gotten a picture of the other side, too -- Sage made amazing icicles, and Lucy had a cute little candycane sign that said Ho Ho Ho.
And then...Lucy wanted to eat it right away for refreshments. She's definitely not one for delayed gratification, that girl!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
After we wandered around in a glorious fall garden for a while, and then used some provided nets to muck around in the reclaimed marshland, we took her home to put on her tiara and make a wish.
I think whatever that wish was, it's bound to come true, don't you?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Our all-singing, all-dancing, queen-of-nonsense-words girl turned nine recently.
She wanted to watch a Harry Potter movie and make potions, so potions were provided...
It's certainly easy to please a gaggle of third-grade girls with a bunch of baking soda, vinegar, and red food coloring!
I also gave them some flour, cornstarch, and pepper, and they only stopped mixing when all the ingredients finally ran out. Even then, they had to take all the large bowls and pots I had provided and dump them into one. The final fizzy overflow of it all was delightfully dramatic.
(And yes, a hose was involved in the cleanup.)
|Lucy, Nora, Ella, Jamie, Kylie, and Mischa|
What a great thing it is to share in the wonder and excitement of childhood through Lucy's eyes.