Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Sorry for the long delays between posts.  There are various reasons for the sparse posting (not the least of which is the busy nature of life in this house with four little ones.)  For now, there are more pictures posted in the Picasa album, if you care to see what we've been up to this month.

http://picasaweb.google.com/abigailpod/December2010

Lately I've been posting more on Facebook than I have here, so if you are family, friend, know me in real life, you can find me there.  (And really, is there even anyone reading this blog that doesn't know me in real life? Probably not.)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our best attempt at a group photo of the girls


Christmas tree, creative styling by Abigail, Eliana, and Joelle

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at our house this year didn't include the traditional trappings of the holiday. We had no turkey. No stuffing. No large gathering of extended family or friends. Most of us were unable to eat much at all due to a stomach bug tearing through the household.


But Thanksgiving isn't really just about food, is it? It's about giving thanks - remembering the One from whom all blessings flow, and giving voice to gratitude.


So this year, as we listed blessings and thanked God for all He's given, my heart was so full! We hung up our garland of gratitude, each leaf one thing we're thankful for, as a visual reminder of the goodness and faithfulness of God.


Thank you God for...


 Jesus
Aaron
Sarah
Lucia
Joelle
Eliana
Abigail
Family
Steak
Babies
Eggs
Herbs
clothes
Moms group friends
our house 
Uncle David 
Doctors 
diapers 
potatoes & cheese 
different cultures 
our bodies 
stars 
hair bands 
pants 
footsie jammies 
apple trees 
paper 
leaves 
crayons 
cuties 
cups 
books 
scarves 
coats 
jeans 
playdough 
love 
joyfulness 
hearts 
salvation 
eyes 
light 
socks
Jesus 
Holy Spirit 
healing 
songs 
the Bible 
lids 
staples 
bulls 
hair 
horses 
octopuses 
thankfulness 
school 
friends 
people 
prayer 
heads 
ears 
eyebrows 
trucks that work 
conditioner 
homonyms 
learning 
wipes 
lotion 
smiles 
tears 
growing 
sunshine 
Fruits of the Spirit 
sisters 
baskets 
brooms 
pans 
vacuums 
computers 
moms & dads 
Grandparents 
plates 
balloons 
consequences 
rest

Roar!

Lucia roaring at the T-Rex, at T-Rex Cafe

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The Lonely Bear

We found a lonely bear at the park today. He was lying in the dirt, and I'm certain a child somewhere is missing him just as much as he is missing them. We decided to keep him company to cheer him up while he waits for his owner to come back and find him.

After brushing him off and introducing ourselves, we pushed him in the swing.


He liked gentle pushes the best, but he's a brave little bear and let Abigail swing him super high - up, up in the sky. They both giggled when he flopped over and peeked at her through the leg hole of the seat.

Seeing how brave he was on the swing, we decided to put him up at the tippy-top of the slide. He is a brave little bear, but the slide was quite intimidating. He said the dirt at the bottom of the slide reminded him of lying on the ground before we found him. He enjoyed the view from the top.


Little Bear was feeling happy about meeting new friends, but tired from all the excitement. He rested until we had to go home.


We didn't want little bear to fall from his hammock after we left, so we settled him onto the bench nearest the road, hoping that his owners will see him soon. Bye, bye, lonely little bear!


(If he is your bear, I hope he's still waiting for you at Freedom Park.)

Pics

Abigail, while eating her toast, exclaimed "Hey, look! It's the United States!"

 

Lucia watching football with Daddy
 

A few minutes coloring, singing, and talking with Eliana & Joelle

                                     Eliana over here                                              Joelle over here

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Curly Girls

(Yellow clip = Joelle; Blue clip = Eliana)

 

 
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Lucia stacking jars

It's fall!

It's finally feeling like fall around here, so after a chilly morning playing in the backyard, we enjoyed some quick & easy apple "cider"





Autumn Apple Juice
(all measurements very approximate - I just eyeballed it)

In large microwaveable container, stir together:

4 cups Apple juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or a small piece of stick cinnamon)
1/2 tsp allspice
2 cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Keep going in 1-minute increments until hot enough ( I think I only did 2 or 3 minutes, because the kids don't like it too hot.

For our girls, I poured it through a strainer lined with a paper towel, so the spices weren't floating in their cups.

Yummy!

September




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Lucia's birthday

Lucia turned 1 on Aug 31. We did celebrate with cake, and managed to get a couple pictures.

(Our rechargeable batteries for the camera would only hold enough charge for a handful of pictures, and they would lose all power after about 10 minutes. Sorry for the lack of pictures. It took a month before I finally got some new ones. We should be back in action now :) )


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Hello, we're still here

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First Homeschool Lesson

Abigail is attending school for Reading, Math, and Bible classes, but we will be doing the rest of her learning at home (Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, etc.) Today we did our first lesson, beginning a series on Senses. Many, many thanks to go my mom (Grandma Grace) for helping me with encouragement and inspiration.

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Dress-up

Lucia and Joelle playing dress up together


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First Day of Kindergarten



Happy Birthday, Eliana & Joelle!

Three years ago today, we went from this:


To this:


We are so blessed :) Thanking God today for three years with Eliana and Joelle. Happy Birthday, girls!

Here's a little stroll down memory lane:


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Projects

We've had a piece of paper over our doorbell for a long time, to avoid the interruption of naptime by a loud doorbell. I found a set of mini hanging frames that I haven't used for ages, and I turned one into a cuter version of the quick paper sign we had. It's on a hook, so theoretically I could remove it easily when the kids aren't sleeping. But I never remember, so it's pretty much a permanent fixture at the door.



One night, looking at a paperclip, I was overcome with the urge to transform it into a little hanger for Abigail's doll clothes. Slideshow shows the bends step by step. So easy!





This last project was inspired by frustration. The twins are potty-training, and they *always* pull the hand towel down when they dry their hands (which is many, many times every day.) It either ends up wet in the sink, or on the bathroom floor (ick!) So, I devised this simple plan to curb the problem.



I cut the button hole off of an old unused shirt, and removed the corresponding button. Sewed them onto the towel after determining placment by folding the towel in thirds like I normally do to hang it. Then, I hang the towel like usual, with the added step of buttoning it. Now it doesn't fall off the holder with a slightly overzealous tug. Fortunately, the attachment is still loose enough that it will come off if they pull really hard, so we shouldn't end up with the entire hanger pulled out of the wall.

Have you been hit with the creative bug lately?

cracker face

Had three minutes to kill while the leftover lasagna warmed up at lunch today. Pictures below the video.
(inspired by this)








Abigail, sewing

 

 

 

Abigail made a sleeping bag for her dollies, all by herself! (OK, I showed her what to do, and pinned the pieces. But she did the sewing on her own.)

Video for family reunion

We couldn't make it to Camp Martha (bi-annual family reunion on my mom's side), so we sent our greetings and update via video.

She's bipedal

Lucia's on the move.

We love the library

We have gotten so many incredible resources from our local library, Mid-Continent Public Library. One of the things we love are the learning DVD's. We've learned a lot of sign language from the Baby Signing Time videos, and now we are learning some Mandarin Chinese from Follow Jade (link to Amazon product page, but both DVD's are available at MCPL) and After School Chinese (If you follow that link, you'll get an error message on the first screen. Just click "ok", then "search". That should bring up the library catalog page for the series).

Here is Abigail counting to 10 in Chinese, and Lucia clapping when we say "Clap your hands" in Chinese.

The One With the Googly Eyes


Abigail and I had way too much fun yesterday playing with googly eyes!  (Inspired by this post, via Dollar Store Crafts)  We started by cutting out pictures from magazines, like the ones above, and this one:

Then, I decided it would be fun to apply the technique to our friends' Christmas cards.  (See, there was a reason those have been sitting on the desk for the last 7 months!)  Enjoy :)

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