Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes...

May you sit down to a well set table full of the most wonderful things to eat. 
May your pumpkin pie be the best you have ever eaten.
May you truely be blessed.
Warmest Thanksgiving Wishes.
I am indeed thankful for all of you, my readers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Halloween...



I realized that I had never filled you all in on halloween...
So there they are.
A mermaid, fairy, buzzy bee, and zombie.  The costumes came together pretty well.  Elijah was trying his best to be a scary zombie...he is a little freaky if you ask me.  He wouldn't smile, no matter how much I asked.  Oh, well.  ;)
It was chilly, we met some neighbors, and had ever so many trick or treators.  The kiddies had fun answering the door and passing out the candy.
It was nice to have my Dad...he helped carve pumpkins, walk the kids around and just be...it was good.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My hardest...




This little guy?  He's a tough one.
It seems as though he is mad or unhappy most of the time.
I love him to bits...but, gosh he's hard.
I pray for him and for me every day...God never gives more then we can handle right?
My current prayer list?  That he will sleep through the night and begin to like solid foods. 
I think he might be so very crabby because he is hungry and nursing as wonderful as it is, is just not enough anymore.
He has started crawling...army crawl and then kind of a "get-up-on-all-fours-then-lurch-onto-the-belly" crawl too.  I think he'll be walking in January.  He wants to be involved with his siblings, this one does...maybe that will go along way in helping his happiness level. 
Until then, I'll just keeping praying.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Keep on going...



We woke up yesterday morning with a thing layer of ice coating the pond.  I guess the cold weather has come to stay.  I wonder what the minks do now that things are starting to freeze...I suppose I could google it if I really wanted to know.  There was a female mallard walking on the ice this morning...what a sight.  I'm not sure where she took herself off to...I love watching our backyard wildlife.
The unpacking of the boxes continues.  I have set myself a goal of tackling 10 per day.  I figure in a week I should be close to done.  Finding new places for things is tough.  I want the house to be organized and to make sense, but I have to live in it for awhile before I really know how things should be.  I expect in around 6 months I will be reshuffling things.  I found the box of towels today and the master bedroom lamps.  I did a happy dance!  Now I don't have to use my book light to read before bed any longer...I can just click on my lamp.  Sigh, it's the little things isn't it?
I have been baking almost everyday too.  I think it is having found my Kitchen Aid mixer again after a year and a half.  What a joy it is to use.  Plus, something about fall and colder weather just calls out for cookies and warm apple upside-down cake.  Getting the kiddies back on track with what they eat is a priority too.  I had fallen into relying on processed food way to much over the last year.  Now I am working to get back to making more from scratch and not letting things into the house that I know are not good for their growing bodies like sugary cereals and gummy fruit snacks.  I have pulled out my folder of recipes and will be making homemade crackers, granola, and honey whole wheat sandwich bread which the kids have always liked. We are also back to have fresh fruits and veggies at every meal and there has been minimal complaining about that, Rubia even decided lightly steamed green beans are tasty.  Elijah and Evelyn didn't, but they did their part and ate what was on their plates anyway.
Although things are stilled jumbled and chaotic, I feel more calm and with each day a little stress from moving melts away.  I'm so happy to be where we are...now if I could just find that silverware (seriously, it's starting to really drive me crazy).

Monday, November 12, 2012

Progress...

 Wow. It has been awhile. Moving and unpacking have been keeping me busy.  We just got wireless Internet again yesterday, so now I can roam and type when and where I want.  The counters and floors are an ever changing cacophony of things as I unpack, organize and put away all of the "stuff" that a family of 6 carries with them.  I would want to just get rid of all of the boxes left in the garage if it weren't for needing to find the necessities like silverware and towels or the kids wanting the rest of their things.  I might miss the stockings and Christmas ornaments come December too.  But, right now I don't want to unpack another box again...ever!
 Elijah has started Kindergarten again.  He even has a little homework packet to do every week.  I have him work on it on Sundays while a cook lunch or dinner...he writes, he reads a bit.  I am very proud.  Evelyn has started up Pre-school again too.  It seems like a good fit for her.  She comes home singing and tells me all she did.
 I found a great Mission style table for my desk/craft spot.  It is sturdy and has a large drawer.  Once I get everything organized, it will be a nice spot to sew, blog, work, whatever.  We also bought some new furniture this weekend...wow it is not cheap to buy is it?  But, they are good pieces that will last years and years.  They are special order, so it will be around Christmas before everything is here.  We still have our old pieces from before, so we won't be sitting on the floor.
 The littles are finding all kinds of things to play with and do in our new spot.  I had the carpets cleaned before the movers came.  Our predecessors had a dog and a cat and I had been finding little black hairs everywhere and there was an odor of pet that I wanted to try and take care of.  It's a bit better.  Now it's starting to feel like "our" house and not somebody else's.
 That's my new deacon's bench.  I love it!  I haven't found the perfect spot for it yet, but I will.  It's sturdy, solid and well made.
 This is the view from our living room.  That tattered flag needs to be replaced, I know.  It's on my to do list.  It stands sentinel in our yard over the mink, ducks, and flocks of Canadian Geese that stop off to rest.  I find myself just sitting and starring at the water, watching the wildlife...it's almost like staring into a campfire, hypnotizing in it's own way.  My favorite time to watch is in the early morning...I drink my coffee and watch as the light slowly grows, signaling a new day...and one by one sleepy heads walk in ready for breakfast.
My Dad came out for a week.  It had been far to long since he had seen the kids and he hadn't met Rey yet.  He was brave.  We were camping out...sleeping bags, camp chairs...few creature comforts, but a warm house and good company.  The week went far too fast.
The weather has started to turn cold.  There was a slight dusting of snow when I got up this morning.  It continued to lightly snow off and on today, despite the sun shining...always a weird feeling to me.  There was little to show for it, except the reminder that it was cold.
Well, there are cookies to bake and dinner to make.  I love having my own kitchen again...even if I am still searching for the silverware.