The homeschool volunteer opportunity for December was to work at the humane society in Wichita Falls. The email that was sent out said responsibilities would be walking and playing with the dogs and brushing the cats. Now that is volunteer work we can get excited about! All the kids signed up, even Donna and Ashley. It was alot of fun. We started out with the cats but all ended up together walking the dogs. Or having them walk us. Why do little kids always want the biggest dogs? Anyway we even made it home without any extra pets. Success!
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Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Well, you all know I am all about experiencing new things, but this was a stretch even for me. A sister in our church was slaughtering a cow yesterday. She happens to live next door to the church so I thought why not let the kids watch? It might be educational. Maybe teach them to appreciate food and the effort it takes to get on their plate? Besides how many kids get the opportunity to see the inside of a cow? So, the pics are pretty self explanatory.
|Cow in the back of the truck.|
|Throat cut already gutted.|
|Cutting the cow up- note the head on the ground.|
|Lacey and Kyle fascinated.|
|Skinned head- EEEEWWWW!|
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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Today is St. Nicholas day! Yeah! Our foreign exchange student Tess, from Holland, introduced us to St. Nicholas Day the year she lived with us and we have been celebrating it ever since. I wanted to share a little about the Dutch tradition.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Every year me and the kids bake Christmas cookies together. It is alot of fun and the cookies are so yummy! Usually we have a houseful with my sisters 3 kids, Colton, my brothers kids, and usually Ashley invites Kelsea over. This year it was just us, but we still had fun. And this year Lily was old enough to really enjoy it!
|Making the dough.|
|Rolling out the cookies.|
|Decorating the cookies.|
We made 3 cookie jars full of cookies AND two small gift baskets to give away.
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Friday, December 3, 2010
Today I took Lacey to her first ballet. She was so excited! It was a wonderful day. I really enjoyed spending time with her. On the ride to Wichita Falls, we talked about Christmas coming up and getting a tree. I had Kyle, Lacey and Lily watch a cartoon version of The Nutcracker yesterday so Lacey would be kind of familiar with what was going on in the ballet. Unfortunately the only version I could find was Tom and Jerry and The Nutcracker, so she kept asking about them. LOL. We sat up in the balcony which was nice because it wasn't as crowded with school kids.The ballet started with the girl (Clara? I believe) and a giant Christmas tree. An army of mice danced out and fought an army of toy soldiers. Well, I say they were mice, Lacey insisted they were dragons. Anyway the mice/ dragons were defeated, the girl and the nutcracker/ prince dance away. Then there were beautiful ballerinas, angels, a king and queen and a whole procession of other dancers. Our favorites were the dance of the flowers with the butterfly ballerina and the Chinese girls with the tea pot. The flower girls wore pastel dresses, each a different color and a beautiful butterfly with long blue wings danced among them. The Chinese girls wore red and black costumes and carried red fans. In the middle of their dance a giant tea pot was rolled out and tipped over and more girls tumbled out of the spout. Lacey thought that was so funny! At the end everyone danced a number together. It was very charming.
|Lacey waiting for the performance to begin.|
After the ballet I took Lacey to the mall. We shared a giant cookie and a coke and then we went shopping for a Christmas ornament for Donna. We found the perfect ornament! I was so happy to find one I liked, I already had an ornament for all the other kids, but I could not find one that I liked for Donna this year. I plan to give the ornament to the kids on St. Nicholas day which is Sunday, so I really needed to get Donna's. Anyway after we found Donna's ornament I took Lacey to the game room in the mall and let her play a couple of games. I think it was a great day. I hope it made as good a memory for her as it did for me.
|Lacey playing games at The Tilt|
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Monday, November 29, 2010
I brought some of my plants from Timpson back with me. I am so excited about planting them! I brought my Cannes, spider lilies, day lilies, another lily that I forgot the name of and some plants I found in Becca's backyard. I still left a bunch back home. It was so funny trying to fit four boxes of plants in the van with 5 kids, 2 adults, and 3 suitcases! Once we got home me and Donna got busy planting them. I had planted some plants that I got for free on craigslist by our front steps so we added the lilies with them. I planted Becca's plants and the spider lilies by our front door and the Cannes in the back yard by the shed. I am surprised how much I enjoy gardening. I cant wait to watch them grow.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with all our family back in home. Me and Shane realized how much we miss our families! And how much we miss our house and our tree. I drove Shane to work Tuesday night so that we could leave early Wednesday and hit the road for home. Well, Shane called me about 4:15 in the morning saying to head to Bowie to pick him up. I already had the van loaded and ready to go so I threw the kids in the car and hit the road! We made pretty good time, only got lost once, and made it home before 10:00 a.m. The first thing I noticed was my chrysanthemums blooming!
Me, my mom and my sister, Becca spent all day baking together. It was sooo nice! We made 6 pumpkin pies, 4 pecan pies, a chocolate pie and a double batch of fudge!My brother LP and his family came over for a visit and then that night me and Shane went out to eat at Rancho grande with some friends of ours. That night Noah and Hannahh (Becca's kids), and Jake (my brother son) spent the night we made the kids pallets on the floor and put in a movie. Lacey, Lily and Kyle had such a great time with their cousins. They all fell asleep watching home alone.
|Noah, Hannah and Lacey|
|Hannah, Lacey, Jake, Kyle, and Colton|
|Donna and Ricky|
Shane, my brother LP, his wife Laura, their little girl Ally, Becca and Ashley
We also had Thanksgiving with Shane's side of the family. Noah and Colton came with us. I'm surprised how much the kids missed each other.
|Noah, Kyle, Colton, Lily and Lacey|
sitting on Shane's grandmothers( E.E.) porch
|Ashley at E.Es|
|Kyle and Colton playing|
|Lacey and Lily with EE|
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