Christmas Baking!

Saturday, December 20th, we baked and baked and baked!

Thankfully, the night before I had mixed up all the dough for each type of cookie we were making so that made things go quicker and less messy.  We made sugar cookies, rum balls, jam thumbprints, and peanut butter kiss cookies.  I think that’s all.  I should have taken a picture of my cookie platter I took to church that night.  But I was probably rushing out the door!IMG_7248 IMG_7249 IMG_7250 IMG_7254 Weston loved the food chopper!IMG_7255 He was way too excited about chopping nuts!  Haha!IMG_7256 He liked dipping the thumbprints in the egg whites.IMG_7257 Then it was time to unwrap lots of hershey kisses for the peanut butter kiss cookies.  I’m so glad I had all these helpers!  ;)IMG_7259 I think all this baking was getting to us…………..IMG_7260 Then it was time to decorate!IMG_7261 Grandie had stopped by on some “Christmas business”.IMG_7265 Brian, Brooke, and Bailey stopped by to say hello!  Uncle Sam got to say hi to Bailey.IMG_7268 Love those cheeks!IMG_7269 So fun to have family over!IMG_7270 Cuties!IMG_7271 IMG_7274 Not sure what this conversation was about, but I wish I knew!IMG_7275 Bailey was trying on some bonnets and hats.  Unfortunately, they were already too small for her. I am pretty sure the one she has on was mine as a baby.IMG_7279 I bought this hat for Grace when we were heading out to Mike and Abby’s wedding back when Grace was a baby.IMG_7283 Here’s our little Shepherd boy at our Christmas presentation at church that night.IMG_7288 It’s hard to see but that is Ethan and Weston up there with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.IMG_7292 Poor Uncle Brian!  He’s a good sport!IMG_7293It was a very full day of Christmas cookie baking, the church’s Christmas presentation and party!

Throwback Thursday

Well, I went to choose one picture of Weston and ended up picking 25.  So, here you go.  These pictures are from Summer 2010.

Wes and Penny joined us on a field trip a day or two after they arrived back in the States on furlough, June 2010.  Wes is showing Weston some kind of little creature from the water.IMG_9474 This was from our family reunion boat trip, June 2010.  Uncle Mark and Weston.IMG_9814 Me and Weston!IMG_9962 Weston and Aunt Brookie at the fair!IMG_0218 Mimi and Weston!  They loved each other so much!IMG_0425 This was our family camping trip up in New Hampshire.  Summer 2010.IMG_0427 Don’t touch my corn on the cob!!  IMG_0449 IMG_0453 Gracie, Me, Lindsey, and Weston.IMG_0479 IMG_0480“I’ll just have some dirt for lunch, Mom.”
IMG_0498 Mmmm, tastes pretty good.IMG_0499“You talking to me??”IMG_0500“Mom!  Seriously, how many pictures are you going to take of me?!”IMG_0501 IMG_0607 IMG_0611 IMG_0624 IMG_0834 I did not take these next few pictures, and I’m not sure who to give credit to.  I think maybe Joanna, who took our family pictures.IMG_6937 IMG_6957 IMG_6977 Weston and Emma.IMG_7147 Yaya, here is the bottom lip I was talking about.  Haha!  He got my bottom lip, I tell ya!IMG_7168 IMG_7182Ah, there it is again!  I saw that bottom lip on a 3D ultrasound before he was even born.  And I thought oh, it must be a girl with that big bottom lip or I was going to feel sorry for him if he was a boy.  But he wears it well, I think.  He’s sticking it out here of course, but still, cute!  :)IMG_7187

The Day We Sold Lily.

Sunday, December 14th, we sold our goat, Lily.  We were very sad to see her go, but thankfully, we sold her to very nice people and from what they tell us, she is very happy.  We are welcome to go visit her anytime we’d like.

IMG_7213 IMG_7215That same day, we took June to be bred.  But now we are pretty sure, both Lily and June were unsuccessfully bred.  Katie is our only hope now for babies and milk.  So, we are just praying she is pregnant.  Grace and Lyvie have said they have felt the baby kick, but I have yet to feel.  Time will tell.

Mimi’s Christmas Tree

This is a bar of my Christmas Tree scented soap.  I was pleased with the way the swirl came out.  I would really like to get a picture of each scent I have and post them.   We’ll see if that ever happens.  IMG_7203 IMG_7205 This is how Weston felt about school on this Friday!  Ha!  It was Friday, December 12th.IMG_7206 That evening we gathered at Mimi’s for an early Taco Christmas Dinner because my cousin, David had flown in from China and was leaving for Brazil before Christmas.  So, we had to fit one in while he was here.  Somehow I neglected to get one single picture that night except for this one that I took when we were pulling out.  Mimi has always put her tree in the corner of her living room and I just wanted to capture that in a picture from the outside.  I grew up looking across the yard (every Christmas season) seeing the lights of their tree in that window.IMG_7210 IMG_7210

Monday = Ava

Here we are Monday morning, December 8th.

Lyvie got the early morning snuggles with Ava.  :)IMG_7185 IMG_7186We let her try out Uncle Sam’s new refinished chair.
IMG_7188 I think she liked it.IMG_7189 IMG_7193 Weston had to show me what he could do in Daddy’s chair.IMG_7194 He’s a good big cousin!IMG_7195 Our treeIMG_7199 IMG_7201

We’re Living in a Winter Wonderland!

ATTENTION READERS:  I am once again interrupting my regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the very latest here from our neck of the snowy woods.

 I totally should have gone into broadcasting.  Didn’t that sound so professional?!  I felt like I was talking into a microphone while I was typing.  Ok, sorry, back to the snowy woods now………..

Basically, this is just a post with a bunch of snowy pictures!  But we want to remember this beautiful snowfall, so I am documenting it for us. However, if you like to look at a lot of snowy pictures and hear a little funny, go ahead, read on.

This is what we woke up to this morning (March 5, 2015).  Well, at least the kids and I did.  Sam had gotten called out to work at 2:30am so he was long gone at this point, not to return til evening.IMG_8519 I love when the snow sticks to the branches like this.IMG_8530 It snowed all day and we got lots more than they forecasted.  Unfortunately, we had to do school all day, but it was fun to look at from the dining room table.  Every once in a while, I would run out on one of the porches to get a picture.IMG_8531Sam’s Ranger is basically buried.
IMG_8532 Grace’s treeIMG_8535 As soon as Weston was done with school,  he was out the door!IMG_8536 IMG_8542 Dunk (that would be my brother Darrell, for those of you who don’t know him by “Dunk”  ;)) came by in Fred’s truck to plow us out this evening.  Thanks, Dunk!IMG_8546 IMG_8551 Gracie GirlIMG_8552 IMG_8556 IMG_8562 IMG_8564 I love this picture.  And that is not anything coming out of Grace’s nose~just a snowflake falling down.  :)IMG_8565 IMG_8568 IMG_8569 IMG_8574 We have icicles on our chimney and doghouse dormers.IMG_8576 Our road.IMG_8580 Ok, so the kids came with me down the driveway and they all wanted to jump off this big rock into the snow.  Here’s Grace……no problem.IMG_8581 Here’s Lyvie……no problem.IMG_8579 And here goes Weston………IMG_8585 Problem.  He got stuck.  I thought they were joking at first.  And I even said, “If I tell you that I’m really leaving you to go back to the house, you couldn’t come?”  And he said, “No.”IMG_8586 IMG_8590 So, I asked the girls to go over there and pull him out.  They pulled and pulled and couldn’t do it.  It was like Winnie the Pooh stuck in Rabbit’s hole.  I really didn’t think I could help with my back the way it is, so we yelled to Sam, who thankfully, had just gotten home.IMG_8591 So, he came to the rescue and pulled him out, right out of his boots!  Ha!  We were cracking up!  His boots were so stuck that when Sam finally got one of them out, he fell right back into the snow.  We got a good laugh!IMG_8592 Here is Grace under our favorite pine tree down by the road.IMG_8594 And Lyvie’s turn.  It was like a fort for them. (And where was Ethan, you ask?  He was out doing chores still.)IMG_8597 Our Little House in the Snowy Woods.  :)IMG_8598Throughout all these snowstorms that we have been having, (which by the way, we love!) Sam has been maintaining a nice path to the woodshed with the tractor.  No, we are not tired of the snow!  It is God’s beautiful creation and we are soaking up every snowflake!  Spring will be here soon and everything will be a muddy mess.  So, we are just enjoying the here and now.  The beautiful snow, the cozy wood stove, the hot cup of coffee while we do school and watch the snow fall.  I love it all!  This is my kind of weather!
IMG_8603 IMG_8604 IMG_8606 Tonight, as I was heating up supper, Sam called us to the front porch.  Grace’s tree looked like something out of a Narnia movie or something.  It was so magnificent (and still is).  This picture definitely does not capture it.  The tree is just softly glowing.  IMG_8611We are loving our Winter Wonderland!!