Monday, October 31, 2011

This and That

I happen to go right past a Goodwill on the way home, I figured I should stop and see what kind of goodies they may have.  I didn't find anything that day, but I did experience a pretty funny moment in the parking lot.
I was on my way out, unlocking the car door when I saw this amazing looking creature - the "aloha bug" (a name I gave it because it reminds me of a shirt you would wear in Hawaii).  God's creativity never ceases to amaze me!  Anyhow, I happened to have the camera with me - why not take a picture of this distinctly unique bug?!?!  I began taking picture after picture (manual focus on glass is sometimes difficult).  As I was doing this another passer-by noticed me.  And very curiously asked "what are you doing?"  I explained to him I was only taking a picture of a bug.  He slowly retreated and then, like a light bulb finally came on, began chuckling and said "oh!  I thought you were a private investigator or something trying to crack a case."  I responded with - well, I do have kids and sometimes I hold that title too, but that's not the case this particular time!  We laughed and parted ways - and I got my picture!  I couldn't help, but laugh to myself when I got back in the car, sent a text message to Kendra and told her of my "laughable moment", and headed home.
Life has been pretty laid-back lately!  Nothing huge to report!  It is SO good to have Daniel back with us.  I feel so blessed that I have such a wonderful husband and really, really great daughters.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the small trials we endure, but in the end I have to (for the sake of comparison) think of all the other parents that deal with SO much more, and I feel, at that moment, humbled and compelled to lift my eyes to Heaven and thank my Father for the mercy He bestows upon us!  Really, we've got it easy - and for that, I'm thankful!
Weather here has been up and down, quite literally.  We've experienced snow already, but for the most part we have sun-shining, temperate days to be out in.  In the evenings it's perfect weather for snuggling under the covers.  And what better to go with that snuggling, but a sweet "I love you" whispered in my ear. 
Syd has two new friends - little girls - that live right next door and they like to climb the trees.  And Ali - same as always - outdoors with the camera catches those moments!  Unless it's too cold...

Then she stays inside where it's a little warmer! I asked her to pose with a more serious face.  Her response? "Mom, you're always encouraging me to just be me - this is ME!  Seriousness is not me!"   And I couldn't say anything to that - a Selah moment for Mom!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

S'mores Kind of Weather

you know the kind...

~ winds blowing that carry the very essence of fireplaces burning and snow in the forecast ~

well, fireplaces have been burning - especially in our home - and what better way to celebrate the coming of winter than the confectionery art of making s'mores?!?!

syd and daniel like the mallows lightly toasted; no more than a rich golden brown.

ali and i, on the other hand, like to make each mallow a raging inferno of colors.  peeling off the outer burn, eating it, and putting the rest of the sugary mass back in the flames for another go (repeating as many times as allowed).  terrible for us, i know, but we all have our vices, right?

 but then, after a few mallows, alone, have been consumed - mom breaks out the chocolate bars and grahams!  fortunately for everyone's tummy, mom only brought home two hershey's bars.

want one?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


a wonderful sight that fluttered by whilst we were waiting for the girls to finishing ice skating...

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous 

works.  1 Chronicles 16:9

Monday, October 17, 2011

Girls Go Ice Skating

our home school co-op goes ice skating one day each month.  neither one of the girls has ever been, but had a great time!  (you can see ali in the back right corner of the picture)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Scarves From Grandma

packages in the mail, without notice, from a loving grandma always make for happy faces and creativity!

thanks grandma!
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