Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye 2011!

It's always fun to do a quick look back through all the picture files at the end of the year and remind myself of the things we did and enjoyed that have already been forgotten.  Our life is nothing fancy or spectacular . . . just a series of moments, days strung together where we love and learn and have fun together. It was a good year.
And I'm looking forward to seeing what God will do in 2012! 
 Blessings to you and yours in the new year!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011--What I Read

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Choosing to See by MaryBeth Chapman
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder*
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers*
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers*
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers*
Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
Learning by Karen Kingsbury
Longing by Karen Kingsbury
The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson*
Almost Forever by Deborah Raney
Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer
Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin*
Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery
Give Them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule
Rumors of Water by L.L. Barkat
Joseph by Terri L. Fivash
Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace
(* denotes books I've read before)

My favorites?  As far as nonfiction goes One Thousand Gifts and Give Them Grace were two good ones . . . I think I will even be rereading One Thousand Gifts come January.  And of the fiction reads, the two I read in December are going to end up being my favorites, Joseph and Emily of Deep ValleyJoseph was a retelling of the biblical Joseph.  I think because I am at a place in my life right now where I wonder, "God, what are you doing?" I found myself identifying with the emotions Joseph may have experienced.  It was a good reminder that God's ways don't always make a lot of sense in the moment, but in the end He's got it all figured out.  Emily of Deep Valley had a similar theme, Emily and her classmates graduate high school and they all head off to college, she is left behind, caring for her grandfather.  At first she falls into despondency, but then slowly learns to make the most of her situation.  In the end she is just where she needed to be for growth and change to happen.  Another good reminder for me right now . . . 
I also managed to complete my first-ever Bible read through this past spring!  After a bit of New Testament "dabbling" here and there I began back at the beginning and am currently finishing up Nehemiah. 
And those are the reads for 2011 . . . I'm already compiling what I hope to get through in the new year (and may have gotten a head-start on a few!). ;o)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Christmases

A little picture round-up--
checking out the bounty
"the girls"
the dolls have been having a grand time . . .
packaging is always more fun
boys and cars
Says Josh, "We wanted to get you something special, but couldn't decide what, so we got you the whole world." (cracked me up) ;o)
everyone in their new jammies Christmas morning--in front of Grandma's tree
love those little footsies
the girl who wanted books (books, and more books)

And while we didn't keep up with our activity countdown, we were blessed to spend time with people.
The girls got to catch up with their bestest friends via play dates, sleepovers, and the like.
We enjoyed hanging out with cousins from both sides of the family.
The oldest four got to have a last day sleepover down at the farm enabling me to pack up all our stuff and Christmas bounty without interference (which may have totally saved my sanity!).  Can you believe I almost told my mom it wouldn't work because I was too tired to take the kids anywhere?  Thankfully Josh  talked some sense into me and offered to drive them out and pick them up himself.
We officially wore Marissa out . . . a feat we had yet to accomplish. ;o)
Coming back is always so hard . . . mainly because I always want to stay.
We truly had a wonderful time and are so thankful for the relationships we hold dear.
I hope all of your celebrating was equally as blessed.
Now, to wrap up this year . . .

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrating our Terrific Two Year Old

Daddy arrived at Grandpa and Grandma's house around supper time on Owen's birthday.
He brought the mail with him, including a birthday card for Owen from Great-Granny (in Massachusetts).  He was delighted with his own mail and accompanying dollar bill . . .
Not only did the dollar morph into a handy telephone, he also liked it for its eye patch capabilities. ;o)
A picture of Mommy and her "baby"--love his little smirk. ;o)
He unwrapped his gifts from us and Grandpa and Grandma . . . lots of choo-choos!
The day after we headed down to my parents to do our family Christmas, but we also celebrated Owen there, more presents, and a very yummy chocolate cake--

Originally, I was going to make a cake that looked like a penguin.
In the end I found a recipe for a delicious chocolate cake and plopped a whole bunch of penguin figurines on top.  A party planner I am not . . . ;o)
Sadly, I have no pictures of him with either sets of grandparents . . . in fact as I went through all my pictures from our extended Lincoln stay I can see that my brain must have been elsewhere.  The family picture in our Christmas Eve best?  Pictures of cousins together?  A number of other shots I had planned to get?  I had *intentions* of getting them all, alas, they did not happen. I'm hoping that means I was too busy living in the moment to hide behind my camera . . . right??
That's what I'm telling myself anyway. ;o)
Whatever the case, hopefully Owen knows he was loved and celebrated and cake was had, in spite of the fact we weren't able to do a full-out party!  Oh, and if you'd like to keep track, he's also on his 2nd round of antibiotics this month . . . can you guess what for?? 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy 2nd to my Owen!!!

On the eve of your 2nd birthday I broke out some new footie pajamas--all green and full of festive little penguins--I was saving them for Christmas Eve but decided it fitting you wake up in them on your 2nd birthday.  And I remembered back two years ago to another pair of brand-new footie pajamas all decked in snowmen that enveloped your wee little self.
And so you sat next to Bella last night, in your new jammies and I asked you what you were thankful for, you told me "Preston, the monkey" (Isabella's new stuffed animal) and then pointed to your jammies "and penguins."  I smiled.  You bowed your little head of crazy blonde hair and scrunched your eyes all tight, folding your hands, all set to pray.  And my heart nearly set to bursting, and I paused to take a mental picture.
That hair that I should cut . . .
Those blue, blue, blue eyes . . .
You . . .
 . . . delightful and full of mirth, the biggest copy-cat I've ever known.

You remain the doted-on member of our family, a mommy, a daddy, sisters, and brothers all loving you to pieces.  You make us laugh, you amaze us, and you love us in your very snuggly way.
Your birthday is so special to me because it falls so close to Christmas.  I remember the waiting, the longing for your arrival. I remember the blizzard that encouraged us to leave the hospital a bit earlier than we had originally intended.  I remember sitting in the Christmas Eve service at church with your 2 day old self cradled in my arms. Christmas can never quite be the same again because of that year when God gifted us with you just in time to celebrate. 
For these two years you have been a blessing--I am so thankful for you!
Happiest second birthday to you, my most favorite Owen ever! ;o)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Make-a-Memory Days 11-16

I'm wrapping up the week a bit early. ;o)  We're skipping town tomorrow and I'm tying up my loose ends tonight.  For the most part I think our activities are coming to an end also.  I decided it would just be too hard to be doing daily crafts/projects when I'm not in my own house with access to all my stuff.  Instead we have other things lined up (like play dates and birthday parties) that should keep the kids busy.

So Sunday--we tuned into our Lincoln church's Christmas concert via the internet.  It left us all a bit sad and wistful, but I'm so thankful we were still able to "show up" even if it was in our own living room.  We made it festive with some sparkling grape juice to sip. ;o)

Monday--we read a book and talked about what it must have been like to be shepherds in the fields watching sheep and made these pictures:
Tuesday--read a book about the angels that announced the news to the shepherds and did these pictures (involved metallic paints in case the pictures don't show it).  I loved that Isabella included the biblical text on hers!
On Wednesday--we worked together to make these (and also worked on grace for the wide range of coloring skills represented among us . . .) ;o)

On Thursday--(tonight!!) We had a movie and popcorn night.  I had checked out "The Nativity Story" from the library back over Thanksgiving.  None of us had seen it before.  I can't say everything was portrayed accurately (mainly the wise men), but overall it gave me fresh eyes to see a story I've heard over and over and over.  I love when that happens!

On Friday--(tomorrow!!) The kids and I are leaving mid-morning for Kearney.  We have a few things to grab at Walmart, then the girls are making up this week's violin lesson, then Owen has a follow-up doctor appointment.  After that we are Lincoln bound!  I'm armed with lots of Christmas cd's, fun wintry/Christmas coloring pages, and these pre-packed snacks to tide them over, all done up festively for our little adventure:

Among other news I was completely surprised and delighted to have this delivered to my door today:
After admiring one my dear friend Kathy had made for herself, she surprised me with one for my own home.  I love it so much! (And what do you know, I have a similar shelf to place it on, so I have TOTALLY copied her look!) ;o)  I think she should go into business!
And I should also mention that the box the sign arrived in kept my kids entertained for a good portion of the afternoon--
Thanks again Kathy! ;o)
Josh is immersed in grading finals and has a crazy next few days ahead of him.  School's out tomorrow and all grades must be inputted.  Saturday he leaves crazy early for a wrestling meet (5:30 am!!) and won't get in until around 11:00 pm that evening.  Sunday he'll be joining us in Lincoln but he has to go back Monday so they can continue wrestling practice through the 22nd.  Then he has a full five days free and clear.  We're all looking forward to that!
As for me, I need to go put the finishing touches on my packing--each time it gets a bit easier, although there is SO MUCH to remember this time around (like all the Christmas presents!!).  At least if I forget something Josh can bring it for me!!  If I'm not back on my blog again before Christmas, I wish all of you a wonderful time celebrating our Savior's birth!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Celebrating the Season (around the house)

Fact:  In the fall I'm utterly obsessed with the pumpkin and would stick one on every horizontal surface if I could.  Once winter rolls around I must transfer my obsession to something else . . .
I love them nearly as much.  In fact, I love them so much I was incredibly delighted to discover would ship me humongous sugar pinecones for a pretty reasonable price.
I ordered seven (for a grand total of $21--shipped!).
It brings my collection of massive pinecones up to nine.
Plus all the spruce cones Josh gathered for me last year (that I painted and glittered).
The pinecone wreaths.
The pinecones hanging in my Christmas tree.
They're everywhere.
(Just wanted to warn you before I share Christmas decorating pictures and you wonder, "What is it with her and all those pinecones?")
However, I am quite pleased to announce that aside from the $21 I spent on pinecones EVERYTHING else I had on hand and reused and mixed it up to make it feel all new to me again.  It's always fun to get to decorate a new space for the first time!

The dining room hutch . . .
(pine cone wreaths from last year, "brown paper packages tied up with strings" from two years ago, and "JOY" letter popped into my picture frames from other hutch, paper medallions folded out of printed off old Christmas carols and toile paper, {pinecones--but you already knew that}) ;o)
Above the piano, chalkboard leaned against the wall (someday I--meaning Josh-- will put a frame around it) ;o)
(lyrics from "Oh Holy Night" written in a white chalk marker, old window box stuffed with old grapevine garland/Hobby Lobby garland, little Target trees, {pinecones})
Atop the dining room table
(Goodwill basket I painted, branches from my Christmas tree that I snipped off the back side where nobody would see with Josh's wire cutters--shh don't tell, ;o) {pinecones} and a little banner just 'cause banners make me happy and I love them nearly as much as pinecones)
The tree
(I borrowed my mother-in-law's galvanized wash tub to stick my tree in--LOVE that look!! The star may or may not be askew . . . but let's face it, a tree with mostly handmade ornaments decorated mostly by children aged 10 and under is not going to win any decorating awards) ;o)
(the small hutch with a more "wintry" feeling going on, everything up there will stay until it is time to decorate for spring)
A more complete view of our living room
The little black bench is home to our Fisher Price nativity (one of these years we'll get a real one for me!) and our collection of Christmas stories--kind of a "kid's corner."
The side of the living room that is not pictured--
I had to get creative with my wing back chairs, usually they both flank the tv, now they are hemming in the piano to make way for the Christmas tree in the corner.  I didn't know what I was going to do with out stockings, so this year I just strung some twine in the corner and clothes-pinned them on.  It did the trick.  It was either that or hang them over the tv, which just kind of seemed sad and pathetic.  ;o)
And that, for the most part, is it.  I did make a few more paper banners from colorful Christmas papers, hung here and there in the kitchen.  I have so many ideas I would like to get to (in the craft arena) but there is only so much time in day.  This week is really our last week to enjoy everything here since we'll be gone from home for so long over over Christmas, so we'll make the most of it. I do so love the happy glow of a Christmas tree to sit around in the dark of the mornings (and evenings too, for that matter!). 
Have a lovely week!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Make-a-Memory Days 4-10

The weekly round-up:

On Sunday we created jingle bell necklaces and danced over and over to Mannheim Steamrollers "Deck the Halls" (I could only locate one necklace to photograph)
On Monday we made our embroidery hoop ornaments, hot-gluing ribbons and rick-rack to the fabric, Emmett opted out of this project, although I still have his ready to go should he change his mind.
On Tuesday, life happened.  Since I was heading to Kearney for the girls' lessons I thought I would get my Owen in to see the doctor because he didn't seem quite right.  The poor guy has lost both his ear tubes, had double ear infections, as well as broncheolitis.  We spent the afternoon running down antibiotic prescriptions and nebulizers and fun stuff like that.  Lots of "lovely" memories were made. ;o)
On Wednesday we made some Christmas cards.
On Thursday I let the kids take turns at helping me cut out cookies.  They each got exactly one turn and then I said, "Let's watch a movie and Mommy will finish up!" Some things are just easier accomplished in peace and quiet and without ten extra helping hands . . . *ahem*
Friday was cookie decorating day.  Now truth be told, I'd love to do the whole royal icing gig and have my cookies end up looking like this.  Instead we opt for flavor (as in butter cream frosting, which really has no recipe, butter, powdered sugar, whipping cream, vanilla/almond extract . . . beat it together until it resembles frosting) and kid-friendliness.  I cannot count how many times I was told on Friday that "This is always my favorite activity!"  There's no pressure for picture-perfect cookies that we can share with neighbors, if a knife gets licked or somebody sneezes, life will go on . . . it's all a laid-back environment.  We turned up the Mannheim and got busy.

Yes, there was a clothing change (and baths!) for certain boys as you will note in the "We're finished!" picture. ;o)
And today we finished off our week with gingerbread houses.

Silly Emmett snuck into my picture. ;o)
Gingerbread houses are frustrating little things, but we attempt them anyway.  They are mostly still standing. ;o)  We haven't quite finished all of our gingerbread day activities, still some books to read,  I made cut-out gingerbread men if we get around to frosting them and I baked some gingerbread muffins, but seeing as we have a gazillion cookies on hand the muffins are more just for me . . . so I can get my lemon curd fix . . . ;o)  I had some felt gingerbread projects I was working on, but I don't think I'll get to them today.  Perhaps I'll save them for "Gingerbread Day-Part Two" when we are back in Lincoln.  It looks like the kids and I will be heading back on the 16th for an extended stay.  Josh will join us briefly on the 18th and then he has to be back for wrestling practice for a few more days.  In the end, we figure it will be nice to have two vehicles for hauling presents (and perhaps some chairs Kathy!!) ;o) back home.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Napkin" Pillows

Truly, I'm not the first to discover the joy of making a cheap pillow cover from a pair of napkins, but it is the first time I have tried it, and it is such a quick and easy sewing project I had to share.
A pair of napkins and a pillow form are all you really need (and a sewing machine of course!). ;o)
I found these napkins at Target, 2 for $3.99.
I picked up some pom-pom fringe at Hobby Lobby to edge them in--pom-pom fringe makes everything more fun, but of course that is your own preference. ;o)
Find an online tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow. Like this one.
If you use pom-pom fringe I pin it to the pillow front like shown in the  picture and then I sew it down.  That way when I sew the back flaps on there is no shifting of the fringe.  You could skip this step if you feel brave, but I don't recommend it . . .

And voila!!!
There were going to be two pillows but unfortunately for me I totally miscalculated how much fringe I would need (such a rookie mistake!).  That will have to wait for next week's trip to Kearney. Boo. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day in the Life of an (Almost) Two Year Old

Come stumbling down the hall at 6:45 to find your mommy at the dining room table.
Complain that the lights are too bright.
Insist she snuggle you just so, when she doesn't do it right, reposition her hands in the proper places.
Watch a bit of Blue's Clues.
Wander back over to mommy, insist upon more snuggling.
 Return to Blue's Clues.
Steal a few cheerios from the siblings' bowls in spite of the fact you have your own.
Use the open dishwasher as a step-stool to pour yourself another bowl.
Miss the bowl.
Mommy sweeps cheerios out of dishwasher.
Inform Mommy that "I pooped" in the night-time diaper.
Upon inspection Mommy discovers that yes, you did.
Finish up business on the potty.
Mommy takes a shower, finds you on the counter of the bathroom when she gets done.
Discovers you had stuck a "feminine product" in your pajama pants.
She laughs a lot and updates her facebook status.
The school day begins, your job as class jester begins.
You pretend you are a doggie eating the girls' books.
You color a snowman picture orange.
You throw a book.
You sneak over the back of the couch while Mommy is reading and bop her on the head with the "push popper"
Mommy was not happy.
You cheer "Yay chili!" when you discover Mommy making it for lunch.
While your sisters  and Mommy head up lunch clean-up you decide you are quite a mess.
Mommy finds you in the bathtub naked, getting ready to draw yourself a bath.
Mommy sighs.
Eventually, it is naptime.  You sleep.
You wake up too soon, distraught, "I peed!!!" you wail.
Mommy strips you of your pants and tries to get you to go back to sleep.  You complain of being cold.  She covers you up.  You don't want blankets on you, you want to tuck yourself under Mommy's legs just so and rob body-heat.  She informs you that you are being ridiculous.
Naptime is abandoned.
You notice your three oldest siblings outside in snow.
You find a hat, a mitten, and one boot and dress yourself.
Mommy says no snow.  You are not pleased.
She bribes you with a bit of peppermint ice cream.
You are delighted.
Mommy works on supper, you pull up your chair to help.
You find a clementine and a steak knife and set about starting to peel it.
When Mommy realizes what you have in hand you have already managed to nick your finger with the knife.
You eat your clementine happily.  Then you ask for a banana.
Mommy hesitates, will you really eat it?
You really want the banana.  She peels it.
You aren't interested.
Granny calls on the phone. 
Mommy talks to Granny while finishing supper prep, you take it upon yourself to salt and pepper the mashed potatoes.
Granny says she better let Mommy go.
Mommy hangs up, you ask, "Who was that?"
We eat supper.  You have a 2nd bath.
You complain of being cold.
Mommy wraps you in a blanket on the couch.
Your sisters pull out the violins to practice.
You leave your position on the couch and climb on Mommy's back.
"I'm up here!" you wave to your sisters.
They are working on Christmas duets.
"Ready, Go!!" you say, starting them over and over.  They are in fits of giggles.
You have a naked chase with your brothers all over the house, you carry a bag with a hamburger bun, periodically stopping for a bite.
You're being sought after by a four year old wielding a long un-peeled carrot.
Mommy sighs again . . . eyes the clock . . . when will Daddy be home from wrestling?
Daddy's home!
You climb upon the kitchen counter naked, announce proudly, "I'm up here!" and then jump into your Daddy's arms.
While a game of Sorry gets underway Mommy slinks off to reflect upon the day . . .
and gear up for tomorrow. 
She wonders what she has gotten herself into.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Jackson's Gift

This month the kids and I are working on practicing random acts of kindness. The idea had its origins here.  I thought it was one of the best ways to countdown to Christmas--with an emphasis completely on the the giving.  I would have loved to do it full-scale this year, but came across the idea too late to really get organized for it.  Instead we are doing it on a small scale--each night I ask the kids if they did something or had somebody do something kind or unselfish for them that day.  I then write it down on a slip of paper, and put it in a jar, encouraging them to think of things to do so we can fill the jar up.  The first few nights it was "Marissa did this . . ." and "Isabella did that . . ."  I really wasn't sure if any of my boys were grasping the concept (or if they at all cared!).

Last night I discovered Jackson putting my dishes away, unloading the dishwasher!  One plate, one cup, one thing at a time he climbed up on my counter and put every last dish away.   I almost cried.

He has never unloaded the dishwasher before.  It's the girls' job.  They do it quickly, efficiently, and mostly without complaining.  Jackson on the other-hand has never been what I would describe as a cheerful and willing worker.  Most everything with him comes with some sort of battle.  As of late he and I have waged lots of battles.  That boy has a streak of stubborn a mile wide.  I love him to pieces, because he's Jackson and he's mine.  But those daily running-ins I have with his willfulness--well, they're wearisome.  Often I have doubted my ability to parent him right.

To find him on his own initiative was stunning--a gift of grace--amidst weeks and weeks of "brick wall."  When you have a child that is hard, those moments are beautiful, rare, and hard-fought for, true jewels amidst a lot of "in the trenches."  I'm so thankful for a God who gives me a glimmer sometimes that things ARE sinking in . . . even if it's not on my time-schedule.  It is enough to spur me on--loving, instructing, and always praying. 

As for Jackson, we praised him heartily and hugged him, told him how proud we were that he chose to do something so kind.  The way his face beamed, breaking into a smile, how he hopped up and down with excitement--it's an image I'll carry with me and remind myself of when we find ourselves battling it out again, waiting for the day I run into that same boy once more.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Make-a-Memory Days 1-3

I realize that in the past I've daily blogged our activities for the month of December. This year I'm opting for a weekend round-up.   So, up first, and completely and totally unrelated to our Christmas activities, our blood model--
It was just too cool not to share a picture.  ;o)  We finished up a unit on blood in science, and using a mixture of corn syrup and candy variety we concocted this.  Even Josh was impressed (although he thought the platelets might have been better represented by a solid color candy sprinkle . . . but the rainbow ones do look pretty, right?). ;o)
After the riveting lesson on blood we rounded out the day with our mini canvas ornament paintings--
I think the first three are pretty self-explanatory.  Emmett's began as a red "Christmas airplane" and slowly evolved from there with layer (upon layer) of paint.  I like to think of the finished product as a VERY up close painting of a Christmas tree branch. ;o)  And Owen, well, he thoroughly enjoyed himself. ;o)
Day Two

Glitter Ball Ornaments--these were an improvisation (story of my life . . .). ;o) The Pledge floor wax that I was supposed to use I was unable to locate when I was in Kearney this past Tuesday.  And I kind of forgot about the fact if Kearney doesn't have it, there's no way Arapahoe would have it.  So, I pulled out some furniture polish that had "Pledge" on the label and squirted it in.  Then the glitter I *thought* I had purchased was absent-without-leave, causing me to use what glitter I had on hand.  It all seemed to work and we ended up with some ornaments that remind me of icy bubbles.  We hung them from the light fixture in the dining room.
Day Three
We awoke to SNOW!!!
Let me tell you, it is no small feat readying five children for an outside adventure!  Owen got his first snow experience--he didn't last as long as the others--but  it was a joy seeing him check out the cold, white world around him.  Marissa built the snowman all by herself and Jackson went off in search of the perfect arms.  He came and asked me for a carrot, I offered him the longest baby carrot I could find which he used with resignation.  I told him I had a frozen banana that would work, but of course that is just WRONG, not to mention bananas have a curve to them that carrots do not.  I was thinking a Gonzo-styled snowman?  He wasn't having it. ;o)
After coming in we set about to our having our "peppermint day."  We read our candy cane story, made minty red play-dough, and are still awaiting our afternoon snack of peppermint popcorn.  I have a fierce craving for the candy cane milk that Super Saver usually has and am wondering if I could recreate a knock-off recipe.  That is some good stuff! ;o)
We've begun our Jesse Tree readings.  This year in order to keep everyone at the table and (mostly) listening while I read I've been searching out coloring pages that go along with each day's devotion.  I started a Pinterest board of these pages if anyone is interested.  So far it has worked great at keeping antsy little boys at the table! ;o)   And sadly, I received an email yesterday that my little advent countdown would not be coming--they ran out. :o(  Looks like I'll be slapping together something this weekend . . . I'm definitely in need of something quick and easy!!
We've been enjoying cuddle sessions on the couch with our Christmas book collection and all of the winter and Christmas books we brought back from the Lincoln library (yes, I strategically plan my holds/renewals around our trips back to Lincoln!).  We always seem to read more once the weather gets colder, and what's not to love about that! ;o)  I'm especially enjoying all the books Owen brings to me, and it is never hard to find time to cuddle him up on my lap.  His absolute favorite right now?  Who is Coming to Our House?  (someone, someone said the mouse . . .) ;o)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Winner Is . . .

Interrupting Owen's self-helping of a cracker breakfast to bring you this news. ;o)
Yay Anna!! Hope your kids have fun with them!  I'll drop them in the mail today or tomorrow!