Friday, September 19, 2014

Bedtime Staller

Naomi is quickly becoming the queen of stalling at bedtime. She has gotten really good at coming up with things she needs to do before we put her to bed. She will ask for something to eat (which is somewhat legit because she normally does not eat much dinner). She will ask to kiss her sisters. She will ask for milk (even though she doesn't drink milk). She will ask us to blow her nose or for some random toy that needs to be added to her already overcrowded bed.

The other night she was having a snack before bed and was so tired that she could not even sit up.

For some reason Naomi just does not want to go to bed easily these days. It is both trying and entertaining. I am hoping she will outgrow this stage soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Harvest

Last weekend, Andrew, Malia and Davey harvested the apples off our our apple tree.

It was our best year by far. The apples all had been pecked by some animal along the way, but they were perfect for making pie, apple crisp and applesauce this week.

Malia has had a really helpful spirit in the kitchen recently. She wanted to help cut the apples, so Andrew set her up with apple corer/slicer which she used to chop up the apples.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gifts

Last week I had another birthday. I was celebrated in many ways by family and friends.  All thoughtful and great reminders of how blessed I am.

On my actual birthday, one of my children was having a hard day. I was feeling discouraged. I read the following and was very encouraged.

"One of the paradoxes of the Christian life is that God's gifts often require labor on our part. God brought the Israelites to the Promised Land and told them He was going to "give" it to them (Num. 13:2). This sounded great to the Israelites until they realized that, with the gift, came battles against giants and fortified cities!"     Henry and Richard Blackaby from Experiencing God Day by Day

Three of my greatest gifts are Malia, Davey and Naomi. And I spend most of my waking hours working to keep these three gifts fed, clothed, educated, etc. It is a lot of work and each day contains battles against sin, pride, wills, unkindness, not being patient. But the hard work doesn't diminish that they are indeed gifts. The work and fighting the battles is God's way of refining me and drawing me closer to Him; a gift in and of itself.

So I am trying to remember when my children don't obey, when they are unkind to others, or when they make (constant) messes that it is all a gift. Maybe it doesn't give me warm and fuzzy feelings, but it is giving me the chance to be more like my Savior.

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One thing I wanted on my birthday was an updated picture of the three girls together. This is what I got. I am posting all of the series because each one made me smile for a different reason. I hope they make you smile too!

  











Thursday, September 04, 2014

Museum Trip

This year a few of my homeschooling friends and I are being very intentional about scheduling lots of field trips together. Last week we went to the Nature and Science Museum. Since the school year just started, not many people were there, so even though we have been there a handful of times this year, it was like a new experience.

 Riding wolves outside.

Scientists. We tested cereal for sugar content, looked at cells and tried to fight bacteria.

We were at the museum for over 5.5 hours and my little introvert needed some alone time so she recharged herself by patiently uncovering some dinosaur bones.

 Happy girl.

Meanwhile her more extroverted sister was being a flower through the seasons with a group of kids.

And the funniest part of the day might have been seeing Malia as a 70 year old thanks to some great computer program in the health section that aged her right before my eyes.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Train trip

Yesterday we joined E&K's crew to take a train downtown. 


The kids loved the train (and that they didn't have to wear seat belts!) 


 We just walked the 16th Street Mall and landed at Tattered Cover, a very cool Denver bookstore where we all enjoyed browsing the kids section.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wild Animal Sanctuary

This past week we went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary with some families from Malia's school. It is a place that takes in large carnivores who have been raised in captivity and cannot be released into the wild (It is amazing how many people think lions, tigers and bears make good pets!)

 Here are some of the new tigers who are getting used to be around others before they are relocated to a bigger tiger area.

The sanctuary is set up so you walk above the animals to observe them. Here are the girls on the walkway.

 Looking down at a sleeping bear.

 This is a grizzly habitat closeup...

 ... and here is the wider shot of the big area the grizzly has to live in.

When I asked Malia and Davey if they had learned anything they said yes that having big animals as pets is not a good idea :)

The drive out was gorgeous and included mile long sunflower fields. Even though it was windy and threatening a storm on the way home, I made these two get out of the car for a picture.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Curls

We recently got a new curling iron in our house. I spent Friday afternoon curling the girls hair (which was a first). It made me realize how much hair they both have!