these three

I love when these three come up with some grand game or project that they play at for hours.

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Yesterday it was a restaurant that served ginger tea and energy balls.  Today it’s life size gingerbread people.

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We are all enjoying these slow December mornings learning and playing together.

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over here

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Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to over here.  We cut down a monster of a Christmas tree.  It looked so much smaller out in the forest.  But it’s all decked out and we’re loving it.  Emma’s favorite thing is to turn off all the lights and just “look at it until we fall asleep.”  Which we haven’t actually done (the falling asleep part), but it’s fun to plan I suppose.

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Our house has been full of imaginative play this week.  I’m listening in to all the castle building and pirate shipping and lego creating while finishing up some last minute sewing and knitting.

They spent most of one day with the blocks.  Caleb was mostly not helping so they took turns pushing him around the house in a box which he absolutely loved.

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I hope your house is full of laughter too!  Merry Christmas!

fall

We’re loving this fall weather.  We took some time on Saturday to have a little picnic and play in the creek.  We also dug up some pine trees to transplant near our house.  The weather was just perfect.

IMG_2510  IMG_2526  IMG_2570There was just enough water in the creek for a little splashing.  Mason helped daddy dig up the trees and Caleb and I brought buckets of water to them from the creek.  Emma was drawing in her notebook. Caleb was quite the little helper.  He insisted on carrying it himself even though it was too heavy.  It took us about 4 times as long, but we were smiling the whole time.

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We also picked a bunch of rose hips to dry for tea.  Emma would pick them and hand them to Caleb who would put them in the bag.  Quite the team.  Mason and daddy totally out-picked us though.

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They were loving exploring and playing with all the different leaves and twigs they could find.  We are having a little family competition on guessing the number of “nice” days we have left.  Hopefully there’s a few more in the near future!

september

The end of September is just around the corner and we’re finally just getting into a good routine around here.  We’ve been super busy with the gardens, canning, regular day to day stuff and school.  With so many ways to spend my limited free time (knitting, stamping, baking) I came to the realization yesterday that I haven’t actually mopped my kitchen floor since before school began.  Sweeping…yes.  Mopping…no.  The worst part is that I actually moved all the chairs and shoes and backpacks and legos off the floor and swept it with the intention of mopping one night where I found an extra burst of energy. Then I got distracted.  And we moved the chairs back in for breakfast the next morning.  No mopping.  I’m totally okay with this.

We’re reading.  And coloring.  And having picnics. And watching the leaves change. And creating things with lots of cutting and gluing.  And making smoothies.

Some first day of school pictures:

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We also squeezed in a rodeo night at the fair with our cousins and a wedding for Uncle Tim.  We’re loving all our time with family and friends as we gear up for fall.

peas

IMG_20150821_100434We’ve been working on harvesting a lot of the garden.  We pickled the green beans (our new favorite thing to do with them) and froze all the peas.  We made some of the zucchini into bread and we’ve been enjoying fresh tomatoes along with dinner.

This weekend we were all out in the garden.  Mason and I were picking all the peas.  Emma and Caleb were eating them.  Every time we would move the colander down the row, Emma would get mad at us.  At one point I smiled at her and said, “well, we’re the ones doing the work.”  She looked sweetly up at me and said, “Mom!  I’m working too!  I’m working on eating these peas!”

And another one from Emma’s world:

Emma: Mom, can you cover up my baby?

Me: Sure. (Pulling the blanket up over her baby doll, tucked under her chin)

Emma: No Mom,  all of baby.  Her face is cold too.

Me: (covering all of baby) How is she going to breathe then?

Emma: (Looking at me like I’m crazy)  Mom, she doesn’t breathe.  She’s a FAKE!

And because school is officially starting tomorrow and for the next 9 months I will be teacher and mom and the one sending Mason to 1st Grade and Emma to Preschool (already!): Dear Teachers: You’re Not Fooling Me.

the pirate ship

This summer has been all about building the pirate ship.  It’s been the go-to answer for Mason and Emma.

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Why do you need all those buckets of water?  It’s for the pirate ship.

What are all those rocks for?  It’s gold for our pirate ship.

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I need my hammer, tape measure and screwdrivers.  Why?  It’s for the pirate ship. IMG_20150717_080003_hdr

We must cover everything with a layer of mud.  Oh really?  It’s for the pirate ship. To protect it from the rain. IMG_20150717_075935_hdr

I need to dig holes all over the yard.  It’s for the pirate ship.  Seriously mom. IMG_20150620_145153I have yet to see any signs of a pirate ship, but the thought of it is sure keeping them outside and busy.

hollywood

We recently bought some land from our neighbors at the end of our road.  They are a retired couple that have lived here for quite a while.  We see the husband quite often as he rides his horse down our road checking cattle or drives his tractor to plow out neighbors.  The kids are usually outside playing and they always stop to wave and say hello.

At the closing we were sitting around the table chatting and exchanging stories.  The wife starts to laugh and asks her husband to tell us the nicknames he’s given our kids.  Mason is little R.  Caleb is just baby.  And Emma is…Hollywood.  Ryan and I are still laughing about that one.  Nail.hit.on.head.