Not a lot of time to post, but wanted to add these odds and ends. I've been talking about purging the house for some time now. We've done some work, but it has been taking WAY too long. So I had to lay down the law :-) No going anywhere, or having people over UNTIL ***ALL*** the purging is done, in every room of our house. So there :-P I know it is going to be a whirl wind couple of weeks until the new year. I have a lot of new things planned to be added into our school semester, one of which is not spending all day doing chores! I think the girls are excited about some of the new things. I am sure some of it won't be so exciting. Isabella told me last night she was excited to start a Book of Centuries, a Book of Firsts and for us to put on a play. The girls were talking last night which book (one of their literature books or a Shakespeare play) that they want to do. I told them they would make up the play, make costumes, and that we could get some white sheets from the thrift store for them to paint scenes on. Anyways, all of this will not be accomplished if we find ourselves having to constantly clean the mass messes around here. I told them that after the purging we will be instituting a schedule for school time so that one girls will be with the boys at all times. It's the little guys that make the most messes. Both those measures should help. Off to exercise (making progress!) and clean. Here are some odd placed pictures:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
My new Danskin clogs
See, layers were in order. Hey, you Northerners....you know you can get hypothermia in 50 degree weather don't you?
Aubrey exploring... dirt.
This little boy's footsies had to be covered...no baby toes to admire.
Aubrey sharing his rock
Aubrey learning to share. I'm sure it is easier to do so with a rock, let's see if it transfers over to when he has some ice cream :-)
Flannery's left foot, painted nails
Sandals are still in use in these parts.
Carefully making hopscotch fun
Hopscotch in miniature.
A girl and her grid
This game of hopscotch was done in jackets and shoes!
Shoes definitely not required
Apparently the shoes didn't last long.
I'm, like, reading
We have a wide variety of activities we do when we are outside. Running, building, creek wading are popular, but every once in a while it's nice to be outside with a good book.
Uhhh, yeah, still reading
You can't see me!
Trying to keep warm as we wait for friends to arrive.
Unfortunately our friends were not able to make it. So instead we just took some pictures.
Moira while waiting.
Jonah cuddling up
Jonah finally figured out that it was cold outside. He went in to grab some blankets. It was soon after this that we headed inside as everyone was chilled to the bone.
Yep, still reading... and Jonah is cuddling up
Jonah tried to share Bella's blanket first, but then he decided he needed his own (as seen above).
Saturday, December 10, 2011
So we set up a little area in our bathroom (which has the brightest light in the house), to take some pictures. Isabella mentioned how we should get some professional pictures taken for Christmas. Well that just wasn't going to happen. So before I knew it the girls pulled out their makeup and dresses and asked to get their pictures taken here at home. We put up a white bed sheet and taped some Christmas lights to the sheet for some sparkly glow. I'm not sure if the glow effect worked as well as we hoped, but we did get some nice pictures. You may have already seen these on the girls' blogs, but if not, here they are:
Flannery. For some reason she didn't want to give a big smile.
Saoirse, who is looking much older than her 7 years.
Jedidiah. Scrapes, bumps and all :-)
His pictures are on the dark side as I didn't edit them yet.
It was impossible to keep this boy in one spot!
Cute as usual :-)
Thursday, December 08, 2011
In photoshop my pics were looking digitized, so I am posting some here to see how they show up. Sometimes weird things happen in other programs, but work out fine on another venue.
And make sure to take a look at Isabella' blog to see a lot more pictures!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Any guesses as to which outside game the girls decided to play? I think the first picture gives it away. It was supposed to rain this afternoon...we're still waiting for it to start. So we got outside earlier than normal. It was a balmy 70 degrees out. After the rain it's only going to be in the low 50's. Brrrr :-) We were supposed to run a couple of errands, but were locked out of our van. One errand will wait till tomorrow, the other, well they came to us. We had company over and they left behind something. It was a wonderful time of fellowship. Take a peek at our outside time.
Does this give our game away?
The making of the game. Since we don't have a hard surface and chalk we have to draw our game this way.
Someone's hop, hop, hopping.
Another hopper, with two very attentive siblings who are making sure the rules are adhered to.
Shoes are not required. Yes, it is December.
Camo and butterflies. Hmmm.
This little guy is no longer content to stay in my arms when we are outside.
Look at him go!
Oh the faces :-)
Must. Have. Baby. Feet.
Yet another attempt for a group shot. I only got this one picture as my camera battery gave out. Bummer. Try, try again.