Sunday, November 29, 2009


We had a very nice Thanksgiving this year. Ean was able to join us so it was the whole family. No guests either so it was a very relaxing day. We had our traditional dinner - turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, marshmallow orange yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies and sparkling cider to drink. When we went around the table telling what we're grateful for, some of the answers were: family, health, our new house, Jesus, friends, etc. However, Brantley said he's grateful for pigs! I just love that boy.


The kids love their karate classes, and they're all really good. Ellie even teaches now in addition to working on earning higher black belt levels. Here are the little girls during a typical class. They're so fun to watch! Later on during the older kids class Brantley and Marq were awarded their next belt. Way to go, guys!


Emily came running inside and said "Mommy, I have a surprise for you!" Then she handed me a bunch of flowers. However, these weren't just any flowers, they were most of a newly planted little Heather shrub. I have no idea if it'll survive. Heather shrubs - $15.00. Flowers from your 5 year old - priceless!

Just To Scare Me To Death..........

Brantley regularly goes up and down the stairs like this. I suspect he does it just to scare me. Or maybe not. All I know is that every time I catch him doing it I get several more gray hairs!


For Halloween this year we did our usual thing and went to our church's Trunk or Treat and carnival. Everyone had a great time. Emily and Ashlyn were cheerleaders ( I got their costumes at the dollar store for, yep, just a dollar!), Marq was Iron Man, and Annie was the Incredible Hulk. She just doesn't like the girlie costumes at all! Brantely was going to be a vampire, then decided at the last minute that he's too old to dress up anymore, so he went as a 10 year old boy. The kid just cracks me up. Much fun and too much candy was had by all!

Funny Faces!

We had a Halloween party at co-op and one of the moms there does stage makeup professionally. So, she painted all the kids faces - except for Marq and Annie who wanted to wear their masks instead. They had a great time and wore the makeup and masks the entire day everywhere we went!

Kids Activities

I keep promising myself that we'll slow down. I really try to not over schedule our lives. But somehow, we're still constantly going, going, going. In just one week, kids (and chauffeur me) went swimming, ice skating, to a movie, to homeschool co-op, to 2 church dances, to Activity Days, to Young Women's, to scouts, to karate, to church, to run many errands, and on and on. Here's a picture of us in our van, which is pretty much where we live some days!

Nap Time?

Emily constantly tells me that she's too big for naps. So instead, she falls asleep in funny places. Here she is asleep (complete with her pink teddy bear) in our front door sidelight. Now if she would just sleep like this at night, instead of getting up at 2:00 am to play!