Yesterday was April 1st–a day my little ladies love to celebrate. Last year we started playing pranks. My tricksters are learning the art of playing jokes on others without inflicting harm or pain, but still finding someone special to give a little zing. This year was just as fun as last year’s Brown E’s. Check out what these charming children did as their April Fools joke. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day began with a bang for us and didn’t fizzle out until bed time. It began with our Valentine exchange, which was very cute. I gave the kids a little gift–silverware. Sounds super boring, right? Well when you have two kids who fight over a spoon at each meal (yes, you heard me right. A spoon. A kind of fancy cocktail spoon that has has wire wrapped around the handle and sparkly stones wrapped into the wire. It’s name? The Diamond Spoon) So I found a set of super cute rainbow handled silverware. In a set of 4! Perfect. They loved them. Continue reading
Christmas is here! It’s time to decorate!!! This year, much like the last two, we decorated the tree together. I am always ready with the camera. Scott gets some good Nat King Cole playing in the background, while the girls are ready to grab ornaments and decorate the tree. While every year is much like the one before when we decorate, I know it is one less we will have with each child in our home. They are growing so big! My most favorite part is the excitement that begins on this day. In our house it marks the beginning of the Christmas season, even if it’s been in the stores for months now. The kids start to feel it swirling around them and from this moment until Christmas day, each little belly is filled with happy little butterflies, waiting until the Jolly Fellow visits our house. We finish up our happy evening with mugs of hot chocolate and a special dessert. I’m so grateful to be able to share this with these wonderful people. I’m blessed to be a part of their special memories. Continue reading
In Florida, we don’t have Christmas tree farms (that I know of). You can get some pre-cut trees, but you can’t chop them down yourself. When I was a kid we only cut them down ourselves. And it was such a fun tradition. We’d drive out to a tree farm about 40 minutes away, trudge up and down hills in the cold and sometimes snowy weather, looking for the perfect tree. We’d look and look and find some great trees, and when we finally found the tree, my dad would get down on the ground and saw that perfect tree at the base while we held it up top so it didn’t fall on him. Then we’d carry the tree back to our car and strap it to the top (although there were a few years in there when my dad had a truck and he’d toss it in the bed). After that we’d go into the barn at the tree farm. They had hot chocolate there. Usually we got to get a cup of hot chocolate and we’d be so cold that we’d drink it too fast, and would of course, scald our mouths with it. But it seemed worth it.
I will tell you that my most favorite meal is Thanksgiving dinner. Yummy yum yum! I love it and all the leftovers that come along with it. I love mixing it all together and creating fun things like hot open-faced turkey sandwiches smothered with gravy. Which brings me right where I love to be frequently…gravy. You can never have too much gravy. Ever. Absolutely delish! Continue reading
Our sweet Willow turned 5 on Halloween. Five. Hard to believe my sweet girl is five already, but so it goes. They grow so quickly. I have loved all of our Willow moments. She came into this world so peacefully, but howled like a storm for the first year of life. She has been just like that since then–peaceful one moment but tempestuous in the very next. Willow finds so much calming energy just by feeling within herself, which I find incredible (as I am in fact a people pleaser). I love her spirit. She is kind and gentle and forgiving. She is quick to give Mama her love. Continue reading
All around there are great, safe opportunities for the kids to take part in for Halloween. Our library hosted a fun trick-or-treat night last week for the kids. Of course we are going out on Halloween as well, but that day is also Willow’s birthday. So there will be plenty to share about that day later on. Here is a little peek at our Halloween warm up, as we’ll call it.
It seems to me that since we’ve moved to Florida, the entire notion of getting and carving pumpkins almost completely slips my mind each year. In fact, if the kids hadn’t reminded me this year it probably would not have happened. And I know why. It’s the air. It doesn’t remind me that it’s time. And if you know the Northern air, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Toward the end of September you start to sense the change in the air, as the cool begins to make its way back (or Duchess Autumn as we call it around here). Then when October comes, the nip has arrived and you just know. You know it’s time to look for the nearest corn maze, hay ride, haunted house, apple orchard, and of course, pumpkin patch.