Tuesday, November 11, 2014

30 Days of Blessings - Day 11

Happy Veteran's Day everyone!  Thank you to all that have served, are serving, and their families and loved ones!

Today I am extra thankful for:
- An extra day with my hubby
- Fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to my front door!
- A sweet friend that brought us a bushel of apples
- A local grocery store that gave a military discount today
- A gallon of local raw honey
- Fresh chicken eggs
- The joy of finding a new recipe using pumpkin - Baked Pumpkin Fettuccine
- The sound of the wind ruffling the leaves on our red bud
- The feel and smell of laundry fresh off the line
- ALL the men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms!

Monday, November 10, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 10

Today I am thankful for...
-  Hot tea in the morning with its caffeine perks
- Talked with a dear friend that has moved
- Heard from my youngest brother and was able to share in their joy of getting snow
- A1 took three unassisted steps today
- A1 has started saying "bye"
- S5 did well in speech therapy today
- 25% off coupon to Michaels :)
- Received a couple Farmgirl packages today, one of which were for this month's ornament swap, and the other was a "because" package that truly was a blessing!!!
- The kids and I are starting to feel better - yay!!!  Now to just get hubby better!
- B3 didn't have any accidents today, even while we were out of the house!
- Got to wish my Daddy a Happy Marine Birthday :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 9

Tonight, I NEED to write this post.  I NEED to reflect on how much I have to be thankful for.  Why?  Because today has been one of those days that I felt so sick, I didn't want to get out of bed!  L8 is now running a fever again.  K11 is coughing something fierce.  So am I.  It feels like someone is sitting on my chest, and deep breaths are "overrated" ;)

With all that said, there is no doubt we are blessed!!!!  Today I am thankful for:

- Hubby making delicious pumpkin muffins for breakfast, so I didn't have to cook!
- A1 is eating REALLY well - for those that don't know, she really struggled with that before!
- A1 is saying a bunch of new words - we heard "Zoey," "Good girl," and "Food please" today :)
- Three loads of laundry = clean clothes :)
- Finished some crafts today, getting them ready to mail
- Leftovers for dinner, so I didn't have to cook for dinner either
- Listening to Christmas music

Saturday, November 8, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 8

Today has been rough!  The virus has moved down into K11 and my lungs.  Our chests hurt, and breathing is uncomfortable at best.  With all that said, we know we are still blessed!  I may not have gotten much done today, but hubby did fantastic!

- Sleeping "in" until 7! 
- Warm blankets
- Getting to wake up next to my man <3 4="" a="" and="" at="" bad="" bed="" cannot="" during="" get="" him="" m="" myself="" nbsp="" of="" out="" p="" pull="" the="" to="" up="" week="" wife="" with="">- Hot tea in the morning
- A large family breakfast of sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, pancakes, and fruit salad
- The backyard is cleaner than it was
- Hubby made a much needed trip to the dump
- Three gallons of raw milk in the fridge
- Sweet notes from K11
- Home remedies for burns and cuts (Hubby burnt some brush and a tarp caught fire and melted... W7 stepped on part of the hot melted tarp!  and Hubby was trimming the front bushes and decided to trim, errrrr slice, part of his finger!  Both are doing just fine)

Friday, November 7, 2014

30 Days of Thansgiving - Day 7

We got to spend today outside, in the fresh air, at one of our favorite yearly field trips, as a family.  Could anything be better!?!?  It was an absolutely wonderful day!

- Having the opportunity to watch K11 ride a horse
- Hubby had an extra day off <3 p="">- Spent the day as a family
- Spent time with some incredible friends
- Learned a TON from re-enactors that were completely in character today!
- L8 requested for our family to become re-enactors... his joy when it comes to history is incredibly invigorating!
- Being able to go on a field trip that brings history alive!
- Having the opportunity to watch a pair of sisters give a Sweetgrass Basket demonstration
- Sweet gentlemen that blessed our middle four children with confederate hats
- Stopping by Hobby Lobby to discover they were having a large sale!
- Stopping by friends and being blessed with lots of pie pumpkins
- Coming home to hot chili
- Plans of going to bed early :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 6

- Everyone is feeling better
- Willingness of the kids to do extra school
- Breeze coming in the window
- A1 contentedly looking at books
- A1, B3 and K11 bringing me in dandelions <3 nbsp="" p="">- Time to craft
- Hubby being willing to work on dinner while I sew
- Being able to cross a few things off my "to do" list

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 5

Well, we are still sick, but joyful nonetheless!  I am so glad I was challenged to do this again this year, as I enjoy focusing on the positive and the happy heart it creates!

Today I am thankful for:
- Quiet moments in the morning before the kids rise, to spend time with God
- The joy of watching K11 take pride in the breakfast she made
- The kids playing so well together
- Having nowhere to go today!
- The joy of hearing S5 figure out her sounds for the letters!
- Fresh veggies and deer for a scrumptious dinner
- The ability to still be able to pick peppers from the garden
- Already knowing what we are going to have for breakfast tomorrow :)

BFIAR - Ask Mr. Bear

Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack is a super sweet story of a little boy who asked his farm animal friends what to give his mother or her birthday.  Since they could not tell her what to give her that she did not already have, he went into the woods and talked with Mr. Bear regarding a suitable gift.

Farm themed toys are a favorite in our home, so we had a blast with pretend play during the two weeks we spent on this book.  Our favorites were playing with the Little People farm set, the Melissa and Doug farm set, and a Farm Themed Read and Build.

We watched two you-tube videos to go along with our studies.  Our first was a clip of when Mr. Rogers (does anyone else remember him?) went to visit cows, and the other was of chicks hatching.

Other activities included matching the product with the "critter" it came from, such as eggs to the chicken, dividing animal pictures of what animals live on a farm and which ones do not, and playing with "muddy pigs."  For the Muddy Pigs, I mixed cornstarch with water and brown paint in an aluminum foil 13x9 pan and added some plastic pigs.  The kids had a BLAST!  We also used the Melissa and Doug stamps to stamp the correct number of animals requested. (For example if I wrote "5 horses," they stamped five horses.)

We also went on two field trips.  We visited a friend's goat farm.  She has goats, chickens, a calf, named Wellington, bee hives, and of course dogs and cats.  We all enjoyed playing with the animals and checking out her veggie garden and herbs.

Our second field trip was to Charlestowne Landing.  We did not explore the history portion of this phenomenal attraction, but rather stuck with the "zoo" portion.  Within that area are animals that are native to our region.

Everyday Life

As I was flipping through my pictures to see what I wanted to bog about, I noticed I had some priceless moments that I wanted to share with you, especially since I never seem to forward pictures to family and friends :/  (Yes - I know I need to get better at that!)  So here are a few pictures of my blessings, in our everyday life...

Reading can be exhausting:

And Laundry Baskets are the best toy EVER!

Music is a must - even if it is from the three year old!

And for the rest of them, crafting never gets old!


Before my surgery, we tried to get a few field trips in, since we knew that I would be "out of commission" for awhile.  One of the things our family enjoys doing is going bowling.  The kids had an absolute blast!!!  Get ready for picture overload ;)