Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

from our family to yours!

We are so thankful for all our family and friends and pray that you all have a blessed day!

This morning when I asked my family what they were thankful for, this is how they replied:

Caedmon: My house, my new baby and my toys. Thank you that we could give toys to the people that didn't have some.

Kaiya: Food & eggs. Mommy, Daddy and my Caedmon.

Kevin: Our house, our woods, tanzanian peaberry coffee from Joyce, my hot wife, our business & most of all that God is in control.

Sherri: I'm thankful for this moment...waking up with my family here at home...no one has to leave and go their separate ways. I'm thankful for taking our time this morning to make breakfast together and enjoying conversation with each other. I'm thankful for my heavenly Father who is always there no matter what!

Much love to all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Preschool Thanksgiving Feast

Today was Caedmon's Preschool Thanksgiving Feast held at the home of Danielle, one of his classmates. The kids put on a little program led by their sweet teacher, Mrs. Rose. Our little turkey had the biggest head. Mrs. Rose had to bring tape along specifically for Caedmon's hat in case it ripped because of his big head and hair. He has been saying the last couple of days that he wishes he had straight hair. I told him I love his curls...that God made his curls and he should be thankful for them. It's neat because there is another little boy in his class that is tall like him and even has curly hair. They have become great friends. It was a great opportunity for Kevin and I to meet the other parents of the kids in Caedmon's class. We enjoyed a carry-in and man, there wasn't anything missing...everything from turkey and dressing to pumpkin pie.


Here's a video for the grandmas. :)

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Pre-K Turkey Project - November 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Amazing Christmas Tree Sleep Over

On Friday I had two of the most compliant little helpers I've ever seen. Fridays are cleaning days for me and I especially wanted to get the house cleaned this past Friday because of our plans to put up the Christmas tree that evening. Toys were picked up and put away quickly without any second reminders. First time obedience has never been practiced so well. As I vacuumed the rugs, my two little assistants ran out quickly with their own "vacuums" to assist me. It was quite funny to observe their obedient behavior that day because honestly we've entered a new phase in their relationship as brother and sister. Now that Kaiya is no longer a baby, she realizes that she can have an opinion too...and the competitive sibling rivalry has been introduced to our family over the past few months. "I saw that tree over there, before you did" "Mama, she's touching me" are a few examples of words proclaimed recently to the tune of the whining song.

Why so eager to obey on this particular day? They knew that we were putting up the Christmas tree that evening with another special little bonus...a big family sleep over in the living room on the first night the Christmas tree was put up. We pulled a couple mattresses out and watched a Micky Mouse Christmas movie together before calling it a night. Caedmon's words for the evening were "This is AMAZING, Mom!"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Simple Joy

I've already shared my personal opinion on snow, but there's something about the first snowflakes that fall each year...seeing the excitement on the kids' faces just makes me want to like it...just a little. This past week we actually had a little bit of snow stay on the ground. As you can see in the pictures...you can still see the grass, but that didn't stop the kids from begging to go outside and play in it. All the gear had to be put on including boots, hats and gloves.
The trampoline made a nice ice rink for them. They stayed out there for an hour...so easily entertained.

Here are a couple pictures of my niece Emmi at four months. I could just eat her up...she's so stinkin' sweet! She's here every other Wednesday along with her sister Lexi. The kids ask almost everyday "Are Lexi and Emmi coming today?". I love the extra time we have with them and the opportunity the kids have to play with their cousins.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mornings

One of my most favorite things to do is sneak into my son's room on school mornings to wake him. I love to smell him, kiss his soft skin over and over and snuggle close. You see, this is one of the few times he lets me do that, so I get it when I can. I wake him at 6:30 am on weekdays. Then after he gets dressed, we tackle that hair on his head...it's a work of art that I enjoy doing. :)

Then it's time to wake up the princess. She usually comes stumbling out all squinty- eyed and hair poofed everywhere while I'm working on Caedmon's hair. This is what I found this morning when I went into her room. Hmmm, where could she be?I see an eye.

There's my poof-haired beauty! This reminds me of something she said yesterday while Caedmon was at school. "Mom, you and me are both gorgeous!"


A little cuddle time this morning with brother.
After dressing herself, Kaiya joins Caedmon for breakfast. Today we had blueberry waffles, orange juice and good ole Shaklee vitamins. I turn on the radio tuned to a christian station and it stays on the rest of the day. My goal in the mornings is to get everyone ready including myself so that when we get back at eight from dropping Caedmon off, we can jump right into our day. It doesn't always happen, but today it did. Shoes on. Coats on. Backpack ready with a banana for snack and library book ready to return. At 7:20 it's time to get in the van. Pull out of the garage and park for our morning prayers and then we're on our way.It's about a fourteen minute drive to school in the country. We pass an Elk Farm and sometimes get lucky enough to see a couple of them on our way. We usually see several deer and try hard not to hit them. Today's conversation on the way to school went like this...


Caedmon: "I want to be a farmer."


Me: "That's neat"


Kaiya: "I want to be a police"


Me: "What did you say?"


Kaiya: "I want to be a police"


Me: "really?"


As we passed by some sheep grazing in the grass Kaiya asked "Where's Mary?" It took me a minute to realize why she was asking when she said "those were her little lambs."


Me: "Oh, those sheep we just passed back there?"


Kaiya: "No they're lambs. They have snow on their backs." (fleece as white as snow) :)


Interesting conversations we have on our way to school. I love listening to their innocence!


Time to drop Caedmon off. I pull in line behind the other cars and when it's our turn I help him get out. After a kiss and a big hug I tell him to have a great day. I've been wanting to catch this little wave on camera ever since the beginning of the school year. As he walks in he always turns around with a sweet smile and wave. I love it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mandy

I was privileged to take pictures of this cute little 5 year-old a little over a week ago. She was the perfect little model and practically made up all her own poses...which made my job pretty easy. Her mom is a first cousin to me and I enjoyed seeing both of them that day. Thankfully it was a nice warm day.
I'm working on a separate website to post proofs on but it's not ready...so for now the easiest place is right here on my blog. Hope you enjoy, Sheila!
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