Monday, November 20, 2017

#Blessed

One of my 2017 Intentions was to write 17 posts about blessings in my life to help purge negativity.  I'm finally getting around to it in this #Blessed series.  

The number 1 Blessing in my life that I am most grateful for is my FAITH.

I honestly do not know where I would be without my faith.  As crazy as my life is and as difficult as it is to function at times, I've grown deeper and stronger in my faith instead of  pushing it away.  It is my calm in the storm and grounds me when I need it the most.  Going to Mass on Sundays, reading the Bible together as a family each night, spending time with God praying the Rosary or just listening to him, and teaching my kids how to live the faith bring me such peace and joy.

I have such negativity and ugliness thrown at me on a regular basis, so I am blessed to say that my FAITH is what carries me through and helps me to move forward being the best person I can be!  At the end of the day, my relationship with GOD is what matters the most and I strive to have a closer relationship with him every day I am here on this  Earth and look forward to being with him in my eternal home in heaven.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Family Fun (A Random Post I Found in the Drafts)

I randomly found this post in my drafts...It was obviously from January and I have no idea if I've posted these pictures. However, they are super cute and I can't believe almost a year has passed and my babies are growing so fast!


My mom gave me these handcuffs as a joke since we'd done the Escape room and the kids wanted me to lock them up!












Oatmeal Mask



Twins!


Dream Car Museum

Jr. Thunderbolts Game








Our Thanksgiving Traditions

Last year, we started a new tradition. We have our own Thanksgiving on the Sunday before actual Thanksgiving.  Last year, I decided to do it last minute so while it was good, I didn't make very much from scratch.  This year, I thought about it a lot more and planned ahead.  We had a large menu and as Lilah said, "We are having a FEAST!"  We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, brussell sprouts, shells and cheese, stuffing, rolls, and pecan pie.  I planned to make extra so that we would have leftovers.  The girls helped me make the pie and I did the rest.  I honestly can't believe it, but everything was done at the same time and everything turned out great! 

To set the table, we used a variety of colorful Fiestaware and Pampered Chef dishes, our new Disney silverware, Princess House glasses from my Aunt Nancy, and a table cloth from my Grandma Wolf.  We also added some cloth napkins and place cards the kids had made for a dinner with friends earlier this month.  Of course, we always talk about things we are thankful for.  Brian claimed this will be a yearly tradition and I couldn't agree more! 
OUR  FEAST!
I made the potatoes from scratch, but I didn't make a turkey.  I bought and oven roasted one that we just heated up.  I may tackle a turkey at some point, but if I'm being honest, a whole cooked turkey isn't my favorite. 

Roll Recipe

Stuffing Recipe

Pecan Pie Recipe

Friday, November 3, 2017

Homeschool Highlights

Narrative Writing: We've started working on bigger writing pieces.  Our first type was narrative writing using an organizer.  It broke everything down into manageable steps.  I was so impressed with the outcome and the kids were so proud of themselves!  As a final touch, I had them each present their story to the family one night.  




Read Alouds: The kids and I still really enjoy read aloud time.  I read different chapter books to them and we wait until after school time to include Lilah.  I often introduce them to different styles of books and series.  It's increased the kids' reading because they will look for other books in that series or by that author at the library.  It also teaches great listening, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, as well as, helps them make connections.  I love our read aloud time and don't plan to give it up anytime soon!
Informative Writing: Our next type of writing we tackled was informative writing using an organizer.  Gavin picked pandas to write about and Macie picked dolphins.  They each checked a book out at the library and we followed the steps.  Once again, I was very impressed with the finished product.  They are also so proud of themselves and could't wait to share their writing with Daddy and Lilah at dinner!







Mystery Reader: Macie was able to be the "Mystery Reader" in Lilah's class this week.  She picked a book (Who Will Carve the Turkey this Thanksgiving?), practiced, and read it to the class.  We worked on projecting, expression, holding the book up so everyone could see, and slowing down.  I could tell she was nervous, but she did AWESOME!  Mrs. Weatherholt was so impressed by her and the kids were in awe.  Lilah was very excited to have her big sister as the special mystery reader.  It was such a great speaking experience for Macie with so many life skills built in and also a great memory with Lilah!  Who knows...maybe Gavin will be next!