Friday, November 28, 2014

November in a Nutshell: More School Pics, Homeschool Co-op Finale, Family visits

Riley and Annie had a basketball program ad deadline to motivate their pictures getting taken. Caroline and Cora were a little behind, though excited, nonetheless!

Caroline Mae. Grade 4

Cora Ellen. Grade K

The beginning of November our local homeschool group hosted a family night where the students were showcased for their 12 weeks of Friday school classes and whatever else they had learned in the year. Cora's music class sang a couple songs with hand motions.

Annie and Caroline split the recitation of James 1. Cora knew the first several verses quite well, but stage fright became reality as the microphone was given to her to start, so she gracefully eased off stage.

I taught art during one class period for the Jr. High students. This picture shows an easy last day watercolor project.

Mamaw and Papaw came to Kansas for 2 weeks! We enjoyed making more family memories:
Listening to a Russian Jew speak on Israel & prophesy,
Attending a Ladies Luncheon Tea to hear a missionary to Ireland,
Going out to eat & making homemade ice cream for Mamaw's birthday!

Plus we enjoyed what they brought:
Gifts for birthdays present & past,
My grandma's corner cupboard,
Painting skills, window cleaning, & sink scouring that were generously applied!

the "new" hutch (minus the doors) becoming my closet
Saturday morning tradition: Shannon's pancakes

3 generations of femininity

watercolor picture of the gourds from Mamaw
Other things we did in November:
We weighed garden veggies (from October too) = 163 pounds.
We had yummy stir fry with cousins/family.
Riley & Annie had many basketball practices.
Annie spent an afternoon making cards with some other gals.
Caroline practiced her violin at lessons.
I went to the last ladies' Bible study (Family of Jesus) until the new year.
The family went to a homeschool energize conference.
We roller skated at the rink.
We had Sunday dinner company & went away for another Sunday dinner.
The older children & I attended a 4-H meeting.
It snowed!!!
Caroline had her first eye exam and we ordered glasses.
Riley & Annie played in their first games of the season.
We packed shoeboxes & decorated cute notes for the recipients.
Our family served, escorted, & ate at the community Thanksgiving dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Birthday Celebrations

Happy 9th Birthday to sweet Caroline!

She picked her whole day of menus, rather than just a supper meal. Her siblings weren't impressed with that..uh..favoritism, but they liked eating her food choices!

Dutch babies and fruit kabobs for breakfast.

Biscuits & gravy for lunch, and grilled chicken, butter beans, potato chips, and pumpkin griddle muffins for supper.

Caroline also picked this lamb cake I had cut from a magazine years ago.

When it was completed she named it Cuddles and didn't want to eat her!

Since her grandparents were here visiting from Ohio, she had an extra large gift pile to open, Plus a package came in the mail from the other grandma that very day to add to the heightened excitement! Let me tell you, there was extreme hyperness going on.

Arts & fashion -ooh la la- here comes fancy Nancy Caroline!

Then just a short week later, Grandma Rose celebrated her birthday in Kansas!

Mamaw & her western girls
Papaw treated her (and us) out to dinner.
Check out his fried chicken and Mom's delish salad!

And I just had to include a shot of Annie's Ultimate Sub Sandwich, wowie!

We treated her to some pictures, artwork, and homemade mocha almond ice cream.

Happy Birthday special ones!