Saturday, January 16, 2016

Busy January!

 Pepaw and Mema gave the girls money for Christmas. So we took them to Toys R' Us to pick out something to buy. They also had a gift card to Toys 'R Us so they had a lot of money to work with! We went up and down each aisle about three times before they decided on a couple of miniature animal dolls from a set called Calico Critters. They also bought a small lego kit and decided to save some of their money for a later day.

 Izzie practicing her typing.

 John and I started watching Doctor Who last year, but it took us awhile to get into the show. Now we love it and are Whovians (fans of the show.)

 Izzie cuddling Jake.

 Crummy picture of homeschool storytime.

 Returning books at the library. Maddie looks so grown up.

 Maddie reading at the library. We had some time to kill before our homeschool group so we just hung out a bit longer at the library.


 Some of the girls playing at ACE one of our homeschool groups.

 Maddie modeling a new dress. Size 14/16. At our well visit appointment she is in the 90th percentile for height for girls  her age and Izzie is in the 80th.

 Maddie and Izzie playing with the Snap Circuits they got for Christmas last year.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


I have a bit more time to daydream about my lotto tickets. In case you've been living under a rock the Powerball lottery is up to $1.5 billion dollars. That is $1,500,000,000.00 That's a whole lot of freaking zeros. We don't normally play the lottery, but decided to let ourselves get caught up in the excitement and the daydreaming of what that much money would be like. Our discussions have been pretty fantastical and fun the past couple of days. Everything from the practical like hiring lawyers and financial advisers and setting up trust funds and donating to humanitarian causes to the more fun things like opening up a B&B with horses or building mansion overlooking the city. We've joked about personal chefs and buying all the lego kits. The girls said they'd redecorate their room and go on vacations. It sort of feels like Christmas did when we were kids. All that excitement and potential of what could be under that tree the next morning really is pretty fun. And who knows, maybe, just maybe our ticket beats the odds of one in 292 million... in the meantime, I'll be daydreaming...

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year Starts off Cold!

 After the pretty snow we had, Monday, we had a some freezing rain which melted some of the snow, and otherwise caused problems. My van was encased in ice, but I wasn't going to be driving anywhere on the icy roads anyway! John had to work from home too, it was a mess out there! Luckily, by Tuesday the temps had risen and the ice had mostly melted and it was safe to drive again.

 This is the last of the dried rosemary I had from my big rosemary bush in Texas. I'll be a bit sad when it's all gone!

 The girls got this game called Robot Turtle for Christmas and it is a lot of fun! One person (usually the adult) is the computer and the other people are the programmers. You use cards to create a program that moves your turtle to its gem. The board can be set up in endless ways and the difficulty of the game can be easily adjusted to super simple to very complex.

 Jake trying to take a nap but the sun is too bright!

 Maddie with a bit of a sore throat, taking it easy and reading with Jake.

 The snow has melted in most places around the city, but our lot stays so shady that it hung around for a few days after it melted in most places. By this time it had all turned into ice though.

 Izzie wanted to play as the computer so she set up a really difficult board for Maddie and me!

 Our Girl Scout leader asked all the brownies to make a "No Cook" snack recipe for the Cooking Badge. Izzie made some homemade hummus.
And Maddie made homemade granola bars, modeled off the Larabar brand. They came out delicious, we had to keep tasting and adjusting the recipe because at first they were a bit bland.

 Still melting...

 At girl scouts this week, one of the mom's, Debra, taught the girls how to bind a homemade book with thread. This is right up Maddie's alley, she loves making mini-books.


 I didn't get a great photo, but our homeschool group had a great turn out this week! We haven't met for a couple weeks because our day fell on Christmas and New Years, so everyone was eager to say Hello. Even better it was a bright sunny day, so the kids bundled up and spent a lot of time playing in the park before coming into the Scout room with it's heater.

 Maddie and Izzie coloring, but I didn't get a good photo.

 Izzie lost her second front tooth last night. (As you've noticed, she pretty much is living in this pink footsie. I have to peel it off her and wash it and then it goes right back on. This girl finds a comfortable outfit and sticks with it for a long time!)

 John wanted me to put a funny quote on the board.

Jake cuddling with Daddy.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Snow Day!

I checked the forecast before heading to bed on the 2nd and it said, some snow by 3 pm tomorrow. We woke up Sunday morning and the entire porch was covered in a blanket of snow. I was planning on going to the grocery store that day, but not first thing. Even so, I got dressed and booked it to the store before conditions got worse. That early there was hardly anyone out and it was just snow, no ice yet. 

 A hummingbird sitting on the little swing I made it, waiting patiently for me to thaw out his feeder. Usually when the feeders are empty they flap around my window and squawk at me to get my attention. I think this guy was conserving energy.

 Thawing out frozen feeders!

 Scenes of SNOW DAY 2016.

 There was no wind so the snow stuck pretty high.

 Izzie decided to go play in the snow for a bit.

 Daddy joined her for a minute but he didn't get properly dressed for long play.

 Maddie woke up with a sore throat, so she and Jake decided staying in and reading was the thing to do.

The snow was so pretty at night with the porch light shining on it. Mom and Chris braved the roads for our weekly movie night. I made a mad sheppard's pie and we watched the Disney Musical, "Into the Woods."