A typical early morning scripture study. Piling in to keep warm. 2 asleep (one completely buried in the quilt). If the only thing children learn is that family prayer and scripture study is important to us as parents then it's all worth it. There is one other person completely buried unter the blanket, that is a full couch.
Dash wanted to try every single variety of sprinkle. He said it was delicious, looks a little intense. We love gingerbread people day.
So many memories on one tree. The family tree has always been my favorite, more so as the years go by.
I love how much these boys are learning at the barn. It's so much fun to watch them ride, to see their personalities as they work their horses.
Worked on #sharethegift with the children. We talked about how Christ is the gift and how sharing His gift is in the small things and following His example. Today I already clothed the naked (why the boys prefer to be naked I will never understand) and fed the hungry (bottomless pits). Not exactly what Christ had in mind, but I will work on something else as well.
Leaf blowing is serious business. Tank loves to used power type tools. It's so manly.
After the leave blower broke, Grandpa came to the rescue helping us rake the last of the leaves and dragging them down to the alphalpha field. He is always so good to help us.
We've had this nativity for years and yesterday one of my boys pointed out a big flaw. Made me laugh and they just rolled their eyes. (The black wiseman has white hands.) Apparently all of the children had seen this flaw except me. I guess I'm not as observant than I thought.
O come let us adore him.... perhaps in a less claustrophobic manner. Every day I spread out this nativity that sits by my bed and everyday someone crowds the in.
A little reading time so they could get computer time. They even cleaned their bedrooms and completed their jobs. Computer time is a huge motivator.
I know it's silly, but I love getting packages.
Working on these stars. I bought the materials last year, but never got around to completing them. I am still trying to decide if I should put them together first and then spray paint them or the other way around.
Visiting Whitney at work and Loaf immediately started to help. It was good we didn't stay long.
I love the chalkboard/Christmas card wall! I tried a few different techniques on the word art. Our wall is textured so it's not the easiest to write on. It's filling up quickly.
V Chocolates: almond toffee arrived today for John. A happy girl when dad offered to share. So much deliciousness in a small box.
Nearly everyday at least two of the girls wear something alike without prior coordination. Always makes me smile. Photo of this particular morning by Brick, he loves to help.
Made some darling arrows ornaments(kits and idea from Margie Romney-Aslett, she is the best! The stars kits were from her as well.) this week. The children are always needed last minute gift ideas and these arrows added the last finishing touches.
I was crying (and snapping pictures) through the dress rehearsal of a special needs choir. My big girls have sung with them this past semester and it has been a highlight for both of them. Whitney was discussing an upcoming audition and one of the sweet young men talked about how his upcoming audition to the heavenly choir. A Christmas highlight.