Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family Pics at Aaron and Fish's New House

(Stay tuned for all 21 in a slide show when I have better internet connection)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Naomi's Ballet Recital

Today was Naomi's ballet recital. She was involved with both classes, so she was the only girl who danced during the whole recital. I was proud of all the girls, but (of course) especially proud of Naomi! Good job, Naomi!

Bethany Studies the Bible

Monday, December 14, 2009

Castle School Open Class

Today we had our "Show What We Learned" Open Class for our Castle School. We've studied Little House in the Big Woods with Gardner, Rebecca, and Brooke this term. It has definitely been entertaining! I think the girls have learned some great life skills--and also gotten a good picture of the life of a early American settler. This is their play of "Charlie and the Yellow Jackets."

And here the girls are singing a few of the songs that Pa would play on his fiddle during the long Winter evenings.

Family Christmas Pic

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Baking Cookies

Naomi and Jacob were SO excited about helping to make Christmas cookies on Wednesday. We made Yellow Cake oatmeal cookies, Snickerdoodles (they rolled and dunked almost all of them), chocolate drop cookies, Chocolate chip-M&M cookies (Jacob's idea), and cranberry squares. It was QUITE a day of baking!

Seeing Kellyn

Our dear friend just had her little one! She is such a sweetie. I took Naomi over on Tuesday for a little visit.
Kellyn, Naomi, Olivia, and big sister Ari
Naomi, of course, ended up back in Ari's room reading princess stories! I don't know who was happier, Naomi or Ari!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Edible Playdough

My friend Stacie kept Jacob and Bethany (and her two) while I taught ballet yesterday. She was sweet enough to bring edible play dough. They loved it! She posted some great pics on her blog. Check it out HERE!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Advent with a Twist

Tonight was Naomi's turn to open the third box in our "What Does God Want for Christmas" advent set. She looked ahead last time and announced that she already knew the third box was Joseph, so Nate and I decided to give her a little surprise. I snuck Joseph out and put R2-D2 in the box. Boy, was she surprised when she opened it! Nate read the story putting R2-D2 in instead of Joseph and Naomi said vehemently, "That's not funny!" Later we put R2 in with Joseph and Mary and Gabriel in the manger and Naomi quipped, "R2-D2 is from Star Wars, not Bethlehem!" Maybe R2-D2 will be in the manger every once in a while to remind us to laugh a little at Christmas time! : )

Small Group Party


An angel a piece (can you guess whose is whose?)
MDO Angel by Jacob


We awoke to snow on Saturday morning...
Finally enough snow to make a (tiny) snowman!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Naomi's Birthday/Thanksgiving

During the Thanksgiving festivities at Grandma's house, we held a little party for Naomi.
Naomi's princess table
Jacob and Bethany and Grandma
Abby and Maddy (and Jacob)
Grandpa and Grandma Street
Thanksgiving with the family
singing to Naomi
Knowing that the kids would be having plenty of sweets otherwise, I made Naomi's cupcakes applesauce muffins with icing. You can see how well that went over. They attacked the icing and left the slightly healthy muffin alone!
Naomi got a new scooter from Grandpa and Grandma!
You can tell Naomi was excited about getting this necklace and earring set from Abby and Maddy!
Silly Grandpa!
And here's a gift that will get used every day! (Really, she's worn them every day!) High heels from Grandma!