Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Carols at the Capitol

Layton and his class went to the state capitol to sing Christmas songs.  I think all the kids so far have done this in 1st grade. 

Then, they got to go in a vault and hold a bunch of money.  I can't remember how much, but I think it was like $100,000.

His class with his teacher, Mrs. Bredlow.

On the way out Ledger and I found this neat Nativity scene.

Finally, we met up with Layton at the park by our house where he was eating lunch with all the other first graders.  We didn't stay to play very long because it was cold and was almost nap time.  I did love seeing Layt with his little friends though.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Santa Pictures

My big kids just love me I know, but I was determined I was going to get Santa pics this year.  When I heard that Emily was going to have a Pancakes with Santa at the FLC at church, I jumped on it.  

Tim Sitler took the pictures and they are PERFECT!!!!  

Ledger's reaction was no surprise.  Most toddlers have this reaction to Santa.  The 3 big kids' pictures were so good!  I love their sweet smiles.

Ledger was fine after they put him in my lap.  Such a good picture.  Oh how I love my sweet family.  I still can not believe I see four children in our pictures.  God sure has been good to us.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

North Pole Breakfast 2017

Our elf, O, came back again this year.  He brought breakfast with him.  He knows what they like, fruit and powdered donuts.  

Ledger got to really experience this for the first time.  He had no idea what was going on.  He just wanted to eat.  Ha!

Lincoln came in all excited--mostly for Ledger's sake, I think.  He is a good big brother.

Looking forward to seeing what Ledger thinks of O!  I can't believe another Christmas season is already here!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November Wrap-Up

I have just a few more pictures to wrap up November.  

I saw someone on Facebook who got one of these Turkey on the Tables and thought it was a great idea.  I ordered one and didn't tell the kids what it was but that it was a surprise for them.

It comes with these feathers that you write what you are thankful for on.  Then, you stick them on the turkey and put it on your table.  It would be great table talk ideas as well as reminders.  You can buy more feathers for future years too.  We may use the backs on these first for next year.  It will be fun to keep them over the years and re-read them.  I want my kids to be more grateful.  Hopefully this can help steer us in that direction.

I love to watch The Pioneer Woman show on the Food Network.  I recently watched an episode where she made the prettiest apple tart, so I decided I needed to make one.  It had a caramel sauce to go over the top, but I only put it on mine.  My kids are crazy and don't like caramel.  I thought it was delicious.  Lincoln loves apple pie.  This was no Mimi's apple pie, but it was good.

I borrowed this book from Mom to read and LOVED it.  I highly recommend this one.  I really think we need to read it for our book club.

Thanksgiving Feast at school with Layton.

How to cook a turkey by Layton Keim.

Lincoln's class recently read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I decided I needed to read it too.  Lincoln loved it, and so did I.  Since the movie just came out, his Reading teacher organized for any kids that wanted to to go watch it.  Lincoln got to go with his friends and the rest of us saw it too.  It was soooo good!!

Layton loves to help me in the kitchen.  He was helping make Turkey Chili.

Up next, December!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Family Pictures

Every year before Christmas I start to think about what I want to do for our Christmas card.  I like cute ideas, but sometimes I just can't come up with anything.  This year I decided a hay picture was what we would do because we were in Texarkana at Thanksgiving.  I was also looking for a good family picture that I could maybe blow up and put in the house somewhere.

We went out during the afternoon to scope out our spot.  Kris was being silly.

Later we got all dressed up and tried several different poses.

Notice Layton with the tongue out.

I wanted to get some of Mimi and Pappaw with the kids as well.  Ledger was just about done at this point.

I got a good one of Mom and Dad.

Every. single. time.


We did finally get a pretty good one.  Ledger's smile is precious and I love Layton's arms crossed.  This ended up being our card this year and I blew it up super big with a great Cyber Monday deal on Canvas on the Cheap for our mantle.  Success!!