Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Homemade Baked Potato Soup
My little chef is wanting to be in the kitchen any chance she can get. 
She helped me make up a batch of this new {diabetic} soup recipe Monday evening. 
It was given two thumbs up by everyone in the family, except the diabetic. 
He wouldn't even try it.

A Play-Doh Bake Shop
We unpacked the play-doh on Saturday morning, and now this is the one activity the three kids have been sitting at the table playing any free chance they get. 
I love seeing them sit for hours at a time with each other on this.

Christmas movies
Monday night I rewarded the kids for working hard during school time that day by having us all cozy up with blankets and popcorn to watch Mickey Mouse's Christmas. It was a perfect end to our day.

I don't know that this girl will ever get sick of listening to these. 
And I am okay with that because she is learning a ton of facts from these books!
For example, did you know...
the first day of summer is called the Summer Solstice?
the first day of winter is the Winter Solstice?
another name for art is fresco?
{And she goes on and on and on. ;) }

The Book Mobile
Every other Tuesday our library book mobile parks just up the road from us. 
We have it marked down on our calendar and are sure to stop up there sometime between 3:00-4:00. We had a pretty big stack of books this time. The librarian said we will need them to read during break, to which Rylee responded, "We are homeschooled; we get *a lot* of breaks." :)

"What a Bad Dream" by Mercer Mayer
To see him sit and read and *want* to be read to makes my heart burst.

I asked her to draw a picture of me last night and this is what she came back with. 
Not bad, right? :)
I was just about to ask her if I was yelling {Doesn't it look that way and like my right eye is making me appear a bit angry??} when she told me I was talking, which is why you can see my teeth.
She was giggling as she told me she almost forget my hair. {My blue hair!}
I love my fingers. Aren't they just about the most precious things you have ever seen?
I think she did a perfect job on my long, beautiful eyelashes.
This picture needs to be framed.
Stay tuned. I asked her to draw a picture of her dad. 
She told me she didn't get a nap in that day so she was really tired and would get to it in the morning. 
We also took three pictures in a row to try and get one with her eyes open, but the flash was too bright on my phone {& the picture was too dark w/o flash}. We just kept laughing and finally settled on this one.

Oh so much to be thankful for in this house.
Look at my blessings right here.

I am so thankful for each one of you too! 
Thanks for sharing in our life. 
Have a blessed Wednesday!

Questions for you:

Your turn!

What are you currently eating?
What are you currently reading?
What are you currently thankful for?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Truths


I have a love/hate relationship with bath time. The love part of me enjoys listening to the three kiddos laugh and play, where I can enjoy a few moments where they are contained and getting along. 

The hate part of me almost has a heart attack when I see all the water they seem to get outside the tub. {Help!}


Leland fed our dog *two* sticks of butter before I discovered what was going on. Between that and the graham cracker crust he fed him last Monday, our dog should just about have enough ingredients to pop out a full-fledged dessert.
Don't be fooled by his cuteness. ;)


I shut myself in the bathroom for  a 10-minute "Mommy Timeout" sometimes.  Although, it is not much of a timeout any more because my  youngest lays down on the floor outside the door, peeking under and yelling my name over and over, "Mom! Mommy! Mom! Mama!"  


To be honest, and I will since it is my "Tuesday Truths" post :) , I love the fact that Willow can't pronounce words with "r". Her uncle Gavin was the same way, and I still remember people trying to get him to say "quataw" {translation: quarter} just so they could have a good laugh... yes, at his expense. ;) 

Willow came over to me yesterday and said, "Mom! You have so much money in hewe you could buy a new bwa!" 

And the fact that the first thing she thought I should spend that money on was a bra totally cracks me up.


And, saving the BEST for last this morning, I am an AUNT {again}! My sister-in-law, Jessica, welcomed baby Autumn into the family last Tuesday night. Isn't she an absolute doll?!? We are miles and miles apart, so I am extremely thankful for technology and the pictures Jess sent over to my iPhone. I am so wishing we could be there now to hold and love on her. Hoping we can meet her before she is too big.

Have an amazing Tuesday, everyone. 

Questions for you: 
  • Do you have any nieces or nephews? 
  • Are you expecting any new arrivals in your family soon?

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Simple Weekend

Happy Monday, everyone!

Our weekend was uneventful, and I really don't have too much to share, especially in the picture department. I haven't been using our good camera much, because "The Monster" got a hold of it and now the lens isn't working. :( If I use it at all, I now have to put our big telephoto lens on and stand 5,000 feet away to take a shot.

Like this one from Friday night. I had to back up to the other end of the house. Ridiculous. ;) But lesson learned, and now I keep our bedroom door closed at.all.times.
Willow is giving some gangsta symbol.
Friday night... you know the drill by now, pizza and movie night.

I actually snuck away to my room to get some time studying in James while Joe watched the movie with the kids.

Once they were in bed, he and I cuddled up to watch our own movie he picked up at Red Box.

The rest of the weekend we spent all our free time pattying and packing up breakfast sausage for the freezer. It was finally all finished up yesterday evening around supper time. 

We ended Saturday evening by watching some "HOD" as we are calling it now. {Hart of Dixie} We are on season 3, which is the last season on Netflix right now. I think I will cry when we get to the last episode.

Mr. Leland-Man, was running low before Joe and I went to bed, so we fed him something to bring his levels back up and stayed up another half an hour to check him once more before calling it a night.

He stayed this way the entire time he ate his two fruit ropes.
I would say he is getting used to us interrupting his sleep at night. ;)
Sunday Leland and I stayed home from church because we both have small colds, and I didn't want to take any chances with him catching something from another kid in the nursery when his immune system is a little down.

The girls spent most of their Sunday at church with Sunday School and then having to go back in for their Christmas musical practice from 3:00-5:00. They ate supper there and stayed through for AWANA, which was 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

This morning we are off to take Leland to a doctor's appointment here in town. You know you are at the doctor a lot when you forget you have an appointment until you get a reminder call the Friday before. {Sigh :) }

Speaking of doctor's appointments, I did want to mark down for "Baby Book" purposes some notes on Willow. When we went in a couple weeks ago for her croup, she was weighed and measured. Our little peanut is at 50 pounds and is just a little over 4 feet {49 inches to be exact}.

Also, can I just say Linus's blanket obsession has hit an all time high? He now has to have every single one of his blankets with him. When he wakes up in the morning, we can hardly get his bedroom door open because he hauls them all off his bed, lays them in front of his door and then proceeds to yell for us to help. We take them out to the living room so he can sit with them. You should see him when we cover him up now at night. Wait, never mind, you can't! ;)

That's all I have today. See? Nothing exciting over here. 

Hope you all have a great start to your Thanksgiving week. Thanks to Katie over at Healthy Diva Life, Erin at Her Heartland Soul, and Bianna over at B Loves Boston for hosting link-ups today.
Questions for you: 
  • What was one highlight from your weekend? 
  • How many Thanksgivings are you going to this week?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

All About My Daddy

I am cleaning up our computer this morning and I found this survey Rylee had filled out about her dad three years ago when she was five. Before I deleted it from the computer, I wanted to post it over here so we could have it in the kids' memory books.

BY rylee runde AGE 5

My daddy’s name is Joe.

he is  22  feet and  8  inches tall.

he weighs 4 pounds.

his hair color is brown

his eyes are blue

his favorite tv show is The Polar Express

he likes to go to Fastenal

his favorite food is corn

his favorite drink is beard {She means beer, haha!}

for fun he likes to hunt

I love it when my daddy wrestles

My favorite thing about my daddy is he’s so sweet.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

This is how my morning started out yesterday. Boys are so much fun! I love how he went to the drawer and got dishtowels to try and clean up the mess he made. :-)

Here's to hoping today starts out better than yesterday. ;)

Happy Friday, everyone! I love Fridays just as much... okay, more... than Mondays. We have to celebrate the weekend arriving, right?! 

I want to share some of my favorites from the week in two-word fashion. 

Vanilla Chai

 Fancy Glasses

 Furry Face

Sock Flower

Gift Package

Reading Buddies

Game Night

Breakfast Sausage

Little Parrot

Hope you all had a great week and have an even *better* weekend!

Questions for you:

What was one of your favorite things that happened this week?
If you have kids, have they ever gotten into things like Leland does? :-)

Stop over and say hi to these sweet ladies hosting these link-ups if you get a chance, or even better, join in on the fun by posting and linking up too!

Linking up with Erika and her friends again. 

I am also joining April and her group today too.

I haven't joined Lauren in awhile, so I was excited to pop over there today!

And new this week, I am joining September Farm and The Farmer's Wife

Thursday, November 20, 2014


right back in our rental house.

November 7th, our closing date, and the weekend we were planning on moving, has come and gone.

Friends, a house is not yours until you sign your name on that little black line at the very end of the whole process.

It has taken me a couple weeks to update you all on the house situation, because honestly, I was so sad and hanging onto every last hope that we would still get the house.

What happened was the appraisal came back the Sunday of closing week and the house was appraised at less than what we were going to be paying. We, obviously, aren't going to buy a house that is appraised under what we were going to spend. Can I just ask *why* appraisals are done so late in the game?? You can bet that if we find a house we want to buy again, I will be demanding the appraisal right away.

That being said, the entire week our realtor tried to connect with the seller's realtor. They work in the same office, so it's not too tough to pass by each other.

This lady ignored our realtor all week. I think they were trying to play hard ball and hope we would still take the place. But, they were wrong and so rude and unprofessional in our opinion. I feel bad that our realtor had to deal with this situation.

So, as we speak, I am unpacking and reorganizing our rental space.

Back to house hunting *was* the plan. We went and looked at a 6-bedroom house last Friday and we really liked it, just not as much as the house we had put the offer in on.

Since Friday, we have decided to stop house hunting for the time being. This whole situation totally drained me. I had almost the entire house packed and ready to go, not to mention all the emotions that go along with thinking you are moving to your own house again and then having it end and go the total opposite direction.

Joe and I have spent a lot of time talking the past few days and we have other plans and ideas in the back of our mind, so time to just settle in here and pray some more about where God wants us, because clearly He closed the door on buying for the moment. And, you know what, we are absolutely content with that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On, Wisconsin!

Back in September I signed the kids up for a geography fair. We were able to pick a state that we wanted to research and display come November. With our roots being back in Wisconsin, us being Wisconsinites, it was an easy choice for us. :-)
I am bummed the pictures are blurry, but I only had my iPhone there.
The kids knew some things and learned quite a bit more as we gathered information and put together our board.

Wisconsin was the 30th state in the USA. It became a state on May 29, 1848. Wisconsin is from an Indian word, but the origin is uncertain. It could be an Algonquian Indian word that means "long river," a Chippewa/Ojibwa/Anishinabe word, "Ouisconsin," that means "grassy place," or "gathering of the waters." This makes sense because WI is a heavily forested area with plenty of fresh water. 

It is nicknamed "The Badger State" which was because of the lead miners in the 1830s who worked in the Galena, IL mines. These miners lived in caves cut in the hillside that resembled badger dens, thus the miners being referred to as "badgers". 

The capital city is Madison, which we lived close to. The largest city is Milwaukee, where we have some family. 

Some other facts we learned and put on our display: 

  • State Bird: Robin
  • State Flower: Wood Violet
  • State Tree: Sugar Maple
  • State Animal: Badger
  • State Fish: Muskellunge
  • State Insect: Honey bee
  • State Motto: "Forward"
  • State Song: On, Wisconsin!
  • State Beverage: Milk
  • Food: Cheese
  • Major Rivers: Wisconsin, Mississippi, St. Croix, Chippewa
  • Major Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago
  • Famous People: Laura Ingalls Wilder {Rylee has been reading the "Little House on the Prairie" books.}
  • The girls located and colored WI on the US map.
  • Drew and cut out the state.
  • Located Wisconsin's neighbors: Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois
  • Colored the state flag
  • Put together a couple USA puzzles
  • We talked about Wisconsin's crops.
  • We also colored a zoo picture. 
We were surprised at the amount of families in the geography fair. Almost all of the states were represented. I am guessing this will turn into an annual event. We would love to pick a different state and do it again next year.
The kids' display.