It snowed last week and stuck around for a day so Charles was out shoveling and building. Though the snow didn't last long, the temperatures dropped and have stayed freezing cold. Scott and I went for a long run Saturday afternoon and when we got home, even though I wore long pants, it looked like I got a sunburn on my thighs for probably an hour after I was back. Brr!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I love that my sister moved to Idaho last year. Having her closer (only 5 hour drive instead of 14) has been awesome and it seems like we get together every other month, switching off houses. Since they came out last month when they had a couple of days off of school, it was our turn to head out there and so we decided that, weather permitting, we would drive out for Thanksgiving. The weather was perfect so we drove out there Wednesday morning and arrived at their house in the afternoon.
Becca has a salon at her house so several of the girls asked if she'd cut, or just wash their hair. Apparently it's cool to get your hair washed in the fancy sink 😉. Annabelle got a cut and Jane and Nora had her was and style their hair.
Here's the pecan pie I made...and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who ate it. Two of my kids tried a piece but didn't like it. A couple of days after Thanksgiving I threw the leftover pie in the freezer...we will find out soon if pecan pie can be frozen.
I made a vegan and gluten-free chocolate pie that everyone seemed to enjoy (I don't eat chocolate so I can't tell for myself).
This was the first time we made stuffing from scratch, using a loaf of french bread. It was amazing and I hope never to go back to the packaged stuff.
Scott and I listened to this audio book, Endurance, on our drive. It's a true story about a group of people in 1915, that tried to sail to Antartica with a team of people and dogs, to walk across the continent. Even though they didn't make their goal (didn't even make it to their drop off location), it's an incredible story about what they went through and how they made it out and about obedience, loyalty, and following orders.
I snapped this picture on our drive home. Poor Nora, looks like her mom when she sleeps :). We all had a wonderful trip and loved our time with family.
Monday, November 28, 2016
4 year old Nora is learning to read! We spend about 15 minutes of each day doing 'school work'. We started awhile back learning her letters and sounds along with numbers, and a few weeks ago I checked out a book from the library called, "how to teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons" which we've been working on each day. They're using the Distar method, and it takes about 10-15 minutes to get through a lesson where we learn and review sounds, then we sound out words, we read a story and do some comprehension and all the while it's building and growing on previous lessons. I've loved this and have been amazed at just how well this is working.
And 33 year old me just learned how to fold fitted sheets well :). I was tired of asking Scott to do it all the time (his mom had a business where they set up apartments and laundering the sheets was part of what they did, and Scott worked for her), so I looked up a video on You Tube on how to fold fitted sheets, and voila! In the picture, the sheets on the top are fitted.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Scott saw a picture of people planking on top of one another so of course we had to try it :).
We had one box down in the unfinished basement that I hadn't unpacked because it's mostly long term food storage supplies, but I unpacked it this week and Nora used the box to make a 'tunnel' in which she set up a bed and took a nap :).
And this is our 'Christ tree', which is a new tree that a friend in Colorado had given to us before we left (thanks rach!). It's 9 feet tall but we only have an 8 foot ceiling, so we just left out the bottom tier and it worked out perfectly. On this tree we have white lights, silver beads and a dozen matching stars that have different names for the Savior on each star (ie redeemer, living water, bread of life, Lord of Lords etc).
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
We took our pictures with FotoFly again this year. Their prices went up again this year; last year they were $80 and this year $125...not sure if we'll keep using them or not in the future; and it's an indoor studio and so once you get a few pictures taken there, there's not a lot else to choose from. But overall pretty happy with the way they turned out.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Each week when I go through pictures on my phone, I almost always find many selfies, usually taken by Elisabeth or Annabelle.
I LOVE this selfie video I found of Annabelle. There's not really any sound because I think she was trying to be quiet so she wouldn't get caught messing with my phone :).
And Charles drew this one
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Saturday morning Elisabeth played in front of several judges for the Sandy Young Artists Piano Festival. If you place, you come back that evening at 5 where you play your piece again and then you learn how you placed. Last year Elisabeth received an 'honorable mention' which is just under the finalists, and this year we figured she might do the same, or worse since there were quite a few kids auditioning (24 is what I heard) in her Elementary 12 and under, age group. We had family pictures scheduled that evening for 445, so I secretly hoped she wouldn't make it to the finalist round.
Here's a video of her playing at the recital: