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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy Hollidays!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here with the regular crew- which includes "Granny Parkinson" and "Poppy" Reese. We reflected on all of the things we are thankful for. My favorite part of dinner this year was the decorations the kids made. They painted "leaves" on brown paper and we all wrote things we were thankful for on the leaves. It was fun seeing things through the eyes of the kids. The adults were thankful for the usual things- "My sweet husband," "My son," "health." The kids had things like,"presents," "wind," ""presents," and "pumpkins." Keilani also colored a personalized turkey and cut it out for each person at the table. I thank God for their sweet spirits and the reminders of simple truths he speaks through them!

Friday, December 3, 2010


This fall we made two trips to the pumpkin farm and had a fun-filled halloween trick-or-treating with friends. Best of all, Aunt Janna was visiting from Portland!

Apple Hill

We are trying to do some more field trips this year with our fellow homeschoolers. We kicked off the year by heading up to Apple Hill. I found a terrific program at Denver Dan's where the kids get to tour the orchard, pick their own apples, and then come back and turn their apples into pie with their "Cooking Kids" program. The kids had so much fun making their pies- they were nice enough to share with us. I think it was the best pie I've ever had! YUM-O!
A few weeks ago soccer season came to an end. Jacob toughed out his first year of "real" soccer and Keilani played bunch-ball on an under-6 team (no goalies). Both kids made quite a few goals!! Keilani started off the first half with lots of chatting and giggling, but by the end of the season she was a little tiger! She was focused and driven! (That's my girl!) Soccer season with two kids was exhausting- we had practice/games 4 out of 7 days every week. But, now that it's over I miss how much it wore out the kids! They have been so stir crazy!!! Bring on the basketball!