I love getting to spend my days learning with my kids each day. The My Father's World curriculum is amazing and such a wonderful fit for our family. This year I'm doing the kindergarten curriculum with Kassidy (and Kaylee loves doing all the crafts and listening to all the books too) and the kids are all participating in the MFW Rome to the Reformation. I love, love, love that we can do all this learning together as a family and the kids all have amazing incites to share with each other.
Kassidy learned about turtles last week and made a yummy turtle snack.
We just finished learning about the Romans and finished the week out with a Roman Feast. The kids had fun and enjoyed making dad dress up with them. I think we used all the sheets, table clothes and belts in the house. :)
I'm pretty sure the Roman Empire failed in part because they ate lying down. We had so much fun, but lying down wasn't my favorite way to eat food. Luckily we had plenty of couch cushions, gymnastics mats and pillows to make everyone a couch to lounge on.
The girls and I were able to attend a special tea party this past week out at the Woodlands. The girls loved dressing up and wearing hats and they had a great time serving tea and cake to all our beautiful friends at Woodlands. I'm so glad that our homeschooling schedule allows us time to volunteer and get involved in the lives of others.
Food is always a topic of conversation at our house. My children ask me for food about every 15 minutes.
In the middle of winter I'm always thankful for our summer CSA share. Today I went through both of my freezers, organized all my freezer meals, frozen vegetables and meat to see what I had in stock. I've got quite a few things left in both of my freezers and wrote up a paper, listing which veggies I still have left and put circles next to the name to mark the amount. I'm hoping this will help me to remember what's in the freezer and motivate me to use it up before next summer.
I'm always amazed at how long our CSA vegetable last! Just last week we used up our final two spaghetti squash and we still have two ice cream pails of potatoes. I did have to go buy green beans at the store the other day since the farm didn't have a very good crop of them this summer and we ate all the ones we grew in our garden. While digging through the freezer and getting everything organized I did find 7 bags of flat beans and snap peas I didn't know I had. Score!
Now I just need to talk myself in to meal planning.
Shawn has been watching Craig's list, the local used car dealerships, and the newspaper for the perfect "new" to use vehicle. When he found the perfect Expedition in Lincoln, NE we headed down south for a quick trip to pick up our vehicle. This trip also gave us a chance to meet up with 2 of my uncles, a cousin and my parents for the weekend. We tried to squeeze in as much fun as we could.
The weather was pretty windy one of the days, so we ended up at an indoor play place. The kids had a blast in the foam ball pit, trampoline bubble, lazer room and on the inflatables.
My cousin Niki will be 30 years old this summer. Where does the time go?
The next day was beautiful so we stopped by Holmes lake, drove by my grandma's old house, played at the park and walked along the dam that I used to hike and sled as a kid.
It was a quick trip and I made me realize how lucky we are to be able to normally spend weeks at a time with our parents! The best part was definitely seeing my family.
We were also able to pay cash for our new vehicle which was an amazing feeling. I love having NO car payments! Shawn has been grinning ear to ear ever since we got home and is plotting about how to get a bigger trailer to haul more decoys.
Our lives are always busy and the Christmas season is no different! We have three December birthdays in our immediate family to celebrate, which means lots of cakes and gifts. Since we live so far from all of our families we always travel to Kansas during the Christmas season. We are so thankful homeschooling and Shawn's job are both flexible enough to allow our family to take three weeks off to visit both sets of grandparents!
Kaylee's Birthday is on December 5th, but she usually gets a cake or two in Kansas with her grandparents. I can't believe she is 8 years old.
Nana bought a Christmas train to decorate instead of a gingerbread house and these three girls outdid themselves with all the candy and frosting they put on. It turned out so cute.
We spend as much time as we can with the cousins! Luckily, our both our brothers' families live close to our parents so they are always able to drive over and spend time with us.
The girls and I were able to help Nana Yvette put together a few homemade Christmas gifts to give out. My girls LOVE helping in the kitchen!
These jars of bean soup turned out so cute!
One more picture of all the cousins together!
Kassidy's birthday is on the 22nd of December and Shawn's is on the 20th, so more cake, parties and presents!
After spending ten days at Shawn's parents, we traveled up to Hutch to spend time with my family. Here is a picture of the Cook cousins before the unwrapping began. Even though my brother just started a new job up in Edgerton, KS, they were able to come down for a week of fun! We didn't get quite as much outside play time as we would have liked, but we managed to wear everyone out each day.
Visiting the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
The cousins using the girls' new balance beam as a pillow.
We enjoyed every minute of our cold, Kansas vacation, but are happy to be back home settling back into our regular routine. I'm so thankful to God for sending his son to walk the earth because he loved us so much, two sets of loving grandparents and our brothers' families who are able to spend time with our family when we visit. We had way more fun than we could ever fit into one blog post.