Wednesday, November 30, 2011

e !

Each day when Leo finishes his morning worksheet I guide his hand to write "Leo" at the top. Lately he has been attempting writing it on his own. The L and the o were fairly easy to get the hang of, but the lowercase e has given him imagine the excitement yesterday when he showed me this:

"Mini-Leo" also held his paper up the same way so I could take a picture of him. Silas watches Leo's every move! Thankfully Leo doesn't get annoyed.   :)

And for some more cuteness... can you believe she's four months old already?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting back in the swing of things

We had several really busy days last week...besides our four Thanksgiving stops we had a family of five staying with us. The kids had a lot of fun with their long lost friends (children of my childhood friend Anna) but after the excitement we are happy to be getting back to our regular programming! :)

After Isabella's Spanish class with Aunt Amy this morning we went to the library to get some fresh books for the week. I was so tickled when we overheard a mom taking about McDonalds to her child and Bella excitedly said "Mom they are going to see the animals at Old Mac Donald's!" :) Love it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful for a life filled with blessings of all shapes and sizes! What a privilege it is to live in this country and benefit from the freedom it offers. We are so grateful to be able to freely worship Jesus without being fearful for our lives as in so many places around the world.

We enjoyed a wonderful day of food, family and music...and we get to do it again with one more family gathering this weekend!

Elsie loved all the snuggles that were readily available everywhere we went! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

operation christmas child

Today was the final collection day for Operation Christmas Child, so we finish packing our box and took it to the area drop off point. This year we chose a 2-4 year old boy instead of our usual girl, so all the items were run by Leo for approval :) 

 We so enjoy doing this each year! It is a great opportunity to practice generosity for the kids... and this year I was so pleased to see everyone excited about a boy in need receiving toys, instead of moping that the stuff wasn't ours to keep. I guess they must be growing up :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

moveable numbers

I finally laminated the numbers I'd had printed out for a looong time, and they have been a popular addition to the classroom. There is something about laminating a card that makes it feel more "real" or something. (Still using that roll of contact paper my mom gave me last year... although I'm afraid its coming to an end. Hmm)

Leo has really enjoyed the numbers since he is starting to get the hang of number identification. (I'm sure that has more to do with Elmo than with me...) 
I love kids' natural desire for order... I put out the numbers in a mixed up pile on the table and a bit later Isabella came by and without a word started lining them up in numerical order. 

yes, I'm cute

Taking photos of cute babies always inspires cute big sisters to offer their face as well :)


We are a family of 6 who really enjoy experiencing life together! There is a mommy (the one who writes the blogs!) and a papa, and four curious little people... Isabella just turned 5, Leo is 3, Silas will be 2 in January and Elsie is a wee 3 months. To see the first part of our story visit