Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Official Start!

Thanksgiving is over.

My little Pilgrims and Indians are all gone . . .

We can officially begin singing carols.

Decking the halls.

Jingling the bells.

We kicked of the season by going to cut down our Christmas tree!

We headed slightly north this year and after a scenic drive up a dirt road, we found a sweet farm with great trees!

Keeping with tradition, we cut our own!

After s'mores and the drive back down the mountain, we headed to Brevard, NC for lunch, shopping, and dessert!

It was a great start to the holidays!

Tomorrow we'll pull out the ornaments and start decorating!

Monday, November 21, 2011


For the past five weeks, Ella Grace and Annabelle have been taking an art class from The Greenville County Museum of Art.  To end their class, "Animals in Art," their work was showcased in an art show!

They made Eric Carle inspired animals by making collages out of painted paper.  Annabelle's is a fish with the sunset overhead.  And Ella Grace's is a dog with complete with a food bowl and a rug.

They used canvases to paint (which they both thought was so cool!) an animal of their choice.  Annabelle painted a lion and Ella Grace painted a blue dog.

They also made sculptures out of wood scraps glued together.

Also, not pictured, they worked with pastels to learn how to blend colors.  They each drew a bird and they are amazing!  I love how the class used many different mediums and types of art for each project -- I feel like the girls were exposed to a lot in a short period of time!  The teachers were amazing and I think it's pretty incredible that they finished 4 projects in only 5 weeks!  The girls are already planning which class they want to take next!

As for me, I'm trying to figure out how to display all of it --
 it's so amazing that I hate to hide it all in a box someplace!  



Friday, November 11, 2011

Thanks, Dad

"My grandpa was in the army.  
He traveled to Vietnam.  
He flew in a helicopter.  
He killed a big snake."

by Annabelle

Thanks, Dad, and all the other men and women who have fought and are fighting to keep this country free!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Give Thanks Banner

I had visions of making our family a banner for Thanksgiving using fabric scraps that I have laying around (Eric would write that sentence:  "that she has EVERYWHERE!"), but it's just not going to happen this year.  Instead, we spent a family night last week putting this one together!

We used card stock to cut our flags and stenciled the letters on each.  I love how it turned out!

Each year we make a "Thankful Tree."  I'm not sure exactly why we call it that because it has never actually looked like a tree.  We do, however, write something we are thankful for on a leaf, so maybe that's where it gets it's name.  This year is the first year that each of the girls understands fully what it means to be thankful for something.  If you look closely, you can see our leaves clothes pinned to the twine that we left hanging from the banner:

A few things the girls have been thankful for so far:

that God loves me
my sisters
fall fun
that I can give to others
that i have teachers who love me
that we can go to church

Monday, November 7, 2011

Jenn's Baby Shower

A friend and I (with help from many others) hosted a baby shower for Jenn -- our friend who was surprised a few months ago to find out she was due with TWIN GIRLS at the end of December!  It was a complete surprise to she and her husband -- no drugs, no history of twins -- just a total God's in control surprise!  We are all so thrilled for her and can't wait to meet Babies A and B!

(remember i blogged about making this!  turned out so cute -- i'm planning one for Christmas!)
(my amazing friend, jess, made these lollipops for favors!  don't you think she should open a shop?)

Thanks for giving us a reason (or two!) to celebrate, Jenn!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween Recap

Our Annual Pumpkin Party!

Roper Mountain Science Center's "Green Halloween" -- way, way better than Boo in the Zoo!

 (they were watching this lady make yarn or thread or something cool)

 (in the garden, "Charlotte's Web," perfect for my little bugs!)

(love this!)

And a few Halloween Night Candids:

We will now move on to the next holiday!  NO--not Christmas--despite what all the department stores may tell you!  Thanksgiving!  We are helping our girls to focus this month on ways our family has been blessed, ways we can bless others, and the significance of this holiday in our country's history!  Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next guy, and, yes, I have started shopping (actually, started months ago), but I hate that Thanksgiving gets lost in the hype of all the Christmas "stuff"!  Will try to share a few things our family does during the month of November!  To get you started, here are a few ideas!