Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Love Autumn!

What better way to start the season then to have a doughnut and cider party! :D Remember all those apples I canned last week? Well there were still plenty of apples left over, so a family in our church graciously had everyone over for a get together. They made fresh doughnuts and cider. Here is a picture of the ladies getting the doughnuts made.
Here are the doughnuts being fried up...it smelled heavenly in that kitchen. ;o)
And then about half of the doughnuts after they had been glazed. They were delicious!
While I was inside near the doughnuts ;o) Beloved was outside helping with the cider. We had 2 presses and I think almost everyone helped out.
We even had popcorn popped over a fire. So much food and great fellowship. It was a wonderful evening.
Oh, and after everyone had some doughnuts, cider and popcorn most of us went for a ride on a hay wagon. The children, and adults, had a lot of fun. Although we should have made a stop at Marci's house to serenade Josh before they left for the wedding. ;o) But we missed our chance...oh well...I know where he is going to live. ;) Oh...and here is a short video of the children helping with the cider.


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Monday, September 29, 2008

Apples, Apples, and More Apples!


I apologize that I haven't been around for a week or so. But here is the reason why.....

No, they aren't bananas and peaches. Instead...the boxes are filled with......
APPLES! That's right....4 bushels. I know, I know...I am insane for tackling 4 bushels alone, but I did. Here is a pick of my first batch of apple butter being put in the crockpot for the night.
After a couple of days of some work and one of them included me being up for 24 hours! Yes, I got in bed at 7 am Saturday morning as Beloved was getting out of bed. Here is a pick of all of my hard work (minus one pint of apple butter and a few quarts of applesauce.)
So I roughly canned 40 quarts of applesauce and some pints and half pints of apple butter. Yummy! Now that the apples are done I hope to post more. Blessings to all. :D

Monday, September 22, 2008

I See You!

Sounds like.....

Sweet E talking to Beloved:


Sweet E-> "You sound like a hippopotamus. I gotta fix you."

Don't children just say the cutest things. :D

Beloved had a good laugh from that. :o)

To fix Beloved she went and got her little orange reflex hammer, tapped it on his belly, and said, "There...you're fixed."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Party!

We had so much fun Friday evening at our friend's home to celebrate the graduation of their four oldest children. Yes....graduation parties are normally held in May or June, but I think they had the right idea of waiting until the busy summer season is over. Anyway, It was a lot of fun and thought I would show some pictures. I just pray that they have their power back on. It went of during the storm last week and as of Friday night they still didn't have any.



I also wanted to share a video of Little E just because he is just so adorable!


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Friday, September 19, 2008

First, Second, or Third Field Trip!

I am not sure what to call this. I guess our first field trip was to the Creation Museum, but school hadn't started. Then we did go hiking the other day, but I guess I just consider that a family outing. Anyway, Nana Snow had the day off from work so we all headed on down to Legend Hills Orchard to pick some apples. Sweet E kept saying, "Apples don't grow on trees" as she was pointing to the ones in our yard. No matter how much explaining we did nothing changed her mind until we got to the orchard. Now if you ask her if apples grow on trees she says, "YES, THEY DO!" :o) The children had a ton of fun picking apples. It was a joy to watch their facial expressions.
I asked Sweet E to show me her apple and this is what I got. :o)
Little E tried to pick apples at first, but when he couldn't pull them off he got frustrated and wanted nothing to do with the apples.
After apple picking we headed back to Nana's house to make some applesauce and apple pie. Here is Big T helping Nana peel and slice some apples. There was a LOT of slicing......
....AND a lot of eating. ;o)
After all that work, and eating lunch, the children headed outside to play for a while. I had asked Sweet E to twirl and she did! She loves to twirl.
I know this is an awkward picture, but after seeing it I just realized how big this child is getting! Plus, the last 2 days this boy won't stop eating! He must be growing again.
And of course....Little E had to get in on the action as well.
Let me tell you....all our hard work was worth it! The applesauce was wonderful and Beloved said that the pies could not be any better! We hope to go apple picking again on Monday, but with Beloved since he will have the day off. May you all have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The outdoors....

This weeks lessons has to do with the letter L and leaf. So, yesterday we went to a local park to collect leaves. It was hard to get the children to focus on collecting leaves because the loved following the trail and deciding which way we should go. It was hard to get in the van because they wanted to keep hiking, but we promised to take them again. Not done with our books yet...I will try and show that tomorrow. But here are a few pictures of our walk. Enjoy and have a blessed God filled week! :o)
Picture of one of our obstacles caused by the storm.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Remnants....

of Ike came through yesterday. We didn't get rain, but we got wind and lots of it! Up to 75 miles per hour. I have never seen wind like that before in my life. We have trees down all over the place and I am shocked that I even have internet. I thought for sure it would be out...with our electricity for days. But praise the Lord we never lost power and our internet is back up. Oh...and I have a cell phone...most people around have lost service for their phones. So I just wanted to show a few pictures that we quickly took yesterday.
Our poor dog lost his roof too.
Here is our roof yesterday....

During repair....
and after.
It is such a blessing to have friends to come and help us when we need it. I wasn't sure when we could get the rough fixed and it is fixed less than 24 hours after it happened. I pray everyone else that has gone through this storms path is well. Blessings to all.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Visitors.....

I miss Anna and Chloe already and they have only been gone since Friday morning. They arrived on Saturday afternoon. Sweet E and Chloe hit it off right away. They were two peas in a pod the entire week (granted...they are only a week a part in age). After they arrived we went to the park and the children had a wonderful time playing. Unfortunately, early Monday morning we had to call 911. Anna awoke to Chloe not breathing. I never imagined that I would have a policeman coming up my stairs to carry a child to the paramedics. Praise the Lord that everything looks okay and Chloe seems to be doing well. The rest of the week was wonderful and I just wanted to show various pictures from the week.
Chloe in Children's Hospital after they finally took her neck brace off and allowed her to eat. The poor girl was starving. :D

On Thursday was Anna's husband's birthday and he is also serving in Iraq at this time. So our family decided to take Anna and Chloe out to eat for James' birthday, then went to the children's garden, and then had cake to celebrate. Here is a video of Big T, Sweet E, and Chloe singing Happy Birthday to James and blowing out candles for him. Hopefully next time we get to visit (either us going her way or them coming back) we will get to meet James. :D

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Oh...and here are pictures from the morning they left. Sweet E and Chloe giving hugs, my children watching them leave, and then watching their car head for home. :o( Anna...I had a wonderful week and may the Lord bless you and Chloe and keep you safe. I also am praying for James' safe return. The count down begins....right? ;o)