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New Pantry

posted Aug 21, 2012, 5:48 PM by Ben Hall   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 5:50 PM by Carolyn Hall ]

Take a look at the project we just finished!! 

This is what the kitchen looked like a month ago.

Here I am removing said Pantry . . . it was such a waste of space.

Oooooo ain't that perrrrty . . . why, yes it is thank you very much! :)

Oh, and look at its efficiency.

Mama's Budding Readers

posted Sep 19, 2011, 12:58 PM by Carolyn Hall

This is a sight Mama loves to see . . . 

And this . . . 

I am so happy to frequently find Grace and Noah with a book quietly in hand!

Noah loves to join Grace on her comfy bed and look at the pictures in her "big girl" books.  Here, he found the book Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, while Grace is reading (or re-reading) one of her favorite Highlights magazines.

On a bed or on a bear, reading is fun anywhere!

First xoom post

posted May 6, 2011, 4:52 PM by Carolyn Hall   [ updated May 6, 2011, 5:19 PM ]

Can it be done?

Lets see . . insert picture . . . 

ok so the camera filex on file didn't work so well but it did let me take a photo and post it . . . . interesting

now for the video attempt

first attempt failed . . . going to look for a sites app

see you soon

YouTube Video

looks like it worked! yay

Learning to Play Together

posted Apr 26, 2011, 12:50 PM by Carolyn Hall

New Duplos and Warm Weather

posted Feb 28, 2011, 6:27 AM by Carolyn Hall

Our set of Duplos gets a lot of use.  So, for several weeks now, Ben and I have been looking around for a good deal to purchase some more.
And, we found them!  On Saturday, we stopped by Toys 'R Us, only to find that they were having a "buy one, get one 1/2 off" sale on all Duplos.  We bought two big sets - one set with a zoo theme and one large set of basic building blocks.

We enjoyed some beautiful weather on Saturday!  After coming home from our Duplo-buying trip (and a stop at a quaint, new German restaurant!), we spent some time outside.  

Ben fixed some of the tiles on our roof and then Grace got a chance to climb the big ladder.

    The warm temperatures continued into Sunday and prompted us to dust off our bicycles for a trip through the neighborhood.  Grace and Noah enjoyed the bike trailer and we all loved the fresh air.  The Spring-like weather made us long for the coming season!

Valentine's Day Activities

posted Feb 16, 2011, 7:45 AM by Carolyn Hall

At the beginning of February, we colored and cut out a bunch of hearts to make a Valentine's Day countdown.  We hung each heart up in the kitchen on a string with wooden clothespins.  Every morning, one heart was removed until only one remained.
On Valentine's Day, we pulled down our last heart and celebrated!

Grace thoroughly enjoyed making hearts with a cookie cutter and playdough.

Last night, after the children went to bed, Ben went out to check the mail and found two Valentine's cards in the mailbox - one for Grace and one for Noah!  So, this morning, Grace and Noah opened their letters.  
Inside of Grace's card were some fun kitty cat stickers!

Noah spent at least ten minutes chewing on his envelope and waving the card around.  :-)

"I love my card, Grandmomma!"

After Work One Day . . .

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:15 AM by Carolyn Hall   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 11:27 AM ]

When Ben gets home from work, we usually sit in the living room and talk about our day - what housework we did, what activities we did during homeschool time, what we built with blocks, etc.

This time, Grace was showing Papa the paper snowman we made (combining a quick study of the letter S and memories of a recent snowfall!!).

Noah, on the other hand, looks just about ready for another nap.  :-)

Thanksgiving 2010

posted Nov 25, 2010, 8:56 AM by Carolyn Hall

How long ago was Thanksgiving?  What?  Almost three weeks ago?  Where has the time gone? 
Well, here is a much-belated glimpse into our Thanksgiving holiday . . .  :-)

    What's Thanksgiving Day without snacks?  Ben started our morning by making a big batch of maple kettle corn.  We were so thankful for the yummy treat!

    After cooking for a while, Mama and Grace pulled out the "Pilgrims & Indians" table decorations.  Mama remembered playing with the set when she was little!  Grace loved pointing out the paper turkey.  Turkeys were fresh on her mind because, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we found online pictures of turkeys, listened to turkeys gobbling, and did several turkey crafts!

Naptime . . . 

After a full morning of activity and a quick lunch of quesadillas, both Grace and Noah were ready for a nap.  

Here's our dinner table, full of yummy Thanksgiving foods!  Broccoli salad, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, rolls, and glazed carrots. Oh, there's also some ham there somewhere.

Dessert?  What happened to dessert?  Hmmmm.... That must have been one yummy piece of dairy-free pumpkin pie!

Two Sweet Babies

posted Nov 11, 2010, 7:15 PM by Carolyn Hall   [ updated Nov 12, 2010, 3:25 AM ]

Mama and Papa are so blessed by these two wonderful children.

The Duck Pond

posted Sep 22, 2010, 12:13 PM by Carolyn Hall

    On Monday, Ben, Grace, Noah, and I took an impromptu trip to a nearby "duck pond".  In reality, aside from the three sad-looking ducks we saw, the pond is primarily a home to a flock of hearty Canadian geese.  So . . . on Monday, we took an impromptu trip to a nearby "geese pond".  Ben and Grace had a great time chasing the geese and freely distributing crackers (thankfully, I had brought some along for a snack!) to the geese, fish, and turtles that they found.  Noah and I mostly watched from the shade of a large tree or in the cool of the van.

    So, since Grace had such a grand time and since we had some extra free time on our hands this morning, I took the children (and some more bread) back to the pond.  This time we had a much different experience.  Things are just so different when Papa isn't around!  I wore Noah in the wrap and held onto Grace's hand.  As we stepped toward the geese, one of them started hissing at us.  

    Not a pleasant beginning.  

    In an effort of peacekeeping, I tossed some bread towards the angry goose.  Suddenly, all twenty-or-so geese turned and began to waddle towards us.  I didn't remember Ben having the whole flock following him around - in fact, it was he and Grace who were chasing them last time!  Of course, Grace began to express her concern by shaking her head and repeating "No, no, no, no, no . . . "  Quickly, I took her hand and started away from the flock, thinking that we would abandon the geese and move on to the calm, quiet fish and turtles.  But, still the geese waddled on.  Having one goose hiss is slightly intimidating, however, being followed by a whole flock of honking geese is more-so.  They must have been starving from the way they behaved.

    Moving a little more quickly, Grace, Noah and I arrived at the water's edge.  After a quick glance in the water, I saw no fish and only one turtle.  Okay.  We tossed in a little bread in hopes of tempting some fish.   Still nothing and the geese were gaining on us.  Time to head back to the van!  So, I decided to hoist Grace onto my hip and scurry off.  Grace confirmed my decision by repeating "Bye-bye, goose!  Bye-bye, goose!"  :-)

    Maybe we'll wait for another visit until Papa can join us again! 

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