Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All things Christmas

A local church puts on a fabulous living nativity every year, and I took the kids on Saturday night while David was at the base.  They loved it!  Sunday, we put together our annual gingerbread house.  Because we're deep in the middle ages this year in school, we created a gingerbread castle. 

 Graham's favorite part of the whole night was this chicken.

We used leftover Halloween candy to decorate our castle.

 This kid ate way too much candy.

 A knight and his spear
 The king and his crown (with our fantastic smarties moat in the background)

 Finished!  The castle and the keep.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Will's first basketball game

Saturday, October 25, 2014


They can't WAIT to be flower girls!!!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014


Saturday evening Graham gathered sticks, sent Bea out for monkey grass pieces, and began weaving.  Initially, he planned to make and sell his products as place mats, but David reminded Graham that place mats had to be big enough to hold plates.  Graham changed his marketing and labeled his woven wonder 'coaster  $1.50'.  
Sunday morning, Graham hired assistants Bea and Inga to help him set up his shop at the end of the driveway.  After ten minutes, the kids ran through the door, telling us that they had their first customers.  The customers were interested in the monkey grass coaster, but, unfortunately, weren't walking with any money.  They said that they might come back and the kids were thrilled.  
Hope springs eternal...
We headed off to church and after lunch and changing into 'selling' clothes, the three returned to their stand.  After fifteen or twenty minutes, Graham ran into the house yelling, "Mommy!!  I'm in BUSINESS!"  I asked him what happened and he said, "Well, the nice people who came this morning came back and they asked how our business was going and I said, 'horribly' and they looked at all of the stuff and said that they wanted to buy the coaster but they didn't have change and I didn't have change but then they found some quarters in their car and they BOUGHT it!!"  
After twenty more minutes, Bea had sold her 'children's fishing pole' that she had fashioned out of two sticks and some maroon-colored yarn.  
I wish that I had pictures of the coaster and fishing pole that were sold, but I did get pictures of the 
'Wig' (which we've told them is really more like one small hair extension and might sell better if it were labeled as such) and the 'Raft for a Toad'. 
As our cousin Christine wisely commented, "The toad raft is going to take a special buyer." 

Happy Birthday, William!

 We celebrated William's birthday yesterday with cupcakes, singing, and a walk in Falls Park with Christine.  William will have his friend party on Friday!