Friday, November 22, 2013

Decorating for Thanksgiving

There will be 25 people at our house for Thanksgiving. You heard me right, 25 people! I truly could not be more happy because I really enjoy 1. entertaining and 2. getting together with family. I love the chaos that comes with a bunch of kids running around and adults sitting around talking, watching football, eating, drinking and simply being together. So now it's time to decorate. I asked Lollie (aka Busy) what she wanted to do to help me decorate and she said she wanted to make window decorations. We got out the construction paper, glue, stickers and yarn and got to work. 

1. First she cut paper towel rolls into 4 pieces and toilet paper rolls into 2 pieces.

2. Then we cut construction paper (in fall colors) using the rolls as a guide for size.

3. Using Rubber Cement (I forgot how strong that smell is), she glued the paper on the rolls and used chip clips to hold it in place while the glue dried.

4. Once dry, she glued pouf balls and stickers on the paper covered rolls then strung them on the yarn (think beading = fine motor practice).


5. Then I hung the garland in the kitchen window "so everyone who comes to our house can see it when they pull in the driveway!" 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Give Thanks

We always try to talk about what we, as a family, are thankful for. I think it helps little ones focus on what they have and therefore keeping the gimmies at bay. But during the month of November that discussion happens not just around here, but everywhere. So this year we decided to sit down and really talk about what Thanksgiving means and talk about all the things in our lives that we appreciate. This is what we are doing this year to show our thanks:

All you need is some construction paper, a marker, tape and a place to display your fall leaves of thanks. Everyday we talk about our day and what we are thankful for (usually at the dinner table). We jot down some of those things on our leaves and tape them up on the window. Here are some we have so far.







































I am always very proud of what they come up with. Even if it's "ice cream" ;)

What are you thankful for?




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#farmlife


I'm baaaack!!!! After spending the last 5 months on a farm with no internet and only 1 TV channel, we are now back in the city and back to our "normal." Let me backup. Back in May we sold our house (in a day) and had no place to go. Some amazing friends offered up a house on their beautiful farm for rent and thus #farmlife began. Every picture taken on this farm was put on Instagram under the hashtag "farm life." It was an unforgettable experience for all of us and we were so fortunate to have been in such a magical place all summer. So before I get back to my "typical" blog posts, here is a snippet of our summer in review, farm style ;)
It all started with a tick...



We went to parties
We played on the farm playground







We went on discovery adventures




We made friends
And met cows






Bean the duck was our favorite animal friend

We got up close and personal with the cows

It was all exhausting at times!

Miss Maggie put us to work ;)

We went on about a million and one walks




Friends came to visit us!


Busy learned to drive ;)



Of course we made art! 

We even found a tagged Monarch butterfly!!!



which you could see come in from miles away
We watched the storms







And we got to sample some of the best produce on the planet


School started for Busy...
and for Beans and Mommy, too.



The views were amazing but just couldn't be captured properly by the camera



















We were there for the Fall Festival
















Thanks to everyone out at Foxhollow Farm. You all truly helped make our summer an experience of a lifetime. It is very bittersweet to leave, but it's time to move on. And as Busy says "they will always be our farm family."