Wednesday, December 21, 2016

fall bits



over the last few weeks,
as we have entered this new season,
everytime i tell the kids
"put your coat on, it's winter"
"you can't wear shorts, it's winter"
"you need a hat, it's winter"
i get the immediate
"it isn't winter yet, moooooommmmm!"
well today that game is over.
winter is officially here.
mom is always right, but now mom is officially right.
so here on the first day of winter, 
i thought i'd share the last of our fall bits.
also, because my phone is about to 
blow-up with christmas pics, so time to put these 
in the bits and bobs memory bank.
bundle up friends, it's winter.

fall hike
blankets of leaves
doing the dab...all.the.time.
golden hour backyard campfire
shoes and bag that match the pretty leaves
handsome boy who also matches the laves
coffee sipping and photo taking on the dreamy swing 
monkey bar graduate with the blisters to prove it
homework routines in full swing


warming up by the fire in between wood stacking and leaf blowing
putting the leftover halloween candy to good use
the tumble bus visits the farm for some birthday fun 
janie's 4th birthday
a friday night proposal to his mom
the last of the garden harvest
cowboys on a roll 
pumpkin carving
scarecrow stuffing
scarecrow snuggling
chili cook-off tasting
ballot casting
morning chores on the farm
sister playing a tune
a friend sharing her cranberry harvest

leaf pile jumping
golden grass trekking
fall family hiking

Thursday, December 1, 2016

advent calendar


a little look into this year's advent calendar.
oh how we look forward to preparing our hearts
and making these memories together each year.
a bit more about our tradition herehere & here 

day 1: isaiah 41:5 /christmas lights walk @ fatima shrine
day 2: isaiah 52: 7-10 / go out for donuts before school
day 3: isaiah 40: 9-11 / mail letters to santa
day 4: genesis 3:15-18 / food pantry & shelter donations
day 5: genesis 15: 1-6 / make ugly sweater cookies
day 6: deuteronomy 18: 15-19 / decorate bedroom doors for christmas
day 7: psalm 89: 1-4 / christmas crafternoon
day 8: isiah 11: 1-10 / sing silent night by candle light
day 9: zechariah 6: 12-13 / listen to christmas music really loud
day 10: michah 5: 2-4 / watch home alone
day 11: malachi 3: 1-6 / go to christmas concert @ church
day 12: john 1: 1-8 / go christmas shopping for each other
day 13: john 1: 9-18 / wear pajamas and drive around to see the christmas lights
day 14: mark 1: 1-3 /wrap presents
day 15: luke 1: 5-13 / make cards for teachers
day 16: luke 1: 14-17 / go to jane's christmas concert
day 17: luke 1: 18-25 / make gingerbread houses
day 18: luke 1: 39-45 / caroling
day 19: luke 1: 46-56 / make treats & deliver to neighbors
day 20: luke 1: 57-66 / open one present
day 21: luke 1: 67-80 / cookie decorating with friends after school
day 22: luke 7: 10-14 / christmas movie marathon & sleepover in the living room
day 23: luke 1: 26-45 / start the 1,000 piece christmas puzzle
day 24: isaiah 9: 2-7 / christmas eve open house
day 25: matthew 1: 18-25 / celebrate jesus' birthday