Monday, November 24, 2014

Budding Photographers

MJ and I bought CC a toddler's digital camera for her birthday last spring. She loves it and "practices" taking pictures frequently.

(Little Man and Sweet Pea love it too, but mostly because it makes fun sounds when you press the buttons.)

I finally got around to looking through the pictures the kids have taken, and there were some nice surprises! Yes, most of the shots were too blurry to decipher, or close-ups of our carpet, but I also found these:

A nice moment between CC and Little Man

A selfie with our sitter, Julie

A nice smile from Grandpa

Little Man looking guilty about something

A not-too-blurry shot of Sweet Pea

The camera we gave CC is the Playskool Show Cam, and it's pretty fun to use. In addition to regular pictures, there's a "silly" button which allows CC to add funny graphics to any picture. And with the flip of a switch, the camera turns into a projector, so CC can shine any of her pictures up on a wall.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Sparkle

Last week I mentioned collecting pinecones with Sweet Pea and Little Man. Here's what we did with them:

I screwed a small eyehook into the base of each one.

Then we took the whole project outside on a (relatively) nice day. (I draw the line at glitter inside the house!)

I sprayed each pinecone liberally with spray adhesive. Then, one by one, we put the pinecones into ziplock bags filled with gold glitter. Everyone took a turn shaking the heck out of the bags.

Then we left them to dry.

The next day, I gently banged the excess glitter off each one. There was a LOT of excess glitter! I think the ground near our picnic table will be sparkling for years. I tied ribbons into the eyehooks, hung them from our windows, and garnished with a big red bow. Ta da! 

These work for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas, so they can stay up for a while. Now if only I can keep the kids from constantly poking them and releasing more showers of glitter!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Photo Friday

The circus is in town!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grandparents in Town

Last weekend we had a wonderful visit with MJ's parents. It was short, but so much fun!

There was a rowdy game of catch:

A particularly adorable moment from our normally shy Sweet Pea:

Lots of wet raspberries:

And giggles all around:

MJ and Grandpa took CC to her first NFL game, and she loved it. Grandma and I took the twins to collect pinecones for holiday projects (I see glitter in my future). Grandma and Grandpa treated the kids to some new books, plenty of new clothes, and lots of love and attention.

We can't wait to see them again for Christmas!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Photo Friday

We mustache you to stop laughing!

(Sweet Pea wouldn't participate, naturally.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Dog's Life

Poor, put-upon Rory! She just wants to nap in the sun ...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.
We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day.
We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home.
Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.
- Excerpted from "A Prayer for our Veterans" by Concord Pastor

A special prayer of thanks for my father, my father-in-law, my grandfather, MJ's grandfathers, my brothers, and countless friends we made during our service.