Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving with everyone last night. Well, everyone who is in town. That way they have Thanksgiving free to start their own traditions. Or to fulfill other obligations. We were hoping Hunter's mom could join us, but she had a family emergency and had to be at the hospital. 

Last year we had a much bigger group with several extras and then went up to Indiana for Thanksgiving picking Ty up on the way. But my SUV does not like cold weather and froze up last year. I would have been tempted to go up again if everyone hadn't just been here for the wedding last month.

We made turkey, ham, mashed sweet potatoes, yams, and two kinds of gravy. Also had two kinds of cranberries. Jessica brought green bean casserole and stuffing. Adam brought a  large pan of potatoes and of gravy (so we didn't need ours!) from Church's Chicken where he is manager and two kinds of cookies from Walmart.

Deja joined us later.

Jasmine (13)

Adam (19)

Hunter (25) and Jessica (23)

Kayla (9)

Kaleb (9)

First present of Christmas

Deja and Adam

On Thursday the five of us still in the house will be grilling steaks on the beach.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Veteran's Day

Last week the weather was beautiful all week--sunny and in the 70s. Today is cooler, overcast and drizzly! Blah.

When we were cleaning out the kitchen drawers, we came across a nut cracker. The kids had no clue what it was for. So I bought some nuts so they could try it.

We wore jackets to the parade on Veteran's Day, but ended up being too hot!

We started reading through Just for Me: My Family during the summer, but didn't finish. Things got crazy once school started, and we never got back to it. So we played the Frisbee game together after the Veteran's Day Parade. It's on pages 66-67 of the family book. 

Ready to start!

It took everyone between three and six throws to hit the first target.

He's wearing beads from the Veteran's Day parade.

Travis wanted to play.

Yep. It landed up there, and she had to throw it from there.

Final target-it had to land in the basket.
We aren't the greatest Frisbee throwers, but we had a lot of fun. The kids asked to play again soon so we'll probably be doing that and other outside activities during Thanksgiving week if the weather is nice. Otherwise we'll do some of the indoor activities.

CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS FOR OTHER FUN IDEAS FOR GIRLS 6-9 (5-8 really) and 8-12. They fit great in a Christmas stocking. And they make an extra special gift if you look at the craft projects in each book and add the supplies to the gift.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This and That

This was taken November 1. We read through the book of Proverbs in October, a chapter a day. We've done this the past 5 or so years. Then we celebrate completing it by getting carry out food or going out to eat.

This year we went to Taco Bell for breakfast.

Then we went to The Giver at the $2 theater. Jasmine and I had seen it before. It's a good movie but not totally true to the book. They tried to make it more like Divergent or Hunger Games, and they didn't need to. It would have been fine as it was.
Later in the day there was a fall festival at the church where Jasmine has County Christian Youth Choir.

Only a few of the kids showed up to sing. There are kids from 20 different churches in the choir.

Science fair project is done and turned in.

Now we are starting the history fair project. The theme this year is leaders and legacies. Jasmine submitted a request to either do her project on Walt Disney or Louie Armstrong. Both left strong legacies. But her teacher tends to shoot down our interesting ideas and give her something boring. Like last year she wanted to do Ruby Bridges but ended up doing court cases that influenced school desegregation!! So, here's hoping for an interesting project this year. I feel a field trip coming on if she gets to do either of the topics she submitted.

Any one else in the midst of science or history fair projects?

Some of the stuff I talked about a couple posts back about Kayla that happened at school affected Jasmine, and she was really upset. (One problem of having siblings in the same school.) Jasmine was really down, so Jessica came over and got her and took her to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the $2 theater for a sister date.

I took Jessica to see "The Best of Me" at the regular theater the day before. It was sad!! Are all Nicholas Sparks' movies sad?? I put a bunch on my netflix list and may need to buy tissues.

I took Jasmine to Dolphin 2 to celebrate finishing her science project.

The dogs decided to come in and nap on the couch! 

They were all asleep when I went to take the pictures, but of course they heard me and had to see what I was doing.

I have some pictures from this morning (Veteran's Day), but I'll post them next time.