Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Tea Party Fit for a Princess

Today Abigail and I went to a birthday party for friends at a local tea room.  The girls dressed up as princesses and we thoroughly enjoyed our tea party!
 A girl never really outgrows the excitement of dressing up like a princess for a tea party! :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Imaginary travels

A mysterious person came into my kitchen the other day, handed me a pretty-smelling little sachet, and gave me this note:
"I am a weary traveler, and I don't talk.  I am very poor, and that is the only gift I have.  Please give me a gift, ma'am."
I handed the traveler a silver coin, and she left.
 A while later, she came back with another note:
"I have finished my journey, but I am wounded.  Rich people scratched and hit me.  Please care for me.  By the way, I am a great listener.  My name is Listener."  I tucked the wounded traveler on the couch, wrapped her wounded arm, and gave her a quilt, a book, and some Smarties ("medicine").

I love the journeys on which my kids' wonderful imaginations take us!

Monday, January 16, 2012


This past Friday, the weather forecast for our area reported a 0% chance of precipitation.  Undeterred, our little girl prayed sweetly and sincerely that morning and asked her heavenly Father for some snow.  Oh, the faith of a child!  Not too much later, the snowflakes started coming down...a few here and there, and then enough to make it worth bundling up the kids and letting them catch some on their mittens.  No accumulation, not even enough to see in the picture, but enough to grant the desires of Abigail's heart and give us all a little reminder of the tender love of our God.
As for the weathermen and their impressive technology and their forecasts, God is still in charge!  I grabbed a picture of the radar during our snow flurry.  See the only patch of snow in metro-Atlanta, pointed out by the orange arrow?  Guess where?!
Our snow was lovely...and it was a good reminder to me that God is listening and that He loves His children!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's raining, it's pouring...

...and my kids did what any healthy kids would do...they put on their rain-gear and splashed in the mud puddles!  They were filthy and happy by the time they were done and very ready for warm chocolate chip cookies and warm showers.  Ah, the joys of childhood! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We the People...are back to school!

After a gloriously long Christmas break, we are back to school.  Our first day back yesterday also happened to be our monthly Homeschool Day at the Atlanta History Center.  The theme was "We the People" -- that is, the Constitution of our country.

We watched a fabulous one-woman production about the Constitutional Convention.  She asked David to play George Washington, which made it extra fun!  (Abigail had no desire to be any of the delegates...she preferred to observe safely from the audience!)

Afterwards, the kids spent a little bit of time playing in the Olympics exhibit.  It has nothing to do with the Constitution, but it got out some energy before the ride home. :)  (Look at Abigail's left hand hanging on for rowing power -- beautiful!)

Today, being our first day back at the school table with 'real' subjects, wasn't the best school day we've ever had...but we survived and hopefully we're back in the groove now!  After a little pouting at being largely ignored, Mindy got back into the swing of school, too, and curled up for a long morning nap in her window seat next to us.