Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mid-week Likes & Links


The girls and I were gifted these matching necklaces (theirs are smaller and nestle into mine), and I love love love them!

For Easter, we made this yellow sheet cake - I've not made anything from this website that I didn't love!

The boys got these shoes for summer, and the girls got these - so far, we love them all!

Another book in one of our favorite series is out!

I ordered one of these dresses for Sophie - we'll see how it turns out.

I've loved her recent podcasts with Dr. Leonard Sax.

So, my sister loves gummies - we might have found the perfect bday gift for her!

Currently reading this.  It takes me about a year to read a book, haha.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Boys' Cabins

Sometimes I have to remind myself that the best lessons in life usually are not learned inside a classroom...or inside our house.  Because, I have the tendency to want to teach my kiddos things from books.  And, while reading is one of the most beautiful ways of teaching (I remember so much curling up with my mom to listen to her read me a story), sometimes these kiddos need to learn simply by doing - by being kids.

So, after making a thorough scan for snakes, off the boys went to build their homes.

After a few hours, I went to check it out.  First, I found their fireplace.

Then, I saw Peter chopping wood for his building material.




Next, I noticed Carer's doorway (use your imagination).

And, there was their ammo pile in the event that predators came.

I was told this was a booby trap.

Carter then showed me how his doorbell worked.  You shake the big limb, and the twig sitting on top falls to the ground, alerting him that he has company.


Gathering materials again.

Then, they showed me their naturally occurring weapons.  This was a spear.

This, a hammer.

After my tour, they were back to work for a few more hours.  


Along came their first visitor.

I hope he missed the booby trap.

May their imaginations always be this great!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Adam & Eve : A Fisk Kid Claymation

Rather than do another fill-in-the-blank or coloring page for Sunday school, we tried something different.  The theme was Adam & Eve...and their fall.  So, we got out the clay and the kids ran with it.  Presenting the first Fisk claymation...

The beginning of the garden.
The sun, a red bear, a river and a duck come into play.
Then here comes a giraffe (which might look a tiny bit like a lizard).

"Oh no!  Yily (her doll, Lily) has the measles!" 

Back on task...the Devil enters the picture.
Then Eve tempts Adam.

It's God, the superhero!
Shamed. And, leaving the garden.
No re-entry.
Peeking in one last time.
The end.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mid-week Likes & Links



We made one of my mom's favorite desserts!

The boys (especially Carter) have really wanted to get good at using a yo-yo.  But, we haven't had much luck.  However, a friend just sent them these, and they are amazing!  They're much easier to use, and the boys love them!

We had a butterfly garden last year around this time, and I'm debating getting another or buying the ladybug land.  Anyone tried it?


A friend told me about these books, and they're awesome for the kids to learn about their letters, counting, matching, and more!

We got this tiny little pack and play for the office, and I love it!

I love a good crock pot meal, especially on Mondays.  I really want to try these!

What do I love most of all this week?  Rain!!!  It's been raining slowly for two days and has been the biggest blessing!




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Best Rice Krispie Treat

I know I've blogged about this before, but it's worth mentioning again.  We've found the perfect rice krispie treat recipe.  It has extra marshmallows, and just enough salt to make them stand out above the rest.  Really, you must try them.  
Since getting her special little bakeware, Sophie wants to bake all the time.  She'll talk to my gramma and ask if she'd like to come over for "take" (cake). She'll make mini muffin brownies and offer them to her speech teachers.  

On this day she wanted to make rice krispie treats for her brothers and dad after a long morning of checking cows.  

So we did.

And she thought that things would be much better with as many marshmallows as she could stuff into the measuring cup.


Maybe just a few more...



Isn't licking the spoon always the best part?!

They were well-received...as are most sweet things around here.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Beauty in the Everyday

I took these photos a month or so ago for a different project and forgot to ever post them here.  They tell the story of some of our chores.  So, the thought of doing chores seems so mundane to most, but I've since realized that what may seem ordinary for us is far less for others.  And, in realizing that, I've also realized how much I take for granted the beauty we're surrounded by...mainly in the form of animals and the simplicity of His creation.  So, here we are doing a bit of our daily grind...sometimes with and sometimes without the kids.  On this particular evening, they helped with it all.

John Paul got stuck in the fence.
 We fed the chickens.






On our way to feed the cows in the pasture...


Checking the windmill.


How cool is it that they turned to look at me at the same time?!













Finally, loading hay for the next day.




And, there you have it!  The evening's work.

We are in a place both literally and figuratively that is sometimes a bit crazy and even juxtaposed. We live in a place surrounded by no noise minus the distant hum of a train or the cows bellowing for their babies, yet there is almost never a moment of silence inside.  We don't have many distractions in the form of stores or restaurants or even activities, yet I constantly feel distracted from one daily task to the next.  I yearn for a home and life that is peaceful, a place where our children can feel safe, yet in these young years, it can often feel a bit chaotic.  

Even with the daily frustrations and the constantly wanting to be more, I wouldn't want to be any other place.  In living or in life.  I don't always give the best example of being joyful in the day-to-day.  I'm often a bit too wrapped around the axel to do so.  But, I was reminded this week that I'm exactly where I need to be...on a ranch, in a home with six little ones who need my attention almost every minute...in being a mom.  It won't be peaceful on the outside often.  But, in the inside, yes. Because of the choice to make it so.