Friday, April 28, 2017


If you can't tell, I'm catching up on some things we did the last few weeks!  The last week of Lent we made pretzels, and I always question why we don't make them more often.  They are so tasty and really pretty easy to make.  Plus, the kids love to help with these!

We've always used Alton Brown's recipe, and I wouldn't change a thing.

I'm hoping he was just smelling this instead of licking it.

We don't do a whole lot of liturgical based activities always, but when we do, I just love it!  I love when there is meaning behind something.  So, the pretzels during Lent are just perfect.   

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Real Men Wear Aprons

One morning we needed a change of pace, so we all put on an apron.

The cookie of choice?  


We rolled a bit.

Then, as the cookies baked, we got a group photo!

Nothing better than a little icing in a can, right?

And, for good measure, we sprinkled them with a little taste of home.  Cow sprinkles.
There you have the most not-from-scratch cookies on the planet, and boy did they hit the spot!

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.