Halloween 2012- Part I

We started our morning with spooky pancakes...

Ella chose purple and black tombstones.

Liam chose black and white cats.

For lunch they had sandwiches cut in a pumpkin and ghost shape.

Nothing fancy for super... just lots of TREATS afterwards!
It's amazing how adding a little bling to pancakes, or shaping a sandwich can make them so fun and yummy.
Ella and Liam were both stoked about eating today.


WIWW: Simple and Neutral

Ella wanted me to take a picture of she and Liam for my WIWW blog post, so here they are.  I'd say they're looking cuter than me- for sure!
I decided to go simple, comfy, and neutral today.  I am full-on nursing, so whatever I'm wearing has to be easy to maneuver whenever I need to feed Guinnyth.

Pink Top & Scarf: American Eagle
Jeans: Maurices, Silvers
Shoes: I have no idea where they are from.  I've had them for over ten years.
Watch: Charming Charlies

I love this outfit.  It is trendy, forgiving on my post-baby figure, and comfy.  
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Chicken Waldorf Salad

This recipe was adapted from a recipe found in my Taste of Home recipe book.
Mark doesn't even like chicken salad, but he chowed down on this one.  It has a very mild, satisfying taste and all of us, with the exception of Liam, really liked it.


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled from the bone
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 4 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • *I added quartered grapes as well


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, celery and cranberries. Pour dressing over mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Just before serving, stir in apple and walnuts. Serve on lettuce leaves.


Homeschool {Octonaut Style}

Does anyone know what the Octonauts are?  I mean seriously... I think Ella is the only kiddo obsessed with all the Octo-characters.  She is even going to be Tweak for Halloween- there will be a lot of confused people because no one will know who she is.  Oh well... that's what she wanted to be.

I thought we'd take a little break from our Abeka curriculum and do something fun this week.  I found an Octonaut pack from 1plus1plus1equals1 blog.  We've been hitting the books pretty hard and I thought a break would be a nice change.

I made and laminated some sheets so we could work on her teens, twenties, thirties, and forties (okay, so that wasn't Octonaut related).  We reviewed her numbers and then I would say a number and have her circle  it.  She thought this was fun since she got to work with dry erase markers.  I guess it's the little things...

We worked on fractions with the Octonauts.

We got more familiar with money with the Octonauts. 

We also worked with letters, did some addition, read an Octonaut book, and practiced phonics.

It was a fun, but busy week.  We packed it full of Octo-work and next week will be back to our regular ol' schedule.  



I'm dumping all my Instagram pics and wanted to share a few with you...
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MONSTER COOKIES... totally delectable and easy!  My new fave cookie, for sure!

 Sibling play time... always love watching them play together.

 Watching the rise and fall of a baby's belly never grows old...

Loving the Instagram, too!
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Homeschool {Jellybeans}

We seem to be progressing through pre-K fairly well so far.  Ella is sounding out words like a champ and has a good attitude, for the most part.  I do know that come Thanksgiving... we will all need a break.  

Here she had to sound out the words and draw the picture in the box.  I was so proud of her artistic capabilities.   Again, we are using ABeka curriculum this year.

Last year, I made this "Egg-cellent" counting carton and we still use it this year.  For some reason just being able to drop a ball in the carton makes her happy... especially since the ball is pink. 

Graphing... taken from Confessions of a Homeschooler- love her!

Liam worked on his colors for schoolwork today.  He "colored" with his dot markers while I got Ella started on some of her more difficult phonics.

These jellybean cutouts are from Confessions as well.

His favorite part was matching the jellybeans to the correct dot color and then devouring the jellybeans. 

We have a field trip scheduled for the Fire station and Fire Station Museum.
We are all super excited to go and check them out!
Then next week I will fill you in on our Octonaut Pack that we just finished for school.
fun, fun!!


Button "G"

I had been seeing "button" letters on Pinterest for several months and knew I wanted to include a "G" on Guinnyth's nursery wall somewhere. 

My mom and I had lots of buttons already on hand, so I chose the ones that I wanted to use on the "G".

I traced a G on some heavy cardboard, but you could use a thick card stock if you had that on hand.
I cut it out and began gluing the buttons on with craft glue.

When I was finished I glued the G onto the glass in the frame.  I like the reflection the glass gives, so I just glued the G right on the frame as is.

I absolutely LOVE the pop of color and texture the G adds to the wall collage.  It's coming together!!!


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Pumpkin Patch

I assume everyone goes to the pumpkin patch with their kids.  We do it every year and the kids always look forward to going.  I have to admit, I even look forward to going and taking in all the fall loveliness. 

At this stage... it's hard to get a pic of Guinnyth outside of her car seat.  
When she's sleeping, we don't wake her- even for a photo op.

Llama, Llama, red pajama  
The kids love that book, but thought this llama needed some serious bathing action.

We came away with two pie sized pumpkins for the kids to paint and a large pumpkin for Mark to carve later this month.  Oh, and some apple cider... can't forget the apple cider.

Happy Pumpkin Patching...

New Job- New Beginning

Well, here I am reporting about a big change in our life.
I drink my morning coffee in this awesome New York Life mug.  

I love this mug because it is the perfect size and holds just the right amount of coffee.
It is also black and doesn't show coffee stains.

Mark worked for New York Life for a few years and has now decided to move on.
It has been a wonderful blessing for us, but the time to leave it has come.
Mark is a very organized and structured person.  The fact that he couldn't pencil in how much each month would bring in drove him nuts.  He would have a great month and be on cloud 9, and then the next month wouldn't be so good and he would be a nervous wreck.  When a hubby has a stay-at-home wife and is the sole income provider, it changes how easily a family can handle financial volatility.  

He was asked to return to the bank he worked at prior to New York Life.  They have been after him for awhile, but the timing was never right for us.  We felt like now it was and so when they came to him again with an offer... we took it.  Who knows what the future holds for us.  

We are not the type of people to bounce around from place to place- or, so we thought.  God is molding us into what he wants us to be.  We are trying to fall into his hand and let him work us.

So, for now... my husband is a banker- again.  Things seem to change every 3-4 years, so who knows where we'll be in 2016. 


Guinnyth- 2 months

I don't have very many pictures of Guinnyth and me, much less any good ones.  
Ella was my photographer on the two below.

I can't believe how much my little one has grown.  She already weighs 11 lbs 12 oz and is growing like crazy.  That is quite a weight gain considering she started out at 6 lbs. 14 oz.  

She loves her sister and brother.  She smiles at them the most.  Ella will talk to her and she will literally just smile at her the whole time.  I never experienced that with Ella and Liam.  Ella was too young to care much, but this time is different.  I hope they grow to love each other... even when Guinnyth smothers Ella and irritates her.

Guinnyth has been difficult to photograph.  When I think I have a good shot, she turns and the picture is blurry.  She really is a doll... the pictures don't do her justice. 

I know the time will continue to speed by.  Mark now has a new job.  Homeschool for Ella is in full force.  Liam is as active as ever.  And, Guinnyth continues to wrap me around her precious finger.  

It's a good life I have here...