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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Funny Isabelle

Isabelle just makes me laugh all the time.  
Sometimes I walk into the kitchen and this is what I see hanging from the pull-up bar:

She just hangs there for a while. She practically lives on this bar.  She constantly climbs up and down the entryway.  Now that her legs are long enough, she does it other places in the house as well.  There is a child up some wall in our house at all times.

Isabelle watched a show the other day and when I went into the living room to check on her, this is what I found:

Dancing with Daddy

David makes a habit out of dancing with his girls.  He particularly has a music frame in his office that plays Louis Armstrong's "What a wonderful world".  The girls from early on were invited to dance with him to this tune when they visited dad in the office.  They very much look forward to this, no matter how old they are (Hannah, Isabelle and Abby).  It is very special to them.
This particular day Isabelle was cooking in the kitchen with me and we listened to Christmas music as dad came in the kitchen and started dancing with my little ballerina.  As you can see on her face, she loved it.

Spinning, the best!

This just utterly warmed my heart to watch.  :-)

The Gingerbread House 2015

A much anticipated tradition in our house is the Gingerbread house.  While they love the decorating, they most certainly love the candy.    Either way, it is a beloved thing to do.  I've never even attempted to bake our own gingerbread house, we just end up buying them.

Nathan started by setting up the house.  We got ours at Costco this year and it was a nice set. 
Isabelly is very fascinated by all her older siblings do.

Abby, my little monkey, loves to sit on the table while she works.  Isabelle followed her lead.  The cookies on the table are from Germany and were for immediate consumption.    

By now the German licorice had made it into a bow as well (see by Isabelle's feet).  Surprisingly the kids at all of them (almost).
Nathan had worked to make icing icicles.  Abby was much impressed by this.

Yes, he needs a haircut very badly.  Or should I say a shear?  His hair is thick like wool. 

Isabelle, all dressed to the nines again.  Her face was wounded by our excited dog, as he jumped in the car's back seat, where Isabelle was already sitting.  She was really upset about that.

Abby singing to herself during our decorating session.

The finished house.  This is Nathan's side.  Admire the icicles!

Abby's side.  Lovingly decorated windows and a nest of jelly beans (a winter garden).  And as was fitting for Abby, lots of hearts.

Isabelly's side.  She did not discriminate against any candies at this point.  They all went up on the house.

But they had even more fun munching on the house a few days later...  :-)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

As has been the case lately, we stink at taking pictures on holidays....  Here was a short period where we took a few pictures:
Fancy hair for the special day.  Isabelly still loves Elsa and wanted to have an Elsa braid.  That challenged my hair making skills to the limit but we got it done.  Unfortunately, her fine, straight hair will last about 2 hours and then fall completely apart....

Have I mentioned how much I love Hanna Andersson?  I was so fortunate to find 3 of my favorite dresses at our local second hand store.  They were in excellent condition (until Isabelle put a big fat black dry-erase marker spot on hers).  If you know how to get that out, please let me know!  The girls love these dresses because they twirl so pretty.  And they make them looks ever so much more adorable.  Isabelle has been wanting to dress up pretty just about every day.  She puts on dresses, lets me do her hair and is dancing and posing all day.

Wish we had the time and money to put her in ballet.  Just look at the pose!

My tired Elizabethan beauty.  

Abby's pretty purple dress.  It was fitting as we had just learned about purple dye that the Phonecians made - out of snails.  And it stunk quite a bit.  Yuk.  The dye.  Not the dress.  The dress is gorgeous on Abby.  She just looks really good in bold colors.

Abby actually let me do her hair on this day.  Pigtails was her style of choice.  And of course, always the bear in her hand.  

The table setting for breakfast.  In the background you can see some of the awesome pictures that Abby drew in her homeschool co-op doodles class.  She had the most fun teacher ever.  I would have loved to have taken that class.

Stealing Hannah's hair band, because, let's face it, it matches her dress better than Hannah's.

Lovely little Abby.

Breakfast.  Cranberry bread that Grandma made.

The boy.  Ever the helper these days.  He takes care of all the garbage.  I love that!  He is really a great helper and great company.

The beloved kids table.  My mom bought this when she was here last and it has worked out so great during holiday gatherings.  The kids made their own tea party with a few borrowed snacks.  

Hannah and the baby dolls.  They are beloved.  She usually carries two at the same time.  Maybe practicing for the twins she'll have?  

Dick and Jennifer were here for Thanksgiving as well.  We love it when they come over, they are part of the family.  Jennifer had just gotten back from her trip to Hawaii.  This time she did not get robbed.  Last time someone broke in her car and took all her things, passport, tickets, money, everything.  Thankfully she made it home.
Grandma sitting next to Jennifer.

We had another great Thanksgiving this year.  It is always so very nice to get together with family.  And the kids just love these holidays now. They do love seeing their aunt and uncles but more so than anything, they love their little cousins and can't wait to see them.  So much so that it sometimes causes as lot of fighting as to who gets them.  Like they are toys.  Last time it worked out nicely though and I think they are starting to figure it out.

Oh That Hanny! Part III

The saga continues.....
Here is what I found the other day:

Hannah, all dressed up as Tinkerbell, Using the netting on the playpen to climb up.  Climb up to what you may ask?  See those stains on her fingers?  Yep!  That's chocolate.  She  was hanging, holding herself up by the drawer and the playpen netting, and enjoying candy.  Who knows how much she'd consumed by then...  Look at those stuffed cheeks!  She can't even chew easily.  That girl!

Fall Endings

The last days of fall were beautiful, warm and sunny days out here.  That was pretty unusual so late in the season (well into November).  Because of that, we are still not quite mentally ready for Christmas right now (it is still not the cold, rainy and dreary weather that we usually have this time of year).    However, the kids are embracing Christmas being in 4 days (although they still look at me in disbelief).  Much is different this year, especially with homeschooling.  So things are a bit different, I guess, even for them.

Two book worms together.  Hannah, just like Abigail, LOVES books.  She'll run around all day carrying books and stopping any and everybody.  When they sit down with her and ready, she's the happiest of babies.  :-)  Particularly when she can steal moments with her dad, who can't seem to say no to such a sweet request.  Her favorite book?  "The Little Drummer Boy" by Ezra Jack Keats, probably because we sing it.  Another one both her and Isabelle love is a Hallmark book of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" that Dad, myself, Nathan and Abby recorded for Isabelle last year.

Days spent outside.  See the frost on the ground and at the same time there was this gorgeous sun.  A few days later there was a tornado that went through the town north of us!  Crazy.  
Abby is so very good about playing with little Hannah.  While her and Isabelle are having issues of sharing (Isabelle is no longer blindly following Abby but has become quite strong-willed on her own).  And Hannah just enjoys them playing with her.
Sweet days of fall...

Going To The Mailbox

Since the weather has been so nice, Hannah and myself walked to the mailbox.  She got all dressed up in her jacket and knitted hat (Love this pattern: "Mock Cable Hat" on  I started to knit it for her before I ever knew she was a girl.  Before knowing she was a girl, I had this hunch she would be a boy.  So much so that the knitted baby clothes were all  in blue.  Turned out she was a girl, but one with the brightest blue eyes, so all the blue hats still look fantastic on her.  :-)

All ready to go and excitedly marching to the front door.  Love those black boots on her and the little frilly skirt.  It's one of those outfits that you put on your child even though they are two sizes bigger by now. 

Hanny in wonder of the outside.

Our mailbox is right in front of this beautiful Japanese maple.  The vivid red it is in the fall is just breathtaking, especially against the complementary green grass.  Hanny sat there and played for a while.

Don't you just love how babies and children see the world so different.  We just walk to the mailbox  but to her, it was a trip full of wonder.  She sat under that tree for the longest time, just absorbing it all.  She didn't even touch for a while and just looked, listened and smelled.  Kids are just the best!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Oh That Hanny! Part II

Hannah is just getting into all sorts of trouble these days.  Mostly because she is too smart for her own good!!!
Let's look at the evidence:

Exhibit 1:
One day I peeked out from the kitchen and saw little legs dangling from a storage table.  When I turned around the corner, I saw this:

Just look at the cuteness!  She had pushed her riding ladybug in front of the playpen, used the playpen to climb unto the table and seated herself happily on the storage desk.  She was quite delighted when I found her there and wiggling her little chubby legs and tiny toes.  Goodness!  I want to smooch her....(she's in bed right now, lucky for her!)  Just look at that smile and look of pride on her face.

 Exhibit 2:
While cooking in the kitchen, the following was observed:

Mind you, this is nothing unusual.  Hannah empties my mom's spice packs once a day.  Grrrrrrr.  However, on this particular day, she wanted to get in there.  So she emptied the whole thing.

Planning, measuring, weighing...  Nope, top part of this cabinet will not do.
Look at those cheeks!

Oh!  But the bottom part is perfect!  I can climb in there and have a place to sit in.  This is awesome!  
And just look at all that cuteness.  Baby butt, tiny chubby toes, squishy legs, pink all over.  This is the whole reason God makes them so irresistible.  Otherwise they may have to look for new lodgings after creating all their messes every day.

Nathan just walked by, saw the post and got such a kick out of this picture.  :-)  He adores that little tiny redhead.  As her doctor once said (with irony): "It's such a sad thing that no one loves her."

Fun with Clay

Abby found her love for polymer clay a few months back.  Alas, polymer clay is not cheap!  So our supply is limited, especially for a girl who can go through a pound in a day.  Thankfully her birthday provided her with a nice supply by Oma.  The set you see is a Klutz set that comes with a bracelet, instructions, colored clay, glaze and hangers for the finished charms.  Abby loved it and went to town.  She literally made all these and many more in just two days!  Thank you, Oma!
P.S.: The pictures are terrible as my only lense wouldn't focus.  But at least there is a record of these for Abby....

A little penguin.

Rainbow with clouds

The cutest flying pig ever.

Chocolate chip cookie.

Hot dog with condiments.

A lizard.

Ice cream bar (blue and white), various ice cream cones, a lollipop, another hot dog, a cookie with sprinkles, not sure what the two on the right side were.

Abby always amazes me.  She learns so quickly and really comes up with some amazing things when she puts her mind to it.  These are just the first half of her charms.  When this girls focuses on something, she is really intense about it.  She will do it for a long time and really learn it.  I can't wait to see how God will use this tenacity in her life later on.  It is a strong character trait for her, so I know it will be used by him!