How fun! Thank God for our neighbor who reminded me that our local Publix shopping center was hosting Santa on Saturday afternoon. I had planned to go and then didn’t get it put on the calendar. I’m so grateful that she’s always looking out for us! We had a great afternoon and even better that it was just down the street. That seems to be so rare here in Atlanta. We were delighted that friends could join us and at such the last minute too. It was a great opportunity and the new pizza joint in the same shopping center is fantastic. I think Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust Pizza will likely be frequented often.
There was a horse-drawn carriage ride that Clare especially loved.
There were wish lists to be conveyed and Santa hugs to be shared.
Michael is still undecided on his wish. I’m thinking he needs to be deciding on his one thing he wants to ask dear ole St. Nick.
Santa is just great. He knows that a present is a great way to get a hesitant toddler to come closer and then snuggle in for a little Santa lovin’. I’m not certain what’s on her wish list either.
Sweet baby girl and the fluffy, soft Santa man.
Santa, I’d like world peace and Nate wants a 1955 Silver Spyder.
There was a bit of trivia for young and old alike. This girl was the winner in the first 10+ year old question. She won with the answer to “What color are Mistletoe berries?” Do you know? Katie knew. When we asked her how on earth she knew so immediately the correct color of said berries, she responded by saying, “I watched Mickey Mouse this morning with Clare.” Well of course. There you have it. Do ya know? Do ya know? Do ya know? I didn’t and neither did Nate. Our daughter schooled both of us. The berries are WHITE.
Congratulations sweet girl. You earned 45 seconds in the money machine and came home with $28.00.
Daddy won $5 in the ticket raffle. Score.
Katie also scored a gift certificate to Subway. It’s her favorite restaurant. Could she be any more happy with this afternoon event?
This little girl got to color.
Isn’t her angel so cute? I love this picture of Clare.
Check out Michael’s snowman. This gal had some real talent and was so super fast! Adorable!
My little artist.
Given that it’s been raining for what seems like the entire month, we felt obliged to take advantage of a few hours of clear skies and slightly warmer temperatures to partake in our annual Atlantic Station snowfall. It’s fun even if the kids are getting old enough to realize that it is just some sort of bubble mixture that melts once it hits something warm. We all love this silly southern snowfall and the gigantic Christmas tree.
Katie’s hairdo was compliments of the afternoon event.
I love this picture of my two favorite boys.
Happy Advent y’all. Christmas is almost here. We’re taking our coughing kids home. It’s bedtime!
Advent has started and our home is starting to come alive with Christmas decorations. That means Christmas gifts and planning is in full swing.
Even though our kids are homeschooled, we tend to have a need for lots of gifts this season. There are PSR teachers and archery coaches and AHG leaders and neighbors and friends who we think of in a special way this time of year. Needless to say, those gifts add up when it comes to our budget. What to do?
This year, I have my eyes set on this project.
How did I do it? Warm the sculpey clay in your hands, roll it nice and smooth and cut with this circle cutter. I really like this size for this project.
Next, you’ll want to choose your design. If you plan to incorporate words, be sure to spell them backwards so they stamp correctly on the clay.
I love the Rycraft stamps also. Aren’t they lovely?
I think the ornaments have such a different flair with the embossed images.
Lastly, you’ll pop it in a 175F oven for 10-15 minutes. Let cool and then string with beads. Each ornament comes with three color coordinated and different sized beads, silver spaces, and a silver ribbon. I love gifts that are one-of-a-kind. This project sure fits the bill.
A little homemade ornament scented with the perfect holiday essential oil blend. Holiday JOY smells so wonderful and the perfect addition to this terra cotta clay. The oil soaks in so nicely and gives it that unexpected little touch. Once the smell fades, you can give it another drop of any oil.
So…this year on December 11, 2013 I’ll have everything ready for a little night of crafting. You are invited to come from 7-10 p.m. and make your own ornament. Will you craft for yourself or to give as gifts?
Each ornament costs just $2 and comes in a plastic bag perfect for gift giving. I plan to attach a little sticker and a gift tag.
RSVP in the comments section with your name and how many ornaments you’d like me to reserve for you. I have supplies for 30 or so at the moment. First come, first serve. If you haven’t paid for your ornaments by 8:00 that night, they are up for grabs to anyone in attendance.
Bring yourself, cash, an appetizer to share, and a pair of needle nose pliers if you have them. You’ll find it helpful for bending the wire. We’ll enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun. I can’t wait to see you!
I’m happy you have found this invitation page. I can’t wait to host this Zentangle drawing class. I’ve been so fascinated by this new-to-me Zentangle craze. I’ve been stalking Pinterest for ideas. You can see my board of ideas HERE.
Zentangle drawing offers so many benefits and is achievable by anyone with the patience to draw simple lines in creative patterns. You can read all about it HERE. It’s really very awesome.
In an attempt to share my new-found love for this doodling style, I’m hosting a drawing class for child and/or adult. Here’s what we’ll be drawing. (The patterns will change, but you get the concept.)
I also encourage you to consider this class as a means for your child to gift this Christmas two of their own creations. You are invited to bring a 5×7″ frame and a gift bag with tissue paper if you’d like us to help him/her wrap it up ready for placing under the tree.
Please bring with you a black pen or two. (If you forget, you’ll use a pencil instead.) I highly recommend a permanent pen/marker that won’t smear on our glossy paper. I have found the Nano-Liner to be a great option and economically priced also. Hobby Lobby has them for $1.99 each in their art supplies section. Be sure to use your coupon for an even greater discount. These pens have a harder tip with constant ink flow. They are also dry almost on contact. I’d encourage a younger child to use a 02 size and older students who are presumably more adept at controlling a thicker pen could use a size 05. The 0.5mm size is my favorite.
Where: Post Road Library
When: December 9th ~ 1:00-3:00 p.m.
What: Zentangle Drawing Class
Bring: Black fine tip, permanent pen & wrapping supplies if you choose to gift your drawing, and $0.25 to cover printing costs
Who: Students 3rd grade or older & parents/grandparents
Due to the nature of these intricate patterns, this class requires a bit of patience to complete the design and in a uniform manner. This uniformity and precision is an important element in the Zentangle design style. I encourage the serious younger artist and all older students (even those who don’t think of themselves as artistic) to participate. Please invite your friends. Parents are also invited of course to draw along with us. However, given the intricacy of this drawing project, please no young children in the room.
I plan to start by guiding participants in completing this stocking which will be a collection of beginner designs and a general concept of Zentangle drawing.
The second drawing can either be a blank stocking (no name) or the angel if the artist is ready for something a little more intricate. There is so much potential with this particular design. Isn’t her outline pretty?!
I can’t wait to see your creativity shine and share this drawing style with you. Please post questions in the comments below and don’t forget to RSVP below also. Please include your name (I’ll have it typed on your stocking) and age or grade.
See you Monday the 9th!
As an aside. I am not a trained artist. Just someone who likes to draw, likes to teach, and likes to share things I love.
Oh my goodness…our boy is really SEVEN today! Say it isn’t so.
Yes. We have ice cream for breakfast. It’s a tradition friends passed along to us many, many years ago and it stuck. We all love it.
Anna wasn’t able to celebrate throughout the day so she gladly obliged the early breakfast and gifts. Michael was thrilled with the supplies and promise to teach him how to tie a survival bracelet. COOL sis!
Papa was able to skype from Wyoming over breakfast so more gifts were given. Thankfully Grana was able to be here in person (still job hunting so keep sending prayers and good vibes for something to come through quickly)! Michael was so excited to have Under Armour in that Nintendo gift bag! This boy loves his hoodies and his compression shirts and is more particular about his clothes than our girls. This was an awesome surprise.
Thankfully Daddy has always been able to take a vacation day for each of our birthdays. Today, we celebrated Michael and his birthday at the World of Coke.
Everyone had been, but me. It was really very cool!
I love the Polar Bear marketing. It doesn’t quite beat the love of the Chick-fil-a cow, but the polar bear seriously makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
This little girl is such a trooper…teething and all.
She thought she needed some soda too! I must admit that I wish we had a soda fountain shop nearby. FUN! (Don’t mind the 2-year-old in the background about to get in trouble for climbing on the counter.)
We were told that the photo of Mr. Pemberton in the background of this picture, is the only photograph known to exist of him. The statue was likened after that photo. He was only 55 when he died. He sold the company two years after creating the recipe and died within months of selling the company. He never knew the legacy that has become Coca-Cola.
Of course the tasting room is a huge highlight of the museum.
Everyone of course has their favorites. Nate and I still love our American colas, Mr. Pibb and Cherry Vanilla Pibb to be exact. Katie loves the Blue Fanta. It was interesting to me to realize that I loved ALL the African sodas but none from Latin America.
Nate & Michael were smitten by the lemon pucker from England.
The little stinker pants thought he was going to be funny and get everyone to try the Beverely soda…by the way it’s no longer on the market. Oh. My. Goodness. AWFUL just really isn’t a strong enough description. Nate & I both had to wash our mouths. Thankfully, American Sprite was nearby as a palatte cleanser. I knew to have a glass ready to hand to him quickly. YUCK!!
Okay, so I will fully admit I had this great vision of an Atlanta iconic themed Christmas card. Waiting until the afternoon to ask the kids to cooperate was quick reason to change my thoughts on that little photographic Christmas greeting. However, I still love this picture in many ways!
A late lunch at Golden Corral (birthday boy’s choice) means a fair share of sugar is inhaled. No birthday cake or ice cream tonight! Michael was very gracious to continue delivering sweets to the table. His sister didn’t object to eating the frosting off the top of the cupcake. She’s not much for cake, none of us are really.
Thank God for Pinterest and an early morning find. Grana & Anna were able to construct this banner while we were downtown. He has a small sleepover planned for Saturday night with his buddy. Minecraft will be the theme for sure!
It’s hard to believe our little man is SEVEN already. I love you buddy.
Oh my goodness! Michael is so in love with Minecraft. We resisted the begging for many, many months before finally giving in and loading it onto their tablets. Then they begged if they could use their allowance to purchase the computer version. With that then came the opportunity to participate in the Minecraft Homeschool classes and an entirely new world has just opened up for him. I love that Katie is interested in it also, but she has so many interests in this life that we don’t equate Minecraft as an obsession for her. For Michael, he dreams about it even.
I love that he’s constantly researching and thinking of new ways to make something work or incorporate a story into his latest world. I love that when they meet someone who also loves Minecraft, they start sharing ideas. I love that their neighborhood friend comes over almost daily just to spend a quick moment looking at any updates and sharing any new tips he’s acquired in the last few hours. I love that there’s the potential for some unbelievable programming and developing should he stick with this crazy little game of blocks and colors and animation. The scales were tipped when I started seeing blog posts on homeschool boards and gifted education sites regarding the potential of this game. Here we go.
Admittedly, I am stil a bit ignorant of the whole thing, and the game itself sort of makes me motion sick. I’ve successfully left the majority of the minecraft discussions between Nate and him. However, given that Michael is with me all day, I often hear (in the middle of his school lessons) an idea he’s been concocting while I’ve been trying to convey something of great academic importance. I just keep reminding myself to channel this interest as it’s a profound interest for sure.
On a normal school day, the kids are counting down the minutes until 4:00 when electronic time begins. Today, they decided to delay their screen time for the opportunity to watch a movie as a family after dinner. Instead, there was some minecraft crafting to be done
In fact, it was so appealing, they spent several hours straight building their creations (thanks to Pinterest) and very inexpensive plastic beads. Aren’t they cool?
Here are Katie’s creations.
She has worked all afternoon AND evening on this one and still isn’t finished. Very, very impressive though. She has visions of maybe even linking the boards together and creating a larger picture. Cool!
Michael had definite ideas as to what he wanted to create today. He’s saving his most favorite designs for his birthday party on Saturday. He wants to make the diamond pick ax with his buddy.
Here is his lava bucket.
The skeleton head is his favorite.
Every minecraft “play” has to utilize the value of gold, right?!
Here’s the one I’m working on but can’t finish until we acquire a few more of the pink beads. HA.
Meanwhile, how do you allow the big kids to keep working when screen time is over for the 2 year old and the baby wants to be underfoot AND there’s dinner to be made? You bring the kids outside with you. However, Clare was hungry and Elizabeth just wants to eat EVERYTHING she can pick up. I had to quickly consider plan B! Hhhmmm. Enter the stroller.
It’s never a dull moment here. I love peaceful afternoons though and am so thankful for the simplicity of today. There are so many more ideas on Pinterest for their love of this game. Check out some of our favorites HERE.
Do you allow your kids to play? Do you play? Why? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
Happy Halloween!! I love this holiday perfect for picture taking!
Welcome to our home and celebrations!
I think the pictures speak for themselves so I’m going to keep them captionless. You’ll just have to ask in the comments for further explanation should you want me to ramble further. Night all!!!
Just a little gathering to celebrate this ever so wonderful night of candy collecting.
Trick or Treat!
Oh yea! What a haul from our three trick-or-treaters.
This year we opted to participate in the Georgia Cyber Academy instructional field trip instead of going to our normal stomping grounds at Burt’s Pumpkin Patch. Will I regret it and still go up north, we’ll see?? For now, I have a few “patch” pictures and great memories of our day.
A hayride took us around the farm and dropped us off at the patch.
The babies were content to hang out in the first patch so I was able to play and photograph them. However, that meant I wasn’t with the older kids in the second patch. Therefore, no pictures of them. Oh well I guess. Maybe, we will have to go up north after-all. At least that drive I could do by myself. We’ve been there numerous times for sure!
Thank you Aunt Sherry for Elizabeth’s new shirt. It is so dang cute!
Michael brought me his pumpkin, set it down to look for his mini pumpkin in the first field and promptly forgot this one in the patch. Oh well. At $0.89 a pound, I’m content to find him a carving pumpkin elsewhere.
“Look Mom-Mom. I dancing. Pin-cess.” Yes. She did indeed dance out of the patch like a princess!
Katie and her friend Joseph, were able to test their pumpkins for several things including its size, mass, buoyancy, and weight. The GCA teachers led this activity. I’m thrilled with their emphasis on this year’s outings having “teaching” moments to them. LOVE IT!
A little apple cider after coming in from the patch.
It was such a delightful surprise to realize long-ago friends had come on this field trip also. In fact, Ms. Maria was so sweet to offer to hold Elizabeth so I could fill out some papers only to realize that we actually knew each other. I’ve known her for 14 years. It’s been a number of years since I’ve gotten the chance to interact with her boys, but it’s fantastic when our paths happen to cross via schooling, church, or PSR. Today, the kids were instant friends. I do sincerely hope we can get them together more in the future!