New addition for a New School Year

We welcome little Zelie Therese on October 16th. She was 8lbs 6ozs and 19 3/4 inches. She certainly made a place in the family with her robust cries. Max seems to be mesmerized with her presence and signs baby when she cries and greets her every day with a kiss. He likes to see that she has toes just like him, she has ears, just like him, and his favorite, she has a nose, just like him!

Opie and Max here at our back to school picture time. Opie desperately needs a new blog name. I am thinking of changing it now that he’s a Freshman in Highschool. He has continued to thrive with the Maryland Conservatory of Music and has worked diligently on Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin all summer. He has also decided to join the Ice Hockey team and has been practicing his skills weekly. Max is adorable and I love to see him communicate with us. He signs about 40 words and is in love with the ABCs and Numbers! At any given moment, he busts out singing his version of the ABCs and chanting two, nine, zero, two…etc…
MM entered the third grade this year. She’s been enjoying soccer and just can’t wait for each Saturday game to come along. She is a ball of energy every day!
Bluebelle entered the fifth grade and has been enjoying all of her subjects. She is the first one awake and half the time tells me she’s half way finished with school before I’ve even had coffee.

Moonbeam is now in the 7th grade. She worked with the Home School group over the summer taking several parts in the Romeo and Juliet play they filmed. We look forward to the viewing of the movie in the Winter once it is edited. She also decided one day to climb up a tree 7 feet and then fall down… sort of like Pooh Bear, hitting every branch on her way down and breaking her collarbone. She has been healing for weeks now and is ready for a thumbs up from her Doctor next week.
Cookie, who also needs a new blog name, is now a Senior! She’s added many new things to her school year. She has taken on her first job and is saving money towards college. We’ve been very proud of her ambition to not spend any of it. She is also dual enrolled with the local community college picking up a few credits towards college while completing her High School credits.

To add to the fun, some of the kids went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. Our house is full of pumpkins.



Leaves and ships

Today as we look outside with the windows open, we see a trail of leaves continuously falling… We promptly decided to do a few fall leaf rubbings.. I think we’ll mail some to daddy over in Afghanistan where the fall colors just might give him a glimpse from home.

We discussed Columbus Day and the girls decided to create the three ships out of brownies. Of Course, the Santa Maria was the largest, so they enjoyed nibbling on the extra pieces we cut away. They drew and cut out their sails and made sure to add the pearls and red robes to their ships as gifts for the natives. They enjoyed this and I pretty much let them go for it after our story. I had my idea of what it would look like, and they had theirs… I think it’s great when the kids can take pride in the creations we do. They even added blue waves to the tin foil.

Multiple choice

Can you match the Snowbaby to the correct Character?

1. Davy Crockett
2. Raggedy Ann
3. Fairy Princess
4. Annie Oakley
5. Raggedy Ann Doll
Here is a post from last year…
Being a home schooled family.. I’ve been questioned from time to time if the kids get enough “social time”…. here are the children ( and few moms) from 8 homeschool families. I don’t think we need to worry about them socially…

M&M enjoyed walking door to door holding her big sister’s hand ( most of the time..)DSC_0382DSC_0383
As the sun was setting though, M&M wanted to hold the Fireman’s hand…. 4 times…DSC_0389
As the fireman recognized.. “this is the forth time she’s held my hand!” I commented back with, ” wow M&M, your other friend is going to be jealous…” She turned at me with a look and said sternly, “No, He’s going to be Woody!”
Giving one answer away…. here is Davy Crockett with his sidekick.. John Russell….

Field trip

I finally said yes to participating with a group. I can’t stay in my house forever… five others want to get out and be with friends. We went to Mass Friday morning and then traveled about and Hour and a half to get to a local berry farm. In the fall, the farm does hayrides, corn maze fun, pumpkin picking and more. We went, trudging through thick mud at times, thinking it would be a nice fall brisk day, but by the end, my car said it was 90 degrees. After the farm, we dropped by a local diner that sells homemade pies. While we couldn’t stay for a slice (soccer practice), so we chose a Chocolate cream pie to take home for dessert night. Here are a few pics…DSC_0322DSC_0329DSC_0334DSC_0345DSC_0344….
… and for any of you who know KC at the Cabbage Patch, here she is in front of the camera. and back to back with me on the hayride… please pray for her family as they face an upcoming deployment soon.

A couple of things

that we’ve been up to..

Cookie celebrated the Feast of St Therese with a tea party and finger foods using her Tea and Cake with the Saints book. We used my great grandmother’s Rose China for the occasion.DSC_0283

Soccer Soccer Soccer.. for our Opie who hasn’t played since he was 4. He is on a team that has had years of returning soccer players… this year the team is full of new soccer players.. The team is having to learn positions and skills from scratch with a coach who has had years of winning streaksDSC_0300

We are really hoping for cooler “Fall” weather.. ( I think today it is going to be in the 90s….) So we made Fall leaf mosaics using dried beans, kernels, and noodles. Somehow looking at them make the house feel cooler…DSC_0313DSC_0310DSC_0315

Fall is finally in the air!

The children were all so happy to get outside and play and jump and explore in the backyard in between Owl making crafts…

I fell in love with these adorable pom pom owls and had to try them. I think our little guy will sit cute on our Fall table. All of the children thought the brown bag owls would be fun. I had already picked up feathers with this craft in mind. M&M had a ball just asking for “more glue!!” ” More glue!!”

Fall is in the air.. and on our walls…

Finally, it is cooling off in where we live … I just can’t get into the baking mood or the orange and brown artwork until it is cooler. We worked on our patchwork pumpkins, finger painting pumpkins on paper plates, and yellow felt accented scarecrows. Our baby tree in the front yard is a pleasant reminder that the world and all that exists is on God’s Canvas. ( picture coming.. charging the camera battery!)

Ahhh the smell of fall in a kitchen

My mom sent “Cookie” the new household baker a yummy recipe we thought we’d try out for dessert night. Ahhhh, the smell of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and more was heavenly…

Pumpkin Cookies

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ t. baking soda

2 t. baking powder

½ t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

½ t. nutmeg

¼ t. ginger

¼ t. allspice

1 stick butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 can pumpkin

1 t. vanilla

1 cup golden raisins

1 /2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


2 T. butter, softened

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

pinch of salt

2 T. lemon juice

1 T. milk

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients (first 8 listed); set aside.
  • With electric mixer, beat butter until creamy; add both sugars and mix well.
  • Add pumpkin and mix well (it’s okay if mixture looks curdled).
  • Add the vanilla; mix well.
  • At low speed, gradually add dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix again.
  • Add raisins and nuts—stir in with a spoon.
  • Use a rounded tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Place 1 to 1 ½ inches apart on greased cookie sheets. These cookies don’t run together or change shape during baking.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes.
  • Prepare the glaze while the cookies are baking. Spoon over the cookies when the cookies are still hot. Transfer to cooling racks. Store in unsealed containers up to 3 days.

Makes 48 cookies