Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mother/Daughter Keepers Camp Out

So, camping has never been my "thing," but my "things" have changed quite a bit since having children! I think these little people are really broadening my horizons :) My kids love to camp and have each (except for Daphne) been a couple of times with Jason. But this time, Meredith's Keepers of the Faith group at church scheduled a mother/daughter camp out, so it was my turn to go.

I had never set up a tent.
I had never cooked over a fire.
I definitely read an article about what type of makeup one can/should wear while camping.

Now, Meredith and I are pros ;) Or at least, we can say we've done those things once!

Yay, we put up the tent!

Learning to build a fire:

We had burritos and baby carrots for dinner:

Keepers moms down by the lake near sunset:

The night was very cold - the temp got down to 40 degrees, and Meredith and I did not pack enough blankets, so we had to snuggle up during the night to stay warm!

The girls toasted waffles over the fire in the morning for breakfast, and we had those with hard boiled eggs and apples:

 Beautiful morning sunrise!

Meredith and I after Saturday morning devotions:

We had a great time. I could definitely see myself doing that again :)

CC and Homeschool Days

Lots of fun things happened this semester at CC and in our homeschool!

We represented the Wolfpack, the Tar Heels, the Blackhawks, and the Bears for sports team day at CC:

Meredith finished Level 2 of All About Reading:

We had a board game day at CC:

We presented about the famous people we are related to, and made it a clue/guessing game for our CC community:

The kids made New York skylines when we studied Sept 11:

We had a nice turnout for a CC park day:

It was a semester packed with learning and fun!

Friday, March 23, 2018

NCSU Farm Animal Days

Petting chicks, seeing animals, eating ice cream - for free; and running into friends; what could be better for a field trip?

CC *Little* Girls + Dolls

Paige had to have her CC friends over for a play date too, and of course, it needed to be the same as Meredith's - a doll tea party! :)

We were missing 2 of Paige's classmates, but 3 girls were able to come. Daphne was very excited to see them also! Paige's sweet teacher took Russell and Meredith to play with some other friends so that Paige could have time with her classmates (and Daphne...although she was supposed to be napping...)! It was a sweet afternoon!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CC Girls + Dolls Day

I've decided to let each of my older kids have a play date with just their CC friends from their class, without their siblings involved. Today, the girls from Meredith's class came over after CC for a girls and dolls play date. (Paw Paw took Paige and Russell to his house for the afternoon, and Daphne napped.)

There were 5 girls here (including Meredith), all either 6 or 7 years old. They were so sweet and had such a good time together, and all of them were thrilled to be able to play. I don't know how often I'll be able to make this happen, realistically, but I'm so glad we could at least do it today!

Dressing up:


Trampoline fun:

Tea Lemonade Party!

Brynlee and Evie introduced us to some kid pop singer we've never heard of, so Ellery and Meredith were watching her music video:

Teaching their dolls the new CC grammar, of course!

Such a fun afternoon! Totally worth the little bit of effort I put in. Next, I promised Paige her girls can come play :) 

Friday, February 16, 2018

CC Valentine's Day Party

The day before Valentine's Day, our CC had a party during lunch hour. Crafts, valentines, pizza, desserts, photo booth, and playtime - couldn't have been better!

Birthday #36

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~Psalm 16:6

Birthday breakfast, no school, homegroup :)  It was a wonderful day with so many favorite people and just the little joys of this sweet life.