Thursday, February 28, 2013

What's Cooking?

Kassidy and LT love playing with the play kitchen, but not in the way we had anticipated.

I did manage to make a few things in the kitchen this week and apple sandwiches may be my kids new favorite snack. Of course this idea came from Pinterest and includes apple slices, peanut butter, oatmeal and cranberries.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Yet Another Homeschool Day

We've been enjoying our winter weather this year. I love winter because we seem to get lots of school work done and there are lots of fun winter activities to do. My kids still spend hours outside every day playing in the snow after we spend the morning working through our school work. If the older kids work hard they can usually get done with all their school work around lunch time.
Today we didn't have LT with us, so we rushed through all our school work during the morning and then checked out books from the library. After lunch the big kids finished up writing and then all the kids helped me paint the downstairs bathroom walls. We finished just in time to run by Spidahl's Ski Gaard with Shawn after he got off work. Whew! I don't think any day is typical for us, life always seems to throw things our way that we just have to fit into our schedule.
Pictures from our afternoon at Spidahls. Shawn had fun and for the first time he didn't fall one time and I bit the dust numerous times following the big kids around the trails.

 Kaylee is in the foreground and Shawn, Kolsen and Karolyn are on a different trail right in front of the trees up on the hill. They look like tree stumps and are hard to see.

Doing things on my own would probably be faster and cleaner, but I know that my kids LOVE helping out with chores, so this afternoon I let all the kids help me paint the walls in the bathroom  downstairs. (They didn't all help at once, I'm not that crazy!) They had fun and did a great job too.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Song of Solomon

Shawn and I have done a few bible studies together with our bible study group. I would have to say that Song of Solomon is one of Shawn's favorite books of the bible. ;) If you haven't read it, then I guess you'll have to read it to find out what it's all about. When I read this verse and saw the perfect project for it on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for Shawn's Valentine's Day present. I love any excuse to get my cricut and vinyl out!
I used one of the scrap boards that my dad brought up from Kansas for Kolsen, so the project only cost me a 1/2 sheet of vinyl about $1.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Our Wisconsin Family

This past weekend the kids and I travelled back to Wisconsin to visit with some of our favorite friends, who we consider to be part of our family. We stayed for 4 nights and 5 days at my friend Heather's house, who used to live just a few houses down the road from us. Thank goodness they were able to keep us a few extra days due to the bad winter weather in WI and MN. Driving around Waupun made me remember how much we miss our old neighborhood and neighbors! While Heather and I were busy stamping cards our kids enjoyed playing together. It always amazes us that our 6 kids can play together for hours on end together and not fight.
 My 4 K-kids, Heather's boys (L) Adam and David (R) and in the brown shirt is Callie, a lovely little angel that I used to babysit. I wish I could have snuck all 3 of them back with us to MN!

 Heather and I with our stash of cards. We each ended up with over 120 cards EACH.
My girls all wondered in and out making some cards/projects throughout the weekend.
I'm finally getting smart and posting pictures of the cards we made on my blog so I can recreate them. I always hesitate to give the last card of a type away in case I want to make it again, so now I won't have that problem. We ended up making 25 different types of cards. We usually pick one card we like and then make 6-10 of that card to split between us. We found a few ideas on Pinterest (check out my card board or vinyl projects board. The other place we got our ideas from is a place called, I love that website because you can look up the stamp set you want to use and see what highly talented people have done with it. I don't usually create my own cards, I like to copy what other people have done.

Now we just have to wait for this summer so we can get together again. Six months seems like a long time to wait!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking

I'm very thankful to my friend Sara for sharing her knowledge of digital scrapbooking with me. Adobe Photoshop is a complex program that can do some amazing things. I only know how to do a few basic things and would love to learn more! My pages are pretty simple, but they contain lots of pictures and are fairly fast to make. The best part about digital scrapbooking is that you can find tons of paper and other scrapbooking items online for free. I especially love all the free stuff from Shabby Princess. I'm hoping that this is the year I rescue all our digital photos from the computer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Snow Fun

The kids have been spending hours playing outside. We have 3-4 forts in the front yard, piles in front of the swings to jump into, tunnels, caves and a maze of paths all over.

 Karolyn standing in their snow tunnel/slide.

Shawn's standing on top of the snow pile next to our driveway to take this picture.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Right after we got back from Fargo on Saturday night it started to snow, and it snowed all night, and it snowed all day Sunday, and it snowed all night again! It was definitely blizzard conditions. We did manage to walk the 1/2 block to church to listen to our friend preach, but snowed 4 inches in the hour while we were gone. It was a snowy, windy walk home.
 The view from our front window on Sunday afternoon.

 The same view on Monday after all the snow.

 Lucky for Shawn, when the school district cancels school, his office also closes for the day. So instead of working at work, he spent most of the day blowing snow, shoveling and raking the roof. The snow in the backyard was definitely over a foot deep.

 Kaylee taking a rest on the edge of the snow in the backyard.

 The snow was blown around quite a bit by the high winds, so the back of our house was plastered with snow and the backside of the roof was drifted high with snow.

 Shawn used his roof rake to find the vents, to keep them from getting plugged.

 Karolyn, Kaylee, Katie and LT in the snow fort room. The kids have worked hard creating a whole room inside their snow fort. I think they all fit inside this dugout room together. I wish I could have got a better picture. I couldn't believe how big it was!

 Shawn, Kassidy and Kaylee showing off the pile on the West side of the driveway.

The view of our house from the neighbor's driveway.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

AWANA Quizzing

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
I think his smile says it all. Kolsen had a fantastic time at his first AWANA quizzing. He worked so hard and all that work really paid off. The quizzers had to study 3 different sections in their book. Our AWANA kids quizzed against the kids from five other churches in the MN, ND area.

Kolsen came home with two ribbons and a medal. He got a perfect score during the multiple choice session, his team got first place in their book group by earning the most points over all, and he also had the highest score for anyone in book two.

I'm so glad that Crossroads Church and all the adult volunteers work so hard at helping these kids learn scripture that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We Know Our Stuff Forwards and Backwards

Kassidy knows her stuff forwards and backwards. She loves to write her name and she can do all her letters correctly and totally backwards. I'm not sure where or when she'll use that skill, but she works on it every day.

Monday, February 4, 2013


I love winter, I really do.

I know I love to complain about the temperature and when it's -20 before you add the windchill, I have a good reason to complain.

I love endless days of never having to leave my house. We get lots of school done in the winter time.

I love when we can watch the snow come down from the comfort of our warm house.

I love when it warms up to 10 and the kids think it's warm out and want to play outside for hours.

I love sledding and snow forts.

I love soup and fresh, homemade bread.

I love cuddling on the couch with a good book, while my children listen.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Rice Crispies

The best part of helping make rice crispy treats is getting to lick the spoon.