Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm Thinking of Hiring a P.I.

The kids love a good mystery book.  My girls are head over heels for Nancy Drew and Thomas will read just about anything that keeps him guessing at 'Who dunnit?'  I'm not much of one for mysteries, though.  That being said...

Several weeks ago, Friday afternoon found me looking incredulously at the children in my family and wondering if their eating habits had changed and nobody told me.  

It was the pencil can and it was empty.  

No bigs, right?  

Except it kind of was because I'd just filled it with twelve fresh, sharp pencils the previous Monday.  They even had their erasers in tact.

You homeschool mamas are feeling that eraser bit, right?

The kids looked at me blankly when I asked them where the pencils were.  I sighed and pulled out another pack of fresh pencils.

By the next Friday, they were all gone.  Not a single one to be found come spelling test time.  

"Children, what hast thou done with the pencils?" I inquired.

Five sets of beautiful eyes looked up as me and blinked cluelessly. 

Out came another pack of pencils.  Round and round, ground and ground went the pencil sharpener.  

Guess what?  It's another Friday and another empty pencil can.  

The mystery continues...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Cheeseball

Daniel.  He's the baby of the family.  And he knows it.

A couple months ago, he wandered up to me and asked to be allowed to do something he knew I'd say no to and then he pulled this face.  He scrunched up his nose and squinted his eyes and pasted on a fake smile.

I laughed a great big belly laugh, pulled him up in my lap, smothered him with kisses, and said, "No, Cheeseball."

Since then, he'll do the Cheeseball face on command or according to his whim.  He occasionally pulls the Cheeseball when he's trying to get out of trouble.  He still gets in trouble, but I do have to work harder at being a serious Mama when he gets all comical on me. 

 He's a stinker, but he's my cuddly, chuckle head stinker.

For Christmas, my sweet friend Bethany made him the most awesome super-hero cape.  He loves it and wears it every single day.  He especially loves to pair it with his fireman rain boots. 

While we were at the beach this past fall, my brother-in-law found this little Superman figure in the sand and presented it to Joshua because everyone knows my husband is a Superman.  However, Daniel spied it and once he got his little boy hands on it, he's not let go too many times.  Notice he's actually holding it in the above picture. 

We call Daniel SuperDan.  If you ask him what his superpower is, he'll tell you "Make noise and shoot away!"

I kid you not.  He's quite good at both of parts of that superpower! 

These are good days, y'all.  Good, good days. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guess What I Got For Christmas?

This poor blog has suffered for nearly nine years from not only a lack of good photography skills, but a lack of a real camera.

Not that the dismal skills have anything to do with the ownership or non-ownership of a camera.  But I'll try to stay on track here.

Guess what I got for Christmas??

Do you find it ironic that I just took a picture of my snazzy new camera with an iPhone?  I'm reveling in that tasty morsel of irony.

But I'm reveling more in my ability to have more and better pictures of my people, even if my skills are sub-amateur.  It makes me happy.  See?  

This is what we call 'The Cheeseball'.  He pulls this face out at any random moment of the day, but generally when he wants something (like a snack or your undivided attention) or wants out of something (like picking up his toys or putting on his pajamas).

Just because he was spinning me a fabulous tale and he's little and it won't last forever.
Still trying to figure out how to take pictures inside without getting all those major shadows.  Got any tips?

We celebrated Anna's 6th birthday a bit late, but the finery knew no bounds.  Her sisters set the table with my grandmother's china and served blueberries and string cheese for snack.

We're pretty proper here - tea parties are a part of our daily life. 

Sarah Grace has an amazing capacity to include this little guy in whatever it is she's doing.  He loves the attention!

The Freeman household hasn't evaded the Frozen epidemic.  These adorbs little hats were made by our sweet friend Angel and they get a TON of wear. 
Kid loves his 'heh-mut'. 

New Year's Eve.  It was late....

She makes kitchen chores entertaining!  A spoonful of sugar, right?

Just a few days before we chopped all her hair off - it was also FREEZING outside!

Hot chocolate.  Because I have a new camera and I can. 

That time it took me two days to think to check her ears when she kept complaining about a sore jaw and neck?  Totally used my essential oils and she bounced back in less than 12 hours.


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