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December 15, 2014

The glow

Every morning, I wake to see the glow of our Christmas tree. 
Our girls were asking what people did before electricity.  I can only imagine if we had candles, it would be pretty, but much more difficult to light each candle.
 Getting ready for a family picture...for our Christmas card.
We decided we wanted Lusy (our dog, who looks like a blur here) and Velvet (our black kitty) in the picture, too.  Sorry, didn't get the chickens in on it this year....maybe next year!

December 8, 2014

Christmas in Killarney


The 8-hand ceili team...Olivia is the 6th in line and Hannah 7th, all the girls wear dark brown curly wigs, so you may not have been able to pick them out.
And now, with their cousins and a friend from church...with the wigs (we have curled their hair, it's too much work) that match their natural hair color:
This past weekend, the girls danced in "Christmas in Killarney."  Here is Hannah's class, ready to dance the 2 hand jig, her partner was the only boy in the class.  Half of the time the girls dance the part of the "gent," but she really got to be a "lady!"

December 1, 2014

Church in Minneapolis

We went to Minneapolis for an Irish dancing event.  We visited St. Panteleimon's, where our friend Fr. Anthony is the priest.  He is one of the priests who helps out at ORPR camp in July. Below, he is holding an icon of St. Alexis Toth.
Fr. Anthony starts the prayer before we all ate...and this little boy in the suit and tie is Petya, who was celebrating his 7th birthday.
They have a beautiful little bell tower.  The weather was lovely, snowy, but warm and sunny with blue skies.  I ♥ visiting new churches.

November 24, 2014

Early Thanksgiving

Olivia polished the silver.  This silverware was my grandmother's wedding silver.  We don't use it everyday, just on special occasions.
 Hannah wrote name cards and set the table, adding a sprig of sage from our backyard to each plate.
We made bacon-wrapped green beans.  I basically followed this recipe:  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/green-bean-bundles-with-bacon-and-brown-sugar.html  I used frozen green beans and didn't use the butter or brown sugar.  They were SO good!
 We celebrated Grandma's birthday (which was a few days ago) with a cake afterwards.
 Grandma with 3 of her grand daughters.
Meanwhile, my husband's littlest brother, Nathan, went to fly the remote control helicopter.  It was a bit windy.  He accidentally flew it over the house...it was quite funny!
The girls played games inside, hide-and-seek, checkers, UNO, etc.  Being together, talking, laughing...this is what I ♥ about Thankgiving.

November 21, 2014

It's still fall...but feels like winter

 We met up with a friend to go sledding.
 This is our favorite park to go sledding...
 She almost hit that tree!!!
 Lusy (our dog) came and had a great time, too. 
 Olivia trying to "snowboard" on a sled down the hill...she has great balance!
 Time for a break...chamomile and lavender tea or hot cocoa?
Have a great weekend!

November 17, 2014

Snow cake

Sprinkled with coconut on top...to look like snow:
 This is what I've been reading lately, while the girls are doing their homeschooling lessons.  We have also been playing a lot of chess and checkers (and making up variations, like "giveaway" where you must take an opponents piece if you are able to jump them, but want to get rid of all your pieces first).
Lusy loves the snow...jumping and running around, burying her face in the snow. 
Usually, we dig out from a huge mound of snow, but this morning, we didn't have that much snow, so we packed the snow into plastic containers to make "snow bricks." Olivia's snow fort is like a 3 sided square.  In the middle, you can see the chicken run (they are in the coop today) and what is left of our tomato plants! 
 
 Hannah is making a circle fort, thinking about making an igloo...