January 29, 2016


Maybe a friendship is starting...
 I gave Hannah a haircut.
 Wearing the "I love my sister" t-shirt!
We made cupcakes last week...they were very good!  And for hot cocoa, we warmed up some chocolate almond milk.
This evening, we used soda pop tabs and also some from sardine tins with polymer clay to make Russian nesting dolls, and other little items, just for fun. 
Also, a peek at our mushrooms this week:
 They grew even more...
We chopped them up and cooked them. 
A perfect size box for Paul!  We took him around for a little ride in it, he really seemed to like it.

January 22, 2016


My sister gave us a mini mushroom farm kit. This photo I took early this's grown so much overnight!
 This photo I took yesterday. 
Hannah during piano lessons...that's my sister's dog under the piano bench.  Every Tuesday, Tina comes to their house for piano lessons, for my 2 oldest nieces, and so we go there, too, for Hannah's piano lessons.  She is also taking voice lessons from Tina, she's already feeling she can hit the high notes, as a result.  
 Creative time!
 My nieces busy painting tiny pots, while
their 1 year old brother takes a nap!
Rob making homemade pasta.
Olivia really wants our cat, Velvet, to like Paul.  She just doesn't seem to care about him, but loves hanging out in his bedroom (she was sleeping in his crib, whenever he wasn't) and now on his sheepskin rug.  Soon, she will love him, when he starts dropping food from the high chair.  ♥

January 19, 2016


Theophany is the appearance of God, specifically the Trinity.  When Thou was baptised in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest!
Colleen is the wife of Paul's Godfather, John, she took Paul to the dismissal, venerating of the cross and sprinkling holy water!  That's her daughter, Kiranna, taking prosphora.  And below, my oldest daughter...
 Colleen had a drink of the newly blessed water
and then gave Paul a little.
The sun shone beautifully today, although 
I think it was high of 22'F...very cold. 
 Filling up jars to take home.
My nephew, Timmy, and son, Paul...we
read books together after church.

January 13, 2016

We finally got snow!

It snowed here.  The grass isn't completely covered, but it's pretty.  Paul and I went for a little walk in the snow yesterday. 
I love how my niece is dresses, she's such a little lady.
Paul's first time sitting in the high chair, with a blanket and pillow for support.
My nephew sleeping, he is the one who we get so many clothes from...he's a year older than Paul.
Today, we went to the Red Balloon play cafe.  The girls created...  Then played, even little Paul got involved.
These two cousins are such good friends.  Just 2 years apart.
I hope you're keeping warm!

January 8, 2016


 My nephew who is going to be 2 in February.
What a great little smile! 
 A year and a half year they'll
really doing stuff together.  In the background, the kids were all making noise, enjoying being together.  My husband played Christmas carols on the mandolin.
 Reading a new book!
The girls coloring...even I got an "adult" coloring book, with fine details of various different kinds of flowers.
 Grammie time together.
 Paul got a fox for a gift.
 We sewed some bibs for gifts for his little friends.
 And poured beeswax candles to give, wrapped in felt wool remnants from Pendleton Wool that can be used as a mug cozy, too.
 My 10 year old niece crocheted this hat as a gift for Paul.  That pink pacifier is Paul's favorite.
All ready to head to church for the Nativity of Christ.