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Another Wonderful Day

Lance, has been acting up lately. I think part of the reason is I'm busy with schooling all the children and he is left on his own a lot. He plays out in the backyard or in the living room.
This morning was no different. He cried every time something didn't go his way, so I stopped what I was doing, had him help me make lunch and he's been an angel ever since. Poor guy needed some one-on-one time with mama. We had a good little talk. It was fun.

We did some Creative Math on Monday. Tuesday, I thought, forget math, I'm going to not think about school (although I  love homeschooling). It was nice not having to rush from one lesson to another. It was nice, just doing what needed to be done (like baking) but not feeling rushed and I think that's what Lance needed from me.
Picture of my Lance. He said, he's a Ninja!

What did we do today?

Grandpa took Caleb, to Home Depot. He was originally going to take him to Lowes but Caleb, forgot the Mapquest instructions, so my dad decided to take him where he knew a Home Depot was. Caleb, wanted to get some CHRISTmas gifts for his brothers.
When Caleb, returned home he said, "Mom, do you think God lets things happen for a reason?"
Me, "Yes."
Caleb, "Because if I would have went to Lowes I would have paid more for the flashlights. At Home Depot they were a lot less and we would have gone to Lowes, if I didn't forget the directions."
I thought that was so precious.

Lance, "Mom, can I watch the Jesus, film, so I can learn more about obeying."
After, we made lunch, Lance, wanted to watch The Jesus Film.

Annette, watched it with him and after she played a board game with him too. He was happy for the rest of the day, even without a nap!

I baked lots of cookies today, Peppermint Snowballs, Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodles. Josh and I made Banana Bread together. Tomorrow we'll make more loaves. Yum. My dad misses my mom's Banana Bread. Hopefully mine will taste okay for him.
Ethan, helping with the Peppermint Snowball cookies.

 This is how my dinner table looked today. My kitchen is pretty small. Notice our map falling. Guess, I should retack it.
 A new tradition. Since, I'm busy baking and I don't want to take all the ingredients off the table, only to put them back after supper, I am going to turn our living room into a candle lit dinner. You can't tell by looking at the picture that the lights were off. With the CHRISTmas lights that we have hanging and the candles, it looked so pretty. We had a simple supper of biscuits and gravy. One of the children asked if we were having the 'last supper'.
My niece joined us for dinner. She also listened to our CHRISTmas story for the day and put an Advent ornament on the garland we have hanging over one of the doorways (we don't have our tree yet).

Those cookie sheets that I purchased yesterday, have come in so handy. Normally I use my Pampered Chef pizza stones. I have two. They are not good when you need to bake lots of cookies because they take forever to cool down. It takes me three times as long to bake my CHRISTmas cookies. We bake hundreds of cookies.
I'm so thankful that I splurged and purchased the cookie sheets. They cool a lot faster. Two more would be extra wonderful because then I could have two sheets in the oven, and when they are done, I can put two more in, while the others cool. Maybe next year ;)

Speaking of my Pampered Chef Pizza Stones; Annette, almost injured me with one today.
The Pizza Stones where on the stove. Some how Annette, leaned on the stove and they fell. One came rolling at me and I had to do a funny jig (according to Josh) to keep that heavy pizza stone from hitting my feet. Those pizza stones are good quality. After I was done doing my jig and the pizzas stone came to stop, I expected to see broken pieces all over, but they didn't break, not even a crack.
It was funny though. Annette, Josh and I, had a good laugh.
Merry CHRISTmas,


  1. Wow, I love the Caleb and Lance story. Makes me smile to know that they are growing up in a good Christian household :) You and Lupe do such a wonderful job and I bet it's nice to see the fruits of your labor, huh?

  2. Aw, Lance looks and sounds so cute wanting to watch the movie to learn how to obey. We are having some of the same moments. My daughter did most of the baking and it took us all a while to get it all cleaned up. We have a tiny kitchen as well. Actually, yours looks bigger than mine. :) It's good to put everything homeschool away and just focus on the season!!! :)

  3. Precious words of your son. Certainly does look like a wonderful day!

  4. I have dropped my Pampered Chef pizza pan and it didn't break either.