Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Since the children outnumbered the adults, it made sense to make our thanksgiving dinner very kid friendly, and have lots of activities to keep them busy while all the adults were busy in the kitchen.  First, they made the cranberry sauce;

My Nephew Isaac tastes the cranberries.

Then the children decorate the table, which is covered in paper.  They color and write what they are thankful for.  The adults do too.  It is a beautiful table cloth.

Children helped with every aspect.  By this time, they were also running around crazy, totally falling apart.

Busy busy with turkey and gravy, the last things to be ready.

Then, the meal.  Mary made corn spoon bread, sweet potatoes, sweet potato biscuits (gluten free), gravy (gluten free), and apple pie, Wade did the turkey and cornbread and sausage stuffing, I did the mashed potatoes, green beans, sauteed beet greens, and cranberry sauce (with the kids).  Matt and the kids helped a lot, were always in the kitchen to offer a hand.  It was a group effort, and lots of laughter, and some tantrums.   The children chose to tell what they were grateful for.  Elias said he was grateful for the constitution, the big bang, life, and death, because without death, the planet would not be able to continue. Isn't he interesting?!
I wonder where we will all be next year.

Friday Foto 11-25-11

Monday, November 21, 2011


We found a lovely farm in Berryville, outside of Leesburg, VA.  The town was full of old, cobblestone houses and stores, and was tiny.  I could totally have taken a dozen pictures of just the beautiful buildings, but all I had was my dumb phone camera, with an almost dead battery (I did not plan very well).  So I saved the battery life for a few shots of the kids at the farm.  There were tons of fun things for the kids to do, and animals to pet and feed.

Human-powered go-carts.

A strange but fun large orange pillow to jump and bounce on.

The greatest water feature ever.

Mr. Turkey.  He was so beautiful, a bright blue head and pretty feathers.  
Thomas Jefferson thought the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, should be the national bird.

And here is Elias knitting in the sunshine.  This is not how it looks outside anymore.  Now, it is gray.  Dark, misty, cold. Much more like November.

Last night, I pulled out all our Christmas books, and Atticus and I read Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow. I just love that book, and it puts us in the mood for snow!  As much as I love sun and warmer weather, it seems natural for November to be cold and gray.  I nest, and turn on soft music, light candles, read to my children (Mary's Little Donkey!) and bake cookies.  

I am also getting Christmas presents ready.  Got some wooden dowels today to make something (secret)...and Atticus picked out some green glitter paint.  There is some elf work to be done!