Monday, November 9, 2009

2009 Family Photos

This year we had our photos done by Nicole Renea Photography. I can only say wonderful things. Nicole was amazing to work with. She was patient and kind when dealing with our large brood. 2 adults, 4 kids, and 1 camera make for some hard work on the photographers part. I have to say that Nicole truly captured our family. There are no perfect posed photos here, just perfect photos that reflect our family. She was amazing with the kids and listened to their ideas for photos. She followed us around for over an hour snapping away while sometimes being pulled in different directions. Getting more than two kids in one spot for more than a millisecond was next to impossible, but she did it. I cannot say enough how much we enjoyed this years photo shoot and I hope that if you need photos in the future you will contact Nicole. Her website is here or you can become a facebook fan here to get updates.

I had a hard time choosing just a few photos to post today, so you get a bunch. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Help Support Handmade and Get the Word Out!!

Help spread the word about Hyena Cart by adding one of these banners to your blog, facebook page, or website! If you are unfamiliar with Hyena Cart check out this link.

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A collection of unique shops offering a variety of earth-, child-, and
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I would love to see all the HC love so please post a link in my comments and I will stop by and say Hi.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

October Days

A few photos from October.

We went to Bonneville Dam. The kids had a great time. So much to see and do. Sadly the only pictures taken were by Madeline while we ate lunch. We were enjoying everything so much we didn't even think of taking photos.

Marah is potty training! She insists most days on getting her clothes on by herself. :)
There has been a lot of play with this old stop watch we found in the garage.
Maddy had a friend over. This is H. Photo by Maddy.
We have been working on a new science curriculum. Maddy more than Michael. This day was all about Mollusks.
Michael enjoyed this huge shell.
Michael made a loaf of bread all by himself.
Starcraft night. Micheal was able to play his first game with Uncle Terry and Joe. They brought the dining room table into the living room. lol
Setting up.
Madeline watching. She was going to a sleep over but her friend was sick. Instead she was able to go to a friend's birthday party. Her and I did crafty things while the boys played.
Banana Split night 2009. Lots of ice cream, lots of toppings, one pasta serving bowl, 5 spoons.
Then popcorn and a movie. The kids look forward to October 31st every year for Banana Split Night. Naomi was asleep through it. As soon as she can sit through a whole movie hours after bedtime she can join us. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sewing Alley

I've been busy and hope to do a photo update of the last month soon. It is the holiday season which means bazaars and lots of sewing for me. I am excited to announce that Sewing Alley is (finally) re-opening on November 6th! Previews are up now. You can see them here. I am also still stocking toys on the first Tuesday of every month at Hidden Element Congo on Hyena Cart.

The giveaway is still going on over at Sewing Alley Blog as well! Make sure you check it out and enter for a special gift from Sewing Alley. Get the details by clicking on the link above.

Friday, October 2, 2009

September Update

I love that this is considered fun for the kids. Michael found his Miquon math workbook the other day and asked what it was. I told him and he asked if we could do it. Sure! So Maddy got hers out to and they spent the next hour and a half or so doing math. At one point Michael was struggling with something and Madeline asked him if he wanted to copy her work. He said "No thanks, all the answers I need are in my brain." I love this, just love it. :)

Even snack can turn into a fighter jet. Didn't you know? In case you wonder its cracker with peanut butter, an apple slice, and banana slices.

Look it really flies and even has missiles.

We sold the chicken run and 5 of the chickens. I was really sad to see them go but its for the best right now. We still have the coop and 4 of the chickens. Maddy is hoping to take them to another 4-H chicken show in the next few months.

We have been canning. If you want to know what it all is head on over to Lally. I just did a canning post.
Kids being silly.
Our church, Living Hope Church, had a family fun night/come and meet the Kids World teachers. Marah's teacher asked if people could bring snacks. Cupcakes, yum! Marah got to choose the frosting color since they were for her classroom. Which she actually goes to now and no she no longer hits other children over the head with chairs. Amazing really how much she has grown in the last year or so. lol So soon when Naomi will let us take her to childcare we may actually get to leave the parents room.

Head on over to the Sewing Alley blog for previews of some items that will be stocking on October 6th over at Hidden Element.