at home

What’s been happening at home?  Well, as you can imagine, in a household of our large-ish size, there is never a dull moment.


1.  We’ve been putting on make up and fixing our hair.

I was standing in front of the sink, getting ready to go, not really paying much attention to Sarah’s new heights and then…..when I saw what she had done to grow “so tall”, I snapped a picture of my littlest best girlfriend.


2.  We’ve been hugging on the couch.

This occurs daily.


3.  The boys drew masks on their faces. 

It was funny the first time but not the second.  Or third.  I never want to see another marker again.


4.  We made pancakes on  Saturday morning.

In our pajamas.  I love flipping cakes for seven!


5.  We got new coats.

From a children’s consignment shop.  Sarah’s is BabyGap, Caleb’s is camo fleece. 


6. They painted pumpkins.

But we did not carve any.


7.  They played with my spices.

It’s one of their favorite things to do.  Imagine, these blocks NEVER get scattered throughout the house and lost. 


8.  I got over a fear. 

I haven’t had a panic attack in over a year but I do sometimes worry that I will. 


9.  Seth finally discovered the joys of Thomas the Tank Engine. 

And it didn’t take him long to think of making repairs on Caleb’s old trains. 


10.  Seth read Sarah The Jolly Pancake.

He had Caleb fooled until I told him he had memorized it.


11.  I made homemade bread and cinnamon rolls.

Oh yum.


12.  Sarah had tea with her roll.

“Is it my birthday?” She asked.


13.  David started another weaving.

He learned how to do it at school.


14.  They played my phone.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s their phone, or mine?


15.  Ethan got his hair cut.

Don’t worry, it’s just a BB gun.


16.  I made a quiche.

Into an unbaked pastry crust, pour a mixture of 4 eggs, a cup of cream or milk, a half cup of chopped ham, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, 1/2 t. each of salt and dry mustard. 375 until done.


17.  I made bean soup.

Combine 1 pound dry navy beans (rinsed and drained), 6 cups chicken broth, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped celery stalk, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1/2 bay leaf….into a crock pot.  Cook on high for one hour and then on low for 10 hours.  When beans are tender, add one can diced tomatoes.  You may also add a ham bone to the mixture in the beginning.  A very fragrant soup.  The children turned up their noses but I said it was “special soup that will produce magic sounds later on.”  Ha ha.



18.  I relaxed with my cat and some new books.

I love to read to the sound of purring.


19. David made a spaghetti dinner all by himself.

He is just like his Dad.


20.  We went out on a date.

I love him.




Life is not
measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath
— Unknown





0 thoughts on “at home

  1. “I never want to see another marker again” oh, goodness this had me laughing. I’ve been there, and I agree with you. The soup looks divine, the new books being read to the sound of purring sounds so relaxing. We just had a date night, too 🙂 great everyday pictures of what’s going on. So cozy and sweet.

  2. I so enjoyed this homey post. What a happy bunch you have, and a warm household. I am glad you took a picture of your girls new high standing Oh boy, I remember marker days. Thankful they make the washable kind, though they still leave marks don’t they?! Cozy coats, baking, projects, and books! My kids tell me baby Brason is a snuggler…I can hardly wait for them to come at Christmas. Love you!

  3. I’m with you on the markers. Thomas drew on himself one day last week and I tried the if I ignore it it may go away faster plan, but that didn’t work and on day 3 I said, no more drawing on yourself. Picture number 15 and your caption made me laugh out loud. That could be the poster for an after school special, I’m pretty sure.

  4. LOVED this post. I can relate to a few things like…is it my phone or theirs? spices as blocks. (although that doesn’t really happen all that often anymore now that they’re getting older. =( You are such a good mom. You are there with and for your children. They are blessed to have you.I think I am going to try your quiche. Happy Wednesday to you.

  5. Shanda, I have to let you know that I tried your bean soup with a ham bone today and it was a HUGE hit at our house.  I think I will be making it again soon.  Thank you so much!  I love making quiche too.  And this is the sweetest, happiest post.  You always inspire me to be a better mom and enjoy the little things.

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