Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little Bits- Just Because

Have you ever had a day that you took a bunch of pictures for no reason? I had a one of those yesterday!



The kids got a box one the mail from my parents with new outfits in it. Charisma was so excited, she put her and Ruthie's dress on right away. Such a pretty girl, with such a pretty doll, in such pretty dresses, I just had to pull my camera out. Truett didn't want to try on new outfits, but he was happy to out and play.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Zoo




Our family has an yearly passes to our local zoo, that are sadly underused. We decided to put those passes to use. The weather was not too hot anymore and not too cold yet, it was just perfect.
The kids got to enjoy the bug shaped playground, the carousel and the statues they could climb on, while I enjoyed the beautiful ethnic art along the walk.
The best part is that we only visited one of the six parts of the zoo, so there will be more to explore next time.
Do you have a zoo around where you live? Any ideas for homeschooling activities at the zoo? I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Falling in Love With Fall Time

 I used to think that my favorite time of the year was winter. But I think I had to clean snow off of my driveway enough times for the season to loose its wonder to me. I still rather it be cold than hot- I think people dress and smell better when is cold. But I think that Fall has just the right amount of cold air to keep me happy.

One of the kids new favorite thing to do is play with sparklers. Since it has been getting dark earlier, around dinner time is already dark enough for them to enjoy the sparklers. And I just love how they photograph in the dark.  

Some of the other things I'm learning to love about autumn are the different flavored things that you only get this time of the year, like candy corn or candy corn flavored white chocolate M&Ms. I love the light sweaters and the not so sunny afternoons. The pumpkins everywhere we go and how cute my kids look in hoodies.

Little bits- So busy

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of weeks. They have been so incredibly busy that I have not had a chance to sit in front of my computer for more than 2 minutes at the time. And I have to be honest, there have been a few days that I just didn't feel like pulling the camera out. I just enjoyed the moment without having to record it. Anyone one else ever had one of those days?
But don't worry, I have not forgotten about you lovelies.

So here is a little of what has been happening.
 I got a new hair cut! (I'll have better pics soon)
I started doing yoga and I'm on a mission to loose weight.

The kids picked out their Halloween costumes. And we have been loving the fall weather.

I promise to have more posts the next few days to catch up on it all.

Working for the Salvation Army means that it is already holiday season for us, so last week was crazy, getting people registered for Thanksgiving and Christmas help and finding people ad families to help host our Angel Trees or adopt a family. If you want to help people this season, find a Salvation Army near you and ask how you can help this Christmas. You can volunteer serving food, distributing and/ or giving toys or adopting a family.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Little Bits

1. He had a pajama day
2. Our first fall nature walk
3. She tried to tell she was not tired
4. I just fired out how to use the timer on my camera
5. The love leave rubbing
7 & 8. Dinner at the Buckeye Express
9& 10. We made "Slow Cooker Apple Sauce"
11. He just wanted his picture taken
12. She let me braid her hair
13. He wanted another picture taken

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Slow Cooker Apple Sauce

We went apple picking, and ended up with more apple than we know what to do with. So I felt inspired to do something I've never done before- Apple Sauce.

I was surprised as to how easy it was to make it. Truett was my little helper, washing, (eating) and slicing the apples.

As a homeschooling mom, of a child with sensory problems, this was a dream project. He got to use all of his senses, while feeling like a master chef. He got to touch (washing and slicing), see, smell (my house smelled like an harvest festival), hear (he had to follow my instructions) and taste (which he did at every step of the process).



8 medium apples  or 20 small apples (enough to fill the crock pot)
1 strips of lemon peel
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 inch cinnamon stick
5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked)
1. Peel, core and chop the apples.

2. Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.

3. Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove cinnamon stick . As you stir, the apples will become more sauce like.

4. Keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks or can and process as you would other recipes.

Note: I doubled the recipe and added a teaspoon of Vanilla extract.