This is our first time in our little family that we have tried stringing popcorn together! It was so fun even Andronicus was able to poke a few! I remember doing this every year as a child, so many good memories!
Thanks to our friends in one of the community fellowships the children were able to be a part of a wonderful Christmas Play!! Iylland was the wise man bearing gold, Rivyr was the fuzzy little donkey in the stable and Llyonesse was my little sweet angel!! We wish you could have seen them, it was so precious! I just love watching the children as they are growing and learning so many things. We have been going through the book, Man of Valor with the boys. They have really been enjoying it! It discusses all the Character or Virtues that are becoming of a Noble Man and things that will help them develop into the Men of Integrity that God is calling them to. My whole life I prepared and trained and absorbed as much as I could to help me be the wife and mom that God would use to raise a family of Christ honored vessels He could use and here I am in my element!! I love teaching the children, I am so grateful to my husband for blessing me with this opportunity! Everyone of them is so unique and so special in so many ways! Up till now we have been teaching them precept upon wonderful precept from our Abba's Scriptures and recently we are starting to see the lights go on in their little minds as they are starting to piece it together and why God has designed it this way and what part they get to play and how the family unit needs every one. For me this is the most amazing thing in the world and I am loving every minute of it! The good times and trying ones for me as well(my growing and trusting times) :) Life is so amazing and beautiful and so temporal. Our lives are like grass, here one minute and gone the next! Make it the most you can and don't forget what is the most important. Love from a mother's heart!!!
OH YES!!! It finally SNOWED!!!!! We've been out all day and in the dark!! Grandpa puts up lights all the way down the hill so that we can sled 24/7 if we have the energy for it! Sledding at our place is an EXTREME SPORT for the older boys. They are crazy!!!! We finally had to make a new rule, No Sledding without helmets! (We homeschool, it's expected! He,He!) Llyonesse is a dare devil! And this year Andronicus is a Snow Monster! He wants everyone to keep taking him up and letting him go down! He's having so much fun! One of the best things about sledding is the friends we can have out to sled with us!
Llyonesse(pronounced Welsh, Leah-ness) loves to paint and is always trying to get mommy to set her up! This is her most recent creation she calls it "STARZ". It has little diamond gems glued randomly to it! Mommy loves all the color!
One of Rivyr's specialties in the kitchen is sauteed onions. Grandpa calls them "worms". Yummy! Today he seasoned them with Spirulina and Celtic Sea Salt in a base of Coconut Oil. We also like to add Creole seasonings for the older of us. It's a bit much for the little ones! We all craved Onions today after spending the morning sledding on the snow hill grandpa made for us! Notice Rivyr's safety glasses!!! ;) He says they help with the eye-cleaning, sting of the onion aroma when it's first cut open! I tell you those homeschool nerds in their helmets and safety glasses! Before you know it he'll be reading the dictionary for entertainment! Just like Uncle Sky!! Ha!Ha!
Iylland and Rivyr took a singing class this Fall and were able to perform for the Christmas Arts and Humanities Benefit Dinner! They even were in the local paper! It was so fun to see them singing for everyone! They had a great teacher, we hope they will get a chance to be in her class again!
Rivyr and his uncle up before the sun, ready to watch for some wildlife!! Sleepy Iylland just couldn't quite do the whole crack of dawn thing. He's our heavy sleeper! Rivyr was setting on the ground and had some doe come up and walk around him,checking him out. He was pretty excited and thrilled and quietly ask his uncle if he could shoot them with his pellet gun, sadly, he was denied, so that he wouldn't scare them all away! Oh well little Rivyr, better luck next time!! He had the best time with his uncle and even learned how to drive a 4-wheeler! We were all so sad to see them leave but glad they were able to visit!
We love living in a yurt! It's outside the box for sure! He!He! This was obviously our Fall look! I was able to move a few plants in for the winter before it froze. I love plants inside, they seem so cheery!!
These boys are crazy about anything that crawls! Talk about being, ALL BOY! They have even convinced Little Lady Llyonesse that kissing certain kinds of snakes is good for you! Non-poisonous of course! Mommy says, "YUCK! Not my only sweet girl!" The information these boys could tell you about different creatures and their living habits is amazing, which of course they learned from walking though nature with their adventurous, daddy! :) One of Troy's other interests. Maybe some day he'll discover a new species in some remote jungle location on one of our family safari's!!!
Iylland is Joseph, with his coat of many colors! Rivyr is King Solomon, in all his splendor! (The material should look familiar to the magic people in the family! ;) This Fall, Iylland and Rivyr have been involved in the AWANA program and they have really enjoyed it!! Every week Iylland counts down the days, sometimes he even makes paper chains to tear off each day. AWANA is a program completely focused on teaching children to memorize scripture and the more they learn and retain the more jewels they get to put in their flight wings. One week Iylland memorized 9 verses!! Whoa! His teacher wasn't expecting that, I don't think. Rivyr's big week has been 3, which he is so happy about!! They really like their SPARKy leaders! They have the best time going! Daddy and I have been able to take turns and help out where they need us, if they need us. I just love watching the children light up when they learn how big & amazing & awesome our Abba Father is! Iylland and Rivyr both love the scriptures and God, so much. It is a beautiful pureness and so sweet to witness. We talk much of when they will be men and the plan our Master has for them! They ask questions each day and are looking so forward to the time that God will lead them and their families. They have begun to pray daily for their wives! It is so precious, I cherish it so, in my heart, as a mother!
Iylland and Rivyr have always loved to build out of whatever they can find to use. This afternoon they built with sticks and used leaves for the carpet! :) Of course, the little ones were a big help as well! The weather has been beautiful!!!! No Bugs! Yeah!
The children took care of the chickens while Nana & Grandpa were visiting their wonderful new cousin, Sullivan. We really enjoyed the eggs, it will be hard not having a dozen a day! Thanks ladies!!! (pretty hens) Daddy said we will be able to have goats and kittens in the Spring. All of us especially Rivyr and Llyonesse are looking forward to that!!!!
Little Llyonesse is quite the muffin baker! She loves to cook and really enjoys giving her creations to her little princess friends. We thought we'd share with you our favorite recipe in case you'd like to try it!
Vanilla Moon Muffins(We call them Moon because as they rise it's like a full moon!) 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 3/4 c. milk 1/3 c. oil 1/2 c. sugar(honey, sucanat, etc) 3 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 c. flour 1/2-1 c. shredded coconut 1 c. raisins Mix liquids together. Andronicus really likes this part! Add dry ingredients and stir in coconut for moistness and raisins. Cook in mini loaf, mini muffin, muffin, little heart pans, whatever your family enjoys! 400* for 15-25 minutes depending on the pan.
Yummy!!! We're to the point that we have to make at least a double batch now! These freeze really well, too!! Enjoy!
We sang and read poems at a Veteran's home today! These are the hats the children made right before we paraded through the building with friends chanting "Happy Thanksgiving to you!" and playing percussion instruments! The residents seemed to really enjoy the action and Rivyr of course had already been warmed up to the idea of a microphone from Aunt Andria's wedding last weekend! We had a great time!