Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Homemaking Party: An Evening at the Maple Leaf Festival in Carthage, MO

Earlier this month, our family had the opportunity to travel to Carthage, MO with a friend who was ministering in music at the Maple Leaf Festival. My husband played the drums for her and our son Michael played guitar. The rest of us {minus the other two older boys} spent some time in the city park while waiting for the music to start.

We fell in love with the Victorian era fountain and pretty scrolled metal park benches. It was a sweet place to hang out---a place I plan on visiting again soon!

Lynzie and I took a zillion photos like this, trying to get the sunbeam just right behind us. It's fun being silly with my girl.

Since Lynzie was all decked out in a Steampunk outfit, we decided she needed a photo on this Victorian-esque park bench.

The band was excellent and everyone really enjoyed the worship music. I may have done a little bit of bragging on my guys in the band. Ha!

Ok...one more sunshine photo. It was fun!

While the olders were hanging out with the adults, the littles enjoyed some inflatables. Here's Kynthia having the time of her life on an enormous inflatable slide.

There was something fun for everyone---I even took a minute to try out the ball toss. I wasn't so great at it...

I'm thankful for fun times out with family and so glad the weather has cooled enough to get outside without melting into a puddle!

Hope you're having a great week. Thanks for stopping by the Homemaking Party. I'm excited to see what you've got to share!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a happy weekend. We did, but boy did it go by fast! Here I am with a few of my sweet friends who held a birthday party for me Friday night!

The weather.....
It's been warm today and yesterday and today is super breezy! Our porch is covered in leaves and there are many limbs down. I think tomorrow is supposed to be the last day we hit 80ยบ and then it will likely cool off more.

Right now I am....
Sitting at the table listening to my two oldest teens work on their government lesson together. They're using their youth pastor as an example of someone who chooses the common good over her own self-interests. That's pretty sweet!

I'd really like to spend time writing my book this evening...but I'm so sleepy! I wonder if I can escape for a little nap...

On my reading pile....
I'm reading Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins. It's his memoirs on moving to Hay-on-Wye, a city of approximately 1,500 residents and 40 bookshops!

On my TV.....
We're still watching Murdoch Mysteries on Acorn TV online. I so love this show! The costumes and nods to history are pretty fun.

Something fun to share....
Saturday was the annual Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival. Selah and I go every year---it's a tradition we always look forward to. We get up early and ride the hay wagon from the parking lot to the opening gate and take our time browsing booths. We each pick a souvenir. This year, she chose a small handmade cloth kitten and I chose this pumpkin made from a vintage chenille blanket. The design goes all the way around but I like how this view makes it look like it has a smiling face!

On my to do list....
This week I'll start teaching a third literature class at our homeschool co-op so I've got to prepare for that. I also plan to work on my devotional some more and I'll also need to make up a menu and grocery list for shopping on Thursday.

Looking forward to this week....
This Sunday the 23rd is my 37th birthday! My family has some fun planned for the day time and then we'll attend the annual hayride and bonfire with our church family that evening.

What have you been up to this week?

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin-Shaped Sugar Cookies for Sweeties

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! 
Every mom or grandma has that list of things they want to do for the little ones while they're still little. One thing on my list was to make pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies with candy corn eyes. It sounds like a simple thing, but it's a tradition my mom started with me when I was young and it's a special memory I have that I wanted to pass on.

I was in grade school back in the days when we could bring snacks on our birthdays and have a little party. As a homeschooling mom with a daily teaching schedule, I can now see how that may have been an inconvenience to my teachers to have their schedules interrupted without notice. Still, in "those days", teachers had the flexibility to stop lessons for a party and mine always did. {Did I just ramble on about the sad state of US education? Oops...sorry...back to the story.}

Anyway, my mom would make these pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies for me to bring since my birthday is October 23rd---just a week before Halloween. Our family doesn't celebrate Halloween now, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a cute pumpkin with candy corn eyes!

Our family attends homeschool co-op on Wednesdays so I always pack the kids a lunch. Today they'll be treated with these sweets and my mom's tradition will have finally carried on to my kids. It took me 17 years, but here's one I'll finally be able to cross off the mom to-do list!

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