Friday, December 16, 2011

Our Day Today Homemaking Link-Up Weekend

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Today, I thought I'd share with you all a little from a typical day at our house! There's always something fun and crafty going on around here---especially when we're taking a holiday break from our homeschool! 
A few days ago, 5-year-old Selah surprised us all by sitting down and flawlessly playing, "Up On the Housetop"!
Her three oldest siblings have been taking piano lessons but we weren't planning on her having lessons for another few years!
Apparently, one of her big brothers took it upon himself to get her started.  Now she's playing all kinds of things from her siblings' older books!
Kynthia Joy, who turned 4 months old on December 2nd, rolled over for the first time today!
We've all enjoyed playing with sweet Kynthia as she's starting to explore her home!
I made this yummy pasta dish for lunch.  I am trying to use up the things we've got in our freezer and pantry this month and start the new year out with a newly-stocked kitchen so this was a hodge podge of ingredients that turned out really great!  I'll try and put up the recipe later this week.
Yesterday, 11-year-old Lynzie made another cute rag doll.  She has always been into the American Girl dolls and recently read about the 1856 doll, Kirsten, who had a little doll of her own named Sari.
Lynzie decided to make her own Sari doll and asked me to help with the hair since I'm not comfortable with her using a hot glue gun yet.
Here she is with her sweet new dolly.  I'm so glad my young lady has retained her childlike spirit this far!  While she could easily run this entire household, including care of the children, she still finds joy in childhood past times like dolls, dress-up and playing make-believe games with her younger siblings.
I've tried, on many occasions, to interest Lynzie in using my sewing machine, but she is more comfortable with her needle and thread.
Her hand-stitching rivals my machine stitches any day!
I think I did her hair pretty cute!
I hope everyone who celebrates is enjoying getting prepared for Christmas!  I can't believe there's only 10 days left!  I've got quite a bit of sewing to do myself this next week.  Liam is getting a "big boy pillow" now that he's almost 2 so I'm sewing him a cute pillowcase with lions on it.  Baby Kynthia is getting a quilt I'll make from pieces from my fabric stash and a Sunbonnet Sue block that was found in my grandmother's things after she passed away.  I've gotten everyone marbles so I'm wanting to make them some simple felt bags to store them in and I have a canvas book bag to decorate for 2-year-old Avalon Grace.  I think I'll use some of the printable fabric that Jamie got me for my birthday last year and find her some pretty vintage image to put on the front of the bag.  She loves going to the library and will enjoy having her own special bag for books.

What kinds of special gifts are you giving to loved ones this year?

I'd love to have each one of you link-up with my Homemaking Link-Up Weekend this weekend!  It's so fun to visit so many creative and encouraging bloggers!  In fact, I'd like to introduce one of my favorite bloggers from last week's party:  Shirley of Sweet Romantic Notions!
Shirley decorated this gorgeous silver tree with special handkerchiefs and handmade ornaments!
I was just really taken with the beauty of this tree and asked her if I could please, please share it with you all!  If you've got a minute, stop over and visit Shirley at Sweet Romantic Notions and tell her you "met" her here!

I've just been so blessed this week as I've gone about making my home a happy and comfortable place to live! What sorts of things have you been doing around the home this week?  Please, share below!  Have a lovely weekend!

Also linking with:
Beverly's Pink Saturday
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home


  1. It looks like everyone is enjoying their break! My favorite part was Selah surprising you with her piano playing skills. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Season!


  2. I love all of this! My son is just turning four this month and we've been talking about piano lessons. However, now we're thinking the kids and I should learn together with a book or video to start out with. It will be fun!

  3. You have such a lovely family. I homeschooled my three children for 16 years. The youngest graduated in 2010 and I miss those wonderful times.

    I enjoyed my visit to your blog today. Hope you have a wonderful Pink Saturday and a special Christmas season.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  4. Hi Sarah..what a sweet post...love the little doll.
    Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

  5. You have a beautiful family, Sarah! How pretty Selah looked at the piano, too, in her pink dress! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
    Love, Cindy

  6. Dear Sarah,
    I so adore your children. You must be one busy mom! I wasn't blessed with children (but lots of other blessings) and can see you have a house full of love and warmth..We just gave our piano away to a good friends son who has little one's...
    Let them make music!!!
    With so many beautiful Christmas tree's out there I thank you for mentioning mine..That's so nice of you!

  7. Hi Sarah, I can just imagine how nice it is to be a member of your household. So nice to see your kids busy crafting and wonderful of the older one to teach the younger ones. You have an ideal family!...Christine

  8. How very special and thoughtful this post is with your beautiful family. Lots of Love and Christmas Spirit showing through your photos. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas.

  9. What a warm post. What a very talented family also, there are some things that school rooms just can't teach.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  10. Hello Sarah,
    What a lovely family you have...and talented,too.
    Thank you for inviting me to join in your weekend link up. I will be doing just that in the new year...I just have to get a little more organised.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  11. So warm,cozy and inviting...Thank you for sharing this season of joy and pink!HPS!

  12. It's hard to imagine a typical day at your house. You have so much energy!

  13. Cute, cute doll.
    Thanks for stopping by Sarah and the tag I did is not anyone I know.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the joy of the Lord be ever present in all your celebrations,

    Coleen in Ukraine


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