We woke up to another beautiful fall day yesterday so we decided to visit the Brumbaugh Fruit Farm. The girls had a lot of fun riding zip cords,
going on a hay ride,
sliding down a giant tube slide,
and taking a walk in the enchanted woods.
The girls ran into their cousins during our visit and had even more fun.
We all had a fun time making memories with our beloved family and friends this weekend.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
It is that time of year. The tree leaves are changing to those beautiful red and golden hues. Pumpkins are placed on porches, and the cool crisp air greets us at the door every morning and evening.
We have enjoyed our weekends this season by going to the many fall festivals.
We have rode countless hay rides...
found our way through corn mazes...
rode zip cord rides through the cool air...
and walked in the park while smelling the autumn air and crunching the fallen leaves under our feet.
Friday, October 10, 2014
After Xiera came home from school one day this week she had asked me to try to braid her hair. This was a real treat for me because Xiera loves her long hair down wavy, brushed, maybe flat ironed every so often, but kept down and untouched almost every day. This saddens me because I LOVED doing her hair every day when she was younger in pigtails with big pretty bows and adorable french braids. I had always wanted to try a fishtail braid on her hair and decided to give it a go.
I think for my first try, it turned out quite beautiful. She loved how it turned out too and allowed me to do it in this style the very next morning for school.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
This October God has displayed a GORGEOUS array of sunsets for us to view. I just love seeing these beautiful murals from our Lord every evening. They are gifts; treasures from Him.
As I was getting Xiera out the door on her way to school, Wednesday morning October 8th, I was able to look up and see something spectacular. The morning sky was dark but very clear. You could see EVERY star in the sky. As I looked toward the moon, I noticed how red it was. I had never actually seen a lunar eclipse without a cloud overlay, so to see this as clear as I did, was quite incredible.
If you don't make the time to look up and see these "gifts" they will be lost forever and will only live on within our memories.
Monday, October 6, 2014
A dear friend of mine, Kammi had asked me if I would be interested in making a newsboy style hat that resembles a pumpkin for her baby boy to wear at the Pumpkin Show Festival. She said she had entered him in the Lil' Prince Pumpkin Contest. I told her that I would love to create this hat for him to wear. This is the hat I created.
And here are the details.
I think he makes a cute lil' pumpkin prince.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Since my daughter Zella has found a new love for karate, she asked me if I would make her a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat. Her favorite turtle is Michelangelo. This is the hat I created for her.
She absolutely loves it! Can you tell?
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Zella recently decided to trade her Daisy Girl Scout vest in for a Karate Gi. Yes you read that right. Zella is officially a white belt in karate.
It all began when Zella viewed a you tube video of a little girl doing some intense karate moves. Zella just stared at this video and replayed it over and over again mesmerized. She said, "Mom, I didn't know I could take karate. I want to be in karate. Can I start tomorrow?"
We love supporting and encouraging our two girls in their interests so we began looking into karate studios, classes, and Dojos nearby that we could take Zella to. We found the perfect Dojo for her to begin classes nearby and after school one Wednesday we took her to visit.
She had a sparkle in her eye that I had never seen before when we walked into that Dojo. She was so excited and smiling ear to ear. She told us that she LOVED it and wanted to start right away. So we signed her up and that was that.
We had never seen her so intense and driven about something before which made us very excited for her.
She has found her true passion.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Xiera's school was hosting a mile fun day race for all of the schools in our county to attend. It was not mandatory to run as it was all for fun. Everyone who would run in the race would receive a metal for participation. Xiera told me she wanted to run in the race because she was interested in possibly running for track in the next couple of years since it is not available yet for fifth graders. We of course encourage this interest she has as we are a very active family. Weeks before the race we practiced running together as a family every other evening. She would sometimes even pass me up and run an extra lap. We knew she was ready for this.
On the day of the race Xiera was VERY nervous. We told her to do the best that she could and that we knew she could do this because she had her heart and mind set on it. ANYTHING is possible when you believe in yourself. She found a few friends before the race which made her nervous butterflies calm down a bit.
Soon it was time to take their positions on the line.
Once they were on their mark it was time to get set, and GO!
We chanted "Go Xiera Go!" over and over again!
Finally she made it to the finish line, and they placed that medal over her head. She did not place but she had made it and she was proud and we were proud for her!
She did encounter quite an ordeal while running. They ran around the track into a wooded trail. While running on the wooded trail a hornet's nest fell right in front of her path. She couldn't go around it in time so she ran through it. Poor thing got stung 4 times on her back.
She didn't stop running even though she was in pain. She told me, "Mom, it hurt so bad but I didn't want to stop. I wanted to finish. I had to finish." And finish is exactly what she did. She said afterwards, "I feel like I can do anything!" She had made it...she had followed through. Anything is truly possible when you put your mind, body, heart, and soul into it.
*She is doing fine by the way. Her back swelled up a little bit but after applying ice to the stings, the swelling went down.*