30 January 2014


Sleeping baby and crochet project. Kiddos being big helpers.

22 January 2014

20 January 2014

Big Brother Big Helper

Matthew is trimming Isaac's toe nails. Isaac likes Matthew to trim them over and over!

17 January 2014

Cleaning Day

Fridays have been designated for extra cleaning in our home. We also do extra cooking to get through the weekend. Both the extra cleaning and cooking have been helpful in enjoying our family rest day on Saturdays and fellowship at church on Sundays. Kiddos are wonderful helpers!

13 January 2014

Favorite Things

Matt built this fantastic step stool for Isaac.  It has been a helpful addition to our kitchen!  The step stool is based off the plans for the helper tower from ana-white.com.
Another favorite item is the small nylon knife Isaac is using.  My kiddos all like cutting with this knife.  It cuts vegetables, but doesn't cut them.  The knife is from Curious Chef.


Mondays have been designated poetry day in our home school schedule.
This morning my kiddos each wrote a couplet.  They had some help from Mama, but came up with their topic, first line ending word and lists of rhyming words.  Plus they helped count syllables.
They are cute little poems, so I thought I would share them here.
The book is being read by the boy.
A day reading books is such a joy.
Outdoors plays the boy.
He has his best toy.
Quietly sits the doll.
There she is not afoul.
We began our poetry time by reading Psalm 121.  Then we read several poems from Favorite Poems Old and New   Selected by Helen Ferris.
Our poetry lesson came from Writing Poetry with Children  published by Evan-Moor.

11 January 2014

Meal Diary

Kale (lightly wilted), cooked beets, black eyed peas, drizzled with sunflower oil.

07 January 2014

Cabbage and Potato Soup

My Kiddos made soup for our Christmas meal.  They have made cabbage potato soup several times without assistance. 
Here is their recipe:
Lootens Kiddo's Cabbage Soup
onion, chopped
package of celery, chopped
head of cabbage, chopped
several potatoes, chopped
sea salt and pepper, to taste
bring to boil then simmer until potatoes are tender
large can of diced tomatoes
cooked turkey

06 January 2014

Kale and Bean Salad

A friend from church brought a kale and beet salad to our fellowship meal and inspired today's lunch.

Kale and Bean Salad
Prepared Northern Beans
Kale (I purchased a bag of organic kale from Trader Joe's)
Cooked and sliced Beets (purchased from Trader Joe's)
Sliced Almonds
Lemon Juice to taste
Drizzle of Olive Oil

Tea Party