Sunday, January 23, 2022

{Snow of the South}

 God gave us a fun weekend in the South with the first snow we've seen in about 7 years.   It came down late on Friday evening and was still a white winter wonderland on Saturday morning...leading to a full day of snowballs and snow cream and then trying to get warm again.  The kids loved it!  It was our first snow at our home {we've been here just over 5 years already} and so beautiful to see our meadow covered in white.  Wyatt joked that our house was camouflaged.  It truly was so pretty! 


These three were the early birds getting out to play first. 


Our own little version of Narnia.  




And of course they figured out how to make snowballs pretty quickly and play dodgeball with them.  Bear won here I do believe! 


This sensory seeking little doll was in paradise! 




She would walk all over the front field just to hear the crunch. 






Our sweet Bo was not a fan of the cold, white powder.  We did get him to sit still for just a second but he was not having it.  Ever met a Golden Retriever who hates the water?  Yep!  He is one!  He'll even go potty with two feet on the sidewalk to avoid getting his paws wet.  


After our morning fun, I hopped on the treadmill to have a pretend walk in the snow through the window.  As I was walking, I thought that we definitely needed a family photo in the snow!  So, we dug out the tripod and I got the 10 second timer set up on my fancy camera and off we went.  I'm so grateful this crew puts up with my crazy ideas at the drop of a hat!  They were all nice and cozy inside and happily obliged. 



They did, however, only shoot for ONE photo and then were done.  Snowball fights ensued very quickly after I told them that I think I had gotten one.  







And then sweet Panda got one on Bubba!  She was so proud and he played along with it just like the best biggest brother there ever was! 


Saturday, January 15, 2022

{Window Washers}

 Shortly after we moved in several years ago, I was invited to a Norwex party.  I didn't know much about the company but trusted the gal that hosted it and knew she was not having a party unless it was worth it.  Well, she was right.  I was introduced to envirocloths and have used them daily since.  We have lots of them...colors for different rooms in the house and, aside from the kitchen ones, these probably get used the most.  WINDOWS!  The kids and Scott joke that we live in a fishbowl but they aren't entirely wrong.  Lots of windows to bring the outside in with absolutely no blinds in a single room.  Lots of natural light and lots of pretty views of the country!  We built this house with the land in mind and the windows frame it perfectly.  But, that also comes with lots of little fingerprints and dog slobber.  So, the girls did their thing again with the envirocloths and the windows are so clear that the birds are confused and trying to fly in.  Bless.  Pretty sure these little dolls are the cutest window washers around! 






Thursday, January 13, 2022

{Quarantine Cuties}

Looks like 2020 followed us right into 2021 which followed us right into 2022!  After an amazing first few days of the new year, we are pretty sure we got the "C" again after 14 months of steering clear of it.  Other than a long morning for Mom and a couple rough days for Panda, all else are faring quite well...and a few haven't shown the first sign of anything at all!  


This one keeps me convinced that the longer you live in an orphanage, the stronger your immune system.  She is never sick! 



She is quite silly though! 



Natural response to life in general, babe! 


Panda not quite feeling her best but tough as nails.  


When mom doesn't feel well, the kids can wear anything they'd like...which includes Christmas sweatshirts and princess costumes!  And our emotional support therapy dog is clearly fulfilling his duties well! 




And the kids get wayyyy more time on screens than usual, too.  



At least I made this one do some reading on an educational app though.  She was soaking it up and is learning more each and every day! 


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

{Country Chicks}

 When you are taking photos of two little ladies and a couple more come strutting over to join in...



These social birds never miss an opportunity to join in on the fun!  If they see you come out or come home  then they come running to say hello.  


I thought Snowflake was going to step right between the girls for the minute.  Clearly, the girls are used to this! 





We moved to the far field for another few shots.  





And then I thought we were done but Dub was insistent on more pictures!  So she just started posing and I could not resist!  She's so funny! 



Ok, Daddy, I think you can start shining your rifles now! 



Sweet Sunshine!  


Friday, December 31, 2021

{December Details: NYE}


Guess I may should have saved this one for 2022 but technically it did happen in 2021!  NYE fun with a little neighborhood fireworks party! 










Ready to ring in 2022!