Thanksgiving Week

What a week!!!  We started out with a new purchase:

A 2004 Ford Freestar minivan!  Since becoming a family of 6, we couldn’t safely go anywhere as a family in one car, so it was time.  The kids are thrilled with the new vehicle, and mama and papa are once again able to enjoy talking to each without being interrupted!

Excited for the week of Thanksgiving, we had a happy, full school day on Monday finishing up our first Old Testament block with Noah’s Arc.  We had a little catching up to do and made easy work of it.  Alex has been working on making an arc of his own from popsicle sticks.

Come Tuesday, Alex had a fever and wasn’t up for much of anything.  I finished telling Noah’s story while Alex rested.  He was back to his regular self come Wednesday, but Izzy started in with a stomach bug.

Thursday brought our small family feast and by dinner time, everyone was feeling well!

We did our regular day-after-Thanksgiving ritual of going to the Christmas tree farm and picking out our tree (okay, I admit that I did a wee bit of shopping in the morning – but only one store to get some sewing supplies to make gifts.)

I even got my favorite family picture at the tree farm (look at all those hand-knit hats on those lovely heads!):

We got back home, set up the tree in the living room, and “it” began.  I started not feeling well and Jackson said his head hurt.  Less than an hour later, and we were both in bed, not holding down anything.  A few hours after that, Alex and James joined us, and before the morning, Izzy had a relapse.  We’re not sure if baby Autumn had it too, but if she did, thank goodness that it was very minor!  Having the entire family sick at the same time was awful, but thankfully short lived.  We’re on the mend, though Jackson is still battling it.  He’s anxious to get better, not wanting at all to sleep during the day!

We got caught up on our Christmas movies and James made us a wonderful soup full of love – turkey, rice, and barley with lots of veggies.  It’s a quiet day, and that’s something to be thankful for!

Darn Cold!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I’ve been struggling with a head cold for the past few weeks.  At first, it was a mere annoyance, but then it developed into more of a full blown bug.  Yuck!  I’m just thankful that it’s just hit me and none of the kids so far.

I have some back posting to share of our third grade lessons these past few weeks, though we did take off this past week and only ever so lightly mentioned Martinmas.  I was sad not to get a full-blown celebration in, but between my cold, daddy’s thrown out back, and a newborn, I think it’s completely understandable and let go of any guilt that I was feeling.  Alex has done some excellent work that I can’t wait to share .  He’s been really great with motivating himself and doing more independent work while I tend to other things in the kitchen while he works.

Squeezing knitting time  in has been a challenge lately too, so I don’t have much to report in that department.  I’m going to have to find a way to fit it all in with Christmas being 6 weeks away and presents needing to be to knit (and sewn.)

I must not have done enough nesting while I was pregnant because I’m still on a de-cluttering and organization streak – thank goodness!  The office/sewing room has been enduring an overhaul in hopes of transforming into a sewing/bedroom for a certain little girl.  The playroom will be next!

 

Leaves!

Since I have my arms full these days, I have more pictures to post:

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These are from last Thursday.  Alex went outside to rake leaves as soon as we got home from co-op and worked for over an hour creating a pile large enough for all the kids to jump in.  Jack and Iz were inside sleeping while Alex worked, and boy, were they surprised when they woke up to discover the fun!  Autumn even got in on the action, kinda:

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