summer 2011

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Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Friday, November 10, 2017

winter already?!!!!!

It snowed! And it's cold! It's 23 degrees (-5c), and windy. We didn't get much snow, but it changes the lighting in here, and makes it feel almost Christmas-y.

There's no school today, so the high school girls are making breakfast, with their friend Irene and cousin Grace. Jonathan is shooting his airsoft gun with Sunny...Sunny goes crazy to go chase the pellets. Charlotte Claire and Camille changed their room around again, it's how they get it really clean. They are only ten and eleven, and they move those bunk beds and dressers and rearrange things all by themselves. It's sad each time though, Char says she has glass tea sets that she doesn't want anymore. :(
Joseph left a few hours ago to go, of all places, to the Adirondacks, to Giant Mountain, for a mountain hike. The temperatures there are frigid, but he's prepared, taking a few friends, and off he went.

Evelyn Joy, Camille, me, Sonja K., and Miss Charlotte Claire in the background...we went to the dreaded mall yesterday...we met up with a nice girl and her mama, who took two of the kittens...only one left, except for the one we are somehow keeping. Three cats is still this side of crazy, right?

The mall...we didn't do much. We went to H&M where I found a few baby things for grandbabies and a pair of jeans for Char, then to Forever21 where we hit the one dollar rack, for a few hats and socks, then found Cam some really pretty leggings for three dollars.

We went into Bath & Body Works, which the girls LOVE, even though we don't buy anything. It's SO expensive!

Anyway. We decided to leave and hit the grocery store for some frozen pizzas, there is a store brand of chicken/bacon/ranch, that they really like...

This morning, I woke up at 6:30, saw the snow, and was too excited to go back to sleep. So I got up and started in on the morning work of dishes, laundry, sweeping up the floors. I changed and washed the couch covers, and put some chicken in the crockpot. It's so cold out, it's a fine day for chicken and gravy, and mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash....mmm. And the best part is that I love starting the day knowing what's for dinner...doesn't take much, with me, doesn't take much.

There are cinnamon buns, and I am not eating cinnamon buns. They smell tantalizingly yummy, but no, I am not having any. I had an egg and a sausage, and a pile of green peppers with onions, thank you, Evelyn Joy! And pumpkin spice coffee.

Oh well...time to get moving, again....


Marilyn said...

Isn’t it great to put supper in the crockpot and smell it all day? I just put in a roast with yams (sweet potato) cut up in cubes, fried up onions, garlic, celery and carrots then added a chilli based tomato sauce and beef broth and some cumin, oregano and poured it over the roast. And now it’s cooking away. It’s a yummy recipe. We had -9C yesterday with a freezing cold wind straight from the North Pole I think 😬 I love how you take the girls shopping and find such cute stuff. AND good for you for not eating a cinnamon bun!!! You have such willpower.......I would cave I think. Have a great day Della 🤗

Marilyn from Canada

momto9 said...

It snowed here too and it was in the minus for a few days...finally warmed up a little and it melted. But for a moment kids wanted to play christmas songs.
Which brings me to a question
how do you afford christmas with such huge family....i struggle with this each year. Do you save for it through the year or how?

American Housewife said...

"I love starting the day knowing what's for dinner"

YES! It makes me happy to know what's for dinner and have it cooking away in a crock or the oven without any work on my part. It somehow makes the whole day better to have dinner 'taken care of'!