Saturday, November 30, 2013

{Beauty Captured ~ 122/365}



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Friday, November 29, 2013

Random 5 on Friday ~ November 29th

The Pebble Pond

1. Thanksgiving week has been a bit crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world.

2. We went to 3 different houses. Each completely different and yet SO much fun.

3. I had a HUGE Pinterest fail. Do NOT...and I repeat do NOT...mix dry angel food cake with apple pie filling. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

4. I did however make a delicious chicken enchilada bake, chocolate cream pie, pumpkin spice muffins and cinnamon roll cake. What did you make?

5. Brian has a FOUR day weekend. Random 5 this week is quick and easy because I am busy savoring every single second.



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{Beauty Captured ~ 121/365}



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Wonderful Thanksgiving. 
Full of wonderful family, side aching laughter and really ugly blazers.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Boys of the Family Kind of Love the Snow

We all love playing in the snow but Carter is die hard and Bobo is his side kick. 

The girls lasted about an hour before they were ready for warmth and hot chocolate.


















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Monday, November 25, 2013

{Beauty Captured ~ 117/365}



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Ornament Supply List

Coming Soon....12 Days of Homemade Ornaments!


I have had a few people ask me for a supply list. Ask and you shall receive. Unless you ask for one of my kids. Then it will depend on the day. Kidding. Totally kidding.

A lot of the things we are going to use will be things you will just have around your house. At least that was my intention. As I starting to gather things, I realized our arts and craft supply was pretty low. I hope your supply is bigger than mine.

I am not sure exactly the order that we are going to do the ornaments. I am afraid to say exactly because I do not want you to run out and buy for day one and then I have to switch the ornament for that day. So I am going to just give you a dump list. If you have any questions, just ASK and I can elaborate a bit.

~ An assortment of yarn, ribbon, twine, stickers, glitter, string, etc.
~ Oranges and/or Apples
~ Salt
~ Flour
~ Cookie Cutters
~ Stamps/Ink
~ Peppermint candies (individually wrapped)
~ Hot Glue Gun with glue (of course)
~ Old song book 
~ Shapes from Cardboard (I think we are going to go with stars but the kids might come up with something more creative)
~ Cardstock (I wanted 2 sided but I couldn't find any)
~ Washi Tape
~ Wooden Tags (I found these $1 for 6 in the unfinished wood section at JoAnn Fabrics)
~ Mason Jar Lids
~ Wrapping paper or colorful paper 
~ Modge Podge
~ Nail (to make hole)
~ Deep pan
~ Berries, Leaves (Be creative)
~ Buttons
~ Pipe Cleaners
~ Old Crayons
~ Blow Dryer
~ Clear Christmas Bulbs
~ Ruler (for each child)
~ Scrabble tiles


The kids and I are REALLY excited to do this series. I hope you will join us.


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$250 Timberdoodle Giveaway!


To help promote Homeschool Encouragement, a group of us ladies from The Bow of Bronze Launch Team have teamed together to give YOU an awesome giveaway!

Are you ready for this??

$250 Gift Certificate to TIMBERDOODLE!

I told you it was great. I'm just a little jealous but extremely excited to give you the opportunity.

You do know about Timberdoodle, right? Timberdoodle is a favorite around here.

They are kind of known for their homeschool items but they offer a lot more than that! You could definitely finish off your Christmas shopping for any kid, teen and even some adults. I am a little partial to their puzzles, games and art supplies!

Homeschool Encouragement Giveaway

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Lisa at Golden Grasses
Tara at This Sweet Life of Mine
Michele at Family, Faith and Fridays
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Gena at I Choose Joy
Ellen at Grace Tells Another Story
Lisa at Our Simple Kinda Life
Kim at Natural Beach Living
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Friday, November 22, 2013

{Beauty Captured ~ 114/365}

Brian had a surprise waiting for him when he got home today. An early birthday present. 



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Random 5 on Friday ~ November 22nd


The Pebble Pond

 1. We have had an appointment every single day this week. I am tired. We took the week off school because there was NO WAY I would have been able to fit it all in. That is what I love about homeschooling. Funny thing is, we were still learning. Yes, we. I usually learn a thing or two right along with the kids.

2. I got some super news. I was asked to return next year for the TOS Review Crew. I was making myself a nervous wreck worrying about it. Brian reminded me that if God closes a door it's because he is going to open another one. It didn't really help much. I LOVE the Crew but he was right. I'm just glad I made it.

3. Last night at dinner, we were all sitting around chatting about this and that. Taylor says (completely out of NOWHERE) "Dad, what do you think about us adopting a child from China". Mind you, this has not even been discussed. Where she comes up with this stuff I will never know. To top it off, she would like a deaf girl from China around 2 years old. I love her.

4. I need a vacation. Ha! We have never even truly been on a vacation. Once we went to Georgia to watch my brother graduate from basic training. Then there was the time we drove all the way to Oklahoma but that was for surgery. Brian doesn't even remember much of it. We camp. Don't get me wrong I LOVE camping but I am talking about a sitting on the porch in a cabin in the mountains, listening to the birds, not a care in the world kind of vacation. Nothing to do. No where to go. Truthfully, there are many things I want BEFORE I would ever even go on vacation but a girl can dream, right!?

5. I absolutely love having a husband that is willing to learn right along side me. Through the years and A LOT of trial and error, we have taught ourselves so much. Gardening. Canning. Feeding tubes. Deer processing. Chicken butchering. The list could be a mile long. I won't bore you with all of that but I couldn't imagine what it would be like married to a man that sits in front of the TV every day after work. Heck, we don't even have a TV. Oh wait, that is that thing that I put in the closet because it doesn't ever get used. :)
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