And now…the Birthday Girls!

Oh, how my heart smiles.

While the boys claim early November for birthdays, the girls  take us to the end of November with more birthday celebrations! Normally, they celebrate on the same day but we split them up this year.  Hannah’s birthday was on Thanksgiving Day this year.  Good thing she requested turkey as her birthday meal!


The cutest Thanksgiving turkey!

Hannah turned 7 this year. She is an absolute joy!  Full of energy and giggles. She loves to cuddle up and have a chat.  What a delight she is!

My Joy!

And then on the 27th, Sarah turned 5! With a meal of hot dogs and mac & cheese, she savored every minute of her day!


This past year was a growing year for Sarah.  She has come so far since her screaming baby days. Sarah likes to be busy and would love to be in charge. She has a stubborn streak teamed up with a sweet streak. Dangerous combo at times! I love the twinkle that is always in her eyes.

Sarah, 5!

While Hannah had Thanksgiving, Sarah wanted to put up the Christmas tree on her birthday. What fun they all had!

Birthday hugs!

Happy Birthday to my November girls!

Physical Science….Preschool Edition

I love preschoolers. Love. Them. They are cute, shorter than me, and full of life. I love watching God’s creation through their eyes. Seeing the delight when they discover something new.

My Sarah Bear

The other day all of the older kiddos were in various places in the house being diligent workers. Yes, they were. Trust me. It was just Sam, Sarah and me spending some time together in the living room. Martha was roaming around the room as well. We were having a great time building different “Lego guys” and houses.


A well loved toy that fees the imagination….

After a bit of play with the blocks, I decided to toss in a bit of unofficial science. On the floor of my not so clean living room was a small wooden spoon, an empty cardboard tube from the kitchen, blocks and of course, a cuter preschooler or two.  I laid the spoon across the cardboard tube, placed a block on the spoon and then shot the block up into the air with weight quickly put on the other end of the spoon. An improvised catapult.

Setting it up for launch….

Once Sarah and Sam saw how it worked, they took over the fun. Sarah quickly realized that placement of the spoon affected how far the block would fly. She also quickly learned where she needed to be for the best shot.

Sarah…completely focused and intent.

No expensive items needed. Just your random household items tossed together creates a fun and educational opportunity!