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Now November

Hmm let’s see… November… AMERICAN Thanksgiving, a visit from Nana and Baba, full on fall weather, school, the beginning of the Christmas countdown. Because Nana and Baba were there in the right time frame we also saw Santa which you can read about in a previous post.20161123_162137

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Beach towels from their travels

Beach towels from their travels

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. Not only did Nana and Baba take over the cooking and make a full on turkey dinner BUT the Novaks also joined us! The kids were beyond excited to have the 4 boys over and we adults had a great visit.img_20161124_231211

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Echo chose our seasonally coloured cake. I baked it.

Echo chose our seasonally coloured cake. I baked it.

And the twins decorated it.

And the twins decorated it.

20161124_173601Ken and I snuck off after Thanksgiving for basically a second honeymoon. For the first time in over 12 years we went out overnight WITHOUT kids. We went to a B and B that Karyn and I had visited previously in Wisconsin (different room). We hung out in our awesome room.

20161125_161515img_20161126_213308img_20161126_004401Went out for a delicious dinner at an old mill.img_20161126_004425

Dressed up for a dinner out.

Dressed up for a dinner out.

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20161125_18300220161125_191718Shopped at an amazing yarn place.img_20161126_134823

AND drove out of our way to an even more amazing wool place.img_20161127_131241

Oh yah I spent a little

Oh yah I spent a little

We even stopped in at a brewery for a tasting for Ken.20161126_144504

20161126_145307And visited the capital building.img_20161126_155637

It was AMAZING.

ALMOST like back home.

ALMOST like back home.

It really was as good as people say!

It really was as good as people say!

Breakfast

Breakfast

Wisconsin = cheese of course

Wisconsin = cheese of course

NAP

NAP

The weather went from sundresses and sunshine to snow and snowboots.20161110_133413_hdr

img_20161103_165205img_20161109_152440img_20161118_202542img_20161123_093838We spent plenty of quality time at the YMCA.img_20161129_001509

img_20161114_185445img_20161116_19221020161112_113929And Ken and I went to an open house at Shandai and Ravyn’s new digs.20161112_155802

We found time for Home Depot.img_20161106_002011

Crocheted in spare moments.

Cat butt coasters!

Cat butt coasters!

Fingerless dragonscale gloves.

Fingerless dragonscale gloves.

Hats for cats!

Hats for cats!

The girls had their nails done by Nana.img_20161129_184624

And the twins pitched in with some baking.img_20161129_123128

We decorated our tree. img_20161130_164329

And watched our local black squirrel run our yard like a boss.img_20161107_180213

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img_20161102_11400320161110_114009Can you believe we even found time for schooling.img_20161104_141811 img_20161108_155520img_20161115_160111

Prepping the Christmas countdown paper chain.

Prepping the Christmas countdown paper chain.

20161130_141557And a visit with the Schwartz family!img_20161118_234013

A trip to IKEA had us well lit and the girls in new beds. img_20161106_001855

img_20161106_231021November went by in a blink of an eye. But it was a fun blink!img_20161111_130831

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Christmas decorations at the YMCA

Christmas decorations at the YMCA

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When Two Girls Hit the Road…

Day 1 – August 3

For the first time in OVER 2 years I had an overnight trip! What a rush! Karyn and I took a two day trip to see the scenic Wisconsin…. Ok so the scenery was MOSTLY corn fields (seriously – where were all the cows????)… and we had a ton of rain on the road… but it was so much fun!101_9527

We started out the morning of the 3rd all dressed up with a cooler full of drinks and a bag of snacks. We had over 4 hours on the road… first to the bed and breakfast and then on to Madison Wisconsin. Miss Echo had to show off her all in white fashion as well.

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Walking Iron Bed & Breakfast was lovely (HERE). We had the William Thompson room (HERE). Trust me the bathroom WAS decadent. What a tub!!! And so much space. We lucked out and the other guests were not yet checked in so we got a chance to peek into ALL of the bedrooms they have available. Ours was one of the smaller but they all were equally amazing. They certainly put a lot of work into each and every room in the house. The dining areas were lovely, the hallway and stairs so gorgeous. Check in was simple and after we brought in our bags and such we HAD TO take pictures. The B&B has a continental breakfast the morning we are there, a spa we did not use and complimentary drinks including tea and coffee 24/7. The wi-fi was a little wonky (they were having issues and trying to get it repaired) but otherwise our stay was AMAZING.IMG_4206 IMG_4207

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After properly photographing our temporary abode it was time to head into Madison for some shopping and dinner. There are some absolutely LOVELY craft stores to peruse in the capital city of Wisconsin. We started with art supplies and cross stitch bits. Our GPS sent us on a few adventures this trip. They led us right over to the WRONG mall which had us have the happy accident of finding not only Sephora but a food place called Potbelly that was absolutely amazing. Karyn had had it before in another state and was unaware that it was a chain. We had flatbread. So yum!101_9530 101_9537 101_9534 101_9541

I have to admit it was fun to be out and about without kids AND dressed up all fancy. I finally got to wear my birthday indulgences… my brand new rose patterned skirt and red crinoline. Not only comfortable but the compliments!! I lucked out and before Karyn got here found a fitted t shirt to match for now. I look forward to budgeting in a blouse from the Tatyana store one day!

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Apparently Madison Wisconsin is the place to go if you want to find an amazing selection of yarn. It was in a rather dead mall but well worth the bungled up GPS instructions. I could easily have indulged hundreds of dollars worth of amazing yarn. Restraint was hard to find!!! Thank goodness for a budget and the realization that we still had another day of fun in Wisconsin to come.IMG_4209

After shopping and dinner at Potbelly and MORE shopping it was time to find a 7-11 to try a slurpee. Not quite the same as back home but a definite improvement on the Icee! Almost a taste of home and an awesome reason for such a fun odyssey.

IMG_4210After all that fun it was back to the B&B for a well earned rest! photo 3a

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Working Toward the Homecoming

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I swear we are on the road to completions lately! Following up on Trinity’s math workbook finishing Emanuel wowed us with his Addition book being done! Well done my boy!

Sleepy smile and all

Sleepy smile and all

We have also started our story starters with the twins… I am hoping we can make up a nice series of stories all by the boys written by themselves. I simply check the spelling and correct it underneath. I am finding their creative spelling quite amusing!

I need to type some of these out... not too bad on the mistakes even!

I need to type some of these out… not too bad on the mistakes even!

101_4725It was rather exciting to actually finish our Lions unit! The assembly was not the quickest but we had a blast doing it! Be sure to check out our resource post HERE.
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With October comes Halloween so we had to work on our black paper drawings. This time we are working on smaller images to include in our garland making.101_4729

Thursday was another rainy day so out came the rainy day fun bucket, folder games and anything else I could think of to spread across the floor and get the kids playing and learning and keep them from fighting!101_4730

101_4731Emanuel is working hard on his math! Friday had us working on the BIG math book… the same I did with the twins (a Canadian book), it is rather interesting to see how he picks up on some things faster just for watching his older brothers!101_4733

He even drew his own skull thanks to Art for Kids… again check out their link on the right side of my page.101_4734

Egypt made another showing with another story.101_4737

And Echo built us a house!101_4738

Our weekend was a special one! First Saturday of the month – HOME DEPOT! This month the craft of choice was airplanes! Talk about fun!

They were so excited I couldn't get the pic to focus!!!

They were so excited I couldn’t get the pic to focus!!!

Gavin made me a slurpee out of Legos too!!101_4741

Sunday School had the twins bringing mustard seeds home in tiny adorable jars.101_4742

So not the most exciting weekend… but we make do and make memories! Oh… and eat a melon fresh out of the garden! 101_4744