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Snow Much Fun!

 

Well apparently we nearly broke the record for snow fall in our area. Now for a Nebraska girl like me, this was nothing. I count it as a special gift from God. One of the big things that I had to over come, along with the fact that I was moving away from my family, best friends, and church, was how little snow Kansas got compared to Nebraska. The snow storm this week was like a kiss from God, reminding me that He would not only meet my needs, but He remembered my wants as well. God knows our love languages better then we do, and beautiful, thick, wet, snow is one of mine. And to top it off, it wasn’t just one day for a few hours and then melts away, it was two whole days and today the temps are staying below freezing so I get to look out the window and drink it all in.

The snow fall we got was just a drop in the bucket compared to what our farmers need to bring the water levels back up to what they need to be, but it is a start. God could have given us two days of rain, I would have still been thankful, but oh how much more beautiful and fun is the snow! It is, after all still winter, so why not enjoy it for what it is.

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Moving on. Yesterday Joel took the afternoon off to enjoy the momentous snow fall. We took the girls to the only hill in town ( the on and off ramps for the highway-don’t worry there is a lot of space and it was totally safe) to go sledding for the first time. They had a ball! Lucy sat in the car with Joel’s dad, and eventually Emma when she got too cold. There were a few who thought we were crazy for going out when it was snowing and there was so much snow to still be plowed, but we’ve seen worse and the main roads were cleared so it really wasn’t a problem at all. The snow was perfect for sledding! Both girls thoroughly enjoyed it, but Sammie, our dare devil, wanted to keep going long after her cheeks were bright red and her nose was running on full blast. Joel and I got a really good work out dragging the sleds back up the steep hill while helping the girls back up as well. Joel’s parents went along to enjoy us enjoying the snow. Mom Terrell got right up to the top of the hill with us!

We went out again a couple days later after the second snow fall with one of Joel’s brothers and his kids. It was a treat for them to have other kids they know there with them!

Did you get snow?  Did you do anything special to enjoy it?

 

I’m sharing this over at the Homestead Barn hop!

Gift Giving for Kids

Gift giving for kids

With the girls being so young, it can be difficult giving gifts from them in a way that allows them to feel included, not pulling out my hair, and keeping in budget. I decided I would pick up things on clearance throughout the year and then the girls can “shop” from my “gift store” for birthday and Christmas gifts. This way I can wait as close as possible to say, Christmas, for them to “shop” giving them less time to spill the beans.

Recently I was reading “The Tightwad Gazette II” by Amy Dacyczyn. In it was a tip from a reader who did something similar only she took it a step further. She would allow her kids to do special chores to earn “Mommy Money”. Right before Christmas her kids could cash in their “Mommy Money” and shop at her “Store” on at a time. She would pick up items at yard sales, often for a quarter.

I can see myself doing this for many years, at least until my children have learned to be thrifty and plan ahead!

 

What ways do you involve your kids in the gift giving process while still staying on budget?

 

I’m linking this to:           The Morris Tribe Blog Carnival

The County Fair

Our County Fair was actually a few weeks ago but I’ve been sick for weeks with a sinus and ear infection. Add to the fact that during that time I found out I was pregnant. No wonder I was so exhausted! I think I finally have the infection behind me so I thought I’d do a little catching up. I went to the doctor a couple of days before we went to the fair but I was still very tired. I had the brilliant idea of heading into Fremont for dinner so I didn’t have to make it and stopping by the fair on the way home. The nice thing about our county fair is that it’s small and you only have to pay for food and rides everything else is free. So we took the girls to see all the 4-H animals and then booked it out of there.

They had fans going everywhere. Ever since Emma had her double ear infection she’s been very sensitive to loud sounds.

Sammie on the other hand had no problem with the noise and had a great time.

One of the few times she had her hands off her ears.

One of the guys brought out a goat for the kids to pet. It was so nice of him.

When we were walking back to the car I saw our shadows. It was so cool I had to take a picture.

We had a really fun time. I’m hoping next year Emma will be past the loud noise thing and really enjoy the animals. It’s the simple things that make the lasting impressions and bring the most joy!

She’s Here!

 

Samantha JaneWell it is official. Samantha Jane was born March 1st at 11:12pm weighing in at 8lbs 14oz and 21 inches long! She is a beauty and a treasure! I will be taking a week or so off from blogging to get to know my new little girl and become aclimated to our now family of four. I will be post soon a list of the upcoming kids consignment sales in the Omaha area so stay tuned for that!