I love Fall. Leaves, cooler weather, the slant of the sunlight, my nesting instincts. Yep, I love it!
|Pumpkin Carving Fun|
|Tossing games with the spoiled|
tomatoes from the garden
(it was very neglected this year)
I have gotten very frustrated with the changes in dishwasher soap. The cup on the left is what the new phosphate free stuff has left on all my dishes. I was voicing my frustration about it when with a group of other moms and this product was recommended! The cup on the right is after just one washing! Yipee! Let me do a happy dance in my kitchen!
|Clean dishes at last!|
Can you tell which creation belongs to the 12 year old boy? eeewwwwww!
|Hailey with Sam and Anni|
I didn't know I was coming down with shingles for a while.(see previous post) You tend to feel bad for about a week before the blisters start. I have always had trouble living in the north when it starts to get dark earlier and earlier in the day. I know it's coming and brace myself for it every year. (I get especially excited for Christmas because the shift toward more light begins!) I thought that this was just going to be a particularly hard winter in that way. I am glad I was just sick and that it wasn't depression. I thought if it was this bad already, I will never make it through. I am very relieved that I felt bad for another reason. (It has been a relatively sunny winter so far, so that is another blessing in my life!) So one night I just couldn't face cleaning up after dinner and asked the kids for a volunteer to do it for me. (insert cricket background noises and note that I had not cleaned up the kitchen at all that day) After a brief but uncomfortable silence my sweet Sierra volunteered. I told her that I was grateful for her generosity and love and as a reward I would pay her 5 bucks if she did a super-duper-exceptional job on it. (Not my best parenting moment, I am not proud of it but look at the results!) I'd say she did a super-duper-exceptional job and earned every penny!
|Sierra added paper "Sparkling Clean" stars for effect!|