Weekly Photo Roundup {326-331}

#326 – Siblings photo for Nov. (posted last week, and forgot that I didn’t take any other pictures on Sunday…)
#327 – Our two rose bushes have both decided to put out two more flowers ❤
#328 – Slate chalkboard (because that’s what happens when you read “old-fashioned” books)
#329 – Then it frosted this particular morning.
#330 – When the toddler learns how to look under his legs… everyone joins in the fun
#331 – I took one of our pumpkins that was going and decided to make it into muffins. Kat got all excited to plant the seeds (so she did)… then she watered them… then she played in the mud.
#331 – He thought putting bowls on the head was a great game.

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Siblings {Nov} and Weekly Photo Roundup {312-325}

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attempt for a fall shot 🙂
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will *all* the siblings

The picture John is holding is this one:

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Baby Boy’s first blog photo. Just love the little thumb sucking 🙂

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This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here

dear beautiful
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 And now the last two weeks photos:

#312 – This boy ate two (2) full sized burritos for dinner this particular evening
#313 – Z. trying to climb the furniture (so far, he’s been unsuccessful, but that doesn’t keep him from trying)
#314 – Z. wanting to go for a “walk”
#315 – Z. just chillin’
#316 – Z. outtake from photos I took for the catchlights
#317 – ***Forgot to take a photo this day***
#318 – Me and Z snuggling for 0.3 seconds on the couch

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#319 – Pink fall leaves
#320 – Karl, falling asleep after insisting he’s not tired.
#321 – Doing her own laundry (yay!!!)
#322 – The beginnings of a crochet project
#323 – I put some frozen fruit in oatmeal (mom win of the week!)
#324 – We tried reading… he’s still not much interested
#325 – Papa (Grandpa) made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, which were “so much better than grandma’s… and mom’s” so said all the kids 🙂

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All about reading {7QT #27}

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I have been meaning to write a “What I Read in ____________” post for, um, three months? Or at least two. So, quick version of what I’ve read “recently”

{Full disclaimer: I started this post a week ago…}

Linking with Kelly, etc.. for Quick Takes.

Before I start if I could just ask for prayers for my grandpa who is has begun his final journey here on earth. And also for my grandmother and peace for both of them. As well as for the family thats traveling to be with them during this time.

It seems there are many things to pray for this evening. A few family members live in France, a little outside of Paris, I haven’t heard anything from them one way or another.. continuing to pray for all.

And, on a slightly happier note, we’ll be finding out Baby #5’s gender tomorrow so if you want to guess, place them in the comments 🙂 Also prayers that all would be well are also appreciated.

Now, what I’ve read.

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Outlander series… by Diana Galbadon

Dragonfly in Amber (book 2) and Voyager (book 3)

I mentioned in the last one of these posts I made that I really loved the Outlander book (first of the series). Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve really enjoyed them so far. I am taking a little break from them for the moment because I can only read about two or three books of a series before I just need a change of pace. So I’ll probably pick the series back up in the new year.

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Fluffy Summer Reads:

*Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
I finished this book right at the beginning of July and I’m pretty sure my pregnancy brain erased any deep thoughts I had about this book (which may not have been there in the first place). But, needless, I enjoyed it. It’s a story about love (obviously), just not quite in the way you’d expect.

*The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I’m pretty sure this gets classified as “fan fiction”. And while I’m not normally one to jump onto the “All Things Royal Family” bandwagon (nothing against them, I’m just not crazy into it), this was a fun read. Kinda fairy tale-esque but not too-too sappy, which I tend to enjoy 🙂

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Nonfiction:

*Teaching in Your Tiara by Rebecca Frech
I enjoyed this quick read about homeschooling. It’s set up in a super easy Q&A format and I think I finished in within two days. It would be really helpful for those considering homeschooling, but also it has a lot of great things for those that are already homeschooling…. like a way to refocus.

*The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
I forget where I first heard about this book, but I’m glad I decided to pick it up. It’s all about making your home beautiful and being content, using especially those items you already have. It’s not quite a “how-to” but more of “here’s an idea” kind of book. It’s pretty much not overly religious, however she summarizes at the end with:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.” (Ps 23:1)
This struck me as so powerful. I’ve always taken that verse to imply that we have everything we physically need to survive (food, clothes, etc..), but I had never really considered it as applying to the “extras”. I think in this book she really does a good job of saying the extras, while, no, not absolutely necessary to survival are, or can be, a way to make a home a happy place and ultimately point towards God.

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Memoirs

For both of these books, it was pretty much the same thing for me. I really just love reading other people’s memoirs. I may get a few good quotes our of the book (My Life in France) or I may just be too absorbed in the story of their life to remember to write anything down (Something Other Than God). Either way, I really enjoy seeing life through other people’s eyes.

*My Life in France by Julia Child

*Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
Side note story about this one: I brought the book home from the library and set it on the window sill (something “urgent” came up so I took care of  it). Katherine saw the book laying there a little while later and asked what it was called.. (I told her)…
She then replied: But, there’s nothing other than God.
Me:…..ummm… yeah…?

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Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood (Multiple authors) Edited by Roberta Cottam
This was a short little review book I read. And let me just say it was so great. It’s a collection of essays, stories and a few poems and felt like just being wrapped in a cozy blanket. It brought a feeling of camaraderie in a very gentle loving way. Very enjoyable.

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Reread:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
 by J.K. Rowling

I’ve been wanting to reread the series forever. But once I listened to this podcast by Fountains of Carrots I actually picked up the book and started reading. Plan to reread the series over the next few months!!

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Didn’t care for:

* The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
This was totally a fluffy summer read. And while there wasn’t anything totally wrong with it, I just didn’t really like it too much. Maybe its because I listened on audio book (which I’m finding doesn’t always work out well for me). Or, maybe it’s because an address was referenced for here in RI that was just completely off, which made me feel that not enough research was done, which made me start questioning the realistic-ness of other aspects of the book. Too picky? Maybe.
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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I just didn’t get this book. I tried. But I just didn’t get it. I heard somewhere it’s probably best to read this with a book club to discuss all the stuff that comes up. But…. I read it on my own and just… nada.

 

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Yarn Along #4?

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I heard a friend of mine say once “it must be getting cooler, I’m getting the urge to knit something”. And while I don’t knit, I definitely know the feeling when it comes to crochet. Something about sitting around with a pile of yarn and some crochet hooks with a blanket on my lap… just about right.

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Although, come to think of it, I don’t usually just sit nice and cozy under a blanket. Recently most of my “yarning” {as Karl likes to call it} happens while I’m doing something else… like school work…

Katherine has requested a stuffed animal hanger like this one I made ages ago for the boys room:

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And I’ve been promising her one *forever*.. The other day I was upstairs and spotted the yarn so decided to just pull it out and see what I had. Conveniently she was there too so she picked the colors….

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I *think* she was aiming for a totally pink one, but then saw the sparkly red yarn and wanted that…… so…. red and pink match, right? Hopefully well enough for her.

Trying not to get too ahead of myself and start another project while I’m working on this one. This is great motivation to finish because I have a few other things I want to put together before Christmas.

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Currently Reading:

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Delancy: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg. I read her first book A Homemade Life a few months back and really enjoyed it. This is a continuation of her and her husband’s story and their adventures in opening their restaurant.

Oh, I just love me some memoirs (I have two others lined up for right after this, and they’re library books so you know they’ll get read!)

~Ruth Anne

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