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Wanna have fun with your little ones? Our six-and-under set has been loving this no-spill bubble tub:

I used the bubble recipe on this page and it’s worked great. It’s been fun to see the three of them sharing and getting along so well – and no tears over spilled bubbles!

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Maya (8) and Ellery (5) doing expressive poetry readings in their spare time (and you can sorta see my new rug!):

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

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I Did It!

I blogged every day of November! Aren’t you proud of me?

If I didn’t blog about something you requested, please request again in the comments of this post. I can’t promise I’ll blog every day of December, but I won’t take the whole month off, either.

Happy December! (Can you believe it’s December already? Wow.)

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In case you couldn’t tell, I’ve been NaBloPoMo-ing this month. (That is, posting every day of November.) Didn’t want to announce until I was sure I could get a good start. But here I am, with a good first ten days behind my belt, and notepad full of ideas of what to blog. Do you have any requests? What do you want me to blog about?

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I just have to post this picture of Ellery carving pumpkins last year:

That pretty much sums up how she felt about the whole gutting-the-pumpkin thing. She really didn’t like it. This year, however, she changed her mind. She said things like, “It’s not so bad!” and “I really like carving pumpkins! Or at least, I don’t mind it.” The girls mostly did the gutting, and Jason finished up cleaning out the insides and did the actual carving. The girls drew their designs on paper first, so he could get an idea of their vision. Asher wanted his drawn in marker, and he was very, very proud of the result. I think Elly’s pumpkin is so darling, because 1.) Jason carved an “E” for one of its ears, just like last year, and 2.) He had to carve it sideways because that’s how it wanted to lay. It made it look so funny and sweet.  Thanks to our wonderful neighbor for inviting our kids to come over and pick out pumpkins. Enjoy the gallery; you can click on any photo to make it bigger.

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Asher’s Pumpkin

Asher with the Halloween pumpkin he designed with his daddy.

The kids had fun carving pumpkins this year. Remember last year, when Ellery was so funny in her disdain for scooping out the pulp? Well, she had fun this year. She even said, “I don’t hate scooping out pumpkins anymore!” Which is so cute. I have great pictures of the girls scooping and carving, but I want to upload the afters (lit up on the front stoop) before I post them. For now, enjoy my THREE-YEAR-OLD silly boy (who had a birthday on Saturday) who now makes ridiculous smiles every time I ask him to pose for the camera. It’s usually better to get candids with this one.

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We finally made one! I blogged about this years ago, but just finally got a box big enough to make it worth it. I hot glued two pieces of cardboard together for each piece, to make it sturdier. Then I used regular white glue to put scrapbooking paper up for the wallpaper. The kids chose the paper. (Obviously, I didn’t worry about covering the entire piece of cardboard.) I then cut random doorways. To connect the walls, I used a box cutter to slice halfway up one piece and halfway down the other. When you slide them together, they sit nicely. You’ll see what I mean if you try to make one.

They love it. All three of the bigger ones can lie down on their tummies and play at once, and our two sets of wooden dollhouse furniture (a master bedroom set and a living room set) fit very nicely inside. I love how it collapses down flat to take up almost no space. We store it between a wall and a bookshelf.

Another bonus? My Flor tile rug samples make nice area rugs for the rooms.


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