Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Daily - Day 2

Day 2 - This is possibly the earliest we have ever put our tree up.  I am kind of surprised it actually happened, but after the problems with the tree last year it was a happy surprise to have everything actually work. It does take quite awhile, but was great fun. 


So one problem with the taller tree is that it is tricky to maintain the tradition of the kids rotating years putting the star on top.  B agreed to put the top on the final segment before Brent put it on the rest of the tree.  He did insist that they at least pretend he was reaching up to the top.  He is a fun guy!

The kids had been waiting very impatiently for two hours for Brent to get home from work with pizza.  They could barely contain themselves. The bigger kids stuck with the tree decorating almost all the way to the end.  We did have to do a little bit of reorganizing, but it is a delightfully chaotic tree filled with lots of ornaments the kids have made and lots of Christmas Tea ornaments too.  We still have quite a lot of other decorations to put up so the house decorating will continue for a couple more days, I think.



Day 2 video - The Hamilton MixTape also dropped today and was also big news here.  M, however, is a little bit of a purist and wanted the original for her dance session while we waited for Brent to come home for tree decorating.




Friday, December 2, 2016

December Daily 2016 - Day 1

Welcome to the 8th year of Richards Family December Daily! I continue to join Ali Edwards in her annual celebration and documentation of December and all the Christmas goodness.  If you are new to the concept you can read more here.

 Most years, I do a "foundations" blog first showing the set up, but this year we're just diving in to Day 1.  That is only somewhat because I haven't completed the "intentions" page that I usually lead off with.  Suffice it to say, there will be some prettiness, a page explaining why I am doing this, and then a copy of our Christmas card right before you come to this page.  This page is part of the intro, and include photos of each of us from our fall photo shoot with Heather Warren and some see-through pockets --- I still love see through pockets.  Most of the goodies are from Ali Edwards' December Daily kits (this year or prior years) but there are a few other tidbits in my book this year, including items from this year's Freckled Fawn kit. 
 The back side of the page is the first half of day 1 - The photos are mostly from Advent calendar opening, but the one in the upper right is from a trip to the candy store with E.  This candy store mysteriously didn't really have any candy canes?? Weird. We did manage to find some other candy, but he mostly wanted bouncy balls.... we got a couple of those too. In the picture of Brent & E - Brent is helping build the tiny LEGO ship from the first day of E's Advent calendar---let's be honest that calendar is pretty much as much for Brent as it is for E, but it was E's choice this year.  The big kids are having Advent calendar's filled by me, which means a mix of small toys and candy mostly.

These are the two pages of Day 1 together - It might not of needed two pages, but the more the merrier and the transition from the intro pages worked out this way. 

 My stitch fix box arrived and while I tried on clothes M and E took a bunch of videos bouncing on my bed.  They had a fabulous time.  The clothes are for various Christmas things too and I ended up keeping all of them, which never happens but is a big victory.  The journaling details all these adventures (Advent calendars, candy shopping, clothes shopping, and video fun).  Below is a small sample of the videos--- beware it is a little wild from our 7 yo, but give a flavor of what they were up to.


Monday, November 21, 2016

M Rides Her Bike!

November 20, 2016 - SHE DID IT!



Wow, this day was a long time coming.  M has had a bicycle for almost 3.5 years.  I think the training wheels have been off for at least a year and a half.  She has been so very close to getting it, but not quite there.  Grandma things the muscles from horse riding are helping, but I think possibly the bravery from riding is helping just as much.

Today, she had been playing outside with E and off and on I came out to check on them or take pictures or whatever.  My prior trip outside had been less than 10 minutes ago.  Then she burst in telling Brent and I she wanted to show us something on her bike she had never done before! We looked at each other skeptically, but grabed the camera and ran outside.  Low and behold, she had done it! She had taught herself how to ride her bike at long last All By Herself! We are so tremendously proud of her... and yes, she has earned a bike the right size :)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Turkey Sing 2016 - Videos!

E's Pre-K Class had a Turkey Sing on Friday. I was the only one that could get away from work to enjoy the performance, but not to worry. I video taped it all for you and hopefully most of them will work here.  They are tremendously cute turkeys :)

Not a song- just cute smiles :)
One more song :)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Riding Lessons



M continues to adore riding lessons.  Actually, I think her favorite part may just be hanging around in the barns and smelling the horses, but the lessons are good too.  I took a couple videos at her lessons on October 8 and 15th and wanted to share here so you can have a better sense of what she's up to and how she is progressing.  The paint pony she rides is Domino, her newest favorite. I'm less sure what the other one is called.

They are doing circuits.  M was first up in the video just above this, so each time she had to remember what the instructor had described and lead her horse through the path in the prescribed order and gate.  I think you'll see posting trot, seated trot, walking, and a little going over small obstacles (precursor to jumping) and a lot of directing her horse through wide circles and around cones. 

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