Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Days!

We seem to be having a lot of snow days this winter, and I am loving it!  We just got back from a weekend in Illinois, (where we also experienced a small winter storm as well) and today we  were bracing for yet another storm system to move through.  We were excited when they upgraded the storm right before it hit, to 8" in our area, and now as I sit here tonight, it's still lightly snowing and they say we could have a much as 10" by morning.  It's such a beautiful sight! 

So I just wanted to share how we spend our snow days.  I was enjoying my day so much, I didn't even take too much time to get out my camera and capture it in pictures.  After we finished school and picked the girls up from choir (which was dismissed early because of blizzard like conditions) we came home.  I had a fire going, and popped some popcorn, and we all settled in for a movie.  It was very relaxing and enjoyable as the wind and snow blew and fell outside the window.  The kids also roasted marshmallows in the fireplace and really enjoyed themselves.

I had prepared dinner ahead of time and had chili and honey cornbread muffins ready for dinner.  I also, had a crockpot of stuffed peppers from last year's garden harvest.  I knew the kids would eat up most of the chili, leaving only a bit for my husband when he got home from work and he loves stuffed peppers.  The honey cornbread muffins were a hit.  The kids and Brent loved them.  I will definitely be making them again!

After dinner the kids and I headed outside to shovel.  We all took turns and Maddie found some fresh snow in the back that was untouched,so we brought some inside and made snow ice cream. The kids loved it, especially Menter and Marykate.  They kept asking to go outside and gather up more snow for ice cream.  I did let them bring in one extra bowl and we have it stored in the freezer for tomorrow.

It has been a very cozy day with lots of great memories.  I'm sure we will be snowed in tomorrow, or maybe if we can get out, we will head to the ski mountain!

Snow Ice Cream
4 cups of snow
1 cup of cream (we used half and half)
1/4 c sugar
tsp vanilla

Mix cream, sugar and vanilla together, then slowly add snow (fresh, clean, untouched snow) until you reach desired consistency.

♥  Shannon

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Sweet Valentine's

I was 17 when I started dating Brent.  This year, it will be 20 years since we started dating and 17 years of marriage!  Wow, time flies when you are having fun!  I can't think of a boring year yet.  We've been busy moving, having kids, and enjoying this life we've created together.  We aren't big into celebrating Valentines Day as a couple.  My husband doesn't have a romantic bone in his body.  He's not into cards and flowers.  And, this might sound strange, but that makes it all the more romantic when he does do something special, because I know he really means it and it's coming straight from his heart. He is not just doing something because, well everyone else is, so I might as well join in.  He's never been that type of guy.  To me romance is loading the truck full of firewood in the pouring rain, because you know your wife loves to have a good fire every day in the winter.  Even though he doesn't enjoy fires as much as I do, he did this for me over the weekend. (We needed to bring some of our firewood from Illinois over to our home in WI)  I looked out the window and caught him and the boys just as they were finishing up and it melted my heart.  He did that just for me.  He watches out for me, takes care of me, loves me unconditionally, protects me, and wants what is best for me.  What else could I possibly ask for this Valentines Day!  I am so blessed.

One tradition I have started is to write each child a letter (this will be my 3rd year).  I buy them some special candy and have it at there spot at the breakfast table, so when they come down for breakfast they find there special treat and a letter from me.  This year I really focused on demonstrating love to one another, just as Jesus loves us.  We need to love,  just as He loves!  The letters always bring a smile to their eyes and some choose to read it aloud to everyone and others choose to keep there letter private between us two.  I found this year, as I was writing to each child, it really made me stop and think about how unique each of them are, and what there character traits are and how they fit so perfectly into our family.  It was a blessing to me, just as much as it was to them! 

Maddie and Marykate working on Valentine boxes together

I also had a special find today.  Maddie is in need of a full size violin and has been for some time.  Today I stopped into a local antique shop looking for some chairs for our school room.  I didn't find any, but did find a 1950s violin in great condition.  It needs some strings and fine tuners, and we will be all set.  What a blessing it was to find this so unexpectedly.


So today has been a great day full of blessings all around.  Happy Valentines Day!

♥  Shannon 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Finding beauty in every season

Just wanted to share a photo of the view out my window this morning.  After 9" fell for the last 12 hours, it's breathtaking!  Me and the kids are heading to the ski mountain today, as temps are in the 30's.  These days don't come, but once a  year, if that... Definitely finding beauty in this season of life and loving it!

♥  Shannon

Thursday, February 7, 2013

But the greatest of these is Love

We are right in the middle of yet another winter storm, and we are loving it!  We haven't had this much snow since we lived in Iowa a few years ago.  With all this cold snowy weather we are finding more and more time to stay inside and craft or crochet.  This may be coming my favorite time of year.  ( I say that during every season :) 

With this being February, the month where we focus on love.  I wanted to do something different this year.  I got my inspiration from pinterest, but as I usually do, I changed it up a bit and combined two crafts into one.  The kids and I wanted to decorate the house, so we made hearts to hang from every window.  This also looks very cute from the outside, as our home in WI is in a small neighborhood, so others can actually see our decorating.

I had the kids write scripture verses about love, on the hearts.  This was great for all of us, as we found many verses we had forgotten about.  Even myself was encouraged with some of the verses the kids came up with.  It was also great to see even my youngest daughter quoting from memory and then writing them down for her bedroom.  One of my favorites that we hung in the kitchen is Micah 6:8 " but to do justly, LOVE mercy and walk humbly with thy God".  Now whenever we walk into a room there is a lovely verse as a reminder how important LOVE really is, even in our every day lives.  I know I myself, am so thankful for God's love for me each and every day!

The kids also made some valentine candles, that we also placed in the windows.  We bought candles from the dollar store, wrapped them in burlap and glued felt hearts in the middle.  They were inexpensive, fun and easy for the younger kids. 

Here are a few pictures of our storm that's blowing through today.  The kids are having a blast!

♥ Shannon