Here's what we've been up to the last few days, a random sample of photos that showed up on my SD card. No rhyme, no reason.
Mady has been a necklace factory! She already had someone commission her (well, other than me!), and she has a batch ready to be put up on Etsy. They are SO cute! She's talented. I should add, no photos of Jenson in this post, because he has mostly been holed up working on Awana. He is excited to do a crazy amount of sections tomorrow on their first week back. I think he is at 12 sections right now, including saying all the books of the Bible. He is talented too!
With an abundance of fresh tomatoes and basil, we had to come up with a vegan alternative for caprece salad. It turns out savory baked tofu is the perfect stand-in for fresh mozzarella. Mady and I have eaten this for lunch for about two weeks straight.
Soon after Keston got Elsie, Mady decided she wanted a bunny too. His name is Beaumont. He started as James Caleidopie, named after her childhood imaginary friend. Incidentally, poor poor James. He and Mady's other imaginary friend, Suki Main, were both orphans. She had quite the imagination. Anyone who knew Mady when she was between 2 and 5 will remember Suki and James Caleidopie. :) Excuse the dirty floor, I am a messy cook.
Keston at her first homeschool soccer practice. She was delighted to find four of her buddies in her 'class'. Jenson plays the hour after her, though I seemed to neglect getting any good shots of him. At the arena where they play, my 'adopted brother' and his sweet girlfriend play hockey at the same time. We get to watch them a bit before the kids play soccer. Diana is a rock star. I have already told her to prepare to be called Auntie Diana by my kids very soon, as she is part of the adoption package. Also, doesn't she look tough? (Not a great photo, taken through plexiglass.) I should mention, she is much tinier in real life! Hockey pads must add about 87 pounds.
Delicious kale chips, as introduced to me by my favorite friend. My kids ask for these all the time. Here's a good basic recipe, but we like it with added flavor - either garlic powder or a splash of vinegar, and not too much sea salt.
And not pictured, but still pretty interesting.... my Explorer is back in the shop. With transmission failure. Deja Vu? Didn't I just go through that in the winter? I suspected it was the transmission again, and started praying that it was. Who prays for transmission problems? A girl with a one year warranty does! I am still head-over-heels happy with my new car shop, that is yet again going to bat for me to get it fixed by the less-than-stellar shop I started out with. If you are local and need a good shop, let me know - they are amazing! It's good to have people you 100% trust in that area.
And there you have, a snapshot of our days.