I am so bad about taking pictures with my phone and just forgetting they are there! I found some recent [ahem], and want to remember their stories.
I mentioned that LaoLao had hip-replacement surgery. When she got home a couple days later, this girl....
...moved in and ended up staying for SIX nights! Elisabeth was in her element nursing LaoLao: fixing food, keeping everything clean and straight...keeping Laolao's two teacup shih tzu puppies out of trouble (hard job!).
Elisabeth was born with a servant's heart. I want to be Elisabeth when I grow up.
It was time to have LK's implant changed out, so she and I headed down there...just the two of us. Is it sad when a "date" includes a medical procedure???
So how did us two girls get out of the house alone? Jas had the day off, and he held down the fort. (Jas has been having to use up the rest of his vacation days before the end of the year, so he won't just lose them. We're not used to having vacation days to use up! Not long ago we used up every bit of his vacation days just traveling to China every year. But now he has more days(thankfully!), and our domestic adoptions don't use all of his days up in one fell swoop!)
Lily Kay is an old pro at this now. We were in and out of the Children's Clinic surgical area in about an hour...
....which meant she and I could then head to our next important stop:
Our ever-growing homeschool group recently went on a wonderful trip to a state park.
|The children were broken up into groups...this was just one of the three groups.|
|G and A (whom I was wearing) were in MY group.|
One of the activities the children had was to identify some plants/herbs that they'd only felt and smelled, but not seen with their eyes.
|WHAT is this?|
G found a way to keep himself entertained on the porch of the pioneer cabin:
The world is his drum.
The children also got to play several games that pioneer children played:
After the three groups were done rotating through the three programs, we all had lunch over in the playground/picnic area. It was a beautiful park, a wonderful day...and we hope to go back!
This is the best Cranberry Sauce I've ever had:
It is actually a Cranberry Orange Sauce....and oh, is it yummy. Just ask G....whom we found eating straight out of the serving bowl with a big 'ol serving spoon! Yeah, I think he may have liked it.
I had never bought fresh cranberries before and imagined that homemade cranberry sauce would be difficult. It was not!
This is a combination of three different recipes (here, here, and on the package of cranberries)...and I would never remember exactly how I put this together if I didn't write it down...so here I go:
Cranberry Orange Sauce
3 cups cranberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup raw, local honey
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 pinches allspice
Wash the oranges, and zest the peels. Peel the oranges and cut them into small chunks. Wash cranberries and combine them in a pot with water, honey, orange chunks and zest. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and then chill for at least 6 hours (or 2 hours if you forgot to plan ahead good and are rushing around like a chicken with your head cut off and getting this together at the last minute before you have to leave for your cousin's house to eat with 18 other people. Whichever.)