Dec 8, 2016

Play, Fall Party, Super Moon, and Recitals

Our co-op put on Jack and the Beanstalk in November.  Aliza played "Mama", Josie played the giant "Old Lady", and Malia was a narrator.  It was a great turnout and fun crowd.

We finished the Fall Semester of co-op with a Fall Party!

School in November involved closely watching the moon and learning about moon phases and eclipses.  Some college student friends came for dinner and the telescope made its way out of the cabinet for the Super Moon -- the largest since 1948!

Aliza is writing her first "published" story this year.

 We caught the annual end-of-season K-State Marching Band show at Ahearn...free to the public!

There have been two music recitals lately:  the older girls' first string recital and our annual piano recital.  This is a highlight of the year for me.  I absolutely LOVE seeing kids so excited about playing music.  It makes me happy!





Soup Night with some dear friends...

 And gift-making with some more dear friends...

Nov 3, 2016

Pumpkin Patch, Halloween, Manhattan Hill, Kitten Good-byes.

Our CHIEF annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch!
 Some families from our co-op went to Manhattan Hill for lunch!
Love these kids!
 Halloween with the Jones!  This has become an annual tradition that we love.
 All the kids dressed up as Star Wars characters this year:
Malia's wins "most creative": Queen Padme when she was disguised as a handmaiden.
 Josie wins "coolest hair", as Rey, with her 3 buns.
 Aliza wins "cutest girl with a gun" as Leia.
 And Ezra wins the "easiest costume" award, as Obi Wan Kanobi.
This picture is bittersweet, because it was taken on Halloween night, the last night we saw our sweet Padme. :(  Maz didn't return last weekend, and now Padme is also gone.  Our "having outdoor cats in a subdivision" experiement has FAILED!!  We are all pretty sad. :(
I told Nate last night that I'm pretty sure that heaven will involve barn cats and chickens.
If I can put losing the kittens aside, this has been a pretty sweet month.
 What's not to love about crisp temps and cool breezes in your home?

Sep 23, 2016

Baptisms! (and other things)

 What a fun couple of weeks we have had!  Our nature journal time last week involved muddy slopes, hunting for snails and worms, and a good old fashioned snail race.
 Our whole family went to the Union for lunch to meet up with an old college friend and his family.  The kids hit it off right away, and it was a treat to catch up with this couple.  If they lived in the area, I think we would be great friends!
 Over the weekend we camped at our good friends' house with 4 other friends and their families.  The ladies had a great time sleeping inside while our servant-hearted husbands slept out in the tents/hammocks with all the kids.  What an incredible group of husbands we have...we are blessed!
And this week couldn't have started any better.  Malia and Josie decided that they were ready to be baptized in front of our church and share why they want to follow Jesus!  Parents and friends came just to be there to celebrate with them.  My heart felt so full.  I am grateful for God's pursuit of their hearts, and their openness to His leadership.  I pray that that would only deepen as they continue to grow up.

Malia Sapp Baptism Testimony from New Hope Church on Vimeo.

Josie Sapp Baptism Testimony from New Hope Church on Vimeo.
Lunch to celebrate with family!
AND, we got to see The Piano Guys live at McCain this week.  It was a girls' date.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the show and even Aliza sat through the 2 1/2 hour show fully engaged.
It was a good week. :)

Sep 13, 2016

Tutanka

a.k.a. buffalo.  For those who remember Dances with Wolves. :)

That's what we were able to see this weekend while visiting a local buffalo farm with our homeschool co-op.  Nate and a friend of ours both decided to be adventurous and feed them by holding a pellet in their mouths.  The buffalo then proceeded to reach out its long, sticky, dark tongue to retrieve it from their mouths, thus creating a sort of buffalo french kiss.  Ack!!
Nate and David attempting the buffalo kiss!
I preferred the more by hand feeding.  Actually, the throw-it-on-the-ground-and-let-them-pick-it-up feeding was all I really did.

We also enjoyed the farmer's horses, chickens, and turkeys.
 And grilled buffalo burgers for lunch!
We were thankful for gorgeous fall weather all morning!