Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To!

This week, my husband asked for a sweet treat. I’ve been trying to cook and eat at home more. I tried making a pineapple cobbler for the first time. It doesn’t look very pretty but it tasted good.
We also made some tasty “from scratch” waffles on Sunday morning and they were really good. We will share the recipe soon! It’s super easy, cheap and super good…my three recipe requirements.
On my first school day of the new year, I managed to have a little bird fly into my classroom and entertain us for most of my first class. My principal managed to shoo him out.
School and dance started back and these little kiddos are keeping me busy.
This boy has been getting into all sorts of

Happy New Year! Catch us next week for these fun posts:

1. Green and clean in the pandemic (and a giveaway)

2. A new playground for the little lumbers

3. A fun Friday roundup

Saturday Smiles: Life as a Lumber

We hope this post finds you well and happy. We had a blessed Thanksgiving, even if it was very different from our usual Thanksgiving celebrations.

We didn’t travel to see anyone but Zoomed with distant family members instead.

The girls wore some matching dresses and looked adorable.

We cooked a Thanksgiving meal for the four of us on Black Friday. It tasted great!

Those candied yams were delicious!
We also built a new swing set to accommodate two growing girls who are too big for our old one.
We rounded out our week with a trip to Denton Farm Park. We couldn’t ride the train, go in any historic buildings or visit Santa, but we could drive through some beautiful Christmas lights and see a live Nativity.

We hope you have a wonderful week!

24 Days of Christmas: the kick-off

It’s that time again! 24 days of Christmas is upon us. We have taken a break from this series for the past two years but now we are back and I couldn’t be more excited!

Tomorrow is the official first day, but I wanted to pop in today to tell you what we have in store for you. Here’s a little list of what we will be sharing these first 24 days of Christmas:

1. Christmas printables

2. Make an advent wreath

3. Our Christmas Home Tour

4. Socially Distant Christmas Activities

5. Dollar Store Christmas decor

6. Setting a Christmas table

7. Our Christmas mantle

8. Christmas cards and clothing choices

9. Make a Christmas wreath

10. Christmas letterboard ideas

11. Christmas lanterns

12. Placemat pillows

13. Gifts for tweens

14. Christmas cookie recipe

15. Wooden Christmas tree

16. Wood stocking holder

17. Wooden Christmas signs

18. Handmade gift ideas

19. Handmade ornament ideas

20. Creative card displays

21. Christmas crafts for kids

22. Stocking roundup

23. Christmas traditions

24. Candlelight tour

Happy Christmas season! I can’t wait to share all of these wonderful things with you!!

Life as a Lumber: Our Week in Photos

Happy Saturday! This has been a long week and not an amazing one. We are glad to see it end. That being said, some good things did happen this week.

My friend and her mom make the most amazing foods every Friday and sell them. We had a delicious torta yesterday.
Daisy wanted E to get off her computer and pay her some attention…so she laid on her computer!
I love Just Crack an Egg but, in an effort to save money, I’ve started to make my own. These are made from eggs, cheddar cheese and a Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker.
We also made a delicious chicken pie.
We went to Tanglewood Festival of Lights near Winston-Salem with our family.
We decorated our home for Christmas. Yes, it’s early but it brings us a lot of joy.
Our kids enjoyed some sweet hot chocolate.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! We will see you again Monday!

Emorie: Now entering the back nine

Photo credit: 365 Photo

Nine years ago today, our oldest daughter Emorie blew into the world. We were told only one year earlier we’d never have children without fertility intervention. We said we’d go home and think about it. Two months later, we found out she was on the way. She was born three weeks early and was the tiniest, pinkest infant Id ever seen in my life. We were instantly in love.

Photo credit: Portrait Innovations

Her personality grew right along with her and she gained a fan club everywhere we went.

She was snuggly, sweet and had her daddy wrapped around her finger. Still does, in fact.
Photo credit: Portrait Innovations

Even as a toddler, she was known for her sunny personality and soft spot for others.

She is smart, talented, kind hearted and loving. She is empathetic toward others and wants to be an oncology nurse someday.

She doesn’t like to admit it, but she loves her little sister and tries to take care of her.

She is happiest when she is dancing and she works hard each day to become better at her dancing.

She is growing up so fast and will be a fourth grader this fall. We have realized we only have nine more years left before she goes to college. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

Happy birthday, Sunshine. You are loved beyond measure.