Life with the Lumbers: What we’ve been up to!

This past weekend, we went to The Mountain State to see my grandmother and my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We didn’t get to see some of my more extended family but we will return in about a month to visit again.

We even got to see a little bit of snow while we were there. It wasn’t enough to play in but it was a lot of fun.

My girls dressed alike and looked adorable when we went to church with my grandmother. The littlest lumber didn’t want to participate in the photo festivities. 🤷‍♀️

We ate the most delicious meal at Savory Flavors in Bluefield, V.A.

And I found this sign that pretty much sums up my existence.

We played an antler ring toss game that had everybody cracking up.

And I managed to do something I’ve never done- walk out of Hobby Lobby empty handed. Not that I didn’t find a lot of things I wanted. I am just trying to be more intentional with my spending. I also didn’t want to buy something that might not survive the trip home.

We had a blast but we surely miss our family now. We will see them again soon.

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Five Friday Favorites: Fun rainy day activities for kids

I don’t know about you, but we have had a rash of rainy days recently. Rainy days in themselves are not bad, but entertaining small children during bad weather days can be difficult.

We have some tried and true favorite toys and activities that work like a dream when you can’t go outside and get your wiggles out.

1. Melissa and Doug Modern Multilevel farmhouse

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My girls got this dollhouse for Christmas- it’s all wooden, easy to put together, and it comes with 19 pieces of furniture. My kids love it and they play with it all the time, especially my little one. You will have to buy some people to go with it, as it doesn’t come with people. You can also buy more furniture for it if you choose to. It is rather large, so you may want to keep that in mind if you have a smaller space.

2.Colour Talk DIY Oil Painting, for kids 

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Just like Colour Talk Paint by Number kits for adults, these color by number kits for kids are amazing! And who doesn’t want to paint this super cute little panda?

3. KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker 

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The KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker is a lot of fun for your older child. My daughter is very artistic and loves to create things. She has three different bracelet making kits that she uses. She has even started to make and sell some of her bracelets. It’s easy to use, but it does contain a lot of small pieces (in case you have young children in your home).

4. “How to Draw” books for kids 

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My oldest daughter loves to draw and is constantly learning how to draw more things. She and her younger sister have enjoyed this drawing book. There are many choices, if you don’t want to learn to draw animals. The book is inexpensive at only $7.

 

5. Work a puzzle! 

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Kids love puzzles! At my house, we all love puzzles. We work them together in our family room. You can work a puzzle like this one that has a little something for everyone. There are large pieces for smaller hands and smaller pieces for adults. The entire family can work on this puzzle together.

What are your favorite rainy day/cold weather activities?

 

 

 

Keepin’ up with Lumber in my Minivan

Well, life returned to normal this week when we all said goodbye to our beloved Christmas break and went back to work and school. The oldest of the Little Lumbers actually went back to school last week.

Because I never get to do fun mommy things like eat lunch at school with my kid, I did exactly that. This is one benefit to working on a different school system than the one your children attend- you can sometimes do some non-teacher parent things when you’re off and they’re not.

I also captured this super cute picture of the Littlest Lumber modeling her Daddy’s church shoes. Daisy the cat seems to be saying, “what are thooooose?”

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week but I went back to work. A certain little kitty decided to keep me company. She’s a pretty good nurse.

I’m working on transitioning my out building into a new crafting space for me. I needed somewhere to spread out my projects and not worry about having to clean them back up each day. Right now it still looks like a hot mess but I’m definitely not done.

Yikes.

Well, that’s what’s new with the Lumbers this week! Check back tomorrow for Scripture Sunday!

2019: a year in review

2019, what a year. It was a busy year but overall, a great one. I took some time off blogging and it was the step back I needed. Now I’m back and feeling better than ever.

January: a new year

We blew into 2019 and hit the ground running. We had a pretty low key January and nothing particularly interesting happened…but it was still a great month.

February: NCSU gymnastics

We took our tiny gymnast to see the NCSU gymnastics team compete against the UNC gymnastics team in historical Reynolds Coliseum. It was a blast and we loved it.

March: Mr. Lumber’s birthday

See that handsome devil with the tape measure? That’s my handsome devil and he turned 39 this year. He’s gonna get me for posting that, too. Oh well.

March was a pretty quiet month and we didn’t do a lot. I did attempt to raise awareness of colon cancer by sharing my dad’s story.

April: my birthday and the Tarheel Ten Miler

In April I turned 34 and ran in the Tarheel Ten Miler for the first time ever. It wasn’t my best time but I finished and got this beautiful piece of hardware.

I was also at my heaviest weight back then.

May: last day of school

This little sweetie finished her second grade year and got started on a super busy summer break.

I celebrated Mother’s Day with my sweet mama and my girls.

June: better choices and a better me

With the help of my personal trainer, better diet choices and adding strength training to my endurance runs, I lost almost fifty pounds. I am amazed at how much better I look and feel.

This little lady also turned 8.

July: beach vacation

We took a family vacation to Wrightsville Beach for the first time in ages and had a blast.

August: back to school!

We went back to school and Emorie began third grade. Aubrey has a year and a half left until she starts school. I began my 12th year of teaching.

We posted this end of summer recap.

September: adjusting to being back in school

We began the very tedious process of redecorating our back porch. We are still not done.

We didn’t do much in September, as we were adjusting to being back in school.

October: Halloween, farm visits and day trippin’

This little flapper and little Anna made their way through our town and brought back a giant haul of sweets. They didn’t wanna share. Too bad.

We had some work done in our yard and we cleared out some overgrowth. We have plans to remove this flower bed altogether but I’m not sure what we will put in its place.

We built this fireplace and even though it was hard and a pain in the neck, I am pleased with the result.

We visited two local farms and had a blast.

November: Thanksgiving, family, and dance

This little hot mess turned four.

This little lady had her first dance competition and she brought home her first crown! We are heading to regionals in March and nationals in June.

Then, we ate four Thanksgiving dinners til I thought I’d pop.

December: the busiest and most rushed Christmas ever

On a sad note, we lost our sweet yellow lab mix in December. We miss this big guy so much but we are so glad for 13 years he got to be our dog. Until we see you again, big guy.

Thanksgiving was late this year and that made Christmas seem early. I also didn’t get off work until the 20th, which meant I rushed to get my decorating up and my shopping done. And it was rough!

I still managed to get these awesome pics of Santa in our living room.

And I think our kiddos had a great Christmas and they each got what they wanted 🙂

I hope your 2019 was a good year and I hope your 2020 will bring blessings and peace. See you next year! Tune in on January 3 for our word of the year.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and other fun

I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. We took the week off blogging to focus on what really matters- family, fun and FOOD.

The littlest lumber loved eating all the various good foods- especially these cupcakes!

We also spent our Saturday at our church’s Christmas bazaar- see my super cute helper?

We ate not one but four different Thanksgiving dinners in a two-weekend span. It was delicious and wonderful. The company was good, too.

We have been redecorating our living room, which we can hopefully show you soon. For today, we are Black Friday shopping for our two remaining pieces of furniture and then coming home to clean and start our Christmas decorating.

Can’t wait to share our new living room and our Christmas tour! Be safe and have a great weekend!!