cream cheese with white chocolate (yum) based icing from scratch, which was even better served cold the next day as a dipping for grapes! Fall just begs for baking!
|Ryan's cute cookie on the left and Jonathan's "dinosaur" on the right.|
Favorite Board Games
We've also had a lot of fun playing a with a new chess set from Chess House (review coming soon!) and an old family favorite this week, Sum Swamp.
Daddy taught Caraline to play Chess this past summer. I'd never played chess until recently, too. I was so thankful that a how to DVD with tips came along with the Chess set we are reviewing. I'm actually doing pretty well now. The boys are picking up fast, too! Here Caraline is supervising as the boys play a game.
Sum Swamp has been a favorite for years. It's a fun addition and subtraction game. Even Daddy enjoys playing this simple game with the family. Basically, there are 3 die, two with numbers 0-6 and one with + or - on all sides. How many squares you move is based on the answer to your addition or subtraction problem. The swamp themed game board and swamp creatures (snake, toad, turtle and snail) make this a hit with the kids.
Going to the Grandparents'
We spent our weekend with my husband's family. They live about four hours away. On the drive up, Caraline spent most of her time practicing crocheting. Her co-op teacher gave all of the students yarn and a hook for practicing at home. She is loving her class! She's my crafty girl!
|Jonathan on the carousel and Ryan and Jonathan on the slide|
Walking to the Pond
|A pretty spider's web Jonathan noticed on our way to the pond.|
Well on this morning, as we were within three yards of the clearing to the pond I. SEE. A. SNAKE. It's little head poking out onto the path. The dogs WERE. OBLIVIOUS. I grabbed Jonathan and ran on my tip toes through the just-above-my-ankle high grass to the clearing. Thankfully, it was only a little black racer, but in the heat of the moment my reaction was RUN! I am still a little miffed that not one of those five dogs spotted the snake before I did! (In fact, they NEVER saw that snake!)
Caraline helped PaPaw make his yummy chicken casserole for Sunday lunch. She was so proud (and PaPaw, too) to have done everything except cut up the chicken.
Jonathan found lots of toads. Ryan learned to serve a volleyball - very well. We all played a game of volleyball. That was fun! The kids played many games of volleyball. We ate lots of yummy homegrown muscadines. Aunt W. gave Caraline a sewing machine!! ~ Caraline has been wanting one for years and now she's finally at an age to be able to really use one. And we spent great quality time together. Even though four out of five of us were miserable with the sniffles, it was a wonderful weekend!