Monday, October 16, 2017

Cookie Baking Night (10/23/17)

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made our traditional fall favorite: Pumpkin Patch Brownies.


First, we had to make the frosting (Aunt Katrina pre-baked the brownies, so that was done for us)



Next, we frosted the brownies



Then we put the candy pumpkins on top.





Next, our favorite part, putting on the "vines"






The finished products



Tonight, we continued in our book "Leading Little Ones to God". We read lesson 2 "We Cannot See God". We learned that God is spirit, and He is Holy. Emily read Psalm 104: 1-13 for us. 


We ended the evening with a lovely game of Zingo.


Really, it was lovely (and fun). There were happy moments (though you can't quite tell it in the picture above)




While I was helping the boys get into their pajamas, my cell phone was hijacked by the girls


They had a few "selfie" moments


As usual, a fun time was had by all.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 10/09/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we decorated sugar cookies in the shape of fall leaves. Clara made the cookies for us on Saturday. Tonight, we made the frosting, colored it, and frosted the cookies.




Clara's cookie adventure from the weekend. 


Side note: My mom, Clara, has a lot of physical difficulties these days. Walking is particularly challenging for her. But she has always been a hard worker, so we give her all the jobs that can be done with one's hands, and she loves it. There is no stage in life that God cannot use you. 




Fast forward to tonight and enter the cookie decorators. 


First, we spent a little time admiring the beautiful maple tree in the front yard. It is in full color right now. 


Then, we tried on the aprons Aunt Katrina bought for us that are just our size complete with pictures of Mickey Mouse, Cars, and Frozen characters. 



Next, we made the frosting for our cookies and colored it with fall colors. 





Now, it's time to decorate. 



Beautiful!


Tonight, for Bible time, we returned to our old favorite, Leading Little Ones to God, by Marian Schoolland. I've yet to find a book that does a better job teaching the whole of Scripture on a child's level without dumbing it down. Tonight we started over with lesson 1 titled "Our Hearts Ask for God". We also read Psalm 105:1-4 together: 

Oh, give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his woundrous works!
Glory in his holy name
let the heart of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!






We finished the evening with a rolicking game of Mickey Mouse Uno. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all!




Monday, September 25, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 09/25/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight we made pumpkin bars. 






Uncle Greg came home just as we were finishing up our Bible time. We were all eager to see him. 


Tonight we finished our book God's Names by Sally Michael. 
We reviewed all the names of God that we learned: 

Elohim: Strong Creator
Yahweh: Self-Existent, Unchanging
El Shaddai: God Almighty
El Elyon: The Most High
El Kana: Jealous God
Jehovah El Emeth: The LORD God of Truth
Adoni: Lord
El Roi: The God Who Sees
Jehovah Shammah: The LORD is There
A Strong Tower
Jehovah-Sabaoth: The LORD of Hosts
Jehovah-Jireh: The LORD Will Provide
Jehova-Or: The LORD is Light
Judge of the Whole Earth
Jehovah-Maginnenu: The LORE is Our Defense
Jehova-Rohi: The Lord is My Shepherd
Father
Lamb of God, Savior
Messiah, Christ
Helper
Coming King
Overcomer

The author reminded us that "God's names are more than just names. They tell us what God is like. Knowing God's names is a good way to understand who God is. And understanding who God is can help us to trust Him. But just knowing God's names doesn't make us a child of God. You can know all about God but not love Him or His commands." We read about Paul in the book of Acts. He knew about God, but it wasn't until he met Jesus and had his sins forgiven that he truly knew and worshiped God. 


It was a fitting way to end tonight's Cookie Baking Night. 
As usual, a fun time was had by all. 




Monday, September 11, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 09/11/17

Tonight was cookie baking night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight was Aunt Katrina's birthday choice. For supper she chose: Tacos and fruit salad. For her cookie she chose: 7 layer bars.


Before supper, we went out to the backyard garden and everyone picked a few tomatoes to go with our tacos. 




Uncle Greg was able to join us tonight. We love him so much. 


First thing we had to do was scrape the frosting off of the chocolate cookies to make the crust for our 7 layer bars. 


Allison took a very orderly approach to this job. 


Once we crushed up the cookies to make a crust, we added coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, mixed nuts, and sweetened condensed milk. Yum!



It was too nice of a night not to enjoy a walk.
Okay, can I hear a collective "Awww" for this scene. 


Treats and smiles all around. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 08/28/17

Tonight is Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Just the four of us tonight. Clara has taken ill with an infection and has been spending some time in a Rehab Center, recovering and regaining her strength. Larry is there visiting her tonight. Greg is working at the MN Fair. Ethan and Carissa are attending an open house for school. And Emily is out being a 16 year old with one week of summer vacation left. We had to cancel last Cookie Baking Night because of Clara's illness, so tonight we combined two birthday choice nights. Enzo turned 4 years old on the 15th, and Allison turned 7 years old on the 20th. For supper, Allison chose blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, bananas, and stawberry milkshakes. Enzo chose "fishies" aka cheese fish crackers. For Allison's cookie, she chose "blueberry cookies" and Enzo chose "yellow cookies".


For the "blueberry cookie" we used sugar cookie dough and added chocolate covered blueberries to the mix. 



For the "yellow cookie" we made sugar cookies, and Enzo used yellow food coloring to turn the frosting yellow. 




For our Bible lesson tonight, we read from our old favorite "Leading Little Ones to God" by Marian Schoolland. We read lesson #52 titled God's Children are New Creatures, taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17 "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation". We talked about what it means to have a clean heart and how we can have that through Jesus Christ. 


As part of the birthday choice, we also walked to the local gas station for a treat. 


As usual, a fun time was had by all. 


Cookie Baking Night (10/23/17)

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made our traditional fall favorite:...