Did you all have an amazing Thanksgiving weekend?
We had a full and fun weekend of family, friends and even a girls sleepover with Nana.
Wednesday we spent the day prepping food. When you have 60 people at Thanksgiving, everyone brings triple batches of everything!!!!
We prepped several batches of this Bacon Swiss Salad, but won't assemble until right before lunch on Thanksgiving day.
Several batches of these Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes.
And for our family dinner Wed night, because I grew up eating this, Double Sensation Pumpkin Pie.
We entertained a special guest from Tuesday night to Monday night.
Meet Benson the Hedge Hog. The kids were in "Hog Heaven!" ;)
I spent a lot of time asking people to wash hands and vacuum cedar chips off the floor! But he sure is adorable!!!!
Thursday we headed over to Dale's home he grew up in, which now belongs to Aunt Lucy!
There were people and tables EVERYWHERE, but here is what stole the show. Haha, the whole hog that was smoked to go along with the 2 turkey's. Aunt Lucy and Uncle Phil run a local butcher shop and have the best, hormone free meat.
After our HUGE lunch, we visited and played games until it was time to get out all the food again for supper before heading home.
The next day, the boys loaded up in the RV and headed to the Sand Dunes for Friday and Saturday, in Wanoka. No photos, because well...Dale. ;)
We headed over to Nana's for the afternoon and then a sushi dinner at our favorite place, Mr. Cao's.
With no boys around to interrupt, we headed to our house for an ice cream sundae party while we watched a girlie movie.....
DoTERRA has the BEST Mud Mask, especially when you add a drop of the oh so luxurious Blue Tansy to it and make it a SMURF mask!
Bentonite clay is very drawing and very warming, so the girls didn't last as long as Nana and I did.
Nana slept over and the next morning we headed an hour and a half to meet up with some our Fercho friends and talk some oils with her family.
We celebrated friendsgiving with a walk around the cemetary where the family was buried as well as ate at the BEST Mexican place for lunch.
This is Grandma Dory, she is 98 and the CUTEST little spit fire you ever did meet. She was a hoot!
We gave the adults some peace and quiet, and took the girls to the park for a few hours before heading back.
We stopped in the large metro area we passed through on the way home, and made a couple returns and got some groceries at Sam's before heading home. I should've known our "quick stop" wouldn't be quick, but I forgot Black Friday lines spill into Saturday lines too. MY GOODNESS!
We got home at dark and the boys got home closer to midnight. They were sandy and exhausted but SMILING from ear to ear.
We discussed home church instead of early service, and decided to see how everyone felt in the am......
But our decision was made FOR us when we woke up to Blizzard conditions and a winter weather advisory. Church services started cancelling left and right!
Nothing says Sunday at home, more than a big brunch, and a jammie day!
The wind was HOWLING at over 30 mph. Towns nearby had 19 car piles ups and it was a mess! So glad for a home day by the fire.
I walked over to check on my kiddos and got some pics of our place all covered in snow...
Sophie decided it was time for us to head to FLORIDA! I told her, not yet. My snow-o-meter is not filled up yet! I ADORE how cozy it makes the house feel. If its going to be cold, it might was well be pretty and white too, right?!
The kids LOVE when I make them homemade Cocoa after hours outside trapsing around in the snow.
I have a recipe we make at Christmas with canned sweetened condensed milk and cream, but for times like these, just a quick batch of the easy stuff tastes great!
INGREDIENTS per 1 cup of whole milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
We are gearing up for a class a day this week, then next week is our team Christmas party. SO MUCH TO DO, so little time. Off I go!
Have a great week! Hugs, T
We have always firmly believed we needed to involve our kids in the daily chores and runnings of the household. And from a very young age, they loved to be a helper and pitch in.
Set the table. Unload the dishwasher. Make their beds. Fold laundry.
Kids are CAPABLE!
I wrote a whole blog post about this on the 4 little Fergusons blog years ago if this topic interests you.
Cleaning House (With LOTS Of Help)
Recently, as everyone in our family reached the age of 8 and above, we have started including meal planning, shopping and preparing of one meal a week, per each child.
This is one of the perks of homeschool! T-I-M-E to do just that.
With home ec being skipped and more kids than ever leaving the nest without a clue about basic budgets, grocery trips and meal prep, we are more determined than ever, to include those things in our daily teachings.
Here is what we are making this go around, plus a couple momma threw in on the back.
Avery wanted to go first with her homemade Tomato soup and grilled cheese. It was super cold and I didn't blame her a bit! Dale and I had a class that night, so no photo of her making it.
You will LOVE this recipe from my momma!
Paxton was next with some AWESOME stir fry! He gets daddy's help, but really does so well staying on task and helping out. I was home that day, so lots of photos to share! ;)
You can find the recipe for this Asian Honey Sesame Chicken and Quick Lo Mein here.
Cold days call for COOKIES......Avery and Pax and I made a triple batch of gooey chocolate chip.
UH OH, we have no milk.
NO worries, we just used EGG -NOG in the recipe instead.
Ty read our school chapter book to us while we baked.....we called it HOME EC! :)
After Destiny's potato and starchy noodle dry casserole, I always give her a hard time about the weird dishes she picks. She can handle my teasing, but I really had to eat crow this time.......
AND a bowl of delicious dinner she made! LOL! :)
Looking at the recipe, I thought it would be absolutely dry and flavorless. NOPE!
Check it out: Tex Mex Pasta
(We don't do much with cream of soups anymore, but we did find a nice organic one in the natural section. )
I require a veggie too, so we picked a Mexican salad to go with the Mexican pasta. SO YUMMY! I don't usually buy bagged salad, but this chopped one? DIVINE!
One night we got home super late from a function but still needed to throw dinner together, thank goodness for this family favorite and staple at our house!!!!
It is a must try on your next menu! :) Ty and Daddy had it put together in 20 minutes!
Creamy Hamburger Casserole
We usually serve it with regular mixed veggies, but this time my shopper grabbed the kind with LIMA BEANS IN IT.
Now you know I am a good eater, and I love to eat anything, but I draw the line at LIMA BEANS.
I was flashing back to my elementary school days when I used to hide them in the milk carton so I could go back for seconds! Shh, don't tell!
Last 2 are from this Momma, so no cooking pics, except from the blog. Go check these out! You will love BOTH!
The BEST Italian Beef Sandwiches, served with Lawry's season salt dusted tator tots and carrot sticks on the side.
Peppered Beef Snow Peas over Turmeric Rice - such a flavorful stir fry. Corn starch helps the flavor REALLY coat the steak like chinese take out does.
Recipe calls for a brown rice bake, have at it. I just did it on the stove this go around, and added turmeric, garlic and turmeric, lemongrass and ginger doTERRA essential oil to the chicken broth before I boiled it. SUPER flavorful!
That's a wrap folks, on another addition of My 4 Chefs: Kids in the Kitchen!
Did you find something you want to make? Inspired to try something new this menu?
Leave us a comment, I will read them to the kids!
Hugs, T and the 4 Fergusons :)
We hurried home from Missouri to try to beat a wintery weather advisory. And thank the Lord, we DID! In fact, look what we woke up to our first morning home.
Big, fat, lazy flakes falling all day, made us want to cozy up near the fireplace and decorate for Christmas early.
The kids were GLUED to the window after shrieking with joy, that IT SNOWED!
It takes us about 4 or 5 hours to move back in, and get the apartment back up and running. Water on. Fridge plugged in. Stripping and washing bedding in the RV. Cleaning both houses. PHEW, it's a lot but it's great and we are thankful for this place and our home sweet rolling home in its warm shed stall next to it.
One of the first things I wanted to do once I got all my 'chores' done, was to get out the antiques we had bought on our fall run. I have been watching for some fun retro pieces. They are harder to find than you would think! So much of it is farm and barn, and our new apartment is all 50's and retro, so it is tricky.
I think these fit nicely, don't you?!
Miss Avery was SO sure it was time to decorate for Christmas now that we were moved in and cozy by the fire. I will be honest, I wanted to too! Sooo, I broke all my own rules about no Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but anymore....I just want to enjoy life in all it's moments.
Live them to the fullest. Throw rules to the wind and just ENJOY Christmas early if I want to.
Besides, if we leave right after Christmas, it will be torn down early too. ;) So decorate we did!
Deck the Hub with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la LA!
We saran wrap our tree every year, so it's super easy to just fluff and dust it and focus on the mantel and other details.
Take a walk through. I have little bottle trees here and there that make me smile. I just think they are SO CUTE!
Remember our old farm house we lived in before the road?
Well, I had that green, gold and red tree in saran wrap in the shed storage area ever since! So it was time to unearth the old gal, dust her off well and get her upstairs where our red and black movie theatre room was in need of some Christmas cheer.
I am SO excited I didn't sell it as planned. It makes the upstairs feel as festive as the downstairs.
We even found a little rainbow light up tree for our colorful orange bathroom.....
It may be early, but it sure makes my heart happy! I am going to enjoy every minute of it. :)
When do you put up your tree?
Welcome to my 4 Chefs: Menu Plan Monday! Where we share our kids in the kitchen recipes for you to enjoy.
Our children, ages 7-15, are old enough to not only help with supper preparations, but to make the menu, shop for the ingredients and prepare the dishes themselves. This momma is busier than she has ever been, so it's been a welcomed transition! :)
We help as often as needed to complete this balanced meal, and the making of it. Alot of the kids require little to no help, and their confidence has soared over the months we've been doing this.
Here is what everyone picked this go around!
First up was Paxton. It was COLD, and time for some soup. Broccoli Cheese always hits the spot! He wanted to serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches, so I put him to work buttering a loaf of bread.
Our recipe calls for frozen veggies, but we like to steam fresh broccoli and califlower instead. Healthier for us and tastes better too!
Here is the original recipe from our old blog.
We now do organic cream of soups so we avoid MSG and I did a roux with butter and flour and shredded cheddar instead of Velvetta, but do whatever your family likes best!
Destiny and Tylan both wanted to make Tacos, and both insisted they had "Called It" first, so we had them both prepare both their meals.
(insert eye roll here)
We had leftover mashed potatoes from our German Oktoberfest Pizza night, last week.
Totally YUM, check it out here.
So we used the leftovers for some good ol comfort food....Shepherd's Pie!
It was absolutely divine!!!!!!!!! We totally winged it, but used this recipe as the base.
Class nights mean easy dinner before we go, so we did a quick taco night, courtesy of Ty and Destiny! No recipe needed.
We add two rinsed and drained cans of red kidney beans to stretch our 2 pounds of taco meat further. Those kids can put down some tacos! Ty had like 6!!!!!!
I picked a Beef Stew that uses Sweet Potatoes instead of the white ones, less carbs, more nutrients, as well as parsnips and a turnip.
I was super excited to try it and it was absolutely DELIGHTFUL!!!!
I always like to use my doTERRA essential oils in addition to the dry seasonings for that extra POP of amazing flavor and health benefits. Perks of using the world's purest essential oil! :)
You can grab the recipe here! We served it with a crusty loaf of bread and herbed butter.
Last. but not least, was Avery's meal. She picked a Beef Tortellini Skillet with a side salad.
It took quite a bit of doctoring to make it creamy and flavorful, but we got it done by adding garlic, extra seasonings and some extra broth. We also had some leftover bella mushrooms we sauteed in the dish that helped a ton!
They devoured it before I could get a pic of the plates!
You can grab the recipe here.
Here is to another great week of meals! CHEERS!
Did you find something you want to try?
Welcome to a day in the life of an oiler! I shared this with my team last Saturday, and thought maybe you would enjoy a peek into the Saturday of an oiler as well.
When we first bought oils, I thought we would only use them when we were sick. I had NO idea we would use them everyday, in every way, in EVERY ROOM OF OUR HOUSE!
In the shower:
We LOVE that our shower products are oil infused and toxic free!
*Shampoo - this sparkly oil infused shampoo takes a second dose and some extra water to really bubble. (foaming store shampoo has harmful additives that make it suds) It is color safe and smells wonderful! I only have to wash every 3rd day now because of its balancing properties!
*Conditioner will leave your hair silky soft. Allow it to soak while washing your body!
*DoTERRA Body Wash smells like grapefruit and bergamot (citruses) and is an cleansing and aromatic spa experience for your bod! Safe and natural alternative to store soaps. Easier to clean the shower too, NO SCUM!
*HD Clear Foaming Face Soap is a great choice for the shower because of its compact size and how easy it is to use for all skin types. Helps keep skin clean and clear.
*Breathe oil - there is no better way to start your day then a couple drops of lung opening Breathe oil just outside the water spray of your shower.
Alert, lungs open and oxygen flowing for a great energetic day!?
Amavi (Balance) bath bar makes the most incredible leg shaving solution! You can also use the Spa Sugar Scrub, for an amazing dead skin cell slough off!
Our glass shower shines when we spray On Guard concentrate and use this squeegee.
On Guard Concentrate makes 18 bottles of cleaner for a little over a dollar! Safe, natural and kicks those cooties in the butt.
How do you beautify?
Straight out of the shower it's time for the oh so luxurious Beautiful Hydrating Body Mist.
This light hydration makes the skin shine and smell like the light airy beautiful blend.
Next up, Unscented Body Lotion for legs and the thick, amazing, favorite of mine, the replenishing Body Butter for elbows, knees, legs and heels to keep them soft and smooth. Smells amazing and is soooo THICK and luxurious, as body butter should be!
Shining white teeth, good breath and plaque reduction are easily within reach when using the On Guard Whitening Toothpaste (safe for all ages) and the awesome cinnamon-esque On Guard Mouthwash!
Perfect PH in just 4 uses. Wow! Your mouth will thank you!
Great for supporting a healthy immune system too. What a great place to work, morning and night, in the mouth. ?❤
I am so in love with the Essential Skincare line! Face is already washed in shower, so toning and hydrating are a simple step before makeup....
Toner Primary Benefits -
*Aloe, watermelon, and apple extracts tone and balance the skin
*Rich in oligosaccharides, Lentil Extracts increase skin hydration, reduce the appearance of oily skin, tone the skin, and visibly reduce the appearance of pores
*Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that helps remove excess oil from the skin and reduces the appearance of pores
The intensive moisture your skin has been waiting for. doTERRA’s Hydrating Cream is packed with emollient-rich ingredients and probiotics to provide intense hydration and nourishment to the skin, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and aiding with skin barrier renewal for suppler, younger-looking skin. Its rich formula provides a burst of active moisture without leaving an oily residue. Carefully chosen ingredients are designed to rejuvenate the look of mature skin, as well as to help reduce the visible signs of aging due to both natural and environmental causes. Probiotics reinforce the skin’s natural barrier, helping to improve skin’s natural health and beauty. Perfect for day or night use!
I add BLUE TANSY to it for extra skin benefits and went from tolerating the smell, to CRAVING it!
Chamazulene, a chemical component in Blue Tansy, provides the characteristic indigo color and is recognized for its skin soothing benefits. At the same time, the main chemical component Sabinene helps diminish the appearance of blemishes. Uplifting to the mood, Blue Tansy provides a sweet aroma to fill any room. It’s perfect for massaging into skin with fractionated coconut oil or lotion after a long day of work or intense exercise to aid the body in the natural recovery process.
Natural deo tends to be a little stiffer than its un-natural counterpart.
Try using a drop of Balance oil, or a mist of the Hydrating Spray under your arms first, for a smoother glide.
Greening up this part of your life is HUGE!
Your body was designed to breathe, to flow like a river not be filled with aluminum sweat blocking products and become a swamp.
This product works!
If you have odor and need a pit detox, I recommend doTERRA Mud Mask for a while at night.
Root to Tip serum is perfect for preventing fly-aways and dry ends. It's silky nourishing properties will help your hair to shine.
Protects your hair from the heat of the dryer too.
If you have oily hair, avoid roots and focus only on tips.
Saturdays are for deep cleaning! Thank goodness we can do our WHOLE house with ONE product!!
On Guard Concentrate to the rescue....❤
*Tackles the nasties, without the stench of harsh cleaners, instead filling your home with the smell of oranges, clove and cinnamon.
Safe for all ages to use and help mommy! No calls to poison control needed if ingested.
? *This one bottle makes about 16 bottles of diluted cleaner.
? *The straight concentrate is great for toilet bowl cleaning and hand wash dishes. Easy recipes on the side of the bottle!
Heading out the door and we want to protect our family....we oil proactively every day!
We have several safe, natural choices to promote health!
?Kids Line Stronger Blend
?On Guard Touch
Our kids grab a roller and roll on their throat or feet bottoms before we leave the house.
We do this during the sniffley season especially! ?
Any of these will be awesome for supporting the immune systems response to exposure.
Trying a southern BBQ joint for lunch, but that doesn't mean we are skipping our LLV vitamins and gut support....
Life Long Vitality Vitamins provide the nutrients it takes to bring energy and vitality to your body. It is a life giving, life changing product, that will change the way you do your day.
It's also the nutrient equivalent of a $900 plus grocery bill for the month. No kidding! (see next pic)
It is doTERRA's number 1 best selling product for a reason! I dare you to try it.....you won't go back to that comprised, poor quality, one a day. Come with a 30 day money back guarantee. I have NEVER had a return on it!
I am not setting foot in this store until I have sprayed our hands with this awesome On Guard sanitizing mist......
Once inside, I will also spray my cart handle.
On Guard Sanitizing Mist contains the more natural occurring ethyl alcohol, apple extract and on guard oil protective blend!
Doesn't dry out your hands either. WIN WIN! :) ?? W
Home from the grocery store....the germs stop here.?
One of the best ways to prevent sickness in your home, is to have everyone lines up to wash with On Guard Foaming Hand Soap!????
Goes after all the bad bacteria, while allowing the good to remain.
No more dry cracked hands this winter. Just healthy balanced germ free ones!
One On Guard brown refill bottle, fills two white foaming hand soap pumps. No dilution!
I find I drink SO much more water now that we have oils to add......?
This little basket of oils lives right in my kitchen for easy drink flavoring access.
My favorite that makes me feel the biggest change in my day is Frankincense Spearmint water. 1 drop each in 30 oz.
?Another great choice is any combo of citruses.
??Orange and peppermint are lovely for energy!
And today, I am doing 2 drops of Cinnamon bark. Totally YUM! Great for my immune system, blood sugar and circulation.
Just make sure you are using glass or stainless steel cups! No plastic!
We wash our fruits and veggies with an extra diluted On Guard Concentrate spray!
You can also soak fruits and veggies in a bowl of lemon oil water for 20 mins. You will be shocked at the dirty water!
?Another treat is soaking apple slices in On Guard and Cinnamon Bark water! Mmm
When you use the world's purest essential oils, than there are many that can be used in cooking.....
?Simply roll over your doTERRA oil bottle. Does it have a supplements facts label on it like a pantry item? It can be used for cooking!
?Does it have a listed ingredient list? Aromatic or topical use only.
They are the most beautiful little cooking extracts! ???
Tonight we are adding Thyme & Rosemary oil to Beef and Sweet Potato Stew. ?
Hand wash supper dishes get a bubbly On Guard Concentrate scrub in the sink....
Told you you could use this stuff for just about everything!?
All the wee little Fergusons are tucked into bed,
Serenity Softgels & Calmer quiet the noise in their heads.
Relaxed and soothed, they drift off to sleep,
No one even needs to count silly sheep!
On grinder, on thrasher, on yeller, I say,
And you, teenage jitter bug....that is not happening today!
Everyone sighs, as they fall into deep rest,
We all thank the Lord, doTERRA is the BEST! :)
One more load of laundry to start before bed.....
This On Guard Laundry Soap does 64 loads.
On Guard means it's cleaning your clothes and the basin of your washer too!
Have you ever looked up how toxic your soap, softener and dryer sheets are?
(My All Free and Clear got an F rating)
Once I knew the truth, I threw the other brand away and never looked back.
When you know better, you choose better! Your family is worth it.
Bedtime face routine with the most luxurious oil infused skincare line I have ever tried!
Enjoy the new Essential Skin Care line in one easy kit! doTERRA Essential Skin Care is a family of skin care products designed to meet all your anti-aging, skin care needs, helping keep your skin feeling and looking young, healthy, and gorgeous by maximizing the natural power of essential oils. The Essential Skin Care line includes cutting-edge technologies that complement the careful selection of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils added in generous proportions to each product. Target the visible appearance of aging and prevent future signs of aging with doTERRA Essential Skin Care.
Check it out!
I talk more about it and how to use, in this video!
LUMO Diffuser set to run 10 hours and fill my room with amazing, relaxing smells.....
---->Using 4 Serenity, 4 Wild Orange and 2 Cedarwood tonight!
Serenity is relaxing, wild orange is a natural sedative and cedarwood is helpful for keying in the bodies natural melatonin production.
1 Copaiba soft gel and 2 Serenity soft gels are about to knock me out.....
It was fun to hang out with you today. Did you learn something new about being a daily oiler?
I used to think we would just use oils when we were sick......Boy was I wrong!
We use oils and oil infused products, every day in every ways and in every room of the house!!
I would love to empower you to do the same, and live better, feel better and choose better with safe, natural doTERRA at a HUGE savings to you.
Leave me a comment or fill out a contact entry form and let's CHAT!
It was a long, rainy, boring drive to Branson, Missouri. 10 hours actually without any stops!
We read books, played games, took naps, read more books, played media, more books, more games and some coloring time.....
But even on the longest of days, I still would chose this travel life of ours! ?:)?
Missouri is one of our favorite stops. The Ozarks are just so beautiful, and we adore the family fun this state offers. I have SO many childhood memories in this great state! :)
We love to try new places when we pull into town, so we loaded up for some BillyBob Burgers, what a cute diner!
Branson Landing is a neat outdoor shopping center, we usually go at night for the Fire and Lights show, but this time, we didn't stay long enough to watch it. Brrr!
We did enjoy walking around and getting some yummy butter olive oil before we left. (Tastes SO good to make Dale's famous popcorn!)
We have a new favorite restaurant in Branson, Little Hacienda. Totally classy and modern!
Get the Burrito Supreme with the Queso Blanco over it. I love how they grill their tortillas first.
We had planned to go to our FAVORITE place on earth, Silver Dollar City, on Thursday when you can get in for half price. However, Dale was watching the weather, and when temperatures dropped to a high of 40 and 90% chance of icy mix, we knew that wasn't going to happen.
Thankfully, we found a similar coupon and went on Sunday when the crowds were lower and the high was 50. Still cold, but bearable for a day of fun!
RIGHT into the park, Dale and the bigger kids wanted to do the Wildfire Roller Coaster. There was zero line since the park just opened, so they got right on.
Pax and I hung out and waited for them to go by.....
Time Traveler is the newest coaster, Dale and the bigs LOVED it. Before we divided up by age and rideability, we all road the Lost Mine boat ride.
We had a girls boat vs boys boat contest shoot out, GIRLS WON! Whoop whoop! I took a pic of my high score gun, thankyouverymuch.
Then, we walked through Grandfather's (crazy crooked) Mansion, and the kids talked me into going on the Thundersation rollercoaster with them. I am NOT a rollar coaster rider, mind you, and was very nervous. But I remembered many many moons ago, on our Senior trip, that it was the one and only coaster I could do without getting sick.
We picked the warmest of the days we were here, and still.....
3 shirts, 2 pants, 2 sets of socks, fur boots, coat, hat, scarf, gloves and STILL COLD!
We bought some wassil and hot cocoa in our refillable mugs, and that helped a lot. BTW, those are worth it. They are good for one full year and refills are $1-2 dollars depending on what you pick. Water is free all day long which saves dragging a jug all day!
We hung out over in the Firehouse section as a family before dividing back up again. They have a huge fire station you can have ball wars in, huge cannons and launchers. Super fun!
Kids all went on a nutso launcher ride, up up up and away!
The Grand Exposition is a great place to take your younger kiddos while the bigs do the big kid rides. We spent a good hour over here riding the rides!
We met back up for dinner at the bakery. We had Kalskies? Basically a homemade pig in a blanket, giant pretzel and an even bigger Gingerbread man. That all cost an arm and two legs and we all still were starving, so we went down into the park again and got some awesome sausage, sweet potato skillets to share too.
At this point, all the millions of lights were being turned on, and transformed our favorite place on earth into one of twinkly MAGIC. It just gives me that warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, and I flashback to my own youth, and even more of years gone by of meeting my dad here when the kids were younger.
We watched the glass blowers for a while, then the parade started!
We were all cold to the bone by this point, so we checked the Silver Dollar City app and saw there was ONE more show we could catch, "It's A Wonderful Life". It was wonderfully done! All their shows are, and it comes with the price of your ticket. :)
We had been at the park 8 hours at this point, and time was flying. We were all sleepy, thirsty and ready to head home. But we had to walk past our FAVORITE part, the Christmas tree!
An amazing ending to an AMAZING DAY!
A good nights sleep, and awakening to the pitter patter of rain, started our school day Monday. But the house was warm and the rain made it all cozy!
One more essential oil class, and breakfast at local favorite, BillyGail's before we packed up to head to our next stop. We have to beat the icy weather that is on it's way, because well, buses and ICE, just don't mix!
Have you ever seen a bigger pancake?
Branson, it's been real.
Until next time!
We have a favorite RV park in Birmingham that is a favorite of ours. It has the coolest working farm, playgrounds, hiking trail and even a BMX bike course that is open to the public!
We had to get some cheddar honey biscuits from Jim 'N Nicks!
We have the sweetest friend, that is part of our oil family here in Birmingham, and we got to hang out and do dinner and a class with all her amazing friends. It was a lovely time! :)
We got to have some fun with the kids too......
A field trip to the McWane Science Center!
This museum didn't quit.....cool science experiments, hands on tables, racetrack and displays.
We also got to see a cool IMAX movie on the ocean that made us feel like we were swimming! And the kids rode the SKYCOASTER bike, made a weather report and had hours of fun...... :)
The next day was Halloween, and our Fall family movie and snack night, so we grabbed some amazing goodies from Trader Joe's before we headed home for the night.
During school the next day, sweet Avery slipped up to me and asked what I had planned for their school fall party.
Ummm, just a moment please.
WHAT?! I had no idea they were expecting anything more than our evening party, so I dug all around the fridge and the house and came up with a 4 Oaks Academy Minute to Win It fall party for after school.
Check out our events:
Let the fun begin!
Our events included:
Orange Poopy Party - Orange had to make it all the way to the bucket, as you ran with it in between your knees, and had to land IN the bucket to count. First one to get 4 in the bucket, WINS!
Apple Stacker - Race to the fence, and carefully stack 3 apples, unstack and race back to your partner for their turn. A timed event.
Bite Me Bag - Race down the hill, grab the loaded back with your teeth. Take it back up to your partner, they must run it down, drop it off and get their own bag. First team done, wins the event!
Pumpkin Toss - Pumpkin corn candy toss into a solo cup. Team with the most pumpkins, wins. Tosser and cup holder switch every other shot.
Mummy TP Race - Best Mummy with the most used TP wins!
We had so much fun! In the end, the girls won. :)
The next day, we pulled out for Branson, Missouri! More on that next.....