That is one “Happy little tree!”


The last few days have been wonderful. These lazy, post-Christmas days are the best. Everyone has spent the last few days in PJs enjoying the fact that we have had nowhere to go and nothing on the calendar. The kids have had fun organizing their rooms, putting away their gifts, and enjoying their new toys. Everywhere I look there are kids either curled up reading new books, building Legos, or being creative.

Molly making survival bracelets.

Molly making survival bracelets.

Rusty's completed Minecraft Lego sets.

Rusty’s completed Minecraft Lego sets.

Grace has been busy with another project…

Last October Toby and I dressed as Bob Ross and his “happy little tree” for Halloween.

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Our kids did not get our costume at all. This led to a conversation with our kids about the old Bob Ross painting show that was on TV when we were kids. When Grace asked for painting supplies for Christmas I got thinking about how she would enjoy his instructional videos. We were able to find one of his kits online. It came with the video, the paints and brushes, and we bought her a few canvases to go along with the kit. She was thrilled and eager to start painting, so a few days after Christmas she locked herself away in the playroom for the day.

Grace painting with Bob.

Grace painting with Bob.

After working all morning she emerged to show off her completed oil painting.


Needless to say, we were amazed. It was beautiful!

Bob Ross is one amazing teacher! 😉


Way to go, Gracie!

and Happy New Year to you all.

See you in 2015!

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