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thanksgiving gratitude tree


I have been trying to think of something to put a little more meaning into Thanksgiving for us. Honestly, it is usually more about what I am going to make  for the dinner than anything else. However, I am trying to make time for more of the meaningful things. I am frustrated by how easily the trivial daily things eclipse the eternal for me. Anyway, this was one idea.

We put the tree up in a prominent place and explained to the girls that when we think of something we are grateful for–something good that happens, noticing our blessings, something that someone has done for us–we can write it on a leaf and put it on the tree. Here’s how we made ours, but feel free to change it up to fit your tastes. You could do die cut leaves out of cute scrapbook paper; we made ours with rubbings of leaves we collected on a walk yesterday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of what I did:


2-3 paper grocery bags
plain white printer paper


1. Collect a handful of leaves. Place a leaf or two under a sheet of paper and rub the side of a crayon gently over the top. It looks fantastic when you layer 2 or 3 colors. If you do this, start by rubbing lightly and press harder with the second or third color. You can also do the center in one color then add in another on the edges, etc.
2. Cut the leaves out and place in a container or envelope for later.
3. Open the seams on one of the paper bags and cut out a trunk shape that is wider than you want the finished shape to be. Twist and crumple the paper, folding the edges under as you go.
4. Repeat the process, creating a top for the tree by cutting 4 or 5 strips down most of the  bag. It will look best if the bottom is cut diagonally so that it doesn’t make a line straight across the trunk.
5. Tape the tree to the wall and place leaves close by. Write the things you are thankful for on the leaves and tape them to the tree. If you use crayon rubbed leaves, you’ll want to write in pencil or crayon.

Check out the monster perching on a tree limb. Emily made him and said he needs to be there. She very seriously said “This monster likes to squeeze and pinch kids and eat babies… but not babies in their houses, just ones in the street.” Okay then.

Hope your Holidays are meaningful. I definitely want to hear your ideas, what are you doing?

halloween, mission goodbyes, birthday and more…


We have been busy, busy. It was Michael’s birthday. (Sadly, no pictures. Bad wife.) But if you look closely on the side of his birthday poster below, you will see where Megan wrote “We love you Daddy.” and “We don’t hate you.” I see a future with Hallmark.

This was our first year carving pumpkins and we all loved it. It took the girls a few minutes to decide it was okay to touch the pumpkin guts. : ) Eventually they got over the grossness.

They also had their last soccer games of the season. Meg did great. No goals, but lots of hustle and smiles.

I didn’t get an action shot of Emily, but this is pretty much what she looks like for most of her games anyway.

Too bad we didn’t get an action shot of me. These games are prime socializing time with favorite friends.

Here’s Emily in her costume. We had a hard time settling on costumes this year. Emily really wanted to be Princess Leia. Um, gold bikini Princess Leia. Yea. Let that digest for a second. I had to bribe her with the sparkly red shoes to get her to be Dorthy. She owned it once she had committed though. Love the yarn braids?? I can do a tutorial. (Snicker)

I didn’t get a good shot of Megan as Jasmine, but it was cute. She thinks the “skin color” section on her costume is hilarious. Awesome. Amanda is just all sorts of cuddly in her kitty suit.

Check out the tail action. I just loved watching her crawl around in this!

Sunday night we said goodbye to Grandpa Gary and Grandma Lu. They are heading to Frankfurt to serve a mission. You can guess who the baby of the family was. I cried all the way home. I am really excited for them, but I’m going to miss them too. Everyone else was totally fine; the Jensens are known for keeping it cool. Although, it was sweet to watch Megan hug Grandma Lu whenever she was close to her at all. Yep. now I am tearing up again…big baby. We love these guys. They are pretty amazing.

You know it was a great weekend because it took me until Wednesday to post about it. What have I been doing with the week????

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