The Week of Chocolate Milk and Other Miscellany

The week of chocolate milk, I’m pretty sure that is what this week will be called in our family’s history.

Amber (16) and Kaitlin (14)  left early Saturday morning for a week long cruise in the Caribbean with my parents and later that day we headed to the farmer’s market to pick up our raw milk.

When we arrived we learned that there was an over-abundance of milk at ‘our’ dairy, an over-abundance of chocolate milk. One of the sweet Cruze Farm girls loaded us and our children up with as much chocolate milk as we could carry in addition to our regular order of raw milk. We had 4 1/2 gallons of chocolate milk and 2 less people in our home to drink it.

Inspired by the influx of chocolate milk, the absence of her room partners, and her God-given creativity, Alyssa (12) turned her room into a winter wonderland in order to host evening parties for her siblings.

Handmade snowmen, fabric scraps and lights create a winter scene on Alyssa’s dresser top

Alyssa sees beauty in everything. For her birthday she asked for socks, that’s it, just socks and not socks to wear.

One of Alyssa’s handmade sock snowmen

Why would a 12 year old ask for socks for her birthday?

Because she loves making sock dolls (and recently sock snowmen) and up until now she’s been making them with holey socks that are bound for the trash. She wanted socks without holes to, so for her birthday we took a trip to the sock section and she picked out 3 packs of brand new socks.

Anyhow, with her room newly decorated, Alyssa has been playing hostess.

Yesterday, she and Matthew (13) schemed all day to surprise the “little kids” (everyone younger than themselves) with a special evening of fun.

They fixed and ate an early dinner and then headed downstairs to play games, tell stories, eat popcorn and drink hot chocolate with homemade whipping cream. (Mark and I enjoyed a quiet date night-in with Valor (3 months).)

After the evening’s festivities, the children had a slumber party in the decorated space.

In other news, our friends, the Moore Family, are offering a fun, gift for the whole family.

The Maple Syrup Gift Box contains: 16 oz. Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup, 2 lb. New Hope Whole Wheat Pancake Mix (makes 60 pancakes) and a copy of Moore Family Films DVD, More Than Making Maple Syrup.

For more details or to enter the giveaway visit the Moore family blog.

Have you seen these? We love ours!!! Drink bands are a fun, practical, whole family gift.

Drink bands are colored bands that go around drinking glasses so that you can tell whose is whose. We use these on a daily basis, so that we don’t have to wash 20 bazillion glasses everyday. The bands stay right on the glasses even in the dishwasher.

We even use our drink bands when we have company.

Several of our large family friends have asked where they can get their own drink bands, now you know.

And last, but not least, I wanted to show you the beautiful Flexi of the month. ‘Winter’s Gift’ is December’s Flexi and is available in limited quantities for a limited time.

Remember, if you place an order from our Lilla Rose store between now and December 14th you’ll be entered to win one item of your choice. (Thank you for choosing to support our home business.)

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9 Responses to The Week of Chocolate Milk and Other Miscellany
  1. Leslie B
    December 5, 2012 | 8:21 am

    This is so cool. I want to be friends with your kids!! We pray for strength to raise our own “olives” in a way that pleases the Lord and we are encouraged seeing your family’s love for one another!! Thanks for sharing…

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  2. Rhoda
    December 5, 2012 | 10:05 am

    We currently live in Grenada and would love to meet up with your girls! Are they planning on coming to this island, and if so do you know what day? It would be a joy to meet them! Thank you for all the tips you give. They are very useful. The joys of growing up in a large family. God bless you as you raise your family for Him. Blessings

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  3. Lucy
    December 5, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    I used to get Cruze farm milk when I was in college (UTK), it was the BEST milk ever…

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  4. Bambi @ In the Nursery of the Nation
    December 5, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Love this Kimberly, grinned the whole way through! What a creative daughter…and loving siblings always encourage me.

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  5. Trina
    December 5, 2012 | 9:57 pm

    The drink bands look suspiciously like the ’cause’ bracelets that have been going around … I wonder if those would work the same way? I will have to try!

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    deirdre Reply:

    I use “cause” bracelets. They seem to be given to us frequently. And here I thought I was so clever to think this up myself. Lol

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  6. MomStarr
    December 5, 2012 | 10:49 pm

    I need to hire Alyssa to come decorate my room like that. I have always loved the colorful christmas lights. great job!!

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  7. Asia
    December 6, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Cruze milk is the best! So delicious. We first discovered it at Earth Fare in Turkey Creek.

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  8. Nikki
    December 6, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    This is just a fun, fun post! I love all the great things you and your family have been up to!

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