Crazy hair day and pie - five places I found joy this week

Every week I like to take a moment to showcase the moments that brought me the most joy. Sometimes they are awesome activities and other times it's a sweet moment between the kids. There are always moments that can fill us with joy if we choose to see them with a thankful heart.

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It was a little quieter around these parts this week. It was still a good week but much more back to normal than other weeks have been. We did have a crazy cold snap that brought us temps in the -20s plus even colder with windchill. Needless to say we didn't leave the house other than pickup and drop off for the boys! I'm thankful it seems to be warming up a bit - I am not on board with temps like that!

1. Crazy hair day

The boys had spirit week at school and it was Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday. I used Crayola markers on Jamison's hair. Once they saw it Anders and Cade also needed color in their hair. I put Parker's hair in all sorts of ponies so it was sticking up everywhere. Mercedes didn't have anything done but wanted her picture snapped as well. 

 

2. Double spoons

While eating oatmeal one morning Mercedes decided one spoon simply wasn't fast enough to get the food in her mouth so double spoons it was! She did fairly well and I don't think she spilled any on her clothes so I guess it was a success. Plus it was hilarious watching her try to navigate both spoons at the same time. 

 

3. LEGO buildings & little boys

Micah and I finished building The Detective Office this weekend (it's a fabulous set!) and the little guys immediately began investigating it when they woke up from nap. They opened and shut doors, took the minifigures out to walk them up stairs, and poked at all the different movable parts. I'm so glad we can share our love of LEGO with our kids. 

 

4. Math games

For homework this weekend Parker needed to play a math game. He has a bag of several games that he can play with dice or cards to practice different math skills. He and I had already played four or five different rounds but Mercedes wanted in on the fun, too. He took out each number in the card deck and showed her how to count the icons and what the numbers looked like then taught her how to play a simple game. I've heard of children that get along peacefully and for long periods of time but I wasn't sure it was real. They didn't fight the entire time! Hallelujah, it's a miracle. Plus it was incredibly sweet to see him teaching her. 

 

5. Pie!

Every once in a while at our church there is a table filled with food free for the taking. During the summer it's overflowing with produce from the church garden but that runs out pretty quickly once the cold weather sets in. Someone at our church must work at one of the grocery store bakeries because often the table is filled with bread, rolls, and other baked goods that are right at their sell by date. Yesterday I was able to take a loaf of wheat bread and a dutch apple pie. Normally we don't do dessert around here but I also love fun surprise treats. All day the kids kept asking when it was "pie time" and when it finally came Cade was elated. I posted the video on instagram and could watch it on a loop! 

 

How was your week? Where did you choose joy? Are there any desserts your family goes crazy for?