Happy Days

Happy Days | Inanorchard

I hope you are ready for a heap of pictures and a very long post.  It can’t be helped.  The last three weeks have been so much fun!  Filled with events, celebrations, family vacation time, friends running around together, and relaxing down time at home.

It started with a Thanksgiving Feast at the kids little co-op school.  They had a traditional Thanksgiving feast and got a chance to brush up on, and practice their best table manners.  Which was a very good idea!

Happy Days | Inanorchard

The school also put on a darling performance for the parents and grandparents.  It’s always fun to see them all together and looking so clean.  Mrs. Jolliff once again outdid herself, and put together a wonderful program.  It’s also been fun having a daughter in school.  She actually comes home and sings the songs they’ve been practicing, and she talks to me about her day!!  It’s a whole new world I’m telling you.Happy Days | Inanorchard


We took a quick little trip to Monterey with the cousins and friends.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts home-school days every year.  You sign up in advance and the admission is free.  Which is great because taking our whole family to the aquarium would be pricey!  Our reserved date was for a Monday, but we decided to get a hotel and stay Sunday night.  They had so much fun!  We huddled up in each other’s hotel room eating cookies and watching The Lego Movie.Happy Days | Inanorchard

The next morning we woke up to a gorgeous day.Happy Days | Inanorchard

We hung out at the piers and strolled along the walking paths that stretch out between all the waterfront attractions. Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

These girlies took their time strolling.  They chatted and picked flowers and climbed rocks…Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

Miss P was proudly showing me her cookie.  We were waiting for our turn to get into the aquarium and she was peeking into the service window of the cafe in the aquarium.  The head waiter saw her and was completely delighted with Miss P.  He sprinted back to the kitchen and came out with a chocolate chip cookie for her :) Happy Days | Inanorchard

This is a sight that never, ever gets old.

Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

The water tunnel is always a hit with the kiddos!Happy Days | Inanorchard

The dads; with their “are we almost done yet?” look.
Happy Days | Inanorchard


I finally got out to the garden.  I had 50 daffodil bulbs and 5 varieties of sweet peas that needed to get in the ground.  The beds needed a good turn over and some bulb food added to it, so I spent one Saturday morning happily working in the garden.  There is something so satisfying about planting things in the fall.  They are all tucked away in their winter beds, and just when you have nearly forgotten them they start pushing up through the earth.

Happy Days | Inanorchard

This is my fancy bulb planting stick.  I wanted to make sure I was getting them in at the right depth so I used this broken stick to measure.Happy Days | Inanorchard

My oldest three children have all had the pleasure of having the same kindergarten teacher; our beloved Mrs. Boone.  I look forward to all the little projects that I know are going to come home with Miss E.  They are the same wonderful projects that J and G brought home when they were in kindergarten.  This is the apple turkey they make the day before Thanksgiving break.  I insisted on a photo.  Can you see the little fingers creeping in at the bottom of the picture?  She was so eager to devour that apple turkey she could hardly wait long enough for me to take a picture!Happy Days | Inanorchard

And to top off all our fun, we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the first time in a very long time!  My brother and my sister-in-law had a busy Thanksgiving week planned so we celebrated with my family the Saturday before.

It was a perfect morning.  We woke up to rain on the windows.  Music was playing.  The house was clean!  Ah… a clean house as a way of making a girl feel invincible.  Justin got up and prepped the turkey while the girls looked on in fascination.

Happy Days | InanorchardJ helped me make our table cloth.

Happy Days | Inanorchard

We had a kids table and a grown-up table.
Happy Days | InanorchardI made these little Mayflower place-holders for each of the kiddos.  They are so much fun to make!  I saw the idea on Pinterest… love Pinterest.

Happy Days | Inanorchard

The grown up table wasn’t as cool as the kids (how can you beat paper boats and honeycomb turkeys?!) but it was no less colorful.  Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | InanorchardThe only trouble with hosting Thanksgiving is the pictures get a little sparse once the celebrating has begun.  I managed to get a few.  This is what it looks like to squeeze ten cousins into our small house.

Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

Happy Days | Inanorchard

See what I mean, sparse pictures.  But if you’d like to see a little more of our Thanksgiving you can stop by my sister-in-laws blog and see her post.

Well, if you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this long rambling post, you can give yourself a big pat on the back.  Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with family and good food and beautiful memories.  ~April

One thought on “Happy Days

  1. Shannon

    Love long rambling posts like this. I should have started keeping track of my comments from the top. :)
    I have 2 girls in school, 1 talks and tells me everything. The other tells me nothing, I have to beg, plead and pry to find out about her day.

    The kids. They are so adorable!! As I always say, you should have a dozen because they are so cute! :)

    I totally laughed out loud at the Dad’s. We have the same kind around here! :)

    Love your thanksgiving tablescapes. You did a beautiful job with an elegant one and a fun one for the kids!


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