Time Flies! Week ONE and Week TWO are now a not-to-distant memory. Plenty of changes happened when Euan & Patience went from being a couple to having a full house. Their home also changed to suit the family’s growing needs. More changes are bound to happen this week as well.
The first day of winter makes quite an entrance. Falling snow and a pleasant surprise greet the McPhail family as they wake and take a look outside.
Euan and the girls briefly go out to collect a few flowers from the park as well as rocks & gems from nearby areas, but soon head home to warm up.
A house filled with the sounds of toddler activity greet them.
After a delicious meal, the older family members head off to whatever activity holds their interest.
Euan picks up the paintbrush and is happy to see that his skills haven’t gotten rusty from lack of use.
A big smile crosses his face when he sees Felicity going to the second easel.
Addy’s Note: Each of their girls painted a picture to hang in their bedrooms, but their middle daughter seems interested in repeating the fun found while painting.
Patience continues working on making improvements to the household objects. While improving meal quality is a good idea, she opts to go with fireproof.
Charity and Mercy enjoy being outside and playing in the snow.
The weekend ends and the weekly activities start once more.
Mornings arrive with sunshine and freshly falling snow.
Never enough snow to keep the girls from going to school.
Charity and Felicity visit friends after school, but Mercy thinks it is easier to simply bring one home.
Addy’s Note: Felicity arrives at an empty home (her friend didn’t get off the school bus with her) and was a bit annoyed by this “prank” but left instead of leaving one of her own.
The girls solidify their friendship by playing with blocks before bedtime.
They also take turns making friends with their brothers over rounds of peek-a-boo.
Euan can’t help but overhear the girls discussing their upcoming birthday.
The next day is Snowflake Day and the family wakes to … more snow falling.
The girls ask their parents to join them in the living room.
They had seen the cake in the fridge and aren’t interested in having a birthday party. “It might be sunny, but not the right time of year to have a party outdoors” and “Friends are fickle like leaves, you never know which way the wind blows” are interjected as Charity tries to explain their reasons.
Euan and Patience silently look at one another, both realizing that the gift of a party isn’t much of a gift if it isn’t something their girls want.
“No party then. We want to celebrate your special day, but in a way that makes all three of you happy.”
“Thanks! We decided that since I got to blow out the candles on our first cake, it’s Felicity’s turn this time and … here I go …”
Felicity’s turn is next.
Mercy sees that both of her sisters look alright and is ready for her turn.
“How do I look?”
After enjoying their slice of cake, the family heads over to the Winter Festival.
Euan and Patience are excited and feel like they’re the ones being given a gift when their portrait of the entire family is taken.
Euan had received a holiday bonus of $1,100 and both he and Patience knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. They had taken turns during the week to inspect this upcoming purchase and were ready to “seal the deal”.
Euan met a co-worker at the festival and exchanged keys for a check.
To say that the girls were thrilled would be a bit of an understatement. A quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors took place and then the winner jumped behind the wheel.
Charity asked Patience to teach her how to drive and they were soon on their way.
They’re able to finish the rest of the lesson on Saturday.
Expenses add up while raising a large family.
Euan decides that selling paintings is a good way to increase their bank balance and picks up the paintbrush whenever he has a spare moment or two.
Felicity is thrilled with another family purchase and offers to help raise much-needed funds by writing stories for children.
Mercy volunteers to do the daily collecting.
This week resulted in fewer improvements because each were “big ticket” items. They finished painting the exterior of the house, fenced in the backyard and built a tree house. The kitchen now includes a laundry area and computer nook. A third bathroom was added upstairs because Euan and Patience got tired of the girls squabbling over sharing two bathrooms. Last but not least, the family now has a car.
Plenty happened this week and there is bound to be more in Week FOUR!