Happy Thanksgiving.  ♥

I took these images 3 years ago. THREE.  I can hardly believe that because I recall the entire process.  I didn’t even realize it was that long ago until I went searching for the files and found them in October 2012.  I’m not going to say it … I’m not going to say it …

Okay, I will.  Time flies.

I saw one of those images pop up somewhere on social media recently and it reminded me that I really wanted to reenact this little selfie session with my boys.  My oh my how we fill the couch now.     

On this Thanksgiving, along with all of you, I’m thinking of what I’m thankful for.  I mean, we do all year long, right?  But this day lends itself to the opportunity to really linger on flipping through the blessings we have and giving thanks to God.

Above all else, I’m thankful that Jesus is my Savior and the good news of the Gospel. 

And along with that, I am SO thankful for my husband who loves me in a way that demonstrates love as God intended it.  I’m thankful for our home and the opportunity we have to live where we do.  For our treasured friends and family.  And I am so very very thankful for my three boys.  Who may not always get along,  but who have lots of time to figure out how to since we’re blessed with the freedom and calling to homeschool.

I’m thankful they are healthy and growing and now fill up my couch.   ♥

I’m so very thankful for you all taking the time to visit my blog and to share in our lives.  <3 

To learn more about how I took these selfies, check out this tutorial I wrote for Click It Up A Notch a few years back, all about the process of “Self Portaits Made Easy”!

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Once these boys woke up and saw the inch or so of snow we were surprised with they couldn’t get out the door fast enough.

I remember the days of them needing to be layered up with clothing and snow pants and snow boots and hats and mittens and then of course the second they’d get out the door someone would have to go potty and all the layers would come stripping back off.  And then the fun would ensue, but would soon be followed by tears because a mitten came off and snow fell down the back of their shirt.

But yesterday, they threw on their outside jeans, boots and coats and flew out the door grabbing the first slick thing they could find to use as a sled.

7:20 in the morning, in a dusting of snow.  Sledding on an empty bag of chicken food.  Home-schooled country boys … that’s them.

Once they realized there was in fact fun to be had, they took a minute and found the sled in the shed …

… but the fun of the chicken bag still called.

Remembering all the fun they had here last year, they moved over to the bigger hill in the hay field, milking the snow for all the fun it was worth, while it lasted!   They sledded and sledded as we watched (and heard) the snow melting from the trees.

… and also milking that Chicken Food bag for all the fun it was worth, too.


We headed to town a few hours later and when we got home all the snow was gone.  I’m grateful for the reminder my boys give me for seizing the moments while they are there. So we can appreciate them more when they’re past … without the regret that comes from saying, “I wish I had played in the snow when it was here.”

Thank you for visiting!  <3  For lots more snow posts, see HERE!

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We’ve had these kittens for one month now and what a unpredictable ride it has been!  I feel like I could write a book about all the things I’ve learned through the process of raising abandoned kittens from bottle feeding to now.

And one thing I’d put into it is this tip for if you need to occupy your kitten and keep it contained and not under-foot.

Put it in a wastebasket full of paper.  Newspaper, craft paper, notebook paper, cut paper, torn paper.  GusGus was in heaven. 

Of course, this was supposed to keep him occupied so that we could concentrate on school. Because of course there is always one kitten awake during school, playing with our feet, climbing up our legs and onto the table, batting at pencils … competing for out attention by doing all the adorable things that kittens just naturally do.  But, of course, I was totally distracted by how cute it was that he was so incredibly humored by a wastebasket full of paper.     

So in theory, this is a good idea, and it did keep him distracted.  But be prepared to be quite entertained yourself!

Thanks for visiting!!


Remember: my Usborne Book sale is going on now till Sunday, here:  https://v4812.myubam.com/

And my online Facebook party for Usborne is tonight at 7 if you’d like to come and learn more about these amazing books and their huge selection!  Just friend me on Facebook (Lacey Meyers) and I’ll invite you!  ♥

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  • Mom - :) I guess the can with the kitty and paper needs to be moved out of the schoolroom!! :) So cute.
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Michelle Kersey - OMG I WANT ONEEEE. Darn you!!! <3ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Get one! No, get two! They are constant fun and love. <3ReplyCancel

      • Michelle Kersey - I know! We had two kittens 10yrs ago. One passed this year. I’ve been wanting another but hubby has banned me. :( I shall live vicariously through you. Maybe after our oldest dog passes in the next few years (she’s 12) I’ll be able to talk him into allowing a new life here.ReplyCancel

I love love love to Christmas shop for our boys.  Each year for Christmas, their gifts cover 5 categories:  Something to wear, something to build, something to play, something to watch, and something to read….

As they are veering out of the ‘toy’ phase of childhood and more into the learning, discovering, and constructing phase I’m excited to put an emphasis on books this Christmas.   Thankfully they don’t read my blog so I can share that with you.  😀

It was super timely, then, that my best friend, Melissa, started working as a consultant for Usborne Books because let me tell you what … these are the best books for information and illustration out there.  We have acquired quite a few over the years through our homeschool curriculum and we devour them!  But I never knew where I could purchase more….  now I do!  You have to go through a consultant and a party.   These books are so special that they aren’t sold just anywhere.   So!  I had such a huge list of what I wanted to order that Melissa put together a “party” for me on Facebook and I because I love these books so much, I can’t keep this as just a party for one.  😉

I’d love to extend this invite to all of you if you are interested in giving books to your children or grandchildren for Christmas.  You have access to non-fiction, fiction, encyclopedias, illustrated dictionaries, activity books galore, lift-the-flap books …. 1800+ titles.  Trust me, I’m not a sales person but I am happy to share the love for products that I think are worth sharing about.

If you’d like to ‘attend’ the ‘party’ on Facebook just comment here or private message me with your FB info so I can friend you, and invite you.  The ‘party’ is helpful because you can see lots of videos featuring books that Usborne carries and also gives you the opportunity to win a free book with a fun (and easy!) raffle!  The ‘party’ is officially on Tuesday, November 24th at 7pm, but there is a ‘pre-party’ going on right now where you can get started viewing some videos and chat with Melissa or myself about titles you’re interested in.

If you are not on Facebook or can’t make the ‘party’, NO worries!  Here is your direct link to the Usborne website where you can shop till you drop just like you might on any other online site:


The window to order from Usborne Books is from now through Sunday, November 29, but the sooner you do the better to ensure you get those in-demand titles.  I’ve already placed my order and can’t wait to browse the pages of all of our treasures when they arrive.  My boys will have to wait until Christmas morning, though!  😉

So, again… let me know if you would like to attend the online Facebook party with me (you can have access to the party for nearly a week after it is actually held) and also just go ahead and browse Usborne’s site at your leisure!

THANK YOU in advance if you come to the party or purchase through Usborne via these links because you’re helping me further build our library and what an amazing gift that is!  ♥  So, thank you thank you, and happy book shopping!  ♥

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  • Melissa - I can’t wait for your party on Tuesday! I am sure the boys are going to love ALL of the new books, Usborne books are definitely our most loved and treasured books too :-) ‘See’ you Tuesday night!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - We love Usborne books! A couple of years ago, when we got started on our homeschooling journey, we purchased a curriculum that included a lot of these. One of our favorites is The Great Animal Search and each of the Animal Encyclopedias that we’ve picked up. Awesome books, I agree!ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Cool, Stephanie! Was it My Father’s World?? That is how we came to know and appreciate these books!ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie - Yes! We have LOVED My Father’s World! My older daughter completed Countries & Cultures last year, and my little one is doing first grade this year. GOOD STUFF!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Hi Lacey,
    First I want to say I’ve been a fan of your photography for a while now. Love how you capture your boys in your photos. Each image is just beautifully done. I would love to know if you have any favorite “go to” Usborne books you would recommend? Thanks for your time.ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Chelsea! Hmm… good question! It depends, I suppose on what you’re interested in. We’ve really only had the non-fiction books so far and are expecting lots of fiction/activity books to arrive soon. We’ve used the First Encyclopedias (Human Body and of Science) for the past 2 years and have found them so helpful. Our favorite for sure is the Animal Search but unfortunately it is sold out right now, but I can ask when it is going to be back in stock. I REALLY like the lift the flap books, too. Their quality is amazing and they are so full of information. :) There are also beautiful books that you shine a flashlight through the back of the page and surprise images appear! I’d love to have you at the online party, Chelsea, if you’d like, so you can see videos on many of the best selling (and new) titles. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Sweet Tado. It’s wonderful to see him enjoyingt books. Soon he’ll be reading them! I’m looking forward to your Usborne party.
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Lacey, thank you for taking the time to respond. We love good educational books and animal books. Flap books are great and the flashlight ones sound fun! I would join the online party but I don’t have facebook. But I will certainly check out the direct link you provided. Thanks again. You truly are a gifted photographer and I always love seeing your images. The colors are always so true and genuine and the clarity is fabulous. Enjoy the holidays.!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Hi Lacey! Can I attend the party please?ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Amber! Yes! I’d love it … I sent you a friend request and as soon as I see you accept that I’ll send you an invite and will ‘see’ you tonight! :)ReplyCancel

I spotted this through my kitchen window as I was washing dishes the other morning.  I snuck a few shots through the window …

But then went outside to get a little closer. :)

Isn’t it crazy what a little shift of the camera’s angle to the sun can do for haze??

This boy has such a big heart for our animals.  And if I didn’t know better I’d say they are pretty fond of him, too!  ♥

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  • Carol - Precious, precious little boy! (and a very lucky one for having a mama that can capture it so beautifully!)ReplyCancel

  • Jolene - So sweet! Been awhile since I visited, so I’m playing catchup :)ReplyCancel

  • Mom - What heart-warming photos. Gee, even ornery Emmett was accepting Tado’s treats. :)
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel