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Sunday, November 25, 2007


We had a pretty good thanksgiving here at the Leland household. I used alot of the food we had gotten from the food pantry at church and from people at church who had "adopted" out family last month and gave us groceries. I bought just a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. We still had plenty of left overs even with just the breast. Jordan and I had turkey for dinner last night and then tonight we ate up the last of it with hot turkey sandwiches. Our Thanksgiving menu was:

Turkey Breast

White Corn




Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Deviled Eggs

Sweet and Dill Pickles

Green and Black Olives

Mini Carrots


Cheese and Crackers Tray

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

It came out being a whole lot of food for not doing anything fancy. I bought my pies at Walmart .
Jordie helped me put all the food on the table

Getting ready for prayers

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Long over due update

A Day Off
I have finally given myself a day off! I've been working overtime for so long now. Some nights it's only a few hours but it still drains me to pick up work 7 days a week. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with my time--except sleep! Wednesday I was only able to pick up 3 hours so it will almost be like having 2 days off.

Jordan is Starting to Read
Jordan is really into sounding words out lately. She finds words everywhere and tries to sound them out. She was reading everything the other night from the words on my t-shirt to the words in her work books. They haven't learned any word blends but she can do the individual sounds for most letters. At night when we read a bedtime story she picks out the words she knows like: the, one, to, a, at, but, can (there are some others but I can't think of them right now). It's so fun to watch her sound the words out but also sad because I know my baby girl is growing up.

Courtney Has Decided to Move Back to South Dakota

Courtney has decided to move back to SD at semester. She is going to help take care of her great grandmother. Her grandma is not doing well health wise and she needs someone to stay with her so they don't have to put her in a nursing home.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Another Halloween has come and gone. Jordan was Jasmine this year. We had a Jasmine costume left from daycare stuff. We just added a crown and some princess shoes. Her class had their party in the afternoon. All the kids got dressed up and went down to the gym. Each class got to go up on stage and then the kids got to walk up to the mic and say their name and what they were. My camera battery was on the fritz when they were up there so I didn't get any good pictures of that. Jordan was scared when she got up to the mic. One of her classmates (who is handful) had run up to the mic and roared in it because he was a dragon, all the kids started laughing and I think Jordie thought they were laughing at her because she was walking up to the mic. After the halloween parade in the gym all the kids went back to their classes for snacks and games. The PTA provided juice and cookies. The kids had brought in different snacks to hand out. The kids ate their cookies and juice and brought all the the other snacks home. We played hershey's kiss relay, the kids had to hold a plastic spoon (one for each kid--no sharing) in their mouth and carry a kiss from one side of the carpet to the other and drop it in a basket. Then they had to unwrap it as fast as they could, eat it and run back to the end of the line for the next person to go. The kids had a great time.

Last night we went to Benson Baptist Church for trunk or treat and then we went up to our old neighbors the Gollibits and went trick or treating with them. Jordan got tons of candy! I had bought 4 bags of candy to hand out here but Jim said there weren't any trick or treaters. After we got home I had 3 kids come by but that's it. Guess we'll have enough candy to last us for a while.

Jordan's class waiting to go up on stage

Hershey's Kiss game

I love her smile in this one. She thought she was hot stuff with the glittery lip gloss on.

Pumpkin Carving

We finally got our pumpkins done on Monday. Jordan has been asking me for a week if we could do it. We've just been so darn busy that we haven't gotten it done sooner. Here's a few pictures from the event.

She liked digging in the gooey guts

Jordan working on her little pumpkin, Courtney working on the big one and me sorting the seeds for roasting