Let it Snow. Let it Snow. Let it Snow!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009



Yea for us! It snowed 2" overnight!!
So, we decided to go out and do a little light sledding, trail-making, and snowman building!


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Grace's Snowflakes

Thursday, December 24, 2009


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Today's preschool time turned into a weather forecast! Grace made some beautiful snowflakes. But I warn you other Mm's of preschoolers... this was a little tough for my 3 yr old. By the time we'd folded the paper several times, it was getting a bit thick and hard to cut. She did some cutting but it turned into her "designing" the snowflakes and telling me where to make the cuts!

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Getting Ready

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The other day Grace got to try out her new apron my
friend Heather made her. We made drop biscuits. She did a fantastic job!
We looked out the kitchen window that same day and were a little confused. The chickens had gathered by the house on the edge of the woods... but one of those chickens out there didn't have feathers. My little white Gizmo kitty decided to loose the pride and join the flock!

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Jolly Mill Christmas

Friday, December 4, 2009


It was Grace's first real visit to Santa Claus (not to mention Garrett's!)... and what a cool visit it was! We've tried other Santa's in the past, but the lines were always a mile long. This was a neat way to do Santa... in a rustic mill in a beautiful privately owned park. I've posted some pics of our evening below.








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Thanksgiving Weekend Goings On

Sunday, November 29, 2009


It's been a heck of a weekend here at the Goff House! My 34th birthday came on my biggest cooking day of the year, the day before Thanksgiving... so, needless to say, I didn't do much for my birthday this year unless of course, you count cooking! Thanksgiving day, we took the opportunity to grab a few photos of our little family and then headed off to my sister Sherry's place where we would later stuff ourselves full of turkey - Gobble Gobble!

The next day I joined the hundreds of crazed shoppers at our local Walmart and grabbed some Christmas presents. After recuperating that morning, Grace tried on her new cooking outfit (isn't she a doll?!),

and we also drug out some Christmas decorations. The tree was up and on went the ornaments.

Grace LOVED decorating the tree. She also thought Daddy's new A Christmas Story lamp ornament was funny.




That night we caught New Moon at the drive-in. Garrett went with us, but Grace had her VERY first overnighter away from home... at Grandma's house!

I think they had a really good time and Grace got to stay up waaaayyyy past her bedtime. Ah, the advantages of Grandma's house!

Later on Saturday, we decided to light up the fire pit. It was as great night for it. Made me yearn to go camping!

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Wait a Minute! That Stuffed Animal Just Moved...

Monday, November 23, 2009

It was a tea party for a crowd. Thank goodness we had enough plates!

So ALL the animals were lined up to watch the festivites.

But wait... there's one in there that's not stuffed... I just saw his ear twitch. And he's purring...

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FREE Branson Magazine

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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OK fellow Ozarkians (and those that live elsewhere but love the Ozarks too!)... if you enjoy a jaunt to ol' Branson now and then (and who doesn't need the 76 blvd fix every once in awhile), then here's a deal for you! Branson Vacation Magazine is offering a free magazine subscription to your front doorstep... or, you can hit their online digital version of the magazine (links on the right-hand side). The magazine promises to be full of information and special features on shows and entertainers, attractions, shopping, lodging, dining, and special events. This is a 417 Magazine publication - and if you've ever seen 417, you know how wonderful a job they do with their magazine! Get yours soon... the Christmas edition is available now! Let it Show and Light it Up are two articles you'll want to read - they'll probably convince you to take a Branson trip this Christmas season if you hadn't already thought about it.

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Who Knew Cooties Could be so Much Fun!?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday nights are family fun night at the Goff house. It's the one night of the week when we're not already booked up with church, work, etc. We usually make home-made pizza (we've been refining our whole wheat crust for months now!), watch a movie, etc... but tonight, we decided to play the game Cootie. I had never played it or even heard of it for that matter... but I was at Target the other day and they had it marked down to $5. It looked like the perfect game for a preschooler... counting, taking turns, no reading required! Yea! Well, Grace LOVES playing Cootie and, quite frankly, so do I. We had a lot of fun creating our little cooties. And, of course, Grace won.

We also did a little pre-decorating this evening. We brought up the tree and set it up. I always forget how much I hate hooking up lights... ugh. But, the highlight was Grace decorating the tree... I've not even pulled out the ornaments yet, but Grace has already starting "decorating" it with her own "ornaments". Too sweet. I have a feeling our Christmas tree will be EXTRA special this year.

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Giggle Box Garrett

Friday, November 13, 2009

With a laugh like that, how could you not love this boy?!?! :-)

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The Squirrel has Left the Building

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank goodness. He finally was shewed outta the house! But not before the little flying varmit landed on Grace!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ8R1vMXBWc

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Is that a baby squirrel cruising through my kitchen?

Well what d'ya know! A baby squirrel in my house... and the cats tracked it into the kitchen.


And a video of the cat freak out:

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Garrett's First Feeding

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Garrett had his first cereal feeding last night. It went as expected... more food out than in. I guess he'll need a little more practice!

And here's a picture of me and my handsome little stud.

And here's the handsome little stud after he's had enough... notice the impressive amount of drool...




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Princesses and Hot Dogs

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our first Halloween Trick or Treating in Pierce City... complete with a fairy princess and a little hot dog (he plumps when you cook em')... and ketchup and mustard too!






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Fall Farm Foliage

Monday, October 26, 2009

I love these old dogwoods, oaks, and hickories.









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What's Goin' On at the Farm

Grace loves the neighbor's tractor. Daddy thinks he wants one too... except he'd like a big orange one with a front loader. Keep dreamin' Daddy...




Courtney has also developed a love for GIANT sweet potatos. This one we dug out of our garden... it's a freak. 8 lbs. 18.5” around and 13” long


And here's bathtime.
Garrett has really grown to love and enjoy bathtime. He likes the warm water and how Mommy makes funny faces at him. And occasionally, if we're really lucky, we have a fountain in the tub too. HA! ;-)



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I've Become Too B.U.S.Y.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A friend posted this link, and I wanted to share it with you all. I am very ashamed to admit that I've fallen into this trap. I know I've been feeling His tug to get my priorities in the right order. Will you also take the time to watch this, and let it speak to you about your life?
CLICK HERE to watch this very powerful video and decide for yourself.
We all have different circumstances, and what's right for me may not be God's will for you and your family. I just hope that this reaches someone that needs it right now.

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A Visit to the Firestation

Saturday, October 10, 2009



That's right. Grace got to sit IN a REAL fire truck. Hey, even I haven't ever sat IN a fire truck. Of course, we've seen them up close and personal... you know, like ON our property when Courtney tried to torch the place a few years ago... but I'll let him tell you why he chose to leave the pit burning on a slightly windy day and how quickly tall field grass catches and the AMAZING view of a cedar tree standing with flames 20 feet tall shooting out the top of it. Yes, I'll let him tell you more about that.

So, it was good for the Goff family to go to the firestation for a field trip day for Parents as Teachers. I think we might be able to use the fire safety lessons we learned there as well.





Grace was not too fond of the loud sirens though...

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