Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I love our dog. She can be pretty annoying. But she really cleans the kitchen floor well. I don't know how young families live without a dog to pick up crumbs!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The boys learned to set the table. Their future wives will thank me. I taught them how to set the table. Next, we took turns making a mess of our mock table and then correctly placing the dinnerware in its designated spot.
Mr. Smackdown has delighted in showing off his newly acquired skill of setting the table. I wonder how long it will be "fun" and not a chore? It is amazing how little helpful hands by growing children can become tremendous time-savers. When can he start cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming?
As if we didn't already know the letter "A," we made "A's" with rubber bands on our geoboards, along with other designs to improve fine motor skills, which is necessary if your hand gets slapped by a taught rubber band!
Childhood just wouldn't be complete without using Ed Emberley's Thumbprint Art guidebook.
And to wrap it up, today we confiscated Mr. Smiley's bath time alphabet toys and put the letters in alphabetical order.
(Can you tell which letter is missing?)
We had some leftover numbers, and used our Connectagons and corresponded the correct number of pieces below each foam number.
After all that fun . . . I stopped at the library so that we could begin learning about the letter "B." The ants will have to move into our home under a different letter whether they like it or not.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"Better beans and bacon in peace, than cakes and ale in fear."
On a more personal note, here is some of the fun that we had that Willow was able to capture. . .
Friday, May 22, 2009
3 cups canned tomato paste (this translates to four 6 oz cans)
1/4 cup whey (the yellowish liquid on top of yogurt--see below for extraction directions)
1 tbls sea salt
1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff from the tree)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup fish sauce (can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I thought that I could handle it. But I simply am not ready. I thought I was ready to be a tadpole, bug keeping, worm defending, caterpillar catching mom of three boys. But I just can't do it.
See the little brown speck in the middle? That is our tadpole. Two of the tadpoles immediately explored their new habitat. However, the leggy one decided to nibble on the floating algae. They were excited about their new home. The realities of pond life floated close by.
Mission accomplished. Time to climb rocks.