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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Beware!

Oh Chickens!
 Beware
of 
the
chicken chaser!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Quickie

I am going to post today, by the way. But I am just shooting on to direct you to a good post by another blogger. I can't figure out why they don't give kids more outside time in schools. I think it's weird, cruel, and just all together unnatural. I guess that's where Pharma comes in. Anyway, without further ado, What She Said!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Whoa X2

These were thought provoking in two very different ways!


The kids dig this one!




And this makes the kids go crazy!



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am posting!

Gosh, I feel like a negligent blog person. It's just that we have been so busy doing our stuff and stuff. 
We have gone back to doing learning activities in the morning. The kids really enjoy the busy work. K has a big drive to read and write at this moment so we dove in, and he is doing great. It's slow work, but he is enjoying the process. M really wants to get her many thoughts onto paper, so we have been doing lots of writing. She really wants to write short stories. She was frustrated by not being able to just write. that is hard stuff for a beginner writer who has huge amazing thoughts. We were missing something in our day, a predictable rhythm. My kids really like to know what to expect. They always did pretty well with complete free time, but as winter wore on, it became harder to find things that went peaceably well with each other. They were tired of crafts, experimenting, and baking. The art room has lost it's appeal. We started back up with really light child led morning lessons, and now at two weeks in, it's a welcome part of the morning, and the afternoon is the perfect amount of time to do whatever we wish.
We feel full.  We started a unit study from Moving beyond the page. It has been cool because it has us talking and delving into concepts and thoughts that I would have not thought of talking about myself. Not any stuff that the kids would have never been exposed to in real life at some point, but stuff that they are excited about now, that would not occur to me. Like being a citizen, good and services, delving into communities. Anyway, it has relit our flame in a season of low light. 
So anyway, sometimes taking a new path when the old seemed weary is the way to a new view when one is needed. It's the journey that counts.
Hmm. So let's see what's in the camera.
Wow, this was like two weeks ago.
 Julie's wednesday playgroup!
 Felting,
Sewing,
My Frankenbird!
Art,
Mmm.
and daisy's,
Carly is back to her angel self.
No more spook!
E is a cowboy.
We think Oreo has done his job!
 Can't wait for June babies!
 Mummified mouse!
Lots 
of creations.
Finally free 
ranging!
Winter playground.
M's first sewing lesson.
Learning how to guide the thread,
designing.
cruising
A bag that used to be my Pajamas!
So that's been us. I am craving spring. I have a good six weeks of craving left. I want to do and be all things summer. I am in a winter rut. It's so cold... Just when you are so done with winter, there is more winter.
I'm all like a junkie. Instead of somebody's roach, I am all crocus, anybody got a tree bud, or a green stem? Just a little... man.   Help a sister out, yo-K

Friday, February 20, 2009

Well, this week flew by!

I am trying to find my balance, I feel the need for a new rhythm. The kids have carved themselves out quite a good one. I have been tweaking mine here and there to match theirs, so that I am more productive and efficient with our time. It has been working out so well, but I lost a lot of computer time. This morning, I am trying to see if this time slot works to get a blog post done. Through out the day, in bits, I am able to read email, and others blogs, but finding that chunk needed to get mine done has proved elusive.
It's all good though, my house is staying tidy, the kids have me when needed, and we are getting a lot of stuff done. At the end of my day, I know that we have put the day to constructive use, and somehow my house is in some form of togetherness, and we have had time to really dabble in the kitchen to make some great nourishing things together.
It has been great.
That's where I have been.
The kids each want one on one time to explore, finish personal projects, stories, and topics that they are really interested in; with out brothers and sisters hijacking it. So really, I have to carve out three hours of my day to help little individuals have one on one time to do whatever they please, all alone, with just me. 
 That has been really great.
For each of us.
But it's a whole reformatting of my day.
 And that takes tweaking.
 But we are all so happy!
 So again, it's good.
 Ok, time to empty some camera contents again.
 I am so behind!
Let's do all things related to food, this time ok?
 First and foremost, E is now an orange peeling Master!
 He is so excited.
A while ago, M was away at a sleep over, so A, the boys and I, hit the Mexican joint because Mama wanted to suck down one of these!
 And it was all that and a basket of tortillas.
E was all about the crayons and the color page placemat.
He was pretty good, despite being E.
K could not wait 
till these guys
came and sang to us!
E thought his burrito was perfect. 
And it was a great night.
Some time, a few moons ago, we had some friends over for a make your own pizza night.
 Two different families came. One who was returning M from the sleep over, and Julie and her family.
 It was a lot of fun,
and really tasty.
Then two of the girls where Marlin had her sleepover with the previous night decided to stay at our place that night.
 The little sister got home sick 20 min after her parents left so they had to double back.
 Poor thing.
 The remaining girls put on quite a fashion show.
Look out!
 K was so intrigued.
M had another sleep over with another friend recently. 
As you can tell, the girl has a lot of sleepovers.
They might possibly be her favorite activity.
I happen to like them because some how they involve eating.
 When we returned her friend, we stayed for dinner.
It involved amazing sausage.
 so good.
Anyway, yesterday we had a fun romp in the kitchen. it was great, and the kids were quite involved, and creative.
We made veggie soup.
This was all E's.
 he was quite proud of HIS soup.
We made open faced ham and cheese sandwiches. 
This was K's job.
He watched them broil. Like a hawk. They were so so good. Quizno's has nothing on us.
 M decided to make smoothies with our abundance of fruit. It was so yummy and it reminded us of summer.
 Oh, summer.
 Come quickly.
 We whipped up a batch of birthday brownies, for the birthday child.
And we lit some candles,
and a 4 year old,
blew them out.
 K played music for our kitchen entertainment.
 And it was lovely.
 All of it.-K

Monday, February 16, 2009

Oh No!

As much as I did not want to happen.
 It has.
 The unthinkable.
Little old E has gone and turned four on us.
No more "baby"
 I must admit, he is a big boy now.
Sigh...sigh...
 You all know what I am obligated to do now.
Let's get on with it.
Here we go! (these are pictures of pictures...sorry.)
I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world 
May look and see and know.
Yes, M let E sleep with her last night, because she is sweet like that. Yes, the boy did request a hot dog and mandarin oranges for his special day breakfast in bed. Yes, Grandma and Grandpa called
and sang a wonderful, so in tune, sung from the heart, speaker phone, Happy birthday song.
Hey, do you think he'll still prefer to pee off the deck when he's five?
Hmmm....
 Got to love the boy.-K