Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This weekend my love had a birthday.  And, mine will be here in a couple days.
We took ourselves out on a date.
 It sure was a nice present.
I know dating isn't necessary for real love & romance.
But, getting time out to just be together
& talk about anything & have no interruptions...
It's a pretty sweet thing.

We live on the coast.
But, we don't actually go to the beach very often.
Scott doesn't like sand on him.
I was driving down the gorgeous
Pacific Coast Hwy a few weeks ago at the time of the sunset.
The sky was partially cloudy.
The sunset over the ocean was gorgeous.
Pretty much drop dead.
So, I thought when we go out on our date,
we ought to swing by the beach for a sunset walk.
It had been raining all day.  So, even I didn't want a sandy walk prior to dinner.
Scott agreed to a paved coastal walk.
But, we seemed to have missed the sunset by a few minutes.
I'm not sure what happened there.
I even looked up the time of the sunset online.

I guess we'll just have to go again.  (Oh well.)   
We ate at Cafe Cruz.  It had been a long time.
It's so good to go out for good food.
Except we both felt sick from gluttony afterward.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Why I Never Ask my Husband to Babysit

It's not that I don't trust him.  I do.
It's not that I feel bad about leaving the kids with him.  I don't.

The thing is, I don't ask him to babysit our kids, because they are our kids.
They are not my kids, whom he watches occasionally.
He's the dad.  He's is just as much of a parent as I am.

He may feed them something different for dinner than I would.
That's okay.
He may do a different bed time routine, when I am not there.
That's okay.
He may say "no" to things I would say "yes" to.  (play dough)
He may say "yes" to things I would say "no" to.  (extra stories at bed time)

We don't do every thing the same.  But we are a team.
And we are both happy to be active parents.

But, sometimes we do things without the kids.
Sometimes I go grocery shopping at night.
Sometimes I have a wedding flower job on the weekend.
Tomorrow morning I will sit for 3 hours at the blood lab.
(I failed my first glucose test for gestational diabetes...)

True, I don't just assume he will be here to watch the kids whenever I want.
I do ask him.  I ask my husband if it will work for him.
But, he does the same for me.
Being the stay at home mom (which I am so glad to be!)
doesn't mean I am the one who is responsibility for the kids.
Scott does not assume he should make whatever plans he wants at any time.
If he has plans something he wants to go out & do, he asks if it will work for me.

Scott cares for our kids often.  But, I will never ask him to babysit them.

Turkey Place Cards for Kids

Last minute, before we left for my family's house yesterday,
I remembered to grab the old place settings from my garage.

But, there are numerous children now, who didn't have a wheat bundle.  
So, when we got to my folks house, my sister Lizzy & I had to come up with something quick.
Something the little tikes would be excited about.  
We needed to make 5 in about 30 minutes & use whatever we could find.
We find some turkeys online made with apples & nuts.  We didn't have all the stuff.
We sat, there looking around.
I spotted these baby pumpkins.
We grabbed construction paper & traced the youngins' hands over & over again.
We had no googly eyes.  
Lizzy found these glass vase marbles & made them into eyeballs.
We hot glued the hand/paper tail feathers to the bottom of the pumpkin.
Hot glue the eye balls above the pumpkin stem.
I cut a little wattle from paper & hot glued that under the stem.
Tada.  Done.

Gillian loved hers & was carrying her baby turkey around this morning.  
The little one was named Gobbley.  
But, shortly after, she decided she wanted the pumpkin for Halloween next year
& stripped off all the turkey parts.
What a short life.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABC Games can Now be Played

This is probably the only sewing I am doing for Christmas gifts this year.
A heap of bean bags.

Actually, they are rice bags, not bean.
They are too little for beans.
We are giving the kids back packs for Christmas, 
with a book, some lacing cards 
& a set of alphabet bean bags.

Might as well give them school stuff while they are in love with learning.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

There Was a Photo Shoot

Yesterday, before the storm got all crazy on us,
we did  a little holiday photo session in our backyard.
We're sending out a few Christmas cards this year.  
I'm usually too lazy.
But these Night Owl cards are hard to resist.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fall is Feeling Cozy

It is thunderstorming outside right now.  
Hail coming in sheets.  Booming thunder.  Bright lighting.
This is really exciting stuff around here.
Fall is really here!

And it is feeling cozy in this house.

 Felted acorns bought from Etsy a couple years ago.
Flashcard in the background is from my Italian alphabet cards.
Acorn - Ghianda

Project courtesy of Tina of Paisley & Lace.
I glued Lentils & Split Peas on the felt leaves she cut for us.

Pom Pom Toms I made years ago, trying to follow Martha's directions.
I prefer the little guys to the big fatty.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fireside Hangout

We got up this morning & it was cold & overcast.  All week it has been quite warm.  
So, we figured it would warm up soon & we would go for a walk.
It stayed cold & dark all morning.
So, the kids & I built a fire instead.

 Then we just hung out & played.

After dinner, we roasted marshmallows with Daddy.

Embrace the Camera with me & link up over at The Anderson Crew.

Friday, November 12, 2010

g is for goose - Preschooler Stuff

g is for goose (as always - thanks to Totally Tots.)

The easiness of this craft letter was such a welcome relief 
after the complex fish letter.  Phew!

We didn't really do any intense learning this week.
We watched the documentary Winged Migration.

We looked at books about geese.

We learned about the hard "g" sound & 
practiced writing it in salt &
identifying it in sentences.

There were plenty of g words to make fun sentences from
  • gorilla
  • girl
  • green
  • garden
  • grass
  • gaze
  • glorious
  • geese
  • gaggle
  • giggle
  • grazing
  • gift
  • grin

But, mostly we read Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

And we did some of our own rhyming word practice.

And, we did Mother Goose activities.

We baked Hot Cross Buns.

(Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns,
1 a penny, 2 a penny...)

We may make "pease porridge" tomorrow.

(Pease porridge hot, Pease porridge cold...)

And the kids did a dramatized puppet show of Jack & Jill.
We video taped it.  But, I don't know how to get the video onto my computer.
We made paper bag puppets & finger painted the back drop.
They practiced their lines & preformed for daddy.
They did a great job!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Girl Outing

Gillian & I took a little big girl date yesterday.
She got a hair cut at mommy's hair salon.
She loved it!
She now wants to be a hair salon lady when she grows up.
She's planning to blow dry & brush my hair for me today.

Post hair cut, we went to downtown Santa Cruz 
(Gillian marvels at the beauty of Pacific Avenue)
to get her a pair of jeans.
I've needed to get her new pants for quite some time.
Poor girl had to continually hold them up in the back 
if she didn't want her bottom to show.
We found some pants that can keep her covered.

It was a challenge for a 4 year to buy blue jeans during the holiday season, 
when there were shelves of sparkle shoes with gems on them 
& racks of frilly tutu skirts.
We got the tiny bunny to share with her siblings, 
instead of expensive Christmas bling.

We browsed Stripe.  
Gillian ooohhed and awed over all the treasures.  
She was amazed by the golden jewelry.

Then we picked up dinner & brought it home to the rest of the family.
She was glad that bed time was soon.  She said she was exhausted.

I'm learning to Embrace the Camera.  You can do it, too.  
Link up with Emily at the The Anderson Crew.

Monday, November 8, 2010

'round Here

I can't seem to stop cleaning.  It feels mentally good.
But, it wears this girl out a bit, too.
Gillian loves it.
Her excitement over things being cleaned all the time could be called "giddy".
She's declared numerous times how nice it is for me to clean.
She loves the smell of clean rooms.
The other day I had mopped with Pine Sol while they were taking their nap.
I was resting in bed when she woke up.
She came in with me & related the way that she felt upon waking.
"Something smelled so sweet.  It woke me up & it felt so nice for me."

Kendall has kicks that our strong enough for the kiddies to feel.
They like to try to get her attention - talking to her & rubbing my belly.
The other day when Kendall didn't give any good kicks in response to Gillian,
she said, "I wonder if Kendall doesn't know that I am knocking on her door?"

When we got home from Macdoel
(which I never really posted about.  Sorry.  Lame, I know.)
Scott's Pineapple Guava were just ripening.


The kids want to check the bushes every day now.
Peyton says, "mmmmmmmm...  Wummy."

I am very addicted to this Apple & Curry Quinoa Salad right now.
I make it multiple times a week.
I also love celery.

Right now I have foccacia rising.  We'll eat Spaghetti for dinner.
Scott & I have a movie for tonight.
I am looking forward to that.
But, I am also feeling like the couch doesn't offer enough comfort
for my large, achy self.

I won't ask Scott to bring the tv into the room.
I am super anti tv in the bedroom.
But, a big ole bed sounds nice.
I think I'll blow up the guest aerobed & make a bedroom in the family room.
That sounds cozy.
That makes movie night sound one hundred times more wonderful.

Baby Mo is waking.  That means this post is over.

Friday, November 5, 2010

When You're in the Third

That's Moira's head in the center of the photo.  She wouldn't stay still, little squirm bug...

I am now in the third trimester.
I started feeling a bit third trimester-ish a couple weeks ago.
So, it is good to actually be there now.
I feel sore with all my spreading ligaments & all that sort of third trimester stuff.  
I get worn out so easily.
But, the nesting has set in.
I am scrubbing out my dishwasher,
sanitizing my fridge,
organizing closets,
getting rid of stuff,
& feeling rather bored of the blog world.

Peyton has also been working on getting things looking lovely around here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

f is for fish - preschool week wrap up

f is for fish

Man.  This alphabet craft card was tedious.  But, the kids love it.

Reading -

Rainbow Fish

Everyone knows Rainbow Fish, right?  He's the most beautiful fish in the sea.  
He learns that happiness comes when you share your blessings, 
rather than hoard them to yourself.

Fish is Fish
Cute story about a fish & a tadpole friendship.  
The fish learns to be content in his fishy state.

Crinkleroot's Guide to 25 Fish Every Child Should Know
This is the first of the Crinkleroot Jr. Nature Guides that I have seen & I loved it. 
The pictures are beautiful.  I want to see the rest of the series.

 Letter Recognition -

They listened & looked for the letter "f" as I read, then circled them all.

  • The foxy freshwater fish tried to avoid the fly fisherman.
  • Those four friends feel like their fried fish fingers are a foodie feast.
  • The freckled frog freaked out when his fort caught fire.

Games - 
We talked about "schooling" fish &
then we played follow the leader & Simon Says.

Rhyme & Finger Play - 
We learned a nursery rhyme -
One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
Once I caught a fish alive.....

Check out a little lesson on the nursery rhyme here at First School.

Math -

We practiced counting & number recognition,
counting goldfish crackers into a muffin tin.

Art -
I drew a rainbow fish for both of the kids onto watercolor paper. 
For their artwork, they used watercolor pencils & 
then a wet brush to paint their fish.
Watercolor pencils make for a tidy painting experience.
Then mom added some glitter spots for some shimmer.
But, baby Mo was quick & dumped a whole bottle of glitter all over the table. 
We were the sparkle family.
So much for tidy.

* We were out of town for fish week.  So we didn't do tons. 
We will just have a review week this week & jump into the letter "g" next week.