Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Ok so it's been a while but here's a fun one for (not so) Wordless Wednesday. Here is Lulu, in the pink outfit, trying out the hurdles for the first time 
- and she LOVED it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Like a dyer vent - I need to vent

    After a phone conversation this morning I got the feeling that I am misunderstood. Maybe it's the words that I choose to speak with. Maybe I shouldn't say anything at all. Maybe it's just me. I don't know.

   But what I do know is that I want to raise my three kids to be independent, free thinking and resourceful. I want them to be able to solve things out in a timely manner and know that they can do it. I want them to prioritize and know how to get around an obstacle. 

   Earlier this week I asked Lulu is she wanted to tie-dye and she jumped at the chance to gather up any and all white clothes she could find. I explained to her that it was a process and it couldn't be rushed through. I told her we were going to have to do some research since it had been eons since I last tie-dyed. 
   We sat and watched several how-tos on You Tube to learn layouts and color applications until her questions ran dry and she felt confident. She was determined to pull off some spirals and hearts like a pro.
    So we sat at the table in a sea of white, rubber bands and zip ties with our knowledge and I let her take the lead. She knew how she wanted to set each item up and did it herself - until her hands grew weak from twisting or tying, then I helped out under her lead. 
    Once everything was twisted, banded, folded and zipped we mixed up our colors and proceeded outside to dye up a storm. I was in awe watching her take the lessons she absorbed and apply them to her creations. We only had enough dye for about 3/4s of our white loot so we decided not to mix any more up to see how these ones turned out just in case we wanted to change anything.
    After we let the items sit in separate plastic bags for a day or so we rinsed them out. It was so exciting to watch the designs unfold as they were hung on the laundry line. Lulu was beyond over the moon in excitement as she watched the rainbows get hung out to dry. First was a shirt I did followed by a few of her tanks, her t-shirt, TW's t-shirt and a few baby onesies. Oh and a shirt Lulu did all by herself for the Hubs. Everything turned out super awesome! Now she can't wait to dye the rest of the items.

    I don't think I'm a mean mom. I don't think I'm a pushy mom. I want them to do things on their own. I want them to learn and be confident. I will not do things for them but I will be there to assist them. I want them to take the lead. I want them to know that there are outlets and resources available to learn how to do things for themselves and others. That it's okay to ask for help but to always harvest the drive to earn it for themselves.
    It's hard work - real hard work, especially with three kids - but I am determined and have already seen results of these lessons that make it encouraging to keep at it. And now Lulu can add tie-dying master on her belt next to finger knitting. 

*this is the second edition since my first draft crashed - I'm sure I'll be editing this but the overall message wont change.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A little summer psa
 - walk - 
don't run, skip, hop, jump, jog, moonwalk, etc in flip flops

Monday, June 16, 2014

Snap, Crackle, Matcha!

    I'm part of a group online that is currently obsessed with CrispyCakes aka souped up rice crispy treats. There have no been spottings out in my neck of the woods and I just can't bring myself to pay for shipping since they already cost a hefty penny. Major bummer.

   The other day I had a hankering for a green tea latte and that's when the light bulb clicked on. What if I made some green tea rice crispy treats? That way I'd fill both of my cravings (and no... not pregnant - lol).

   I gathered up my ingredients and fiddled with some measuring. I also had a kitchen co-pilot with me. Bear was along for the taste testing ride. 

   We used:

   1 package of mini marshmallows (10.5oz)
   3 tbsp butter
   1.5 tbsp matcha powder
   5 cups of rice crispy cereal
   ** opt. 1-2 sample packets of Eat Green tea leaves 
   (I had these sample packets from a sub box and figured I'd toss them in) 

   Stir the marshmallows and butter together over low-medium heat until melted. Helpful hint - spray your spoon so it doesn't stick too much.

    I turned the heat off and then added the matcha powder and tea leaves packets. It took a while to make sure all the powder was mixed pretty well so keeping it on the warm burner helped keep the marshmallow mixture moving.
**I started with one tbsp of matcha powder but found that too weak for me so I added another half tbsp. It's all up to your taste but I suggest starting with at least 1 tbsp.

    Remove from heat and add the rice crispy cereal. 

    Spray pan with nonstick spray and spread the mixture in the pan. 
    *I sprayed my hand to move it around so it didn't stick.

    Cool and enjoy!!
That's the best part!!

And it's Bear approved. 
Now to decide if I should/can share the rest.
What do you add to your crispy treats?
Have you ever had a CrispyCake?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Birdie to Birdie

    Today we had a little visitor. He showed up on our patio and made himself comfortable. He was loud. I mean, he was real loud! He followed us where our voices went. He was shooed away and then came back. He let us take pictures of him. He even let Bear pet him (which she promptly afterwards ran inside to wash her hands). He let Jax check him out and say hi. We named him Emilio and Bear insisted that he go put on some shoes. 

    Bear and I had to run to the mall to pick up our updated family pictures and I didn't immediately look for him when we got home but after a while of cleaning up the house I realized it was quiet outside. I checked to see if he had left the area we last left him. Sadly, Emilio the shoeless hatchling passed away in the rain while we were gone. 
   Bear was looking for "Meelo" and of course Big Sis found him before the Hubs could take him from view. I know she couldn't grasp what she saw, a motionless, stiff legged bird but I felt a crumble inside for her and I. 
   We told her that he left and that was that. She looked once more then was ok. Weirdly enough, I felt like the three of us bonded this morning. Poor little guy. Rest in peace Emilio. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A little gal and her dog
aka our June Birthday Girls
One will be turning 2, the other 10!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Vacation Newbie

    I admit it. I am a summer vacation newbie. For the first time I will have all three kids home everyday until September. I am a bit scared. Ok, not a bit - a lot! What am I going to do??!!!

    I have been very lucky with my oldest. She was scouted at the high school track by the track coach for the summer recreation running program. (She's only 6.5 years old! Insert proud mama moment here!) We also decided to let her choose an art camp program at a local art store. It's only a week and its only for a few hours a day but she was so over the moon when I took her to sign up. She loves art - just like me! I grew up crafting and sewing and then progressed into painting abstracts and still love doing all of that to this day - that's when I get a free moment to myself that doesn't involve me melting into the couch from extreme tiredness. 

    My little man has not shown any interest in anything that I ask him. No soccer, no art, no track, no karate, nothing. I haven't asked him yet if he wants to do a cooking class at a local grocery store but I have a feeling he'll say no. I can drag him out to the playground and maybe even Geo-caching if I ever decide on which package to purchase but ultimately I think he'd rather be whipping around the yard on the Power Wheels. I did ask him if he was interested in learning to play an instrument.., and he said yes. When I asked him which one he immediately said the drums. Oh joy! So maybe I will have to find someone local or see if the music shop in town does drum lessons.

    As far as my little Bear goes., I dont know what to do. Maybe I can find some play group or toddler gym group so that she can play away from me for a while. I'll have to see what is out there that doesnt involve paying an arm and a leg. I do plan on that whole potty training thing being accomplished - even as I type she's sitting on her plastic potty as we begin the journey. (oh joy)

    Luckily we have a zoo membership and a newly built swing set but there's only so many times I can take them to the zoo while its under construction before we loose interest for a while and I'd prefer not to play outside when the summer noon heat hits. I'd like to do some continuing education but don't really know where to start since I will have a 2yo, PreK and 1st Grader altogether. Perhaps I will start researching now and hope I have some things for rainy days. 

    What do you do with your kiddos during summer vacation? Do you rely on day camps or summer programs?