Thursday, September 29, 2011

Where's David?

Can you spot the cutie among the toy disaster? 
David is REALLY into hiding lately.  His favorite thing is to hide in Jon's closet behind his shirts.  He loves to jump out and shout, "BOOOOO!" 

THERE'S my cutie boy! 

Fears and Cuddles

Kate has been absolutely terrified of storms lately. 
We have spent a lot of time cuddling recently, as we've had a ton of rain.  She's afraid not only of the thunder, but is terrified of the falling rain itself.  Sweet little girl fell asleep as I was cuddling her during the afternoon this week.

She's normally so sweet and happy-go-lucky that it makes me sad when she's so scared.

Book Worm

Michael has become a much more avid reader lately.  He loves that he can read complete stories by himself. 

Katie Rembrandt

This girls LOVES to paint. 
She asks me every day to paint. We now have quite the collection of art projects between Kate's art and all Michael's school papers.  Any takers? 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What a Cutie

This guy is such a joy!
He's so smiley and cuddly.

And he's so easy-going.

But quite the little ham, too.  He makes the most adorable faces to get a smile from people.  We love you, Cutie Pie!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CSA Week 21

This is our last weekly CSA share of the season, though we will receive one box in October, November, and December. 
Big pile of green beans, 6 potatoes, 1 butternut squash, 4 turnips, 4 apples, 2 onions, 2 tomatoes, 4 Asian pears, 6 sweet potatoes

(last) Monday- homemade Chicken noodle soup
(last) Tuesday- Stir fried chicken and rice, corn, salad
(last) Wednesday- spaghetti and marinara sauce
Thursday- grilled chicken, butternut squash soup, buttered green beans, salad
Friday- meatloaf, parsley potatoes, peas, salad
Saturday- leftovers
Sunday- pizza and salad, apple pear crisp
Monday- out with a friend
Tuesday- grilled hot dogs, fruit & veggie sticks
Wednesday-leftovers or sandwiches

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Katie Girlie Girl

I found this dress for Kate at Goodwill, and she insisted on wearing it first thing.  Nothing like a new dress to life a girl's spirits. 
She has also requested a *real* tea party for her birthday next month.  We'll see if I can muster up some girly creativity for that venture. 

School Work

Michael is doing well in Kindergarten.  He's reading quite well, and he is doing a very good job with his writing skills.  He is, however, still working on developing consistent listening and heeding skills... ;-)
Here's a paper he brought home from 'A' week. He had to choose 4 items that started with the letter A and write the words & draw a picture.  Clockwise, from top left- airport (the red part is the hanger and the black is the tarmac, I was informed), an ant, an amtrac (meaning the Amtrak trains- they really are similar to his picture- look here), and ant trap (I guess he needed something to catch that ant above).  Cute stuff.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Arts & Crafts

Invariably, Kate will ask to do something craft-like every morning.  I'm not really the crafty type.  In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I don't even LIKE crafts.  Something about tiny pieces of cut-up paper or ubiquitous glitter or sticky glue surfaces just outright offend my OCD tendencies.  However, this girl is artsy, so I oblige. 
She especially loves to paint! 

That's Daddy's old work t-shirt, which she adores wearing.

She's actually pretty neat about it all, though she occasionally gets a little on her hands.  
 And sometimes, she drops a paint sponge...
...and someone ELSE find it.  And tastes it.  Yes, he did. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

David's BFF, the Roomba

Sorry the video is so dark, but I needed to show David's new BFF, the Roomba.  He asks for it all day long, and it has been the only thing that he will allow me to put him down for while he is teething and clingy.  

Cooler Weather

We've had much cooler weather this past week.  We even pulled out jackets a couple mornings.  Fall is coming...
The kids have enjoyed a lot of outside time, especially after Michael gets home from school.  He is very high-energy, so we try to get as much as we can out of him before dinner.  

During the morning, we spend a good bit of time out on the deck. Kate, my little artist, loves chalk and paint.  She also enjoys the swing and slide.  David enjoys tasting the chalk.

David has been exploring the falling leaves as well.  "Exploring" includes tasting.

He couldn't figure out how his toes turned blue.  David is still having trouble sleeping with his molars cutting through.  They seem to be much worse at night time, and all he wants is Mommy.  I'm hoping they cut through soon! 

CSA Week 20

We are winding down our CSA weeks, and will soon get just one per month until December. 
Banana squash, eggplant, butternut squash, 2 green peppers, 4 Asian pears, 4 tomatoes, 4 peaches, 6 apples, 3 pablano peppers, a handful of tiny peppers (anyone able to ID those for me? Serrano, perhaps?), 2 cucumbers
Menu is kinda loose this week, as we are eating mostly fruits and veggies, along with leftovers. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Joy & Pain

My 3 little energy monsters
 Having a great time swinging in the evening after dinner.  Thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Blakemore for David's bucket swing.  He loves it!   (PS, those clamps have been replaced with *real* swing fasteners)

David had a rough night teething molars, so this morning, we went outside for some early morning swinging therapy. 

It worked like a charm.  Hope your teeth feel better, little guy! 

Friday, September 09, 2011

Book Lovers

My kids LOVE to read. They come by it honestly, though, since both Jon and I enjoy reading. 
Michael loves adventures.  He's also enjoys reading aloud to us. 

David MUST have a book (which he shouts for all to hear) if anyone else is reading. 

Kate will spend hours looking at books.  She has given up her nap almost completely, but she enjoys rest time in the afternoon since she gets uninterrupted time in her room with lots of books.  
Today was our first time going to Alphabet Soup Story Time at our library without Michael.  New things for us all this week! 

What Fun Can Be Had...

...with 2 Costco boxes and a laundry basket? 
At LEAST a couple hours worth.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

CSA Week 19 (with Menu)

Week 19 of our CSA share:
Seedless watermelon, a dozen corn, 2 green peppers, 6 apples, 3 tomatoes, 4 Asian pears, 1 eggplant, 2 acorn squash, 2 cucumbers

THURSDAY: Bowtie Lasagna, Corn on the Cob (half I put in the freezer)
FRIDAY: Chili, Cornbread Souffle, salad
SATURDAY: Leftovers
SUNDAY: Pizza and salad, veggie sticks, apple crisp
MONDAY: Meatloaf, grilled eggplant, parsley potatoes, baked acorn squash
TUESDAY: Chicken and Yellow Rice Casserole, veggie sticks, sliced fruit
WEDNESDAY: Leftovers

Little Climber

David LOVES to climb.
He finds a way to get up on mostly anything (including moving stools and stool-like objects around). 

He was pretty proud of himself for sitting in the rocker. 

And he wanted to climb OVER the chair, but I stopped him there. 

2 Brothers, 1 Sister

Me: "Kate, don't you miss Michael now that he's at school?" 
Kate: "Um... I kinda like having just ONE brother around."
Kate has been reveling in her new role as top dog during the day.  She loves to read alone, while Michael loves interactive play.  She has spent a good portion of her days doing less intense activities than usual- reading, coloring, crafts, etc.  She's my bookish one, and has been enjoying a quieter pace this week.  
On a side note, check out Kate's poor little legs.  They always have all sorts of "owies" on them.  Unfortunately, she has my clumsiness.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

First Day Success

Michael had a great first day of school.
His favorite part of the day was PE.

 He came home tired, but got a big 2nd wind (no pun intended) after his favorite dinner of tacos.  We will see how day #2 goes, since he had trouble falling asleep tonight.  I guess the excitement hasn't worn off yet.  

Michael's First Day of School

Michael was pretty excited to get up today and get ready for his first day of school this morning.
He enjoyed cereal and cottage cheese for breakfast (His request. Not together, though).  During breakfast, we read a Psalm and a Proverb, then we prayed for a great first day of school. 

(Doesn't he look SO old in this picture?  I can imagine him as a teenager if I look hard enough.)
We were out about 15 minutes early to wait for the bus.  Michael could hardly wait!  The bus was about 6 minutes late- probably from all the moms taking pictures of their kids getting on the bus.  :-)  It was raining quite steadily, so we stood under an umbrella.  Kate joined us for about 2 minutes, then got cold and went inside to watch us from the window (after which we grabbed a jacket for Michael.  It was a little chilly).  
That is his bus tag around his neck.  His lunch (which I let him pick) was PB&J, cottage cheese, applesauce, a fresh peach, yogurt, fruit snacks, and water. I also put a little note with a Hershey's kiss in there as a surprise.   For snack, he had a goldfish/raisins trail mix and milk.  He was just about as excited to help me pack his lunch as he was about the prospect of eating it.    

When he got on the bus, he didn't even look back.  I have no doubt that he will LOVE school!
(In case you're wondering, I did get a little teary-eyed when the bus drove away.  I just know the years are flying by, and this is another reminder.  I'm going to miss him A LOT during the day.)

Another mother recommended that, instead of driving them the first day, I should put him on the bus to get used to the routine, then meet him at school to give him (and me) one last reassurance.  Michael is only on the bus for 10 minutes, but it seemed much longer waiting for him.  When I gave him one more hug and wished him a wonderful day, he told me that riding the bus was THE. COOLEST. THING. EVER.  I love how excited he is about it all. 
I'll report on his first day of school when he comes home, but I think he might find a lot of things to qualify as "coolest thing ever."  Happy 1st day of school, Michael!!

Monday, September 05, 2011

CSA Week 18

Here's last week's CSA box, which I forgot to post last Wednesday:
6 peaches, a dozen corn 2 green peppers, 2 cucumbers, 3 apples, 1 watermelon, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 5 tomatoes

I put the corn up in the freezer, and the rest we have integrated into our meals this week.  No menu since we had lots of simple meals and many special outings, but we definitely ate our veggies and fruit.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Our Favorite "New" Thing

The kids love to be outside, so I've been looking at play sets.  Jon really wanted to build one, but when I priced all the additional things that go along with it (slide, swings, chains, bolts for swings, rock wall, monkey bars...), it was over $500 (not including the lumber)!!!
So I had been searching Craigslist for a bargain, and this week, I found this set for $150, which is less than the price of the slide!

Jon had to disassemble it and transport it here, then reassemble, level, and reinforce it, but it was well worth the price, as the kids have been playing, swinging, sliding, climbing, imagining, and having a GREAT time!  

We pretty much spent the entire day outside playing, as the kids didn't want to do anything else.  The dirt in the bathroom after bath time proved how much fun they had.

Friday, September 02, 2011

You Never Know What You'll Find at Goodwill

On a recent trip to goodwill to look for an extra baby gate, we found Elvis. 
Yes, he even sang for us.  "We can't go on together with suspicious minds." 
Goes to show you that you can find all sorts of unexpected things at Goodwill.

Kindergarten Orientation

Michael had his Kindergarten Orientation last night at his elementary school.
We met his teacher and toured his classroom.  If we were excited about it before (and we were!), we are doubly so after seeing it all in person.  Michael's teacher seems really great, and I suspect she will be a great fit for his personality.  I think Michael is most excited about riding the bus, though I think he is just going to love his kindergarten class.  I sure am going to miss him during the day, but I know he's going to be enjoying himself and learning a lot.  Can't wait for his first day on Tuesday! 

Into The Great Wide Open

We have had some nearly perfect days this week, so we have spent a LOT of time outside playing. 
This guy LOVES to be outside. He tries to sneak out the doors when I'm not looking.  

These 2 are excellent bug catchers.  For being a girlie girl, my daughter has no qualms about handling just about ANY insect, amphibian, or even reptile (as in, freak-me-out snake skin).  

Oh, how he wishes he were a big kid and able to play down with the others.

Michael caught this massive frog in our yard.  We have a catch-observe-release policy in our family, since I can't handle emptying and cleaning after dead bugs and animals. 

And here's a preview if what is coming in to aid our outdoor adventures... more info soon.