Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Well, to give you an idea of what's been going on here, let's backtrack. During last weekend, my 3 oldest girls signed up to read to dogs at the library. These are trained therapeutic dogs that are used to doing this and are also often taken to hospitals to visit children and the elderly. My girls were so excited to do it and jumped at the chance. Each of them read 15 minutes and the dogs were so very patient in their listening!
Can you tell she just wishes she could take this one home?
This is my 2 yo, who was not signed up to read to them (obviously), but she kept sitting down next to the dogs, petting them. She really wanted to be in on the action. Even when I took her to pick out books, she mysteriously disappeared-and guess where I found her? Yep, right next to the dog.
Today, the girls had another of their homemaking club meetings at our house. We decided to concentrate on easy to make one-dish foods. The girls made a recipe called BBQ cups, which used biscuits topped with BBQ beef and cheese. Here they are cooking the meat on the stove, very carefully.
Then putting the filling on top of the biscuits.
We practiced doing some table setting while the food cooked. I demonstrated and then we had a game to see who could remember where everything went. Amazingly, they got every piece right! So proud! The cups are a little off in this picture, though-they should be a little to the right, I think. Ooops!
Here is the finished product. They enjoyed making them and also sampling them, as did some of my older kids.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Meanwhile, in school, my big boys had some more dissecting going on-two specimens this week. First, a perch. This little bugger was hard to cut through, but after they did, they were able to see its brain.
My sister sent a birthday package for my 12yo and also included a beignet mix in there from her trip to Louisiana. My son wanted to make it that nite, so we did. I had never had a beignet, but apparently they're pretty popular in New Orleans.
Here's what they looked like when he finished frying them up. They were pretty yummy and got gobbled up in a snap!
On Saturday morning, my husband and 2 daughters did a cooking spot on the local news. They were so excited to be on TV and did quite well. The theme of the show was cooking healthy with kids. Here is the link to both segments-go take a look!:
2. Granola bars
Later in the morning, I took several of the kids to the local grocery store for an easter egg hunt. I'm not much into the egg hunts, as I like to focus on the real reason of the holiday, but it was a good time for them. Unfortunately, it started raining (okay, pouring!) during the hunt, but they picked up a few candies anyway. Here's my 2 yo gathering a few to put in her basket!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The second one had a fruit (in our case, blueberry) topping with streusel on top. Yummy, too!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Hubby and I planted the flowers around our tree. There's not much blooming on there now....
But hopefully they will start to open up and give the yard some color. Like this-seen elsewhere in our yard....
My 8 year old daughter decided to take my camera and snap some pretty pictures of spring. Like our flowers in the kitchen..
And this lovely sight from our yard. Hmmmm....I think that pretty plant may experience a Round-Up rainstorm pretty soon! What do you think?
Yes, spring has sprung, and I couldn't be happier!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
On a happier note, a sweet homeschooling friend offered us her stash of art supplies her son had outgrown and was not using. Having several budding artists in the house, we jumped at the opportunity. I had no idea just how much there was-probably 6 boxes full. My kids were excited about all the new treasures. Here's the little ones doing some coloring...
And my 5 year old exploring his new Buzz Lightyear art set.
It certainly kept them busy for a while!
By Friday, we were looking forward to the weekend. But at 3:00 that afternoon, it happened. My 11yo came running in and said his big brother had an accident with his pocketknife. I thought he was kidding at first, until I heard my 14 yo call to me to come quick. The first thing i saw was blood on his pants. Now, I do NOT do well with bleeding wounds at all. Little ones that only need a bandaid I'm fine with, but big ones....NO way! I tried my best to look at it and not freak out. It was in his upper thigh and pretty deep, so I knew he needed stitches. After contacting dad, we headed off to the urgent care. Knowing my squeamishness, my husband met me there and stayed with him for the rest of the visit. They x-rayed it to be sure he didn't hit his bone (ouch!) and then stitched him up and stapled it shut. His only restriction is no climbing or strenuous exercise until those staples come out (10 days). It could have been worse. But for now, the pocket knife has been put up, pending more responsible behavior.
Today (Saturday), I took out some of the kiddos for some fun. We headed to Michael's to take part in their kids' craft of making yarn dolls. I don't know what ages they were expecting to attend, but let me tell you, this was no kids' craft! It took us almost an hour to make all of them, as there was lots of braiding and tying involved-not easy for anyone under 12. Here's my 8 yo doing her best. Notice the woman in back? Even she couldn't figure out the directions on how to do it-yes, it was confusing!
After a couple errands, I dropped everyone at home and took my 2 year old out to lunch. Her choice? McDonald's, of course. Is there anywhere else a 2 year old wants to go? We had a great time, chatting and enjoying our meal, though she was more interested in the happy meal toy than anything.