Showing posts with label On kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label On kids. Show all posts

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Crafters

Yesterday we arrived home to find a little green box awaiting us by the front door. It was our first Kiwi Crate. I've been excited for this to arrive knowing my little artistic crafters would really enjoy a box full of crafty things to busy themselves with.

The excitement of opening the box barely gave us time to take off our coats. Inside we found the makings of penguin bowling, Aurora lights post cards and suggestions for other activities. Oh, and a penguin ice mold tray. Right now I'm sitting next to a cute little flock (herd, school?) of penguins.

I looked it up, apparently a group of penguins is a colony and, I love this, a group of baby penguins is called a creche.

Speaking of a creche. We have a fabulous Nativity set that my grandmother bought when I was a child. I'll have to share a picture of it later because at the moment most of the players in the scene are hanging out in my bedroom having taken a little side trip on their way to Bethlehem. Only the angel was left behind to eagerly await (or maybe asleep) their return.

( If you'd like to try a subscription to Kiwi Crate you can use this code (referral code) and receive $10 off (and we'll receive a $10 credit, so thank you if you do :) )

These comments are my honest opinions. I was not asked by Kiwi Crate to share and did not receive anything in return my my comments. I just wanted to tell you.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas through the eyes of my 4 year old

I'm thinking of buying stock in Scotch tape. My four year old goes through the stuff like it's chocolate. She's a virtuoso when it comes to the use of scissors and tape. From doll clothes to skirts made for me, play houses to flamingo wings the creative use of tape is endless.

Recently she put her talents to work making a Christmas Book. We've been reading Christmas stories, playing with the Nativity set and talking about the truth of Christmas.  It warmed my heart to see that some of that truth is sinking in and coming out in her creations. 

The truth that we don't give presents because someone is good or bad, we give because we love that person. 

Christmas is not just about fun

The truth that we were not at all deserving of God's tiny yet great gift but because of His great love for us He sent us a baby. 

It's about Jesus' birthday.

His Son. 

He also loves people all around the globe.

A newborn baby named Jesus was born in Jesus' time.

His only Son sent to live, to graciously die and gloriously rise again so that we might have life. 

God was born so we're never alone.

And he also loves you too.

That, my friends, is the gift I truly want my children to enjoy. I'm happy for them to enjoy Legos, cars, dolls and even tape but joy eternal is what I really want them to receive this Christmas.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

am I really going to miss this?

In 5 years will I really miss the egg yolk encrusted tutu?

Or the floor covered in crunched O's?

Or missed trips to the bathroom that ended up on the carpeted stairs?

Or the endless nights?

Or the everything everywhere look of our home?

It's said to enjoy this stage because it's fleeting and before you know it it's gone and you'll miss it.

I won't debate the speed of the stage.

I won't even debate that there is a lot that I will miss.

Like the dancing tutus.

And the over glittered cards.

And the toddler kisses.

But I don't think I'll miss all of it.

Don't even try to convince me.

I won't believe you.

And I'll ask you to come over and get the egg off my floor, please.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pins I want to make come to life

Just have to share these because I like them so much and I really want to do them sometime soon.

Source: via Sara on Pinterest

How's that for a To Do list?  I might try to whip up those scent cards this afternoon. That looks not too hard.

Update: Nevermind. I actually read the instructions and I need little baggies for the scents to go into. I guess it'll have to wait. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nature Dying

Not to be confused with dying nature.

A while back our science lesson (which came from Mudpies to Magnets: A Preschool Science Curriculum) was to dye cloth with items from nature. I really liked this lesson because it integrated various activities.  The entire lesson took us about a week to complete.

One day went on a nature walk to collect acorns. On our walk we learned about the different type of oak trees, who eats acorns, how old a tree has to be to have acorns and tried to find some rings on a cut down tree.

The next day we boiled the acorns to make a dye. I decided that it would be interesting to have some other colors so we scrounged around the house to find some other things that would make a good dye. We came up with red onions and coffee. As it turns out acorns, coffee are about the same light brown color and red onion is yellow. I could have integrated tasting into this part of the lesson to see what red onions and coffee taste like but I didn't think of that until just now.

We let our dyed cloth dry.

Then we made a little weaving craft with our strips. By we I mean mostly me but at least there was some child involvement. A good fine motor skill and handicraft activity.

In the end we are left with a mat of sorts. In all reality it doesn't serve much purpose in and of itself but it's more interesting than a worksheet or random paper plate craft quickly destined to the trash can. I actually thought it would make a nice mattress for our baby bed but my idea was vetoed.

The book link is an Amazon affiliate link if it works correctly. Should you purchase, I will receive a small compensation. I do however love this book for a Preschool/ Kindergarten science curriculum and would recommend it regardless.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

on feeding children

I like this quote,

I don’t know about you, but I am more likely to have a cow, pig, or olive orchard than a genetically engineered field of canola.

from this post about children needing fat in their diets at Simple Bites.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

toad in a hole

A long time ago in a land far away I was introduced to the toad in a hole. I have no idea why it's called a toad in a hole since, thankfully, no toads are involved. All you need for this kid friendly breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) is bread, butter, eggs and a way to make a hole (cheese and jelly are optional).

I like to use my handy dandy Christmas present griddle that I totally love to make these. I butter it up good then nestle in my slices of holed bread. I've been using cookie cutters but a glass or fingers work just as well. Carefully break the egg into the hole.

When you think the underside is sufficiently cooked flip the bread with egg over. This can prove to be tricky
(or maybe it's just me). 

I like to sprinkle some cheese on top (because life without cheese really isn't much fun) and "jelly" the hole. Then it's time for little (or big) hands to enjoy.

My girls are not huge fans of meat so I like to try and get them to eat eggs (eggs are good!) and this is a fun way to do that.

If you like eggs you might like this cook book. Fair warning, it's not politically correct...

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Help me think of some blog nicknames for my kiddos. I've thought of giving them colors or spice names or random names. Any ideas?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

voice activated blogging

A while back I heard an advertisement on the radio for voice activated software. You know, the kind where you speak in to a dorky nifty little headset and the computer types your words. I thought that might be kind of nice for blogging. I could just sit or stand or walk and say whatever it is I feel like babbling about and viola, there it is. It would take multitasking to a new level. This was an exciting idea. I could wash dishes and blog, do laundry and blog, walk the dog and blog (oh, wait we don't have a dog and even if we did the cord might not be that long). So anyway, the possibilities could be endless. I might actually get to blog and I might actually get some housework done.

Then I remembered that I have small children. So instead of a nice cohearent blog entry they'd probably all end up something like this:

"I made some cookies today. No honey, I'm talking to the computer. It's a new recipe that I'm trying to invent. In a minute. Like a healthy cookie snack. Later sweetie, we'll have the cookies later. Why don't you finish your game you were playing upstairs.  I tried soaking the grains and using honey instead of sugar. Please don't hit your sister.  I even added some ground flax seed for good measure. Ok, seriously, can't we all just get along for five minutes. Ug, how do I erase this? No, stop writing. I'm not talking to you I'm talking to the computer! I said don't hit your sister. Well, that time I was talking to you. The computer can't hit. Maybe I should add some wine to the cookies. "

So glad I figured that out. It wouldn't have been too pretty.

Monday, November 15, 2010

unseasonal bean planting

This morning in an attempt to occupy the middle member of the littles I brought out some beans to play with on the table. Soon, after both girls had their little trays of beans the idea of "planting" beans on a plate was brought up.  Since I'm always on top of things and had planned this activity out in advance with the intent purpose of teaching a lesson I brought out a book we have about planting beans and watching them grow.  (What's that? This was totally spur of the moment? Oh. Anyway.) Before long we were outside "planting" the beans in our little garden bed.

I didn't really take into account what we'll do with the beans now that they're all scattered and buried in the dirt. Maybe we'll have some surprise bean plants next year. Yeah, I doubt it too.

At least they had fun and we learned a little bit about roots and sprouts and mud.

We finished by eating breakfast on the deck. Ravoli, the breakfast of champions. (And a quesadilla for the little miss who later brought it in still uneaten. She didn't leave it outside, "Because the sqr-uls will eat it".)

Monday, June 7, 2010

grocery trip

(yes, I know I said I wasn't going to do any media today, I'm going to have to start tomorrow)

Since we like to eat we went grocery shopping today. If you have one or more children you know this can usually be an interesting experience. We went to the store with the yellow car carts. They're hard to steer but I really like the way they keep my girls occupied, they're also preparing me to be a semi driver one day. 

As we were getting out of the car Mr. X was on the verge of waking up. He doesn't really enjoy sitting in his seat while awake. I thought I'd chance it anyway hoping that he'd drift off again with the cart movement and I left the Ergo in the car. We maneuvered around the produce section quite with only some minor fussing.  While I was searching for Marsala wine though he'd had enough so I pulled him out of the seat and carried him the rest of the time. I did at one point remember that I have my friends Hotsling in my purse for such occasions. Unfortunately I'm not a pro at it yet and the cereal isle is not a good place for a baby to become accustomed to a baby carrier.

We got through the store fine and were waiting in line, there was a sudden rush so they opened some more check out stations (what are those called?).  I recognized one of the checkers and knew that she's friendly so we moved to her isle and were her first customers. She saw me holding Mr. X and said, "Oh let me help you unload the cart, better yet, I'll just unload the cart for you."  We didn't have a bagger at our station and I considered helping to bag but then decided not to since I was still carrying Mr. X and was rather trapped by the semi cart in the lane. (Lane, that's what there called isn't it?) 

An older couple came in line behind us and after noting the situation the gentleman came around and began bagging my groceries. I thanked him and he said jokingly. "We're the ones behind you who says I'm thinking about you!" 

Aside from having to carry a baby around the store it was a superb grocery experience. The girls were so well behaved I bought them apple juice at the Starbucks on the way out (and a Chai Frapp for me). God was good to us today.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Toddler nutrition

Specifically protein. Mostly I'm posting this so I can remember certain facts that I would like to stick to my slippery brain. I've decided that I'm going to wait to give Miss A and La mofeta meat till they're older, like 3 or so. This after reading a book Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Eat by Sharon Broer. I'd quote it for you (whoever you may be) but I've loaned the book to a friend. basically she states that a baby's system just isn't ready to digest the proteins found in meat so it's better to wait. I'm also not certain that drinking tons of milk is all that good of a thing so I'd really like our kiddos to get their protein and other vitamins from other whole food sources.

A few tidbits:

From kellymom. com "Good non-dairy sources of protein in clude meats, fish, peas adn Beans (chick peas, lentils, baked beans, etc.) tofu and other soy products, boiled eggs, peanut and other nut betters (if your child is not allergic)."

Um, this I'm not sure where I got it from... "The major requirements for toddlers from one year of age to three:
Calories: about 1300
Protein: 16grams
Vitamin A: 400ug RE
Viatmin C: 40mg
Thiamin: 0.7mg
Riboflavin: 0.8mg
Niacin: 9mg
Vitamin B6: 1.0mg
Golate: 50ug
Calcium: 800mg
Iron: 10mg

Miss A does like her cheese so she eats that up. I've made quesadillas with refried or mashed beans to make a complete protein meal for her and she likes those. She also likes milk so I just began making smoothies for her so as to combine a fruit serving and sometimes I'll add a protein powder to add a little more protein kick. She also really likes scrambled eggs and french toast.

This looks like a really good page. I just stumbled across it so I haven't read but one or two pages of it. Wholesome Toddler Food
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