Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pre-K science Experiment #1 - colored flowers

Pouring the water

Adding the color

Putting the flowers in

Don't they look cool!

He he he....I wonder what will happen!!!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Never thought this day would come

After ...
... almost 8 years as a wife
... 6 years as a homeowner
... 4 1/2 years as a mom
... 1 1/2 years as a full time stay at home mom

Today something happened that I never thought was possible.

None of the above things clicked a switch for me in this department but...

For whatever reason...
However it happened...

...IT happened

Today I cleaned the bathrooms and I ENJOYED it!

Earth shattering. I know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Just go for it

Sometimes you've just got to get down and get dirty!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Rollups

Simple. Fast. Yummy.

Originally found here.

I thought these were SUPER delicious, as in, I'll make you once a week for the rest of my life. Hubby says he prefers
Pizza quesadillas. Son (4 years old) liked them without the cheese. Daughter (1 year old) devoured 2 of them but left most of the pepperoni behind. Go figure! I still rate it a winner! I firmly believe most regular pizza eating kids will think they are the coolest!

You'll need:
Package refrigerator crescent rolls
String cheese (or you can sub shredded or chunk mozzarella)
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Spaghetti sauce for dipping

To make:
Heat oven to 350. Lay out crescent triangle. Add about 6 slices pepperoni. Add 1/2 of cheese stick. Roll up. Place all on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until nicely golden. Melt butter and mix in seasonings. Brush over top of baked roll-ups. (you could omit the butter/seasoning combo but it WAS delicious!)

I served with a muffin cup full of warmed spaghetti sauce for dipping. And, we healthified things by also eating cut up red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, carrot sticks and cucumbers!

I doubled for our small family and only had two roll-ups left. As I was making these I felt like the cost of string cheese could really add up if you were making these for a crowd or even a larger family. That, and the fact that I ran out of cheese sticks, prompted me to try the shredded mozzarella I had on hand. The rolls were slightly more difficult to roll and therefore not quite as perfect looking in the end, but still tasty. I think you could just use a chunk from a mozzarella cheese block or even reduce the amount of string cheese to 1/3 a stick. 1/2 stick in one roll-up really was a generous amount.


Markers - a new discovery

A already likes coloring more than J. Of course, her favorite part is taking the caps off and trying to get them back on!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Change the medium

If your kids always want to help with the dog food and this is what happens...

Change the medium!

Great play. Lots of fun. Doesn't feel so gross or wasteful!

SO glad it's nice enough out for OUTSIDE sensory bins! I've been wanting them to be able to do this for so long but have been unwilling to deal with the mess I was sure would result!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

But the monsters...

Jaden is getting really creative at trying to get others to go with HIS agenda rather than their own.

The other night I told him he could play trains for a few minutes while we finished cleaning up. He walked into the playroom and then turned around and said, "but there are monsters in my playroom."

Humoring him, I went into the playroom and looked around making comments like...

"Hmmm...I don't see any monsters under the train table."

"are there any behind the rocking chair? .... No."

"What about under the desk? Nope."

I concluded my investigation with, "It looks like the coast is clear, no monsters here!"

Jaden looked at me and, without skipping a beat, said,
"No. The monsters are really smart. They hear me talking to you and they know to stay away. But, when you leave and I'm not talking to you anymore, they come out."

Now, maybe I should be worried that my 3 year old is overly afraid of monsters and their sneakiness.

However, considering he said these things while working really hard to try to hide his smile, instead I just think he's hilariously creative!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

In and Out

Easy, simple, fun!
Pom Pom balls and a grape tomato container.

Working side by side

This was Alivia's first time with dot markers. FUN!

Enough of a mess that I think we'll wait to introduce regular paint until it's diaper only weather on the patio!

This is what happens

When you say...
"No hitting! Kisses!"