Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

bowling field trip

Last week, the girls participated in a behind-the-scenes look at the local bowling alley. The girls had been bowling once before and enjoyed it, but we haven't had a chance to try it again.  I just want to know why they came up with the bumper idea and only kids can use them.

Monday, July 15, 2013

new look

Did you notice the new look?  Thank you Erica for helping my blog pretty again and reminding me I have 4 children and there are six people in our family.

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Greek statue inspired soap sculptures

We have been studying the Greek Gods and Goddesses for the past few weeks.  One of our projects for the lesson was to carve sculptures out of Ivory soap.  Daddy has done some clay sculpting in the past and we decided to save this project for when he could give us some pointers (ie. so we could use his tools).  LE carved a fish and Boo carved a heart.  My kitchen smelled great!

Friday, July 12, 2013

new chef in town

This past HEB trip, R2 went with me. While I was on the spice aisle, he saw the cupcake mixes and started shouting cake.  I mean it was too cute to resist.  He picked out a mix and yellow icing and started heading to the checkout.  He made the "cakes" himself, adding all ingredients with the exception of the eggs and pouring them in to the liners.  He also had no problem eating the cakes.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Parents' Days

On Mother's Day weekend, I was so sick. I spent almost all weekend in bed with the exception of my weekly "cheat" meal which I requested; breakfast tacos with eggs, breakfast sausage, real flour tortillas and orange juice.  After breakfast, I sat in my new Adirondack chairs courtesy of my four kiddos and their awesome Daddy, but then quickly climbed back into bed.
For Father's Day, Ben had a very specific gift in mind which he has been shopping for since I have gave him his Christmas gift card.  This past week, he FINALLY found his gift and was able to pick it up.  Sorry, you will have to ask him what he got and believe me, he will be happy to share with you all of the details.  It does not have two wheels and it came in a large rectangular cardboard box.

Monday, July 08, 2013

children in history

A friend emailed me Sunday morning to tell us Zilker park was hosting a children in history day at the Botanical Gardens.  It was titled Kirsten finds a Honey Tree.  The girls and I decided we would endure the 97 degree temps to check it out.  They advertised butter making, pioneer snacks,  crafts including making a straw hat for your doll, the Swedish pioneer cottage would be open and there was a hunt through the gardens to locate the honey trees (like Kirsten did in the American Girl book).  Let's just say the events were a tad exaggerated.  I should not complain since the girls both said they enjoyed themselves, but it was pushing 100 degrees and... Butter was attempted to be made in a Rubbermaid container, we scoured the entire botanical gardens for three hollow trees (on our own, no map) that would be good for making a bee hive.  They made a tiny bouquet for their dolls' hats out of rosemary and oregano and the snack was a cracker with the butter (that the lady made earlier in the day).  AND THEN, we HAD to go across the street b/c there were Kaya games being played at the pool (ie. additional $5 in parking, so we walked across the street since we already had paid admission to the Botanical Gardens).  We did play some fun games but the advertised teepee stood at less than 5 feet tall.  I admit I fell for the American Girl name, but the list of events sounded like something right up the girls' alley.  I will not be falling for that one again.

Friday, July 05, 2013

best day ever

She told me it was the best day ever when I allowed her to help me mow the front yard this week.  Agreed.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day

This morning I am celebrating my freedom.  I am so grateful for our country and what our forefathers did for us, and I don't mean to make light of it in any way.  But, today I am super stoked that I FINALLY get to post I am free from 20 pounds.
20 pounds=
a car tire
bag of Duncan and Chloe's dog food
Duncan and Chloe
My Kitchen Aid mixer
21 weeks, 20 pounds.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

my monsters

We are trying to get back into the habit of doing individual time with each of the kids.  Boo and I went to see Monsters University and Daddy and LE went to see it.  We intended to see it at different times, but Daddy's showing was sold out and we ended up at the same showing, oops.
Afterwards, we read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  Our art project this week was inspired by the movie and a pin I found.  I gave the girls a piece of cardstock with two pairs of googly eyes and told them to draw me a wild thing.

Monday, July 01, 2013