Two Slinging Kids

Sling Kids

They asked me to make them carriers for their babies, so I reached for those really awesome playsilks once again and tied up two knots to make the perfect sling!  They carried their dolls all morning happily going about their play.

Oh, and a conversation in the car the other day:

Jackson:  “Someday I’ll be a daddy and you’ll be a mommy Izzy with real nurses!”

Izzy:  “For my babies!”

Mama is proud!

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Brrrr!

It’s cold, like below zero cold, but it’s made a little better because there is this beautiful lush white snow on the ground to play in.  The boys especially enjoyed some playtime outside.  Iz, not so much.  She didn’t care for the snow sticking to her mittens and boots and needed to be rescued shortly after this picture was taken.

I wonder if I’ll have a different take on the weather after I drag three kids out to run to the grocery store later on?

Playing, Reading, Knitting, Sewing

Playing

The kids are loving the fuller days and all the fun activities and stories that Little Acorn Learning has provided for us.  They each made healthy bear claw snacks yesterday and will be painting animal tracks in a bit.  And, wouldn’t you know how handy the farm playmat is for acting out the stories!

Izzy has become a bookworm and can’t be read to enough.  She especially loves animal books at the moment, but really any book is fair game.  She’s familiar with Curious George, Clifford, Spot, Thomas, and Santa (who says “Ho, ho, ho!” she told me today.)

And between all the learning, reading and playing, I’m getting snippets of time to work on knitting my lonely lace scarf ( because it’s my only project on needles at the moment – so tempting to fix this problem) and sewing up a quilt.  Actually, I made a deal with myself about the quilt.  I’ve been drooling over some fabric for months, so I get to order a bit of fabric after I use the fabric that I already have to make this quilt.  The one and only other quilt I’ve ever made took a full three years to complete, so I figured it would take me awhile before I could go shopping.  But then new fabrics came out that I love even more and that was the kick in the butt that I needed.  I started it 2 days ago and will be finishing the top tonight!  I’m hoping to stop by the fabric store to get batting and muslin for the back so I can get to the quilting part tomorrow.

Oh, and since I’ve been so busy, please do excuse the excessive amount of dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and toys scattered about.  There will be time to deal with all of that later… while I’m waiting for the postal service to deliver my fabric!

Little Acorn Learning

Chalk drawing

Umm… we’re in love with this wonderful program!  I had mentioned that I wanted to bring a rhythm and a sense of purpose to our days that was respectful to all and I think we’ve found it!  I felt pulled to try out Little Acorn Learning for this month and I’m so pleased that I did.  I’ve heard it mentioned many times over in various yahoo groups and forums, but after hearing Kara from Rockin’ Granola value it so much, I had to see for myself.

In addition to the monthly program, she also includes a daily checklist to help with balancing all that needs to be done.  This is exactly what I needed.

This week’s theme is sheep’s wool and warmth.  I drew a chalkboard picture and unveiled it for circle time on Monday and got many oooh’s and ahhh’s.  They loved the unveiling.  We did a circle time with all of the put together verses, songs, and stories and added in a few math drills and bean bag tossing for Alex.  The activity for Monday was baking, so the kids and I baked a Three Kings’ cake.  The recipe was included in the program, but I used my own sour cream coffee cake recipe, only adding in 4 beans rather than one so no munchkins would feel left out.  It doubled for a tea time snack on Monday afternoon and breakfast on a very busy Tuesday.

Tea Time

Afterwards, I bundled up the kids in winter gear, leashed the dog, and took a walk around the block.  It was good for all.  The kids helped with chores for the day and with meal preparation.  We used the afternoon for rest and play and came back together for tea time, when we ate a sweet treat, shared a cup of tea, and did a little activity.

Instead of fighting with our own personal goals for the day, our tasks became interweaved.  I got lots of quality time with the kids, individually and together and the kids still had plenty of free play time.  As a result of this, there was no horribly messy house to clean at the end of the day or kids arguing nonstop.  Everyones’ needs got met!


New Year’s Interview for Kids

ALEX – age 7

Favorites:

•    cereal – Fruit Loops (because it got my first loose tooth out)

•    vegetable – peas….NO, it’s carrots.

•    drink – chocolate milk and fruit punch

•    toy – Roboraptor.

•    TV Show – Wipeout

•    game – Dragonology, the game

•    book – Alcatraz verses the Evil Librarians and Alcatraz verses the Scrivener’s Bones

•    restaurant – I don’t have a favorite.  I like each one as much as the others.

•    holiday – Christmas and my birthday.

•    animal – the dragon

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Harry, because Harry Potter is the main character in one of my favorite book series.

What do you love about each person in our family?

I love Nova because he’s like my buddy that’s an animal.  I like my mom because she helps me sometimes.  I like my dad because he sometimes plays chess with me when he is not working.  I like Jackson because he plays with me.  And I love Izzy because she’s my sister.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Definitely Walt Disney World.

What are some of your wishes for this year?

That I get a lot of presents for my birthday, that I do go to Walt Disney World for vacation this year, and that I have a new brother or sister.

JACKSON – age 4

Favorites:

•    cereal – Frosted Mini Wheats

•    vegetable – carrots

•    drink – smoothies

•    toy – the Roborator and these two cars here.

•    TV Show – PBS Kids

•    game – PBS Kids (on the computer)

•    book – Curious George

•    restaurant – Arby’s

•    holiday – Christmas

•    animal – Elephant

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Jackson

What do you love about each person in our family?

I like to cut branches with Daddy.  I like that mommy makes me smoothies.  I like Alex’s Roboraptor.  I like to cuddle with Izzy.  I like to feed Nova.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Children’s Museum

What are some of your wishes for this year?

Presents, games, going to Arby’s, and having lots of blankets – all the way to the top of my bed, a bigger backyard with a bigger fence, more playgrounds in our backyard even one with climbing bars for Alex, a black (not silver) doorknob for my door, wheels for my cars, a teapot with a close and open thing – like mama’s, and a new TV, and a TV in my bedroom that the only channel was PBS, and a ghost costume.

IZZY – age 1 (mom’s thoughts on her favorites anyway)

Favorites:

•    cereal – Trader Joe’s Os

•    vegetable – peas or corn

•    drink – chocolate milk

•    toy – baby

•    TV Show – N/A

•    game – Peek-a-boo

•    book – I love you as much as…

•    restaurant – Umm, mama?

•    holiday – Christmas

•    animal – birds

If you could change your name, what would you choose?

Baby

What do you love about each person in our family?

Mama because she almost always knows what I want.  Papa because he plays fun games and sings to me.  Jackson because he’s the coolest play buddy ever and includes me in almost everything he does.  Alex because he watches out for me and reads to me.  And Nova because he’s a dog and makes me laugh.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?

Anywhere with mama.

What are some of your wishes for this year?

To eat more chocolate, to ride bikes with my brothers, to explore outside more, and to spend lots of time being pushed in the swing.

Thanks to Blissfully Domestic for this questionnaire.

Backwards Blogging

I get behind on the computer often and I don’t mind one bit.  It means I’m taking care of the people around here, so I’m sure you understand.  I try to update things when I get a chance, which means a lot of backwards blogging and e-mails not being returned for a week or two.

Pencil wrap

I made this cute little pencil wrap from a placemat I got on clearance.  It was big enough to include a notebook in with the pencils.  I sewed 13 pockets for pencils (12 for the colored pencils and 1 for a regular pencil with an eraser.)  It folds into thirds and ties with some grosgrain ribbon.  It’s a perfect traveling companion for Jackson.

I created a traveling set similar to this for each of the kids.  Alex’s pencils are more nature oriented with bird names for each color.  I’m hoping he’ll use it for documenting our nature walks.  Izzy’s set doesn’t have pencils at all and instead has these wonderful soy rock crayons from Stubby Pencil Studio.  These crayons are great and I can’t say enough about them.