Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo-a-Day, January 2014: Part Six.

Top to bottom:

Jan 28 Fifth "snow" day, progressive party
Jan 29 My son at 10pm
Jan 30 actual snow, but not a snow day, 5-6 inches
Jan 31 My daughter at 10pm

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Photo-a-Day, January 2014: Part Five.


 Top to bottom:

Jan 23 "Snow" Day number three, Suspend
Jan 24 no school, forts are for reading
Jan 25 Fisher gets his library card
Jan 26 after dinner reading
Jan 27 "Snow" Day number four, the Surprise Jar saved us, Muffin Tin Monday returns 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ten on Tuesday.

1. I didn't apologize to my kids for not telling them these "muffins" were really a lot less muffin than cauliflower. They were just too yummy. I should have told them, though, because then they wouldn't have eaten them, and there'd have been more for me. For the record, they didn't like them. Pooh.

2. Over the weekend I read the book Wave, which I really and highly recommend. I enjoy memoirs a great deal, and this a tragic one, about the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, but it's just so very true, how she takes you right through it, and honest, how she deals with every harrowing moment in the years following the wave.

3. Have you heard? The Polar Vortex has returned. At least it's sunny.

4. My favorite day of the year is coming up: Spring Forward Day!

5. Alla cannot wait to hear Idina Menzel sing at the Oscars on Sunday!

6. Fisher is up to #25 in the Magic Tree House series and says he's going to read them all.

7. Alla is reading a great fractured fairy tale trilogy that starts with Half Upon a Time.

8. I am in desperate need of a new vacuum and am currently in research mode.

9. I cannot believe that Fisher's sixth birthday is next month.

10. But I am super happy that spring break is next month!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Photo-a-Day, January 2014: Part Four.

Top to bottom:

Jan 18 Saturday morning train tracks
Jan 19 Afternoon stroll in the open space, hammock in the middle of the woods
Jan 20 Reading what they found at Half Price Books, family outing on MLK Day
Jan 21 Breakfast reading
Jan 22 Afternoon reading/snuggling in Mommy's warm quilt

I'm sensing a theme here! Lots of reading happened in January with The Return of The Polar Vortex.

Did you miss the rest of the month?
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ten on Tuesday.

1. Today Fisher and I finished Zombie Baseball Beatdown, which is exactly as it sounds, and just a perfect read for a mom and her 5-year-old boy.

2. Ron and I ate the most amazing filet mignon for Valentine's Day.

3. I am patiently waiting for the arrival of daffodils at Trader Joes.

4. I am so over the Olympics. Ready for regular programming, thank you.

5. Current bedtime books: Ron has just finished reading the third Narnia book, and I am reading this lovely Australian trio of books about a boy named Jack.

6. Our family pretty much never eats breakfast before eight, lunch before noon, or dinner before six.

7. We awoke to 25 degrees this morning. Can't explain how balmy that felt, or how warm 40 felt by late afternoon.

8. We were all dragging a bit this morning, and Fisher told me, "I need more time."

9. My children lose an inordinate amount of crap.

10. As cold as it's been, we really haven't gotten tons of snow. Curse me now, but I could handle one really big snow storm.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Photo-a-Day: January 2014, Part Three.

Top to bottom:
Jan 13 Someone turned 37
Jan 14 Some birthday spoils
Jan 15 Looking at photo albums
Jan 16 Asian Scotch Eggs, yum
Jan 17 Afternoon screen time, Angry Birds
Catch up on part one and part two!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ten on Tuesday.

1. I'm going to blame The Polar Vortex for my lack in blogging. We had five school days cancelled in January, which I don't think has ever happened in our school district.

2. What saved us during The Polar Vortex was The Surprise Jar, which for us was this: an alarm rang every hour for the kids to report to and pick from the jar containing slips of paper. They had to do what was on the paper (such as hug mommy, do 10 jumping jacks, read page 12 of any book, go change their outfit, etc.), or the jar went away for the day.

3. After The Polar Vortex we got about 5 inches of snow. Combined with the snow we already had (remember ours doesn't melt, it's all been here since December), we've got about 4-5 feet at the corner of our yard. Great fort going on out there.

4. What keeps me warm during Polar Vortex weather: Acorn socks and fleece-lined leggings.

5. Something I bought during the peak of zucchini season, then put away after I just didn't get to it, thinking it would take a lot of instruction-manual reading: the spiralizer. No reading required, and super entertaining for the kids.

6. I made a list of all the books I want to read aloud to the kids. It's long.

7. Seems we might have seen our last monarch butterfly. So sad.

8. Super Bowl food at our house -  nachos.

9. Just finished The Invention of Wings. Very good read.

10. Go make these raw cookie dough bites. Now.