Saturday, November 24, 2018

Black Friday

We had a quiet nuclear family Thanksgiving at home and then some family fun on Black Friday. Here's what we did:


  • We all five went to see Ralph Breaks the Internet.  
  • Husband and I took T to the skating place with a super fun multilevel playground. Husband skated a bunch and T played a lot and skated a little.
  • Husband and C and D went to game night at some friends, but C felt she might be getting sick, so she came home early. Husband and D had fun.

Homestead Heritage Craft Fair

My husband and I took T (age 6) to the Homestead Heritage Thanksgiving craft fair. The big kids have, sadly, gotten too big for it for the moment. But, with any luck, they'll eventually grow back into it. 

This is the schedule of events. It's SO much. They have a large tent devoted to make-your-own projects and there are pony and horse rides and hay rides and so forth. Baby Girl is at exactly the age to enjoy the craft fair with every fiber of her being, as she is very crafty and is big enough to start doing some of the projects, and if we come back, she'll be able to do more and more.

Here's what we did today:

--Looked at petting zoo critters. T loved watching other little girls petting lambs, but stayed cautiously outside the pen.
--Looked at poultry (chickens, a peacock and some turkeys) and sheep and goats.
--T did a hay maze 3 different times.
--Watched a sheep-shearing demonstration.
--Enjoyed cocoa and amazing spiced cake donuts.
--Watched a sheep-herding demonstration involving a workaholic border collie.
--T hammered out a metal spoon.
--T helped with a kids' mini-barn raising.
--T made two wool felt dryer balls for me. (I had been planning to buy some.)
--Husband sampled some of their raw milk smoked gouda (after checking the health risks--it sounds like hard cheese is pretty safe) and said it was very good.

I went into the "Craft Pavilion" (where they have the fancy stuff made by the community for sale) and the stuff was really, really nice. Alas, at this point in our lives, we can't afford simple living...But when I can, I'll buy some of their stuff.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Busy busy

I came back from parent teacher conference to find that all three of the kids were in T's room assembling her new bed!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Goodbye to grandpa

This is just a quick note for archival purposes (as I'll probably eventually print out a book version of this for the kids):

Grandpa (the kids great-grandpa) died early yesterday morning at the age of 96, a week before he would have celebrated his 97th birthday with T (they share a birthday, 91 years apart). Despite suffering two heart attacks the previous day and being in the hospital, I'm told that grandpa was cheerful and able to talk on the last day. My sister says that what he was telling everybody was how proud he was of the kids and grandkids.

Grandpa was one of the best people I have ever known. You often hear people say that they put their family first, but that's what my grandparents really did--put their family first.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Baby Girl loves cats

Baby Girl was in the tub and she said (apropos of nothing), "Clicker training is easier for cats."

She also really wants to replicate the video with two cats dinging bells to get treats.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

T's budget

T has saved $6 or $7 now.

Yesterday, she was saying, "Mama, I can have budgets. What should I do with my money?"

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July

We had a fantastic fireworks show that we watched from some college green space.

My husband did a dry ice ice cream project with the kids. The last time we did this was before we lived in our current house, so 6+ years ago. We were a bit put off by the fizzy flavor at the time. Also, it overflowed like a science fair volcano.

This time, my husband used a Ben and Jerry's recipe book and did two different flavors: a creamy orange ice cream and a chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream. He also only did the dry ice step with half of each flavor, which prevented the overflow.

Some conclusions:

As expected, the creamy orange ice cream was fine with a little fizz (it's like orange soda pop). We let it rest a bit in the freezer before eating, as we did not want to accidentally ingest frozen CO2. As the dry ice fizzes out, it gets less carbonated tasting and more creamy tasting.

We let the chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream sit until after lunch the next day. Everybody loved it. It had very good flavor and texture. It was ever so slightly fizzy tasting, but the chocolate was the dominant note.

We are thinking about doing this as birthday party entertainment for an upcoming birthday, and our thinking is that fruit or soda flavors will work well if the idea is to eat same night (because people are used to a little fizz with those flavors), but that it's best to wait longer for a lot of other flavors. I'd like to try strawberry.

We also had dry ice shenanigans/experiments (READ ONLINE SAFETY WARNINGS--there can be some unexpected issues with the expansion of CO2 gas).

The supplies cost a lot, but as I noted, Ben and Jerry's is $4 per pint, and there was a lot of entertainment. We are thinking of inviting a family of little girls to join us for CO2 hijinks for T's birthday in the fall.