Saturday, May 2, 2015

Summer is coming!

Here's some of what's going on:

  • Baby T continues her program of diapering, dressing, feeding and watering her critters.
  • Baby T LOVES the water table at the children's museum.
  • She keeps trying the potty and reading her potty books, but not performing.  ????? 
  • Three more weeks of school!!!!!
  • We all went to a potluck last night.  Baby T was not terrible (she and I have been sitting out potlucks for a while).  She enjoyed the preschooler host's trampoline and playing peekaboo with the host family's cat.  I encouraged C to bring along her ukulele and the preschooler host kid liked playing on it, too.    
  • C is rapidly accruing credit toward her next ukulele.  She's got $172 (?) accrued and that puts her about half-way, maybe more.  I'm not totally sure how much we're going to wind up spending, but we lean toward solid koa wood, which drives your price up quite a bit.  There seems to be a nice selection on the Guitar Center site, so we will probably order in the most promising looking one, try it out in the store, and then buy or not buy.  Hopefully, it won't take too many tries.  
  • The kids and I had a good hunt at Barnes and Noble and Big Lots today.  We found some 75% off Easter chocolates at B&N and then found some discount organic baby food pouches and candied ginger at Big Lots.  The big kids also had a chance to try out a (plastic) sectional at Big Lots and thoroughly approve of the generous size.  Now, to find a leather one that doesn't cost as much as a car...
  • I get the feeling we should be getting the catalog for the big kids' gifted camp any time now.  My husband is going to be teaching in it again this year.  The gifted camp is always the biggest chunk of our summer, so once we are able to schedule that, everything else ought to fall into place.  There will also probably be some fencing for both kids (part of the summer), some swimming for both kids (with maybe a junior life guard camp for C), a quilt camp for C, music for C, cake decorating for C, and a sailing camp for both kids (hopefully).  That's tilted toward C, I know, but C has A LOT of interests and usually wants to do more stuff, so that's how it works out.  If D wants to do more, he can do more.
  • We also have one night booked at Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate C's birthday.  
  • And there will be some West Coast travel for the big kids.   

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Baby T has been insisting on putting her stuffed critters into pullups.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Articles and prepositions!

We are noticing Baby T using more and more prepositions and we've also heard her use "a" correctly.  And she has started using "and," too!

St. Nicholas?

I just discovered an excellent blog called Darwin Catholic.

This is out of season (it's on Santa skepticism among kids), but it's very funny and I'll forget to post it at the right time:

For the longest time, however, I remained somewhat convinced that St. Nicholas really was the one who put chocolate coins in our shoes on the night before his feast day. First of all, it seemed dangerous to question the actions of a real saint. And secondly, I'd conducted an experiment which proved the existence of St. Nicholas. There were some half-Jewish, half-Protestant kids who lived in the next apartment over and were a source of envy because they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas. However, they'd never heard of St. Nicholas. Figuring this was a great opportunity so see whether St. Nicholas's presents were the work of my parents or not, I talked up St. Nicholas to them and convinced them to put out their shoes on the evening of December 5th. 
They did, St. Nicholas delivered, and I remained convinced for a long time that he really was the source of candy in shoes on his feast day. It wasn't till years later, discussing this with my mom, that I heard the explanation for this. The neighbor kids had talked up their St. Nicholas expectations to their parents, the parents had been afraid to disappoint them, and so they'd put candy in the shoes. Yet another worthy experiment destroyed by a tainted sample. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dixie cups

I just gave Baby T a whole pack of dixie cups to amuse herself with.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hammock with mosquito netting

We recently replaced a worn-out hammock.  Soon after that, there was a spectacular deal on Woot for a hammock with mosquito netting for around $30.  After some thought, we bought.  (The local mosquitoes are 1) numerous 2) hungry and 3) feeding about half of the year.)

The new hammock with netting arrived and my husband is trying it out this morning with a book.  The hammock with netting looks a little fragile (especially in the netting), but the functionality is so amazing that if this one has a tear, I'm thinking that we really ought to continue keeping a mosquito-proof hammock from now on.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter morning

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Yesterday, D had a birthday party at a video game place, so C and Baby T and I dropped him off and then went off to do Easter shopping.  We got chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs to fill plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt and some spectacular large metallic plastic Easter eggs.  
  • C made us chocolate almond paste-filled crescent rolls for Easter morning breakfast this morning (from those store brand tubes of crescent roll dough).  I woke up to the smell.  Wonderful!
  • Baby T is sick, so no church.
  • The kids were very helpful with Baby T this morning.  
  • C and D each dyed several hard-boiled eggs.  C did some interesting multi-colored effects.  
  • C loaded up plastic eggs with chocolate eggs.
  • It looks wet outside so C and D hid a dozen plastic eggs in the living room in plain sight and at 3 feet high or lower.  Baby T immediately understood the plan and got about half of the eggs with very little coaching.  (Baby T was very good at Easter egg hunting a year ago when she was about 17 or 18 months old.  This year she's been watching the Dora Egg Hunt video for the past month.)
  • Right now, Baby T and I are watching Dora's Egg Hunt video with her Easter basket and the large metallic eggs in her lap.
  • For lunch today, we will probably have our now traditional hard-boiled egg and sausage sandwiches and a slice of the pineapple pecan fruit cake that we have been saving for this occasion.