Friday, January 18, 2019

Mushrooms II!

After several days of looking progressively more mildewy and gross and starting to bulge weirdly, our mushroom kit has sprouted little pinhead mushrooms. We spritz the block periodically and it is (sorry!) mushrooming almost before our very eyes. We wish we'd done some photos to show how it has progressed.

The instructions say that it is possible to do a second harvest from the same kit, which is nice.

It's a very fun family activity, and I think it would be nice for homeschoolers. It's kind of like a pet that you eat.

The first people to eat mushrooms must have been REALLY hungry.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Here's some of what's going on.

  • I gave my husband a mushroom growing kit for his birthday and we are cultivating it on the kitchen counter. T has been tasked with misting it.
  • My husband has been reading The Silver Chair to T. (They've already read the previous three books in The Chronicles of Narnia.)
  • I got T a book about how to draw Pokemon, and she and C have both been drawing, and T's efforts have been very impressive, considering that she's 6.
  • I haven't been crazy about some of the how-to-draw-unicorns books I've seen. C counsels just using a good how-to-draw-horses book and going from there, which is sensible.

Doing things right

T has lost another tooth.

She informs me that she needs to get her $2 under her pillow. Previously, we'd had a business-like tooth-for-money exchange going, but apparently that's not good enough.

Somebody at school must have told her the "right" way to do this.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

C finishes Enterprise

C got a 3,000+ piece Star Trek Enterprise Mega Bloks set for Christmas and it got finished and put on display yesterday. She worked on it for days.

It's HUGE--about 30+ inches long. She's got it on display on top of a cabinet.

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Peanuts in the shell are also very entertaining (and time-consuming!), and new to T.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


We're having a good Christmas at home in TX. We got a bunch of board games. T played Dixit (probably her first big kid board game) tonight and did quite well and C is working on a massive Mega Block Star Trek Enterprise (3,000+ blocks). We all enjoyed chocolate cinnamon bread pudding last night.

I bought a pomegranate at the store today and T (who got to try one earlier this week) is very excited to work on this one. Pomegranates are an amazing little kid entertainment device, because it takes forever to pull out all the seeds.

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.