ALL of Last Week and the Week Before

I haven’t really been in the mood to wake up early in the morning and write since sleep has been interrupted a lot by E waking way too much. His left molars coming in I think. The second set of molars on the right popped in (slowly) around Christmas but the left side has been taking its time. Teething sucks. I bet kdis don’t like it either.

Anyway, I get to redo the blog posts that were scheduled but never written and so there are a thousand pictures in this post. I’d like to remember them though so I’m writing about them. :)

J’s work hosts a Cabin fever party every February and this year we played lots of Mario Kart with our Mario obsessed kid. E dashed through the halls, delighted and shrieking with laughter. In his pjs since it was nearly 10:00 pm when we left!

Last Sunday (and today, also a Sunday) it snowed. E made playdough food and wanted to serve it to C. Just kidding, I just wanted to make this funny collage so I made it fit. :)

More snow fun. 

 

And more. We went down to the creek and walked on the frozen (and not so frozen) water. We went to the museum after school group day. Oh wait, this was almost 2 weeks ago. Wow, long time ago. E loves the train and C loves this glass making computer game. Also, that slug on C’s face is really silly putty that you can use to make skin on a dino skeleton. C repurposed it to spread germs all over his face. I was tired and let him. :)

My kids were ridiculous. Can you spy them hiding in the repurposed ball pit/pack and play? We tried out old air mattresses when I cleaned out a closet (go me!), E carried around lots of things at once, and C was a (naked) doctor checking my heartbeat. 

They ate breakfast with legos. Made cookies. Played more legos. 

We used our bubble mixture to do cool things with our newly created q-tip 3d objects. C had a small meltdown when i wouldn’t let him hit his brother (I’m such a Debbie Downer) and E took a picture of me helping him control his hands. Sigh, this is C’s constant struggle lately, thanks to February and cold.  

C wanted to make bigger bubbles (they kept popping in our small container) so he grabbed the cookie sheets and was delighted with the results. 

E enjoyed popping all the bubbles. It was a bit messy but that’s what this project room space is for!

We stopped at the airport for lunch and the boys were fascinated by the escalators and the planes. Mostly the escalators. 

It was cold. 

C wrote his first word (accidentally) by starting to write E’s name and adding on I (he knows that one) and then a letter in his own name. I didn’t see that it was DIE until I looked at this photo since from C’s perspective it was EID. Made me laugh! The boys set up a store selling catsup, old wine, and beer. They didn’t make much money. C made handprints (very innocent, nothing like his older brother) and C built a fort with blocks. 

School group was at our house and we played and made strawberry muffins using a cookbook my mom gave C. Great directions in it! Made a super tall cup tower then it collapsed and no one wanted to clean it up….. Sigh. C sat on my chest as I lay in his bed dying, and he and Dr. C attempted to save my life. E is a terrible care provider, leaning over and hugging my neck tightly, insisting I would be all right and that everything was okay. C wrapped my wrist in a bandage and attempted to tie it tightly for 5 whole minutes. I really need to seek better medical care. 

Mid afternoon one day C wanted to make dough so we had pizza for dinner. These kids are pretty good at kneading after all the dough we make around here (due to C’s love of mixing flour with liquid). 

They wanted to make pizza like Costco does, with automated machines but alas, we aren’t well equipped. While I wasn’t watching, E rolled his dough again AFTER putting on the sauce. 

Pizza dough was messy work so of course they had to bathe afterwards and then OF COURSE play naked. 

One day, after much frustration and work to help C control his hands and feet, I put him in the Ergo baby carrier. Little dude calmed down instantly and cuddled close to me. At 47 pounds, he’s a bit heavy to carry like that but it really helped. E wanted his picture take too. 

Went with our school group and my sister to caves for a warm visit. I didn’t know 52 degrees could feel so wonderful! C and a friend vied for leader position (behind our tour guide) and C’s cousin B wasn’t far behind. E mostly enjoyed it. He said it was fun but dark and little scary. 

This weekend we’ve played with legos, Mario, cooked, and relaxed a lot. Today we have 9+ inches of snow on the ground. 

Whew. Now maybe I can get back to waking up before the boys do. I don’t have a backlog of things to write about now!

Hard Work Wednesday

Yesterday was one of those lovely, smooth, and delightful days.

First we retrieved the frozen balloons we had set out the day (or two?) before. Then there was chopping, peeling, and exploring. C quickly took off upstairs to enjoy a bath with one frozen sphere-ish shape. E stayed downstairs to litter the remaining balloons with letters and to “read” them to himself.

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Then E joined C for a colorful bath. They ran hot water on the ice, ate it, and finally just took turns swimming in the greenish water. Not exactly peacefully, but hey, whatever. IMG_5282

Then there was more fun downstairs. C likes to line up letters and let me read aloud the resulting sounds. He’ll add on more and more and gleefully laugh at what it sounds like. Then me moved on to numbers and successfully read all the 0’s (he called them ‘o’) and 1-4 alone. All the capital A’s made a nice shape he thought.

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E sat and worked with playdough the whole time. He sang and talked to himself, just cutting, smashing, and rolling the stuff. IMG_5253

Lunch was their current favorite: fruit, vegetable, and cheese sandwiches. These are really grilled cheese, ham, and spinach but that’s not what they call them. IMG_5250

Of course we had to play Mario. C is getting pretty good at it, trying levels he was previously too intimidated by. :)IMG_5264

Marble maze. This is not really a child directed activity since I MUST build the thing and make it awesome. I do give it to them to use and destroy after I have my fun. :) We made a couple of these.

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Lots of time has been spent the last 2 days with duplo legos. Both boys will work silently on these, often alone, occasionally side by side (though that causes conflict due to lego thievery!). IMG_5272

E moved on to working with his cash register, selling things and asking “how are you?” like I guess he hears cashiers say?IMG_5274

Bouncy balls got moved to a new box (omg, we have so many play boxes in the dining room right now!). IMG_5261

E and I made dinner while C worked on threading needles and stringing up these button creations. He gave them to me so I hung them where we could all see. :)IMG_5279

Also, I was instructed to hang C’s paper airplanes (last 1-2 weeks’ project) like this. I hung them improperly the first time and he carefully explained further how I need 2 strings to get them facing the right way and which way that should be. And then he checked on my work and finally approved. IMG_5275

Tire Day

“Yes sir Mama three bags full”- what E told me in answer to a question I asked him. Occasionally he’ll also do something like- “I open fridge ba ba black sheep!”. It’s his favorite song (Ba Ba Black Sheep) and apparently it inspires him to weave the lyrics into this everyday life. ;)

Yesterday we went to school group and then Costco to get new tires. Nothing like spending $600 on new tires (and a new valve sensor since ours broke off). The boys and I wandered around the store for 1.5 hours, ate pizza, watched pizza being made, ate free samples, explored the books (especially the noisy books!), and played with the electronic stuff.

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Then we went home, opened our cheap IKEA delivery (new stools for project room and step stool for kitchen) and played in boxes. I want to go curl up with my new tires but they are wet and cold so I’ll wait a couple months.IMG_5214

Elite Homeschooling Activities

If you look at these pictures carefully, I think you’ll notice E went through 3 changes of clothes today, 4 if you count his morning pajamas. Everyone, stand back and learn from us what REAL homeschoolers do. Change clothes, bathe, and make funny faces. Very often.

We filled balloons with water and food coloring and tossed them out the front door for freezing. Then E wanted to play outside. C made hot cocoa and E finally came in for some warmth. I put his hot cocoa in a sippey cup since he forgets he’s holding it and spills it and hot cocoa isn’t as easy to clean up as water. Then E took his first sip, was surprised it wasn’t water and promptly spilled it all over his clothes. Later he poured the rest of it in a little pot in his little kitchen and, judging from his face, he drank it from the pot.

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Crazy hot cocoa chef. IMG_5176

 

Playing Miss Sue, something I’ve rediscovered to help C get his wiggles and hand tickles out. E loves it too. IMG_5183

 

 

Then we tied balloons and ribbons to sticks, fished, and played swords. Sometimes carefully. Sometimes not. IMG_5208

 

Somebody got sticky or wet so that meant bath time. And since it’s the beginning of the week, it was also hair washing day. IMG_5197

Later we made cardboard robots. And decorated them with stickers. And the boys wanted their hair in ponytails and pigtails but you can’t see it with all the curls. IMG_5206

Then I read 20,000 books, helped the boys fall asleep, folded billions of clothes, and went to bed.

Weekends

What I like best about weekends:IMG_5166

 

We’re together and all working on something that is keenly interesting to each of us. There are fewer obligations and they are shared with another adult, which means more time for everyone to relax or focus on enjoyable projects. IMG_5169

 

This weekend we also spent Saturday at my mom’s visiting with my grandmother then J and I went out alone for a few hours while my mom watched the kids. Sunday we had a flat tire but managed to get to a nephew’s birthday party. Also, did you know tires for my vehicle are frighteningly expensive? At least to me….IMG_5171

A One Picture Day

Today I only took one picture. :) It was this, the boys eating donuts as their treat after vaccinations. It’s become a regular thing that we do after those lovely doctor visits where the boys get a leg poke. I’m planning on taking them in for vaccinations every week, just so we can all eat donuts. Poor boys and their “vac-e-nay-suns”. They, as always, really loved their colorful bandaids and refused to take them off. IMG_5157

 

My sister and niece came over for a visit. There was the occasional pummeling from C. Pizza dinner and family Super Mario time. Bedtime with lots of delays and books. Now cookies and milk. Lets call it a day!

 

 

Awesome Things

We did lots of awesome things on Thursday, really, we did. The boys carefully examined the innards of the toilet for a while. IMG_5137

 

 

Storytime at the library and the craft involved food!!! And a V-Day treat from the teacher!

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Then lunch, some Super Mario together, and project time. E loves squirting glue and glitter glue. IMG_5141

 

 

 

C is still interested in paper airplanes and we made a couple side by side. IMG_5140

E moved on to playdough. IMG_5143

C moved on to building at the light table. IMG_5148

Making a rhombus he said. IMG_5144

 

E joined us with his “guy”. IMG_5145

 

C asked: you were a teacher once, right? Me: Yes. C: Can you teach me about personal space on the chalkboard? Me: Sure, how about the dry erase board? C: okay!

Perhaps I also need to teach him about a little thing called Cabin Fever and Not Being Able to Recharge One’s Mind Outdoors Due to Extreme Cold.  IMG_5150

 

The boys wanted their journals and drew people who needed personal space.

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C taught E about personal space. IMG_5151

Personal space is tough lately and somedays I focus on everything that is NOT going well. And my kids start to focus on it too. And all I want is a quiet moment to think and reflect and all they want is a quiet moment to cuddle and tickle and reconnect. Things are awesome and awful, alternating so as to make us crazy.

So I’ll leave you with this: my kids clinging to my legs, sobbing. Because the whole day was NOT filled with Awesome Things. And I guess that is just Life.

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Gymnastics and Home

C invited us all to his tea party. IMG_5112

I was strongly encouraged to provide honey AND maple syrup for the tea. This made the attendees very happy but weirded me out a little.

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There were a few content and quiet moments in the day, this being one. Otherwise we engage in civil war and make every attempt to drive everyone deep into the misery that is Mid February With Small Children. IMG_5107

We went to gymnastics and C fell onto a balance beam on his nose. This required a quiet room fro recovery. E made funny faces. IMG_5134

Then recovery was finished and everyone went back to bouncing and fun.IMG_5135

Mid-afternoon snack of the boys’ new favorite food: grilled cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and spinach sandwiches. IMG_5132

E chanted my phone number while pretending to type it on the numberpad of his cash register. IMG_5133

It was a nice day. Today has been worse. I’ll maybe work up the courage to tell you about it tomorrow though delving into the bickering and emotions of small children could be deadly.

What We’re Reading- February

I’m still reading How To Talk So Kids Will Listen (for co-op school group), finished The Tiger in the Smoke (for library book group), and am currently wandering between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Tidying book is obviously NOT written by someone who has kids who walk around the house clutching small toys which they randomly discard ANYWHERE. But there are some good ideas in it for keeping things organized and “tidy”. Funny word. I heard an interview with the mortician author of Smoke and am eager to read this book more.

C was interested in The Lighthouse Family and Madeline a couple weeks ago. Last week he moved on to It’s So Amazing, a book about eggs, sperm, and how babies are made. Bodies are really intriguing to him, especially since he’s the kind of kid who wants to know how things work. Speaking along those lines, How Things Work (a Christmas gift from my mom) was also having every detail studied last week. C went and asked our librarian for one of his past favorites, Molly Banaky, so we’re reading that too. For C’s bedtime books, J is reading him The Moffats and Freddy and the Spaceship.

For about 2 weeks, E loved In the Night Kitchen (which C enjoys also). The illustrations of the nude main character just tickle E’s mind every time we read it. I suppose it’s the first book he’s read with a naked person in it? He also repeatedly questions Mickey being buried in bread dough and WHY does that happen? ;) Nuts at Bedtime is losing its #1 Bedtime Book spot recently. New favorites are We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, Easy Street, and Peaceful Piggies.

V Day Party

Today was the Valentine’s Day Party for our little school group. C’s second time making and giving Valentines and he was again confounded by the idea. Then he got into it, and at the party he carefully dropped one Hershey Kiss and one Valentine in each bag/box.IMG_5073

 

Opening them was so exciting! A bag filled with little treats and cards?!?! Yes please! ;) E went along for the ride but was pretty nonchalant. IMG_5077

E did like the pets at our friend’s house. A tiny dog!IMG_5081

 

And a rabbit! IMG_5084

 

 

One of the Valentines was a small balloon that inflated itself with a chemical reaction (I opened one with the kids but we couldn’t identify out the liquid). You initially smack it to burst the tiny bag inside the balloon and mix the chemicals and then the whole thing would pop to life. Had all the kids waiting (at a safe distance) with bated breath. IMG_5079

We made it home around 2:00 and had bed jumping time. There was also an intense discussion about Data (from Star Trek of course) and how his head came off/he turned evil/star trek! led mostly by E. IMG_5092

 

Used a lucet to make some rope. C arranged the extra yarn and ended it with a check mark. IMG_5088

Look at the long arms!!!IMG_5102

 

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