Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Week 41

Playing in a gym with some of Moira's earliest friends.

We had our first sewing session for the Skittles and my friends helped me fit and alter a coat pattern for my crocodile vest.

My leather
And here's the very pretty leather Angela bought for me in New York. Yum.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

What we did last week

Fall crafts
I had plans to can tomatoes all day with Angela, so I set the kids up with a craft kit. They did a great job entertaining themselves for most of the day, and with the help of Angela's super blender we finished the tomatoes before dinner time.

Building a man
It appears that Davis can build with he fort kit now. Mostly he just builds whacking sticks.

Mashed potato salad
We ended up with a big batch of leftover Gak after the Halloween craft day and the kids have been having crazy fun with. Davis likes to make it into mashed potato salad or gumbo. And yes, both recipes require the use of his tools. Moira likes to make sushi rolls with the plastic wrap we are storing it in.

Moira's bird outfit
Moira wanted to dress up like a bird for her class trip to Rikki Tikki Tavi. This was the result.

Davis helps
At park day, Davis decided to help this merry go round full of teenagers go faster. No, he didn't want to get on. Yes, they did help with their feet a little.

Fall field and sky
We had an art day, the fist one in a long time. Moira picked the materials, mixed media with glitter glue. This is us at a pumpkin patch.

Davis had a much more minimalist interpretation. He spent most of his time cutting up black paper, and this was the final result.

Moira's car
Davis asked to get out the legos, and Moira wanted me to build her a car. I walked her through following the diagram and helped her find pieces, and she assembled this almost entirely on her own.

Lego world
I also built a truck for Davis and then when I was doing chores, they collaborated on this lego city.

Checking Davis' legs
We went back to the podiatrist where we found out that Moira's pronation is much better, and Davis's feet are so far looking fantastic.

They got fancy and put on a show.

Davis greatly enjoyed his first interaction with a microscope at nature class.

He also really enjoyed learning how to make a leaf pile and jump in it. And burying the teacher.

He also insists on walking the whole way on this raised planter. Especially the parts where the heather is overgrown and blocking access.

Tailor bird nest
Moira made this Tailor Bird nest in class. There are little sparkly eggs that go with it.

Fairy house
We brought her friend Sammy home after class and they made this fairy house, "Since the last one got knocked down."

Moira's new hair cut
A new haircut! She wanted a bob with it shorter in the back and longer in the front, but then she asked the hair stylist to cut the front shorter. She's happy. Davis was impressed and considered for a little bit getting a hair cut of his own, but then I had to break it to him that a hair cut will make your hair shorter, not longer, so now he says he'll do it only at Minnie's Pet Salon.

Cave spider
We had Animal Encounters class again, and the creatures were less cuddly this time. I thought this cave spider was awesome.

Baby wallaby
I think the kids were most impressed with the Wallaby and Joey.

We can do it!
After class we go to the gym to get some wiggles out. The older kids really enjoyed playing with these blankets. Davis mostly played with the soccer ball.

Magic wands
Moira made dinner again, this time with wand shaped fruit kebabs.

Exploding a diaper
I got to go to GeekGirlCon with my friends JW and Sika. Among other things, we did science! JW got the high score for the day on how much water she could fit in a diaper. We also extracted DNA from strawberries, and discovered that Sika had the thinnest hair of the day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What we did last week

Davis on the trail-a-bike
My Dad has a tendency to make offers he's not intending to follow through on. On Sunday he asked both kids if they wanted to go on a bike ride, and instead of letting Davis be devastated when he just took Moira, we made him take Davis on a small ride. And apparently Davis can stay up on the Trail-A-Bike, so who knew.

The kids play Plants VS Zombies 2 with Walker. I refuse to let them help me.

Doll house
Moira keeps changing her mind about if she wants to keep this doll house. I was packing stuff up to donate and she decided at the last minute that she really wanted it, so she and Davis spent a couple of hours setting it up and playing with the Polly Pockets in there.

Writing to her penpal
We sat down to write to some pen pals. Moira and I had an interesting conversation about what you say to someone you have never met, and how you draw out a reply.

She wanted to send her pen pals some perler bead shapes, and was really creative with what she did. She's always just filled up the shape plate before, but this time she was making new things. I particularly like the sail boat.

Davis loves teens
Davis hung out with these teenagers at park day for like, 10 minutes. They kept inviting him to join the conversation, but he was concentrating on sitting in his seat the right way, and didn't really answer.

Glowing fish tank
Our fish tank is still bright green, but we think it's because it's been sitting in the window. We don't really have a good place that isn't surrounded by windows so we are trying wrapping it in cardboard. I like how that makes it look even more florescent.

Spooky gak
We went to a Halloween craft party, and Moira designed her very own craft, spooky gak. The baggie was my idea, so people had a way to take it home, and that turned out to be an awesome idea.

Marble run
Davis fell in love with this marble run at the craft party. Guess what he's getting for his birthday?

We went to the Science Center, and Moira took a lot of pictures with my phone in the butterfly house.

Galloping Gertie
The corn maze we went to is in the shape of Washington complete with landmarks, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (shown here). All the paths are labelled with highway names, and at one point were were in Easter Washington on a different bridge, saw there was a space needle over in Seattle and decided to head down 90 to go see it. Only 90 was closed in the pass, and we had to take a detour. All the adults laughed histerically and the kids didn't believe us that it was funny.

Moira worked on her Halloween costume a little bit over the weekend. She's very talky lately, so she had to re do some of the seams because she'd start talking to me and stop paying attention to where she was sewing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Week 40

We went to a corn maze, which was amazing. And this giant pillow was pretty awesome too.

Selfie with dinosaur
I took a selfie with a dinosaur. Because why not?


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Friday, October 3, 2014

What we did last week

We have two new sets of neighbors, and so another neighbor threw a "get to know you" party. Moira had a lot of fun playing with our next door neighbor's one year old who in turn was enchanted by Davis and wanted to follow him around and do whatever he did.

For Grandpa
Davis has started making art in preparation for his Grandfather's upcoming visit. Yes, it's mostly just tape.

Waiting for CAST
Moira started a twice weekly class at the Seattle Children's Theater. She loves it.

Fred Meyer
The first day of class, I had a bunch of errands to run, and so Davis got to enjoy the Fred Meyer playroom for the very first time ever. Moira is too old to go in there now so it was a special treat.

Stacking at Google
We also had lunch with Walker at work.

Park day
We went to park day, even though it was a little rainy. Moira took her coat off shortly after this picture and didn't complain about getting wet.

Davis made this bracelet with a perfectly repeating pattern. He cut the string himself, so the beads kept falling off but he did it over and over until Pearl finally got it tied for him.

Dance class
Moira's dance class started back up too. It doesn't end until dinner time is supposed to start, so it makes things interesting.

Davis found this branch and pretended to be one of the giant zombies from Plants vs Zombies.

Davis's spiderweb
Davis made this web at the nature class he takes at the Arboretum. I helped a little.

Where's the D?
He really loves this sign near the bee hives, and always wants to stop and find the D's.

Robot Turtles
We had no big plans for an entire weekend so we had a family game day. Everyone got to pick one game for us to play (Mousetrap, Robot Turtles, Castle Panic, and Ticket to Ride), and then we had a grand finale after dinner with Beatles Rock Band.

Moira made dinner
Moira made dinner that night (with a little help from me), hamburgers, cucumber salad, and pineapple milkshakes. Her comment was "Why do my dinners always involve so much chopping?" Welcome to my world, kiddo.