Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mamatography Week 9

2/15. Inside Your Fridge
2/15. Inside Your Fridge
Leftover dessert! Yum.

2/16. Perfect
2/12. Perfect
We hosted a friend's birthday party, and she wanted to make beer, and her boyfriend was making her cake, so my kitchen was very busy, but I didn't have to do any of the work. Perfect indeed.

2/17. In Your Hand
2/17. In Your Hand
This was another sewing day for my costuming group. I accidentally cut out 2 pairs of pants instead of one. Oops.

2/18. Something You Don't Like
2/18. Something I don't like
Sorting and putting away laundry. Boring AND frustrating because the kids like to help.

2/19. I Am...
2/19. I am...
Game for silly pictures. Moira was enthralled with this mirror at the Science Center.

2/20. Where You Stood
2/20. Where You Stood
In the kitchen. I spend a lot of time there.

2/21. Full
I got confused and posted day 2/22 here. Oops! It looks like I didn't take a picture this day. Here is a random photo (of baby Moira) that came up when I searched for full on my Flickr stream.
Full of tasty milk

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at NPN and Hobo Mama.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mamatography week 8

2/8. Something Orange
This was the first photo I took after my hard drive died. It ended up being a lovely day, so we went to a park, which had some of those strange Swedish climbers. Moira had a great time, Davis was a little off put.
2/8. Something orange

2/9. Guilty Pleasure
Moira loves going to the thrift store with my Dad, because she gets to pick out any books she wants. We have a lot of media tie in books now.
2/9. Guilty Pleasure

2/10. 3 O'Clock
I caught the cold the kids had, so instead of doing something fun while the baby sitter was here, I took a nap.
2/10. 3'oclock

2/11. Entrance
They love working at cross purposes.
2/11. Entrance

2/12. Where You Ate Lunch
In the car, on the way home from preschool.
2/12. Where You Ate Lunch

2/13. Walking
We went to a birthday party with dear friends. I never get tired of taking pictures of this kid and her Daddy.
2/13. Walking

2/14. Love Is
Making dessert for the family for Valentine's Day, and placing the marshmallows just so.
2/14. Love is

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at NPN and Hobo Mama.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How I'm doing on the 6 Ingredient Challenge

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonJoin the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: How is the Six Ingredient Challenge going for you so far?

You can see all the responses to this question on February 14 at the link-up post.

To join in the Six Ingredient Challenge anytime during the six weeks, visit the sign-up page for a list of posts and to link up!

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So, how is the Six Ingredient Challenge going for me so far? So so, I'd say. Creating a meal plan for dinners using whole ingredients isn't hard at all. And the kid's lunches are planned out, although those plans rely heavily on premade gluten free products right now. My big problem is breakfast and lunches for me. I have a hard time adding any more meal planning on before my weekly shopping trip, and I tend to alternate between premade meals and dinner leftovers for my breakfasts and lunches. Ideally, I can create lunch plans for the kids that also appeal to me, but that is really not likely to happen with breakfast.

WW: Smile!

Group shot
The hard drive on my computer died. Right after I took all the pictures of our Portland trip off the camera and deleted the originals. Hopefully my Dad can recover them. Until then, I have no Mamatography post. So enjoy a picture taken with the new forward facing camera on my new phone.

Linked up with Hobo Mama and NPN.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Why the 6 Ingredient Challenge?

My friends Lauren and Amy are hosting a challenge to try and only buy foods that have 6 ingredients or less. The prompt for the first week of this challenge is "Why do you want to participate in the Six Ingredient Challenge?"

Gratituous shots of the eating baby

That's easy, actually. I want to do this because I mostly already do. There are a handful of things we keep on hand that have more than 6 things in them, like soy sauce and salad dressings. Also we have a number of gluten free things on hand, because of Moira's wheat sensitivities.

I'm going to alter the challenge a little bit for us. The first one being that I'm not starting until today (the challenge started on the 1st), because the kids and I went on a road trip planned. The second thing is that I've been thinking about going through my Grandma's recipe collection for awhile, and updating the recipes. This seems like the perfect time to try that, so once a week, I'm going to rework a vintage recipe to use whole, simple ingredients. Lastly, because I mostly cook gluten free for Moira, there will be some things I continue to buy, like GF bread, that have more than 6 ingredients.

Anyway, I'm hoping it will be fun to play along!

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonJoin the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: Why do you want to participate in the Six Ingredient Challenge?

You can see all the responses to this question on February 7 at the link-up post.

To join in the Six Ingredient Challenge anytime during the six weeks, visit the sign-up page for a list of posts and to link up!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mamatography Week 5

24. Stripes
I love our new stripey art room tablecloth.
24. Stripes

25. Landscape
The landscape of lights we can see down the hill.
25. Landscape

26. Together
This was the first thing I saw when I came downstairs. Awwww.
26. Together

27. Sun
There was no sun this day, but my little sunshine was there. He was in a horrible mood, and was very distressed that sitting in the car seat didn't make us go somewhere.
27. Sun

28. Through
Moira's first time with a needle!
28. Through

29. Grow
I took a photo (a couple actually) of this day, and then my photo editor flipped out and decided to delete a bunch of the new batch of pictures, including these. Have a picture taken at another time as a booby prize!
Roots

30. Down
It was watch week at Moira's ballet class again. I love how much she loves the structure of ballet. It's actually made her willing to dance in the rest of her life, which was always something she was too nervous to do. Plus, they do a "Brain Dance" at the beginning of every class, which has a lot of yoga movements in it, and the other day when she got angry at Walker and I, she ran off and came back calmer a few minutes later, having done the brain dance in her room.
30. Down

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Make a grass skirt from ribbons




I wanted to make Moira a grass skirt for our week of learning about Hawaii. The tutorials I could find mostly used crepe paper for the "grass" which seemed like a poor choice with a baby around who would want to touch it. I did find a new sew ribbon one, but decided to sew the ribbons on for added play security. Moira likes it, although she refuses to wear anything under it when she puts it on. Davis even asked to wear it today. I didn't get any pictures, so you will have to take my word for how incredibly cute it was.

Supplies:
Waistband elastic, cut to a little bigger than the waistband on a pair of currently fitting pants.
Lots of skinny ribbon, cut into 18" lengths. I used mostly 1/4" ribbon, and some seam tape because that's what I had on hand. You could use any width you want.
Thread.
A sewing machine.
Fray check (Optional, but I should have done it)

Start
Sew the ends of the elastic together, overlapping 1/2". I like to sew straight, back and forth twice, so that I stop in the same place I started.
Line up the first piece of ribbon with the top side of your elastic loop. Sew back and forth down the center of the ribbon, in the same way you attached the ends of the elastic together. If you use ribbon wider than 1/2", I recommend sewing down both sides of the ribbon instead. Your finished skirt will be less stretchy but not really enough to matter.
Add another
Place the next piece of ribbon right next to the one you already sewed on. Repeat ad nauseum.
Bundle ribbons
You will want to stop periodically and bundle the ribbons up, so that you don't have to worry about keeping all the little ribbons from looping back under your needle. I did mine in five sections. Continue sewing ribbons on until the elastic is full.
Finished skirt
Now you have a finished skirt! I should have fray checked (or hemmed) all the ribbons, but I didn't think how much it would ravel. It turns out the answer is, a lot! I plan to knot all the ribbons, I think the extra weight on the ends would help keep the ribbons from tangling when it gets thrown on the floor.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hawaii week

We watched Lilo and Stitch a couple of weeks ago, after which, Moira asked to learn more about Hawaii. I got a little excited by all the things that we could do, and now that Moira has learned the names of all the islands in the chain, she has requested we learn about Oahu next. Heh.

Activities

Hawaii week
She was especially interested in a Hula costume. I decided a ribbon skirt would be much sturdier than one made out of crepe paper. The post is here. She made the lei out of fake flowers and cut up straws, and the lei po'o (the wreath) I put together with the leftover leaves and hot glue. She has requested a little tube top like Lilo wears.
Walker took Moira and Davis to the special Hawaiian celebration at the Aquarium, and she hasn't been interested in seeing any more hula since, preferring to make up her own.


We did this Tsunami activity, with quinoa instead of sand, which meant I had fresh cooked quinoa for lunch. Score! I think we are going to have to talk about tectonic plates soon, because she has been playing earthquake lately, and she was very interested in why the waves get big.

We also opened a coconut, following along with this video. It was harder than she makes it look, but I did get it done before she finished talking about the medicinal qualities of coconuts, and then we made a smoothie with the flesh and coconut water.

Food

This was hands down Moira's favorite part of learning, and why she wants to do another island next week. I did some research and what a traditional Hawaiian breakfast is, and settled on bagels and fruit (leaving off the fish I'm pretty sure she wouldn't eat first thing in the morning. For lunch, I tried to make ham and pineapple skewers, but the fancy no sulfite ham I bought broke down when put in contact with the pineapple. She had them separately for a little and then decided she didn't like ham.

The two dinners I planned were more of a success. I'm sure this most of what we ate is pretty mainland mainstreamed, but I tried to concentrate on things that used tropical ingredients, without coconut, since I hate coconut. We had this pineapple rice.

With this chicken. The leftovers were excellent, but I wasn't home for dinner that night, so I can't vouch for it on the first night.

My sister has dinner with us every other Friday, so I planned a big dinner that night. If you follow that link, we had the Macadamia crusted chicken, fried plantains, and a vegetable only version of the stir fry noodles. We also had egg rolls and my Mom made fruit salad and a papaya dressing for the green salad. Our nightly tradition is for everyone to talk about their favorite part of the day, and this time we included our favorite parts of Hawaii.

Lastly, we had Haupia (coconut milk pudding), which even the coconut haters among us liked.




Shannon's bookshelf: hawaiian-kids-books

Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves
5 of 5 stars
This was my favorite of the Hawaiian books we read. It had a glossary of animal and plants in the back, along with a map of the whole chain of islands. It was a story about some of the first explorers to come to Hawaii, so it also covere...
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
4 of 5 stars
I loved this book, and thought was beautifully illustrated, but Moira was not so interested in it.
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
3 of 5 stars
I had high hopes for this book, because I love "Mama Do You Love Me?", and "Papa Do You Love Me?", which are also by her. This one didn't gel as well for me, but I did really like how it explained many aspects of traditional Hawaiian cul...
Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
4 of 5 stars
This is cute, and Davis gravitates towards it when he sees it at the library. It seemed really familiar to me, but I can't remember actually reading it before.
High Tide in Hawaii
2 of 5 stars
So many people I know have kids who've loved the Magic Tree House books. We read a few chapters of this one, but Moira really didn't like it. To the point where she decided it was MY book, and bought me another one in this series when sh...


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Of course, we also watched Lilo and Stitch multiple times. Because why not?
The pins I collected to get ready for this week are here on my Learning Around the World Board. I need to collect some more ideas for the requested second week. We will likely talk more about geography, and making volcanoes is already on our calendar. Do you have any suggestions for good Hawaii themed activities?