Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mamatography week 43

10/12. Below
10/12. Below
Moira was showing me how the Doll's head glows in the light.

10/13. Watching
10/13. Watching
I flew with both kids by myself for the first time, and I can officially say it went okay. I took this picture while we were waiting for our car so we could drive home.

10/14. Favorite Place
10/14. Favorite Place
I love our art area.

10/15. Secret
10/15. Secret
Since we were in San Francisco for Walker's birthday, and then he stayed after we left to work at the main office, the kids and I decided to put up the Halloween decorations we'd bought for him as a surprise. I like having a monster house.

10/16. Leafy
10/16. Leafy
Um, I didn't take a leafy picture this day. Enjoy this picture of Davis making a collage, which mostly meant squirting glue and not putting anything on the glue except more glue.

10/17. First World Problem
10/17. First World Problem
I had a very hard time convincing my modernist architect that I really did want a lot color on/in our new garage.

10/18. Still
10/18. Still
Moira had an appointment with the podiatrist, and we found out she has slightly pronated feet, so now she gets custom orthotics. And light up sneakers.

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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mamatography week 42

10/5. Afternoon
10/5. Afternoon
We took the bus to a special firefighter day at Mohai without realizing that because of games, and a bridge closure, we would end up waiting over 45 minutes for the return bus home. Both kids were super cranky by the time it came.

10/6. 8 O'Clock
10/6. 8 o'clock
We did a baby sitting swap with friends and when it was time for everyone to split up and head home, there was a lot of hugging, which was funny because my kids were in super bad mood the whole time their friends were here.

10/7. What You Saw Today
10/7. What You Saw Today
Moira had been asking if we could buy some of the Chinese Lanterns we kept seeing at grocery stores, but when I finally went to get some they were all half dead. So I bought some of these pumpkin vines instead. Does anyone know what these are?

10/8. Corner
10/8. Corner
I'm super amused at her style. It was raining off and on, but she insisted on wearing flip flops. Silly Seattle kid.

10/9. Pink
10/9. Pink
Davis ripped apart a foam house Moira made, so we bought this replacement to make. I suppose we should actually finish it soon.

10/10. Hands
10/10. Hands
Davis is deep in the do it himself phase. Unzipping, buckling, whatever he thinks he can do , he wants to try.

10/11. M Is For...
M Is For...
Moving! Davis is obsessed with rearranging the pumpkins we put by the front door.

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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mamatography week 41

9/28. 10 O'Clock
9/28. 10'o'clock
This was not actually taken at 10, it was only 9:45, but Davis has been staying up later lately because of teething and night weaning, and apparently, night weaning.

9/29. Gold
9/29. Gold

9/30. Found
9/30. Found
Moira knocked her pot over while glazing it in class, so we got to remake it at home. The teacher made a little kit for us with all the material's we needed. And the second time around, Moira had much more patience for her own abilities.

10/1. Something Colorful
10/1. Something Colorful
Davis was playing with the moon sand and ended up rubbing all over his eyes. This angry face is because I insisted on cleaning it out, so he looked a little less like he had pink eye.

10/2. Light
10/2. Light
I've been having trouble keeping Davis entertained while Moira and I are doing something, without her abandoning our project to play and fight with Davis, so I decided to take it easy and just make some play dough. The first one we tried was corn starch and dish soap, and I thought it was really cool. Moira was less impressed, but they both really liked cleaning up and it did a great job cleaning the built up residue of clay and other things off the play dough tools.

10/3. You Today
10/3. You Today
I got to spend the morning hemming my costume and watching tv on my computer. So nice.

10/4. In Motion
10/4. In Motion
Moira woke up wanting to have a home day, so we cancelled our plans. We did end up going out to lunch with my Mom to a place that gave the kids some pizza dough to play with while we were waiting for our food. It tied in well with our play dough week.

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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hawaiian Luau (with bonus natural disasters)

Ever since our original Hawaii week, Moira has been obsessed with Hawaii. We've been checking out books, listening to ukulele music, doing hula dances, and she has been planning a trip we are all going to take "soon." She has also been asking to have another potluck culture lunch like the Norwegian one we had with our preschool group. I figured it would be a good thing to combine both, and host a Hawaiian Luau for our friends.

Moira's outfit
We spent a while talking about how to decorate, and what she was going to wear. Sadly, the original grass skirt I made her died after a lot of vigorous play, so I made her a new one loosely following this tutorial. She decided that a plain white shirt was the right thing to pair with it, since "That's what real hula dancers wear!" I tried to make Davis a little flowered shirt, but he ripped most the flowers off during a diaper change.

Lei po'o
The Lei'po'o I made needed minor repairs, and then it was back in service and worn by a number of tiny people.

Most of the spread
Of course, the main attraction of the day was the lunch! Seriously, the kids just kept eating. Among the selection were ham/tofu and pineapple skewers, pineapple fried rice, spam fried rice, huapia, plantain chips, dried coconut, and young coconut.

Whack
Lori brought the coconut and it took two of us and this youtube video to figure out how to open it. I think all the kids who tried the coconut water liked it, and the adults had fun scooping up the flesh.

Coloring
I had a bunch of coloring sheets printed up, and the kids enjoyed those until we pronounced the buffet open. There were some interesting conversation happening at this table as questions were asked about different things represented on the sheets, but sadly, I was too busy to catch them.

Volcano
Then, oh no! There was an earthquake! I explained a little bit about tectonic plates, and how the island of Hawaii was formed. None of the kids could really remember being in an earthquake here, although I know they've all experienced a seismic event. We all banged on the table and floor to simulate the earthquake, and then, by popular vote, the volcano erupted first.

Volcano
Moira and Davis helped me make the volcano, and decorated the box like Hawaii at sunset. I was skeptical of her color choices, but it does look like pictures of the sunset we've seen.

Talking about natural diasters
Seriously, if you want to capture the attention of 15 children aged 6 and under for 45 minutes, talk about natural disasters.
I preloaded the volcano with a bunch of baking soda, food coloring, and glitter. Every kid who wanted a turn got to take a turn pouring the vinegar and causing an explosion. Some kids were hoping that we would refill it, but we had our third natural disaster to do.

Tsunami!
Tsunami! One of the children had recently returned from Malasia (if I remember correctly), and seen how they were recovering from the big tsunami from a couple of years ago. We discussed how tsunami's form, and why we don't have to worry as much here in Seattle. Then we set off our own.

Tsunami!
I did this before with Moira, and she was able to help me make it happen, but I couldn't make group participation work this time. For one thing, we could only do it once. For another, I made my island too high, and so water was sloshing everywhere in order to make tall enough waves. They still enjoyed it, but most of the group was ready to move on playing and books.

I didn't get around to checking out any books to have at the party. Another family brought theirs, but I didn't manage to get a list.

Experimenting
I said most of the group was ready to move on from the activity, Mikko was not. He wanted to continue the experiment, first by knocking down the whole island, then by dropping meteorites onto it. He was happy with his results.

Thank you to Adventure Bee and Hobo Mama for the good pictures. The weirdly lit ones are all mine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mamatography week 40

9/21. Rule Of Thirds
9/21. Rule of Thirds
My Canadian came down for a mutual friend's wedding. We took Moira, and our (also mutual) friend Sika, and had a great time with our table name. All the tables were named after weights of yarn and we were at the Fingering table.
I'm so happy to see my friend, Bea be so happy and so in love. She and Cass were the cutest brides ever. I especially liked that their dresses were the same short length.

9/22. Made Me Smile
9/22. Made Me Smile
The day after the wedding was a Skittles sewing day. Sika brought her fabric to ruminate on and I love how they all look together. That yellow is like, lemon yellow. She's supposed to be the sun, so this is perfect.

9/23. From My Childhood
9/23. From My Childhood
We had these exact cubbies in the art room in elementary school and I loved them so so much. These are in the play room at the homeschool resource center we attend.

9/24. Space
9/24. Space
We have grand plans for the former pond, but right now the kids are too busy playing in there to let us redo it. Not that I would get around to redoing it right now if they weren't playing in it...

9/25. H Is For...
9/25. H Is For...
Hop!
I was all excited by the idea of busing to school, but with the disappearance of our stroller at Disneyland, I'm not sure it will work. There's too much for me to carry, and it's a little too far for Davis to do the walk on his own. But the kids did have fun hopping on these stepping stones on the way there when we finally tried.

9/26. Curve
9/26. Curve
The new light fixture for our soon to be coop.

9/27. WTF?
9/27. WTF?
So, most of the pictures I took this day were of other people's kids, and while there were a lot of startled expressions from our natural disaster fun, it didn't seem right to use someone else's kid for this prompt. Lauren graciously offered to let me use this one I took of Mikko, where he is not so much surprised as creating his own experiments.

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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mamatography week 39

9/14. Liquid
9/14. Liquid
After 5 days at Disneyland, it was time for some serious hydration.

9/15. Season
9/15. Season
Now that the weather is cooling off, I can actually spend time in my sewing room again. I want to let the kids join me, but I'm usually too focused to let them help. Davis loves this little iron I got from Pearl's cousin Kailey, so I showed him proper ironing technique.

9/16. Frame
9/16. Frame
Moira's first homework! After some deliberation, I convinced her to try melting crayons on hot rocks. She wanted to make some very detailed pictures at first, but she was really happy with how they turned out.
In other news, we have homework maybe once I week, and I cannot keep on top of remembering when it's due or to bring it with us. Whee.

9/17. In Front Of Me
9/17. In Front Of Me
We were taking it easy this week since we had just come back from a big vacation AND started school, but we had some errands to run, so the kids and I went out to lunch.

9/18. Vintage
9/18. Vintage
Walker's friend who lives out in the middle of nowhere was in civilization for a bit, so we took her to Lost Lake for dinner. They have a new, super vintage looking cocktail menu.

9/19. What Is This?
9/19. What Is This?
It's a Mom's night out! You know, for a week where I was trying to take it easy, we sure did a lot.

9/20. In The Morning
9/20. In The morning
The baby sitter came over and I got to try out fabric painting techniques to make the hem of my Nordic Goddess costume look dirty. This was the winner.

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