Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I haven't been feeling blogging lately. I hate what Flickr has done to their website, and since that's where I've been storing the pictures I mean to use here, that impacts how I feel every time I try to post here. I didn't like the internal photo uploading from blogger when I tried it last, and I haven't found any place I like better then flickr, even with what it's become, so I am feeling stuck and resentful about it all.
I think the best bet it to stop feeling like I should do this, and just stop for awhile, and then maybe I can come up with a better idea for photos and then I will be back. Or not.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week 43

Davis has been asking to take this picture at the Nordic Heritage Museum ever since he got his Elsa costume.

I took the kids to the pumpkin patch, and we all came home smelling like a biodynamic farm. But it was fun.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What we did the last two weeks

The day after GeekGirlCon was Walker's birthday. We spent most of the day hanging around the house. Walker and the kids worked on one of the electrical kits they got him for Father's Day.

The kids and I walked/biked up the hill to the new Gluten Free bakery that just opened to buy Walker a birthday cake. Moira biking down steep hills will never not make me feel super nervous.

Davis still wants to play lots of board games.

Moira has a new penpal, and Moira wouldn't let me finish the letter until she got a chance to write down her answers to each question.

I bought a cheap compass at a back to school sale, so we tried that out on art day. It's too flimsy, and so it's hard to get it to stay in one position. But the kids enjoyed it enough that they asked to use it later in the day to make more circles.

Davis didn't want to go to nature school, but I made him and he enjoyed the indoor activities, especially this sorting one. As soon as it was time to go for a walk he insisted we go home.

Later that day he was less cranky, and we took his sister and friend to the Science Center to see the Ripley's exhibit.

My aunt had the day off from work, so she came over to hang out with us. I got a bunch of work done while she played with the kids. They also painted.

And turned Davis into a robot.

I took the kids to the pumpkin patch, and tried to institute a "you carry your pumpkin" policy, but they were all really big. Davis kept trying anyway.

Davis discovered the joys of really big mud puddles.

And Moira showed off her balancing skills.

I let them get teeny pumpkins at the farm too, and both kids decided to paint them. Moira got it set up all on her own. I love that she can do that now.

We bought a foam roller coaster, and spent an afternoon putting it together. I was pleasantly surprised with how much of it Moira could do on her own.

Moira was interested in the concept of calendar wheels when we were learning about Ireland, so we printed one up for her to color in, and then she figured out how we could hang it up so it can spin. She was in the spotlight that week at her drama class, so she's posing with the class mascot.

Davis I played with Snap Circuits.

Davis didn't want to go to nature class again, because it's too much fun and there are too many kids, so this was our last time. He did enjoy the activities, just not the walking and games

We had a good time at the Nordic Heritage Museum. They've redone some parts of the exhibits, so there was lots of interesting little things to find.

The kids carved pumpkins with Walker. He reports that Moira did her own carving, and Davis tried as hard as he could to get the electric pumpkin carver he bought to work right.

They also finished assembling the lego train Moira bought him for his birthday, and they found out that we can fit the duplo one inside the lego one and they both fit around the christmas tree stand.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Week 42

Davis loves his new Elsa dress. So so much.

Walker had another birthday. He's old.


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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.

Linked up at Hobo Mama

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.