Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Ray: Yesh, eeww, yummy!
He's the only one in the family with lavender sparkle finger nail polish on his lips. Good Thing!
Ray: Where are my floppy plops? (flip flops)
When I tell him, no he cannot use a steak knife, he responds
Mommeeeeeee, me biggy guy.
When I tell him he needs to go pee on the potty and not in his diaper, he responds
No, me you teeny baby, Mama.
Would he just make up his mind already?
Favorite question to whisper in my ear at church: Where my stinky butt? Where my stinky butt?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Once home we had a fantastic afternoon of tubing and kneeboarding in our pond and then a cookout. Rain did dampen the affair slightly, but only as we started to grill. The guys continued grilling in the rain, while the rest of us brought the party inside.My friend Dawn brought rhubarb dessert, yummy! I made this Jello Cake, a recipe I received from my sister-in-law. The recipe I linked to isn't the exact recipe I use, but awfully close. I always use two small boxes of jello. I mix 1 cup boiling water with each flavor. I do one color at a time, pouring into alternating holes. I let set for a couple of hours and then do the other flavor Jello. And the rain cleared in time for the fireworks.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Chickens...they only have a few months before butchering time.
Ducklings...freebies from the neighbor.
They are cute and so fun to watch as they eat the water plants through the cage.
I don't know the variety of day lily, but they bloom profusely every July, even in dry conditions.The Astilbe, just past peak bloom.
I was surprised by the lovely scent of petunias this year. I hadn't noticed other years, maybe because they weren't in my daily path. I mixed in the pansies, which always look like little faces peeking at me.
I couldn't resist the line up of four chairs waiting to be sat on by anxious kids waiting for the nightly fireworks lighting.
Now, back inside for a couple of canning pictures.
Rhubarb can be picked unti July4th and then it needs to rest and store up energy for the long winter. On the very last day of the season I pulled as much as I could and then made rhubarb juice. It was incredibly easy, tastes delicious and now I wish I had been making this all season. I guess I'll have to wait until next year; it'll be back. 4 quarts won't last long, but if I hide it at the back of my canning shelves, I can pull it out in January for a refreshing taste of spring.
And since the canning supplies were up from the basement, I made a batch of cranberry juice. I am a cranberry grower's wife and this was my first time ever attempting juice. I used a simple recipe. Just drop in the cranberries, add sugar and boiling water, seal and can. Wait 2 months then strain fruit off and serve over crushed ice. Sounds good, we'll see how it tastes....in two months, which will be right around Lou's 6th birthday.
There's a lot to ponder in those two sentences. First is the Santa Claus issue. I wish we'd tackled Santa like other animated figures. They are cute, fun to pretend with and about, but definitely not real. But we didn't. Our kids believe that Santa is a real and fantastic being. So my best answer, for Lee, to the question was that if you believe Santa puts toys in your stocking and you wake up Christmas morning to find toys actually in your stocking then most likely Santa put them there. How was that? Am I causing psychological trauma? I hope not! Next is the dead or alive part. Indeed there was a real St. Nicholas and he was known to throw sacks of coins to the poor children. He was alive and did in fact die a real long time ago. But 1989? Come on, that wasn't that long ago. Once I explained that I was 17 years young, a teenager, in 1989, Lee decided that wasn't that long ago after all.
Then, later in the day Lou begged to make graham cracker gingerbread houses. In July? It must be the soaring temperatures are making us all wish for cooler weather, but not quite like December. Today it's 89 degrees F. Mid 90's are forecasted for this weekend. So I obliged and out came the graham crackers, frosting and sprinkles. And when it was all done we sat down for a very tasty snack of walls, sidewalks, fences and chimneys.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
What do we celebrate on the 4th of July? fireworks
Who did we gain independence from? Greece
What year did we declare our independence? 1922
Who was the general in charge of the Revolutionary War? (no one could come up with anything)
My favorite people he questioned were a multi-generational family of 4. First Jay questioned the 40ish dad. He said his wife was smarter than him, so Jay grabbed the wife. She didn't know any of the answers either. Jay continued on by pulling in the middle school aged son. He didn't do any better, but claimed that grandpa probably knew the answers. And grandpa did. As quick as Jay asked the question, Grandpa confidently gave the answers. He did his country proud. Isn't it sad that the people who know the true meaning of Independence Day were the ones who lived through it or were educated in the olde days. Or maybe it's because with all the diversity education, whole language, multi-cultural education and New Math there isn't any time for American History education.
So this week we talked about Independence Day, the Revolutionary War, Britain, Red Coats, Betsy Ross, the American Flag, thirteen colonies and the circle of starts on the flag, today's flag with 50 stars, what each star represents. I had the kids color flags and eagles and the liberty bell. They labeled a map with the states. I do not want to be embarrassed by a disastrous Jaywalking. Happy 4th of July y'all.
#1 - Bend the straw about 3 inches from one end. Insert the short end into the bottle. Pull the long end slowly until the bent end touches both sides of the bottle, then lift. Tah Dah! You lifted the bottle without actually touching it with your hands.
#2 - Insert the round end of the balloon into the bottle, being careful not to let go of the opening of the balloon. Blow air into the balloon until it fills enough so that it touches both sides of the bottle. Then lift. Easy!
I hope you had fun with this and that your kids did too. We certainly did.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Using science to solve what sounds like a magic trick can be fun. You will need a clean, empty 16 oz. plastic water/soda bottle, a plastic straw and a balloon. Using the bottle and the other items can you figure out how to pick up the bottle without actually touching it with your hands? Assemble these items for your children and let them work on it for today, tomorrow, as long as it takes. I will be back later this week with the answer, oh, I mean answers. Good luck!