Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It took me about an hour and a half to complete this task. I noticed that all of my purses had junk in them. Old receipts, lists, make up, hair stuff, and money. I found a lot of loose change. But not enough to go buy a new purse ;(
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am always looking for new recipes that use beans in a creative way and I found it in "Everyday Food" (Martha Stewart) of course!!!. It's black bean and brown rice cakes. It seems so simple and yet tasty. Baked sweet potato fries will accompany the cakes along with a sauce made from plain yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
I made dessert tonight too...Heavenly jam cookies. Recipe to follow shortly!!
Monday, January 25, 2010
The theme for this week is Potty. Guess what we will really be doing most of this week... you guessed it learning to go to the Potty all the time. We started off by telling the kids a few white lies:
1. Dr Chun called and told us they would need to get a shot if they don't start using the potty.
2. There is a shortage of diaper and if the kids keep using diaper Olivia and Gehrig won't have any to wear.
We might be mean by lying to them but it worked and is working. Aiden had a rough start I guess he doesn't feel the urge like Amelia does. He would pee his pants. He had three accidents before I realized that this might discourage him so I ran to CVS to get him Pull Ups. The pull ups seem to be working for him. Amelia really has no problem wearing her underwear. We set the timer to go off every 30 minutes (so I don't lose track of time). They know when they hear the timer to go off they go right over to the bathroom. They go and then if they go they get a little treat. We are on day two and it is a success. KNOCK ON WOOD!!!! I know we will be ok at home but my main concern is going out!! I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Today we went to our "classroom" and I had Blue's paw print all over the "classroom" with P-O-T-T-Y on the back and then we sounded the letters out and told the kids this would be the theme for the week. We then colored a picture of Blue going to the potty. Then off to the potty we go.....
Our theme for last week was snow people. We had a lot of fun with this. Especially since I have so many snowmen laying around the house.
We started the week of by having a snowman pancake breakfast. I think that Tommy and I enjoyed it more. Tommy was off from work on Monday so we didn't have "class."
Tuesday came and the kids were excited to start our activities. We started by playing snowmen bowling. I taped snowmen onto the bowling pins and the kids had a great time knocking them down. The kids worked up an appetite and wanted a snack so we stole from one of our last weeks snacks by covering rice cakes with cream cheese and using raisins for the eyes and mouth and for the nose we used a goldfish. The kids thought it was tasty. I had cut everything out for the kids to put together a snowman. They glued the circles together and then glued the rest of the body parts on.
On Wednesday we learned some songs and dances. We then read the book "Snowy Day" after reading the book the kids were given Jack and some blue paper and told to glue Jack on the paper and decorate the paper with things that Jack did while playing outside. I was really amazed by how much they could recall while doing this picture.
Thursday came so fast we made snomen necklaces and played in snow (made from shaving cream and glue). This was messy but the kids loved the activity. We finished the day by singing and dancing to the dances we learned the day before.
We ended our week early, because Friday Gram and Pops were coming to visit.
The kids were excited to show them everything we had done and their "classroom".
The liked the bowling so much that they wanted to play it again. The kids really seem to enjoy the theme weeks. It's something they look forward to everyday.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Circus Day three was a disaster, because the kids were in a horrible mood, so I won't even begin to talk about that.
Day four we started the day by baking a cake so after nap-time we could decorate the cake like a carousel. The kids really got into putting the ingredients into a bowl, cracking the eggs, and mixing the batter. They blew the cake a kiss and into the oven it went for 30 minutes.
After the kids had animal crackers for snack we made clowns from white paper plates and other things I had on hand. The kids really like this because the mouth was made from twizzlers. They kids love their new friend.
Amelia came down the stairs from her nap asking to decorate the cake. The kids helped me decorate the cake by supervising me spread the icing. I inserted straws into the cake, added the animals (animal cracker), and added the top of the carousel made from scrap booking paper. The kids can't wait for Daddy to come home to show him.
As the day progressed, I thought it would be a great idea that the kids and I have a place to go and not worry about the glitter, glue, and other stuff getting all over the house. (Not to mention Tom has gone to work several days this week with glitter on his face). So I went to the basement and made it kid friendly. I'll post pictures another day. I am excited that we can go down there and have it be a change of scenery for all of us.
I already started planning next week's theme...Stay tuned for that!!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
After I cleaned up the glitter mess, which was not so bad, we got ready for the snack activity. I bought rice cakes, icing, and licorice. I told the kids we were making balloon snacks. I bought white icing, they picked the color they wanted their icing to be. The kids iced the rice cake with the frosting (TIP: Next time I will use whipped cream cheese-less sugar). They put the licorice at the bottom of the rice cake for the string. They loved this new snack. I thought this was messier then the glitter.
This afternoon's activity will be jumping thru flame hoops. Don't worry I haven't lost my mind (yet). We will be jumping thru hula hoops with red, yellow, and orange streamers attached to it!