Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wise Old Owl

nathan was itching to make a craft,
so i borrowed a few 'new to us' books from the library to inspire us.
then we made this little craft
(it's been all over pinterest and it was super easy to make)
you will need two paper plates,
brown paint,
orange, yellow, white, and black construction paper
scissors and glue
first paint the plates brown

while the paint dries, cut out circles for the eyes
two black ones
two slightly larger white ones
two big yellow ones
and three orange triangles for the beak and the feet
once the paint dries, cut one plate in half (for the wings)
cut a small indent at the top of the whole plate to make some ears
next glue the eyes, beak, feet and wings to the whole plate
i thought about using some brad fasteners instead of glue so the wings could move, but we didn't

we also read two books about owls
tiger with wings
the great horned owl
by barbara juster esbensen
this book was all about the great horned owl
from how they live and take care of their babies and more
it was a very informative book
by julie k. lundgren
this book was about the different types of owls.
both of these books are geared towards older children (7 and up).

this wasn't a major project, but nathan enjoyed himself as always
funny thing is i used to hate owls
probably had something to do with growing up in the 70's/80's when they were super popular
my mom had a million of them
and it was one of my saturday morning chores to dust all those suckers
so i guess if she had collected something like kittens or horses, i would have felt the same way
now i think they are kinda cute again.
(but you couldn't pay me enough to dust them)

Friday, October 25, 2013

pretty little jars

It's so weird when your kids get older

I didn't realize it much until today
I mean it hits me at the beginning of the school year, when I'm taking pics of fewer kids. 
But since Anthony still lives here and Amanda is home a lot and they indulge me by letting me take annual photos of them, well, maybe it's more like I bribe, err ok nag them and they just do it
The feeling just doesn't faze me until I start looking at old pics. 
Tonight it hit me...I used to have 6 little ones to dress up every Halloween.
Now I just have two and Nicholas is really phasing out of it too.  He doesn't really want to dress up, he just wants a mask to wear.   Damn these kids - why don't they stop growing up already!


I said it before and I'll say it again, 
I wish I could bottle up all the memories and put them in pretty little jars on a shelf and take them down when I want to remember all those precious moments. 

when the kids are little, you are just in survival mode
you feel like you are walking through the fog
and then just like that, the fog lifts and it's all over.

where does that time go.
where did those little babies go

it's not like parenting gets any easier....believe me.

it's just different.

instead of worrying about why they are crying and if they are eating enough...
you worry about whether they will be safe driving for the first time on their own or how hurt they will be when their first real crush dumps them.

you will never stop being a parent. 
so, while I sit here and think about all the holidays and happy moments and the pics that have fewer and fewer kids in them...I realize that the amount of people in those pics might get smaller,
but the memories and love just grows bigger.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

the stretch marks were worth it

these two turned 16 today.

can you believe it?

it seems just like yesterday that they were born.

it was probably my scariest pregnancy...from almost miscarrying them, to bedrest, to premature labor, to life flights, to hospital bedrest.

from tests, needle sticks, shots, blood work, bedpans

these two were worth it and more

worth the varicose veins,
the stretch marks,
the shots,
the ivs

yep, i'm thinking they were worth it and then some.

a long time ago rich wrote a letter to the twins and one thing that he wrote that stood out the most is "nothing made your mother as happy as carrying you in her belly."

he was right

double the fun
double the trouble
double the mess
double the love
i thought having two kids one year apart was bad...until i had 4 under 5
happy sweet 16 
i couldn't even imagine a day without the two of you in my life.
 sarah always says "i'm sorry for all the stretch marks mom."

i always reply
you were totally worth it
and they truly are.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

busy, busy, busy

yadda, yadda, yadda...
i know you heard it before, but wow life is super busy here.
first, rich went to florida to have his surgeon look at his back, because he fell and injured himself and was in severe pain...the doctor said yep, you are going to need surgery.
so, rich came home for about 2 weeks while we waited for the insurance to approve the surgery, then he flew back down there to have the surgery.
and he stayed there (at his mother's) to recover from it, for about two or three weeks...leaving me here to deal with kids, school, activities and more.  i decided that i don't want to be a single parent - ever!
the first time he was there, amanda's new baby kitty lyla died.  i got a phone call at 1 in the morning from amanda screaming hysterically - not a sound that i ever want to hear again, let me tell you (the memory of it is burned into my skull).
burying a pet is not something on my list of parental usually does this one.
we had a little ceremony, complete with candles and words and a moment of silence...all the kids cried for that poor little kitty...i must admit, i was upset too, she was way too young.
then, amanda got another cat.  the kids are all happy when she brings the kitty to visit.
school for me is going well.
i started going to field observations...where i visit a classroom and observe the teacher and the students.  this is way more fun than i ever could imagine.
the ironic part of it is the fact that i started hating school - particularly math in the third grade....and low and behold guess what classroom and teacher I've been assigned to observe???
yep, you guessed it - a third grade math teacher hahhaa - so funny!
i love my mentor teacher though and i really feel like i'm learning a lot, not just about teaching, but about math too - heehee!
study, study, study...homework is taking over - ack!
another fun class that i have to take is "instruction and assessment in prek settings"...this class couldn't be more fun if the teacher tried.  we play, make playdough, cook, draw, paint, play music, etc. all the fun things you would do in a pre-school setting.  now, doesn't that class sound perfect for me? really makes me want to open my own preschool one day and teach the little ones, because we all know how much i love to play and cook and do arts and crafts :)

it's kinda funny when the kids come home and ask me what i did at school that day and i say...i played dress up or i made playdough and played with it.  hehe...what a life, eh?
it's also been a busy sewing season, as it usually is right before the holidays....i have two craft shows coming up and people have been placing orders for aprons as well.  i'm wondering if i'm in over my head here on this venture.  i love the creative aspect, but it can be a lot more time consuming than people realize.  especially during busy seasons.  there are so many things i want to try and make, but there never seems to be enough time for it.  but i can't complain.  one day i know i'll catch up to everything life is throwing my way.
speaking of no time....
i miss my book and craft time with the boys and nathan especially misses it too.  i have so many ideas and no time to get them done.  i hate it.  i just borrowed a bunch of books from the college library to read and craft with and haven't had time to do much of anything with them...we basically looked through them real quick and that was all.  stinky busy will slow down soon right? yeah, i know no such luck with halloween, thankgiving and christmas right around the corner.
and did i mention that i have been writing for another website - sharing my weight loss journey.  yeah, as if i needed more stuff to do.

slow down time....slow down!
oh, and by the way, rich is now home and still recovering, but he feels much much better.  thank you all for the kind messages, love and support and most of all the prayers.  we truly appreciated them.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

ABC Bread

A is for Apple
B is for Banana
C is for Cinnamon Chips
Nathan and I made this super yummy bread.  The recipe calls for chocolate chips, instead of cinnamon, but I thought we would mix it up and use cinnamon chips.  It was delicious.
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 medium apple
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
Now, I'm a dump it all in and stir it up girl, as we know...usually not even measuring, this time I did measure, but I still dumped it all in the bowl and mixed it up and it turned out just fine.  But if you like to follow recipes to the T, here it is....
turn oven on to 350*
in a big bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
make a 'well' in the middle of your pile of flour by poking it with your finger or a spoon
in a smaller bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas
add the sugar, oil and eggs to the mashed bananas.  beat them well
pour this mixture into the well you made in the flour.  mix everything together, try to get all the lumps out, so your bread is smooth and free from bubbles.
dice the apple and add them and the chips to the batter and mix it once more.
grease a bread pan and pour the batter into the pan.  bake it for 60 mins or until it is brown on top and dry on the inside.  make sure it's cool before digging in.
I can't remember which book we got the recipe from...
 I'm guessing it was "An Apple a Day" was full of activities for kids using apples.
We also made two apple pies too, to go along with the book The Apple Pie Tree.
for another cute book and pie craft check out Nathan's pie here.
we love baking during this time of year, don't you?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

special delivery

many of you know by now that rich has been having issues with his back again.
he had to travel to florida (super long story) to be seen by his surgeon.  they discovered that all the old metal in his back needed to be replaced and new stuff needed to be put in and of course fused all together, etc (another long story).
in the meantime, i've been holding down the fort and going to school at the same time...
so not fun, let me tell ya!
at any rate, me and the little guys went to a covered bridge festival a few weeks ago
(trying to keep ourselves busy)
our neck of the woods has several covered bridges and they have festivals at them every year.
i took the boys and we went on a horse and wagon ride, checked out a bunch of craft booths, they tried some homemade jerky, one of which was super hot, which nathan promptly spit out haha.
they also got to pet a few small farm animals and had their faces painted.
nathan saw some painted pumpkins that he thought would be a perfect gift to cheer up his dad.
so he bought one for him (with his own spending money - how sweet is that?)
and so daddy sent nathan a special surprise in return...
a scooby doo comic book

nathan loves it!

not sure if it was the comic book or the fact that he got mail that made him the happiest :)
do you send your kids mail, just because too?
oh and is out of the hospital, recovering from his surgery at his mother's house in florida.
he is doing rather well so far....keep those fingers crossed for him.
and many thanks to those who sent messages and have been so understanding about the lack of blog posts, etc.  we appreciate the prayers, good thoughts and support 
and each and every one of you as well!