Tuesday, August 30, 2011

No rhythm, just chaos.

OMG, the amount of times I've had to spell rhythm in the last day or so! It is seriously the hardest word to spell. ANYWAY, I was reading a post over at Apple of the Forest and it totally gave me the idea for this post....to document the chaos in our day. I admit, it is our plan to create some rhythm around here come next Tuesday (not yet!), but I won't be totally upset if it doesn't happen. So, here's what happens on pretty much a  daily basis:

The kids jump on the couch...A LOT!
and dribble basketballs.
Those tables get turned over about 20 times each day. 
They take out all of the pots and pans.

Taven always makes sure to put on his lip gloss.

I also have to watch this little booger.
The girls dress-up.
Taven crawls up into the sink.
Naia pretends she's a witch
and then heads downstairs....on her stomach.
And yes! Our walls and carpet really are that dirty. Carpet makes me want to barf. It will be gone...one day.
OH WAIT! We do have some rhythm! Well, I do.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Preschool Surprise

I made this nature walk watchamacallit for Eaden to get her excited about preschool (which is what we are calling the development of a daily, weekly, and monthly rhythm of sorts). We plan on starting with our so-called preschool/rhythm after Labor Day AND we will be kicking our nature walks into high gear soon with the temps decreasing!!!!!!

Free Thrills

I decided to take my kids to the Children's Museum yesterday. I almost never take them anywhere that costs money. The last thing I remember doing that costs money was taking them to see Rio when it came out. However, we only did that because Eaden received a gift certificate to the theater for her birthday. So, guess what? They whined almost the entire time. They wanted to leave and go swimming. Why spend money? I mean really. It is not needed...ever. That's a good thing.
Creating energy

The damn plastic boat kept breaking

fun for a while

the girls' favorite part was pretending they were vets

grooming

learning where our food comes from...a supermarket
Well we didn't stay long. Off to Discovery Green downtown for some FREE water play and FREE parking. They could have stayed here for hours.

Lesson of the day (which I already knew of course): Kids DO NOT cost a lot of money. Total myth. Not only do they not cost a lot, but they are much happier just being FREE.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dread Retirement

BEFORE
AFTER
Goodbye dreads. It's been real. I REALLY hate pictures of myself, but I suppose this occasion calls for one. So I made them as small as possible. The haircut is super short, but I don't really care. I'm getting too old to care I think.

This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. Thanks Soulemama.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Memory Lane

 I'm always looking for excuses to post old pictures. I have so many! So here is my excuse. I'm starting a link up. Do not feel bad if you don't want to join in. I always have my sister, lol. Post an old pic, anytime before next Thursday, of you, your kids, anything, and write a little something about the memory.

Laughing about how Naia had no hair on the top of her head, poor girl.


Crafty Drinking

Let's start with the important part...the drink.
This is a Michelada, and believe me, I needed it with the sewing project I just completed. 

Recipe
Light Mexican Beer
5 oz tomato juice
1 oz hot sauce (Tabasco is good)
dash of Worcestershire
dash pepper
juice from one lime

You're not going to pour the whole beer in, but almost. See how spicy it is. A lot of people pour everything over ice, but I just chill the beer and tomato sauce. A lot of people also use salt on the rim. Make it your own. 

Now onto sewing. I saw these pocket wall charts (I guess that's what they're called) on a teacher supply store website for $50. I wasn't going to pay $50 and I thought it wouldn't be too hard to make. It was! I will NEVER sew with plastic again! Supposedly there is a foot one can buy to sew with plastic to keep it from sticking. Of course, I wasn't going to buy that either. So, I got some tissue paper and cut it to the same size as the plastic and sewed over both. I then had to tear the tissue paper off. The pics are dark because the room is dark.
 I could not see where I was sewing and so the plastic is all off. It's functional though and that's all that matters I suppose.

Crafty Drinking



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We're still alive!

Well, we made it....to the creek (and back). Eaden immediately set out on her quest for tadpoles.
Taven pointed at them.
The lil' buggers proved to be a little too fast for them. So they moved on.
We decided to walk over to the Nature Center.
 Remember this bridge?
after walking a bit with no shade...
...I started to feel dizzy (and the Nature Center was closed by the way). Now I've fainted from the heat A LOT in my life. I fainted as a little kid at field day, as an older kid playing softball, at other random places, when I was pregnant, etc. etc. So I know the feeling I get when I'm about to faint. If I can sit down and drink water, or pour it over my head, I'm fine. So I did. And I was fine. I did start thinking about what my kids would do if I fainted and was too dizzy to walk. We were the only ones in the park, but I'm sure they could have found their way back to that bridge, and over it, past the creek, down the trail, and into the front office for help. Right? Anyway, we  made it back.
And I felt fine so we explored the creek some more.

22nd day of 100+ temps

So what did we do on the 22nd day of 100+ degree temps? Stayed inside! I haven't had much to blog about because we haven't been doing much. I've been getting ready for "preschool" and the kids have been doing the same ole' same ole'. They do love to dress up as if it IS cold outside. Without shirts of course.

Bingo.
Lots of puzzles.
Blocks.
Art.
And books, of course.

Not too exciting, but our lives aren't sometimes. However, it's getting a little old. Today, on this 23rd day of 100+ temps we, the bravest of all souls, are going on a nature walk!....where there is a creek....and shade. We are starting to develop nature deficit disorder and are patiently waiting the cooler days of late fall. PLEASE, hurry up! I've had enough living in the moment for now.