Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quitting Time

I know I've done this before, but I'm going to quit blogging. I blog primarily to keep track of what we do and to share ideas. I find that Pinterest fulfills my sharing need and, in an effort to give my kids a bit of privacy, I'm going to start scrapbooking our photos and keeping some sort of portfolio for their artwork, etc. Please come over to Pinterest so I can follow all of your ideas!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the Weekend

My husband actually did not have to work Saturday and so we all finally enjoyed some quality time together. We went over to the water wall.

 And then to the nearby Houston Arboretum.

 However, the mosquitoes were quite wicked and so we spent most of our time in the Nature Center.

 Then we headed over to my Mom's to visit. Here is a picture of Mirek and his bodyguard Stinky aka Booger.

 On Sunday, we did almost nothing except hang around, watch the Olympics, and stick okra up our noses. I spent way way way too much time on the Internet! I believe what I have is called I live in the city with no physical work to do and a baby to hold so I'm just going to hang out on the Internet all day disease.

 Actually we did go over to Gramen Farm. I wanted to get some goat's milk so that I can attempt making some chevre. Hopefully, all goes well.

One thing I wanted to mention is what I have been reading. It's really rather interesting stuff. I've been slowly making my way through Joel Salatin's Folks, This Ain't Normal and Rue Kream's Parenting A Free Child: An Unschooled Life. I'm pretty sure when I finish, I'm going to have quite a bit to say about both. I have had to stop multiple times to write down what they wrote, ponder it all, and then write down what I think about it (slow going). Some of their ideas, I believe, are loony. However, a lot of them are rather eye opening. Anyway, more on that later....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A More Successful Outing

We ventured out again and this time with better results!

 Taven, always the rule breaker.

 Identifying trees.

 And butterflies.

 Attempting to catch said butterflies.

 Close up examinations.

 Nature journaling.

 Cypress swamp. Those are "knees" sticking out of the water. They grow from the roots.

 Last and certainly (for me) least, the playground. However, I did manage to get Eaden to push Naia on the swings.

 And this random stranger (sucker!) to push Taven.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Goings On

We've been...

Coloring (constantly). Naia did not draw the dolphin but she did draw that awesome sea lion! And all from her own head!

 Eaden illustrated and dictated this story to me. She really enjoyed doing this and especially having me read her own story back to her. We will be creating more stories for sure.

 This stray cat has been finding our backyard very interesting.

 A Pinterest inspired game.

 Eggs from our chickens. Our other gold hen has started laying.

 Play doh.

We have been doing really well with not watching t.v. and I have been on the Internet less. Although I do allow myself to get on during the day if the kids are calmly playing together somewhere. Like now, they are playing in this fort...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I love kids' art!

We have been creating a lot of Pinterest inspired art lately.

These fingerprint people/creatures are somewhat addicting.

 I've been enjoying joining in on the arts and crafts sessions. I usually stay creating longer than the kids :-)

 The girls really enjoyed painting with their new watercolors. My painting is the one with the beer spilled on it.

 Eaden made this little accordian book in a box which I love. She has been very interested in outer space lately and so I'm trying to capitalize on her interest while it lasts.

 I made the girls a fabric scrap tutu inspired by this.

 We have been playing a lot of games lately.

 Guess Who? for family game night last night.

 A nice picture from this morning.

 And an interesting picture of my egg (left) and a store bought egg (right).