Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Letter of the Week Craft: A-P

I've decided to make all of our LOTW Crafts one big post. Mainly because I know that a few of these will end up being done again for, and I'm sure I will want to blog about them again- boooring for everyone but me! But also because I often find myself having little to say along with the pictures, and I personally love a big ole' picture post! So, here is where you will find the letter A-Z tot crafts from here on out :)
Thanks for reading, Kelley


B is for BEE and BUS


D is for DUCK and 'DOZER

E is for EGG

Bubs does not love getting dirty, and was less than pleased with my choice of activity today. I never force him to participate, so he spent his time coloring in his monster book while Jam and I enjoyed getting dirty:) I don't feel like I talk enough about him in this blog anyway!

G is for G**** (aka: Bubs). That is all

We took a bit of a break for I and J, and since Bubs had no problems identifying these letters and their sounds, (Thank you Leapfrog Letter Factory) I didn't really feel the need to backtrack. The weather was nice, Nana was in town, and we had no desire to sit inside "makin stuff:))

K is for KITE


M is for MOOSE

N is for NET

O is for OCTOPUS
You know, I actually had a bunch of really cute projects planned for this week, but on more than one occasion Bubs actually said to me, "Mama, I'm just not feeling very crafty today." I couldn't help but laugh. When he finally was in the mood for some coloring, he was adamant about not "making stuff, just colors". So just colors it was :)

P is for PIG and PICKING

Q is for McQUEEN

Okay, I know this one is a bit of a stretch, but really we talked a lot about being QUIET this week, since Daddy had a big ceremony for us to attend over the weekend :)

R is for ROAD and RAINBOW

S is for SNAKE
T is for TRAIN

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Garbage Gut Rainbow

This was really fun and simple. Bubs and I spent a few minutes talking about the colors of the rainbow, and then dove into the scrap bucket to find them!

I colored the lines where he would need to glue the scraps

And helped a little with the glue

But he did most of this on his on his own.

I think this may be his favorite project yet, which is funny because I didn't really expect him to be too into it. We will definite be. Doing a bigger version in the future!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Jam's Birthday Week

Last week I spent very little time blogging, and a lot of time celebrating Jam's first birthday! I realize I am a bit late with this post as his birthday was actually on the 14th of this month, but life has just been so hectic lately that blogging has sort of taken a back seat. We are getting ready for a big family visit, Josh's graduation from nursing school, and waiting for orders to find out where we will be moving next month. However, we still managed to have a blast last week!

 THE BIRTHDAY BOY, the day before his first big day!

 Daddy surprised the boys with trip to the toystore...

..where we let Jam pick out a few gifts.

We also made sure Bubs got a treat for conquering the big boy potty, and being one month accident free!!

On the big day we went to our usual park and made cupcakes after dinner. :)

 Jam wasn't too sure about the candle,

but the cupcakes were another story!

Bubs was very serious about using his best manners,

but it wasn't long before Jam was done

and ready for bed!

We did quite a bit more this week: A trip to Olympia and a day at the Tacoma Children's Museum, but since I have been linking up with Chestnut Grove Academy I will save those for the Field Trip Friday blog hop!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Swan Creek

We have been making a point to visit a differnt park or trail every couple of weeks, simple task here in the Pacific Northwest. Even better, so many of these places are within a 10-15 from the house. Lately Bubs has been wanting to visit a waterfall. We've all been a little under the weather this past week and weren't feeling like making much of a drive, So we found the next best thing. Swan Creek is a fantastic little hike! It was more dificult than any we have done as a family, and Bubs loved it. Until now we have tried not to stray too farr off of the beaten path, unsure how well our tot would manage, but he did very well and asked to come back again next week!

What's neat about Swan Creek is that it isn't a park in the sense of paved walking trails and crowded playgrounds, but because it is part of Tacoma's Metro Parks all of the bridges, etc. are very well kept.

We're linked up with Chestnut Grove Acadamy for the Field Trip Friday Blog Hop!

Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop

Monday, September 5, 2011

What's Cookin': Cookies and Bread

I have been saying for quite some time that I wanted to spend a weekend day freezer cooking, and see how much time it saved me during the week. Well, today Josh suggested I give it a shot. I spent a few hours in the kitchen making sauces and breads to freeze, and calling my mom-in-law for tips and tricks. (Note to self: Time to invest in a label maker.) While I had a lot of fun, I was really sad that Bubs wasn't around to help with the pouring and mess making; so I decided that I want to start cooking or baking with the boys (their choice what we make) every weekend. Bubs was easy to convince, and I'm hoping that once Jam is old enough to really get involved we can make this a family event.

We make a lot of bread. It's a pretty mundane task for a 2 year old, and Bubs  is generally not too interested. Having been in the kitchen all day today though, he was eager to jump in whenever I needed a helper. He is nowhere near ready to measure on his own, but he sure is headed in the right direction!

Everyday Flax Bread (for the bread machine)
3 cups wheat flour
3 TBS agave nectar/other sweetener
2 TBSP flax seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 TBS oil
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup HOT water
-Place in bread pan in order above
-Select crust setting (we like medium) and bake for 3 hours and 18 minutes.

We also baked some late-night cookies! I saw this recipe on the back of a corn flakes box, and have been just dyingto tweak/"veganize" it. They are REALLY good, but taste more like a breakfast bar than a cookie, if you ask me.

Craisin and Granola Corn Flake Jumbles1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup "butter"
Egg replacer to equal 1 egg
4 tsp vanilla soy milk
1 cup Craisins (we LOVE the pomegranate ones.)
1/2 cup granola
2 2/3 cups crushed corn flakes

-Preheat oven to 375
-Stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and powder. Set aside.
-In a large mixing bowl beat sugar and butter until smooth. Add egg, soy milk and flour mix, beat until fluffy.  Stir in Craisins and granola.
-Place corn flakes in shallow bowl. drop rounded spoonfulls of dough into flakes and roll until coated.
- set on greased cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Discovery Trail

I'm pretty sure I have posted about Ft. Steilacoom Park (aka: the castle park) before, but there is a whole other aspect of this place that we have been overlooking for months; It's called Discovery Trail. There are acres and acres of hiking trail, the biggest dog park I have ever seen, and a huge lake; arom my understanding the grounds were once home to the old Washington State Mental Hospital. Our intention was to take Daddy out for a day at the boys' favorite playground, but once we discovered this little gem even Bubs was happy to "explore the forest" :)

Bubs specifically asked to take this picture. He was so excited about these barns, and talked for hours about the different animals that live in them and the sounds they make.

Adventures are always more fun with daddy! (and daddy is always happy to wear the babe for me :))

Here we learned that a labyrinth is not a maze, there is only one path. Also, we learned that monks often walk a labyrinth as a form of meditatio. Definitely interesting!

The lake. Sadly, like many lakes we have found here in WA, it is has been overtaken by toxic algae and is not safe to play in.

There is a paved walkway that goes around the entire lake. Bubs thinks the trees are "thiiiiiiiis big!"

And lastly, the trailhead. After this I put the camera away and just enjoyed the outdoors with my three boys.