Friday, January 6, 2017

Coat Progression

Daisy makes a bird feeder while wearing her coat.  She says the feeder is for the chickens.

Daisy takes off her coat so she doesn't get fish paint on it.

Daisy makes a new pal, named purple snake.  I didn't think it was purple but I was too busy wrestling with a coat to argue.

Crossword Puzzles

I finished my crossword puzzle book from April!  Which is very good because it wasn't going to stay together much longer.  So my new one I did the poor man lamination with packing tape and it promptly received water damage on the inside due to a small child's science experiment.  At least the cover looks good.  I never paid attention to the publisher of the puzzles.  I figured if it said easy it would be hard enough for me but the Dell one is so easy you only need the across clues.  So I'm going to start paying attention to publisher.  And this is my first record.  Kappa Preferred puzzles are in fact preferred.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Best 2016 Reads


Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke is the best book I've read this year maybe even ever.  And yes, it is a picture book.  I went into this book thinking that nobody did like a goblin.  I sure didn't.  By the end I really loved this goblin.  Maybe it was his position of power.  Maybe it was his good deeds.  Maybe it was his adorable food choices.

This may also be a children's book.  Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green is about a a red panda and hippo that live in a dump of a zoo.  They decide to go get jobs elsewhere.  They struggle with it but for totally opposite reasons and eventually they both find what they are looking for.

This is a YA book!  I'm really growing as a reader.  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a great story taking place in Portland, Oregon at non other than the Oaks Park skating rink.  Super awesome!  Astrid wants to be a roller girl but it alienates her from her best friend and she doesn't even know how to skate.  But through many mistakes (learning experiences!) she finds her way.

I read some adult books too this year.  Wasn't really in love with any of them.  I'm going to try harder next year to pick some good ones.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bagels and Gingerbread

I spent $30 on bagels.  And that is why if you have lots of kids you shouldn't take them out for bagels. 

It was the Gingerbread exhibit at OMSI.  I wanted to go because I thought that they had taken down the space exhibit and somehow filled those rooms with all things gingerbread. I couldn't imagine how you'd fill so much area with gingerbread!  Which is probably why it wasn't so.

There is a seal on this mural I really like.  Next time I'll zoom in on him.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Nels' Game

Nels is making a video game.  These are the two characters in the game.  And you can make them do any of the actions listed on the side.  I hope he makes it one day because I want to play it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

October is Alright


October is when newts migrate through our yard.  It's also when our house starts getting giant beetles thumping against the windows.  This is a sign that it's almost time to start hiding indoors.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Musuem Day

This is what happens when I let the little miss dress herself.  I told her she would be cold so her solution is to put on giant socks.
She loves going to the planetarium.  We pretty much see the same show every time but she's still enthralled with it.  She is still convinced she is going to Mars someday.

 Most of the games are too old for her but she doesn't care.  She played a computer game for the longest time about how much money you save when you turn off the lights.  She couldn't believe the savings!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Paper Falcon

When Guy was little, like 4ish, he would make all sorts of things out of paper.  My favorite was a paper chair.  It would not hold my weight but it looked totally functional.  Guy still makes some awesome things out of paper like this Angry Bird Millennium Falcon.

Guy Had a Birthday

Guy turned 9 last month. He got to watch cartoons with lil' bro in the morning.  I'm not sure where this rule came from but he says on your birthday you are allowed to watch as much TV as you want.  Sounds okay to me since most people would rather be celebrating than watching TV.

We took cupcakes to school for him to celebrate there and we just had a little family party after school.  As usual the siblings were super excited to give him the things they picked out for him.  Daisy picked out a Gumby and Pokey.  Nels went a sticky hand and whoopy cushion.  Classic Nels.

Guy loved his presents.  He's an excitable guy.

Daisy and me decorated an ice cream cake for him.  We need practice but the Minecraft keychains we put on top won Guy over.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Relaxing Hobbies

I won above puzzle at the library during summer reading.  It's a very nice puzzle and I'd put the specs in right here if I knew them.  Not because I care but because I would like to think there are standard puzzle specs.  Not just the amount of pieces but the cardboard thickness and the photo printing technique.  Anyway, the best thing about doing puzzles at home with pets and kids ruckusing about is getting the chance to yell "STOP running through my puzzle/throwing puzzle pieces/chewing on puzzle pieces/attaching My Little Pony puzzle pieces to this puzzle BECAUSE I'M RELAXING WITH A PUZZLE NOW!"  It's best to say this in your angriest of voices.  The good thing about this is I have one child trained to yell these things for me.  Eventually all three will be trained and I can be the one messing up the puzzles.