Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pleygo Review

We joined Pleygo.  It's a Lego borrowing system through the mail.  Guy got his first set and we mailed it back, awaiting set #2.  We are picking out Creator sets since you get to build 3 things with the one set.

Guy's three creations.

So far so good.  The shipping isn't super fast and it is $15/month.  I read negative reviews that for that amount you could buy a lego set every other month.  That is true but after you build a lego set, isn't the fun kind of over?  You are just left with a bunch of specialized oddball pieces.  And you usually end up losing a crucial piece and someone takes a bite out of the instructions.  I'm not against lego set ownership.  In fact, Guy will be getting one for Christmas.  But why own what you can borrow? 

Nels was a little jealous that he wasn't allowed to touch the Pleygo legos.  He made his own darn airplane out of the normal shaped legos.  He was quite a proud peacock.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

To Dress a Child

It cost me $7.25 at the thriftshop to dress a moderately attractive Nels for a day.  It was half off day.  My favorite day.

My best find was these shoes for Guy.  $3 each.  Hooray! 

Daisy found this small green sweater for $1.  I think it completes her festive outfit.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Buffet Bandit

I haven't posted for a month and when I look back at my last post my thoughts are "That was forever ago!" I have no idea what has happened between then and now but I'll say a lot.  Several pies have been eaten between then and now.  So Daisy is 10 months, 3 days old.  I took her to a buffet to celebrate 10 monthdom.  She was free entry and she ate a lot.  Daisy also grew her first tooth one day shy of 10 months which I'm sure aids in her buffet endeavors.  She is my top choice buffet comrade...if only she could carry her own plate.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Berry Pie for Me

 Nels made me a pie. (It was only a little by force...) It was fantastic.  We actually let it sit an hour before cutting it and it really made for a stable pie.  Waiting can be so hard.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Princess Daisy

Princess Daisy gives hugs! 

Daisy's costume turned out really well for $2.50 and some hot glue.  I guess that says nothing.  It's good enough.  Now I'm concerned though - what to you do with junk you found at the thrift store that you made worse?  You can't just give it back.  I recently told one of Guy's friends that we buy a lot of our stuff from the thrift store and his response was "You buy broken stuff?!"   I'm on a quest not to junk up the thrift stores.  I guess I could soak her costume in kerosene, stick it in a pumpkin, and light it on fire.

The team:
Guy's overalls cost $30.  It ruined my whole frugal Halloween.  At least he gets to wear them for other things - like dress-like-a-farmer-day at school.  That's a real thing. He actually really likes them and doesn't mind wearing them just because.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Astoria Column

 One of my favorite things about the trip was climbing the Astoria Column with the boys and throwing off airplanes.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Airplane Trip

I took my three kiddos on an airplane all by myself.  It went well.  We even had a gentleman comment he didn't realize there were kids behind him the whole flight.  He might have just been really nice.

We went to Seaside, Oregon

I lost Daisy's hat on the beach somewhere.  
If you ever see a manatee wearing a cap like this, it was probably stolen and I hope you'll do me a favor by calling the hat barer a sea cow. 

Daisy - cap + grandma + brothers=


Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook, Oregon
All Guy talked about before going on this trip was the cheese factory.  When we got there he took a look around (5 minutes or less) and declared he was done at the cheese factory.  Maybe that's all he needed to take care of his curiosities?

Tapiola Park - Astoria, Oregon
Love this place.  Parks have gotten predictable to the point of almost being boring but this park was mostly original equipment.  This whole city is my favorite.  I want to live here.  In a house, not a park.  I also like all the bridges.  We were stopped at a bascule bridge to let a boat through.  I told Guy it was a road to the moon thinking I was being whimsical.  He was concerned for my logic and corrected me.  Sorry.

Great Wolf Lodge - Grand Mound, WA
Kiddos watching the animatronic singing show.  They watched it three times and were ready for more.

Guy went on every water slide.  He rates them all "Let's go again!"

 Guy became a Master Magi while playing MagiQuest, no thanks to the assistance of Nels.  MagiQuest is a live-action psuedo-RPG.  I've never seen so many young gamers excited to climb stairs.  It was really great in a way but I felt like it was more story than game.  The game needs to involve more choices.

 This was Nels favorite thing at Great Wolf except for the water slides he was not allowed on.  I loved this place.  I would love to go again.  Even little Daisy loved swimming and looking around.  

Oregon Zoo - Portland, Oregon 
I think the appeal in zoos is when you get to know the animals and these animals were all strangers to me so I can ramble off a list of zoos I like better - but it's all personal.  Thankfully, we got to meet up with the female cousins so they were more fun to observe since I'm kind of attached to them.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Schooled by a 6 Year Old

We were driving west during a sunrise.  Guy asked me if we would always be in the dark.

Mom:  It will get light soon because the sun moves faster than our car.
Guy:  You mean the earth spins faster than our car.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Little Zoo

 I don't think my kids are sheltered anymore, Nels is just two.  These deer?  They are "Small cows.  Moooooooo!"  The Iguana?  "Alligator"  The deer poop?  That's stuff to load your pockets with.  And the best, coolest animal at the zoo?  The house cats that reside in the office.

I was happy Guy chose to feed the deer.  He usually isn't in to stuff like this.

He is always happy to pose!

Nels is always happy to imitate!

My favorite animal - the sloth.  Guy frequently asks me what my favorite animal is and I tell him a sloth and his response is usually "Huh?"  I pointed it out to him and told him how cute it is and I just want to squeeze it.  This is why Guy talks the way he does I'm sure.  "Everybody loves to be loved!"  -Guy

In other "the things Guy says" news we got milkshakes after the zoo and Guy spilled his in the car.  I was so mad!  I yelled and flailed my arms about.  When he refused to help me clean it up, I pushed him.  I was terrible.  When I apologized later Guy told me if he acted like that at school his clip would be moved (basically he'd get in trouble).  He's right and so sweet.  Even if I had to physically force him to help me clean.  He was probably just scared of me.  And slightly lazy.  But aren't we all?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lunch with the Kids

 Pizza Time!

I usually do fairly well taking the kids out to eat by myself.  But I put Daisy in a high chair for the first time.  Whoa.  It crippled me.  I was extremely distracted and I'm pretty sure Nels spent a fair amount of time tap dancing on the bar.  I can only go up from here.

It was well worth it, Daisy helped herself to the pizza.  Like a real human.  (I thought I could tie her to the high chair with a blanket but her blanket was too short so I had to hold it.  Next time I'm bring a rope.)

Delicious!  She had a delightful time being one of the big kids.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fairytale Town

Took the kids to Fairytale Town in Sacramento yesterday.  It's weird going to places that aren't the desert.  It makes me feel like my children are so sheltered.  Nels saw a squirrel and he ran to it with his arm outstretched, like he would be able to pick it up and pet it.  
Thankfully, the squirrel chose to climb up a tree instead of attack my son.

 Another neat find - a praying mantis.  I tried to show it to Nels but quickly panicked when I realized that Nels steps on bugs for fun.  This bug was thankfully spared and relocated to a safer area.

Nels finally gets to do what he wishes - squish an egg.
 We found Clifford, who is Guy's class mascot so I made him get over there for a photo.  He was very upset that there was a persons face inside Clifford's eyes.  He wasn't interested in any costumed characters after that discovery.  He is growing up.. ahh shoot.

But he's not too grown for a snow cone.  Neither am I for the record.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Itsa me, Mario.

Red Hat : $3
Red Shirt: $2.50
White Gloves: $1
Overalls: $1.50
Stuff that didn't work out: $3
Total $11 Mario Costume

I bought all this stuff at thrift stores and yard sales.  I just have to add some creative touches before Halloween and Nels will have a super Super Mario costume.  Guy's Luigi costume is still lacking.  Big kid overalls are not easy to find.  I might end up paying full price for his at a Western wear shop.  At least I saved enough here to justify the expense.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Daisy's Cake Adventure

Daisy escaped!

Thankfully she almost always comes back home to get in the cake line.  
(This photos is for the sole purpose of documenting my new Zojirushi breadmaker.  I found this one on craigslist for pennies... 6,000 pennies.  I made Daisy sit in front of it so it looks like I'm not bragging too much.  Plus it is baking a chocolate cake and is the official start of the cake line.)

Daisy thinks this Zojirushi breadmaker makes awesome chocolate cake!  Wait, doesn't Daisy have a chocolate allergy?  We will find out.  She also ate some mango today so if anything happens I'm blaming the mango.  Mango is so gross.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guy's Pet

Guy has a self-made pet porcupine.  He tried to feed it a pancake.  But porcupines don't like pancakes.  Guy's dad told him porcupines eat wood chips.  ??  I don't know.  So Guy came home from school with pockets full of wood chips stolen from the playground.  He's ready to do anything to keep his porcupine alive.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Super Why!

For Super Hero Dress-Up day at school Guy wanted to be Super Why!  (PBS cartoon character). I think it's a sweet idea.  And Guy was very kind to not give me a hard time with his less than perfect costume.

He claimed the teacher didn't know who he was dressed as but all the kids told her and now she really wants to watch the show.  His teacher is swell for saying that. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spelling Pac-Man

Nels loves playing this fake Pac-Man game about eating letters.  We go to the library to play since don't have this kind of outdated stuff at home.  I jest.  We love the library.  Usually when we are there I try to get all of the kids computers running correctly (failure rate is about 95%) and I help other peoples kids use the computers.  For this effort the kids usually thank me by rubbing their sticky, smelly hands all over my face.  I would pay attention to my own kid but he usually convinces me to start clapping in the library.  Clapping in the library is noisy.