Monday, June 29, 2015

Chocolate Cupcakes

One of Nels' goals for the month was to learn how to make chocolate cupcakes.  He made these average chocolate cupcakes. Although the stand mixers speed goes from off to full blast with a tiny flick so he did fling half the batter across the kitchen.  After that happened he was more concerned about the batter that landed on his shirt than the cupcakes.  The dogs interested peaked when she was allowed in the kitchen to lick the floor.

Despite the cupcake baking, he talked me into stopping for specialty cupcakes the day after.  He ate these.  He ate those.  He just loves cupcakes.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nels the Writer

Nels ran inside yelling "You've got to see this!" Last time he said these words he brought us out to see "a spider attacking a worm" which was in fact a spider spinning a little bug into his little web cocoon.  Very cool!  I should have knew right away this was going to be cool, but I pushed him off a couple of times before I finally went to see.  He wrote "Oso" in sidewalk chalk all by himself.  He can copy words but this is the first one he's written with no help.  Pretty impressive! I wanted to take his picture but while I went to grab the camera he couldn't decide which side of "Oso" he wanted to stand on for the photo and walked over it enough to pretty much erase it.  It's there.  I know I saw it.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our Summer Schooling Corner

I was able to use the dining room corner for workbook storage.  I found the plastic bins at Staples and already broke two of them so I might adding some sophisticated duct tape later.  Each kid has a bin for their workbook and their summer reading logs.  We also added a white board for daily events and goals.  I have the kids work at the dining room table.  At this moment they were listening to books on tumblebooks.com which Guy's school gives us access to.  It's pretty neat to have access to lots more books plus I'm happy to get a little break.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Famous Cookies


At the grocery store I let the kids each pick out something.  Nels wanted these "Famous Chocolate Wafers".  I've never heard of them before so I am questioning how famous they are.  They were at the very bottom of the cookie shelf, but not quite in the kid targeted area, more like the "Nobody buys these..." area.  Nels just wanted the pictured cake.

Nels made the cake.  All it took was whipping cream and vanilla.  I was concerned about the lack of sweetener in the whipped cream but mixed with the cookies you couldn't tell.  It was a very delicious, easy, and fun cookies-n-cream cake.  I would have Nels make this again for sure.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Guy's Day

Yesterday we were able to take some time out for fun.  One of Guy's goals this month was to find the bounce house place in Eugene.  I don't think they have one but we found Get Air, a trampoline park.  He said it is even better!  Nels thought it was fun but he's not ready to discount the bounce houses.


Guy has been asking to try sushi.  I don't like sushi but I have been wanting to make this happen at a place with a sushi belt for novelty reasons.  We found one by accident in the old Schlotzsky's.  I'm sure the space has been other things as well but they don't matter as much to me.  I mean it doesn't matter at all to me.  All I have space for in my heart is Schlotzsky's.  So upon arrival at the sushi place, I am sad about the loss of Schlotzsky's and Nels is immediately disappointed in their lack of "Slushies".  I guess he thought we all had a speech impediment because I have never called a "slushie" a "sushi" before.  But I will now.  Nels and Daisy take after me and didn't care for the food.  Guy said it was delicious!  But he didn't eat much so it might have been a mental thing.  He didn't care for the weird white stuff on all his food and asked the hostess, not his very embarrassed mother, what is was.  I am talking about rice.  RICE.  I don't know if the trip was a success, but it happened so I'm counting it.
We sat right up front so all our embarrassing comments could be heard by the sushi chefs.  I'm not sure if this was the best of ideas.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday #2

Monday's are just terrible.  I'm very overwhelmed by this...
 Why do we have so much stuff?  I don't think it's quite bothersome when you don't have a two year old spreading everything around and also when you accumulate it over time instead of having to deal with it all at once.  There is so much I want to do but I feel like I can't even begin until I figure out what I am doing with this stuff.

At least I can enjoy the views of our new home without having to be completely unpacked.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Workbooks

We are on a roll with our summer workbooks.  The boys are doing the Summer Bridge books (about $11 each on Amazon).  It's just 2 pages a day so they do try to sneak in extra. It did prompt them to enter their goals for the month and a suggested reading list which we will utilize.

Daisy is doing a Kumon Let's Color book ($6 on Amazon). She is just doing 1 coloring a day.

We have been doing this either with snack time or after lunch.  Haven't quite fine tuned my schedule yet.  After workbook time we have reading time when we work on our library summer reading logs.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Our New Pets

It's been a rough day but babies solve everything.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Day #1

It's Monday 1 in house.  There were not enough hours in the day.

Successes:
-Toured Guy's new school.  Will complete registration for him tomorrow.  Was very pleased with the quaintness of the school and the friendliness of the principal.
-New library card.  I thought we would have to pay for a card, living outside city limits, but we got a freebie card for all of summer.  The librarian assistant was nice and had lots of information for us.

Somewhere in the middle:
-Have internet.  Due to me not having a reliable phone there was a communication problem resulting in me waiting at home for 5 hours for the install man.  In that time maybe I should have hooked up a computer?  I don't know where to put it yet.  The install man was really nice and told me a lot about the area and rural communications.  Let me use his cell phone booster.  Why haven't I heard of those?
-No mailbox.  Our house doesn't have a mailbox.  I learned this while attempting to swipe my neighbors mail.  Thankfully he was a good sport about it and we had a friendly conversation.  I was able to make it to the post office at just the right time to meet my mail carrier to discussed the lack of mailbox situation.  The husband already had a makeshift mailbox up.
-New routines.  Today I started 21 Day Fix diet/exercise plan, Money Saving Mom's Make Over Your Morning ecourse, and the kids' Summer Bridge workbooks.  Normally I'd find this quite exciting but it wasn't enjoyable as it could be because of the overwhelming natural of the day.

Bad, bad,bad:
-I lost Nels.  He was downstairs.  I went upstairs and came back down and he was gone.  I called for him and he just never came out.   I thought the dog could help but she was gone too so I figured they must be outside.  I ra n everywhere looking for him.  I was ready to call in a search party.  Thankfully Guy and Daisy located him hiding under my bed.  He has heard me and choose not to come out.  Then I found the lazy dog hiding in the shade.  No emergency but the boy and the dog did ruin my calm.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Moving Week

We should be moved on Saturday.  Daisy has been a big helper with the packing.

 This is the view from my new front porch.  I can't wait to spend 100% of my time here.