Friday, February 25, 2011

Snow men, Snow specks, same thing.

We have this void in our kitchen's been nicknamed "The Chasm of death" lol(after the Ice Age movie).
Our dishwasher broke and the repair was going to cost nearly as much as a new dishwasher!
Since I mostly use my dishwasher as a place to store my recyclables and rarely to actually wash dishes, we decided to replace the dishwasher with a more functional (for us anyways) cabinet.
Until we get the cabinet, we have this hollow spot in our kitchen.
DH and I keep forgetting the dishwasher is not there anymore and go to lean against it and stumble.
I automatically went to put my recycling into the dishwasher and kinda threw the bottle against the wall in its absent spot instead...oops!

Shiloh now seems to think our kitchen has become like one of the puzzles in her much-loved "High Five" magazines.
Several times she has walked into the kitchen and said
"Hmm, something is missing in the kitchen...What is it? Hmmm?"
She taps a finger on her chin to show that she is really thinking about it.
"I know! The dishwasher is missing! Yay! I did it!"

It snowed today...a lot.

See..a lot of snow. (that's my leg in case you couldn't tell)

The girls loved it, we played outside for nearly an hour.
Well, I had to shovel a path first...otherwise they could barely move in all the snow.

Vivi kept grabbing little handfuls of snow and saying "Look I made a snowman!" then she'd carefully put it down and clap her hands "I did it!".
She loved that until she clapped her hands a little too vigorously and snow went all over her face.
She didn't know if she should cry or laugh or what. :)
Then she got some snow in her mouth and she just stood there with her mouth open, finally she closed her mouth and rolled it around a little....and quickly looked at me to see if I had noticed.  ;-)
They climbed all over the place, made snow angels and slid down our snowbank. Made snowballs and of course Vivi's little handfuls of snow "men".
I think they'll sleep good tonight. :)

When it was time to come in, I was the one whining. "Is anyone else cold?" ;-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

French toast hair

This morning when I was getting the girls ready for the day, Shiloh asked me to do her hair "french toast".
I said "What? You want french toast for breakfast??"
Shiloh patted her head "No, I want you to french toast my hair."
"Oh, you want me to french braid your hair?"
Shiloh nodding "Yep!" :)

Yesterday I jumped out at the girls and shouted "Boo!".
They giggled, but their bucket of crayons that was sitting in the corner suddenly fell over at the same time.
I said "Oh, I scared the bucket of crayons!".
The girls picked up the bucket, and I went into the kitchen to wash dishes.
Next thing I hear the girls saying "Boo" repeatedly. I checked on them and they were sitting around the bucket of crayons shouting "Boo" at it and trying to scare it into falling over again. lol!

Vivian has learned how to roll her L's. I'm not even sure how she does it, I can't do it!
She likes to do it mainly with Shiloh's name "Shi-luh-luh-loh". She just goes around the house saying Shi's name or even when she calls her, she has to say it "Shi-luh-luh-loh".

Shi is doing really well with her schoolwork. It's so nice that I can focus on what things that she needs to work on. There is a lot of repetition of writing 1-10 and so on but she really needed more practice forming 3's and 5's properly so I have her do some extra practice on those.
She gets impatient with counting so that often takes us longer.
A story/reason for her to count helps. Like saying "Grama gave this many jellybeans to Vivian, now she wants to give you the same amount of jellybeans so you need to count the jellybeans so you know how many Grama needs to give you" or even just having her sit on my lap while she counts helps. Somehow it seems to help her focus more.

Vivian's cut by her nose is healing well. The tiny bandaids wouldn't stay on very well with the movement of her mouth, so finally I found a blue "Carebear" bandaid that would fit okay. She looked like had a blue mustache. ;-)
The only problem then was that it was getting gross being next to her mouth and she didn't want it removed because she was afraid it would hurt.
I was hoping it would fall off during her bath but since it was on her face and she hates getting her face wasn't likely.
So I kept applying baby oil to the bandaid and it eventually fell off while she was sleeping and thankfully she hasn't missed it.
The "Carebear" bandaids are also the ones that Shiloh had an allergic reaction to a couple years ago, so I haven't let Shiloh use them since. It's nice to know that they don't bother Vivi at all, even after she kept it on for awhile.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Four

Vivi is doing pretty good today. Her upper lip is still pretty puffy. :(
She wouldn't drink last night or this morning, and barely touched her breakfast...and usually my girls are starving in the morning and eat non-stop!
Finally she ate a bit of popsicle, then some soup and sipped some apple juice.
She took a nap on the couch too, which is good since she missed her nap yesterday.
I didn't have a diaper on her so I tucked a blanket under her just in case, and when she woke I said "Yay! You didn't pee on my couch!"
Shiloh immediately piped up "I didn't pee on your couch either, Mommy!"
okay...uh, thanks.

This was Shiloh helping me bake a pie yesterday....

 It took a lot of her concentration to stir slowly and not flick flour everywhere. :)

This is a page from her schoolwork this morning.
After drawing one set of balloons, she asked if she could put faces on the next set.
I agreed....
And the next thing I knew the balloons had hair, hands, and feet too!
At least there are 8 of them! ;-)

She was doing a connect-the-dots picture the other day and she asked me "Mama, what comes after 32?"
"Are you sure, Mama? Are you sure?"
I sputtered "What?! Of course I'm sure! 31...32...33!"
Shiloh giggled and thought my reaction was hysterical so after that, every question she had for me, she would giggle and ask if I was sure!
So cheeky! lol

She asked me to do sewing cards with her so we were sitting on the couch and each working on one.
Then she stops me and tells me that I need to flip the card over each time I push the yarn she is doing.
I replied "That's okay, I can do it this way"
She watched me sew for a minute and said "Oh...well, that looks....wrong..."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One of THOSE days...

First, I'd like to start off with a round of applause for all Homeschooling Moms out there...past and present. :)
It's harder than being a stay-at-home Mom, it's harder than being a working Mom. It is a million jobs in one!
You Rock!!!

I have to get my kudos out there before I join the ranks. :)
I decided to order Kindergarten workbooks for Shiloh. She's such a smartie and she loves workbooks. She's actually learned so much that I was having trouble finding curriculum that I thought would be challenging and not too repetitive of what she already knew.
Sooo that's how I find myself in the situation of teaching cursive to a 4 year old!

Thankfully, I had bought some plastic page protectors so with some dry-erase markers she can enjoy a lot of practice and we won't wear out quite so many erasers.
Shiloh was so excited about her books coming, she kept looking for "the big brown truck" (UPS) to bring her books.
They arrived on Valentine's Day and we dug right in.
So it is only day two, but she is enjoying it so far and keeps asking to do more work when we've finished.
 Word blends and repetitive cursive practicing is not as fun to her, but her workbooks and sounding out words she really enjoys.

Now today was rough...all around!
Woken up around 4am because Vivian had wet through her diaper/clothes/sheets/blankets etc. etc.
Then while helping Shi with her schoolwork this morning (I knew there was a reason I wanted to wait until DH left for work for the day!)....DH decides to assemble a bookshelf in my kitchen. So the next thing he needs help with that and with moving furniture around, amidst vacuuming donut crumbs off the floor, helping Vivi to the potty...where she doesn't quite make it (of course), and keeping Shiloh from proceeding to next pages in her workbook because she thinks she knows all the answers!

Then DH leaves for work. The contractors who are working on our attic, keep tripping the breaker and needing me to run down to the basement and reset it.
After the second or third time of pulling me away from laundry/dishes/potty-training/cleaning/baking etc. etc....and perhaps motivated by the look in my eyes. The contractor asks where the breaker is and starts resetting it himself.

After Shiloh's schoolwork is officially done (when I find time, I let her do additional pages since she keeps begging me), we did our home-economics lesson of apple pie making.
Shi dumped in the ingredients, practiced using a pastry blender, chewed on apple cores, helped pour out the apples into the pie crust, and programmed the oven with the correct temperature. :-)
Vivian was torn between helping with the pie and watching her favorite movie "Stewart Little". lol.

Then baths for the girls, and a taste of the pie before bed.
Vivi hadn't had a nap so I was going to put her to bed first, but suddenly she was running around with Shi and tripped face-first into our coffee table.
I saw her fall and seriously felt all the color drain out of my face.
It's not as bad as I thought when I saw her fall. She scraped up the side of her nose, and has a small gash in the skin above her lip.
When she had calmed down she said "it really hurt". :(
Such a toughie she is though, reminds me soooo much of my sister.
Not eager to see what it's going to look like in the morning though, her poor lip was all puffy. She's not crazy about the bandaid, but I told her to keep it on at least tonight.
She asked for a "princess" bandaid but those wouldn't work for this injury so it had to be a plain one.
Shiloh was crying so much everytime she looked at Vivian, that I finally showed Vivi what she looked like with the scraped nose and bandaid so that Shi wouldn't freak her out!

Then we settled down on the couch to watch some television for awhile so everyone could calm down before I finally put them to bed.

Ready to put this day to bed too!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Curtain call

While winter has us snowed in, I thought it was a good time to (finally) make curtains for our kitchen!
Our kitchen has never had curtains and honestly I thought it didn't really need them, they might even make it look too cluttered or something.
But I finally decided that I would like something there. First I thought of traditional tiers, then maybe just something short and simple at the top....

I found this great black and white polka-dot material at Wal-Mart. (for $2.50 a yd)

And I looked online to get some design ideas, and a few hours later....

They can hang straight or tie up in the middle (as shown). I love them!
I am amazed that they came out looking so nice, and much simpler to create than I anticipated too.
Shiloh even told me that the curtains are her favorite part of the kitchen now. :) 

My next curtain project will be for our renovated attic. Shiloh chose this material which is so cute and goes well with the paint color as well. I bought more material than I need for curtains because the pattern is so adorable, and I'd like to use that to make some matching accent pieces.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

An Apple (pie) a day...

Windy, cold and blizzard-like outdoors...but I'm warm with an electric blanket, a cup of tea, and a rapidly emptying box of chocolates. Life is good. :)

My shoulder is much better now, though I do keep tweaking it.
I felt it pull again last night when I lifted Shi over the child-gate in her room, and earlier I had lifted her into a shopping cart so it was a little sore but nothing bad.
I need to do pull-ups or push-ups or something...getting wimpy!

Vivian was waking a lot the other night, so in the morning I was exhausted and I asked her "Vivian, why in the world were you waking up so many times last night?!"
She looked at me, held up two fingers and said "i two!"
Yes, that explains it all. lol

Tonight Vivian was babbling away to herself and playing with her baby dolls when suddenly Shiloh spoke up.
"Vivian! You do not say "oh my gosh". That is bad. You may say "oh my", that's okay. But you do not say "oh my gosh"."
Vivi looked up confused "oh dosh bad? no oh dosh?"
I told Shi that I don't think that was what Vivi was saying but that yes, it is not something I want them to say.

We were getting ready to leave a store parking lot yesterday and I told the girls that they were very good in the store. Shiloh piped up "Yes Mama, I was fabulous!"
Such a character!

Today, Shiloh pointed to her head and said "This side of my head feels horrible!"
I replied "Oh, that's not good. What does the other side feel like?"
Shiloh: "That side feels like A."
Me, confused "Like A? Like the letter "A"??"
Shiloh: "Yes, like A. But I think (rests her head on her hand to show she is really thinking)....I think....chocolate would make my head feel better, or maybe pie!"
Hmm, she's always thinking!

I was cutting up apples for a pie today (so that's why Shi kept hinting about eating pie) and Shiloh asked to chew on the apple cores.
I handed them to her and told her that apples are very good for you and keep you healthy.
She took a bite, straightened up and looked at me with big eyes "Look Mom! The apple is making me healthy!"

Amazing! :)