Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Big Sisters

Sometimes it's awesome to be a big sister.

This afternoon I heard, what sounded like, the girls playing with the bathroom door so I went to investigate.
Shiloh was instructing Vivian "Now you say "O-cahpeed" if you are going in there."
Vivian -"What do I say?"
Shiloh - "Are you going in there? I'll let you go in first, you just have to say O-cahpi. okay?"
Vivian - "Okay"
She pokes her head out of the bathroom door and says "O-cahpi!" 
She shuts the door.
I walk over to Shiloh, not understanding.
"Are you guys speaking your own language, now?" (It wouldn't be the first time)
Shiloh- "I'm in line to go to the bathroom."
"Oh, okay"
Shiloh- "You can get in line too."
"Um. okay...."
A few minutes later Vivian pops her head out of the bathroom. "I'm done now Shiloh. What do I say now?"
Shiloh- "Now you say UN-Ocahpeed"
Vivian - Oh, UN-Ocahpi"
She walks out of the bathroom and Shiloh walks in and pops her head out of the door and says "O-cahpi!"
She shuts the door and it hits me.
She is trying to say (she must have read it so she didn't know the pronunciation) and teach her sister
"Occupied and Unoccupied" :-D

Later on Shiloh was playing the piano, and she was playing all of the songs that she knew.
Then she announced, several times, that when she was done playing....she would be available for autographs.
Vivian grabbed a sheet of paper and drew a picture, and wrote "Yay Shiloh!" around it...and made sure there was a box for Shiloh's signature.
Sooo precious! :)

I made homemade mini pot pies for dinner...for the first time.
But I didn't know that it would take so long for them to cool.
I baked them in little ramekins and boy, do those hold in the heat!
I finally gave them to the girls but told them to be careful and eat the veggies on the plate first to give the pot pies more time to cool.

I have never seen a 6 year old nail dead-panning and sarcasm like Vivian.
She finished her veggies and then held her spoon, rotating it like a rotisserie over the steam coming from her pot pie.
"Hmm, just what every kid wants. To roast their spoon."

Color with Coffee

My Cuties, Post-Dance class. :)
Showing off their crowns that made at the end of class. (Frozen theme)

My colorful Hydrangeas.
Amazing what a little coffee grounds placed around the base of a hydrangea will do for the colors.



We're getting all of those colors off even one bush.
Love hydrangeas! :)

It's Summer time, Summer time...

It has been a busy Summer so far. Summer is always like that...goes by in a blink!
The girls have had tons of fun at the Library this year.
Our Librarian ladies are awesome, they know the girls by name and have so much patience with all of the children. :)

The girls' latest craft time was soap making, this is one of their favorites.
They did it a couple of years ago and still play with the little rubber snakes they had in their soap.
This year we went from snakes to a frog (Vivian's) and a stingray (Shiloh's)

I'm not sure why they bypassed the cute little lamb or the otter wearing a little vest but yeah...they always do.
At least we end up with a nice balance of toys in our house, it could be easily over-whelmed in pink but they have dragons and knights, RC trucks, train tracks...and now, frogs and stingrays. ;-)

My counter is covered in library crafts!
They offer a simple craft each week, besides the programs/crafts that require registration.

We have paper plate spider webs, UFO's, rocket ships...and on and on.
The girls made a marshmallow launcher on Monday.
Shiloh launched one marshmallow, and then when I told her she couldn't eat that one...(because it landed in a houseplant!) she decided to eat the rest of her marshmallows instead of launching them.
Vivian asked me to write a "V" on her bag and then just set it aside, not even trying to launch one.

When DH came home from work, I showed him her marshmallows and launchers and the girls freshly-made soaps. He said "Which ones are Vivian's?"
I pointed them out and he quickly stashed her soap and marshmallows on top of the microwave. "I want to tease her in the morning and see what is her reaction."
<> What is it with Dads?!?!?! 

In the morning he told her "Vivian, your soap was so nice. I used it last night."
Vivian: "But you don't even use soap!"
DH continued "And I was sooo hungry last night that I ate all of your marshmallows."
Vivian: "But Mama always makes you food, didn't you eat your food?"
DH: "I was still hungry."
DH: "Is it okay that I used your soap and ate all your marshmallows?"
Vivian: yes..."


I started getting things ready for the new school year.
I've mailed in all my paperwork to the school but I am still waiting for their response.
It could take awhile since our whole school system is in upheaval.
They've started a new system that would make both of the girls have to go to totally different school buildings, on opposite sides of the city this year...*IF* they went to public school.

So very thankful to be able to Homeschool them!! <3 br="">
Shiloh needed a new Number Places chart. She has not needed her old chart in awhile and it's already being used by Vivian now. But Shi did need the bigger chart this year as the million's places are confusing her.
 We've gotten a lot of use out of our simple chart over the years!
Number charts
There are a few school supplies that I need to pick-up...a package of pencils, good-name glue sticks, and those big thick erasers. But I went a bit overboard last year so we still have a good-stock of other things.

A sheaf of strange yellowish-brown paper that was on clearance for $0.60
Yep, got that.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Vivian took awhile to warm up to reading and writing but now she loves writing stories.
(Often on a dry-erase board though, so I have to take pictures to preserve them!) 

She thinks that she is an expert at rhyming too.
She's often heard going "Orange-Porange, Dresser-Bresser, Truck-Cruck, Street-Preet, Kiwi-Tiwi"...and so on.
Then she crows "I am soo good at Rhyming!" ;-D

Despite an invasion of Japanese beetles, the garden still seems to be doing okay...maybe even flourishing.
Vivian is honestly eating the blueberries as fast as we can pick them though. So three bushes supplies just her and I think we might need to buy a couple more for the rest of the family... 
We only had one of our new raspberry bushes survive the winter so we're only getting a few berries at a time. That bush has horribly sharp prickers though, it's drawn blood from me many times already!
Hopefully it produces more next year because the loss of blood is not balancing well with the amount of fruit gleaned!

We're having an unusually good crop of green beans. This is our second harvesting of them...I had a surprising amount of the plants actually survive the seedling stage and it might be due to the fact that I bought more expensive seeds this time. Hmmm...

The girls go through the green beans almost as quickly as the blueberries.
They love them covered with butter and Parmesan cheese. :)

We also have one zucchini that's ready for picking..but I want it just a little bigger. ;-)
Gardening is easier with little helpers.
We leave an area that is just dirt so they can play with their cars or dig, plant things and make ant hills.
But they also help with the watering and harvesting and finding beetles so that I can pick them off.

And of course, as I mentioned before...they help with the eating!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mama's famous Glitter Pie

The girls have been very fortunate to get into several library programs over the Summer.
Usually the space is very limited and they can only go to a couple.
So far they have been able to spend an afternoon doing Shrinky Dinks.
(those are always fun)
And another afternoon doing "Icy Art" which is basically watercolors, crayons, and salt.

Too messy though, every time I move a picture, salt drops everywhere.
, I already had to pick glitter out of my pie dough so I'm not feeling a lot of patience for messy crafts theses days...

The library program has been a lot of fun this year. The girls especially love to do the "Feel in the box" and then checking off what they find. Vivian has a hard time finding everything in the box....and Shi has a hard time not getting her fingers/hand stuck inside whatever she finds in the box, but they both really enjoy that part of their library visit anyways. ;-)

Have you seen the "Share a Coke" bottles yet?
I found one to share with Katie, but she was not in the mood to look at the camera.

And then Rainbow was in a mood because I didn't have a bottle for him. lol
(Look at that frown!)

Tiny Dancers

I was able to get the girls into a dance class for the Summer.
I was excited to find a class for both of their ages so they can be together.
They love it!

Also reading their library books before their class is becoming a routine now.

The class is based on the movie "Frozen" so music from the movie plays while they learn little dance moves.
And they do games/dance high-kicks to catch snowflakes, and Sven skips. ;-)

They also get a little time to do a "Frozen" craft...while Mama gets a little uninterrupted reading time.
Not a bad way to enjoy a Summer at all. ;-)