Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Kids say the Darndest Things!"

I love reading emails, posts, anything, about the funny things children say. So I have one of my own to add - just happened minutes ago.

Kate has the vacuum cord around her neck like a stethoscope and the conversation goes like this.

K: "I'm Doctor Kate, and you're my mom."

Me: "Hi Dr. Kate."

K: "Come over here and let me hear your bum."

Me: "My what?"

K: "Your bum."

Me: (slightly alarmed) ... "What do you mean?"

K: "You know ... what your heart says ... bum bum, bum bum, bum bum."

Me: relieved sigh/laugh.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Project Ideas

We had a fun day last week which I will deem a success. I've found that if I'm not giving ideas to our twin-ers of games/projects, we all get a little short-tempered. So the other morning when we reached this point at 9:30 a.m. I knew I had to do something or else we'd have major problems. So this is a game plan idea/post for everyone, and a reminder for me in the future, of what to do.

We loaded into the car and headed to the library. The great thing about the libraries here is they're basically a cooperative. You can check out a book and return it to ANY library, and they have great children's sections. So we spent an hour or two playing with trains, legos, and reading books.

Then it was off to the grocery store. Now this store is NOT the typical store, it's a child's visual heaven full of singing mozarella, a chiquita banana on a swing with a song, acrobatic scarecrows, and of course the singing cows and chickens. We'd never visited before because with the fun and animation comes higher over-all prices, but my friend emailed and said they had eggs and butter on sale. W and K loved it! S slept through it all. So that occupied us for another hour or so.

We came home, had a quick lunch and then melted down old crayons to make stained-glass window disc's ...





and also made edible necklaces.




I'm glad my job is Mom, rather than Entertainer, but it reminded me that I need to take time every once in a while and have fun with them ... since they only are this age for a short time ... refer to this talk.

(crayon directions: grease cupcake pan, I used a mini one. Preheat oven to 400. Divide old bits of crayon stubs into the individual cupcake sections. It only takes about 5 minutes or so to melt down. Keep an eye on it. Then pull it out, let cool, and pop 'em out)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sugar-holics Anonymous

My name is Heather, and I'm addicted to sugar. Even though this post is a little tongue-in-cheek, there is an element of total sincerity.

One of my New Year's Resolutions has been to cut back on the sugar in my diet. Notice I didn't say 'cut out completely', because I know that's nearly impossible. Unfortunately sugary foods have made up a huge part of my daily intake lately, so I've decided that some personal intervention needs to happen. But I also know myself and know that if I go to an extreme, I'll be breaking this resolution by Feb 1 (or Jan 14th :)). I'm not going to go into all the details of how I'm going to implement this, but one of them is to cook/bake more with honey, molasses, and brown sugar (which probably is just as bad as white sugar, but it makes me feel better).

So this is our accomplishment today. We made graham crackers from the Deseret Recipes cookbook. Don't be impressed, they were really easy. I don't know how to link the recipe to the words to take you there, so if you want to do it yourself, either email me or look in your copy, (it's probably stashed away somewhere in your cedar chest, it's a wedding gift favorite).

Just an FYI, they don't taste like the real thing (I'm convinced they add white sugar, high fructose stuff and all the other tasty/bad for you ingredients:)), but they're pretty good. Wes is my graham cracker junkie. He seriously could eat a box every 3-4 days if I let him. So I was curious as to what his reaction would be. He looked at his warily, but ended up eating it with his gallon of milk (he's a milk junkie too :)). Kate loved them, which is interesting because she doesn't go for the graham crackers with a huge amount of energy. Sophie even approved. But just a note for those who do try them ... you have to roll them out really thin, and get a better rolling pin than mine. It made four cookie sheets-full, and probably could've done five if I'd divided better.

My batteries are out in our camera, so no pictures - but some of them look deceivingly like the real thing. If I remember I'll post a picture later.