Monday, September 29, 2008

Lollipops for Supper

Yes, it is true the girls had lollipops for supper tonight! No, not real ones. I saw this on a blog the other day, sorry, I don't remember who's. I just had to try it!
Lollipop grilled cheese, YUM!
Here is Miss Cadence with her Oreo face, too cute!

Muffin Tin Monday

This week the theme for Muffin Tin Monday was shapes. We decided to do circles. We didn't have much food in the house today (going grocery shopping tomorrow:-), so we worked with what we had!

From Left to Right: turkey hot dogs, ham, apple slices, turkey hot dogs, cheerios, tortilla, ham, cheerios, cheese, cheese, kiwi, kiwi

Yes, I used the circle cookie cutters on the cheese, kiwi, ham, and tortilla... it was fun:-)

I took a picture of Cadence's muffin tin, but it didn't go with the shapes theme. She just had the scraps from what was left over after cutting out sister's circles.

This isn't a very good picture of the girls, but they all wanted to take a picture together and that doesn't happen often, so I decided to include it.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Who Does Cadence Play With When Her Sisters are at Grammy's?

Cadence!She had the best time talking to herself in the mirror today.Yes, that is a toothbrush in her mouth and no it is not her toothbrush. It happens to be Lyric or Story's she was missing them so much today she walked around chewing on their toothbrushes. I know I should have taken them away because that is kind of gross, but they were keeping her happy and I really didn't think the girls would care. (They tried to clean rocks with their toothbrushes the other day, what is a little baby slobber?)She knew she was cute!

Friday, September 26, 2008

B is for Binoculars

We had a "B" play date at the park today. The girls painted binoculars and then we walked around and found different B items that had been hidden around the park.Story chose red paint and Lyric chose purple, but I think Lyric ended up sharing with Story, so she has red and purple binoculars.
Cadence didn't make binoculars, but she had a good time playing at the park.
While we waited for the paint on our binoculars to dry we had a picnic. I love this shot of Lyric. She was HUNGRY!
I pulled off a coner of half a sandwich for Cadence...
She decided to take the big piece.
This was the girls first time on a merry go round. Well, Lyric had been on one before, but she was too little and didn't remember.
Ms. Jenn read a book with lots of "B" words in it.
Hunting for all of the "B" objects: book, baby, bow, balloon,bottle, and ball
It was a simple little craft, but the girls loved it! And will be playing with their binoculars for days to come!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Story and Her Mask

We visited the Cedar Park library today for their bilingual story time. The girls really enjoyed it and made a mask craft, too.
Story fell asleep on the way home wearing her mask.

Magic Monkey Bananas

Lyric made Magic Monkey Bananas at one of her cooking play dates a while back and I promised we could make them at home. We finally did it today. We read the book No More Cookies by Paeony Lewis and followed the recipe for Magic Monkey Bananas in the back. You basically dip a banana in melted chocolate and pour on some sprinkles. Story decided to take a few pictures when I was getting the chocolate chips ready to melt.

Story worked really hard counting out the four sticks we needed for the bananas. (Yes, she is naked). She made sure she had enough by counting them twice.

She enjoyed using the butter knife to cut the banana. (Note to self: Teach Story that the whole knife is not used for cutting. There is a difference between the blade and the handle) Lyric spooning on the chocolate.

Story apparently missed her banana when she was adding the chocolate.

The finished product.

The bananas had to chill for an hour, but the girls had plenty of chocolate and sprinkles to lick off their hands.

Enjoying the bananas.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lyric Visits the North Pole

Lyric took a visit to the North Pole tonight. She was decked out in one of my jackets, her boa/scarf, gloves, pajama pants, a toboggan and long sleeved shirt. Oh yea, and flip flops. She is home safe now. Shockingly with no frost bite on the toes!

What Type of Mother Hen Are You?

What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Educational Resource

Monday, September 22, 2008

Muffin Tin Monday

Have you heard of this? I stumbled onto the idea over on Sycamore Stirrings. I thought it would be a fun way for the girls to have their lunch. I really didn't anticipate how much fun it would be for me to make it! I have one 12 cup muffin tin and one 6 cup. I had decided I was going to use the 12 cup and let Lyric and Story share. I ended up at the last minute deciding to also make Cadence her own muffin tin. It was SO fun and they turned out SO cute. I can't wait until next Monday!
My favorite part of Lyric and Story's was the letters from their first names cut out of cheese. The heart shaped sandwiches were pretty cute, too.
Baby Cadence had oval sandwiches, cute cute, cute!
The girls really liked their muffin tin! I asked their favorite part: Lyric said, "I like it all!" Story said, "EVERYTHING!"
Cadence liked it as well,
but I think she enjoyed playing with the muffin pan as much as the food in it!

Next week the theme is shapes...what shall we do...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Nature Bag

I stumbled onto this tutorial for a nature bag made out of old pants. It looked so easy and the bag is so cute I just had to try it. I found a pair of pants in Devon's closet and convinced him that they didn't fit him anymore.
This one is Lyric's it is using a pocket that was near the knee on the front of the pants. The back is plain. I used the front pocket for the front of Story's and
the back pocket for the back.
Aren't they cute? They were really easy to sew. Now I just need to add some sort of strap and we can fill it up with our nature "stuff" and we will be ready to hit the trail.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Do You Like the Brown?

I really like the brown on this new layout of the blog, but Lyric HATES it!
"Mama, I really don't like our blog like that! Mama, it looks like we are at a restaurant. We are not at a restaurant, Mama!"*
So these are my questions:
1. Is it "our" blog if I do all of the writing and she just happens to be the subject a lot of the time?
2. Do you think she meant an actual restaurant or just a menu?
3. Do you like the new look?
*Yes, she really did say Mama that many times!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Our Week in Review

As you all have noticed, I have not blogged in over a week, so I decided to just do one post and to get you all caught up on what we did this week. I thought it would be an easy way to get caught up. NOT! It seems like it is taking me a week to finish this post!
Lyric had Spanish on Monday, as usual. Story told Ms. Minerva her vowels last week and got candy, so she wanted to do it again this week. I told her she wasn't going to be able to tell her vowels for candy every week;-) She just really didn't understand why.
Monday night we took Lyric to the park to practice with her bike. She actually rode by herself a little, but she would freak out if she realized she was doing it! We need some more practice.
Daddy did most of the chasing, but I helped out a little.
Bike riding is hard work! She needed lots of water! On Tuesday, we went to the library. It was our last Spanish story time for a while. Our library is closing for over a month to remodel! I know it is needed and it will be a good thing, but that is a long time to close! We are going to have to try one of the other nearby libraries.
I found a really cool calendar on the Universal Preschool site. It lists historic and important events that take place through the year. It is great because it lists helpful links and books to go along with the different events.
Did you know Tuesday was Rock Collecting Day? That's right it was. After the library the girls and I headed over to Champion Park to play in the sand and collect some rocks.
They of course had to climb the rock wall.
Lyric asked if this one would fit in our egg carton. Such the little jokester!
They each had to have a turn on the digger. Cadence didn't know what to think of the sand at first, but she eventually decided to play with it and taste it.
We filled our egg carton up with rocks. There weren't any really unusual ones at this park, but it was fun anyway.
On Wednesday, it was Lyric's turn to host Kids in the Kitchen for our play group. We decided to make Fudge in a Bag.
It was really easy and pretty tasty. Here is what you need:
2/3c. Powdered Sugar
1 T. Butter
1/2 oz. Cream Cheese
1 1/2 t. cocoa
Put all ingredients in a baggie and squish, squish, squish.
The kids had fun making it and eating it! I was only able to take a few pictures because I my hands were pretty fudgy!

That afternoon I went to take the trash out and came back to find Cadence in the hallway with her shirt half off. I asked the girls if they did it and they didn't know how it happened. I don't know what she was doing or why, but she wasn't too happy with the results!

I think she just wanted me to fix it, she wasn't too much on the picture taking!
On Wednesday night to complete our celebration of Rock Collecting Day we decided to paint our rocks. We took our painting supplies outside to the picnic table and I got Story all set up. I then had to go back in the house to get something... maybe Cadence... I don't know. While I was gone Lyric decided to get the red paint herself. Needless to say, we are about out of red paint now:-)
Lyric painted for a while, but then decided to take some pictures. Lyric used the glitter paint to put a design on her red rock. Does anyone know what to do with a bunch of painted rocks?
Cadence really, really wanted to paint. I had this great idea that I would get a bowl of water and let her paint with water. The bowl of water lasted about a second and a half before she dumped it out. Although, she did enjoy playing with the brush and bowl.
Did you know Thursday was National Play-Doh Day? Yep, it sure was. To celebrate the girls and I made homemade play doh. And not just any play doh... this was edible! Yum! The recipe was pretty easy:
2 c. Smooth Peanut Butter 2 c. Oatmeal 2 c. Dried Milk 2/3 c. Honey Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. It actually tasted pretty good, especially with the mini chocolate chips we used to decorate with! ]Lyric almost flung peanut butter in her eye trying to fill the cup it landed just below her right eye.Yes, Story made the edible play doh naked. Are you surprised?Lyric had to really squeeze Mr. Honey Bear! Cadence was not all excited about playing with her play doh! Story Bell posing with her pile,and Miss Lyric. Lyric made a monster.
I made a flower. I made a few other things, but they all had the mini chocolate chips in them, so I ate 'em.
Cadence made a mess.
Story decided to use cookie cutters and make a dog and a bone.
Lyric used the cookie cutters to make flowers with lots and lots of sprinkles for pollen.
On Thursday we decided to walk to the park. This time everyone rode in the wagon and I remembered to take water. The weather has been so nice lately! We played for a while and then headed back home.
There was a really sweet little boy named Owen who was at the park and he really tried to make friends with Lyric, but she wanted no part of it! I was so frustrated with her, she
just kept ignoring him. It may have something to do with the fact that he called her "Leo" for the first 10 minutes or so, but he eventually got "Lyric". I am sure the poor kid had never met a Lyric before, Leo is a much more common name. Yes, Miss Lyric insisted on taking her purse. I'm not real sure what she had so valuable in there.
She looks so old in this picture! We continued our celebration of National Play Doh Day on Friday by making regular play doh. I learned one thing about myself while we were doing this--I LOVE me some neon food coloring! It is so cute!
The recipe for our regular play doh:
2 c flour
1 1/2 c salt
6 T oil
3 t cream of tarter
3 c water
food coloring (I recommend neon!)
Mix ingredients in a pan and heat until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead.
(We added our food coloring while we were kneading, but you can do it while you are heating also.)
Story Bell worked really hard to make the flour "smooth". Our play doh turned out great, but I don't think this is a requirement.
Our cooked mashed potato consistency (well, lumpy mashed potatoes).
The end result. Aren't the colors pretty?

Well, that concludes our week. We were supposed to go with our play group to Berry Springs Park (our favorite) on Friday, but Cadence was pretty snotty, so we decided to keep our germs to ourself and hang out at home.

Next week, we are looking forward to celebrating: National Elephant Appreciation Day (22nd), Johnny Alppleseeds Birthday (24th) and National Chocolate Milk Day (27th). We will be sure to let you all know how it goes.