Monday, January 16, 2012

My 14 hour workday

I am sighing in relief right now after putting the kids to bed. It turned out to be 14 hours of fun and craziness. The baby woke up at 5:30 am, and then my other two kids decided to join us. I tried my hardest to motivate them to go back to bed, but it was to no avail. Shortly after there was a poop emergency with with one of my kids. I was running with him to the bathroom only to find my oldest trying to plunge the overflowed toilet with water all over the floor.

Today is MLK Jr day. I thought it might be cool to share a website that I had found with some YouTube linked videos about him and the civil rights movement on it. They heard the book, "Martin's Big Words," and talked about Rosa Parks on the bus. My daughter was interested for a little while, and then got sidetracked. She has a friend named Ella from Liberia and was sad to hear that she wouldn't have been able to be friends with her.

It snowed a couple of flakes today, but not enough to stick. On our way home from doing errands we decided to go find some snow. We pulled over in a logging area, and had a snowball fight. I insisted that we didn't leave until I built a snowman. It wasn't too impressive, because it was made in 5 minutes but I loved it. I hope to do some sledding soon.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Donuts and Snow!

We got a couple of sparatic flakes of snow today. It went away before we could even get excited about it. I am really craving some good snow. It has been a couple of years. The kids were pretty ancy today. I decided to try my luck at making homemade donuts. This is something I have never done, and I don't have a proper fryer. I enlisted the help of the kids, so that they could focus their energies on something. The dough tasted fabulous, but the donuts were a work in progress. The oils kept varying in temperature because it was being cooked on the stove. This made the donuts either burn with the insides not cooked, or undercooked while soaking in Crisco. For every one semi decent donut I burnt like 3 of them. I was cooking them one at a time, and was getting really hot. I decided to bake the remaining dough into donuts type shapes, and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them. They turned out a little better, but were more like a biscuit since I baked them on a cookie sheet and not a donut sheet.

All in all the kids had fun, and it was worth a try. I probably won't try it again without a donut tray though.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Finding My Spark

Lately I feel as if I am finding my old self by my rejuvenating old interests. This blog has helped me to tap into my old passion of writing. I used to write all of the time, and was involved with my jr high and high school newspapers. I have been finding time to read after the kids go to bed. My favorites are reading in a hot bath, or I turn off the tv and relax with the sound of a fountain in the background. I am currently reading, "How Children Learn," by John Holt.

Today I went for a run, which I need to do a lot more. It was hard to get my butt out the door, but once I did I was happy. There is something about running outside in the cool air through the puddles, while testing your own strength. I also played my violin for a moment amongst jumping kids and a crying baby. At my sister's wedding last weekend I ran into my old symphony stand partner. She was a long time friend of the groom's. She told me that the symphony was super short on 2nd violins, and ended up dropping off some sheet music for an upcoming concert. I am super rusty, but excited to take a crack at it.

My husband seems to he tapping into his inner talents as well. He spends a ton of time playing strategy games on his phone, and in result has become really savvy with electronics. I told him as long as he doesn't remove his tattoos, and start parting his hair to the side lol!

My son had his first soccer practice this morning. It was super early at 9 am, which is really early for us. I was skeptical that he was going to be able to han the entire hour, but he did excellent and had lots of fun. He didn't drink any of his water, and didn't fall asleep until bedtime.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Thursday!

I love being a mom even though it is tiring, crazy and unpredictable. All three kids have runny noses right now, and since we spent the last 3 days outside I figured we should scale back to the indoors for a bit. I need to get rid of the colds too, because My son has his first soccer class Saturday morning. I could tell he needed something to get out his energy this morning. He found a soft baseball bat, and was hitting toys to watch them bounce. I spread out a blanket with toys, and told himto have at it. It lasted about 5 seconds.

I decided to set the kids up with play doh. Our old stuff had seen better days, so I made some green play doh with a recipe.

1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour

The kids ended up playing with it for over and hour. It totally wiped them out, and it wiped me out cleaning up the mess afterwards. What is a mom to do when her kids don't nap anymore? Today was one of those days I just needed ten minutes to myself. I ended up making myself a French vanilla latte, while reading them books. One of our books on animals in the desert got us to talking about scuba diving and ocean conservation. Pretty opposite for sure. I pulled up the computer, and we fell in love with two YouTube videos called, "Children and the Ocean" Pts 1 & 2.

It was super inspiring and amazing.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cats in the Prideland

This week has been pretty fun in regards to going out and exploring, though my house has suffered for it. I promise I clean every day, but with a small house and 5 people it quickly goes back to chaos after the task is completed.

On Monday we got an invite to go to the park with a friend and have lunch. It wasn't raining, but pretty cold so we ventured off into the January air to let the kids burn off their energy. The fun stuff happened yesterday at the zoo. I saw that it was a discount day for the zoo, and it surprisingly wasn't raining again, so we decided to go late in the afternoon. I usually hate the parking lot, because they cram like 5 attractions worth of vehicles into this little lot, but yesterday it was pretty dead. We walked around to look at the animals, but had to keep a pretty good pace because it was cold and the baby could lose it at any moment. I decided last night that we should take them again when it is warmer and we have more time and let the kids venture where they want to go, because Caylee didn't have a chance to see half the information booths that she had wanted to.

We did get to see the cats, and it was worth the entire trip. The cougar was sitting on a rock on the rock wall, and then hopped down to walk right past the window. It was pretty impressive, but especially since we had lived in cougar country a year ago, and my husband had a close encounter with one at night. It was crazy to see up close what had probably been stalking us when we lived up there during that short time. I had been happy to move back to the city! My favorite exhibit is the lions. They just built this new lion exhibit where the lions can come right up to the glass. Standing face to face with a lion is pretty ridiculous, and that is definitely what ended up happening yesterday. It makes me wonder if the glass is just a sad tease to the cats with possible prey on the other side. This link takes you to the encounter.

Hello Out There!

I am a mom to three young kids. We are a free learning family, and I am excited to share our experiences and antics during this awesome life! What is a free learner you might ask? That is a question I ask myself daily as I navigate through parenting. It can be a lot of things to a lot of people. For me it has become learning through living and experiencing. I would consider it the same as unschooling in regards to the fact of not having a set curriculum to adhere to. My kids are young, and though they are not in grade school I have been diligently researching the upcoming kindergarten options for my four year old for the last 3 years. After many prayers for guidance, books and websites(which I am still pouring through) I felt compelled to let my kids natural curiousity and zest for learning lead the way in their future. It has also led me to evaluate and begin to pursue my long lost interests that have been sitting by the wayside. Thanks for listening! My husband and our son on a hike.
My boy and and I!
Yet another picture of Him
Our little Guy!
Miss Daughter
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