Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Megan looks distraught because she wants to go over and play on the big snow pile that is currently partially blocking our neighbor's mailbox. (Don't worry Dorvals, we've cleared a path for the mail man.) This big snow pile is the result of the plow coming straight down the center of the cul-de-sac and stacking the snow in this one spot.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Math - Joshua began learning about subtraction this week.
Phonics/vocabulary - Joshua learned about positioning words (in, on, under) and using the letter "a" as a word.
Science - The science curriculum is discussing seasons right now. But the worksheets are just coloring pages of a winter, spring, summer and fall scene. Joshua is not much of a colorer. So instead we talk about the day's weather.
Art - We looked at paintings by Mary Cassatt. And then compared them to all the other paintings we've been studying.
Geography - We learned all about the state of Alaska.
Biography - Continueing our study of the presidents, Joshua studied Thomas Jefferson this week. He also learned all about nickels. We even learned how to tell which mint the nickel was made in.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. applesauce
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 c. shredded carrots
1. Preheat oven to 300. Pop cupcake papers in muffin tin.
2. In mixer, beat together eggs, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla. In another bowl - mix together the remaining dry ingredients. Gradually add dry to wet mixture. Stir in carrots.
3. Bake for 35 min.
1/2 c. butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat all together in mixer - add more or less powdered sugar depending on desired consistency.
Now, if you are really hungry - go check out Clarissa's recipe for banana cookies (on the Day family of four). Yummy!
As we were coming home from the party, I was thinking to myself that there was an aweful lot of snow out there on the Coast Guard base. In town, we had nothing, maybe an icy patch or two, but for the most part our yard had no snow in it. And then the radio announced that we would be seeing 6 inches of snow this weekend. So after the kids went to bed, I made a run to Safeway and stocked up on some stuff to carry us through the next few days. Sure enough, right now it is really coming down out there. That's fine with me, since I have serious cleaning and packing to do. I packed away 1/2 of the toys and books from the boys' room, and took all the pictures off their walls. Then I vaccumed the heating unit and scrubbed every inch of their room. That's one room finished - a half a dozen or so more to go!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Keith also got word today that he'll be transfering to the evening shift in a couple of weeks. This is also pretty good news, as it means he won't be flying as many hours as he has been, and he'll be home during the day. This also gives him weekends off and we can really knock-out our to-do list with him home on the weekends.
So to milk this birthday thing just a little bit more, here is an adorable video of Megan and Daniel taking turns singing the birthday song to me. Joshua was busy creating things out of legos in his room.
The doorbell that rings at the end of the video was the UPS man delivering my present from Grandma. Thanks, Sandi - everything fits perfectly!
I made carrot cup cakes for the kids tonight. I combined two different recipes that I found to create my own. The kids loved them. I brought some in for my AWANA kids and they scarfed them right up. I'll try to remember to post up the recipe sometime soon.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
We don't have anything big planned for tomorrow. I have school on-line for an hour in the morning, and I have a paper due that I need to finish. Keith has a doctor's appointment that he'll have to leave for while I am doing school. We have the cable guy coming to fix our cable outlet. We don't actually have cable TV, but we have our internet and telephone through the cable company. Keith has to work tomorrow evening and the kids and I have AWANA. So not a lot of time for birthday shenanigans. The kids and I are planning to make some cupcakes tomorrow morning, but that's about it. I'm very stressed about the move and preparing the house to sell and taking two classes at once instead of just one, and keeping up with Joshua's school work - I told Keith it wouldn't be worth the time or the money to go out right now. But next year, we'll be near free babysitters (I mean, Grandparents) and we'll paint the town red for my birthday.
It was unusually warm today, nearly 40 degrees. Keith and I laughed and remembered that it was a nice warm sunny day like this in March of 2005 when we decided to buy our house. Hopefully the sunshine will be on our side when we put the house up for sale soon.
There were quite a few eagles out today. Joshua was watching them fly around near the ferry terminal.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The recipe states that it makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies, but I tend to make small cookies so I've got about 3 1/2 dozen small cookies. The kids love to have 2 or 3 small cookies instead of one giant cookie. Yummy!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Once we stripped off our mulitple layers of jackets, hats and mittens and pulled out bootleg fun-sized packs of M&Ms from my purse, we settled in for what ended up being a cute movie. For about the first 20 minutes of the movie, I have to admit, I was annoyed. I just can't stand how so many movies have dumbed-down girls. So I sat there making a mental note to add more documentaries to our Netflix. I was honestly thinking to myself, "I wonder if they have any preschool appropriate moves about Sally Ride?". And then the part in the movie came where Patrick Dempsey gives his daughter a book about historical women - Rosa Parks, Marie Currie, etc. I chuckled to myself and realized how silly I can be sometimes. I know Megan wants to see the princesses, and wear her ballerina clothes all the time. I know she likes pink and sparkles, and is the first to notice if I am wearing lip gloss, because she wants some, too. But I also know that we spend many hours a day reading and doing crafts and cooking and just spending time together. I just worry sometimes that her infatuation with all things princess-y is going to turn her into a damsel in distress batting her eyelashes waiting to be rescued. And then at the end of the movie when Gisselle saves Patrick Dempsey, Megan said, "YES!! I like her, she's a brave princess". It was then that I knew Megan would be okay, she's a fighter. The same little fighter that nearly knocked her big brother down shoving him out of the way to get in the minivan because he was taking too long and she was cold.
Overall, the movie was cute. There was a part in the movie where Gisselle and Patrick Dempsey are dancing at the ball and he is singing quietly to her. Megan (was on my lap) leaned back to me and said, "They look like you and Daddy getting married." She's watched our wedding video many times and Keith sings a bit to me during our dance. I thought it was funny that she remembered that.
So, for anyone counting...I've now been to the movies 4 times since we moved to Kodiak 4 1/2 years ago. I need to get out more often!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Just a little while ago I was studying and my neighbor a few streets over sent me an instant message that said, "look out back at the moon". I was amazed when I went out back and saw a big bright circle around the moon, just as clear as can be. After some quick research, it is believed that a ring around the moon means rain is on the way. There really is some science behind that to make it true, but I'm not about to explain it this late at night. However, here is a link another really cool picture - http://www.lumis.com/picture/87081302/
Ironically, today Joshua and I read a book about space travel at the library. I told him I would take him to see a real rocket ship for his birthday, because I am the coolest Mom ever. And because I know we'll be just a few hours away from Kennedy Space Center. And cultivating our nerdiness is so much more fun than a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. I was going to wake Joshua up to go outside and look at the moon, but the clouds have rolled in making the viewing difficult.
Last night was Parent Night at AWANA. Which meant that for most of my little Sparkies there was at least one parent present. As the kids were signing off on their memory verses, they could earn an extra AWANA buck if their parent recited a verse. I let my parents off easy and suggested they recite the Sparks key verse (John 3:16). Because it was Parent Night, I got relieved of my duties for a short while and went to Joshua's team to recite a verse for him. I listened as he got signed off on three verses, then I recited one for him and went back to my team. During game time, the parents played the games with the children. Joshua and I played in the 3-legged race. I ended up just picking him up a bit and running with him while he sort-of hung off my leg with his arms around my waist like a little marsupial. After all that excitement, I went to the Cubbie room to pick up Megan. Apparently someone decided it was a good idea to have cupcakes for snack last night, and she was WIRED. She was talking non-stop the whole way home.
Today we had big plans to go to story time at the library. We even got there 10 minutes early, only to find that the story time lady is sick and had to cancel today. Not to worry, we still managed to read quite a few books on our own. I even met another homeschooling mother there. She's got 7 kids and her oldest two are high-school age and available to babysit during school hours if I ever need anything. And they live a few streets over. We exchanged numbers for a coffee/play date in the upcoming weeks.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Today's MOPS had a group of Wise Older Women come in and answer a bunch of different questions for all of us moms with younger kids. It's really interesting to listen to everyone's different thoughts. One of the ladies mentioned that guilt is a tool that Satan uses on all mothers all the time. As mothers, we'll never survive unless we let go of it. I can absolutely see what she was saying. I feel guilty doing the dishes after dinner because I should be spending time with the kids, but I feel guilty spending time with the kids because Keith's on his way home and the dishes need to get done. :) Other great topics were: dealing with Mommy-peer-pressure (trying to keep up with other moms not only with trying to have the best stroller, best dressed kid, first walker, first back to pre-pregnant size, and the list goes on), high energy children, chores for toddlers/preschoolers, allowance, and basic survival with more than one child.
It was a really fun morning, and I'm glad I went. I added a few suggested books to my list of books I'd like to find the time to read. I've been wanting to read The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson for a while now, I just haven't gotten around to it. I'll add it to my never-ending to-do list.
After MOPS, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. While there, we stopped and had lunch at Subway. We must have ran into about 5 different families that we know during our trip. And we got a state quarter that we needed for our collection, so Joshua was thrilled.
Joshua picked out a pack of colored pencils today. Joshua told me last week that he really misses the colored pencils from Mrs. Wallace's class (he preschool teacher last year). So I let him pick whichever ones he wanted - and he picked out a huge pack and a zippered pouch to put them in. He was pleased with himself.
While Joshua used his colored pencils, I was able to get some planning out of the way. The rest of his curriculum through the first week of February is planned. The homeschool curriculum we are using, Calvert, doesn't include very many history or geography lessons. It is very story and phonics oriented though, and I really like that. So, for the next 5 or 6 weeks, we will be studying a different president each week. This week, we started with George Washington. Here is a picture of Joshua using his finger to stamp some cherries on the cherry tree.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
But my favorite part of the conversation was this one...
Joshua: Hey, Jason, you wanna hear me count to 900?
Jason: (trying hard not to laugh) umm, errr, ummm
Joshua: I can do it really fast!
Jason: Hmmm, maybe another time, okay?
As Joshua's getting into bed: Mom, I'll need to practice counting to 900 for when Jason comes back in two weeks.
Me: Okay, Daddy can help you with that tomorrow. :)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I took Joshua with me out to the base gym today because I needed to pick up some of the children's exercise equipment that had been left behind. I did not know that it was Kid Day Out at the gym. Just as we got there they were setting up the big jumpy-houses, putt-putt golf, and a batting cage. Joshua had a blast. He enjoyed the batting cage. I was very nervous to let him in there, as the balls were shooting out of the pitcher pretty fast. He was grinning and having a blast (I wish I had brought the camera!). They had a little fishing game set up where Joshua held onto a fishing pole and fished over the edge of a table. Someone behind the table clips a prize to the fishing pole. Joshua won a pair of really cute Incredibles pajamas. Unfortunately, the jammies were for a size 4, so Josh was sad that they were not going to fit him. However, on the way home he decided to give them to Daniel. Daniel loves them, and looks very grown-up in them. I'm happy about them because they don't have that yucky flame-retardant stiff feel to them.
I couple of weeks ago I ran into a friend of mine at the library. We were talking about the toddler lunch time rut. There are only so many different ways to make sandwiches, fruit and yogurt look exciting. My friend, Jen, mentioned that she serves her daughter Bento-style lunches. Which is basically a container with 5 or 6 openings filled with different foods that might not actually be related to each other, but are still yummy. Similar to the theory that makes the mass-marketed Lunchables so well-liked by kids. (I prefer not to buy those pre-made lunches). We generally don't really do a lot of lunch meats because I have concerns about the nitrites/nitrates in them. So since I had some spare time tonight, I thought I would read more about this Bento-style lunch that keeps Jen from fighting with her girls about lunch. I came across a site that I thought was really neat - http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/ . While we are not vegans (the lady that runs that site is a vegan), I'm interested in the different ways she's creatively included protein into her child's diet. Her daily pictures of her son's lunchboxes are really cute.
Friday, January 11, 2008
We also studied Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Joshua practiced retelling the story and answered all the reading comprehension questions correctly.
Phonics: focused on writing and using words that start with the letters M,S,T and B.
Vocabulary: Joshua learned to use nouns to list the members of his family.
Music and Games: The focus this week was to learn left from right. Of course this involved lots of silly things like trying to write with our left hands, and jumping on the trampoline and doing the Hokey-Pokey.
Science: We are still learning about the environment, reducing, reusing, and recycling. We wrapped the week up with a few lessons about pollution (threw in an anti-smoking lesson there), and being a litter-bug.
Art: We studied Picasso this week. We usually study more than on artist each week, but Picasso was so interesting, we used him for our biography this week, as well as our art lessons. We studied the Blue Period, as well as Cubism. Joshua drew a picture using shapes (below).
History: This week we learned about Democracy. On the occasion our house is a democracy. We let the kids vote on which movie to watch for family night, or we let them vote on which game to play first on game night. So Joshua understood the whole voting concept. We read Duck for President by Doreece Cronin (who also did Click, Clack, Moo, another book we love).
Geography: We used the U.S. floor puzzle to work on state placement. Then Joshua picked one state to study about. We scored a National Geographic Children's Atlas at the library book sale last year for $1. It is short and sweet and perfect for the elementary school aged kids. Joshua picked Michigan since it had a car on it.
So to celebrate Keith being home during the day, I got to get out for some errands without the kids. I actually got to use a real grocery cart today, not the gigantic pain-in-the-behind-doesn't-steer-in-the-direction-I-want-to-go truck cart. I went to Safeway to grab a few things. I don't understand why the bananas in the produce section are always neon green, but the bananas in the center of the cereal isle are perfect. Of course, I'm sure there's some marketing ploy going on there, but for me, I just head straight to the cereal isle for bananas, then zip back to produce for the rest of the fruits/veggies.
After the groceries were put away, we decided to give the kids haircuts. It becomes an assembly line of sorts. Joshua went first with Keith doing the cutting, and me helping him take a big-boy shower. Then it was Megan's turn (I didn't get any good pictures of her, because it was just a quick trim of the bangs and I didn't have time to grab the camera). Then she went in the tub.
Look at all that hair on his shoulders! He thought it was so cool that he was all hairy. Next up was Daniel. Look at him with the hairy back and pooched out belly. And yes, he's wearing a pink princess pull-up because it was under the sink in the bathroom and I put it on him after he successfully used the potty. After his haircut, Daniel went in the tub that Megan was in. She got pulled out to get jammies on and dry her hair, and Daniel swam in the tub for a bit.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Joshua had a great day of school today. We did a lot of dancing around and jumping on the trampoline today as a way of reinforcing Right foot and Left foot. I think we sang the Father Abraham song at least 5 different times today. Joshua and Megan helped teach Daniel how to do the Hokey-Pokey.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Tonight after Daddy got home from work, Joshua read him one of the easy-reader stories. Joshua was just beaming. He had been practicing all day reading his different stories and then picked out one to read to Daddy.
I also resumed classes today. It looks like it is going to be quite a busy semester.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I went to a small baby shower for Beth today. We are so excited for them, they are leaving soon to head to Guatemala to pick up their son, Gabriel. Keith and I have been talking to Joshua about Gabriel, since Joshua has a pretty good grasp (or at least the 5 year old version) of where babies come from. Joshua knows that Gabriel grew in another Mommy's belly and Beth's belly grew Donavyn.
We watched Meet the Robinsons tonight, to continue our discussion about different families. Joshua asked why the boy's mother left him in a box at the door of the orphanage. I told him I really didn't know. I guess I could have given some well thought out politically correct answer, but I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all explaination. So I gave him the only answer I could, "I don't know, honey, let's see if the movie tells us". So we continued to watch the movie. And just as Joshua was trying to find out why the boy was left at the orphanage, the boy in the story was trying to find out the same thing. I really liked the movie, I liked the characters (there wasn't any one weird person, they were all weird), I liked the message, and I liked the general positive plot of the movie. I didn't like the overuse of the word stupid.
These are little shirts made with potato stamps. A princess for Donavyn and a prince for Gabriel.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
It was a small commuter plane from Servant Airways leaving Kodiak and heading to Homer.
I just found out about an hour ago that the pilot was the husband of my friend and former co-worker, Judy. Robin did not survive the crash; he was one of 6 casualties. Please keep Judy in your thoughts, as well as their two college age sons, Doug and Randy.
http://www.adn.com/ (updated link takes you to the Anchorage Daily News, you can find the article on the first page)
Keith and I have really seen a change in Joshua since it's been dark, cold, windy and just plain yucky outside. Joshua just seems to have this glazed-over look, like he never truely wakes up all day. I've been tempted to share my coffee with him (just kidding). Keith and I decided that no matter what the weather looks like, we'll offer Josh the chance to go out and play in the back yard for as long as he wants. However, the smaller two kids don't go out in the whipping winds and sub-freezing temperatures. Mostly because the little two get cold, so they stand still and then get colder. Joshua moves non-stop, so he never really gets cold. So Joshua chose to go out to play for about 45 minutes today in the windy 23 degree weather.
Joshua came inside and joined the other kids up at the table, where we had some serious creative juices flowing with the help of our new play-doh (another great Christmas present).
Daniel is learning how to use his play-doh scissors.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Let this be your warning, don't leave your dinner plate alone at my house. (And here's where we stop getting invited over to other people's houses for dinner!)
Since we are staring down the second half of the school year, yet we are more than 3/4 the way through our planned curriculum, I'd imagine the latter spring and summer months will be filled with much more reading. We've read 24 out of the 100 books listed. I'd like to bump that number up to 50 books by the end of the summer. What I don't understand is how small books like Cordury and Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom made the same list as larger, more young adult books such as the Harry Potter Series (which I won't be reading to Joshua). So I'd love to say we'll have more than half the list finished, but some of those books are really long, and not quite at the Kindergarten level (Little Women? I think I was in the 7th grade when I read that.)
Anyhow - here's the list - I've bolded the books that we have already completed.
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
6. I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
8. Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
11. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
12. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
13. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
14. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
15. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
16. The Mitten by Jan Brett
17. Crunching Carrots, Not Candy by Judy Slack
18. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willlems
19. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (We won’t be reading this series.)
20. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
21. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
22. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
23. Corduroy by Don Freeman
24. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
25. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
26. Tacky the Penquin by Helen Lester
27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
28. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
30. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin
31. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
32. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
33. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park (We won’t be reading this book.)
34. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
35. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
37. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
38. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
39. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
40. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
41. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
42. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
43. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
44. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
45. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
46. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
47. Olivia by Ian Falconer
48. The BFG by Roald Dahl
49. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
50. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
51. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
53. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
54. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
55. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
56. Bunnicula by James Howe
57. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
58. Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise
59. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
60. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
61. Frederick by Leo Lionni
62. Frindle by Andrew Clements
63. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
64. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
65. Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
66. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
67. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
68. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
69. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
70. Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino
71. Jan Brett’s books
72. Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.
73. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
74. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
75. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
76. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
77. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
78. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
79. No David! by David Shannon
80. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
81. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
82. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch
83. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
84. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
85. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
86. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
87. The Empty Pot by Demi
88. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
89. The Giver by Lois Lowr
90. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
91. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
92. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
93. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
94. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
95. The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
96. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
97. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
98. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
99. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
100. The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
I also really enjoying the Association for Library Services to Children website http://www.ala.org/ALSCTemplate.cfm?Section=AboutALSC . You can search on that website for Caldecott winners (books that have won awards for outstanding illustrations), Newbery Medals (honors authors that have made outstanding contributions to children's literature), as well as other recommended reading lists.So when I'm loading kids into the mini-van wondering what secular books to grab at the library, I now have a couple of good resources, or at least a quick list to take a peek at.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
We had quite a little celebration to ring in the new year. I don't think any of the kids really get it, but it's a fun excuse to party anyway. After they got an early bath, they used Megan's new art supply paint dotters to decorate party hats.
Not as messy as stamps, and produces quick creations, so the paint dotters are definately keepers. I had my doubts, but was pleasantly surprised when just a small amount of ink came out of the tip at a time.
Daniel is frowning because he was in the tub for too long and his fingers are pruney. He gets very upset if his fingers and toes are pruney. He cries, "Fix it, Mom." And I have to kiss every finger to make it better.
Megan did a great job decorating her hat too. She, of course, decided to go with a pink crown. She claims to have decorated it with purple and gold jewels.
After creating party hats, we all had a yummy little buffet of appetizers. The kids were thrilled to be having a "party" for dinner. We tried to explain that we were celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another, but they really don't get it, yet.