Sunday, February 28, 2010

Punkin's French Toast

Punkin has been very interested in learning to cook recently. I have a Betty Crocker cookbook that I cooked from when I was young (best snickerdoodle recipe ever!). An updated version of the cookbook is still published, so we got that from the library for her.

She loves it!

Here is the yummy french toast she made completely by herself. All I did was supervise the stove top use a little bit.


Do you have a favorite kids cookbook or recipe?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Getting Big

Almost ready to leave for Friday school. Little Man counts down the days!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tiny Talk

Little Man bought a Hot Wheels forklift yesterday. He was SO excited when he opened it in the car and the forklift part actually moved up and down. He yelled, he showed his sister, he showed me.

We ran a couple of other errands, and on the way back to our house I hear him in the back seat:

"I'm so glad this moves up and down. I thought it did, but I wasn't sure. If it wouldn't have moved, my heart would have just been broken.


Luckily, *little laugh, my heart is still fixed."

For more funny things kids say, check out Mary's site at Not Before 7.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

I saw this on Penless Writer's site and thought it would be a fun post today.


Outside my window... I see patches of snow and the early morning sun just coming over the rooftops.

I am thinking... that I overslept, I'm not ready for school today, and I probably should not be writing a blog post.

I am thankful for... my Little Man who still loves to snuggle in the mornings.

From the learning rooms... we are studying Ancient Greece and the Olympics.

From the kitchen... I need to go shopping!

I am wearing... my pjs!

I am creating... a blog post. That's the extent of it today!

I am going... on lots of errands today.

I am reading... "The Time Traveler's Wife. " I actually just finished it, but it is worth mentioning. I don't read a ton, but easily my favorite book I've read in the last year. Next is a book I saw recommended on a blog called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."

I am hoping... that I get everything on my list done today.

I am hearing... the TV.

Around the house... is messy. Maybe tomorrow....

One of my favorite things... is the peaceful and quiet feeling of the house in the mornings when only one or two of us are awake.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I have no big plans. School & work!

Check out The Simple Woman's blog if you would like to read more day posts or join in!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tiny Tales

Punkin did something yesterday (I've already forgotten what) that scared Little Man and made him jump.

Punkin: I scared you half to death!
Little Man: Nuh-uh. A third.


WeaverDad: How old is mommy now?
Little Man: 23
WeaverDad: Nope, 37.
Little Man: Oh. Not even close.

For more funny things kids say, check out Mary's site at Not Before 7.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Big changes ahead

I've been formally homeschooling for almost 5 years now. Preschool, K, Grades 1-3. I can't believe it. In some ways it feels like I've been doing it for all of my life, and in some ways it feels like just a few weeks.

I've read every homeschooling book at my library – and it's a good library so there are a lot of them! I've learned a lot. But there is one thing the books do not tell you how to do – stop homeschooling. How do you quit?

Punkin has been accepted at an amazing local charter school. She will start 4th grade in the fall. We obviously chose to pursue this path; and we have some valid reasons for thinking this may be the best path for her and our family. However, I have to admit that I didn't really think she would get a spot. There was a less than 1 percent chance, and admittance is determined by a lottery system, so the new students are determined purely by chance.

I'm scared. I'm scared about the things she will learn the hard way. I'm scared the teachers won't like her. I'm scared the other kids won't like her. I'm scared she won't like the other kids. I'm scared that she will be asked to be someone other than the free-spirited, creative girl that she is. I'm scared that what I have taught her will not be enough.

My dad was teasing me a little about going through the kindergarten mom anxiety with a 4th grader. And I definitely am. But, it is not just letting her go for the day. It's also letting go of complete responsibility of her education. Honestly, I'm having a hard time.

However, the chance was so slim and I prayed so much, I do believe that God opened this door for her. It is the right one for all of us. As scared as I am, I'm also super excited for her. I'm excited about the things she will learn. I'm excited that she has the opportunity to continue her education in a great place. I'm excited about the new friends she will make. I'm excited to see how she will grow.

And, maybe, I'll have more time to blog. *wink