Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fun with color!

The other day the kids and I were talking about colors. On the fly, I decided to show them that you can combine colors to make new colors. They were just absolutely astonished that I could combine yellow and blue food dye and make green. And red and blue to make purple. Etc. It was so fun mixing and matching and guessing and observing. They were truly fascinated! What took the cake was that I poured the colored water in their cups and they got to drink it for lunch. They just thought that was SO cool and they swore the water tasted better! Ha ha ha. Fun times. I love the freshness of the spirit of a child. Everything is new. Everything is exciting. Everything is an adventure. What a pleasure it has been to relive the joys of childhood. To pull away the curtain of familiarity and see life through new eyes.

Baby babble around the world

Ran across a most interesting article. For anyone who's interested in useless information (as I am), you will be interested to know that baby babble sounds the same across the world. Regardless of language, all baby's babble the same. And for those that are truly adventurous, you can even interpret baby babble.

Peter Pan costume progress

Well, I got the leaf skirt sewn (completely by hand).
Here's what it looks like:

(This is a view from the front.)
If the snaps don't stay on through wear & tear, I've got plans to use velcro.



I also have plans in the making for a vest, hat with a red feather, and brown shoes to complete the costume. But for now, I'm taking a breather to work on a sewing project for my girlfriend (who's expecting her first child in two weeks). It's OH so cute! Unfortunately, I can't share progress pics until it's complete and she gets them. Don't want her getting a sneak peek here! ;-)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Favorite Five #3

1- When reading Narnia or Peter Pan, having my children plead for me to read another chapter because they're so into the story. Love it!

2- Homemade herbal tea with honey. Mmmmmm.

3- Having a stocked refrigerator and pantry for the week.

4- Watching chic flicks with my girlfriend.

5- Being able to get the kids ready and out the door in 45 minutes or less. ;-)

Thursday, February 26, 2009



We are going to start including these into our homeschool curriculum! I can't WAIT!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homeschooling Question

For some reason, Arianna is having a terrible time differentiating between the numbers 6, 9, and 10... which means we cannot progress much to memorizing higher numbers. Benjamin, who is 16 months younger gets them, no problem. But Arianna?... -sigh- Does anyone have any tricks up their sleeves to help her? A fun sort of game, perhaps? I'm half wondering if she has dyscalculia like I do. Or perhaps it's simply a developmental (or motivational) issue. Hmmm...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Homemade cold care tea!

I've had a growing interest in herbal remedies for some time now. Here's a really good (and simple!) cold care tea recipe that's been working wonderfully to clear up my sinus infection. And you probably have these ingredients right on hand.

*Note, I am not giving medical advice. I am only sharing what has worked with me in regard to herbal use. Please seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.*

Cold Care Tea
(for sinus congestion/infection)
*makes approx. 3 cups tea

1 qt. boiling hot water
grate a 1 in. piece of fresh ginger root (can substitute w/ 1 tsp. ground ginger)
4 Tbl. lemon juice
3 Tbl. honey
While boiling water, combine grated (or ground) ginger, lemon juice, and honey into a thermos. Add 1 qt. boiling hot water, stir. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain (if using grated ginger root) and enjoy! Spicy and sweet!
-Consume all three cups over the course of 1 day.
-Drink daily until symptoms are relieved.

At first, all this tea did was make my nose run. I still was having painful sinus pressure, headache, etc. But rather than give in and take ibuprophen or some other OTC drug, I stuck with it and drank my tea. By that evening, my sinus' finally started to clear up. Even when I laid down, which is usually when my sinus pressure worsens, it wasn't bothersome. And when I woke up, I could actually breathe!!! First time in 3+ weeks! So I'm drinking my tea again today and I feel so much better. Not 100% yet. But MUCH better. And considering the ingredients, I'd gather to say that it's probably safe to consume during pregnancy and/or while lactating. It hasn't seemed to bother Edmund one bit. Try it next time you get sinus congestion/infection. I'd love to hear if it worked for you!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Favorite Five #2

1-The quiet of the house when all of the children are finally asleep for the night. Ahhhhh. :-) I covet those quiet hours that I get to spend alone with RD.
2-The smell of coffee brewing in the morning.
3-Reading to my children and watching them later gleefully reenacting the stories they heard.
4-Relief and recovery following an illness.
5-When my children obey me all the way, right away, and with a happy heart.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's done!!!

Goodness me! After completing the seemingly endless pile of clothing that needed mending, I was finally able to work on my apron! Yea! It took me about a week to complete, working in the evening hours after my little cherubs were tucked in for the night. It's completely hand sewn. I love it! It's a wonderful pink color!!

There's a lining of white flannel on the backside so that spills will more easily be absorbed into the apron and not my clothing.

And for my next project...
I'm hand sewing a Peter Pan costume for Benjamin!
He'll be thrilled!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Homeschool reading

Everyday at school, we've been making it a habit of reading 1+ chapters of our Narnia book. The kids and I are totally enjoying it! I was thinking that the language would be too far above what a 5 and 4 year old could grasp. But I was wrong! The get it! And they love it!

We just finished:

We're now starting:

And for some reason, my children have been obsessed as of late with the story of Peter Pan. It's really quite a hoot to watch them do reenactments. Benjamin will don his green PJ's to play the part of Peter Pan. Arianna will put on her blue nightgown and play the part of Wendy. Cassandra will be one of the lost boys. And even little Edmund takes part in the magic (unbeknownst to him) as Wendy's little brother, Michael. I found The Adventures of Peter Pan by J M Barrie online as a free e-book. If anyone's interested, you can read the book here. So... we've added a chapter a day of Peter Pan to our homeschool mix as well.

It has been a true joy to see my children take to books so well. They truly are enjoying it. And you can bet that as soon as we're done reading a chapter, they're off playing in the Land of Pretend. It's awesome to watch.

Can't wait to read more tomorrow!

Have any of you ever heard of IT IS AWESOME!!! For the price of postage, you swap books with people all over! Once you swap, you can either keep the book or swap it back to someone else! RD and I listed over 40 books last night and while we were listing them, 4 books were already being flagged as "wanted". When someone wants a book you listed, you print out the mailing label right off the website and off you go to the post office to see it off. Everytime someone receives one of your books, you get a credit and you can then pick out a book you want. You have to initially post 10 books and you immediately get two credits. We are so excited! We've got our sights set on children's books and homeschool books! You have GOT to check it out. There's also a DVD-Swap linked to the website if you're interested in that as well.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Random thought

Does baby babble sound different in other countries/cultures?...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Favorite Five

1- Doing my girls' hair "just the way they want it" and enjoying the CRAZY creative ideas they come up with!

2- Benjamin totally loving on his little brother.

3- My husband taking care of me when I'm lousy with illness... and still telling me I'm beautiful.

4- Out of the blue 60F weather in February.

5- My "Enya" station on

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm there!!!

Yea! I finally reached my pre-preggo weight: 137 lbs!!!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Love it!

I am totally a fan of this website called Holy Experience. A dear friend of mine frequents H.E. and left a link to it on her blog. On the fly, I clicked on the link... and have been hooked ever since. Ann is so poetic in her writing. Her perspective on life is thought-provoking. May you be as blessed as I have been!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Have you ever heard of this?


During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it.

Some of us have used Vicks Vapo rub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I've never heard of this. And don't laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapo rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it
is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened. It was a surprise finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly. My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough-free for hours every night that she used it.