Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hanging out in the car

Child #3 loves to play in the car. When we get home, I'll unbuckle her as quick as possible as she is often crying in her car seat. As soon as the seat belt is off,  she gets in the front and begins to play. Often I'll open the house for the other two, I'll take care of a few things, go check on her or she'll come in on her own. Love independent two year olds! But this is what I found a few days ago!

Yes, it is eaten lip balm. That little stinker has learned how to unscrew my lip balm and eat it! I wonder if strawberry flavor tastes as good as it smells?  I guess so!
 
And to finish up this week-end, I loved this non-fiction piece by a kindergarten student. I edit our little elementary school newsletter and this is what Sola published:
Hearts
hearts beat in our body and they help you breathe. 
Hearts can break.  
 

So cute and so true. Happy March! Kirstin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Staying home from school

Usually staying home from school means someone was sick. But yesterday it was a different story (and sort of a long one so hold on!). Child #1 and Child #2 hate oatmeal day and every Monday is oatmeal day. Yesterday was Monday, oatmeal day. It began with moaning and complaining. I try to keep a cheery voice and attitude because I think they should eat healthy, maybe not everyday but at least on Mondays!
 
Child #1 could not get over the fact that I wouldn't give him cinnamon toast with his oatmeal. It continued on and on. Then we were later and later. We said family prayer (after a temper tantrum by Child #1), we brushed teeth, and got in the car (Child #1 was brushing teeth and complaining).
 
By this time it was late. We were going to be late for carpool. Finally at 7:09, I called the home phone asking where Child #1 was, no response. We need to meet our carpool at 7:10, so I left Child #1. I came home after being late to carpool and Child #1 was crying under the picnic table  (don't feel bad, his papa was home and aware of the issues).
 
So he stayed home and worked all day - which I should note, has always been the consequence and both kids know it. You miss school, you work the whole day!
 
 First he ate his oatmeal, we discussed the chores he needed to do for the day and we got busy. We weeded the front yard, cleaned up the backyard, sprayed the outside windows, washed the inside windows, dusted the living room, cleaned out the shed, swept out the garage, washed the van. Then he went with me to my dentist appointment and sat without a word in the lobby. He ran dreaded errands with me as well. As the day progressed, the complaining stopped and by the end of the day he was happy. Work does that to him, he is a bear to get started and get going but once he's started I think he feels a sense of accomplishment.
 
Now for me, it meant I didn't get done any of the things I had on my list of things to do on Monday, but all morning I reminded myself that I am growing and teaching a young boy to be more responsible. He was more important than my check-list. I am hopeful that he will be more responsible as he matures (although, he didn't show a lot of improvement this morning but at least he was in the car by 7:05). All day yesterday, as he was working he kept saying, "I want to go to school, I want to go to school", which was music to my ears. I want him to go to school too!
 
On a more loving note, here are the 21 boxes I spray painted pink for Child #2's Valentine's Party. These were their valentine's mailboxes. Lots of spray painted was needed! 
 


And lastly, on a sea glass note, here are two collections I got last week, I had to go to different beaches but still it was fun to get!
Here's hoping we all have a better week at school or where ever we have to go! Kirstin

Friday, January 30, 2015

Competition

The sea glass lately has been great! And I knew today would be a good one with low tide falling in the afternoon Because it was a Friday afternoon, I knew there would be others out looking for sea glass but we went down anyway. I saw one lady farther down and we picked up glass until we caught up to her. Then she started back and we lagged behind. I try not to crowd other sea glassers but then another gentleman caught up to us and for a while we were glassing at about the same speed. Awkward!  Child #2 said they were both going for a large white piece of glass, but she dropped it so he could have it. (I was trying to keep Child #3 moving to get out of this man's glassing space).

Speaking of competition, Child #2 is my fiercest competitor. She now collects for herself and her own collection! I think there are two reasons for this need for her own glass. One, she wants to sell it and make money and/or maybe she wants to have 100 pieces in her collection to take to school for her classroom's 100 Day Celebration. I'm not sure but I keep reminding her that there is enough glass for everyone because the waves keep bringing it in. And I tell her I am happy to share with her (which I am, just not the big cool ones:)

Child #1 is my sharer, he is happy to give me the pieces he finds. I love it! That is why my collection looks like this:
And we are able to find pieces like this:
And these:
It was a good day even with the competition!
 
This was my favorite saying after Child #1 found a sand dollar and I found a rusty old penny. "I have more money than you!"

Carrot Soup

I have never made carrot soup before but I am trying to eat more natural, non-animal products. It hasn't been too hard. As long as I have left overs from dinner for lunch, I don't snack and feel filled. Today I purchased A LOT of carrots - 10 lbs for $4.99. And I thought I would give it a try (and it helps that I have 1/2 gallon of heavy cream that needs to be used).

Here is my recipe - a combination of two from allrecipes.com

2 1/2 cups chopped carrots (I didn't even peel them)
Put them in water and boil them. In a dutch oven combine:
3 T. olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1 stalk of celery chopped
1 tsp. minced ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
grind some pepper
2 tsp. curry
1 cup black beans (I would add more next time)

Cook until soft. Add in 1 tsp. minced garlic. Then add 3 cups chicken broth.

When the carrots are soft, puree them and then add them to the soup. I had some extra diced tomatoes in the fridge and added those to the carrots when I pureed them. Gently combine and add
1/2 c. heavy cream

Child #3 loved it and ate two bowls. I doubt that Child #1 and Child #2 will even try it but at least I got one taker! And I loved it!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Magical Sunset


Yesterday evening was such a lovely sunset! And what made it all the more lovely was the children cooperating and staying with me at the beach. They found great pieces and stayed out of the water. The wind died down and the beach was smooth with wonderful rock washes. It was one of the more magical moments I have had on our beach. Here are a few of what I found yesterday.
This what I found in the morning with Child #3.

 
Our collection from our sunset walk.

Same collection - just up close!
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red and Blue

No it wasn't a red piece of sea glass but a fun red sand toy!


And this piece was just so perfect - laying in the sand, so lovely!
 
Look at this darling! She is so cute when we sea glass. It makes all her wanderings and stick throwing worth it.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Best.Christmas.Gift.Ever.

My dear friend surprised me with the most perfect sea glass gift at Christmas.
 
 
Yes, a sea glass Christmas tree. Each little polished piece has a hole right through the middle and then they are connected by a small silver dowel. I nearly died with delight over this gift. Now if I could figure out how to make these myself,  you'd get one at Christmas too!
And these are just a few of the pieces I found on a walk yesterday morning. They all seemed so similar and found in the same area, it made me wonder if they were from the same bottle? Most likely not but I always wonder where the glass I find came from.
 
Have a good week-end!