20 Dec 2012 Leave a Comment
Feels like Wednesday…today during school I was reading LOF (Life of Fred, a math book) to Hannah and she was asked how you measure a piece of string, gasoline, or a trip to the North Pole. She said you use a ruler to measure the string, the car tells you how much gas you put in and the GPS tells you how far you have to go to get to the North Pole. Very funny….she eventually spit out that you could measure the gas with a measuring cup and the distance to the North Pole in miles; although she still argued that the GPS does tell you how many miles it is to somewhere. Grace finished her book The Sign of the Beaver today and did some math, grammar, and took her spelling test. Bethany managed to get a semester science test, history test, and an art unit test all on the same day, plus grammar and reading.
It’s James’s work from home day, so for lunch we all went out to Mcd’s to eat. After that we dropped the boys back at home and went to the sledding hill with a friend. I don’t think that side of HR got as much snow as we did, it was pretty light, but we managed to sled and tube down the hill and make some snowmen.
Grace rolled a huge ball of snow, but gave up making it into anything and just plopped down on the snow and started eating it.
It’s time to hand down snowsuits, as we found out today, so Bethany gets a new one and the rest go down the line. Other than that, we’re ready for more playing in the snow, we just need – snow!
19 Nov 2012 Leave a Comment
Today after school we headed over to the Nature and Science museum for free day. The trick is to go in the afternoon, it’s less crowded. We started off in the Native American exhibit before our friends got there. Grace has had a Native American influence in her art lessons lately and in her History. We started in the Hogan, the girls remembered that the Koshare museum we visited near La Junta was a Hogan.
Kachina dolls from the South.
Pueblo weavers and Ute cradleboards (it’s for a boy, if it were yellow it would be for a girl.)
In the colder regions we saw examples of Yu’pik finger masks, unlike Grace’s clay version, these are made from woven grasses.
Huge totem poles from Alaska greeted us back at the entrance.
We like the Northwest coast, button blankets, canoes, whales.
A nice tour through Native art and culture.
We met our friends and went to the Discovery room, it was kind of loud so we went to the health exhibit. Bethany and Hannah waited in line and got to do an experiment in the lab, it’s the first time we’ve done one (we usually don’t want to wait in line, but the line was short this time.)
They teamed up to find out which 3 items get rid of germs. Hannah chose to test bleach, dish soap and hand sanitizer. Once Bethany got the the tubes set up with the bacteria solution, Hannah put a drop of each test item into the tubes, then Bethany put a drop of reactant in the tubes.
The result in terms of which killed the most germs was: bleach, dish soap and then hand sanitizer. Surprised? The girls were.
We played in the health exhibit some more, the girls had fun pressing their faces and hands into the giant wall of pins. Here is what multiple Hannah’s would look like.
We went through the gem exhibit, the space exhibit and then the dinosaur exhibit. The girls were all hungry and tired at this point, so we said our goodbyes and saw the sunset before leaving.
Next week the zoo is free, yay!
04 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
My girls were playing in the sprinkler with their bathings suits on, it was 84. Today we went from 70-ish to 35 and snowing in a few hours.
A few hours later and the snow started to stick.
By nightfall the trees that had sprouted green leaves (like our stupid tree) were wishing they were cottonwoods (cottonwoods know better than to sprout green leaves before May!)
I love the snow though, it’s nice to see it swirl and dash down, hover for a split second and then float to the ground.
After church we cleaned and did housework, I went to the gym while the girls played. Then we headed over to Solid grounds (I should own stock in that place) to watch Tangled (again.) Our friends met us there and we had ice cream, hot chocolate and laughed.
27 Nov 2010 Leave a Comment
Joel found an indoor airsoft range/play area in the Springs that he’s been wanting to go to. His friend from CAP (who is also an airsoft nut) spent the night and came with us. This place looked like trouble (or G for awesome, Joel says) from the start. Razor wire?
I think that is meant to add to the military dimension of the facility. Offerings to the gods of war, broken guns?
That’s just silly. The guy running the place had a safety briefing that went like this: Wear your face mask at all times, if you take it off – you are stupid. If you are hit, call your hits, if you don’t you are a piece of crap with no honor. If you are dead, don’t talk to your team, dead men don’t talk. Give your opponent the option of surrender, but don’t just stand there wasting time, give it and hit it. Have fun! Joel found out they could use their own ammo, which saved them $15 or so since I think they used 5,000 bb’s. Here they are gathering their stuff together.
Joel bought a moly vest and finally got to use it, he was so happy (yes, that is the happy face.)
I left the boys to shoot each other and wage a war against newbies and took the girls to an art gallery (talk about a difference!) We just wanted to see this one exhibit called ‘unwound’ where the artist used string, yarn and other rope type items.
There was also an exhibit using items bought from the Habitat for Humanity store that was interesting.
If you pass by this graffiti wall in the Springs you passed by the railroad arts depot.
There is a nice restaurant in there that we will have to try one day. We ate lunch and headed up to Manitou to tour Miramont castle.
Miramont means ‘look at the mountain’, which is kind of hard to do when you are on one.
The owner, Father Francolon, had the house built in 1895-97 on a parcel of land that was once owned by Col. Chivington (Sand creek massacre.) The Father came to Manitou for his failing health, probably not a good idea to press stamps in wallpaper that were dried with arsenic (to hold the color fast), but those crazy Victorian people did lots of weird things (might have been the lead crystal and the arsenic wallpaper.) For one thing, they used lots of architecture designs and thought a room with only 4 walls was atrocious. There aren’t many straight lines, 4 walled rooms, or balance of architecture in the castle, instead there are hexagonal (and every other kind of -agonal) rooms, angled doorways and windows, curved lines, and styles from Shingle-style Queen Anne, Romanesque, English Tudor, Flemish stepped gables, domestic Elizabethan, Venetian Ogee, Byzantine, Moorish, and half-timber Chateau, wow. The house went from home to the Father and his mother to a sanatorium for the Sisters of Mercy (arsenic wallpaper was probably not a good idea for that either.) Then in the 1940′s it was divided into apartments for returning WWII soldiers and from there fell into disrepair, so much so that the city was going to raze it. Fortunately the historical society stepped up and bought the property and began to restore it. This weekend it was decorated in Victorian Christmas attire and we had the pleasure of sitting and listening to a variety of dulcimers play Christmas music while munching on homemade cookies.
The bottom level has a miniature (dollhouse) version of Colorado Springs and the Manitou Springs fire department museum.
We came in on the carriage house level, nice door, and wound up the stairs.
We passed the parlor, sitting room, kitchenette and kitchen.
There was a little alcove room and then the chapel area.
I love this small library off the chapel, cozy.
When Father Francolon left Colorado he left the house and most of the furniture, but took most of his art collection and statuary.
Another stained glass window, going up some more stairs.
Mother’s room, and the gold leaf ceiling in the gallery area.
Moorish keyhole windows, Father’s room.
They tore down a wall in restoration and found the servants staircase and only had to replace 7 steps; 4 flights of winding stairs for servants to use and not be seen. Up some more stairs to the tower and gift shop. Some of the apartment doors remain up there and the walls are reduced to the original stone and beams.
The servant quarters were up here, but I don’t think they were too drafty. The castle had indoor plumbing, electricity and heat when it was built. We exited the tower and went outside to the garden, which is quite dead right now.
We still had about an hour to waste, so we drove to Focus on the Family and played there. We picked up Joel and Jensen and they were comparing notes on how G the site was, what they could have done better (not forget their walkie-talkies next time) and how they could start their own airsoft range. They talked for a hour and a half on the way to Cici’s about a business plan, gun rentals, square footage rental, insurance, loans, assets and debits and oh my. Also on the way to eat Jensen, who is a first responder in CAP, used his honed skills and EMS bag to treat Joel’s war wounds (with band aids.) That’s why you want to wear long sleeves. We ate pizza, dropped Jensen at home and got home just in time to take James’s call. His coffee shop, Green beans, got wi-fi and he was trying it out, it worked great. I’d like to say I went to the gym, but I’ll put that off until the morning…pizza + treadmill = yuck.
09 Nov 2010 Leave a Comment
I usually don’t drop school in the morning for anything, but I’m getting more flexible. What with Grace having Creativity club every Tuesday morning and Hannah having Social studies club every other Tuesday morning, I can find ways to fit school in later. So, today we had a DDC (double digit club) meet up at the bowling alley (yes, kids still bowl.)
The teens had fun (and so did Hannah) bowling.
Joel got 2 strikes and got into a groove after 3 misses. Bethany was using bumpers and Hannah was using the ball roller-coaster.
I wish we owned bowling shoes, then it would have been only 99 cents a kid for the bowling. But, it was still a deal.
After the game was over we went to play laser tag (or sniper tag as Joel and I call it.) We had 2 teams and sorry to say Joel and I were on the same team. We snuck around like McGarrett and Danno sniping unsuspecting players and getting base shots like crazy. Hannah’s vest was too big, but she lugged around her gun and helped protect our base. In the end the green team won and I was only 4,000 points behind Joel.
The kids from Creativity club showed up a bit later and we played another round of tag with them. Again, Joel won. The other kids were just into having fun.
Joel and I went to the gym and then worked out on the machines. I upped my goal for calories burned, 400 in the morning (which I did in only 29 minutes this morning) and 500 in the evening (assuming no one is waiting in line for my treadmill.) We are using the workout machines every other night, but I guess we could do it every night if we worked different muscle groups each time. I ran out of my book on tape, so I need to get another one. I hate watching the TV’s, they are always set to sports or news.
Speaking of school (because I haven’t yet) we did some math when we got home. Joel was working through square roots, parabolas (that sounds like an infectious insect) and equations for the same. I’m sure he was guessing on some of it, but he got it right, so I guess that’s okay. For the girls I pulled Grace and Bethany’s lessons that were on graphing and probability and we sat down at the table. Oh look, the weather man was right, snow.
We made a pictograph of cats at the shelter in various years, Hannah’s cat faces were so cute.
We did a bar graph showing different kinds of lunches people like.
We did a line graph, pie chart and more bar graphs.
We did probability by rolling dice 50 times and graphing the numbers we came up with. We went to the virtual math site and used their spinner to spin (like we rolled dice) 50 times and saw what they came up with. We also did the coin toss and stick or switch game. Hannah did a line graph of numbers of plastic veggies she had in her bowl. I have a roll of number line tape and we found that 1-10 fits nicely on a page.
Quote for the day: Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers. – Homer Simpson
OK, one more: If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
10 Sep 2010 Leave a Comment
Some friends invited us to the corn maze, we got in for free and so did they – awesome!
The girls ran ahead which helped us out, when they came running back we knew not to go that way.
At the tower we watched them run in a circle and come right back to the tower.
A bit of advice, bring more than 1 water bottle for 4 people. We wandered in the maze for an HOUR. Hannah was getting scared, if she got lost she said she’d eat the corn. Bethany, who has been reading Wicked plants the weed that killed Lincoln’s mother and other botanical atrocities, told her that raw corn was bad for you. Finally, we made it out, oh wait!
Only halfway through after an hour?
We decided to do the mini maze rather than finish the big maze, that was hard.
22 Jun 2010 Leave a Comment
Today we went to see Weidenblume or “Willow Flower” which was created by German artist Sanfte Strukturen led by Marcel Kalberer.
Weidenblume is a permanent, site-specific, living willow sculpture designed for the Museum of Outdoor Arts.
It is the first American project by Sanfte Strukturen (isn’t that cool!). The piece measures at 18ft. high and over 40ft. in diameter.
Weidenblume is one of MOA’s offerings for the Biennial of the Americas Denver 2010. You can see his website here to see other installations (it’s in German.) I think the art piece will look really cool when the branches start to leaf out.
We met up with our friends to explore the art.
The kids went straight to stickworks (yes, we have the artists permission to explore the art this way.)
Here are some MOA interns’ design and build structures. The aluminum hut, kind of noisy.
The tread lightly bench with shade, I like this a lot.
The shady part is made from plastic shopping bags.
The glass and shell, it’s shell shaped and the glass bottles remind me of the beer bottle house in Houston.
These, I think, are supposed to be habitats; the rabbits seem to dig them.
There were a ton of rabbits, look how close Noah and Bethany got to this baby one.
Down the rabbit hole path with Hannah.
Rock climbing with Noah.
‘Noah and Hannah standing by a tree…..’ another picture to add to my cartoon N and H collection.
And then came the biology lesson, first of the living rabbits and then…of the dead.
We saw a rabbit skin under the tires and pulled it out (yes, we used a stick!) We saw the bones, teeth, fur and maggots. After a quick lesson on dead things and why maggots are necessary we pushed it back under the tires. Pic by the puppet theater sculpture.
I can’t wait for the trees to grow a bit and for the first snowfall to transform this sculpture into a different work of art.
We went by Solid grounds to write a few Tea Tuesday letters. We had Izze’s instead of tea just to be different.
29 May 2010 Leave a Comment
I’m so glad we had some friends go with us, it makes it much more fun.
R brought her new dog Cody who had lots of fun splashing in the water. M had fun floating (it’s hard to float in that small amount of water, but he did!)
This crick runs into the Platte river and the depth and shape of it changes depending on how much water upstream flows into it.
This was our first trip back to the water since last September and it really changed in that time. Our jumping log….washed away downstream. So much water washed down that in some areas you can step on the rocks under the water instead of the sand.
Our little dam area that we had last year is gone, the trees blocked the water so much that it burst through the sandbar and created a loop and almost made a little island.
Just beyond that a massive glob of washed up trees has blocked access further down the way. We found some ladybugs, a damselfly and this cute toad.
The crick will continue to change during the summer, growing bushier, growing purple thistles that block the path and grasses that shade the bank. It’s kind of neat to come back and have something different to explore every time we’re there. One thing remains the same though, the glowing tree lined path from the main trail to the wading spot, I never get tired of that view.
20 Apr 2010 Leave a Comment
We went to Casa Bonita today to have a farewell lunch with some friends.
They are moving to AZ, but they think they will be back in July, so it’s more of a temporary vacation. We got there ahead of a school group and asked not to be anywhere near them, so we ended up by the waterfall.
Casa Bonita is crazy, it’s something like 52,000 sqft of Mexican village, complete with 30 ft waterfall, caves, a jail, an arcade, main square where they crack pinatas, a scary cave, mines, seating in balconies inside fake houses…it’s pretty cool.
I normally tell people that the food isn’t great, but my dinner was good, great cheese enchiladas, the kids liked their chicken and hamburgers and of course, sopapillas.
We only had one incident with the school kids (by the way, aren’t they supposed to be in school? It’s a Tuesday, are these my taxes at work? And no, I’m not being hypocritical, we did school before we left.) They called one of Joels’ friends a name, but to the teachers credit she came over to our table dragging 2 kids by their shirts. She asked M which kid had said it, he pointed to him, the kid apologized and then was pulled back in line.
I know what the problem is, because this has happened before, and I don’t blame every school kid for this – they don’t know how to be around people who are exceptional. This luncheon was practically an exceptional kids meeting as every family that showed up had at least one exceptional child with them. In a public school 1st graders are with 1st graders, etc., and ‘special’ kids aren’t there at all, they are in another room. So, they never interact with those kids and those kids never interact with them. I remember school, if you were older than me you were cool and I looked up to you, if you were younger I despised you and though myself better than you and if you were different? I never had any different kids in my classes…..I don’t know where they were, because I assume they were there. But, my kids see people everyday, whether it’s kids or adults, who are exceptional and it’s just the norm for us. We would never call our friends names and we expect others to show the same respect. Maybe that little boy learned a lesson today, no matter if people are younger or older, like you or not, they deserve your respect.
Anyway, the kids ran around the rooms, chased a gorilla (Hannah was scared to death of it – you think Chuck E is bad!), watched cliff divers, fire jugglers and Black Bart’s wild west show. It was all good fun in the end. I hope our friends have a safe trip and come back quickly.
14 Apr 2010 Leave a Comment
and sound. We went to the Fox theater for the poetry cultural series. We met our friends there, this is before the show.
We made it there before the 200 school kids showed up, whew! When I had my poetry co-op last year I tried hard to teach the kids that poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, that it can be written or spoken, but I forgot to mention that poetry can also be music and dance. Today we heard the poetry of a saxophone, the beat of drums, the song, rap and spoken word of young poets on stage.
We repeated words and joined in the making of poetry, we sang along and enjoyed ourselves. At the end, teacher’s were told to come up and get cd’s for their school, Renee (the lady in charge) asked how many HS teachers there were in the audience (2 moms) and made the schools give us one of their copies (she told them they could burn an extra one.) Cool, HS’ing has its perks. The other perk was that after all the school kids filed back on their buses, we went up to talk to the artists.
Here is everyone with Aju, we said ‘hi’ to Asia and Molina too. The kids talked for a bit, well Bethany talked – Grace, Hannah and friends ran around the stage, and then we said goodbye.
I have to grab some more stuff for my co-op tomorrow (Audubon drawings) and get ready for Bible study. I still need to get my Doors open Denver map out and pick sites to see, I know, I know – if I stayed home I’d get that done, but where’s the fun in that? I’ll send you off with a poem -
leaves unfurl to the sun.
replaces winter white.
cool winds blow
cherry blossoms through the air,
they fly past mirrored windows
and land on wispy grass.
clouds race across blue sky
as the sun whispers rays
and the river laughs along.
17 Mar 2010 Leave a Comment
After dropping off Joel at CSAP, the girls and I went to the Aurora history museum. We colored Navajo basket pictures.
We played with the butter churner.
We wore hats, lots of them.
We saw this thing (ahem, I knew what it was.)
Even with the fake toast in it the girls had to really think about what it might be. We played musical instruments (LOUDLY),
sprung Slinky’s, caught balls in cups, played with buzz saw toys and ice picker uppers (is that the technical term?)
Hannah donned green gloves and grabbed a hand mixer and proclaimed herself a doctor.
She proceeded to whack me on the back with the mixer, it actually felt good. Then we used the Tinkertoys for massages too. We went to the Aurora exhibit and took pictures of the birds we might see on the hike later.
Then the girls took pics of Swanson TV dinners (I asked them how they cooked TV dinners without a microwave – Grace said they didn’t, they just ate them cold!) and 1950′s stuff.
There was an awesome exhibit about aerial photography, we had lots of inspiration for abstract paintings to come.
Our hike started at the Star K ranch Sand creek greenway. We’ve never hiked at this point before, though we have been to the ranch (but it’s been a long time.) We jumped on these cottonwood logs and climbed the tree.
I love the trees, they are calling to me.
They are saying, remember the summers when our leaves provided respite from the sun?
Remember the cool shade we provided, the sights you can see from our limbs, the rough bark….I digress.
As we walked down the path the sun was beating down on the leaves that had been wet, dry, snowed on, baked again.
The smell when the breeze drifted by was like…a daydream. Sweet and earthy, light and sunny, oh it smelled like Summer. We hiked towards the creek, the creek wasn’t flowing very well, so it puddled up here as an algae green water.
Spring is coming, proof is here in the buds on the trees.
We walked through a wetlands and ended up back at the giant cottonwood. The girls were climbing all over it and tucking sticks in the crook of the tree for a bird to use as a nest.
As the girls played I closed my eyes and listened to the present. The wind rattled leaves on the trees like a snake shaking its tail. There was that smell of dusty, dead leaves. I sat in the shade of the cottonwood while the sun baked the wood around me.
The trees stretched out their branches towards the great blue sky. The prairie grass was bent and brown, but soon it will be green again.
It was nice.
We left there and ran a few errands and then met a friend for his birthday. We all went to see Alice in Wonderland. I don’t like Tim Burton, but I have to say – he is weird and so is the story of Alice, so it works out. It was fairly true to the book, so very weird and strange, the characters were mostly strange, but no one was scared to watch the movie. The girls thought it was very cool when Alice looked through the little door and saw wonderland, just like we looked through the little door at the MOA and saw a paper wonderland.
(We did not see the movie in 3-D.)
Tomorrow is the last day of CSAP (Joel says Yay!) and we have 2 things to go to, it’s also St. Patrick’s day and my brothers b-day. Here is a site for Paddy’s day.
13 Feb 2010 Leave a Comment
A friend went with us to the Navajo pouch weaving at CU Boulder today.
We were given weaving boards and yarn and a girl showed us how to start.
After an hour (I know, yes the kids sat and wove for an hour!) we went downstairs to the bio-lounge.
Christine and I kept weaving and enjoyed a spot of tea while the kids checked out what spiders eat, grew antlers on their heads and saw what was in a drop of water. We sat down there for another hour and it’s a good thing they checked to see if anyone was left in the building or we would have had a night in the museum (sounds like fun.) Here is Christine’s almost finished pouch.
It was very soothing weaving back and forth, I could totally see sitting at a loom for 3 hours or so every day just clicking the shuttle back and forth – until screaming kids run in the room.
The patterns that women wove into these rugs so long ago are just a testimony to the patience it took to create them.
We packed it up and dropped off our friends and went to DDC game night. I wasn’t supposed to bring the little ones but Joel was at a friends house and James is in Kansas for a crash (hah!) course in IFR flying. Bethany had fun with her friends and Grace and Hannah weren’t too intrusive, but they can’t go next time.
Tomorrow is the ice fest and we’re trying a local pizza place in Cripple creek, ought to be good eats.
03 Feb 2010 Leave a Comment
Today we went to a friend’s house for a play date and then to the library with them for a Mardi Gras celebration. We got to talk about king cake, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, why it’s called a king cake, what is Mardi Gras and so on.
When we got there the kids got labeled with colored crowns. They had three things going on, eating king cake, playing a king cake game and making masks.
We came with masks already in hand, but still made some.
Hannah really wanted to eat cake (ok, really she just wanted the icing) and her color was up at the tables eating cake, lucky for her. Grace wanted to play the game, but her color was making masks, so when they switched stations Hannah and Grace switched colors. Guess what? It was time for purple to be at the cake table and eat cake, so Hannah sat down and ate another piece of cake. Grace won 2nd place in the king’s game. You had to roll the dice and then walk the number of squares you rolled. Hannah wanted to play next, she got a crown too (because she whined, not because she won.)
Everyone got beads, dubloons and cake.
Mardi Gras actually means ‘Fat Tuesday’, another word that sounds nicer than fat is shrove. This is the last day to eat gluttonous food before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Since you’re supposed to give up something for Lent I suppose some people eat that on Tuesday. If I were giving up Reese’s (which I am not) I’d eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner on that Tuesday. This year Fat Tuesday is the 16th. Shrove is just the English word for shrive which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins. Fat Tuesday is also known as pancake day, maybe that’s why IHOP has all you can eat pancakes in Feb. ($4.99 till Feb. 21st) and why on Feb. 23rd you can get a free short stack of pancakes (donations accepted for Children’s miracle network.) Nowadays there is a whole season of carnival and Mardi Gras, not just the one day.
The whole season is really a celebration, but I think people forget where it came from and just want to get drunk and collect beads. The season starts with Epiphany which is the celebration of when the Magi came to visit Jesus. Then you have a celebration of Mardi Gras to eat some rich foods (and probably get sick) which reminds us of the sin of gluttony and how too much of something can be bad. Next comes Ash Wednesday when the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday are burned. Then in repentance people come forward to receive ashes in the sign of the cross on their heads. Not only to remind us of the work Jesus did on the cross, but to remind us of our mortality – to dust we shall return. Then we look forward in reflection and repentance to Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into town with cheers from the people, to Good Friday when He was taken down from the cross His work done and finally to Easter Sunday, when He went back to the Father. Yes, once again the church grabbed hold of a pagan holiday (both the Mardi Gras and Easter) to bring some pagans into the Christian celebration. I think that to see Jesus in the celebration is not a bad thing, it just is what it is. And since we believe in Jesus, we’re going to see that part of the celebration.
ont une heureuse Mardi Gras et rappelez-vous Jésus vous aime!
16 Dec 2009 Leave a Comment
We met up with friends from our HS group at Pizza hut and then 4 of us went over to the Wildlife experience (hence, fish.)
We traveled like a butterfly through the butterfly maze, learning about them from caterpillar to flying insect.
We avoided the spider web, lest we get caught, and tried to pick the right path to grow up a nice fat caterpillar. In the globeology exhibit we walked past the rain forest, into the Arctic just in time for bubble snow. Then we went through the desert, plains and ended up in the ocean.
I had picked up a new lady and her daughter L who was 6.
Hannah and L tried to play nicely together, but at the fish game Hannah wanted to chase the fish while L wanted to just watch them.
We saw the seahorses get fed, they are so cool.
There are fire shrimp in there too. We saw Nemo and Dory ‘just keep swimming, swimming…’ We woke up some fake bats and made a bear growl and then spent the rest of the time creating avalanches in the kids play area. We had to leave to take Lisa and her daughter back home so we could go to a co-op and make bath stuff. The girls all made tub tea, massage oil, chap stick, bath salts and lavender sachets. I thought some of that was for me, but apparently not!
10 Dec 2009 Leave a Comment
We went to a friend’s house to socialize (to take part in social activities, or behave in a friendly way to others.) We made things out of clay,
played video games,
play pool, talked, ate,
made gingerbread cookies,
and played with playdough.
The moms got to talk while the kids played. We even sat down and made some clay items too (here are mine, still stuck on Gideon.)
Everyone had a good time and here is a recipe for the easiest gingerbread men cookies ever!
18 1/2 oz pckg spice cake mix
1 C flour
2 t. ground ginger
1/3 C oil
1/2 C molasses
Mix cake mix, flour and ginger in a bowl, stir. Mix in remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place dough on floured surface, roll to 1/4 in. thick and cut. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 dzn.