Sunday, August 23, 2015

What-What?! Week of August 23rd

I have literally nothing to post today.  Most of the week has been spent taking care of sick children, and being sick myself.  Yesterday, I basically did nothing, I was so sick.  The husband ran the house for the day, and I lounged around and slept.  I'm still not feeling so great.  This week, I have planned to get together with a friend to do the Lowe's Build and Grow kits, and if the weather is good (and I'm not still catching up from this past week), we might go to the park.  So, that's that.  See you next week.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Art Thursday -- August 20th

"WOOSH!"
One of Corey's pictures.  Spaceships and space have been pretty popular around here lately.  We had a chalk spaceport on our patio earlier in the week, complete with Earth and a few other planets (and not planets, like Pluto).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What-What?! Week of August 16th

This weekend we have my mother-in-law visiting!  This was the scene last night:
I kept trying to get an un-blurry picture, but the kids were all too wiggly. :P

We haven't done terribly much, but part of that is because the weather has been bad.  Friday is stormed terribly, with lightning and thunder and everything.

Today, I'm taking the children to their friend's birthday party.  They are very excited, and spent part of Friday making wrapping paper and cards for their friend:
I showed Osric how to draw balloons, and then he spent the entire time just drawing those.  He also wrote his name with only a bit of help from me:

Earlier in the week, the weather was good, so the kids decided to try dangerous things:

'Cuz those things are the most fun.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

What-What?! Week of August 9th

Oh my goodness, I am so embarrassed!  I totally forgot that today was Sunday. >.<

Thursday, we picked up 75 pounds of peaches from a local farm.  It was a screaming good deal, and I'm sure we won't run out of peaches for a good long while.  Today, Saffron and I blanched 25 pounds of them, and then the husband and I cut 'em up and froze them.  It is so convenient to have a kid who's big enough to help out in the kitchen.  I'm not at the point of trusting her with a paring knife, but she was fine washing and stacking peaches for me.  Eventually these peaches will be turned into cobblers, jam, crisps, put on top of ice cream, and so on.

Yesterday, the husband barbequed us some beef and chicken... and peaches!  We ate them as dessert, with brown sugar and cream.  I have been wanting to try this forever, and we are totally doing it again.

Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, I took the kids to Lowe's for the Build and Grow event.  We wound up taking them home and doing them here, because the local Lowe's just has an abysmal setup.  This week's project was the Hulk's tank, though Osric kept referring to him as "the ork".  I blame World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings. :P
Must... not... eat... truck!
In other news, last week we planted flowers and cucumbers, and now have flowers sprouting by our front door!  The kids have been helping, and are really excited.  No sign of cucumbers yet, but I'm sure we'll see something soon.  Next week I'll see about taking some pictures of our planter box and flower sprouts, for sure. :3

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Art Thursday -- August 6th

"A Bedroom Fit for a Princess"
Saffron dearly wants a canopy bed and a vanity, as shown here.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

What-What?! Week of August 2nd

And it's August!

I actually cooked this week, though nothing particularly interesting.  I did a simple peach cobbler, and a delicious chili.  The husband barbequed chicken, which was also good.  Next week, I'm going to pick up 50 pounds of peaches from a local farm, then spend a day or two processing all of those.  I think I'm going to pack 'em all in the freezer, as I don't have the time or energy to can them right now.

Thursday was awful, for really no good reason.  The kids were snappy and fussy, and I had spent the last few days working late on projects, so I was a bit snappy too. xP

Paper airplanes saved the day:
First, we decorated out papers, made airplanes (Corwin and Saffron made their own, with help), then took them out to see how far they flew.
Saffron was the score keeper.  Hula-hoop to keep track of the starting place.
Saffron insisted this was the best way to throw her plane.  I tried explaining it, but then what do I know? :P
The next day, Saffron and I graphed the results:
I made the farthest, at 23 feet, while Ozzy was in second place at 14 feet.  Saffron and Corwin only made it to 10 and 9 feet, respectively.
We talked about the different things we could tell from out graphs, and then she illustrated her's with our faces.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Home Depot also does kids events like Lowe's, so we decided to hit it up.  It starts at an earlier time, but despite getting there almost an hour after the start (we were sleeping), they had plenty of kits left for us to do.  They have a better setup here than the local Lowe's with a dedicated area that included tables and a painting station.  This month, the project was a chalkboard door hanger, which was very simple, but totally up our kids' alley.  We made them with the kids, then headed home to paint them:
Except for Corwin, who insisted on using crayons.  They had a good time.

Yesterday, we had some fellow geeks over to start a new roleplaying game.  It's similar to MouseGuard, in that everyone's a mouse.  I'm playing a tailor looking to move into the big leagues.  She's managed to get herself invited on a trade caravan, which could give her a good financial and political boost.  I felt particularly nerdy while I asking questions about economics and societal expectations.  It was a good time, and is a hobby that I've missed dearly.  I'm looking forward to getting back to it in a couple of weeks.