Thursday, February 8, 2018

What We Read in January

I really love seeing what other people are reading with their kids or even for themselves. I thought I'd share what we have been reading as well. So, here's some of our favorites from January..



Read Alouds (Novels/Chapter Books)

Pippi Longstocking - I remember watching the old movie when I was a kid, but never read the book. It is very similar to the movie, just a few differences in the story (from what I remember!) The kids liked this one, but reading it as a parent I find Pippi a lot more annoying.

The Children of Noisy Village  - We all loved this one. Who doesn't dream of growing up on a farm with two other families with children basically right next door to play with every day?

The Woodshed Mystery (Boxcar Children) - Tyler searched out this one and read it to the kids. It was his absolute favorite Boxcar Children book growing up so he wanted to share it with our kiddos. Mason said he liked it, but not as much as Dad.



Picture Books

Our Community Garden - Mason especially enjoyed this one (and the next one). He has been obsessed with his future garden as of lately. It is a story of kids in the southwest growing their own veggies in the community garden and then having a big feast in the end with everyone's input.

The Life and Times of Corn - Everything you ever wanted (or didn't want) to know about corn.

Ol' Mama Squirrel - I think the kids liked this one so much because of the repeated "Chook chook chook!" the Mama Squirrel uses to scare away the predators.

Ox-Cart Man - This is a story of a family that works hard through the year and then the father goes to town and sells everything, and the process starts all over. It shows the simple rhythm the years used to carry before everything got so complicated!

Murphy in the City - The girls especially really enjoy Murphy (we have another book about him they love). He takes a trip to the city in this story to see the sights/sounds/smells, gets lost but found again quickly. Alice Provensen is one of our favorite author/illustrators.



I give up on how to rotate this.

Library Books

Baking Class - The kids have been glued to this recipe book and even talked me into making a few things. We spend a lot of time together in the kitchen so I was surprised this was such a hit, but I guess picking recipes from a library book is just more exciting!

Trouble with Money (Berenstain Bears) - Mason's other obsession--money. He keeps requesting this one and claims it has converted him to a saver (major money burning whole in pocket syndrome sufferer), we will see if that keeps up.




School-ish Books

The 50 States - Everyone that looks at this books loves it, maybe even adults more so. It is full of fun to look at facts and info on all the states. Great book for sure!

Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal - We read one of these math story problems each night and they beg for more. There are different skill levels in the questions so everyone got their own questions to answer. I'm keeping my eye open for other versions of this series because they love it so much.


What I read
I had a hard time getting into anything in January. I got some great books for Christmas that I am excited to read, but I guess the reading this just wasn't clicking for me last month. I also started like six or seven fiction books only to get about a tenth of the way in and decide it wasn't doing anything for me. So, I don't have any books to add this month!





How about you.. what are you reading? What are your kids loving lately?





Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kid Talk



Mason was getting ready to go outside and do the morning chicken chores..
Me - "You have a hole in your sock."
Mason - "That's okay, most farmers do have holes in their socks."



Elliot - "Yew Nork" instead of New York. Every time. We haven't corrected her yet, it is just too cute.

^^Our Souper Bowl Party^^


I was playing a country trivia game with Mason..
Me - "What type of bear lives in my country? Hint: it starts with the letter "P".
Mason - "Poltergeist?"




Me - "Will you get a new butter out of the fridge, please?"
Finnley - "Yes! I will do anything for you, Mom. Except go into a volcano."




Elliot - "Can I have something that is 100% healthy and 8% dairy?
Me - Looks at her inquisitively.
Elliot - "Cheese."




Thursday, January 25, 2018

Grandma Clips





Poor Grandma. 



A text exchange...
Me: Are you coming over our way again today?
My Mom: Yes.
Me: Can you bring your hair cutting scissors, kids want their bangs trimmed.
My Mom: Ok.

Aren't Grandmas great?

It wouldn't look as good if I did it, mostly because I lack the tools but also the skill. My grandma cuts my hair, too, when I ask her. I guess it is an accidental tradition. I have some time before grandchildren come into my life so I can yet get myself a scissors and some practice to keep this tradition going.

Don't they look cute with their fresh trims? Elliot had already cut her hair recently, if you couldn't tell. She's big into the secret DIY hair-styling. You'll know the mood has struck when you happen across a big chunk of hair randomly on the floor.

Who cut your hair when you were a kid? Did you (or your kiddos) ever cut your own hair?


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Outside At Last






















AND the forecast shows many outside days to come. We all feel so much better with our daily dose of vitamin N.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Thus Far














Notice the lack of outside pictures? Between a stomach virus and the extremely cold weather, we've been in the house a lot (even for January). The kids are going to basketball practice with Tyler tonight and it will be the first time they leave the acreage this year! That sounds crazy to say.

We started a Whole 30 the first of the year (basically a nutritional reset, cutting out dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, and alcohol for thirty days) and it really hasn't been that hard. We thought we'd miss butter a lot more, but ghee isn't so bad. I also thought I would have a sugar withdrawal period, but I didn't.

Mason lost his 5th tooth. He has to eat his apples cut up because it is too hard to eat them whole.

We've been garden dreaming lately. Reading books, looking at seeds, making plans.. we love winter but are excited for when spring arrives! Mason is especially dreaming big. He wants to grow so many things and is talking about getting his own poultry flock, he just can't decide on what birds.

The weather is looking to warm up this next week. It is supposed to be 24 degrees ABOVE zero today so that is exciting!


How has 2018 treated you so far?




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cold Weather, Warm Bellies



Much to the dismay of my kids, I love soup. I love making soup and I love eating soup. When I was pregnant with the girls it is what I craved, any kind--I wanted it all. With all the doctor appointments in the city we always ended up at Panera afterwards to eat soup.
My kids aren't as crazy about soup as I am, there is usually whining involved. BUT, noodles make everything better.

Duck soup = Waaaaaaah, NOOO, we hate soup!!!

Duck noodle soup = Yaaayyy!!!!

So, I make noodles. If you want to make noodles, too, and never have it is very easy. This is the recipe I use, very simple and takes your basic staple ingredients.
Find the recipe {HERE}
Only thing I change is I use water instead of milk because I don't buy milk and you can't taste the difference.

Are you a soup lover or soup hater?