Showing posts from May, 2016

Two Things Tuesday (5/24)

1. I decided that for the summer months, we'd do a simpler learning-time routine. I found this on Pinterest and modified it to fit our days.  Here's what ours will look like.  Instead of choosing books and basing learning time activities around them, I'll choose books and won't worry about making lesson plans to go along with them.  Simple summer :) We already began the new routine this week with cooking together on Monday. I had to get the soup in the crockpot by 8am, so it would be ready by lunch. I took the kids from their beds straight to the kitchen counter before changing them or even feeding them haha. But they enjoyed helping :). Please ignore their mismatched pajamas! 
Ella enjoyed playing with the beans and did so on that blanket for nearly 30 minutes with no breaks and almost no interaction with me other than to show me her big scoops every once in a while :)
2. Our first harvest of our mini cucumbers!! I'm like a proud parent, and it's so ridiculous how …

Stayin' Busy

We finally got past our colds, so we've all been feeling more like ourselves the last few days. It's been nice to have the energy to work around the house again and get things accomplished. 
The Husband decided to start the long and arduous process of fixing our upstairs rooms. This is the back bedroom.  Such shoddy workmanship by the previous owners. Makes us sad that it won't be a simple process. The floors have to be completely redone, as well as tearing down the walls and putting in insulation there and up in the ceiling. It's going to take him a very long time (and lots of money) to accomplish everything, but I'm thankful he feels confident that it can be done. 
My strawberries were just about ready to be picked when nasty birds came along and stole them :(. I found this idea on Pinterest and tried to copy it.  Hahahahaha. We'll see how well they do at keeping pests away. While I was out there, I went ahead and pollinated the female cucumber flowers.  The ones …

Monday Grumbles

The kids and I have been sick for the last week with a summer cold that seems to have the "I won't quit you!" mentality. I'm super ok with it quitting us. Really. Leave us alone. The snot. The coughing. The inability to breathe while the snot and mucus pour.  The upset stomachs because of all the drainage.  The restless nights. It's all so unpleasant, and we all keep sharing it with one another. So nasty.  The upside is that my kids, although far from being their usual super happy selves, are still happy and loving, if not a little clingier than usual.  I'm ready to feel like myself again. 

I was checking my garden yesterday, and although my strawberries are producing and my bell peppers are making themselves known, my poor, poor cucumbers just can't get going. The plants themselves look pretty good, but since they aren't self-pollinating plants, they need an outside source (i.e. bees) to help them along. And obviously no bees have been visiting my mal…

Wordless Wednesday (5/11)


A Few Weekend Projects **Updated**

I decided to tackle a few projects this weekend. 1, because it was payday on Friday, and 2, because I decided to take advantage of a sale at our local lumber store (which sells a bunch of stuff, and not just lumber). 

So, yesterday, I bought and washed up four pint-sized mason jars and four pretty blue quart-sized mason jars.  I've been making overnight oats for The Husband to eat or take with him to work each night, but our plastic containers aren't big enough. The pint-size ones are perfect! I found the apple cinnamon recipe here.  
I looked at several other ideas and ended up concocting my own peanut butter and honey recipe. 
The list of ingredients is as follows: 1/2 cup of oats 1/2 cup of milk of your choosing  Two big spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt   One honkin-big spoonful of peanut butter or other nut butter of your choosing A squirt or two of honey   A dash of cinnamon Directions: stir everything carefully until everything is mixed well. Place lid on tightly and give it a few good …