Monday, February 28, 2011

a good week....

Here's a little peak at last week's Bountiful Basket's mostly all gone by now, I did have one of those tiny pears in my smoothy this morning. Yum! The mangos were organic and divine and gone within 20 minutes of me bringing them home!

We've had a good, busy, fun week here. The days flew by so quickly, I didn't even realize I hadn't blogged all week. G's been a bit sick all week so missed preschool and speech class, but not really sick enough that he was in bed all day or anything. E and I have avoided this round of colds (knock on wood!), and we believe it's because of our new secret weapon.....Elderberry Syrup! This stuff is amazing! I know I don't have exact scientific evidence that it's working, but all I know is there have been quite a few days that I've woken up, feeling very sure that my body's finally catching the cold that's been floating around, only to realize later in the day that I'm just fine. And the next day I'm fine too! We bought our dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs, and the one pound bag was so big. I've made two batches so far, and I probably have enough to make 6 more! E and I love the syrup and could drink it by the cup (we only take a few tablespoons a day), but G doesn't really like it. I have to give it to him in a cup of water. He ends up taking less than us because I have to coax it into him, and I seriously think that's contributed to his latest cold. So run out and buy some elderberries and you'll feel like an earthy herbalist, and you'll be healthier too!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saphira is here! (guest blogger)

I would like to introduce my special guest blogger today. My sweet little girl wanted to share her lastest project with you. She typed this up and took the pictures as well. We've had a lot of dragon play around here lately and this was something she dreamed up and just could not rest until she had created it. I only helped a teeny bit, mostly to show her how to do something, and then she ran with it! ~Megan

I have made a dragon since I believe in them. I made a dragon. I named her Saphira. I think she will come alive! But she hasn't yet. But I am not giving up.

I made her almost all by myself. I drew what I thought would be a nice body shape on paper and then I cut it out. Then I pinned it to the fabric and cut around the paper. Then I did the same thing for everything else on her. Then I sewed them together. I had to stuff lots too with bamboo. I stuffed it all down with a chopstick. It was hard, it took me a week I think. I was scared that I would not finish her in time for the 100 Day Pajama Party at school. But I finished her in time. I got to take her and a blanket too. It was fun! ~E

Friday, February 18, 2011


I was talking food with my sister Kate today and she said, "You should write a blog post about all of these food philosophies!" So here I am, sharing some of my latest food thoughts and ideas. Don't you sometimes feel like there are way too many food philosophies out there, and you're constantly searching for the right one as if you're trying to find religion? I know I know, it's not nearly the same thing as religion......but there definitely are a lot of eating ideologies out there trying to persuade us in one direction or another!

I love to learn about food and I feel like every way of eating brings with it some "truths" if you will. I've decided I need to take those ideas that resonate with me and just create my own personal style of eating. I don't need to be Vegetarian, Vegan, Primal, Paleo, or any other sort of "-tarian" out there. I think I just need to cook and eat with my own family in mind, and my own belly of course.

My problem is, I tend to get overly focused on grains intertwined with sweeteners. I don't exactly think that those foods are horrible and awful for our bodies, I just don't think we need to make them the centerpiece of every meal every day. We also don't need to make a batch of muffins (waffles, pancakes, cookies, scones....) and eat the whole thing! Just as grains don't need to be our focus, neither does meat. I love meat, don't get me wrong, but I'd love to find ways to eat without it too.

Do you notice one common truth for all food ideologies? Veggies! We can't go wrong in that department! So maybe that's where I need to focus at the moment, and let the rest of my personal eating philosphy settle into a comfortable and healthy routine. Thanks for letting me sort through some of these ideas, it really helps to type out my thoughts and read through them. It gives me more direction. Happy eating to you all!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Heart Day

Thank you all for coming to my blog! It makes me feel connected to so many of you that I love who are far away....sometime I wish the world was little bit smaller!

I hope your Valentine's Day is sweet, whether with children or chocolate or whatever else you love. Today it is gorgeous and warm and it totally feels like spring. I just finished reading Christopher McDougall's Born to Run and I've been just itching to get outside and run like the wind. So today when I dropped the kids off to school I drove up the hill a bit, parked the car, and just started running! No warm up, just took off and ran around a beautiful neighbourhood, with the sun in my eyes, heading for the mountains. Not that I made it to the mountains or anything, but it felt great to just be outside. Now I just need to get me a pair of barefoot running shoes, and I'll feel like I was born to run! :)

These little hearts are for my kiddos, and one for a sweet little neice. You can find the pattern here (as a free Ravelry download), they're so easy and fun to whip up, you could make a few tonight with a good movie and some dark chocolate to keep you company! Love ya!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Science Fair...

So my girl was a super science girl this year! She's been wanting to dissect an owl pellet for years, ever since an owl visited her classroom in Kindergarten. We ordered her owl pellets from this website, they have a homeschooling pack with just a few little pellets, and it was only 4 dollars shipped. They arrived in about 2 days, which is great for an excited little second grader! Here she is posing with her pellets!
She just started tearing into them after that. I have to say, she totally did this part all by herself! She was so into it, and kept telling me, "This is so cool, and just a little bit gross!"
This was our scientific set up for more light late into the evening. She didn't want to stop that night to go to bed!
And of course we had to study each little bone with the magnifying glass.
She was constantly calling me into the kitchen to show me cool bones....the skulls were the most exciting! (Yes, I realize that at this point my kitchen table was covered in mouse hair and bones! The things we have to get past all in the name of science. We cleaned, don't worry!) (Oh, and the pellets are sanitized before they're shipped, that made me feel a bit better!)
After taking it them apart, she studied each individual bone and decided what type it was and organized them all on her bone chart. After she counted them out and determined she had about 8 full mouse skeletons, she glued the bones onto paper for a display.
Then the project took a turn toward the art department, and we had lots of fun puting the display together. Thanks to a super cool Aunt Kate who has a Cricut cutter, she made professional looking letters for her title. Sorry, no pictures of using the Cricut machine, but that is seriously a fun toy! Almost makes me wish I was a scrapbooker!
Then she put in many hours of typing and printing and coloring and sorting. She chose all of her favorite pictures and layed them out and enlisted my help in gluing and cutting background papers.
We are so proud of our science girl! Sadly, I didn't take one pictures of her at the actual science fair....what kind of a mother am I? But we have lots of fun memories! Even Aunt Kate came to see it with us, and it was the most beautiful display there! (Also, I heard a lot of "Ew, Gross!" comments coming from the passer-byers, mostly the moms!) I'm so glad she loved doing it though, and there's already been talk of next year's project ideas. And the 4H class she chose this semester is called "Mad Science," so I think I may have a little scientist on my hands!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy New Year.....

Okay okay, I know it's not New Years anymore......but since this is my blog and I can post whenever and whatever I want, I decided it was time to share these fun pictures! These are the only complete group shots we got of our family get-together over the holidays. Our usual tradition is to make hats on New Year's Eve but we didn't have enough newpaper to go around, so paper plates came to the rescue and a new mask-making tradition was born. We had just watched The Owls of Ga'Hoole, so many are owl themed!
Mom loved hers so much she wore it for the rest of the night. Knitting was also a common theme of the week, just about everyone had a project going. How about if next we plan a whole get-together based solely on knitting.....sounds heavenly!