Mar 30, 2012

Fostering a Love of Reading

Ever since my son was born we have read to him. Nap time, bedtime, and anytime in between we read. I have boxes of books ready that will grow with him as he grows. There are books in the car, books in his room, books on the iPod Touch, and my iPhone so we are never far away from a book.

So imagine my delight when the other morning after getting up and as I was preparing our breakfast and lunches to find him behind the chair in his room reading a book. Now I knew to go and look for him because it was way to quiet. He normally hits the ground running in the morning so it was a nice surprise to see he had taken a moment to slow down and read. Sniff, sniff, he is growing up!


Here he is reading. The sound isn't too great as I couldn't get too close or he would have stopped. He is reading Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake



Mar 29, 2012

My Martha Stewart Moment

I learned this little trick one day when I was flipping channels. I came upon Martha filling deviled eggs in a no mess way. All you need is your eggs, filling a ziplock type baggie and scissors. All you do is fill the baggie with the yolk mixture, trim off a corner and tadaa a make shift filler. Best of all when you are done you just toss the baggie! Easy clean up and nicely filled eggs with no yucky stuff on your fingers. Here are pictures to demonstrate:








Mar 28, 2012

Fun Last Couple of Days!

Hotrod and I have had a fun and busy last two days. After WDS on Tuesday we headed to the zoo and after Museum School today we went into the museum to interact with the exhibits! It was tons of fun and I'm pooped!











Mar 20, 2012

He Actually is Listening

One morning this week I was about to correct Hotrod for playing with his grapes at the breakfast table when he turned to me and said..."mom, look I made a pattern!"

I guess he does hear what I'm teaching!

Mar 18, 2012

The Journey

When teaching Hotrod to help with the laundry I have to remember its the journey and not the destination that counts.

Banana Muffins

So I have a rather picky eater. Hotrod likes what he likes and is not that open to trying new things. So to try and help him be exposed to new foods I have started having him help me make one or two things a week. This also serves the purpose of teaching several different concepts in one setting. Which for my active son is a must.

So this week I saw a good recipe for banana bread on Pintetest I knew that we would have some ripe bananas by the end of the week and who doesn't like banana bread.

Now knowing that we hardly ever eat an entire loaf before it goes bad coupled with the fact that Hotrod asked to make cupcakes (muffins) I changed the cooking time and method to make muffins. Also, when you look at my picture of ingredients I know I only have 2 bananas out instead of 3, but I took the pictures after making the muffins so that was all that was left. When cooking with a 4  year old you do what is easy if not always perfect.

Now I have to give credit to the people who I adapted this recipe from: It came from a pin on Pinterest linked to a blog called 8 Weeks to a Better You Recipe. If you click on the link it will take you directly to the banana bread recipe listed below.


Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into the muffin tins about 1/2 full.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. 


They ended up making about 21 muffins but that was because I had help filling the tins and some were fuller than others. They turned out to be very tasty and I was able to freeze some so we can eat on them for several weeks. 

The Ingredients
Final Product



Mar 17, 2012

Farmer's Market Eggs

The egg on the left was purchased at my local farmer's market. The one on the right a jumbo egg from Walmart. This is why you should check out your local market.

Also they are sometimes double yolked.

Mar 11, 2012

Coupon Clipping Days

Sundays have been coupon clipping days for me for years and years. And it has now taken on a new aspect.

With a 4 1/2 year old who is trying to master fine motor skills it has taken on an air of not only teaching saving money but one of cutting in a straight line (and on raining or cold days like here lately an activity to keep busy hands productively occupied).

So every Sunday I go through and pick out the sheets of coupons that I won't be using and Hotrod cuts out his "coupons" while mom cuts out hers. It is a nice time to spend together!


Mar 9, 2012

Guilty Pleasure GCB

I'm not sure if I should post that I like the new show I just watched or if I should hide the fact that I even know it exist.

See admitting I like watching Grey's Anatomy, The X-Files or Justified is one thing. They are well known shows a couple critically acclaimed, one just an out right soap opera. But this new show is so over the top for a network show I was shocked.

Now I must admit I don't watch much tv anymore. There's not much time when taking care of a 4 year old and closing guarding what they are exposed to. So when I had a moment during a recent naptime I scanned Hulu to see I there was anything interesting. I noticed this new ABC show GCB. When I read what the letters stood for I was intrigued, Good Christian B****es.

So I clicked play and like a NASCAR race I watched for the crashes. I have to say the opening scene almost turned me off, but I stuck with it and found I was hooked by the first commercial. Not only is it set in high class Dallas. It has Annie Potts who I loved in the series Designing Women (there I go dating myself again).

I found myself vacillating between laughing out loud and saying, oh I know that person. Anyway the series is not for the easily offended and it is on at 9:00 for a reason. So if you want to catch something new and funny check it out on ABC.com, Hulu or your VoD. It is a mindless hour of your life you will never get back but I didn't mind.


Mar 8, 2012

Straight out of the Grossology Exhibit

When you put your child in preschool when he has stayed at home with mom for basically 4 years you expect some bugs and illnesses to happen. In our home we were fortunate enough to go half the school year until that happened.

Once he returned to school after the Christmas break the sickness set in! First it was "the crud" as it is commonly know in parenting circles. Runny nose, coughing, fever and general grumpiness. That lead to an ear infection which lead to our first round ever of antibiotic.

It took 2 1/2 weeks to get over than and just as he was getting better he got a stomach bug. Throwing up, not eating grumpiness and all of the fun stuff that goes along with that. Then we had about 2 weeks of being health (but that was when he decided to have his first case of separation anxiety) when last Friday he woke up complaining of a stomach ache. Of course I thought it was another stomach bug. He had cramping, lack of appetite the runs and grumpiness. So that is how we treated. When by Monday night he was starting to throw up, even water, we took him to the doctor.

Now the diagnosis shocked us, sever constipation. What, huh, did I hear your right doc, constipation. Hotrod has be as regular as clock work since the day he was born and he had been having loose stools for 4 days. Doc you got some explaining to do. So we were off to do an x-ray to confirm. Turns out that you can get backed up in the plumbing area and all of the loose watery stuff (yuck) slips by and all the more solid stuff keeps backing up.

So we are now taking a laxative for 2 weeks and off of dairy (his staple) for a week and trying to get things moving. I will say that 2 days later we are having some success and he is eating again.

So I now have another lesson learned mothering moment. And as it turns out the more moms I talk to the more have said, "oh yes, my child had that." Who knew evidently not me.

Free Meal Planning Website

I wanted to share this great blog post I came across this morning. It is for a FREE meal planning website. The site takes your location and the local stores then plans meals around the sales. If you are like me and keep seeing the price of food go up every time you go to the grocery store this website is one to check out. So hop on over to Thrifty Texas Penny and her Food for the Table subscription link. I did and can't wait to try out the service!

Mar 7, 2012

Cleaning out Emails

I have been trying to do a spring cleaning on my computer. Cleaning out videos, pictures and documents, whether they be duplicates or no longer needed, I find my hard drive laboring to sort through it all.

I started on my email this week. I use Outlook so I can keep emails forever, and ever. I ran across this one I wrote to a friend when Hotrod was about 14 months old. It is a reminder of my state of mind with a baby/toddler in the house. Now I am no poet laureate, I was a sleep deprived mommy.

I wake up each morning looking for fun,
Put on my shoes and I am ready to run.

Mommy fixes me breakfast to help me go,
That will last me, oh, bout and hour or so.

I play and play and she puts things out of my reach,
But ha, ha the jokes on you cause I grow 10 inches each week.

I play so hard and hate taking my naps.
But I play so hard I am down in seconds flat.

When Daddy comes home I’m full of cheer,
And mommy collapses, I think looking for a beer.

At bath time I splash and I play,
And I start to get fussy cause it’s the end of the day.

They rock me to sleep but I’m just foolin’ them
Surprise, Mom and Dad I’m awake at 2 AM.

Finally I go down without a bother
I think they have ruled out having another

Mar 6, 2012

A Non Agenda Day

Monday was a rare day at our house Hotrod and I had a day to spend together that wasn't consumed with school, errands, laundry, or another scheduled event. This was a great thing since he had been somewhat sick most of the weekend.

We were able to put puzzles together (his current favorite indoor activity), do an Easter craft, play outside make cupcakes and have lots of cuddle reading time. It was a great day!





And we begin



Outside complete



Finished



Easter Egg Snowflake craft from Learning for Two

Red-bud in bloom


Waiting, waiting, waiting


Yummy!











































Mar 5, 2012

Murphy's Law for Moms

Okay, while Pinteresting today I came across this post from a blogger and it is a keeper. The blog is Raising Arrows It looks to be a great site for moms so go check it out.

Murphy's Law for Moms

Starting Chores with Hotrod

So I figure at 4 1/2 it is time for Hotrod to start having some chores and responsibilities around the house. And being a boy I want him to not differentiate between tasks based on perceived stereotypes.

So one of his new chores is to help with the laundry. His favorite parts is separating out the whites to fold. His job is to get all the socks and underwear and separate into mom's, dad's and his. Now of course this is not a straight forward task, it's more of a process. Part of this process is making a train out of the sock.

Mar 3, 2012

Mom Music Moments

When I was growing up in the old days we listened to what ever mom had on the car radio. In my case it was Ron Chapman and Suzie Humphries on KVIL. I can to this day that I can sing almost every song from Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees, and many other great acts of the 70's. Yes, I know I'm dating myself.

Now fast forward to today. I have a 4 year old and we are in the car quite a bit. However, with the advent of satellite radio, iPods and other technological advances I am not the decision maker of the music we listen to in the car.

So I have designated Sunday as mommy music day. If we are in the car on Sunday mom (me) gets to choose the music.

So call me a softie or overprotective (who wants their child listening to the crap they play in the radio these days or hear the extreme views of talk radio) my son chooses what we listen to in the car. So, I will enjoy my alone time in the car and my Sundays when I can listen to the 70's station or my playlist on the iPod. But, I will cherish singing Dinosaurs A-Z, Signing Time and all the other kid songs because I know that soon he will grow up have head phones stuck in his ears and after that driving.

Mar 2, 2012

Dinosaurs A to Z

This is the song I sing in my sleep...why...because it has become my son's favorite song. He has insisted I put it on the iPod that we use in the car and that it be set on repeat. The song is 1:47 long. That means it plays on average 24 times between our house and school.

Don't you want to carpool with us?!


Mar 1, 2012

Digestive System

Hotrod and I were able to peruse the new Grossology exhibit at the Fort Worth Science and History Museum on Wednesday after Museum School. Let me just say it is right up a little boys alley. Here he is exiting the digestive system.