Thursday, November 30, 2006

Turkey Bowling Train Ride

Since we didn't have to trek down to Gram-mo & Pop-Pop's for the holiday, we were able to use the time to do activities closer to home. We've been trying to take the boys on a train for a while now, and this was a great opportunity.

The boys are really interested in trains right now, so they loved exploring the station, moving from car to car while the train was running down the track, and getting popcorn and m&m's from the dining car.

We had seats in the caboose, so had a great view of the switchback, the cuppola (a loft seat so they could see over the train), and a front row seat for when the train buffered up for the return trip.

When we made it back to the station, we bowled with turkeys...and then had pizza & played games in the arcade where the boys 'won' train whistles!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Monday morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow. What an incentive for the boys to eat their breakfast quickly, so we coul play in it before it melted away. Bay liked 'skating' on the sidewalk, and Hayd thought snow was a special snack.

We had the best 'just stay home day'. We did two packs of phonics books (23!), did puzzles, karioke (digital cable rocks), and baked cookies! Chocolate chip, no nuts, of course.

Today they had school...and a nice combo if ice and snow on the ground. Bay's comment..."Not even enough to make a snowball." True, but plenty to make the trek to school trecherous. Saw 2 cars who had skidded off the road and had to be towed. How do people live in snowy areas? We can't manage it here.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving morning

I'm a bit under the weather, but still I managed to whip up some chocolate chip banana muffins for our holiday breakfast. Then, as we sit down to eat, Bayley suggests we practice being thankful. Is he sweet or what?

Jeff - I'm thankful for a healthy, loving family. (ah, that must be where Bay gets it).
Me - I'm thankful for a safe, warm house for us. (quite the storm outside!)
Hayden - I'm thankful for banana muffins. With chocolate chips! (Ain't he cute?)
Bayley - I'm thankful for the most important thing of all. Fresh, clean water to drink. (Think he is channelling Chris?)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bayley's Chili

Bay was in a cooking mood on Thursday. We read a book about he wanted to make pumpkin muffins. OK. No problemo. Then Hayden had a jones for cornbread. Perfecto. And then...Bayley wanted to make chili.

Does Bayley eat ANYTHING that goes in chili? No. but I figured, what the heck. It is FANTASTIC. He didn't eat a bite.

Bayley's chili

In 1 T olive oil, saute:
2 peppers (orange and yellow were our choices), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minces
2 onions, chopped

When softened, dump in:
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jar mild salsa
1 jar pasta sauce (garlic and onion was our option)
1T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 t salt
1t pepper

Oh man, this is GOOD! He tried one nibble. Ah, well.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Vivacious V

Very sad to report our valiant attempts to increase our V vernacular were in vain. Not that I truy expected the boys to taste test different vinegars, but it seemed like a good idea. As did the 'try a new vegetable' pledge I made them take. Vermicelli (thin spaghetti ) and vanilla pudding fared far better.

The world was trying to help, people putting up vampires everywhere we went to honor Halloween. We read about vultures and voles, but I also picked up some books about losing teeth since Bay has a loose one, and the boys prefered them.

On a trip to Costco we played with violins and violas and looked at books showing the vertabrae of snakes and dinosaurs. Ultimately, I think the boys were happiest to realize they had an excuse to watch videos.

Next year I'll schedule the veteranarian for the dog, and flu vaccinations for the rest of us. Ah well, at least we remembered to take our vitamins every day and Vote!