Friday, August 24, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday #Somethineruther

I have discovered Pinterest. I know, I know, I am so happenin'. I have decided though, that it is a love/hate relationship. I absolutely LOVE the artsy-ness of it. It is totally my style as far as social nextworks go (twitter, not so much) but I HATE how easily you can get sucked in, and how you can't find stuff you just saw very easily but failed to pin it, and now you think "alas, it is LOST!!" Wanna check out my boards? dont' ya don't ya? I have 4 so far. Kickin' it.  
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I have started to require The Little Guy to clean up toys in order to get on any electronics. First benefit: often times he is not motivated enough and ends up just playing with toys (which is what I would rather him do anyway) Second: I get to take hilarious pictures like this one:
Well, you have to give him credit, he DID get all the toys in the toychest. 
Sometimes I am in such a flutter of busy-ness I just zip from one place to another in the house trying to get stuff done. Sometimes, however, I have to stop and admire my children's creativity:

Check out Barbie's clothesline IN THE KITCHEN! Our dolls are "green" like that.
So my mom bought Angel Boy some new rainboots, since that's pretty much all we wear in this house any more. You think I am kidding. 

The Little Guy was feeling a little left out, even though his rainboots are in fine condition. He started   pointing out some holes on his tennis shoes and insisted he must get some new shoes soon. Thanks to my awesome SIL, I had a vast supply of boys clothes and shoes upstairs in bags, that he had never seen. I went upstairs and found some crocs in his size. I told him they were crocs, which were good for crocodile hunting. He has since been asking me when we will go to a swamp to try them out. 
In an attempt at super-homeschoolism, I decided to make some gluten-free homemade playdough for my 5 yr. old as he will be starting kindergarten this year. It was disastrous. I decided to go with a generic recipe and choose my own flours. In the bowl, it looked totally normal. In his hands and on the table? It changed into a fine, crumbly like, powder. So as if playdough was not already a blast to clean-up, this one was a topper folks. And so as to take on oodles of penance cuz I am super holy like that, I let ALL my children play with it. right at the dinner hour. with dishes in the sink. Ugh,  I would wish to forget that night but I needed a quicktake. 
This is actually my 2nd batch, which was not as crumbly, but slimy, a nice touch.
Somebody is super excited about his first canoe/camping trip.
I can canoe, can-u?
Whenever I blog and look through i-photos, I always find some surprise pics taken by the kids with the i-pad. Some of my favs:

And that's all for now! For some more meaningful and intelligent quicktakes go visit 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

What We've Been Doing This Summer...

1. Insane levels of heat,
2. two then one lingering student finishing the 2012 schoolyear,
3. my health worsening some

have all contributed to our being indoors, homebound, most of the summer, with the exception of some playdates at friends' houses. I always think they are going to die from boredom, however, things were far from boring around here.

All you really need to cure boredom is:
a. a sibling or two                                                     
b. an imagination
c. a prop of some sort

As you are about to see, I give you "Indoor Summer Activities 2012"

Wipes Throwing after the arrival of package via Amazon:

Setting up a card table in the Hearth Room and playing "Restaurant"
Eating lunch at that card table making it more exciting than the old breakfast table you normally eat at. Unless you are 11, then just making faces at the camera is exciting.

Using a jumprope to play "conjoined twins" with your sibling

Getting pulled around the house by that sibling...

Taking a dip in the "Choco-River" with your favorite siblings

Camping out "under the stars" under...the card table.

Getting the heck out of dodge because this camping thing is not what it's cracked up to be.

Having a slumber party in the middle of the day.

Totally NOT digging the slumber party. "Are you for real, peeps?! It's not my naptime yet!!"

And last but most definitely not least, sliding, with a repurposed, you guessed it, card table.

I promise we do pick up toys on occassion. And now that my husband will probably not leave me alone with the kids again anytime soon, at least you got an entertaining blog out of it.  

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