Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A car-less day (or two or three)

We've had a bit of bad car luck the past week at our house.  It all started with one of the kids dinging another car at soccer practice.  It just happened to be the car of one of their soccer teammates. The father saw the scratch, which was so minor we didn't even think anything of it, and confronted Andy, "What are you going to do about this?"  He was a little upset, to say the least.

Then on Sunday, one of the kids(the same one) decided to get into the driver's seat and pretend to drive. I got in to start the car, and there were all sorts of lights blinking and the car wouldn't do a thing.  So I asked the kid, "Were you up here pushing buttons or messing with stuff?" Of course I got the usual response, "I don't know." After some coaxing, the whole story, or at least most of it, came out.

Andy spent all Sunday evening trying to figure out the problem, and narrowed it down to a pin in the steering wheel breaking, probably from the kid turning the steering wheel too much and breaking the lock while the car was off.  The next step was taking off the steering column and putting in a new one! Let's hope he gets it back together correctly!

Since the car is not working, we've been biking to school and everywhere else we need to go. It is not far to school, 3 miles round-trip, but we have two busy roads to cross, which can make it challenging with three kids. Faye gets nervous crossing the busy streets, and I don't blame her, so she rode in the burley this morning.  The kids are doing great at school, and have earned a pj party already! They were so excited to wear pajama's to school, and they also got to bring a stuffed animal. They are loving 1st grade!

Drew is getting ready to bike to school in his Mario pj's.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In Faye's room

Every time I step into Faye's room, I always find something that makes me laugh or smile.  This girl absolutely loves to read, and it just amazes me every time I look at the piles of books in her room.  I clear this little nightstand off at least twice a week.  And yet, it somehow always manages to be overflowing with books.  She reads and reads and reads, to the point where we have to ask her to stop reading.  How many hours a day should a 6 year old spend reading? 

Here is a another view, in case you were wondering what exactly Faye is reading.  Right now she is reading the Harry Potter books (she's on number 3 and I've told her that is all she can read until she is older - any thoughts about that for those of you who are Harry Potter fans?), Nancy Drew, Junie B. Jones, which is her favorite but she can read one of those in about 20 minutes, and some other miscellaneous books. She's told me she loves mystery books. The strangest thing to me is Faye's method of reading books.  She will start one book, then another, then another, before going back and finishing something else. At any point in time she could be reading 5 or 6 books!  I don't know how she keeps them all straight, but she does and can tell you the story almost word for word.

This afternoon when I walked into her room I had a really good laugh. I saw this on her dry erase board...

Apparently the boys are no longer allowed in her room! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Tonight was the first night of soccer practice. Faye and Drew are on team Galaxy!  Drew was really excited to find out his team name.  I told him it was like Super Mario Galaxy, rather than the LA team. They will have practices a couple times a week, and games on Saturday morning.  Their first game will be September 10th.

Soccer is all new to me, as I never played soccer and know next to nothing about it.  I didn't have any clue about shin guards or soccer socks, but we figured it out.  They'll get uniforms before their first game.

Drew was telling me all day that he didn't want to play soccer or go to practice, but once he got out there he did really well and had a lot of fun.  I think with some practice he could be really good at soccer.  He has tons of energy and loves to run!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First grade

The first day of first grade was yesterday.  Its hard to believe we have first graders!! But I have to admit, after getting back from vacation a couple weeks ago I was ready for them to get back to school and get back on a normal schedule.  On several occasions before school started, they might still be in their pj's at lunch time, or even after.

Faye woke up yesterday at approximately 7:15.  By 7:20, she was dressed with her backpack on and standing by our back door ready for school, and school doesn't start until 8:45.  She was very excited to say the least! Drew was having a rough morning, nervous about school starting, although he would only say, "I don't want to go to school."

Here is the second picture I took...

Like I said, it was a rough morning for Drew.  The kids had a half day of school, and came out as happy as can be!  They have a great teacher this year, Mrs. Henry, and I've only just met her, but she seems like she knows what she's doing and loves it!  The class earned 7 marbles on the first day of school, and when the class gets to 15 marbles, they get an extra recess! Extra recess is huge to first graders! Drew was a lot more excited for school this morning!

Today the kids rode their bikes to school for the first time ever.  We have at least two busy streets to cross, which makes me very nervous, but they made it. It just took a little extra time waiting for the right moment to cross the street. Today is their first full day of school, so I tried to make a fun lunch for the kids, with a note even!  

I made them little heart pbj's, carrot/cucumber flowers, pears, corn puffs, and chocolate chip cookies, along with some almond milk. These are some of their favorite things!  I have lots more ideas for lunches this year, but we'll see how ambitious I am.  Making lunch every day can get old really quickly!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Kale chips

Our kale is still doing well in the garden, even though it has been a really hot summer.  I know there were several recipes I wanted to try with kale that I found over the past winter, but now that we actually have kale, I don't remember what I wanted to do with it.  As I was reading a blog several weeks ago, I came across the idea of kale chips.  It sounded interesting, and I am a huge chip eater. After Faye and I took a raw kale leaf and ate it in the garden, we knew we would have to cook it (she ended up spitting hers out - it was bitter).

Purple Kale
Kale chips are awesome!! I made them a few weeks ago, and I made them again today. Kale is supposed to be one of the best foods you can eat, so making kale into chips probably reduces their nutritional value, but still, kale chips are really good.  I will plant more kale next summer!!

Here is how I made them - just in case you have some kale around and don't know what to do with it. There are plenty of recipes if you do a search for Kale chips - and I never even heard of them before!

Wash a handful of kale and dry it.  Pull pieces of the kale off the stem, there is really no reason to cut it.  The kale does shrink a bit when cooked, so keep that in mind. Discard the crunchy stem.  Put the pieces into a bowl, add about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, salt to taste(go easy on the salt), and add any other seasonings you like.  We love garlic here, so I added a sprinkle of garlic powder. I've seen recipes that also add Parmesan cheese, but I don't know how that would taste since we don't eat cheese. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put on a baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.

Kale chips are not the prettiest thing you can eat, but if you like salty snacks they are worth trying! Check out this gorgeous rice bowl which I also got for my birthday(thanks Jadon and Hallie)!