Cinderella

We went to the ballet!  It’s been such a long time – almost a year since we were last at a ballet show and it was great to go again!
IMG_5167I am totally loving this new app on my phone.  It is called Project Life and it makes it so easy to create pages like the one you see above.  Then you can print them out an put them in an album – it takes no  time at all and looks totally great!

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Snack Time

Today I felt like a good mom!  This was the snack that the kids had waiting for them when they got home.

Snacks!

Snacks!

It took approximately 10 minutes for them to devour this entire plate of veges.

God’s Eye Craft

I am always on the look out for a cute easy project for my students.  I teach knitting after school once a week for an hour and a half.  This session my students are all between the ages of 8 and 10.  It is hard for them to sit still and knit for the entire time so I try to break it up in the middle with an easy fun craft.  This past week we made God’s Eyes.  I used to make them all the time as a kid, but now a days kids don’t have the time to sit and just chill.

My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.

My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.

4-sided sample.

4-sided sample.

6-sided sample.

6-sided sample.

Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.

Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.

Each one turned out differently.

Each one turned out differently.

Very muted colors - such a nice effect.

Very muted colors – such a nice effect.

They all experimented with color changes.

They all experimented with color changes.

I love the look with the variegated yarn.

I love the look with the variegated yarn.

A 4-side and a 6-sided God's Eye.

A 4-side and a 6-sided God’s Eye.

Each student made one of each.

Each student made one of each.

Another very pretty God's Eye with variegated yarn.

Another very pretty God’s Eye with variegated yarn.

We had so much fun!!

Whole Orange Cake

This week we had some oranges that were past their prime.  I looked online at allrecipes.com and picked one that sounded good.

Whole Orange Cake Recipe.

Whole Orange Cake Recipe.

The Cake.

The Cake.

Interestingly enough, all the kids loved this cake, but my husband and I were not too fond of it.  I’ll have to try a different one to see if I can discover one that we all like.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it was a really nice and relaxing day.

Special Belgium Waffles

Special Belgium Waffles

It started out with breakfast.  All of them worked together to get breakfast on the table – what a delicious meal it was!

The crew!  I was missing the oldest - but she called so all was good.

The crew! I was missing the oldest – but she called so all was good.

Alphabet waffles :o)

Alphabet waffles :o)

Yum, yum!

Yum, yum!

Even Kate got in on the action.

Even Kate got in on the action.

Study time.

Study time.

Rest time!

Rest time!

A boy and his dog.

A boy and his dog.

Alphabet cookies for dessert.

Alphabet cookies for dessert.

The dude playing with my hairclips.

The dude playing with my hairclips.

The entire day was amazing.  I got some things done that I needed to do, but overall was able to just sit back and relax.  I enjoyed this Mother’s Day VERY much!

And it grows!

About a month ago I shared one of our new pets – an alligator lizard.  Our 17 year old daughter rescued him from being eaten by our cats.  His tail had fallen off and he was very lethargic.  We were not quite sure he was going to make it.  Well…

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He is doing fabulously!  He eats about 4 crickets and 4 meal worms each day (making him the most expensive pet we own).  If you look closely, you can see that he is shedding yet again – this makes the third time since we got him – he is growing fast!

One on One Time

Something I don’t do very well is spend one-on-one time with each of my kids.  I know that they crave it and I know that it’s very important to make the effort, but sometimes with our weekends full of activities, time can be very short!

Mini-golf with the 10 year old.

Mini-golf with the 10 year old.

We had a really great time!