A picture you haven't seen
Sweet Cecilia spent the last two days on that sofa. Poor sick sweetie. Nothing too serious, but still. Mamas don't like it when their babies are not feeling their best. Can you see her little cheek poking out from the mountain of blanket? Totally zonked. The cutie.
Around the interwebz
-This video refuses to stop being funny. WARNING: lyrics not safe for kids (nsfk if you will). But super worth it. Super duper worth it.
-It's a couple of weeks old, but having Cecilia cozied up in her nest this week has reminded me to recommend this post about caring for small sickies.
Sometimes you want to be the fun mom and do some kind of project but it makes you a little itchy because you feel compelled to cover all the "real subjects" too while still also making time to eat and put little ones down for naps and perhaps even take a potty break (for yourself) before starting dinner.
Enter the All Subject Single Project: Elementary Edition.
Reading, writing, art, fine motor skills, geography, history, math. Okay fine, we're missing science. But seven out of eight is not too shabby.
READ the questions and instructions
WRITE the answers
COLOR the maps
CUT OUT the pieces
IDENTIFY places on the globe
DISCUSS a single random historical fact whilst looking at the globe
MEASURE the distance from one place to another
This system can work with any old workbook or printable(s) you find. For us it was Paul's map skills workbook and the main project was laminating these continent names and shapes and then playing a matching game with them, but on the outer edges we did all of those other things.
The playing dumb comes in when your kid is looking at the globe (or whatever they're into) and you say something like "And which country was it that has the __________ river? I can't seem to remember...." and then they school you and feel quite fancy. The key here, at least for my big boy, is to ask questions that I know he knows the answers to because he thrives on success and it gives him the energy and encouragement to continue with the project.
On the Table
Friday - salmon + steamed veggies + rice
Saturday - ?
Sunday - ?
(I absolutely forgot to write down what I made for two days in a row. So much for looking like I have it all together)
Monday - spaghetti with ground beef sauce
Tuesday - creamy chicken soup + rolls
Wednesday - ginger and garlic pork stir fry + rice
Thursday- Slow cooker pork carnitas + tortillas + refried beans
En La Casa
I think while we working to decide if we'll be able to hire out any of the work on the kitchen (we've taken a kitchen down to the studs on our own before and boy, that is hard to do with a house full of kids and even harder when one of you is out of the house for 10 hours per day) Imma go ahead and get started on this living room.
|portrait of a snow day|
Aw, you can see the kitchen of horror through the doorway there. Can you see how matching the hardwood and carrying it through would be fab-u-lous?
This is not something you can buy, but Grace is giving away three (3) sofas. THREE. SOFAS.
Cecilia: I just love that bread you make. I wish I could be tiny. So tiny that I could wrap my arms around the bread and say "I love you, bread!"
Cecilia: .....And I would rest my little cheek on it, just like this.
ooooookay. just back away slowly.