Friday, October 31, 2008

Here are a few faces from yesterday. And another of my dad.

My dad is visiting this week. We went to a little Halloween party yesterday. I started face painting and got sucked in as I always do. It is so fun, I love to do it.

Anyway, my dad got in line and requested a giant zit. Hopefully I'll get pictures of the other faces I did, it was fun to see all these made up little kids walking around.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Introducing the Amazing Jonah!

Yes, that last one he is on the ceiling.
Things I have heard in the last 24 hours

"Wow, you're really good at that. Maybe you should do it." My son as I am trying to teach him how to make a marinade.

Me, "What is this?" Jonah, "a trap door." After I was trying to figure out what was drawn in sidewalk chalk on my front porch. Nice.

"you're a golden-butterfly-poop-crack weenie" Out of the lips of my 3 year old to her brother. Seriously where?

"When I become president..." My 7 year old daughter.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

We took the girls to a vet clinic the other day. They were especially entranced by the blood under the microscope, the heavy lead X-ray jacket and their special gift from the vet, a dog tooth. Who knew that a pulled dog tooth would get squeals of delight from 7 year old girls?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


This was so fun, we had a play date with some other mamas yesterday. It was great fun, singing and talking with the ladies but the best was when the kiddos decided to have a little open mic session. Freya was so getting into it, she was putting her soul out there for everyone to groove to.

Can you see the seriousness in her expression? Her furrowed brow? The emotion that went with the sounds!

And the words, something about a bunny drinking coffee and she would say, "I see you, I see you, I see you" as she was looking at each person.

I wish it were taped because it really didn't get any better than that right there.

Monday, October 20, 2008

No comment needed

Texas Wildlife

There are so many different animals here. We have fire ants, giant beetles, scorpions, so many snakes I can't even count and insects I have never seen before. As often as they say armadillos are common here, I have only seen them dead on the side of the road.

I'm becoming accustomed to seeing unusually large animals and insects. They're not kidding when they say, "everything's bigger in Texas."

Here are a few of the things we have encountered in our backyard and I was able to get a picture of.

If anyone knows what kind of snake that is, let me know. It did bite Suki on the nose. It obviously isn't poisonous because she is fine but it sure sent us into panic mode.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

International Children's Day was an enormous success. The parents at school did a wonderful job representing the cultures in various countries. I think my favorite booth was the one from India. They had bindi painting, bangles, wonderful little honey coated doughnut holes (I am sure there is a great name for these) and their clothing is just so colorful and dramatic it is irresistible.

Chloe dressed up in a kimono and insisted in putting chopsticks in her hair. She was adorable even though she acted the part.

Our Wales booth had entirely too many Welsh cakes. There are about 200 left over and I am unsure of what to do with them. I see a visit to the duck pond in our near future.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Update on the Tooth fairy situation

If you remember back here about my son hording his teeth, you know that he has had a plan. He told me he put his teeth under the pillow weeks ago (without saying anything to me). He went on to tell me that he knew I was the tooth fairy because he saw me come and put the money under his pillow the last time he lost a tooth.

We are all sitting in the car together, my 7 year old and 3 year old are listening intently.

He keeps pressing me to "admit it" and "tell the truth." I am increasingly becoming nervous because he was not going to let it drop.

Finally, Chloe yells, "NO! The tooth fairy dresses up like one of our parents so that the kids don't get scared by someone else showing up in their room in the middle of the night!"

Jonah, "no, that's not true, it was Mom."

Chloe, "it is true, I have it in writing. I read it in a book!"

Jonah decided to leave it at that and I didn't even have to say a word. Thank goodness for seven year old girls.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Welsh Cakes

the kids' school is having a festival this Friday. There will be booths from many different countries. We're doing Wales and are making welsh cakes.

Here is the recipe, I have these coming out my ears right now.....

Originally these are fried in a pan but I had to adapt it to fit the oven as I didn't want to fry 400 of these.

3 1/3 cups self-rising flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon mixed allspice

8 oz butter

2 eggs


Put all dry ingredients from bags into bowl. Cut in butter until it is coarse like breadcrumbs.

Add eggs and mix together. I added about 1/4 cup milk or less by small increments, until it was similar to a pie dough. (this seems to need to be done by hand)

Roll out on a floured surface with floured rolling pin until about 1/4" thick. Cut with approximately 1" diameter cookie cutters. Put on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes until slightly brown on the bottom.

Dust with regular granulated sugar straight out of the oven.

Each recipe will make at least 100 1" cookies.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Shadows are cool.

We were looking at all the shadows around us and thought they were exciting. Then Freya noticed that her streamers from her bike made pink shadows. I tried to take a picture of it but it didn't turn out as radiant as the actual shadow.

Also, we went back to the cemetery today because the big kids wanted to see the graves. What I thought was weird was Freya remembered right were "Gussie" was. This was the grave she did a rubbing on last week.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Grave Rubbings.

We went and visited the Round Rock cemetery today. It is famous in Round Rock because Sam Bass and A.W. Grimes are buried there.

The kids seemed to like making the rubbings almost as much as the moms did. It was a very nice setting as there wasn't too much other commotion going on. I guess it is a cemetery after all.

Jonah studied the history or Round Rock last year and learned all about the Round Rock shoot out.

Poor Grimes was a Texas Ranger doing his job, got shot by Bass and his widow was only given $200 and one of Bass' horses. Well for a husband that may be a good deal....

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Oldies but goodies.

I was sifting through my pictures and found a few of my favorites. These have not been edited in anyway. Freya really was that fat....

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Ghoulish Dish

I was asked to make some food for a friend's Halloween party. Because I love kitchy things, I was hoping to finally have a punch with a floating frozen hand or brain in it. But who owns punch bowls anymore? So, there goes that idea.

The edible eyeballs seem fun

mummy pizza

The Pear Witch Project is too good to pass up

and definitely some kind of cupcake but I can't decide

Dirt and worms (I'd do gummi worm instead)

or nasty spiders

There are so many options! I may have to have a theme of Halloween lunches all this month just to get my fix of punny food.

Friday, October 03, 2008

I finally finished the Girl Scout t-shirts. We tie-dyed them during an overnight and then I brought them home and put the lettering on them. They are supposed to be pink, blue and brown but they look more red, white and blue. Oh well, the girls really like them and I think they're cute. We may have to make more as some of the parents would like matching shirts!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I have a stress fracture....

How? I don't know, maybe my shoes were too tight and it couldn't handle running the 7 miles on Thursday. It was stressed even more the next day after pulling Freya behind my bike for who knows how long. Then I played an 80 minute soccer game on Sunday even though my foot hurt.

To add to that, I couldn't resist playing an indoor soccer game Tuesday. I told myself I would just go and watch the game, maybe play the first half. When I got there all the ladies were so happy because they only had 5 players for a 6v6 player game. I played the whole game with no break. Honestly, it's amazing this is the only thing hurting after all that.

I am sad as I am supposed to run a half marathon in November and I just joined a new indoor soccer team. Hopefully it will heal fast and I guess for now I will get my exercise in the pool, swimming boring old laps.