February 27, 2011

Play dough

Homemade play dough:

1 c. flour
1 c. boiling water
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1/2 c. salt
1 tbsp. oil
Food coloring
(gummy worms are optional)

Mix and knead together. This playdoh is not sticky and does not dry out.

Next time I want to try this-
Natural dyes for homemade play dough
or this-(if I could find kool aid in Brazil)
Homemade Kool-Aid play dough


February 26, 2011

February 21, 2006

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Noah is so proud to be 5. Look at that smile, it's so big he can't even see!

For Noah's birthday Kurt and Uncle Kevin took him and the girls to an arcade for the afternoon. I stayed home with sleeping Max and prepared for his party--and got some much appreciated alone (quiet) time. I promised Noah a real party later in the month, so those pictures will come. I love how little kids are so giddy about their birthdays. He got a Lego City set from Grandma Mickey and Grandpa Jon and a Nurf gun from Memaw and Babap. Of course, less than an hour later he was already disappointed that his birthday was over and asked how long until he turns 6.


February 20, 2011

My days with my boys

I realize that I'm posting a lot more pictures of our boys than our girls, but our girls are gone at school all day! I have much more time during the morning and afternoon to get my camera out and to capture the moments. Once the girls walk through the door, it's all business around here with homework, piano practice, dinner, reading time, showers, and bedtime. I need to be better at getting the camera out during the evening, too, because it may be the busiest time, but it's arguably the funnest time with everyone playing together, the hustling and bustling, stories about their days, music in the air, and so many helping hand at work.


February 15, 2011

Noah started Preschool

I felt a pang in my heart as I dropped Noah off for his first day of school. He has been talking about going for months and months and finally the day had come. He could finally use his Star Wars backpack and pack a lunch, which is, of course, the coolest thing in the world for a 4 year old boy. Both Kurt and I (and Max) saw him off on his 1st day and we were so proud. Could this really be our 4th child that we are sending off?

When I picked him up 4 hours later he looked sweaty and tired, but happy.
I tried to get as much information about his 1st day as I could, but he wasn't very forthcoming.

Noah goes to an all-Portuguese speaking preschool. It's a house that has been converted in the back and it's the cutest place. The teachers are super nice (they give the kids hugs and kisses when they arrive, very Brazilian) and are very patient with the kids. By patient I mean, they basically let the kids do whatever they want whenever they want! I think it's perfect for preschool.

Anyway, the first day went great, but the next morning he was in TEARS about going! Literally, tears were streaming down his cheeks and we had to pry him off the couch. I felt like a horrible mom making him go, but he's almost 5 and starts kindergarten in August!! And it's only for 4 hours! He has to get used to going.
**It's been a couple weeks now and I am very happy to report that he now tolerates going.  There is no kicking and screaming, but to say that he enjoys going would be pushing it.   He's a reluctant preschool-goer.   But that's progress, right?
**The Sunday after Noah's 1st preschool week, he was so incredibly grouchy.  He was yelling at his siblings and being rude all day.  Finally, Kurt had to pull him aside and tell him to calm down and to get his act together. Noah started fighting back by saying that he wasn't being rude and that he wasn't saying mean things, and he and his dad started going back and forth with each other. All of a sudden filled with frustration Noah yells, "Don't you speak english??" I feel your pain, Buddy, I feel your pain!


February 13, 2011

Crazy kids


February 1, 2011

Noah and Max

It's been fun having my boys home during the day, although Noah's idea of playing together is tormenting Max. He'll take Max's blanket away from him and start running with it, hit him, and torment him endlessly. And Max is learning how to "play" the same way. They are the best of friends--most of the time. Noah starts preschool on Monday and I know Max will miss him in the mornings.

I put Noah on the stairs in time-out for doing something naughty to Max and, of course, Max comes and sits next to his big brother and says, "Mama mean!". I can never win with them.

My kid's latest favorite snack is a popsicle yogurt stick--healthy and so easy to make. Just like I like it.


Mango Shakes

We've been experimenting with mangoes and have come up with a yummy mango shake. Now we know what to do with all the mangos we end up with. You just throw everything in the blender and enjoy!

1 banana
1 mango, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 C milk
1 T sugar


A weird rash

Macy woke up with some redness and bumps on her cheek. She went to school and by lunch time she called me and told me it had spread up her forehead and down her neck and into her ear, and that it felt hot and itchy. Okay, so we are in Brazil and when a weird rash strikes it scares me! The doctor diagnosed it as an allergic reaction to something, although I still can't figure out anything different that we did or ate. It lasted for a few days, but started to go away after she went on steroids. Well, it's all part of the experience, I guess.