This Sunday afternoon we went to a play based on the book Many Moons by James Thurber. It was put on by the little theatre group and was acted out entirely by children. They did such a good job, some of them were quite the naturals. The theatre is a beautiful, old building and our seats on the balcony were great. It was really nice to be able to go and the kids loved that it was done by kids. I hope to be able to frequent more of the plays in town as it’s a really nice time for all of us. Do you all enjoy going to the theatre?
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Thanks to a very generous and only slightly belated birthday gift from my brother (Hi! Mark), I was able to order some books that I have been wanting for quite a while. They have been slowly trickling in by mail and I got my last one yesterday. When I have a spare minute, I have been really enjoying flipping through them. At the moment, I have so many projects that I have to get done before Christmas, but as soon as they are done, I can’t wait to sit down and have a good read. What are you reading right now, and loving?
So many things that are better for us and the environment are so much more expensive than the alternatives. As a family of six on a pretty tight budget, we can’t always do the better choice. We try where we can, such as starting to garden and grow our own food, lowering the thermostat and just wearing extra clothes etc. One decision we made was to use cloth diapers, we switched over when our now five year old daughter was a year old. I have never regretted this decision. When I found out exactly what is in disposable diapers I never wanted to put them on her tender tush again. I talked my hubby into switching and got to learning the basics. We went with prefolds and covers instead of the all in one diapers as these were much, much cheaper. Even now with our fourth baby, I still prefer prefolds as I personally think they are easier to clean and still much, much cheaper. Even the bigger size that we use on our 15 month old was still only $2 dollars a diaper. Granted she grew so much so quickly when she was little, we were buying new covers in bigger sizes for a while, but that evened out and we haven’t bought anything new since she was about six months old. When all is said and done, we have probably spent $150 total and these will last until she is potty trained. When we had babies in disposables, we spent $150 in less than four months and that was on the cheapest disposables available. I have been so thrilled knowing that it is so much better for the babe, the environment, and most definitely the wallet. I get such a thrill whenever we are in a store that sells diapers, just thinking that we aren’t paying a cent. Even when she is out of diapers, they will still make great cleaning rags, so they just keep giving. As far as laundry goes, on average, it’s only two extra loads a week, so not much extra time at all. When the weather is nice, there is something about hanging them all on the line, something strangely peaceful and calming. Call me strange, it’s ok. This is one choice that we have made that we really love, and any chance I get, I tout the benefits of cloth diapering. For a while when we first switched, I was the only one in our town that did, so I had several people calling and asking questions. It was a lot of fun, and now quite a few other people cloth diaper as well. If you still have little ones in diapers, perhaps you can consider switching, you won’t regret it.
I love this picture from my daughter. She has really taken off with writing and I just love how when she runs out of room, she just rounds the corner and writes backwards. I’m not sure if you can tell but when she hit the end she started on the next line which says “made this for” and then turns back around and writes Grandma. I do love little one’s writing. It says so much about them, doesn’t it? I used to write backwards a lot when I was little. I hear this is pretty common with lefties, which explains me, but my daughter is a righty and does this a lot. I love it. Pretty chaotic around here still, trying to put things back into place after some demo work and lots of painting. Hope to have some pictures on Wednesday for you. Let me just say that I am loving my kitchen now, it’s no where near done and not by any means perfect, but it’s so much better than it was. Hope you all had a great weekend!
Every once in a while I like to make sandwiches using pita breads, but I almost choke at having to pay $3 or $4 dollars for a package of six. Let’s face it, they are hard, taste of nothing, and are filled with a bunch of nasty preservatives. Yesterday we decided to make some, and I was absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. I searched for a recipe online and ended up using this Pita recipe. It was really easy, but just a little time consuming, though I had two kiddos perfectly willing to help out. After tuckering out from the kneading, my six year old went off to play and I finished up. I had forgotten how sore my arms were after holding a 22lb. baby for five hours the other night, but it was a good workout and I made it through. They were a huge success and the first four out of the oven were eaten immediately. I followed the recipe exactly and used my cast iron pizza pan to bake them on. These will definitely be made again, they were so good. I knew they would be better than the store bought ones, but the difference is unbelievable. Try them out, you won’t regret it.
My kids love tic tac toe, especially the boys. I often find bits of paper with their games scrawled on them, so I was excited to see this in a book I recently checked out of the library. Green Crafts for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials is excellent. A lot of kid’s crafts books have maybe one or two projects that I would actually want to do with the kids, but this has a bunch, so many that I’m going to purchase the book. My six year old gathered all of the sticks and rocks and I helped him tie the smaller sticks into crosses. The boys have been playing with it and are really enjoying it. I love that it is made of natural materials, and love that there was more than just playing a game involved. There was gathering of materials, creativity and time involved in making it, and then the fun in playing it again and again. This is just the first of many projects out of this book that we will be working on, you guys should definitely check it out if you can.
Yesterday was a blur of normal day activities, baking bread, washing diapers, math, very short naps for the babe, lots of snuggles and reading. The day finished off with all of us going to the local community college for a musical performance of Charlotte’s Web. My kids loved it, my oldest cracking up quite a few times. It was a busy, very long day, and by the time I got the babe to sleep it was 10:00, time for me to go to bed. Today I’m off with the babe for a day of some fun with my mom, hopefully getting some more Christmas cookies baked and in the freezer (all part of my plan to not go insane in December). I just wish that by turning the clocks back tonight that it really meant that I’d get an extra hour of sleep, in reality it just means the kids are up an hour earlier. Have a great weekend, everyone!
It’s a very rare time when Hubby and I get a day by ourselves, but my mom generously offered to watch the three bigger kids while we took the babe and went off for the day. As anybody with kids knows, sometimes it is really hard to get an adult conversation in while they are still awake. Since the babe doesn’t talk yet, we were able to spend the whole day talking, while we were actually awake enough to think straight. We drove 40 minutes away to a town that has a few nice things to do. On the way we saw this fantastic barn and some gorgeous trees (most of the ones where we live went straight from green to dead because of all the snow, no autumn colours). We walked around the historic downtown for quite a while and stopped at a local brew pub for a quick lunch. It was so nice to be able to get out in the fresh air, it was a gorgeous 70°, and do lots of walking and talking. After some more walking we went to a bookstore where we were able to leisurely browse through some books and magazines until I almost jumped out of my skin as a mouse scurried by my feet. I do not like mice, I do not do well around mice, mice are not my friends. I have an irrational fear of them and seeing this little guy put me on edge. They say that the best way to face your fears is to jump headfirst, right? I’m seriously considering going to a pet shop to hold the mice because I really do not like being controlled (through my fear) by these little guys. Anyway, that’s another story…On the way home we saw a bunch of buffalo, they are truly magnificent creatures. Then we passed one of the windmill farms near us. Some people complain that they are an eyesore, but personally, I think they are beautiful and calming. I often think it would be nice to grab a blanket and a book and sit in the middle of a windmill farm. Not really a possibility, but still.Oh, and on Sunday I tackled one little project. I hung some art wires (well, cotton yarn) for the boys to hang some of their artwork. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, but I just never got around to it. Now for less than a quarter, the boys have somewhere to arrange their never ending supply of artwork, and it adds some nice colour to their walls as well.I’ve got lots planned for this week, so it if goes according to plan, I’ll have several fun things to share with you.
I’ve decided we don’t walk nearly enough. When I was a girl and we lived in England, we walked all the time. If we could walk instead of drive, we did. We walked to and from school every morning, and I’m pretty sure it was 45 minutes each way. I think we miss so much by not walking more, the fresh air, exercise, and sunshine does the body and mind such good.Yesterday was a bit of a hectic day with normal day to day stuff and then the babe had a well-baby appointment. She was pretty fussy after some vaccinations, so when we got home and had an hour before supper, I bundled everybody up and headed outside.Most of what we saw wasn’t anything spectacular, just normal things like rocks on the roadside, flowers that had been wiped out by the snow and frost, yet still remained beautiful in their own way. Cracks in the road and puddles to jump in were next on the walk.There was nothing extraordinary about what we saw, but that’s where I think the magic comes in. It was really nice to just be outdoors. The sunshine, crisp cool air, exercise and just every day nature was making everybody feel better. I felt less stressed, the babe calmed down, and the bigger kids had a great time running around and just being themselves.This view, however, was spectacular. It is what we see at the end of our road, and was the perfect ending to a refreshing, energizing walk. We were able to go home, eat supper, and settle all of the little ones down to bed, where they fell fast asleep, exhausted and content.
It’s official, I’m one year older. The birthday celebrations have been spread out for a couple of days, lucky me! On Saturday we packed the kids up and enough picnic food for all day, and drove an hour and a half up into the mountains. Let me just say, they were even more beautiful than the pictures could possibly show.We walked around part of the massive lake, and saw some beautiful horses.We also visited the local museum to see a quilt exhibit.We had so much fun, the weather was gorgeous, the food was good, and the boys had a ton of fun climbing on every rock imaginable.Sunday we went to my mom’s house where she cooked me a wonderful meal, gotta love those traditions. Afterwords, we spent the afternoon doing a little birthday shopping. Can’t wait to show you all some of my goodies tomorrow. Hope you guys had a great weekend too.