Monday, October 31, 2011

Can you believe it?

Can you believe this little chunky muffin...

Grew into this?

Oh yeah, we waited until the last minute to get in our year book submissions. Thanks for getting them done so fast, Nicole!

The first picture was Tyler at three months. He was nearly 20 lbs at that point. That's what happens when just one baby gets all my milk. I certainly had plenty to share back then too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Singing Sweetness

While there is lots of crying, lots of yelling and lots of whining at our house, there's probably even more singing. And that makes it all worthwile.

In case you couldn't quite understand the words, she singing:

"God loves me, God loves me, in my Bible book it says that God loves me."

We have a Toddler Tunes VHS tape that the girls watch while I'm doing Ana's hair or when I just need a sanity break. I don't like to turn it on often because they have such a hard time when it needs to be turned off. Some of their other favorites are "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Deep and Wide," and "Ba, Ba, Black Sheep." They ask to sing them often throughout the day and if I start one song to distract them, (Or I just start singing because it's stuck in my head,) they start requesting other songs. Sometimes I feel like their personal listening device. "Sing the sheep song, Mom. No, the other sheep song. No, the OTHER sheep song."

We also sit down with our hymnal from church and find different songs to sing. They love the lively songs and they dance around and shake their shaker eggs. (Plastic eggs on a stick filled with beads that Mike bought at the music store.)

Such a lovely little chorus of voices!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Baby Talk

The other day, Amanda laid down on my belly to talk to the baby. I had just eaten so my tummy gurgled a little.

Amanda said, "Oh! I heard the baby!"

She sure makes me laugh.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Tony!

Tony turns fifteen today! He will start driver's training in a couple of weeks. Initially he was pretty bummed about Tyler leaving for the military because Tyler gives him rides and stuff. That was until I reminded him that in one year HE will be driving and giving himself rides. And since Tyler won't be needing a vehicle, he will get the Jeep. Yeah, he's pretty happy about that.

My mom, grandma and Tristen came to celebrate yesterday. She brought a patriotic cake in honor of Columbus Day. Everybody loves singing "Happy Birthday."

The little girls enjoyed their cake.

I'm not sure if this was considered a birthday purchase or not but Mike and Tyler bought this new bow together and they've been sharing it.

They are working on their accuracy so they can go out hunting...if they don't lose all the arrows first.

Monday, October 10, 2011

More Provisions from Nature

The eating adventure continues...

We went for a walk to gather more acorns (to play with, not to eat.) We ended up coming with a grouse.

The trails in our neighborhood snake through woods and occasionally behind people's houses. As we were nearing one of our neighbor's houses, my mom said, "Look there goes a grouse!"


Not "BAM!" like a gun shot because the only guns we had were squirt guns.

But "BAM!" like it crashed into the window of our neighbor's house. My mom, Amanda and Tristen ran ahead to check on the bird. It had broken neck and was dead. There was no sense in letting it go to waste so we brought it home. We called another neighbor to help us come clean it since Mike was working out of town today.

Ana wouldn't go anywhere near the bird but Tali was quite enthralled with it. It's now simmering in our crockpot. :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Owl Hat for Snekcip

Hi Snekcip,

I just saw these owl hats and other super cute animal hats at Children's Place. There's free shipping until Monday and Code D2F2011 should get you an additional 20 %.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


So, as requested, I took pictures of our chocolate-covered grasshopper project yesterday but out of love and consideration for my squeamish readers who do not want to see dead, roasted or chocolate-covered grasshoppers, I back dated the post so you have to click to go see them.

However, I don't want any one to miss reading Amanda's priceless reaction after she popped the first roasted and lightly salted grasshopper into her mouth,

"Mmmmm! Tastes like chicken!"

She couldn't figure out why I was laughing so hard. It still makes me laugh when I think about it. She ended up eating most of them plain and left only three to be covered in chocolate. Love that little girl!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ethnic Foods-Updated with a link to pictures.

Click here to see pictures of our grasshopper project.

A few weeks ago, we gathered a bucketful of acorns at our neighbor's house to do a little craft project. The nuts sat in the bucket for quite some time before I attempted the project. By that time, some of the acorns had dried and cracked at the bottom so Amanda was able to peel them open. She was so tempted to take a bite of one and I thought they were poisionous. I finally did a search and it turns they are not poisionous if they are properly prepared.


We boiled ours and changed the water several times over the course of two days. They smelled lovely but the water was never very clear. Meanwhile our neighbor just boiled hers for the morning and then roasted them. Amanda tried them and said, "Mmmm. Good!" The little girls spit them out right away. I didn't try them because I'm allergic to other nuts so I didn't want to risk it. Our neighbor thought they were too dry and not very tasty. At home, I just drained of the rest of the liquid and frozen the few acorns that I had cooked up. Amanda will eat them if I give her a few. Silly girl! I can't imagine they taste very good but I'm happy to encourage her adventurous spirit.

And then...

She asked if we could eat bugs! Oh, great. But... not wanting to spoil her fun and considering that I could teach her some valuable survival lessons, we looked up what kinds of bugs could be eaten in Minnesota.


Crickets and grasshoppers seem to be the most likely candidates. I had to laugh at the recipe though. It recommended rinsing and patting the crickets dry while they were still alive. Hmmm. I'm not quite sure how that would work. We opted to freeze ours first to kill them. So, as we speak there are 5-10 grasshoppers sitting in our freezer. Tomorrow they will be rinsed, de-legged and be-headed, roasted and then eaten with a little salt or dipped in chocolate. Not by me, of couse, since I'm pregnant and really shouldn't be trying strange foods. ;) I think I'll try chocolate covered potato chips as long as I have the chocolate melted.

Multi-cultural education? Check! The Native Americans used acorns as food and bugs are often eaten in Asian countries.

I didn't get pictures of the acorn processing. Would you like to see pictures of the grass hoppers? ;)