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Food Prep for Kids

By Kay on Tue, Dec 30, 2008


I know you’ve all been there. You just sat down to finally eat YOUR pancakes after standing at the stove cooking them all day and all the kids can say is, “Mommy, can you cut my pancakes?” Five minutes later your own pancakes are cold (GROSS!) and the kid who you first cut up pancakes for is now done and ready for the next one. So, here’s the scoop on how to make things a little easier on ya:

Pizza CutterWaffles:
My husband just discovered this method and I tried it this morning and FELL. IN. LOVE.

Use a pizza wheel. I still like to follow the straight lines of the waffle pattern. Shawn likes to cut waffles up like a pie. Follow your heart on that, but definitely pick up the pizza cutter to do it!
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The Thanksgiving Tree

By Kay on Tue, Nov 11, 2008


I was talking with a friend of mine recently when she mentioned this idea she had seen and I decided Kate and I just had to do it! (All of that to say, this wasn’t my idea! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Sandra!)

Kate and I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving by thinking of things we are grateful for all month long. And to write these things down, we’re posting them on our “Thanksgiving Tree” on our pantry door.

We took a few pieces of newspaper and taped them together on the back, then drew a large tree trunk and some branches with crayons. Then we drew some different kinds of leaves on another piece of newspaper, cut them out as stencils, and traced and cut many more out of yellow, orange, and red construction paper.

We’ve chosen to write one thing we are thankful for per leaf and also to sign our names to each leaf so we know who wrote which thing. I tried to let Kate choose as much of the craft as possible so that she would have ownership in it all. She was so excited to tape her first leaf to the tree and couldn’t wait to have brother and sister home so they could ‘write’ one, too.

So far, we have about a dozen leaves on our tree ranging from being thankful for ‘our family’ all the way to being thankful for ‘my Groovy Doll’. 🙂 She’s loving adding to it and I love that it’s perpetuating an attitude of gratefulness during this Thanksgiving season.

So, what Thanksgiving traditions do you and your family celebrate?

Donation Time

By Kay on Fri, Oct 31, 2008


I finally got an afternoon free last week for Kate and I to sort through the toys we had been slowly collecting to take to a local charity for donation. We went through all the boxes and bags that have been sitting in closets in our house and relived old memories of when she was a baby and played with this toy or that. I knew Kate was having a hard time with parting with things that had once been hers (heck, most adults have a hard time with that, too!), but I really wanted her to be a part of the giving process and not just see these things disappear from the house.

We finally got finished, packed it all up and drove down the street to Northwest Assistance Ministries. When we got to there, we took a few minutes to look around their resale shop so Kate would have a better understanding of where her beloved things were going. When wemade it around to the back, the volunteer who helped us unload the car was very sweet to Kate and assured her that all her toys would be put to good use.

As soon as we got back into the car, Kate burst into tears. She just knew she was really going to miss all of her things. (Mind you, most of them had been put away in a closet for months with no mention from her.  But, you know how kiddos can be.) So, we talked about how awesome it was going to be for all the boys and girls that didn’t have many toys to get to play with hers because she was so generous to share.  We talked about how maybe the little girl we saw in the resale shop would get some of Kate’s old dress up clothes to wear for Halloween.  We talked about ‘give and you shall receive’.  We talked about the sun behind every cloud as she peered out the car window at the overcast sky was and pointed out the patches of sunshine peeking through.

Then, we decided that the two of us needed a date.

at McDonald’s.

with an ice cream cone.

And then, everything was alright with the world again.

“But I’ll still miss those toys, Mommy.” 🙂

What Do I Do with ALL This Artwork??

By Kay on Fri, Aug 29, 2008


When you live with a budding artist, you live with piles and piles of artwork. And ALL of it is special. And NONE of it can be thrown away. At least, that’s what my 5 year old tells me constantly. And as gung-ho as she is about recycling, I still can’t manage to convince her that we can recycle some of her artwork, too.

So, instead of living with the masses of piles everywhere, I started looking for ideas of what to do with it all to help contain it and keep it from taking over my entire house. I came across several great suggestions like these:

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Kate Amaris: Artist Extraordinaire

By Kay on Mon, Aug 25, 2008

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This is a photo that Kate took on Shawn’s iPhone recently.  She obviously blurred whatever she was looking at, but the resulting image was just too pretty to delete.  What’s amazing to me is that Kate’s a better artist on accident than her mommy ever is on purpose!!  🙂

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.

You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

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