In honor of April Fool’s Day, I prepared a special dinner. We ate out of pie pans with odd sized silverware on a beach towel tablecloth. The kids were a little hesitant at first, but joined in to the fun without too much prodding. Here’s what we had…
Meatloaf prepared in silicone cupcake liners with blue mashed potato frosting
Purple cauliflower–it came that way from the store!
Red and green orange slices (blood oranges and ugli fruit)
Asparagus–nothing silly about that, it was just on sale
Jello in our juice cups
Yes, this blogger still exists, absent though she has been for the past month! But never fear–the lack of posts is because we have been busy with all kinds of fun things, so there is lots to share over the coming days. Today, you can just giggle at my silly kids–showing off some fun disguises from Bonzo’s Halloween box, and dressed up as Princess Peach and Luigi at Family Fun Night last week. (In case you are wondering, I went as “The Sunday School Lady” from What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver. In case you are still wondering, “What’s in the Bible…” is our top pick for best Christian kids DVD series. Google it if you are still wondering!!!)
Thanks to some big zucchini’s from friends and a few from my own garden, I spent a quiet Saturday morning making zucchini fruit snacks. Now, lest you begin thinking of me on par with Martha Stewart or something, I must also share the new recipe I created in the process. While making my third batch, I developed “Distracted by E-Mail Zucchini Candy.” It turns out that if you leave your zucchini boiling in sugar water for about 3 times longer than you are supposed to, you end up with this instead…
After two days of scrubbing by my patient husband, along with half a box of Brillo pads, I think my pots might actually be usable again.
Anybody need more instructions? You’ll never taste candy like this anywhere else…!!
(For the actual zucchini fruit snack recipe that my kids just love, check out this blog.)
Why are family photos such a challenge?!! Than posed us carefully, we tried different places in the yard and changed outfits, racing the timer and shouting “Smile” to the kids, but when the time came to look at the photos on the computer, this is what we saw…
Funny, but certainly not the kind of thing we can frame and send to grandma!!
Oh well, I guess that is the joy of DIY family photos–at least we can try again another day. Now, if only both kids will be in a pleasant, compliant mood at the same time… I can lead a kid to the camera, but I sure can’t MAKE them smile!!
I am a big fan of my weekly babysitter–she keeps good control of my kids, but also has lots of fun with them! When I finished teaching piano lessons last week, this is what I found downstairs…
Anyone else have a princess rocking horse?!! I didn’t think so!
I do love new recipes, but the yogurt cake that was supposed to look like this…
actually turned out looking like this…
It tasted OK, but boy what a mess!! I guess next time I should use the same kind of pan called for in the original recipe… Just wanted to remind you that neither my life nor my cooking is as lovely and photo-perfect as my blog may lead you to believe.
Before heading into the summertime, full of “Nathan and Katya” posts, here are a few random “Katya only” moments that haven’t made it to the blog…
Watching “Swan Lake” on YouTube. We often do this on Wednesdays–our “stay-at-home-without-a-car” day which Katya looks forward to every week.
That oh-so-expressive face during a photo shoot. Silly girl!
One of many dress-up looks. You never know quite what will emerge at the end of naptime!!
Every once in a long while, naptime ends this way… The tired princess, asleep in the bed she made for herself on the floor. Note the crown on her head, the sparkly shoe, and the hidden picture coloring book. All naptime staples in her world.
Katya’s “How to Teach a Baby” class being held in the backyard. Participants (all imaginary) were instructed to bring 3 of their babies (stuffed animals) and Katya would be in charge. Bet you wish you had something like that when you were a new mom!!
I sure love this little girl–so full of life and creativity. I never know what will happen next, and that keeps me on my toes!
It’s about time for Katya to start official piano lessons. Or perhaps she already knows how to play…
If she can do it in gloves and sunglasses, she’s a better musician than I am!!
Two funny kid stories, one from each of my little ones…
Katya was very busy in her room at naptime one day. She had requested a notepad from me and was using her pen to write all the letters she knows as well as “write” in cursive to fill the pages. At the end of nap, she presented one note to me and informed me that the others were posted on Facebook!
On the way home from school one afternoon, Nathan was talking about who he plays with at recess. He said that sometimes he plays with the boys, but if they are busy he can play with the girls and the boys won’t notice. When the boys do notice, they ask him “Why are you playing with the girls?” and Nathan replies, “Someday you’re going to marry one, so you might as well get used to them now when you have the chance!”
Look at this poor wall…
Doesn’t it look big and lonely? After much deliberation and a few discarded ideas, I decided this would make my wall much happier.
So far, it seems to have worked. Got any sad walls at your house?!!