Thursday, February 28, 2013

Carrots, cookies and popcorn

We've been having some fun with cooking and baking lately, with both boys insisting to be on the counter "helping". Wesley and I made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies on Tuesday. A popcorn and movie night yesterday, and carrot apple ginger juice today. You can see the boys actually took over the juice making.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow day

We actually did have a day of snow here in the desert last week, which was amazing! But this post is about snow in flagstaff and fun playing in it.

I think this was Wesley's first time playing in the snow, and he sort of liked it... For fifteen minutes or so. He wasn't feeling great this weekend, so we were mostly inside. Noah had A great time though, with his "snow train" sled.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Snow this morning!

Since we've lived in the desert it has snowed twice before (in seven years). It always looked a little like hail though. Yesterday, for much of the day, there was real, big flake, blizzard condition, snow falling. Here are some photos of the boys this morning looking out at the 1/4 inch of snow that stuck to a few places. A novelty!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Something Amazing


You may have noticed in many of my previous posts that Wesley always had runny, sort of gunky eyes. He was born with blocked tear ducts, which meant that every morning of his life, he woke up with his eyelids stuck shut, and always had itchy, goopy eyes. After age one, you can do surgery to correct it, so we scheduled the surgery for January. In January we saw an opthalmologist and were ready for surgery (including general anesthesia), but Wesley had a cold, so we had to postpone. In the meantime, I ate a lot of raw garlic to try to help Wesley's cold go away. You may or may not believe this would help, but I do, and anyway, the next day, one of his eyes was clear. I waited for the goo to return, but it didn't. One of his eyes cleared up right after we postponed the surgery! The other kept running.

Two weeks later, the surgery was coming up again. We went in for the pre-opp appointment, but Wesley was still coughing, and so it was cancelled again. I kept thinking it might have been the garlic, and that if i could convince him to eat some raw garlic, maybe, just maybe, we could avoid the surgery altogether (yeah right on both counts, right?!).  Well, a few days ago, my dad made carrot juice and put a little raw garlic in. Wesley liked it and drank a bunch. The next morning, no kidding, clear eyes. Again I waited for it to come back, trying not to get my hopes up. But here we are, a few days later, and clear eyes. No surgery! Whether you believe my garlic story or you think it's just a coincidence, the story is still amazing. In between waiting for the surgeries, the eyes cleared up on their own!! I'm so happy to avoid the surgery, anesthesia, hospital, and everything else, and so happy my little Wes doesn't have to rub his eyes all day anymore.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kitchen Helper

Wes and I were home together today. He pulled the stool up to the counter all by himself, and he put each carrot into the lentil soup pot, saying "yeah!" after each one. After that he put in the lentils, one scoop at a time. And THEN we decided to make a jar of pickles ( no canning, just to keep in the fridge). We had cucumbers and fresh dill from the CSA that needed to be used so, voila! The pickles were great fun too.

Glitter jar

I saw this idea on pinterest-- a "time out" jar that gives the child something to contemplate ( and is supposedly relaxing), and it provides a time limit (they wait until the glitter settles. It's just a mixture of glitter, water, and a little glue to make the glitter settle more slowly. Noah and I had fun making it. We'll see how it works!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Morning Coffee

I think a lot of people associate their morning coffee with the beginning of being awake and ready for action. At least that's the stereotype right? Anyway, this is Chris' morning coffee making routine - lots of help. I guess he has to be ready before the coffee.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Peter Rabbit

Eating is not, how should I say... one of my boys' strongest points. Sweets are one of the few things they really have time for. Noah discovered a love for eating the basil leaves off our plant this fall (basil! All by itself!). Right now we have a (very wimpy) garden growing with kale, chard, cabbage and broccoli. This afternoon I mentioned I was going to get some kale leaves for our dinner. Noah was intrigued. "are the plants ready?" he wanted to know."yeah," I said,"you can eat them if you want." well, he ate so many leaves that I had to stop him before the poor little plants were bare! I told him he was like Peter rabbit. "no, I'm a kitty." he said.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Wes and I sat outside on the porch for a long while today just observing the front yard. We saw birds, trees, cars, and other interesting things. Wesley is saying many new words, including: outside, night-night, bye-bye, and today: tree. He's very proud to be able to make these new sounds the way I do. He's already conditioned to getting his photo taken. I just say "1-2-3" and he gives me this sweet grin.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Botanical Garden: day 2

Wesley didn't get enough time at the garden yesterday so we headed over again to spend a little more time, and to hang with our friends for a while. We especially liked a new exhibit that gives you a chance to try your hand at grinding corn with a Mano and metate.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Botanical Garden Visit

Wes had an appointment today and so we had a little time to kill after dropping Noah at school. Noah and I used to spend hours at the botanical garden when he was this age, so I figured wesley should have some time to wander as well. It was a quick visit, but great to get outside and explore a little.

P.S. I'm trying out the new blogger app, so I can't be responsible for how the layout of this post looks. We'll see!