Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Eggs

We enjoyed having my mom and Ron here for Easter over the weekend. Getting ready, the boys and I did several craft projects to decorate. Dying eggs is always one of the most fun parts though! 
We glued some of my nana's old beads onto egg-shapes.


 We also made paper mâché eggs out of water balloons, streamers and glitter.


Somehow I missed a photo of the eggs, but I got the glitter! And here is one just for fun - "eggs" that are "hiding"

 
And of course, the eggs!


We made lots and lots of regular dyed eggs, but these few were experiments with a traditional Ukrainian egg-dying lit that my mom brought. I had fun with the detail!


The boys had a great time with their baskets and their egg hunting. I put either "n" or "w" on each egg to make the hunt a collaboration rather than competition. It worked great!


Wes was mostly just interested in the candy!




Hope you had a happy Easter too! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bike Family

Although I sometimes drag my feet and grumble about it, most of the time I just have to accept that we are a bike family. Here is Noah on a day last week when I parked the car at Chris' school and we rode our bikes together the rest of the way to preschool. Wesley has a funny little seat only bike behind the handle bars. I couldn't believe how grown up Noah looked carrying his own backpack. 


And here is Wes being a little silly.


We also "raced" in the family category of a local bike scavenger hunt around town. I didn't get many photos (although you may have seen me on Facebook), but here are a couple.



Noah wore his batman cape for the after party part. He rode his bike for the whole race! About five miles total.


And here are Chris and Wesley doing one of the "challenges" at a checkpoint. Sunday was the bike swap. Chris actually swapped one of his bikes for a new mountain bike for me. Guess my bike family-hood continues... :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mornings

If you have young children, I'm sure you understand, or if you've ever had them you probably remember (or maybe have blocked it out...), mornings when trying to get out of the house for work or anything else that happens before 10am can be difficult.
This morning, as I was hounding the boys to get dressed, get ready, get your teeth brushed, eat your breakfast, and so on ... Wesley said to me "Mom, it's my life"
I couldn't tell if he was saying this in the teenager sort of way -- meaning I can make my own choices (which he does often tell me -- "it's my choices"), or if maybe he was saying "it's my wife", since he does still pronounce L as W. Hmm. Either way, interesting response to being asked to go get dressed.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Garden gnomes and rainbow smoothies

Here is a little update on how our fun little garden is doing. Thanks to the magic of a little gnome.


And two little boys who love the plants.


This evening after dinner Noah requested "rainbow smoothies" for dessert. I only came up with three colors, but these were a hit!



Here's how we did it:
Yellow-
Frozen pineapple chunks
Frozen mango chunks
Almond milk
Ripe banana 
Blend and pour just enough to fill glasses one inch; leave the rest in the blender
Then add  to yellow for
Green-
I whole leaf of curly kale
Apple juice (to balance the kale flavor)
A few more pinapple and mango chunks
Blend and pour carefully on top of yellow, another inch 
Then add to green mixture to make
Red-
3 chunks of steamed red beets (maybe half a lg beet or so)
More apple juice
A little lime juice to balance the beet flavour
Blend and pour the top layer. There was a bunch of the red left for me. The cool thing is though, that the kale only shows up in the light yellow, and the the beet (or you could use blackberries if you had them) covers it right up. Next time we'll try for some more colors!