Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Brother

This year Brother turned 6! He watched too much Bob the Builder while I was recovering from my surgery and became completely obsessed with the character, so he wanted a Bob the Builder cake. Since he was so obsessed with Bob the Builder, I was unwilling to have that cake. However, he really enjoys Lincoln Logs and building, so we compromised and made this cake. The cabin is made out of royal frosting and pretzels, with a graham cracker crust. It took 4 days to make the cabin because of the drying and hardening time required for the royal frosting.

Grandpa and Grandma gave Brother a tool belt.

He is so happy!

Baby loved the birthday parties as well.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fairy Furniture

We attended a birthday party at Wolf Haven which included camping. The wolves howled many times during the night. At dawn, farm animals joined in. It was absolutely amazing!

I made the tree branch fairy furniture featured in Living Crafts as a part of our gift.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lynden Fair

For my birthday we go to the Lynden Fair every year. the kids see farm animals. They pet kittens, ducks and goats. They saw cows nursing their young. We saw Alpaca! Brother and I sat in the fiber room, whilst a woman spinning told fairy tales. Brother loved it! I am so happy that he was able to experience a woman telling real fairy tales from memory just because she loves it! He also was able to see a spinning wheel in use, and watch a woman weaving on a loom.

Of course he also rode on rides.....

Actually, Brother likes the real rides. We go on the ferris wheel together. And he loved the bumper cars. Baby went on the Merry Go Round twice and was done part way through the second time. But he loved pretending to drive tractors. He was over in the tractor section for a long time.

The ice cream is an extra treat. We try and keep it for special occasions only.

They made a mistake and gave Brother two servings instead of one. He insisted on eating the whole thing!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Karkeek Art Walk

A local park hosted an outdoor art exhibit.

This is the first large spiral that my kids have been exposed to.

There is just something about spirals that really draws them in. They really loved walking the spiral and exploring the inside.

A picture of baby in the garden.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Exploring Rhythm

The new "school" year is right around the corner! I am exploring rhythms for fall now that Baby is a little over 2. He is starting to get interested in reading the same picture books over and over again. I would also like to lay the ground work for story time during first grade. My hope is that Baby will not hear Brother's fairy tales. This will require me to tell a silk story for Baby and a fairy tale for Brother, hoping that Baby will play with the silk story props while I tell Brother's fairy tale.

I am also really exploring food options. Today we made humus. The boys helped to smash up the beans! They also helped to grind up the cucumber for the taziki. Tomorrow I would like to make some Beet Soup. Yum! I can grind up the greens and put them in as well.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Planning, Planning, Planning.

Another year of Kindergarten!