Friday, January 29, 2010

Meat & Cheese Sandwiches

I love these thin rounds for kid sandwiches.  They made a great sandwich and Helen gobbled them up.  And we ate the last of the blueberry treats for lunch.

Salt Drip Paintings

Helen loves this new paint.

The paint is made simply by mixing 1 part flour, 1 part salt, & 1 part water.  I find doing 1/2 cup of each works well.  Then color with food coloring.  Put in squeeze bottles.  I bottle mine at Sally's beauty supply.  They needed the ever so slightest tip cut off.  One of the bottles I cut too much off, but without the cut they got clog too easily.

Then let the young artist go to work squeezing it out on cardboard or insides of cereal boxes.

It takes a day or two to dry.  The salt makes it sparkle a little bit.

Okay, dumb mistake.

I'll fess up, during moments of pure stress, insanity, or need, I make really poor mistakes.

Helen had seen me make color copies on our printer a few days before.

Yesterday, I was super busy trying to get Activity Days ready.

She kept asking which button to push.  At first I told her it was broken.  Then I finally said it's the blue one out of desperation for a moment to think clearly.

Now she knows how to make a color copy.

We have about 10 color copies of her play hot pads.  And one of an Elmo toy that didn't turn out so well.

We also have confetti.

Dumb I know.  But I got 10 minutes of time to think.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Photography Class - Last Assignment

A couple of days ago I played photo-shoot with the girls trying to capture photos for my assignment due tonight. I turned in some of these, and some others included on other posts.

Helen had been coloring with a black marker.  It got on her hands and transfered to her face.  Long story short, I didn't pose Helen at all. Just took pictures of her as she talked to me about the marker and then once she was bored with that I just took as she did her thing. I did dress her all in white to play off the black and white colors for my assignment (the black on her face is marker, and she picked her black shoes without even me saying anything). She picked up the book off the shelf and asked for the flashlight all by herself.  The book is part of a Mother's Encyclopedia from the '50's.  I wish she had picked up the volume about potty training and learned a thing or two from osmosis.

Blueberry Pancakes

I love mornings when Jake is around and we can eat breakfast together as a family.  We had some leftover blueberries from Helen's treat yesterday.  I am trying to steer her towards fruit for treats instead of the candy variety.  She seems to not mind at all.  So this morning I made blueberry pancakes. Yum!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Easy Pizza Stick Lunch

This lunch for Helen was so easy.  She loves pizza, but she loves dipping bread sticks even more.  I simply broiled some slices of a sandwich roll with cheese on them.  And served them with pizza sauce and a side of apple slices.  Helen loved this lunch.

I did it!

For the first time in probably 20 years I built a snowman.  I've gone outside for a few short moments with Helen, but for the most part I scheme ways of not playing in the snow or cold.  I don't like either.  But for the benefit of my daughter, I made myself go out.  Helen thought it was great - especially the pink spray part.  It was fun after I got going and did help me fulfill a photo class assignment.  Norah pretty much didn't understand any of it.  Luckily for her sake she was napping during the first half.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Motion Photography Class Assignment

Here are the motion pictures I took for my photography class.

Captured motion:
Norah in the swing.

Helen playing with play-dough.
Implied Motion:
Result of a broken humidifier.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Her Favorites

Jake had to answer a bunch of security questions for a website.  After we got done, Helen wanted her turn to do  "Favorites".  Here are her answers.

Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Pink
Favorite Music: Let me go get that musgik; I like this one.  (She is holding 50 fun songs for kids)
Favorite Movie: Honey Pooh (Her name for Winnie Pooh)  I like this one (She is holding Thomas the Train aka the bane of my existence)
Favorite Dolly: Alice (Thankfully she can say "L"s a lot better now so she isn't swearing throughout the apt "my a_ice")

And we're through.  Short attention span.  What can I say.\?  She is 2, or uh almost 3.  And she knows what she wants for her birthday.

Yes, if you look closely, we were cooking missionaries for dinner that night.

We've just been playing

Here is a few pictures of the girls playing.

Norah at a movie night at Jake's parents' house.

Helen insisting that Norah is tickling her.

Look at that innocent face.
Really? Could she be pestering her older sister?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Just Because

Just because Norah doesn't yet appear in all toddler activities that I post about.  And she needed her own post today.  We love you, Cupcake!


We've made gak for playtime.  Gak is fun.  I join in when we get to play with gak.

I was introduced to gak by my science teacher in junior high.  Cornstarch in water can't decide whether it is a liquid or solid.  You can pick up balls of it, but it immediately melts through your fingers.  In junior high our teacher let us shatter it with a hammer then watch it melt.  I don't let Helen use hammers, but she does get out play spoons and spatulas.

To make gak, mix some cornstarch with a small amount of water.  It is about 1/2 cup cornstarch to 1/4 cup water.  I think.  I never measure.  I know I have the right consistency when it feels like I am stirring a solid, but looks like I am stirring a liquid.  Then add some food coloring.

I though gak would be shelf stable in an air-tight container.  I was wrong - it is a science class petri dish.  Just throw it away when you're done.

1/23/10 Update - Here are some more photos of another time we played with gak.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Photography Class - First Assignment

Here are some pictures from my first photography assignment.  I am not posting all of them in this post, because if they are of the girls, there is usually more to say.

The first assignment was to capture depth in different ways with aperture changes.

Okay, Norah made this post.
I was learning the settings on my camera and captured her sweet expression.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ringing in the New Year in Loa (not Logan)

We visited some friends for New Years.  They live in the middle-of-no-where.  I'm serious.  But we had a great time.  On the way there we had two crazy encounters.

First of all, we were not-pulled over.  We were almost to our destination, but slightly off course.  Norah was hungry and crying.  I was driving.  Jake was trying to feed Norah while trying to figure out where we are with the GPS on his phone and where a grocery store is to buy pizza crust.  Behind me I see lights flashing.  I didn't think I was speeding, but maybe...I don't know, I was distracted.  There is another civilian car directly behind us.  That car and us both pull over.  It looks like the cop is going to give us both a ticket.  We wait in the car.  The officer has the other car move.  We wait.  Another state patrol car shows up.  We wait.  Norah is crying.  Bottle just ran out.  Need to make new one.  There is too much water in bottle.  Jake doesn't want to pour out a couple ounces of water out the window.  It may look like we are trying to dispose of something before the cop comes.  Other car leaves.  We wait.  Officer starts walking our way, but is really going to see other patrol car.  We wait.  Jake yells out to officer, "Did you want to talk to us?"  Officer replies, "Nope.  Just pullin' her over."  20 min gone.  Still no grocery store.  Baby still crying.  And we were off again.

So after some hunting we find a Papa Murphy's.  We decide just to buy the dough because who knows when we will see civilization again.  I go in and go to the end of the counter where all the employees are.  Here is the conversation I then had with two teen-aged boys from the middle-of-no-where.

1st teen-age boy:  "What's the name on the order?"
Me:  "I don't have an order."
1st teen-age boy:  "Then we have to help you on the other end of the counter."
Me:  "Ooookay."  (2nd teen-age boy and I step over 6 feet to the end of the counter.)
2nd teen-age boy: "What can I get for you?"
Me:  "I need enough dough for two family size pizzas."
2nd boy:  "You want like the dough ball?"
Me: "Yes, I need 2 dough balls."
1st boy (still on other side of room):  "HA!  Who told you to say that?"
Me: "No one.  I need some pizza dough."
1st boy:  "Oh.  You are like the third person who has said that today."
    (At this point I am thinking it doesn't seem weird to me that people would want to make their own pizzas on New Year's Eve and make it easier by having someone else make the dough.  Especially if you've been traveling for 5 hours.)
2nd boy: "What are you going to do with them?"
Me:  "Make pizzas."  (Okay, folks, I am not blessed with the ability to come up with comebacks quickly.)
2nd boy: "Oh.  You know you can by the dough rolled out."
Me:  "Yes.  That doesn't help if you are making individual pizzas, does it?"
2nd bout: "Probably not."

I finally got my dough.  I was laughing so hard internally that as I got in the car, Jake was asking what was going on.   During our last stretch of the drive, we came up with tons of comebacks.  Hahaha.  It probably isn't as funny relayed on by this blog, but it was a great laugh.

We got to our friends house.  We made pizza, played games.  Went to bed and rang the New Year in the best way I know how - by sleeping right through.  Our daughters played.  Jake & Mr. V. and Co. played video games with the boys.  We went to Capitol Reef on New Year's Day.  Vanessa and I talked a little bit about fabric and she showed me some great stuff.  She is so talented - knocks my socks off.  Take a look for yourself.  All my pics of Vanessa were blurry. :(  We had a great time.  Thank you V. and Co for having us.

Helen taking a walk at a farm.

The 3/4 family picture.  We left Norah where it was warm.

Norah chillin' in the car while we went looking around.

Helen, Jake, Mr. V and Co. & their boys climbing rocks.

First family picture of the year.  Taken in Capitol Reef.

Helen playing in her kitchen.  It was darling.

Jake and Norah in thought while the boys play their games.  Must have been Jake's turn out.

On our way back home we had a couple of hours to kill before a Mefp (Marble extended-family party).  I told Jake it would be fun to go the Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake, but too bad we didn't have enough money.  He found out that it was only $9 to get in.  Woot!  That ain't the Monterey Bay Aquarium admission fees that we are used to.  As we pulled up, I thought, that ain't no Monterey Bay Aquarium either.  In fact you can tell from the outside that it was an old ghetto grocery store.  We were pretty apprehensive.  I know that we were spoiled living in Monterey and no aquarium can compare, but we got inside this one and were pleasantly surprised.  They have done extremely well for the resources that they have.  We thought it was a great experience and recommend it.  Just keep telling yourself it is worth the money and shade your eyes from the sore-sight as you walk to the doors.  They do have plans to upgrade.

While we were there I tried to take a picture of this strange lady I saw.  But it was too dark (aquarium dark, mind you) and the lady was dressed all in black so my camera had a hard time figuring out what to focus on.  She was wearing an all black old-fashion fancy-dancy Victorian dress and red stilettos.  Now picture her trying to pet the sting rays. Odd.  

Helen at the jelly-fish tank.

Helen & some exhibit?

Helen riding in the canoe in the South America Exhibit.

Jake & Helen trying to pet the sting rays.
This was Helen's favorite spot and we were here most of our exhibit.
Jake and I each got to touch them, but Helen would get scared at the last second and pull away.

Last of all, petting the snake.
I was really curious to see if Helen would do this as she didn't pet the rays.
She did.  Brave girl.
Brave mommy, too, because I don't like snakes.  They're creepy.
Note:  I don't alway hold my hand like that,
I was demonstrating to Helen how to pet the snake with 2 fingers like they asked.

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