Thursday, April 24, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
2 c flour
1/2 c shortening
3/4 c birdseed
~2 Tbsp peanut butter
You mix the flour and shortening together and then add the eggs, shell and all. Dump in the birdseed and then knead in peanut butter. After that was done, we rolled the dough out about 1/4" thick and cut them out with cookie cutters. Then, we mashed extra birdseed into the front and back. You bake them at 325 for about 20-30 minutes or until they are hard. Most of the extra birdseed on front and back fell out, but it was fun. Also, use a straw to punch a hole through each cookie so you can hang it later.
I am not sure if the birds will like them, but we had fun. The cute extra is my sister Erin's little girl Madison. Erin and Madison are visiting for a couple of weeks. I think Paul has a crush on Madison. Anyway...
Cutting (the most fun part)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Today was a bit of a stressful morning. I had a quarter of a fabulous chocolate cake that has been staring me in the face every time I open the freezer, and the boys are constantly requesting a piece. So, when the going got tough, I pulled it out, cut it in four pieces, and we dove in. It was one of the richest cakes you will ever eat, and even a small piece is work to get through. After the boys had been eating for a while, they decided that what they really wanted was frosting. You can't tell, but Paul is digging his finger through the layers (3) to get all the frosting. Brigham didn't use his fingers, but he did about the same to his piece. I didn't have any problem finishing off my whole piece.
The grass has sprouted, and I thought I should show you how well they turned out. I think they have about grown out of their heads, so we are going to plant them in the back yard in some spots I can't seem to get grass to grow.
Joy made this hat for Hyrum. If you can't tell, it is a princess hat.
I looked over the other day because it sounded like someone was spitting. Sure enough, there was Hyrum testing out a newly discovered skill. He would suck his lips in, the spit out with as much force as he could muster. I am sure that if I would have been at the other end of the table, I would have been hit. The faces were SO cute!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Since Paul is most fond of cars, we went with automobiles. A true artist could probably create realistic trucks and cars on potatoes, but mine are basically recognizable. The white blobs are actually the potatoes, photography is the next skill I am going to try to pick up.
Brigham didn't get to stamp more than a couple, he was most interested in licking the paint off the stamp, and that really isn't part of the process!
After we put the body of the vehicles on, I went back and added the wheels. I think they are now distinguishable as vehicles, at least.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Yesterday we started potty training again. For those of you who don't ready daily, let me give you a quick recap of this monunentous occasion. We have started training 2 or 3 other times, and each time ended unsuccessfully with me pulling out my hair. Last time Paul was so disturbed we thought he had a urinary tract infection. It was a mess. Well, this is spring break and we have over a week with no school, so we canceled all out-of-house excursion and decided to train. I found some fun big boy underwear and when Paul got up on Tuesday, he picked the pair he wanted. And, something clicked. I am happy to say that we are now 4 trips along with no accidents! He even went through nap time without wetting! He is prompting me when he needs to go, and seems really proud of himself. These pictures are after the first successful attempt. My friend Paula made us a scrumptious chocolate cake (I think she is trying to sabotage me on the Dump) and Paul won a piece for going on the seat. That is the brown ring, he isn't growing a goatee.
Joy couldn't resist getting into the pictures.
And, since Paul is obviously a big boy now, I pulled out the trike he got for Christmas and put it together. He now rides the circuit through the kitchen and living room over and over. I am thinking about detaching the bell on the handlebars though. And, I think I will just end up painting over the scuff marks at wheel-height.
On a side note, Brigham is really excited too. I decided to go ahead and let him wear the underwear in the morning. He only made it about 30 minutes yesterday before he went in his chair at the table. However, he has had them on for 2 hours this morning with no mistake. We will just see how that goes.