Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Break!

So we don't really have spring break as we aren't going anywhere and I am not teaching.  But we are having some fun times….

She looks pretty delighted to be in the stroller without the infant car seat.

 Minnehaha Falls still quite icy!
At the park with my kiddos….
 John and Thijs (with his "friend Stick")
 Loving the Zoo
 Just about asleep….

 Daddy and daughter both asleep
Lizzy working on her crawling and Thijs working on a dinosaur skeleton excavation kit.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Phone Picture Dump

Lizzy looking cute, of course.
Thijs has lined up his cars around Lizzy's playmate---and he is in motion of course.
He wrote his name and drew an octopus on his chalkboard.  Notice it does have eight legs.
Aunt Heather with Lizzy
Thijs threw his hat on the floor and Maisy came over and promptly used it as a pillow

Happy girl ready for dinner
Thijs was using sticks to "fish" for leaves in the water table.
Minnehaha Falls
She is getting up on her hands and knees for short periods of time
All of Thijs' friends are having a picnic of popcorn
Lizzy sporting support for her Aunt Leeny's alma mater
Lizzy the pianist
Green is his favorite color---can you tell?
Building a rescue fire truck with daddy
Finished product

Yippee!  Sign of spring is muddy paws.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Picture Dump

 Poor Girl: She had her first cold this past week.  She looked miserable, but powered through.
Thijs wore his awesome Twenty Trucks shirt with pride.  

She finally fell asleep after fighting it all morning along with the snot and coughing. 

Thanks to Grandma H for the birthday money that purchased this awesome LEGO set. 

Silly girl sitting in the bean bag for story time in Thijs' room. 

First trip of the season to Dairy Queen--notice the fireman rain boots on Thijs.  He loved walking through every puddle.  Spring will be fun…..and wet. 

Precious girl!

 She's getting close to getting up on her hands and knees.

Here is my meal swap meal for the month of March.  I did my trial run last night to rave reviews from husband and son:  Raging Garlic Pork Stir Fry. The recipe is set up for four frozen meals.  I quartered it all for a single dish and used broccoli as the vegetable instead of onions and such.  We are definitely making this one again.  Thijs kept asking for more meat.

Creative Movement Program 3/13/2014

At preschool, Thijs takes part in Creative Movement class taught by a dance instructor.  He loves it!  After watching their program today, I can totally see the movements he does around the house are inspired by some of the stuff they do in Creative Movement class.

Here are some videos of his program:

) In this video they had to stop when the music stopped and do what she instructed them to do.
)In this video, they are plants that just grew up from the ground and she gave them instructions. ) In this video, they had to complete a pattern of moves around the slinkys on the ground. ) In this video they had to match and clap three times forward and then do it backwards three times.  You could almost see their brains working hard.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The weather is warming...

And we are ready for it!
 Lizzy has officially lost all of her newborn dark brown hair.  For a while she had a patch of dark hair in the back.  Her hair is a sandy brown color.
 She adores her brother.  She watches him wherever he goes and smiles the moment he makes slight eye contact.
 Lizzy and Mama
 Maisy is enjoying the warmer weather.
Maisy and I walked down to Minnehaha Park in the winter sunshine.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What have I created lately?

So I have enjoyed experimenting with creating things both with knitting and cooking.

 My middle sister was interested in a capelet.  So I searched around on ravelry and found this easy pattern - Shoulder Cozy.  Originally she was going to knit it along with me, but lost interest.  I thought I would finish it for her.  I made a size small-medium which is too short for me.  I used Lion Brand Amazing yarn in Acadia.  I love the colors in this yarn and it really was an easy knit.  I might have to make one for myself.

As for food, I made this potato dish for my freezer meal swap group.  The recipe can be found here.  I substituted bacon crumbles for the ham in the recipe.  I also halved the sour cream.  To quote my husband (slightly picky eater), "I could eat a lot of this." It was also super easy.

Still on the table:  homemade energy bars, lactation cookies, and a knit baby blanket.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fat Tuesday - Paczki

We do much to celebrate the Dutch heritage in our family.  On Fat Tuesday, we celebrated a Polish tradition.  On the day before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent - leading up to Easter), Polish homes tried to use up their lard, sugar, and other rich foods as they were forbidden during Lent.  And so the Paczki was created.  It is basically a doughnut made with a richer dough containing eggs.  They typically have a filling of fruit or custard.  In my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan, there are bakeries that run out of them and have lines waiting to purchase them on Fat Tuesday.  I remember walking into the local grocery store and not only did they have paczki, but they also had a polka band.  It is pronounced "pawnch-ki". 
So we headed to a local bakery to introduce this Polish tradition to Thijs.  Sarah Jane's Bakery in Northeast Minneapolis was recommended.  All they had left were the custard filled paczki, which was perfect for me.  Thijs loves doughnuts so this was no exception.  I will say that explaining Fat Tuesday and Lent is a difficult thing with a four year old.