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Saturday, April 28, 2012

...and it's a wrap!

Whole Grain and Brown Rice, Sweet Potato Wrap


When we got home from Z's cold soccer game this morning,  I was super delighted to find a huge harvest of Sprouts (sunflower and bean) and a teeny tiny harvest of broccoli (I love my man).  I found some leftover baked sweet taters and a brown/whole grain rice mix that we had for supper yesterday.  I decided that while my baby girl was doing this:
Willow and her 5th Strawberry today



watching the birds out the window and munching on berries, my girl

...and baby boy was doing this:
lining up his toys, repeatedly, many many times per day

that I would throw together a wrap of some sort.  And it was GREAT.



baked sweet potatoes chopped up, cubed, hunked...whatever

brown rice/whole grain rice mix

broccoli bits chopped

tortillas
I warmed them up in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes 

add some sprouts



        Slap on some sour cream if you like (we LIKE!)

      Roll it up and eat it as soon as possible :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Nature Table, needle felting and Knit Along Link-up




We started working on our Spring Nature table, taking down the snowy, wintry things and adding some signs of Spring. You can see our previous Winter Nature Table Here  and some Spring Art HERE. 

I am joining in with Ginny for the Knit along, you can Link Up here

The Bird Fact cards to the right of the photo are part of our ongoing art lesson/nature/science  and the American Robin lesson you can see here

First, I must show you how sweet this little ornery girl is.  She loves to jump and flop and pounce on her brothers!



 and laugh about it!  :)

The boys decided we needed a bit of green to represent the grass (Spring grass being LIME green, according to my baby boy #3,  LOL)
 I decided to knit a few wool American Robin eggs in a blue hue to go with our Nature Study this season.
                                                     
  ON THE NEEDLES (STILL!):  

 Top is the Rainbow Cover-up/scarf, almost done.  Middle is the longies for Willow (since photographing, they are complete).  Bottom left is a pair of green wool longies for my client, expecting her sweet boy very soon.  Bottom middle is a Blanket Stitch wash clothe for my Mama.
up close of the blanket stitch.  It is 5 purl, 5 knit, repeat every 5 rows.
 This sweet Willow Psalm was not happy here, she did NOT want to sit and let me get a pretty picture of her pretty Spring dress.  :)



Brother picked her and made her happy...

 Then he put her on her bouncy thing and she was delighted!

my sweet sweet girl!
 OFF THE NEEDLES:


 I made a little wool felted knit nest for the birds to sit on while waiting for their "eggs" to hatch on our Nature Table.
she looks comfy, eh?
 I asked the boys what else the Nature Table needed to represent Spring and baby boy #2 said we need MUSHROOMS!  TOADSTOOLS!
 I found a pattern for a little sweet mushroom and knit it up.  They were quite impressed since I am a beginning intermediate knitter, ya know?  smile!
 I needle felted some wool alpaca roving onto it for the dots

toadstools and grass and spring reminds me of Waldorf schooling and gnomes and happy imagination days.  I think a baby gnome will be next on the needles.

Here is the complete set up so far, including stones and baby pinecones.
 Zarian decided at 11pm last night to needle felt something on his mind.  Who am I to say when imagination and creativity strikes?  hehehe.  I was exhausted...but pulled out the supplies anyway...
 He started with wool felt as the base and used black, light blue, red and white wool roving (some alpaca, the rest sheep's wool)
hard at work needle felting

only 1 boo-boo, those needles are SHARP!


Concentration at its best!  
 It ended up being a picture of a Sackboy from the game Little Big Planet.  That sackboy really had some pretty sweet pants on at the end of the felting.

baby boy #3 occupying his time with Mighty Beans
 Just for fun, I wanted to show you the size of this pizza we decided to get for the boys for supper yesterday.  Can you say LARGE?!  Indeed, it was!  The kids were sooo surprised and excited!  If you are local and wanting to know where this ginormous pie came from, it is from Pizza Montese in Spring Mills.  They said it was YUMMY!




UP CLOSE shot of the wee bitty pinecones found at the swamp we visited a few weeks ago.  To read about that adventure, click HERE.
So, what are you knitting or reading? You can skip over to Ginny's blog and check out what everyone else is up to.  

Felt Snake Necklace (how to keep the littles busy) and a painting bible study lesson


I wanted something tactile and motor skill enhancing for my 5 year old baby, and since he wanted to learn to "sew", I made him a wool felt sewing necklace to lace.

I cut strips of wool felt into squares and put a little slit in the middle of each one.

I sewed a button on each end of a long piece of ribbon. I had him "sew" lace the squares onto the ribbon.
I used a bigger button on one end (the lacing end) and a smaller button on the other end as a "stopper"

He worked diligently for at least 45 minutes. He was quite happy with the results.



smaller button as the stopper

I made the ribbon long enough that he could use it as a necklace if he chose to




After he had enough of the lacing, he played for another 20 minutes with the "snake" and some trucks in a game of imaginary play that he made up.  It was sweet to watch.




He came back 3 times in the days that followed to have me cut more squares for him to thread onto the ribbon.  He still has a way to go for it to be completely filled up but he enjoys doing it so I keep cutting :)

OTHER SCHOOL STUFF:

After we learned about Baby Moses in the basket and a bit of his life, we learned that God parted the Red Sea for the Israelite people to cross on dry ground.  I made a little art lesson out of it. We used painters tape to cordon off the middle portion of a piece of white paper.  My boys drew pictures of fish and other sea creatures (and some zombies too, geesh, my boys! lol)
They then painted the entire page with water colors (blue, purple, black, green) to represent the sea.
Baby Boy #3 added some huge hunks of crayon to the painting.  It did turn out neat because of the effect of the watercolor resist going on in the end



After everything was dry we ripped the painters tape off of the pictures and there was a completely bare spot of "land"represented how God parted the Sea for the people to cross over.  The kids were so excited for this part.  Bad mama forgot to photograph that though.  Snook Snook.  :)
And what was little Miss Willow P. doing this whole time, you ask? She was taking a candle holder that is shaped like a rocking chair and SITTING in it.  Her big ole cloth diaper butt couldn't fit into it but she made it work.  Wink.


Family visited for the weekend and played SEVERAL games of Memory, much to the younger ones delight.


And Willow Psalm thought it a GREAT opportunity to get into the school supplies while they were distracted...
Cousin Jordan making the girl laugh

...after we visited the Farmers Market for goodies

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.
- George Moore