Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

Pick Apart
The Pieces of Your Heart
And Let Me Peer Inside

Hearts A Mess - Gotye

Monday, November 21, 2011

Spaces - May The Force Be With Me

There are all sorts of special places and items inside a home. I've decided to start trying to do a new "series" here about some of the spaces in our home. I'm going to start with a silly one, because it's Monday, and who doesn't need a little chuckle on a Monday?

Tonight, I was cleaning up after dinner, wiping down the counters and I spotted something behind the soap dispenser. I thought it was a wrapper or a piece of an envelope at first. Oh no, it was not. It was the one and only....Princess Leia! Not Ewok Leia, but the quintessential
Hair Buns Leia! I took this as a sign that she was meant to be in my kitchen, why else would one of my children's toys have wound up on the kitchen counter, far away from all the other Star Wars figures?

It's clear she's meant to be here watching over things. Making sure no one puts rubber bands on my sprayer, that there is soap in the pump. I mean, why else does she have that rocking gun? I really wish that the gun was full of compressed air and could take care of the dust on my window sill. Of course, I could do that with a damp cloth too, but it's not nearly as fun as using an action figure. House cleaning action figures? I may be onto something big here... (Or just really overtired from a fun weekend)

Anyway, I did what any geeky mom would do. Instead of returning her, only to be lost again in the overflowing bin of Galactic Heroes, I placed her in a secure location. It happens to have a good visual of the surroundings and high potential to make me laugh when I'm doing the chore I hate most. I think she looks perfect here. It has to beat Jabba's Palace!

And yes, I would SO buy that Galactic Hero version of her too.

Friday, November 18, 2011

This Moment

A moment from the week that made me smile, laugh, cry - a moment I don't want to forget.
Thanks to SouleMama for the weekly inspiration!

Froggy, biggest brother's bed & a movie - the best medicine in the house evidently. At least for the toddler population.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just Keep Swimming

Thanks to a post on Tasty Kitchen I was inspired to try to make our own Goldfish crackers. We made our first batch was a few weeks ago and it turned out pretty well, so I decided to make more this week. This time with the aid of little hands. They're incredibly simple, only four ingredients, no preservatives and we always have the ingredients on hand. Plus, it's one of the few foods the kids can help with and not make a bigger mess.

They're also customizable! We made fish, circles and triangle cracker cutters, and Nate made a few 6s. (Another benefit of homeschooling - see how you can LEARN while doing something? Something fun, with your family? I'll leave that for another post though. ahem)

We made these on a Tuesday, with the idea that we'd have plenty to bring with us to the park the next day. These poor fish didn't swim very far. They barely made it through the afternoon. Guess we'll be making a double batch next time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sleepy Syda

Syda really only has an on/off switch. Which is why she's capable of falling asleep anywhere and generally does fall asleep wherever she happens to be when the fatigue takes hold. For whatever reason, she tends to fall asleep on the rug on the kitchen floor in front of the sink. We are not even attempting to understand this. Cause really - if there is a specific reason she likes to sleep there, I'm not sure I want to know what it is.

She also sleeps curled in a ball on her belly, for security maybe? It makes for a very sad photo because she looks like a defeated 2 year old who has given the most epic, convincing tantrum of her life to no avail. She has given into the exhaustion of the tantrum and fallen asleep where she stood, just moments ago, arguing her point. This is NEVER the case though. She just feels comfy that way. The thing is, it's much easier to believe that when you see her sleeping in her footie jammies in her warm bed - not so much in food stained shirts on the linoleum floor.

Near her brother's shoe - why not? Totoro's there to protect her, no worries.

Strategic placement - she's blocking the trash and the sink in one move. It was a hard afternoon for me, really.

Note her UNused pillow that she brought to the couch herself. Also, how do you sleep sitting up and not get a sore neck?

NOT a tantrum. She slept her peacefully for 90 minutes today.

Office chairs are so versatile!

Even the lollipop in her hand was no match for "The Rug". Maybe it's Lavender scented and doused with opiates?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

So itʼs storming on the lake
Little waves our bodies break
There’s a fire going out

Calgary - Bon Iver
Don’t you cherish me to sleep
Never keep your eyelids clipped
Hold me for the pops and clicks
I was only for the father’s crib

Hair, old, long along
Your neck onto your shoulder blades
Always keep that message taped
Cross your breasts you won’t erase
I was only for your very space

Hip, under nothing
Propped up by your other one, face ‘way from the sun
Just have to keep a dialogue
Teach our bodies: haunt the cause
I was only trying to spell a loss

Joy, it’s all founded

Pincher with the skin inside
You pinned me with your black sphere eyes
You know that all the rope’s untied
I was only for to die beside

So itʼs storming on the lake
Little waves our bodies break
There’s a fire going out,
But there’s really nothing to the south

Swollen orange and light let through
Your one piece swimmer stuck to you
Sold, I’m Ever
Open ears and open eyes
Wake up to your starboard bride
Who goes in and then stays inside
Oh the demons come, they can subside

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wild Pratts: Garter Snake

Our boys won't let Martin & Chris have all the fun. It's a happy coincidence that their last names are so similar, and a point of pride for Ben & Nate. The Wild Pratts recently discovered a Garter Snake in the yard and spent a good hour watching him. Very closely. He didn't do much, but that doesn't matter to young boys who are enjoying the new animals that come with having a yard.

(*It looks like Nate is pestering and poking the snake in some pics, but I assure you no snake was harmed in the making of this post)

Saturday, November 12, 2011


My little knitting wishlist. All via KnitPicks of course! I cannot recommend them enough if you're a knitter or crocheter. They have beautiful, affordable yarn in so many weights and hues. Their customer service is also the best I've ever encountered at any retailer. The best! I'd like to write more but I really must go get my knit on before kiddos wake up and come looking for breakfast.

Friday, November 4, 2011

This Moment

Just one photo, no words. A moment from the week that I want to save. Thanks to SouleMama for inspiring such a great Friday tradition.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

Like Ashes To Fire
Rise Higher
Let It All Be All Right
The Need and Desire
Will Require It to Be All Right

Ashes & Fire - Ryan Adams (Title track of his new album)