Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jaide School

Earlier this month a Baltimore Ravens football player came to Jaide's school. We asked Jaide who it was. She said it was Todd. Todd who? Todd... Hodd? Bob figured out it was Todd Heap.

Jaide brought home a book the other day called "How to Make a Turkey" It was made up of pages that the kids in her class filled in. Here was Jaide's page

How to Cook a Turkey

I will get the turkey from the turkey bag

It will look flat, cold and no bones.

It will feel like bones and bumpy

It will weigh 40 pounds

I will pay 41 cents for it.

I will cook it by my mom and put salt and water on top.

It will cook for 41 hours.

I will serve soup and salad with my turkey.

I think this is how you cook a turkey!


Some of the other highlights included:

I will get the turkey from: the farm with the cows, Elmo at the turkey store, the chicken store in the mall, Chick-fil-a.

It will look: like a ham that's skin color, like a circle with legs, like a dead turkey, like a pig, like zigzags on its back and four legs.

It will feel: sometimes soft and hot when it burns, cold and warm and hot, cold and real, hot and heavy, furry.

It will weigh: 100,000,000 ounces, two weeks, this many.

I will pay: $1000, 23 cents, $1

I will cook it by: take off the feathers, kill it with a knife and cook it where the pans are; the left and then to the right; lighting the grill; just put it in the oven, let it bake and when it comes out you have chicken; the stove and use special gloves so your hands don't burn.

It will cook for: 2 minutes, 5 seconds, 100 seconds, 15 hours

I will serve___ with my turkey:

   sauce, peppers, and bananas

   chicken and toasted cheese and maybe a sandwich

   lemons and blueberries and salt and oranges

   mac and cheese and water

   regular meat and chicken


   lemonade and a cookie with icing

   spinach sandwiches

   baked beans, hot dog and popcorn

   apples, lemon juice and waffles

   string beans and pizza

   bbq sauce and icecream

   chicken soup, french fries, and chicken nuggets

Now you've got some options for Thanksgiving.  Thanks kindergarteners!

Monday, November 9, 2009

November Jaide and Kiree-isms

K: i wanna be dora for christmas.
K: (after saying she liked my dress and Jaide's dress, she paused and said) i like daddy's dress too.
K: i have an idea, let's play go in the house and play with gwampa.
K: where the party on my head? M: What's the party on your head? K: da bucket!
K: i'm gonna sing a song about monkies... maahhhnnnkeeee...
J: (repeatedly asking for something) pretty please! B: No. Pretty no. Beautiful no.
(Music playing at the store: eeeeewwwwweeee, Wild Nights... Kiree bopping her head along with the music) K: stops, looks at me and says "mommy, I wike the muse get"
K: (out of nowhere) daddy, i want 5 dollars.

Kiree's Birthday

Yesterday my little Kiree Kiddo turned 2.  She has been very excited about having a Dora Lost City birthday cake for a couple of months now.  I decided to try working with fondant for the first time.  I made some marshmallow based fondant.  (recipe here).  For a while it was going pretty wrecktastically but I think we managed to make it work (Bob helped me quite a bit with it, thanks Bob!).  The cake is the map to the Lost City where Dora goes to find her lost teddy bear, Osito.  Bob made the number pyramid and the trees and river in the mixed up jungle (that's why they're upside down and stuff- because it's the mixed up jungle, not because Bob made them by the way).  He also made the Lost City and I painted it and the pyramid.  

I wasn't planning to make a banner for Kiree's birthday, but Jaide insisted.  It ended up much smaller than usual since that was all the paper left on that roll.  We filled it out with some Dora coloring pages.  

We invited some friends over for some cake and Kiree got to blow out the candle several times.  

I sure do love my Kiree Kiddo!  She is such a sweetheart (most of the time) but she seriously is such a sweetie.  She told me this afternoon it was time for her nap and so off we went to put her in bed.  She and Jaide love to read stories in bed and always have lots of books in bed with them.  

Kiree loves shoes, Dora the Explorer, yummy food, and whatever Jaide is into.  Kiree talks really well and says lots of funny things.  This morning while we were waiting for Jaide's bus she told me, "i need go back to bed.  i need to CHILL - OUT!"  (wonder where she's heard that before?)  Kiree is still a strawberry blond (looks very red in this picture) and her eyes are multicolored- blue at the outter edges, then greenish, then brownish near the iris.  

Kiree is very easygoing and is a good little helper.  She still takes a nice long afternoon nap and is always very excited when we get to go out and meet Jaide's bus in the afternoon.  We're really glad that she is a part of our family!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jaide and Mommy Weekend

We had some things planned for this week and those plans kind of got changed.  Bob's Grandma Focha passed away on Monday and he decided to go out to California for the funeral.  We decided that Kiree would go with Bob since she is still a lap child until next Sunday and because I had signed up a couple of months ago to volunteer at Jaide's school and had been counting on Bob to stay with Kiree while I did.  So Jaide and I got to spend a lot of quality mommy/daughter time together this weekend.   Here's a little recap of how the week went. 

I had to finish making Jaide's swiper the fox costume for halloween.  Luckily, I went to the fabric store at the right time.  There were lots of awesome fabrics in just the right colors in the remnant bin- 50% off and no having to wait in line to get fabric cut (a definite win-win!)  Most of her costume was glue gunned together but I did sew a tail out of some fleece and I stuffed it with some leftover stuffing we had.  Kiree wanted me to make her a tail too, but I didn't.  I bought some orange felt because I thought I might use it for Jaide's costume or if Kiree ended up being Dora for halloween.  Her bear costume I bought last winter for $3 from the Children's Place outlet did fit so she was Osito (Dora's lost teddy bear).  They took the costume with them so she could wear it on halloween.  "Seeto" and "gwampa" were the two things we kept talking about to get Kiree excited about going with Daddy.  I ended up making a pair of Dora shorts for myself out of the felt.  I didn't have a pattern, so they turned out a little funny, but they worked okay.  I bought a pink shirt at Michaels, used the girls' Dora backpack and pinned my hair so that it looked like I had Dora bangs.  

We had to drop Bob and Kiree off at the airport very early on Friday morning.  Jaide and I went back to bed after we did.  We woke up sometime after 8 and were trying to get everything ready for school.  I hadn't tried pinning Jaide's swiper tail on yet and was having a bit of trouble with it.  By the time Jaide said it seemed like it was getting late, it was 10 after 9 and the bus had already come and gone.  I was planning to walk to Jaide's school since it was supposed to be crazy with parents coming in for the parade.  Since Jaide missed the bus, we both ended up walking.  I was one of two moms that came in to help out. I helped some of the kids put on their costumes and walked with them during the parade.  It was pretty fun.  I didn't dress up for the parade though.  Afterwards I helped with getting costumes back off again.  It's fun to go to Jaide's class and to see what they do.  I left when it was lunch time for Jaide.  I walked home and was totally kidless until Jaide's bus dropped her off.  I went shopping.  

Friday night was the annual Trunker Treat at church.  Jaide and I went to Chick-fil-A for dinner so we would have enough time to eat and get everything ready for to go.  We had a lot of stuff to carry- stuff for our costumes, decorations for the car, the camera, candy, and a bowl for the candy.  I took Jaide around once to trunker treat and left a bowl of candy on the trunk of the car.  Then I stayed by the car to pass out candy for a while while Jaide went with our friends for another round.  They had someone taking pictures and Jaide and I posed for one.  

Saturday morning we went by the little farmers market near Jaide's school and bought some apple cider.  We had been planning to go to Six Flags for quite awhile.  Our plan was to get a season pass for next year during Fright Fest and then you get to go to Fright Fest for free.  We were going to go on the 24th but something else came up.  Then we were going to go on halloween, but Bob and Kiree ended up out in California.  Jaide and I ended up going any way.  We got our passes (no line!  much better than it was on opening day the last time we got passes) and Bob will get his in the spring.  We had a great time at the park.  Jaide was just barely tall enough to go on a ride we'd never been on before.  It is kind of a cross between Pirates of the Carribean and a really awesome log flume ride.  Even though it did get you wet (and my behind was wet for awhile :P), it was our favorite ride.  There were hardly any lines most of the day.  We watched a pirate themed stunt show and went trick or treating in the kids section (okay there was a fairly long line for that one).  It wasn't too cold and the rain held off until we needed to go home anyway.  

We got home in time to throw on Jaide's costume and head out for some trick or treating.  I got out the handy dandy candy bowl again and left it on the lower landing of our stairs along with the pumpkins Jaide and I carved and a light up halloween decoration.  We went around our cul de sac and also to a few houses across the street.  Then it started to rain.  We went home and watched a black and white episode of the Outer Limits (it was the most halloweeny thing on tv at the time).  The rain let up and we got more trick or treaters at our door (I brought the bowl in when we got home since it was raining) and then our friends from church stopped by and stayed to chat for awhile.  

Today the whole fall back an hour thing was kind of a waste since Jaide still got up fairly early and then I ended up going to church an hour early even though I knew about the time change (I just really wanted it to be time to go I guess, and the clock I hadn't reset said it was time to go...) Our very nice friends invited us over for dinner tonight and Jaide and their girls ran around crazy and played while the grownups played a board game.  I do miss Bob and my Kiree Kiddo and I'm happy they'll be home tomorrow!