Monday, December 31, 2012

The Daily Audrey and Bud: Hey, Cookie

I'm on a mom discussion board on Facebook, and I recently asked what holiday traditions will you change for next year and what ones will you keep?  The following is a tradition that will be changing:

I was all excited to decorate cookies with the kiddos this year.  I felt they were finally old enough to really partake of this most delicious of traditions.  In an effort to keep it low-key, I didn't make the mix from scratch, nor did I use the ready-made dough.  I bought the dry mix where all you need to do is add an egg and butter.  I figured this way the kids could still get the experience of adding ingredients and mixing without all the hassle of measuring.  (This is the first time that I didn't make cookies from scratch, so I felt a little uncomfortable with using this baking shortcut.  FYI:  I also haven't made cookies in about four years, so it's not like I'm whipping up cookies from scratch all the time, either).

In preparation, they put on their aprons and Audrey put on her princess gown and tiara.

Oh, they liked mixing.  A little too much.

After about two hours of cookie-making, we had cut out a total of eight cookies and I was about to have a mom meltdown.  I moved the cookie cutting operation into the kitchen and put in a movie for the kids.  I finished cutting and baking the cookies the rest of the afternoon.

Two days later, I was mentally recovered enough to attack the cookies again.  This time, no mixing, cutting, or baking, just straight up frosting and sprinkles.  This time, Bud is wearing his princess dress.

Things went from good,

to bad,

to better.

Audrey and Bud's commentary on the whole process:

And finally, the finished product, which we later delivered to our neighbors.  I'm not sure how much they appreciated them.

Lessons learned:
1.  Buy the ready-made dough and cut and bake the cookies myself.  The kids can't handle that much mirth.
2.  If you need to soften a stick of butter, let Bud hold it in his hand for about ten minutes.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Daily Audrey: Merry Christmas to All!

As you are all probably aware, yesterday was Audrey's first holiday concert.  What follows are lots of photos.  Lots and lots of photos.

They made reindeer antlers in class.  

The reindeer are getting ready.

The cuteness is just too much.

The blurry person is Miss Marina, who is trying to turn chaos into a Christmas recital miracle.

Yet chaos still reigns.

And the cuteness continues ...

Audrey holding jingle bells and singing "Jingle Bells."

She can do it all.

Oh, there were other kids there, too.

For the Grande Finale, an almost full rendition of Audrey singing along to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving, Part 1

Today Audrey's preschool is celebrating Thanksgiving with a big ole traditional feast (We brought juices boxes) and the kids were encouraged to come in costume!  Everyone was very excited to see Audrey dressed in her Puyallup finest.  Miss Marina (Audrey's teacher) told me that during the Thanksgiving lesson, the kids learned that Audrey's grandpa helped the Pilgrims find food.  All the kids were suitably impressed.  

Here is Audrey in all of her finery:

Actually, Indians did wear cowboy boots.  Indians were the original cowboys, you know.

Besides the Pendleton blanket, the only "authentic" piece she is wearing is a necklace made of trade beads that my dad gave me.  I was little hesitant to let her wear it, but it looked so nice, and I made a point to discuss the beads and their importance with her caregivers, so hopefully it will be used in a lesson today.

She got tired of carrying the blanket in the "proper" way pretty quickly.

And finally, here's Audrey with the Thanksgiving Budderball.

I will never get tired of calling Bud "Budderball."  And I will never get tired of being ridiculously, overwhelming proud of my kids.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Daily Audrey and Bud: Get On Your Bikes and Ride!

Yesterday (which is really Sunday, as this won't post until Tuesday) we decided to take advantage of the freakishly good weather and go for the the last bike ride of the season.

Alex tried to take a picture of him and Bud while riding.  It wasn't successful.

He did a better job with me and Audrey.

Bud quickly succumbed to the relaxing, smooth ride.

Now to figuratively switch gears:  People have been saying of late how much Audrey looks like Alex and Bud looks like me.  And maybe that is true.  But in terms of attitude, Audrey is all me.

Case in point:

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Daily Bud and Audrey: Home Schooled

Every now and then, I have fantasies about home schooling the kids.  These fantasies usually occur when the kids are quietly sleeping in their beds or off at daycare while I toil over a thankless dissertation. Rarely do I fantasize about the prospect of homeschooling when I am actually at home with the kids, mainly because when I am home with the kids I have little time to indulge in such whimsical moments. My days at home alone with the kids usually involve me running after this pair of rapscallions as they wreck their own special, sweet havoc upon the earth.  But this Friday, with no errands to run and no reliable car to run them in anyways, we had ourselves a nice little day full of fun crafts and healthy snacks.  A homeschool dream realized. 

Alex and the kids had gathered a bunch of pine cones the weekend before, which we planned on spackling with peanut butter and covering in bird seed.

I peanut buttered, while the kids rolled the cones in oats.

It was not the tidiest of projects.

Bud helpfully swept the floor, and Sailor did her part by licking up stray seeds.

The finished project!

Bird feeders for all!  And by bird feeders, I mean, squirrel feeders, 'cause those cheeky rodents devoured every single pine cone within 24 hours.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Snow Day!

We woke up Thursday to a winter wonderland.  Alex celebrated his two hour school delay by shoveling out the cars.

Audrey was super-excited about the snow.

Bud, not so much.

To be fair, six inches of snow for Bud is the equivalent of an adult running around in three feet of snow.

Audrey tried to soothe him.

Finally, she showed him the wonders of making snowballs,

which Bud found utterly delightful.

Despite the days of crazy weather, and the countless Halloween delays, it's still been a really good week :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Halloween: Part Two (For Reals)

As you all know from my earlier post, Halloween was postponed this year due to Hurricane Sandy.  The daycare party was held a week late.  

Here is Prince Budderdink checking out the "Home Living Center" in Audrey's Preschool room

and here is Princess Audrey letting herself eat cake.

She is very intent on her royal duties.

The Prince needs a cold one after a long day of rule.

Alas, there was no trick-or-treating that evening cause this happened:

We are averaging a major weather phenomenon every week lately.

(I was writing this while nursing the Princeling, and I have the distinct impression that a swift leg kick on his part published a version of this before I was finished.  Sorry about that.)