Top Ten Tuesday // Baby’s First Haircut

Before
After

It was overdue but I fear we went a bit too short. He was great, though. My husband used the “silent” clippers and I just held him in my arms.

Top Ten Tuesday : Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is organized by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Rainy day reads”

Some for the kids…

My kids are “afraid” of thunderstorms and it helps them to about what’s happening outside. The Berenstain Bear book only has 1-2 pages on rain and one one thunderstorms but it was requested several times over the last few days.

Books that transport you far away from the rain:

It could be worse, you could be stuck in a frozen land of ice and snow…

Book Review: Learning All the Time by John Holt

LearningAlltheTime

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What is it about?

John Holt made a career out of studying how children learn and wrote ten books about his findings. This book, Learning All the Time was assembled posthumously based on outlines and articles he had written. It illustrates how children WANT to, and WILL learn how to read, write, and count without being taught.

Is it good?

Despited being absolutely riddled with typos to a point where I sometimes struggled to figure out what was being talked about, this book was great. It really brought insight into how small children explore the world. I look from the book to my children (1 and 3) and I see that it is happening. I found so many thoughts in this book worth discussing that I will probably write a few posts about it on my parenting blog, Homeschooled by Kids.

Recipe: Baked Quesadilla

For the last few weeks I have been feeling very cold and tired. And rather than going to the doctor or going on WebMD like a normal person, I am self diagnosing my mildly hypochondriac self with mild Anemia. I had this when I was pregnant and all I know is that it means I am low on iron and I feel cold easier. My answer is to increase my iron intake which (again, without research) I believe is in steak and spinach.

Steak is expensive, so I’m trying to eat more spinach.

Here is a simple and easy recipe using spinach. Normally I cook quesadillas (plain cheese, or with a sprinkle of sandwich meat) in a skillet. I do this frequently because my kids love them. The skillet method is much quicker than baking, but the benefit of baking is that it is hands off and leaves you free to deal with your screaming children/dogs/cats/hamsters.

Ingredients

Tortillas

Grated Cheese – Mexican Style, Mozzarella, or both.

Spinach

(The second quesadilla I made for my kids had Salami – that was also tasty)

2017-05-16_15-06-03_762The Process

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2017-05-16_15-21-51_839
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Sprinkle cheese on tortillas
  4. Tear up clean spinach leaves and cover the whole tortilla
  5. Add more cheese
  6. Close the Quesadilla by placing another tortilla on top
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tortillas start getting nice and crispy and everything smells delicious.

Happy Eating! 

 

 

Idea Idea… I see ya!

Now that I am trying, it seems as if a dam has been broken and ideas are just flooding over the wood splinters that used to hold in the tide. Granted, most of those ideas aren’t very good… like the metaphor I was trying to use about the dam.

But I have had some interesting ideas for children’s books. I think I’m stuck in the silly rhyme phase because that’s what Little Man likes, and my life revolves around him. Literally, I just hover around him all day.

So the question is, how do I focus on one idea at a time without losing all the new ideas that come along the way. [And also, how do you differentiate between good and bad ideas?] As to the first question, I can only surmise that the best course of action would be to write everything down. Perhaps I need to get myself a little detective notebook and keep it in my pocket all day long? Then at the end of the day I can re-read the list and cross most of it off as too silly. [As to question number two, I’m going to trust my One and Only not only to keep my secrets but to tell me when I’m going down the wrong path.]

So I tried to make a little book prototype today, and it turns out I can’t draw. I haven’t shown my work to F. (he would try to eat it) but I assume little kids aren’t great fans of stick figures. Yet I feel that the pictures are necessary. I feel that they help keep me focused on what I am trying to say without having me get stuck on certain word choices. Does anyone else find this method helpful?


I think I’d rather lurk

on WordPress

than do some work

sadly, they pay me less.


Brag TIME:

Little Man learned how to say “Baby” in sign language, and I swear he tried to say “Helicopter” in sign language earlier, too. His second favorite hang out spot is our dining room window. He has a box he stands on so he can look out. I think he will be sad when we move to the suburbs next month.

My brain wears the pants in this relationship.

We were halfway through a wonderful dinner when I couldn’t take it any more. I was about to burst with excitement!

“Did you know that a kilobyte has 1,024 bytes, which is 2^10 ?”

It was this mornings phrase, and I was so proud of myself that I couldn’t wait to show off. It’s a good thing I didn’t wait because my One and Only had forgotten that there was something I should remember. I guess he ought to start his own blog!


My hair is long and plenty,

and yet it falls out like crazy,

how can this be?

It seems… contradictory.

(Inspired by the sight of my hairbrush this morning).


It’s probably safe to assume that remembering something for once does not mean I am cured; however, I am excited about all of the instant gratification I have been feeling since I started on this endeavor.

Especially wonderful are the nice comments that have been left on my previous posts.


Underpants, Overpants

Fancy Pants, Schmancy Pants

Pants for this. Pants for that.

Pants to match your every hat.

(Inspired by the fact that I had to change Little Man’s pants thrice today. 

1. I put soapy water in a bowl filled with toys for him to encourage hand washing and he made a giant puddle on the kitchen floor. It worked out well because I used the opportunity to mop the kitchen floor. Second time this year.. whoohoo! 

2. Hard boiled egg yolk somehow ended up in hair and all over his clothes.

3. … I’m sure there was third time. Maybe it was just trading his pajamas for some regular pants.)

Well, it’s time to go play Mario Party 6 with my One and Only. We just unlocked the last map!

…are you [brain] under the couch?

The first post was actually written yesterday, so I feel I ought to contribute something else to the internet today.

Here is a list of things I have forgotten today:

1. To include a vegetable with tonight’s dinner.

2. To bring my friend my extra food processor that I promised her two months ago.

3. … I think there was something else but it’s gone forever. That’s what I tell my son when he “drops” his fork on the floor.

I did have a genius idea today! Tomorrow, my One and Only will tell me a phrase to remember when he goes to work, and he is going to test me when he gets home.


Here is an introduction to the blog as I envision it tonight.

The Characters – the people who have to deal with me on a daily basis.

Me – My name is Maria. I am the author and main character. I hope to learn how to write on a more proficient level as I attempt to “exercise my brain”. Other byproducts include learning new skills (my shortlist includes Juggling, and planting an herb garden). I love to read, I find that it really lets me travel outside myself. Don’t worry, I also love coming back into myself.

My One and Only – to steal a phrase from the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. I may also refer to him as S. or my husband. He is thoughtful, handsome, puts the toilet seat down, and best of all he loves me.  He is also waiting on me to finish so that we can eat the chocolate chip cookies that I took out of the oven a few minutes ago. They smell good!

Little Man – also known as F. or  “my son”. Lately I can’t seem to stop calling him Buddy, but I never speak the way I write. Who does? He is a 14 month old boy who JUST learned how to walk (June 14), is working on teeth number 7 & 8, loves to “read”, and is just generally awesome. He’s not perfect though, he did fail his hearing test a week ago and we shall see what the specialist recommends when we visit next month. (This may explain his lack of words, currently everything is “DA!!” Fortunately he’s started picking up some sign language, although he mostly only knows animal names right now.) I could talk about him FOREVER.

E – The mysterious little person we are trying to give life to. Not much to say yet, but we keep trying!

The Plot

Learn how to draw inspiration for stories from my environment.

Write said stories.

Become good at writing stories.

Through this process I anticipate filling the blogosphere with book reviews, recipe reviews, general musings, stories, tid-bits, jokes, and progress reports on whether or not my brain has been found and repaired to working conditions.