Monday, March 3, 2014

Indoor S'Mores

Tonight was alot of fun with the kids. Some days can be trying lately as they are learning their independence and how to push boundaries of listening. But tonight was very unexpected. I had been at work all day and Shannon left for a week-long business trip. Usually by the time I get home from work, the kids are tired and a little out of control. I got home early and my mom helped me give them baths before dinner. Then I made hamburgers, sweet potato fries, and raspberries for dinner. Clean plates all around, which is quite unusual for Sara lately. I had started a fire after their baths and they were both asking if we could make s'mores in the fireplace. It takes work for me sometimes to be spontaneous and fun. S'mores definitely sounded good to me! They were so excited!

Sara is the slowest s'more eater I have ever seen...between savoring the bites and trying to keep herself clean by wiping her mouth and fingers with a washcloth after every bite! I finally just held it for her so she could eat it and not get messy. Although she still had to wipe her mouth after every bite. She kept saying "these are my favorite!" Then there is Adam. He was done and licking crumbs off my plate before I had finished half of mine.

We ended the evening snuggling by the fire and reading books together. Teeth brushed, prayers said, kisses and hugs, and lights out to a great day. What a nice little gift!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ninja in training

Since starting preschool, Adam has developed an interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A few of his classmates talk about them, wear their clothing, and bring them for show 'n share on any week possible!

Over the past week, Adam has become extremely passionate about them. He made a mask out of colored paper. That night he and Shannon researched what one of their swords looked like and made it out of very thick cardboard. That allowed him to really start practicing his ninja moves! We watched a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode together on the internet and started at the beginning with Season 1, Episode 1. I woke up the next morning with an idea of how to make him a turtle shell out of the same cardboard and attach it with a belt so he could get it on and off.

And so it all began...

He spends alot of his spare time, from the moment he wakes up, practicing his ninja moves. Starting at 4pm one day he began asking "When is Master Splinter coming home?" Master Splinter is the large rat who teaches the turtles and apparently he has deemed Shannon as the older, wiser Master Splinter. Now they have their own language in how they talk to each other.

I am going with the flow and encouraging his current passion, allowing him to be all boy, even if it means I giggle every now and then. It is certainly a time that his imagination is exploding, whether that is expressed thru the creative Legos he is building or the ninja storyline he is acting out.

Ha...ooh...umh...ahh...huh...ahh hah!