Oliver has been on winter break from preschool since Friday and we’ve been busy. We’ve baked cookies for ourselves, and biscuits for my mother-in-law’s dog, Winston.
We also went to the grocery store and we didn’t find any peppermint ice cream, so we came home and made our own. Early Saturday morning, after the custard had chilled and the ice cream bowl had frozen over night, we churned ice cream. The boys were quite excited about it.
After we finished the ice cream, it had to be sampled. It was very popular.
We also worked out a way to hang the stockings so they could all be seen.
When all that was finished we went outside to lighten the load on our lemon tree. The lemons are not quite ripe yet, but some are more ripe than others so they came off.
Then the boys went to work in the yard making “mix” (aka a muddy mess).
It has been cold raining on and off the last few days, amazingly the kids have tired of playing in the mud in the yard, so I’ve had to search the internet for things to help keep them occupied.
It is nearing Christmas and Oliver has preschool teachers who would prefer gifts that are “simple and inexpensive, small things from the heart or homemade” so for the last few days O has been working diligently on gifts and simple crafts to help pass the time.
Salt dough ornaments decorated with homemade finger paints – nontoxic, so if/when P tastes them he’ll be OK. I made the paint once the boys had gone to bed so I didn’t have to keep an eye on two children and a hot pot of cornstarch and water.
Wax paper leaves – inspired by wax paper place mats and taken one step further. Oliver picked some pretty leaves from our yard, we pressed them in the garage between a 4×4 and a 2×4 over night. We ironed the wax paper and leaves between brown paper bags and it left an awesome pattern on the bags, so those are going to become note cards or bookmarks (not sure yet).
Oliver is now hooked on painting things, he seems to prefer the brush method over finger-painting, we now have a collection of heavily gobbed paintings that need to dry, and I should probably search the internet for more simple kid-friendly craft projects to help pass the rainy afternoons.
It has been raining the last few days. Instead of arguing with the boys about playing inside, they’ve been bundled in their rain gear and sent out to play. Our yard has become a mud pit and experimental zone.
See this dirt? It will be come mud, fabulous mud to be smeared ALL OVER the patio.
This past Sunday we had ambitious plans to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, stay a few nights and then come home. Long story short (Best Western’s online booking system is horrible), we ended up making a very long day trip of it, and spending Sunday night and all-day Monday in Palo Alto.
The boys love the aquarium, and they had a ton of fun showing Grandma D and Auntie M all their favorite spots, the kid zone, the sharks and turtles in the Deep Ocean tank, the sardines and the water sprayers. They also love the inter-active exhibits, and when Auntie M holds them up so they can get a better view. I’ve started a September 2012 album at Picasa, you can find more photos of our Aquarium adventures there!
Wednesday was O’s first day back to school. Wednesday is also Gavin’s 8 am teleconference call for the W3C. O slept until 8 and we had to leave at 8:40 so there was a bit of a rush getting everyone (the boys and myself) out the door on time so I did not get a first-day-of-school photo.
Thursday was O’s second day back to school, he woke up at 6:30 and was ready to leave by 7 so I had plenty of time to get a few photos of the boys. They were quite excited to get going and I managed to get one of them both on the way to the car.