Friday, October 17, 2014

Museo del Ninos


Yesterday we met Aunt Erica up at the Children's Museum.  It's great now that Cole and Jacob are old enough to interact.  And how wonderful that the boys are home for fall break, so that we could all go and the Haunted House together.  Of course, we always go during friendly hours.

I got the boys all dolled up, and had to take their pictures in the parking garage, I just never know if the costumes will last.  

This year's theme for the Haunted House was Creepy Carnival.  
I hate scary clowns.  

We got a little gummed up in line at the Haunted House, and while we were chilling, the gal offered to take a picture of me with my pirate crew.  Argh! 

Jake, Peter Pan and Captain Hook at the Creepy Carnival. 

It's become a tradition to take the boys pictures at the Boo! at the Children's Museum. 

Just as we were finishing up at the Haunted House, Erica arrived, so we hooked up and went to the playscape area.  We were even able to put the babies in the Babyscape.  It's weird for Jacob to the big one.  There are 8 months between Jake and Cole.  So Cole is cruising, and Jake is off and running. 

Cruising Cole!  
And Jake is in the background, circling over by the window.  I love that they have windows in playscape now.  It really brightens up the place!  

The boys played hard in playscape, and then we decided the littles "needed" to ride the carousel.  
They had a great time.  Chris and Sam are so big, they both rode the moving horses, without me holding on to them.  I had to hold Jake.  Although really all three boys did great.  

The littles were cracking me up. 
Can you see Jake's shirt?  I made it last week.  It's his Boo shirt, get it, he's my boo.  Ha Ha.  

The big boys found Peyton Manning!  Not really, but it was neat that they could hold his hand for a photo pic. Even though he doesn't live here anymore, I still love Peyton.  
He's a Hoosier whether he agrees or not.  

After our lunch, Jacob was done.  But I had to get one more crazy photo for the road.  
There was a lot of costumed cuteness at the museum while we were there.  
But the cutest ones of all, were related to me. 

Sneak Peek


We had a quiet Wednesday.  We didn't have anything planned, I had a group meeting planned, but it got cancelled. I had wanted to make cookies, but our shortening was expired, so that was a fail.  So we were just playing around for most of the day.  I've been trying to make the Fall Break days special for the boys.  So as the highlight of their day, I let them try on their costumes.  Here's a Sneak Peek.

Sam is Peter Pan! 

Chris is Captain Hook!

And Jake is Jake. 
Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

And now we've made swashbuckling a verb for everyday use in our home. 

Perhaps giving them all swords was not the best idea.  Time will tell.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Break Haircuts!


It was time.  Jacob's hair was getting downright fluffy.  I loved it when it was humid and his hair would curl, or when he's wake up curly in the middle of the night.  But  I couldn't see his ears.  So it was time.

So I did a crazy thing.  I took all three boys and myself to Great Clips.  

Now I have handsome boys again. 
It made sense to get haircuts for fall break, so that they will look handsome, and I can see their eyes in all the holiday photos that are coming. 

As a wild and crazy idea, I got mine trimmed up too.  Funny thing about having short hair and bangs again, the transition phase is so annoying!  No wonder people either have short or long hair, the in between falls in my eyes, and tickles my neck.  Ugh.  And the grey.  I can't wait until it's All White.  This in between stuff is crazy.  Now it's time for a little fall color too. ;) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Project

You know how I normally crochet like baby blankets and things?  
Earlier this week I had a friend ask me if I would make candy corn hats and cocoons for her newly born preemie twins for Halloween.  Um.... Sure.  I've never taken an order before.  I have no idea what to charge.  But I just finished the first hat, a preemie size hat comes together pretty quickly.  Except that This Little Big Boy stole it, and took off with it.  He was waving it around like a flag.  

The only picture I got today...because I've been trying to crochet up a storm. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Kousa


While Eric was doing some work on the front door, Sam reported to me that he'd been helping, and that he'd wanted to go out and take pictures of my tree, the one the boys got me for Mother's Day, because it was turning colors.   I went out to see for myself, and found him right.  So I had to take pictures of my tree. the Kousa Dogwood.  2 major ways a Kousa is different from a regular dogwood is that a. it's flowers are different, and b. the way it color changes in the fall.  

It's just getting started.  
But there are a few leaves turning red, and only a couple already red. 

I'm loving all this red and pink, I do so love fall!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sharing the Love


Last night was our friend Suellen and Alicia's wedding.  They had gotten married in New Hampshire 2 weeks ago, and returned home to have a beautiful reception here in Indiana.  I don't generally talk politics here, but this is my place to talk about what is going on in my life, and this was a highlight for some good friends.  I was thrilled at the beginning of October that the Supreme Court agreed to leave the gays alone, and just let Love be Love.  It couldn't have come at a better time to be able to share in our friend's joyous celebration.  And since these were friends from Butler, it was even better, because so many of our old friends were coming into town for the occasion.  It was going to be Awesome.  

And it was.  
It was Beautiful.  When I was young, I never would have thought orange would have made a great wedding color, but the couple times I've seen it done, it is Beautiful.  I tell you truly, this was the best reception I'd been to in a while, the most child oriented wedding reception I'd ever attended.  So Family Friendly!  I guess it helped that Alicia and Suellen have a little girl just Sam's age.  From the moment we walked in the door, my boys were bonkers with joy. So appropriate, as so were we all. But for them there was popcorn and crayons, and hats and googly eyes.  It was perfect for my little yahoos.  

Sam went straight for the popcorn.  

Chris needed to play a little first.  

We found our friend Joe, and his eldest and mine bonded again immedieatly.  They are only 5 months apart, and about the same height, and have equal levels of crazy.  It's too bad these guys only see each other once a year or so.  I should do more to fix that.  They are hysterical together. 

While all the littl girls immediately took over the stage with their coloring, Jacob just wanted to take over the stage.  

Our lovely table, and a few crazy boys. 

The First Dance. 

This was my favorite moment of the evening.  All the kids, or most of them, took it upon themselves, to just go and sit on the stage to watch the first dance.  It was simple and sweet, and full of love.  When I mentioned that this was my favorite moment of the evening to Suellen as we were saying goodbye later, she said she began to cry during the dance at this vision of an entire new generation, raised in tolerance, that to them seeing a gay couple get married was no big deal, just another wedding, and not thinking anything strange or unusual of it.  And it was true.  My boys aren't going to be thinking that a gay couple having a wedding is any different from any other couple having a wedding.  We did have to have a brief talk with Chris before we went because I told him it was our friends Alicia and Suellen, and he said, "If they're both girls, who's going to be the Daddy?"  So simply, I told him, they are both the Mommies.  But that they know that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, and that's what getting married is, choosing that special someone you love to spend the rest of your life with.  And they chose each other just like Daddy and I chose each other.  There are lots of different kinds of families, just like there are lots of different kinds of people because God Loves Variety.  And that was enough for Christopher.  

All the kids couldn't wait to hit the dance floor.  
They had a conga line full of kids that went for like 2 hours.  Those kids were all circling the drain and the dance floor at the same time.  And yet, they held it together.  The kids had a great time.  

Yes, we all circled up and did the chicken dance.  
The old is once again new and awesome through the eyes of a child.  

Christopher was breakdancing.  He got down on one shoulder and circled around.  He was having so much fun, he eventually just closed his eyes and kept on circling and circling, feeling the beat through the dance floor.  Maybe he was tired.  I could have left him there a while, but once he tripped a girl, it was time for him to get up.  And he was tired.  

But not as tired as this sweetpea.  He was acting so tired, but he just wanted to get right back out on the dance floor.  Even when Jake was too tired to dance, he let us all dance with him.  Here, Kathleen, his Godmother got to get a dance in with him.  

Sam was getting a bit punchy there at the end too.  
After the third boy started getting punchy, we decided to say our goodbyes and hit the road.  

The boys got to say goodbye to Suellen, they loved how much she looked like a princess.  
It was all so beautiful and joyful.  We had a wonderful time.  
It was so wonderful to be able to share their joy and love. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Oily projects


I got a little crazy yesterday, getting all crafty and stuff.  Ha!  These oils are going to my head.  I'd done some research about different laundry detergents that one can make at a discount.  I'd had trouble finding the ingredients.  We found Borax at Kroger a month ago, but the other most basic (supposedly cheap) ingredients were getting to me.  Finally, a friend suggested Walmart. I hate Walmart.  But I actually needed to go there for a yarn and bagel run anyway, so Thursday I went.  So if I was going to go ahead and go to Walmart, the odious place that it is, I thought I'd give it a try to see if they had any of the ingredients that I was looking for, (still on the lookout for citric acid for toilet bombs, zinc oxide for sun protectant, and arrowroot powder for my own deodorant ;)  ).  Turns out it was a mighty successful run - I found pumpkin palooza: pumpkin bagels (with carmel cream cheese), pumpkin english muffins, pumpkin cake mix.  I got all these, but there was a billion pumpkin products I didn't pick up.  Really.  I did leave a couple. ;)  But they Also had the washing soda and fels naptha in the laundry soap aisle.

Anyway, one of the recipes I found was this one.  

I used 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda, and I grated the bar of Fels-Naptha.  

For the record, grating soap is weird.  However, I loved how easily cleaned the grater was afterward.  
I thought it would be nasty to clean, but it all rinsed right off. ;) 

Then I put 2-3 drops each of Lavender and Purification into the mix and stirred it up.  

And put it into a jar in the mudroom. 

It smells very clean. 
I started a load of laundry, and can't wait to see how it goes. 

The second thing I made yesterday was These Lotion Bars.  

The recipe calls for a 1:1:1 ratio of beeswax, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.  Hot Dog, I had all 3!
I had beeswax that was 1 1/2 ounces.
Turns out you can't melt beeswax in the microwave, so I went old school and improvised a double boiler with my pyrex over the boiling water.  It took some time, but the beeswax melted, once it was all hot and melty I used about 1 1/2 ounces of the others, just under a quarter cup of them.  They blended together quite nicely.  But started to cool as soon as I removed them from the heat.  

So I poured them in my silicone cupcake mold.  As soon as they were poured, I added a 2-3 drops of essential oil to each bar.  I made two lotion bars with Lavender oil, and 2 bars with the Joy oil blend.  I'd heard somewhere that silicon was great for popping them out.  That was true, they did, I left them in for an hour to cool, and they popped right out when I was done.   Easy peasy.  And every time I handle them my hands get a little oily, and smell great, but not too slimy.  I think these will be great for winter!