Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring has sprung

We only had about one cold day in Chicago for the entire month of March, which was weird because it's usually freezing for the entire month of March.  Of course, that day, we couldn't turn on our heat because a rat had died in our heater and it smelled. life. So we made a fire in the fireplace instead and read books during school about spring and planting.

We started our indoor seeds and stepped it up this year by buying a flourescent grow light to help our seedlings along until they are ready to transplant outside.

We're trying to grow corn this year so that the kids can make a "three sisters garden," (it's a native american thing: planting corn, beans, and squash together as companion plants),  But, I know it might not work well since you are supposed to grow a LOT of corn at once and we don't have a LOT of space. We'll see.
Sammy has been playing with his friend, Isaiah, that lives across the street. Wella calls him "Zay-uh" and screams it out the front door when she sees him. :)

These two HAVE to have a snack at three o'clock every day. This is Wella up from her nap eatting cereal with her big brother. Two peas in a pod I tell ya'.

Bath time. She won't get out of the bath until all the water has gone out and she's gotten to slide around.

I bought this grain grinder for the kids to get the experience of grinding grain and baking the bread from it.
But I've actually been trying to figure out "sprouted grain bread" since I like to buy the Ezekiel 4:9 bread at Whole Foods and it's so pricey.

We've tried it several ways. It's very sticky if you make it the real way and don't dry out the grains first.

The other option is to sprout the seeds, then bake them until they are dried out, and THEN grind them into flour. Supposedly, we can assimilate the gluten better that way or something?

This might have been a yummy small loaf of bread but I forgot about it while watching a whale show on TV with the kids and let it burn into a brick. Next time!

We made these easter gardens during Holy week.

And Wella would like you to know that she got a new baby.

She named her Isla after my friend Greg and Crystal's baby who came to visit us this weekend.

Here's Annabel felting easter eggs.

We did okay, but we're going to need more practice with out wet felting.

The eggs turned out well though.

And of course, we had to do the traditional dying of the eggs.

Sam's eggs.

Luella has been asking to use the big girl potty so we pulled out our potty seat and stool for fun but so far no luck. She tinkled NEXT to the potty once though!

Finding easter eggs with big brother.

So, I guess that's what we've been up to along with school every day and our regular mayhem. Hope everyone had a good Easter!


Crys. said...

you updated! yay! this made me also makes isla very happy that wella names her baby after her. she keeps saying "wella went night night" - im pretty sure she thinks wella is still asleep and we'll play with her again once she wakes up! It was great to see you. Let's not let 7yrs go by before we see Claire again ok? Thanks!

On the Verge-Couples ed. said...

haaa i laughed a lot at this post. HAHA to sammy's hair, bc it is AWESOME! looks like Chances hair did in high school. HAHA to the bread baking into a brick bc of the whale show...typical. HAHA to WELLA!! I always wanted to slide in the tub too:) KISSES TO THOSE CHEEKS!

jenn d said...

love it! jules has been asking to use the potty, too, but i think she just thinks it's a fun place to sit, not a place to do actual business.

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