Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Nature Hunters

June 29th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

We live at the edge of a big woods.  There are a lot of trails that snake and wind right out the back door.  Essentially, for the boys, the wild of nature is everywhere. Lately we have been turning our walks into nature hunts, we find clues and research what we find. The boy’s head out the door with their little tools and we see what we can measure, draw and document. It makes for lots of good questions – who ate here, who’s scat is that, what animal was this, and whoa look at that mushroom!

Here are some of this weeks findings ….

A dear friend turned 4 this week and we thought he might like a Bug Hunter Kit of his own. I sewed up a little messenger bag  loosely based on this tutorial from Fish Stick and Fries and filled it with tools of the bug hunting trade.

On another bug hunting note unfortunately the ticks seems awfully bad this year and we have to be extra careful to check ourselves after our woodsy expeditions.  Thankfully we rarely get bit. If someone does, I always write the date of the bite and location on the body on our calendar, then I write the same information a month later. That way we don’t forget to watch for fevers, rashes or other symptoms of Lyme disease during that time. That way this forgetful Mama doesn’t have to stress out trying to remember when that dreadful tick bite happened!



I was a baby, I’m much bigger now

May 29th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

My boys are hugely motivated as all children are, to be BIG!  They tell me stories, half true, partly fabricated about the things they did as babies.  It’s sweet and endearing to hear them list the things they now know with bluster and pride.  On the way to school one day Oliver gave this account of all the things he knows :

“Mom, I know lots of stuff.  Like I know you don’t take some one else’s wood, and I know you don’t poop right in front of someones house, and I know that if you cut down a tree in the woods you yell pimber.”  To which Emmett yells, “It’s timber!”.  Oliver then shrieks “PIMBER!”, which starts a sibling yelling match.

You say timber, I say pimber, let’s call the whole thing off.  I drive peacefully on, committing the entire moment to memory and feeling thankful that they have perhaps finally learned not to poop in front of someone’s house!

The thing is, they ARE getting bigger. All of a sudden I see their long bodies stretched out in their little beds and realize, oh dear, they will in fact not be small forever.  A thought that had previously loomed large in my moments of overwhelmed mamahood!  So I am taking it slower, this growing up business.  I am finding a bit more time to document their smallness, the size of their still tiny hands and their need for 700 hugs from Mama everyday.  Doing my best to soak in all that small.

Some back woods hop scotch!

Good Times

May 26th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Funny how even a drop dead gorgeous day can start out a little wonky.  Sometimes you just gotta have faith, throw all you got in the ring and fake it.  And once you start figuring out how to roll with it – things can really swing round.

In the end you are sitting out in the warm twilight, listening to the peepers and rejoicing in the big fat bounty of it all.

A day that brought fairy stew…

Mama’s tulips plucked by chubby little hands because four year old’s do not believe in leaving flowers in the garden!

Yummy pizza made with homemade goat cheese from these mama goats & asparagus, grown and gifted by friends.

Finished off by a hike in the woods through the periwinkle to meet the local beavers.  Beavers who were more than happy to swim right up and say hello with big tail slaps. Wow, beavers are huge.

I love summer days!

Baby Robin Has A Grand Adventure

May 25th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I looked out the window and I thought the child was playing with a frog, but the frog seemed to flutter a bit.  It was in fact a fat little robin chick!  Apparently having discovered a nest up in the rafters of the woodshed he had climbed the 7 feet of wood and SOMEHOW managed to smuggle the wee chirper out safely.  He loves babies and was pretty certain he could keep this baby bird as his very own pet,  “I’m its new Mama!”, he exclaimed.  The fat little feathered robin seemed pretty calm about the idea but none the less I managed to pop him back in his nest. I was doubtful from my childhood experiences of trying to save baby birds that she would make it through the night.  Amazingly the robin along with her two siblings seem to be thriving!!  Now the child on the other hand was quite upset, he kept trying to get back up the wall of wood to the nest.  So we used the computer as a resource to find out what kind of jobs a mama bird does and the little boy decided he did not want to collect 35 worms a day, or eat the baby’s poop to keep the nest clean.  So last night I couldn’t help but make him a nest and baby robin of his own.  I cut up strips of an old t-shirt to make “yarn” and crochet a thick little nest and stitched up a little felt robin that has its beak open wide.

I hope the chirping birds in your neck of the woods have found safe & quiet spots to hatch and brood!

Just Add More Kids

May 22nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

There are always new tricks to learn in the long distance marathon of parenting.  This Spring my kids have reached an age where they don’t always need or want me to play in their games.  Some days they really do LIKE each other, which frankly blows my happy meter into overdrive.  I learned something marvelous recently,  “just add more kids” and they will all run, jump, sing together for hours completely uninterested in adults whatsoever. Yes, we have finally reached the fabulous stage of cooperative play. Can you say hooray, hooray!  So try it out, if you don’t know this top-secret parenting trick already, borrow other people’s children for the day and grab yourself a copy of Vanity Fair, have an extra coffee, sit back and listen to the sweet sounds of fun. 

Hope your aliens are enjoying the Spring flowers as much as we are.

Click and print to color your own.

Critters & Kids – Dog Biscuit Recipe

May 20th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I think just about every kid has eaten a dog biscuit – didn’t you try one once!

You love the dog, you love the kids, why not make a homemade biscuit good for everyone.

Babies & Bow Wow’s Biscuit Recipe

Heat oven to 400 degrees


1  Cup water

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

1/2 Cup cornmeal

1/2 Cup rolled oats

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons vanilla

3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter or tahini


In a large bowl mix liquids, add peanut butter or tahini

In a medium-sized bowl combine and mix dry ingredients.

Toss everything together and mix until fully blended. Should be tacky but not too wet, add more flour or water if needed.

Optional – add a bit of sugar-free carob chips, raisins or honey.

Roll out dough with a sprinkle of flour and as many little rolling pins as you have on hand.

When it’s less than 1/2″ thick cut  with cookie cutters, or the lip of a mason jar.  At our house we really like heart-shaped biscuit’s.

Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or to desired crunchyness, flip if they get too brown.

Brush with butter and jam for an extra pop!