The Whole Family

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Above-Ishmael, below Ezra with Razor and Shea

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Noah and Shea

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IMG_0808Struggling_along and Molly (above) and since I’ve got a photo of everyone else I dug around and found this one of myself:

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Forgot to post this one, who doesn’t love birthdays and battleship!?:

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Seven

Seven!

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Can you believe Noah is seven?! Or that between two birthdays and Valentine’s Day we’ve partaken in what may just be seven celebratory desserts in just one week?!  On the flip side, we’ve also had seven fantastic celebratory meals and good times with family and friends. Exactly what we need in the middle of February when the snow is piling up and winter shows no sign of ever ending.

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Birthday Boy

It was Ezra’s Birthday! He’s a big 5 years old now.

DSCN5466I asked him the other day if there was anything he’d like to do for his birthday. He replied “umm make a cake, party decorations…. and masks”. How sweet and doable is that?!

So we started the day making felt masks, because you have to be able to wear them all day, especially on your birthday!

No birthday is complete without a bowl of chocolate (right?) for dipping strawberries to top the birthday cake, of course. And pretzels, and maybe a few fingers, so no chocolate goes to waste. Chefs Ezra and Ishi assisted mixing up the chocolate birthday cake between fielding birthday phone calls and preparing Ezra’s requested birthday dinner: roasted chicken, rice pilaf, veggies and applesauce.

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The day was rounded out with homeschooling, setting up the birthday decor and racing their wind up robots.

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I, and several other relatives/friends who sew, put together the birthday banner years ago when Noah was maybe 3 or so. Each letter is about 8×11. I did the first P in happy and the last Y in day. We’ve been using it every birthday ever since.

DSCN5489DSCN5490Finally, it was time for a candle lit birthday dinner. Ezra choose his birthday to light the beeswax candle he made when we dipped candles earlier this year. It burnt down very quickly and led to wax “experiments” which would have gone on all night if not for the….

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 birthday guitar.

Between all three brothers the guitar has barely been put down. Ishi is super cute and sings “my guitar, my guitar” while he strums.

DSCN5431 DSCN5477 DSCN5478And, of course, there’s Molly. I know, all her photos show her sleeping. It just happens that when she is not in my arms (or in the wrap) and I have the camera out she’s sleeping. Maybe that’s not such a coincidence after all…

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Portable Art Kits {KCCO}

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This past weekend my best friend held a birthday party for her two little ones. They’re the same age as my two oldest and have a lot of the same interests. My boys and I collaborated to make them each a gift. We decided they might enjoy a portable art kit, complete with crayons, paper, scissors, glue stick, and colored glitter glue.

For the younger of the two (a girl) the boys picked out a fleece cat print. Our friends recently got a kitten and my boys LOVE their cats so the cat print was voted the obvious choice. The fleece was thick so this was a “no-sew” project. Just cut slits, not too wide or the art supplies will slip out, and fold/ roll it up. To keep it closed I sewed on two buttons and cut to tiny slits in the far edge.

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For the older of the two (a boy) my boys picked out batman fabric. All the boys love batman, and superheros, ninjas etc. Since this fabric was thin cotton I padded it so the crayons wouldn’t break and the kit wouldn’t be flimsy.  I sewed on a pocket to hold the paper and little “tubes” to hold the rest. This one folds in thirds and ties closed.

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KCCO, Frugal days sustainable ways, Farmgirl Friday

Celebrating

For us February is a month of celebrations. Perfect- as winter has grown old and this season’s mildness has only served to fuel our spring fever  to get out there and DO stuff. And if you can’t get out there and work well you might as well have some fun (and that means cake, of course).

First Ezra’s birthday. An amazing 3 years old! He requested blueberry cake. Luckily I had some frozen blueberries still left from last summer. So we cooked them into a sauce/filling. I recently went gluten/wheat-free so we decided to try one of those packaged GF cake mixes. Let’s just say I’m not too impressed. I mean it looks great, and the texture is right but it just tastes……. not quite right.

Then for Valentine’s Day we transplanted some apple tree seedlings. The boys have been planting the seeds from their apples in my rosemary pots. A whole bunch came up so we moved them to their own separate containers.  Of course all this enthusiastic handling by little kids and a dog who has to sit on everything means that we only have a few survivors. Still it was fun and the boys got to check out the various stages of seed sprouting and root growth.

Even Ishmael LOVED it. This boy gravitates to dirt. He can find it, scoot over and get his hands it in 5 seconds flat. That’s my boy!

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Then it’s Noah’s birthday. What?! 5 years old already!

He received a pirate boat kit which he studiously put together- by himself by looking at the picture on the box. Once the glue dried we had some fun painting. He painted his boat and I borrowed a little paint to make him a Batman and Robin peg clothing pin figure.

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Of course another birthday requires more cake! We went more traditional this time with a Chocolate Surprise Cake. It’s an old recipe and doesn’t really give any instructions- just a list of ingredients so here’s my one layer version:

The surprise is a whipped cream filling. It’s really good. It’s like having a HUGE really good whoopee pie.

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linking to Seasonal Celebration Sunday @ the natural mothers network