You gotta try this!

May 29, 2011 at 6:32 am (Food)

Dig out your waffle iron.  You know, the one you got for a wedding present that you used twice before it moved to the back of the biggest, darkest cupboard in your kitchen.  Dust it off, plug it in and call the kids into the kitchen.  They’ll want to help with this one.

Prepare a boxed cake mix to the package directions.  Any kind you want.  With your waffle iron hot, spray it with some non-stick cooking spray (or out a little oil on a paper towel and wipe it down).  Here’s the magic: just put some cake batter on the waffle iron and close it.  In about 4 minutes, you’ve got waffle cakes!

Want to get really decadent?  Throw a scoop of ice cream on top and make a sundae out of it. Yummy and so much fun!

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More than a playgroup, but not quite a preschool…

May 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm (Junior)

I want to be hands on with Junior’s education.  I want to be a part of the foundation of his learning.  It’s incredibly important to me to help shape and understand how he learns.  I’m not sure I’m cut out to be a full on homeschooler, but I think for the preschool years, I’m going to take on Junior’s education.

And here’s my thought.  I call it “mini-school”.  I’m hoping to find a group of local moms who feel the same way I do, so that we can work together to teach our kids.  This is how it would work in my dream world.  I’d spend this summer setting up a curriculum.  Starting in September, with a group of maybe 6 kids, Mini-school will start.  Two to three days a week, the moms and their children would come over and start out with a little free play, then the Mini-school kids will head to the kitchen table while another mom supervises the other kids playing in another room.  Myself and the remaining moms will all work together teaching that day’s lessons: things like letter recognition, early reading, beginning math, science experiments, art and music. During free play, stories, and snacks, the younger kids will be encouraged to participate.

Essentially, each mom will be in charge of “homeschooling” her own child, but we’ll do it as a group.  Moms with strengths in certain areas will hopefully step up to lead the appropriate lessons.  As supplies are needed, a request will go out to the group.  Whomever is available to fill that need will.

Right now, this is all a dream, but I’d love to see it come to reality.  I’d love to join forces with other local moms and take charge of the first years of my child’s education.  Would you do it?

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Bad Mommy Day

May 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm (Deuce, Junior)

I’m having one heck of a bad mommy day.  I kinda want to cry at this point.  Deuce has been crying all morning pretty much.  My only successful attempts at getting him to stop have been feeding or the walk/bounce routine.  Neither of which can be done all the time. Since he’s been on Zantac, this has been the first really rough day and boy has it been rough.  I thought he was finally asleep, swaddled him up and put him gently in his swing.  At almost 12:30, it was about time to change out of my pajamas.  Within moments, he’s screaming again.  Sometimes I’m just at a loss.  I don’t know what to do on days like this.

Junior is such a trooper.  On days like this, I think he knows I’m stressed.  He’s extra giving with love and hugs today.  Thank goodness for one easy kid!

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