Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like. 

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. It may or may not include words. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

I'm a music flipper, kind of like the man that won't leave the remote alone. Although Daddy isn't like that. One day I was flipping though stations trying to find something to listen to. Something that was different. I'd rather listen to the Mexican channel over rap, churchy stations or hip hop. Maybe I'm a music snob. I just get sick of the same old stuff. I want to hear something different sometimes. I hit a station that had folk music playing and Mica said, "Let's listen to this Mom." I totally agreed.

I love listening to music on the radio when it's the weekend. There is one station here that plays different things during that time. Last week it was blues, then one other week it was folk and another time it was bluegrass.

The trouble is, is I forget names easily. Especially when I'm not visually seeing someone. To find the singer Julie Fowlis I just typed in Folk and listened until I heard something I wanted to feature. She's so pretty and sings in English and Gaelic.

Oh and what a pretty version of the Beatles Black Birds!

Does she sound familiar? She does a lot of the music for the movie Brave.

Visit her website here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Date Night

I had a date night with Isaak tonight.

I asked him this morning, "What do you want to do tonight? It's going to be just you and me tonight. Mica and Daddy are going out. So you get me all to yourself. We can go to a toy store, out to eat, go swimming at the Y, whatever you want to do. So what do you want to do?

Isaak said, "I want to have a picnic in the living room, and then play games all night long."

I said, "Ok we can do that. Do you want me to make something, or do you want me to pick up something from somewhere to eat?"

Isaak said, "You can get something at MickerDonalds."

So I got a Southwestern salad for me and 4 piece nuggets happy meal for Isaak. Then chopped up some veggies for him at home. Then it was time for our picnic and games.

He had fun.

Daddy and Mica came home.

Daddy said, "Mica why don't you tell Mom what we had for dinner?"

Mica said, "We had sandwiches at Jimmy Johns." Jimmy John bought them."

Daddy said, "No I bought them."

I think Mica thought Jimmy Johns is a person, not a place.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fun and Games Outside

Isaak's preschool invites the families out to play outdoor games. Cousin Elijah goes there to. We had a lot of fun.

Mica, Cousin Evan and Cousin Elijah Playing a ball rolling game
 Cousin Elijah and Isaak happy to be rolling balls
 Mica and Cousin Eljah Steeling balls
 Cousin Elijah zoned in on the game and Isaak Flirting with his teacher
 Mica on homemade stilts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WW: Mica's Circus {Linky}

Two weeks ago I came home to a circus. Mica built his own circus in his room.

There was a sign taped to the floor outside his bedroom door. It said the time of when the circus started. I came too late, but he let me see it anyhow.

The Fisher Price Little People that I stashed away, the boys got out once again. I put them away because they weren't playing with them; only to find out that they want to play with them once again.

Mica's bed was draped over like a circus tent. Isaak's toy tape measure was a tight rope. Little People and animals were lined up for the show. Then he had a Madagascar canon that went off.

Here's Mica's circus:

It reminded me of the artist Alexander Calder's Circus made in 1927. If you do not know who he is, he discovered the mobile. He had a miniature traveling circus that he'd perform in front of people. You can see it here if you'd like.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Betty Lukens Flannelboard - Ocean Scene and Animals Review

I am very happy with the Betty Lukens Flannelboard. Isaak got the chance to pick out of many Flannelboards. He went with the Ocean Scene and Animals set.

I think he chose this one because he loved the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, which we went to this summer.

We love that Betty Lukens contains the following:
  • Learning
  • Conversation
  • Fun
  • Doesn't require batteries
  • Is a quiet toy
Here is the board he started out with:

Isaak asked a lot of questions when playing with the Ocean Scene and Animals set. He kept asking, "What's this?" I didn't mind answering. Learning is one of the goals in playing with toys like this.

One thing that Isaak did, which surprised me, is that he had to get every animal on the flannelboard. I told him that they didn't all have to be on there. He insisted that they were.

Betty Lukens Flannelboards are $19.95. The scene is 25 1/2"x36" with over 50 ocean animals.

I think it's a great toy to play with. Isaak can easily take it to Grandma and Grandpa's with it's carry case. It's a toy that is great to play with after visiting any aquarium! They are also an excellent toy for homeschooling kids.

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Kung Fu Panda Birthday Party Part 2

Last weekend Mica had a friend birthday party. This weekend Mica had a family birthday party. It's on my side; the Apel's live a ways away.

I think next year I'm going to limit the friend birthday party a bit. I didn't spend a lot, but it was a lot of work. It seems that birthday parties now a days are not just cake and ice cream.'s bounce houses and party favors. It's funny Mica sent thank you cards, when we gave just as much as they brought. We gave in form of entertainment, and wearing them out for their parents. I told Daddy that the thank you should be the favors we gave away. I usually think favors that are given away are toys that end up in the trash. That's why I went with the panda treats they can eat. Hopefully the boys enjoyed their little drums and the girls enjoyed their fans.

I'm thinking Mica and Isaak can choose a friend or two and we'll go out to dinner, or to a movie. We'll see. Maybe every other year the kids can have a birthday party of about 8 kids, and the next year they can tone it down to 1 or 2 friends.

I repeated everything pretty easily from the friend birthday party to the family one. I wanted the cousin's to have fun to.

Costco was my friend this weekend. I bought spring rolls (which weren't very good) and pot stickers (which were good). Daddy cooked everything. He made a few sauces to dip things in. We had snap peas. I had more Fruit Roll-Ups, so I made more candy sushi for each table. I bought Izzy to drink along with water. Aunt Terra brought a veggie tray and Grandma brought a fruit bowl. Aunt Angela offered to bring something, but it seemed we were covered.

Poor Terra's on a restricting diet. She found out she's allergic to milk and Emerson is allergic to wheat. Since she's still pumping for Emerson, she can't eat those things. They tested both of them, so that they can try and knock out Emerson's snotty nose. They still want her to breastfeed to try and keep him healthy.

After we ate our Asian food, the boy's had fun with another Water Balloon Piñata. More giggles and fun! They seem to enjoy this more than a Candy Piñata. It's cheaper and healthier to.

Cousin's Elijah and Evan up to bat. Elijah (the younger one) can really hit! 

Isaak and Mica up to bat.

I wanted to do the Movie Poster Slip N' Slide, but it was too cold. We had a cold front come through.

Then it was cake time:

The Panda Cake and Candy Sushi can be seen here. It's truly the easiest cake I've ever made. I loved using up the low fat Oreos that I never buy or eat. Same goes with the Fruit Roll Ups that were on the Candy Sushi. Never buy those either.

Then it was present time:

Mica got pjs from Aunt Terra, a model General Lee and Police car from the Dukes of Hazard from Grandma and Grandpa, Hulk boxing gloves from Aunt Angela, a Bounce You card from Great Aunt Becky and a card with money from Great Grandpa Kent.

On went the pjs and Hulk gloves. We had a wrestling match in our living room. Entertainment for all.

Cousin Kailey and Mica boxing.

Uncle Tyson and Cousin Evan (Father and Son) Boxing:

Evan cracks me up! He giggles the whole time he's boxing. He even giggled when he was watching Mica box. Mica's always so serious.

Is it bad I let them box in my living room? Grandpa Spiehs thought the Hulk gloves were a bad idea. I think it's good to wear them out. At least they are not kicking and slapping with their legs and hands. Boy's fight for fun. Everything ends up as swords from Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Cones to hangers. I kind of figure I might as well give them safer things to fight with to wear off energy.

Then the party was over.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Birthday Party, Cheese Cake, Jelly Bean, BOOM!

Whenever I go to birthday parties, or host birthday parties I think of the REM song It's the End of the World as We Know It. Birthday parties are not the end of the world, it's just that the lyrics "Birthday Party, Cheese Cake, Jelly Bean, BOOM!" are in the song. It used to be my goal to learn the words to that fast song; it didn't happen. I did learn those words though.

Mica and Isaak had a fun time bouncing and jumping in a foam pit at a birthday party.

Daddy picked out a loom for the little girl. She picked to open Mica's gift first. When the card sang, she got a huge smile on her face. Mica was glad she picked his present. Then he was jealous that someone got her a bigger package than we did. Silly kid!

My Children Look Like Which Celebrity?

Mica was told by a girl in Kindergarten that he looks like Justin Bieber. Mica only knew who he was because that same girl who said he looked like the pop singer was on her backpack. When he told us this story he called him, "Justin Bever." We try not to not listen to pop music.

Justin Bieber Picture

Well we went to a birthday party this weekend. One of Mica's school friends invited us to a gymnastic place to celebrate. The Dad said Isaak and I could come along, so we did.

One of the adults said, "Wow that kid really looks like a young Justin Bieber!" I didn't know he could get any younger. LOL She was pointing at Isaak. I actually went home to Google what he looked like as a kid. Sure enough, Isaak does look like him. I had a shot of him up on screen, Isaak said, "Mom what's my picture doing there?" It wasn't Isaak. It was Justin. Here's the shot I had of him up on screen:

Isaak has eyes like that and he raises his eyebrows like that when he's grumpy. I had trouble finding a photo of Isaak playing the grumpy boy. He likes to hide when he's fussing. This is the closest I could find. He doesn't have the true eyebrow raise though.

Here's Justin as a kid again:

Justin Bieber Super Cute Kid Photos


If Isaak still had floppy hair, he'd really look like him.

Do you have a celebrity look alike?

Guess Who Picked Up the Backstroke This Weekend?

Mica did! He had the arms down and everything. Now it's practice, practice, practice.

Isaak's swimming coach wishes he could just move on up. He has to be 6 to do that. I'm still not sure what to do with him. I was thinking about semi private lessons, so they can push him to exceed. I hate having him stay at the same level until he's 6. He's only 4.


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