Thank you for the kind words and thoughts on Tuesday’s post:
It means a lot!
I’m back today with a little update on our happenings. Huck (9 months) is all over the place with his sleep schedule. He was up last night from 2 am until 7 am, and then slept from 7-10am, then had a ten minute nap on the car ride home from violin this afternoon.
I always get up with Huck in the middle of the night because I want Evan to be well rested for work and driving to/from work. So, I was up with Huck all night. I did the dishes, cleaned the house, did three loads of laundry, made two loaves of bread, etc. I figured if we were going to be up, at least I could be productive. Haha.
I am in the habit now of making fresh bread about every other day. It’s nice to have freshly baked bread for the girls at breakfast. I’m getting better with my yeast breads. I bake them in a dutch oven, which creates steam and makes the crust nice and crunchy and the insides soft!
Huck loves standing (not sitting!) and wants to walk so badly. I think he’ll be walking very soon – he’s almost there!
All last night when I was up with Huck, he was saying:
Dad-Dee! Dad-Dee! Basically “Daddy” over and over again. I was like…can you please say, Mama, buddy?! I’m the one partying with you! 🙂
Huck with Dad-Dee:
We’ve been baking and cooking so much this week. The weather is once again very rainy – so we’ve been making the most of our indoor time.
It’s actually a great way to apply math skills, as well as other educational things like how to follow instructions, close reading, and learning about how to add and convert fractions.
For example, what does it mean when a recipe asks for 3/4 cup of something and you only have a 1/2 cup measuring cup on hand? Or how to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit, from grams to ounces, liters to cups or fluid ounces, etc. Why do you need to tare the scale? How does baking soda work? Why does yeast need time to rise? It’s all learning, and it’s really fun (and tasty, too).
Ginger (9) with some shortbread cookies she made:
Paprika in the kitchen:
Paprika (12) made blueberry muffins from this book. I actually LOVED the recipe because it was so simple. With so many of the recipe books we get (or find online), the recipes are so complicated for no reason.
The best recipes we’ve encountered in our cookbooks have been from The Great British Baking Show series. This recipe was from Mary Berry (one of the hosts of the show).
I’m buying most of my books used on Ebay now (instead of Amazon) because I’ve found it’s usually a bit cheaper. The Amazon listings always charge $3.99 for shipping for used books, and oftentimes the Ebay listings are cheaper AND have free shipping.
For example, Ginger really wanted the Chronicles of Narnia series when we went to Barnes and Noble, but the illustrated box set was $65 plus tax. So, I went on Ebay and found the whole set for $13 including shipping. They’d never even been opened!
Ginger was so happy when they came in the mail:
Ginger (9) decided to reorganize some of our books…and it was a daunting task. She started out like this with Violet (7):
And ended up like this:
Paprika came and helped Ginger organize, and they made short work of it. It’s now indexed like a real library!
I’ve been making an extra effort with Violet (7) to do special things with JUST her – to make her feel extra loved and important. She’s the “middle middle” child – with two older and two younger siblings.
I felt like she was not getting as much attention as I’d like, because she’s SO easy-going, kind, fun, and jovial. I’m always so consumed with making sure Paprika is doing okay (Asperger’s, pre-teen, and harder homeschooling stuff), making sure Ginger is okay (health issues, more intense homeschooling, etc.) – and then Ellie (4) needs LOTS of attention and so does Huck (obviously).
Miss Ellie is my constant side-kick:
And Huck is, too!
So, I just want to make sure that Violet feels special. This has resulted in all sorts of fun and funny things lately. One thing she wanted was for us to wear these matching clothes! So, I did it! Ha!
The story behind this is that I bought these outfits for Ginger and Paprika a year or two ago. They were on clearance at Hanna Andersson and I thought they were so cute! Well, Ginger and Paprika did not agree and refused to wear them.
So, they’ve sat in a drawer – until Violet discovered them recently. I tried on Paprika’s and it fit. It is super stretchy, so that’s why! And Violet wore Ginger’s – which was also brand new.
Violet and Ginger:
Violet also loves pumpkin bread, and chocolate. So this week, we made pumpkin bread from scratch, and we also made chocolate bread from scratch. For the pumpkin bread, I modified Evan’s banana bread recipe, which I’ll share with you sometime. It turned out amazing!
For the chocolate bread – I used a recipe I found online, but it was soooo complicated, and Evan said that it tasted like “tasteless brownies from a box mix.” Ouch!
So, that’s what I mean about sometimes people make recipes more complicated for no reason. The chocolate bread recipe was ridiculous – it asked for things like 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, AND 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder..
This was the chocolate bread:
The good news is that Violet loved BOTH the pumpkin bread and the chocolate bread, and had those for dessert this past week. She felt special and loved – and I’m going to keep working on that chocolate bread recipe until I get it right!
Violet and I have also been having quiet reading time every night together – just the two of us. We are reading our way through a book of fairy tales – she reads a page, then I read her a page!
It usually happens after I put Huck to bed. I watch an episode of Once Upon A Time with all the girls, and then after that’s done, Violet and I read for a bit on our own before we have our read-aloud Harry Potter time with the whole family (besides Huck).
Here’s us girls watching Once Upon A Time – we do this every night, usually a whole episode on Netflix. It’s the only time we watch TV, and we all look forward to it so much.
We got the call yesterday from Ginger’s endocrinologist that her labs look good right now. Yay! She’s on a full replacement dose of thyroid hormone for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and right now her TSH is at a good level and stable. I’m really happy about that. She still has high levels of autoimmune antibodies attacking her – so it does make her feel weak, tired, and awful sometimes, but overall she’s doing so much better than she was doing.
She celebrated by baking, of course! 🙂
And playing outside in the rain, and then coming back inside and baking some more. That’s why her hair looks so wet here. She was drenched!
It’s always a fun time with these girls, and the house smelled divine!
I’ll be back on Monday night/Tuesday with another post. Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you then!
Talk to you Tuesday! 🙂