There have been a lot of beer bottles decorating our house lately.
Actually, I think it’s only two but it feels like more since they’re always sitting around. My brother bought some bottles when he came this weekend (this is my brother—
the kids adore him), and I think we managed to collectively drank one with our soft pretzel supper.
But then I made beer cupcakes (the cake part was luscious, but the icing was a little too boozy for my tastes) and that was another bottle.
And then Sweetsie got the brilliant idea to rinse them out and top them off with water and walk around the house taking swigs of brown-bottled water. It was a little disconcerting, but I didn’t say too much.
Though now that I think of it, Miss Beccaboo walked into the kitchen the other day smoking a straw (or was it a stick?) so maybe I ought to be concerned?
Miss Beccaboo is still sewing. Though the other day I think she spent most of her sewing time taking apart the machine—as long as she cleans it all up (and doesn’t break anything), I stay mum.
Oh yes, and here’s the sock monkey she made.
Isn’t it darling?
Even though I can’t finish it off all the way (because I don’t know how), I’m done with my scarf.
To keep my hands occupied during evening reading, I picked up Yo-Yo’s cast-off knitting project and set to. I sat on the floor and knitted while Nickel quietly filled a couple feet of my yarn with slipknots, sneaky kid. (I’ve found him putting slipknots in electrical cords, too.)
Most mornings, over our breakfast of granola and yogurt, I read to the kids from this book.
It’s a collection of short stories about real-life peacemakers.
I crave stories like these—the stories stand out in stark contrast to the teachings of retaliation and me-me-me-isms that our culture would have us believe—and am always on the lookout for more. (Suggestions, anyone?)
Recently, we’ve been introduced to Professor Noggin, a card fact game.
I bought four games, but there are loads of others to choose from. How we play it is this: I read each kid a question and if they get the answer right, they get to keep the card. Simple, no? Questions are divided into easy and hard categories, so all four kids can play.
I like The Human Body game best, but the kids love Creatures of Myth and Legend—they kick my butt at that game.
This same time, years previous: oatmeal pancakes