Saturday, April 23, 2011

Seven and Four

Sabrina and CC's birthdays are just a day apart, and this year for the first time we held our family celebration for the two of them on the same day.  Other years we've gone to great lengths to give them each individual attention, but it turns out they loved sharing the celebration, and even dressed alike for the occasion--in dresses that were crocheted by my great aunt for my sister and me.  Yes, those apricot dresses are over 30 years old!

The whole day was about playing with new dolls, making and decorating cakes, preparing special dinner food, playing outside in the beautiful sun, telling stories about how they were born and what they did as babies, and how they are growing up to be the most incredible girls anyone could ever hope to call their own. It was a lovely and relaxing day of celebrating for our little family, and with more celebrations for Sabrina's 7 years and CC's 4 to come (you know, friend birthday parties, extended family gatherings, classroom parties) I was happy to keep things sweet and simple at home.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Natural Jello

My older children love jello.  They think it's a huge deal when we go to the diner and they can get jello for dessert.  And until today they thought it was the hardest thing to make, something probably impossible to make at home, which is why we never do, right?  The real reason we've never made jello is because I've always had this idea that I could skip the cute little boxed stuff and make it from scratch.  But of course it's taken me years to get around to doing this.  From scratch is always a little more work, right?  So it takes years of preparation. Worth the wait and the work though to see how delighted and excited the girls were.

To make our jello we first made fresh lemonade that we sweetened with maple syrup and stevia, then strained.  After much sampling we mixed the lemonade with organic gelatin and added a few drops of natural food coloring, because whitish jello really isn't very fun, is it?  A few hours later, we had perfectly set individual jello cups that we garnished with lemon slices.  Perfect for today's hot weather--90 degrees! 

Jumping for Joy

Why are these girls so happy?  Could it be because it's a lovely day and they're on Spring break?  Could it be because they will soon be celebrating birthdays?  Or because their Daddy is coming home in just two days after weeks of travel?  Or that they're wearing adorable flowery clothes, their favorite kind? Or is it because their Mommy has been extra inspired to make their days filled with fun activities, yummy treats and exciting projects?  Or has their baby sister been up to something extra adorable provoking squeals of delight from Sabrina and CC? 

It could have been any of those things, but nope, it's the new mini-trampoline.  Guaranteed to make you smile.  And burn off some serious energy. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Poetry at Hand

We Heart Haikubes. They feel great in your hand and look filled with possibility sitting in bowl. They offer the kind of open-ended, endless play and inspiration we love around here. Although they are meant for creating haiku, Sabrina has been using the cubes to write freestyle poetry and CC has been stacking the cubes and asking what they say.  I am more of a rule follower, and love that on my first time I was directed to write about work life, something I've been very excited about lately with the creation of Good + Happy Day Studio.