Friday, November 21, 2008

More Quick Takes

1. I intended to post more this week, but have instead spent most of the week with a baby attached to my chest. Before moving on to formula and totally ruining my supply, I'm trying to get it up instead. I'm taking Fenugreek, nursing a lot and trying to make sure I am drinking more fluids. I don't want to supplement with formula if I don't have to, but this is hard to keep up and I am not sure the kids have really gotten much school done this week.

2. A few years ago we read The Penderwicks and loved it. I just checked out The Penderwicks on Gardam Street on CD for us to listen to in the car. I think the kids and I will like it, but the prologue, in which the mother dies of cancer shortly after giving birth to her fourth child, is hard to take. I was crying hard.

Since I've just recently read The Four Story Mistake and The Moffats to the kids, I want to know -- what is up with killing off one or other of the parents?

3. I love Math-U-See! The kids seem to get it and I am not overwhelmed by prep work as I was with Saxon Math.

4. It seems that Thanksgiving is coming up. I need to figure out what we're making. Turkey, of course, cornbread dressing, apple-cranberry sauce, and our maple-bourbon pumpkin pie with a praline crust (which may be a long name, but it is yummy). I suspect we'll also make mashed potatoes and then I am left with the decision that is always hardest for me -- what vegetables to make. I'm always inclined towards either brussels sprouts or creamed spinach, but those have not exactly been favorites with my children in years past. I'm considering broccoli with a lemon-garlic sauce. I know they like broccoli.

5. My husband and I are going on a date tonight. I'm very excited. We haven't gone out in a long, long time.

6. My children have formed a band of super-heroes. The oldest has dubbed himself Super Strength, the next child is Power Girl, then comes The Amazing Chuckle Bunny. They've decided the two year old shall be known as Super Pork and the baby is to be called Super Short. I'm well protected by my band of heroes.

7. The baby calls. It's time to start nursing again.

8 comments:

melissa said...

Hope your date night was fabulous. You needed that, as I'm sure your sweet husband did also. :)

Jennifer (Conversion Diary) said...

Mmmm, that pumpkin pie sounds so good! Hope you had a great date night.

Jodi said...

We always do an assortment of raw veges arranged on a large platter with some ranch dip. The kids love these and I almost never have leftovers from this. We do celery sticks, baby carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, and green peppers.

Jodi said...

We always do an assortment of raw veggies arranged on a large platter with some ranch dip. The kids love these and I almost never have leftovers from this. We do celery sticks, baby carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, and green peppers.

Jennifer said...

#2 - This thing of killing the parents off was a joke with all of the childrens and young adult librarians. Sonya Sones then wrote a book playing on this reality - One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies.
I have to say I am happy to not be a YA librarian anymore in a lot of ways - a big one is because the books were often depressing.

Jordana said...

The date was great. Just what I needed!
Jennifer, these aren't depressing stories though. They are actually happy, whimsical stories about kids having the time to roam free and do all the things that kids want to do. They are really awesome stories, but an awful lot of them seem to involve a 1 parent family. The Penderwicks is the first of this type that I've read, where the mom actually dies in the book though.

Tricia said...

once again, your kiddos crack me up. The Amazing Chuckle Bunny?? LOL!! i wish we lived close enough to meet in person, i think our kids would have a blast together. enjoy your little super heroes!

Susanne said...

My 10 yr old daughter jokes that it is not a kids book unless a parent or sibling dies! She is creating a list of books that she has read that are "death-free"!

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