Little Bug, Big Changes

March 31, 2010

Catipillie started his chrysalis yesterday!  I’m not sure who’s more excited:  me, or the boys who insist that we must read Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to him every day. 

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Our Newest Addition

March 30, 2010

Meet Catipillie:

We took him out of his home just for you to meet him, as he wasn’t photographing well on the inside. He was one of Boy Blue’s birthday gifts. (Wow, does Miss Jennfie know our little bug lover or what, eh?) He is getting ready for some pretty big changes in his life. We’ll keep you posted!


Nutritious, Delicious, and Fast!

March 29, 2010

This may be my first recipe posting ever, but I just have to share this. Last week my friend served me up some fresh green beans which had been steamed for one minute in boiling water, drained, and quickly sauteed with some olive oil and blackened seasoning. And, because she’s from Houston, pecans.

They were amazing. And so fast! And so healthy! And did I mention tasty?

So I made them for Paul last night, with one change, as I’m not from Houston I don’t have pecans in my freezer so the nuts were omitted and it was still good! A hit with Paul. A hit with me. Healthy. A perfect side dish with a kick. Try it tonight!


Boy Blue’s Robot Party

March 28, 2010

The deed is done. My baby is three. The party was yesterday. It was a success. Everyone is happy. It got a lot of unfounded praise for my party so I’ll begin this post with a disclaimer: I’m not creative, I’m just really good with a google search.

It seems that “nuts and bolts” are a staple at any self-respecting robot party. So we had just that.

(Thanks to Wendolonia for the “Nuts & Bolts sign which I modified and used throughout the party.) We also ate computer chips and fuel cells. 
 

We drank robot water.  The internet suggested a punch and calling it something like motor oil, but I am a water drinker, so shall people at my party also drink water.  Besides, we didn’t have an appropriate punch dispenser/container.  They were a huge hit.  In fact, Paul asked for robot water to take to his class.

We made robots with marshmallows and toothpicks.  (And I scrapped two other crafts for the simplicity of this one.  So glad I did.  Some of our little friends are amazing engineers!)

The rest of the entertainment was, of course, run and play at the fantastic park on this perfect-of-all mornings.

And of course, la piece de resistance, the cake, which was inspired by Cookie Magazine and was even more fun to make and serve than it was to eat:

Each child went home with a goody bag containing the obligatory candy (I used foil-wrapped easter chocolates for the shiny robot look, some bubbles, and a wind-up robot.)  The bag toppers again used the same “nuts and bolts” template, only with the children’s names instead of food titles, and were a big hit.  Children are so great — they don’t even care what’s inside the bag so long as there is one.  One with their names on them looking cute?  That’s a win for sure.
 
Including siblings and the birthday boy, I had to make 13 goody bags.  It is much easier to purchase 12 of something than 13, so Boy Blue’s goody bag was without bubbles and without the space robot.  I ponied up only a little bit more than with the other goodybag fillers and got Boy Blue a Zero Gravity Fridge Rover, a windup robot that drives up the fridge, which I found at our local robot store, for, incidentally, cheaper than what it is on Amazon.  Score one for the local shopkeeper! 


LunchBots

March 27, 2010

We bought Little Red a lunchbox from lunchbots.com instead of some licensed somethingorother made out of plastic. We’ve been thoroughly happy with our choice and have recommended it to several friends as well. I love the safety and durability of stainless steel. I love the minimalism in design. And I love trash-free lunches. Love.

Today I think I love them even more.

We got the following letter in the mail:

Dear LunchBots Customer,
Thank you for your LunchBots purchase in Fall 2009.
We recently discovered that a small batch of LunchBots lids had a manufacturing defect where the paint did not adhere well to the underlying stainless steel and the color on these lids may begin to peel over time. Our lids are designed to be durable and we have corrected the problem.
We are dedicated to producing a high quality product and for this reason, we are sending you replacement lids for your LunchBots.
Thank you for supporting our mission to reduce the use of plastic.
Sincerely,
The Team at LunchBots
http://www.LunchBots.com

I want to go online and buy another just because I love them so much!!! It’s not too early to start collecting Boy Blue’s school supplies, is it?


It’s Coming Together

March 26, 2010

Boy Blue’s party is in exactly 26 hours.  And I think I’m going to be ready.  I try to keep parties simple but always allow myself to feel overwhealmed anyway.  This time I actually feel in control.  So long as the cake turns out, then we’re set.  (And if it doesn’t, we’re having cupcakes.  But I really do want to try my hand at making this cake.  It looks so cool!)

Wish me luck!


The Femivore’s Dilemma

March 25, 2010

Does anyone out there think Paul would let me do this? (even if we had a yard)

It’s so beautiful, so empowering, so natural.  This is feminism defined.  In short, it’s exactly who I think I’d like to be.  Yes.  A mother of children and chickens.  I want to provide for my family in a way that makes working outside the home for direct deposit seem hollow.