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My Family Loves It
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Unplugged Project: Shiny
2008-03-10 16:03:00
This weeks Unplugged Project had REM’s Shiny Happy People going through my head every time I thought about what we might do (it wasn’t so helpful really). I also kept thinking of the book Dazzle The Dinosaur so I almost did something related to that but when I looked through my saved junk I ...
Review Prima Princessa DVD
2008-03-10 13:08:00
Today the Opinionated Parent is posting a bunch of reviews on Prima Princessa, a wonderful ballet DVD for little girls. Here is mine: When I first read the title of the DVD I didn’t have high hopes but I was very excited to review it after I saw the clip on the Prima Princessa website. I ...
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Last Practice
2008-03-09 22:08:00
Ethan’s hockey season was extended one week and this morning was the last practice. Pretty light turnout since the weather wasn’t so great and after adjusting for last night’s time change our 8:15 practice felt like a 7:15am (I’m just glad we didn’t have the 7am slot!) The coaches didn’t partition the ice so the kids got to play a 1 hour continuous full ice hockey game. It would be easy to set yourself up as a martyr for taking the kids to early morning practices, but with smiles like this I enjoy going as much as he does. Nice slap shot and a nice save! One hour of non-stop skating earns you big smiles, hockey hair, and rosy cheeks. What’s next?  We have a few weeks off before roller hockey starts in April, Ethan’s first time on wheels.  He’ll be playing at the same arena sans ice.  Later in the Spring he and Ben will be playing t-ball.  Looking forward to taking outdoor action shots with the new camera.
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Critter Watch
2008-03-08 12:20:00
For awhile I have been meaning to add a category to our site to keep track of the animals we see. With Spring just around the corner I thought it was a perfect time to start. I am already starting to see animals coming out of hibernation and looking around for food. ...
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Whistlefritz Spanish for Beginners DVDs
2008-03-06 13:15:00
I would love to be bilingual and have my kids get the opportunity to naturally learn multiple languages. Unfortunately my husband and I only speak English and my high school Italian and the French he took aren’t fresh in our minds. I am a firm believer in learning a second language early but I’m not ...
More About: Reviews , Spanish , Dvds
The Opinionated Parent Poncho Contest
2008-03-05 23:20:00
Now it may seem greedy but even though I already won Jamie a really cute PONCHO (that she just got a bunch more compliments on today), I would LOVE to win this Po Po Ponchos one as well for when her current poncho is too small. The Opinionated Parent is having ...
More About: Contest , Freebies , Contests , Coupons
Help me wash apples! & Organic Produce Guide
2008-03-05 11:44:00
I need help! I want to know how people wash their produce prior to eating it. It sounds simple but I always wonder if I’m doing an adequate job. For some things I run them under water and rub them with my hands and for others like grapes I put them in a big bowl ...
More About: Guide , Apples , Organic , Wash , Produce
Suet feeder
2008-03-04 06:46:00
I’ve been experimenting more with our digital SLR. Haven’t tried any manual settings, but I’ve been testing out the automatic in different settings and then trying the different features in iPhoto. Here’s a picture I took of our bird feeder from inside our house. Nothing great about it, but I just liked ...
More About: Pictures , Feeder
Unplugged Project: Music
2008-03-03 15:40:00
I was disappointed the Unplugged Project was Music this week because I couldn’t think of anything creative to do! I don’t play any instruments but it would be nice if the kids decided to someday. So I just got out the bucket of instruments and told them it was time for music in bed. I ...
Lego Junkyard Wars
2008-03-03 13:50:00
A couple weeks ago I mentioned how I had rediscovered Junkyard Wars and started watching it with the boys. This weekend while I was doing something for work on my laptop the boys were getting a little bored so I started issuing Junkyard Wars challenges for them to build with their legos and then ...
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Ultimate Dog Championships
2008-03-02 12:25:00
We recently discovered a great show on Animal Planet. Ultimate Dog Championships is on every Sunday at 10am and features a different type of dog championship each week. So far we’ve seen a regional agility championship, Jack Russell Terrier races, and frisby dogs. This morning is a weird event called Flyball and next Sunday is ...
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Organizing my workshop
2008-03-01 06:17:00
Our basement has a really nice workbench in it, but for the last few years it has been buried under a pile of miscellaneous tools, nails, screws, project leftovers, and projects that never started. This winter I decided it was time to tackle that area of basement and get it cleaned. The actual ...
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Easy gluing for kids
2008-02-29 13:08:00
Grandma Penguin got the boys each a little wood kit and last night we decided to put them together. The kits contained about a dozen wood pieces that you glue together and then can paint. Last night was the gluing stage and tonight will be painting. I was a little unsure of the best ...
More About: Kids , Tips and Tricks , Easy
Prairie Dog Home/Blanket Fort
2008-02-19 13:13:00
Our boys are very creative players and yesterday morning (and much of the day) they were prairie dogs. They started making their home by pushing the chairs into position and getting pillows and blankets on their own but I did help by attaching the big sheet with clothes pins and grippy clips. Using the pop up ...
More About: Home , Blanket , Fort
Belated Valentine?s Fondue & Bathtime!
2008-02-18 13:38:00
Sickness won out over everything on Valentine ’s Day and all our plans were changed. Luckily the strawberries hadn’t gone moldy and we dipped them in chocolate last night instead (along with mini plain donuts, pretzels and bananas). The kids were so cute and messy and we all enjoyed our belated dessert and the bath afterward! ...
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Junkyard Wars
2008-02-17 13:46:00
Years ago I became hooked on a show out of the UK called Junkyard Wars . Two teams would be challenged to build something in 10 hours using parts from the shows junkyard. I loved watching the teams struggle to find the right parts and hobble together some amazing machines in such a short ...
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Happy Birthday Reuben
2008-02-16 12:21:00
He is beautiful, photogenic, a royal pain in the ass, and we love him. Reuben is an excellent jumper. When he was only a couple years old he jumped high for a ball and shattered his leg when he landed. He now has a steel plate and a dozen screws, but he can still ...
More About: Pictures , Happy , Birthday , Happy Birthday
I love my husband!
2008-02-15 19:13:00
I think having a temp that got above 103 at times the last few days has fried my brain so I won’t write too much BUT I wanted to thank John for taking over for me and doing everything the last 2 days while I’ve been useless! He is sick too so I really feel ...
More About: Love , Husband
2008-02-15 12:57:00
I heard about a great free kids program on Jumping Monkeys a few weeks ago called Alphababy. This is a Mac only program so when we got our new computer I was excited to get a chance to try it out. Alphababy is very simple concept. When you run it the screen turns white and ...
Sick Day
2008-02-14 16:57:00
I apologize for the deluge of Mac tips this week. My plan had been to write those while they were fresh, but spread them out to one a week. Unfortunately we’ve all been sick this week. I’m feeling lousy, but Heather is worse with flu like symptoms that have her confined to ...
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I?m soooo SNOTTY!!!
2008-02-13 17:32:00
I can’t stop sneezing and blowing my nose! I haven’t been up to writing any good posts this week BUT I have found some fun blogs out there. Thanks for the links when I asked for non-ranting blogs! Those led to more blogs, I really like the blogroll thing and I have started adding to ...
Mac Tip: Sending pictures to Ceiva from iPhoto
2008-02-13 13:53:00
Now that all my files are on our iMac I’m trying to figure out how to everything. OS 10 is still foreign to me, but fortunately Google is there to help me. Here’s a simple tip I found: Sending pictures to Ceiva from iPhoto is incredibly easy. Simply login in to your Ceiva ...
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Building a better mouse
2008-02-12 12:25:00
I have often heard mac users complain about Apple’s Mighty Mouse . My only experience had been the hockey puck mouse that they released about 7 years ago. It was a horrible, ergonomical torture device. With that experience in mind, I was curious to see what the new mouse is like and despite Heather’s immediate complaints I ...
More About: Building
Homemade Valentines
2008-02-10 12:40:00
With 3 kids, I have to bring 42 Valentines to school next week(oops, thats 42 kids and 6 teachers so thats 48)! So far we finished the 10 we need for Jamie’s class and we started some for Ethan’s class. I gave Jamie some shaving cream paint and a glitter shaker and let her loose with ...
Switching to Mac
2008-02-09 12:10:00
After a year of soul searching, researching, and drooling I have finally made the switch and used our tax rebate to purchase an iMac. This move is still a little shocking to me because a year ago I was waiting for Vista to be released so I could buy a new PC. When ...
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We have a winner - The Rocket DVD Contest
2008-02-08 19:00:00
Congratulations to Norma Jean for winning The Rocket on DVD. Make sure to check out her great Flickr set of ice rink pics and her video. Thank you to everyone else for entering. This is truly a great hockey movie so make sure to rent it. We are plotting our next contest so keep checking back.
More About: Contest , Freebies , Contests , Coupons
Rant Free!
2008-02-08 17:25:00
I think too many people let their blogs become filled with silly rants and I’m so glad John and I are choosing to focus on the positive things in our lives (because thats whats important)! I’m trying to find some blogs that I’ll really enjoy visiting that are similar and its harder than I thought it ...
More About: Free , Rant
New Computer
2008-02-08 15:51:00
Our blogging is temporarily interrupted by the new computer we got last night!!!! Our pictures are not moved over so I will delay my new posts until John gets them set up for me.
More About: Site News , Computer
2008-02-07 12:56:00
I’m just having a cookie kind of week! I took these pictures on Monday when my friend and her kids were over. The boys were playing nicely and I figured the girls should have some messy yummy fun. I had to keep unplugging the mixer so they didn’t mangle their little arms but nobody jumped ...
More About: Pictures , Girls , Cookie
Mickey Mouse Ears Cookies
2008-02-06 20:37:00
I really like baking cookies and Ben likes things that are “double” so I often put the dough close together on the sheet so he can have “double cookies”. I made a triple cookie by accident one day and it gave me the idea to make cookies shaped like Mickey Mouse ’s head/ears. I made chocolate ...
More About: Recipes , Cookies , Ears
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