Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

So...a little person turned one

Last week a special little person in our midst quietly and happily turned 1.
We opened presents, played, baked cupcakes and enjoyed eating them with family.
This little person is loved so much by everyone, we look forward to spending the next year with him growing, learning and loving.

A year ago we welcomed you with this song, and you are indeed my little potato...

LITTLE POTATO
Written by Malcolm Dalglish
Oolitic Music, BMI
Recorded on Metamora, Sugar Hill Records, SH-CD 1131

You're my little potato, you're my little potato,
You're my little potato, they dug you up,
You come from underground!

The world is big, so big, so very big!
To you, it's new, it's new to you!

You're my little potato, you're my little potato,
You're my little potato, they dug you up,
You come from underground!

Let's talk about root crops (they dug you up),
And lamb chops (they chew on you),
And things to eat...like apples
and cheese and 'nanas and cream,
Jellies and butter,
it's late at night, I hope this little bottle helps you go to sleep!

They must have grown you wild,
you make a grown man a child,
I’ll go and play in the mud
to be with you my spud (potato).
When you came out looking red as a beet,
You had wrinkles on the bottoms of your feet!

Oh, you are so sweet potato!
You're my sweet potato,
you're my sweet potato, dug you up!
You come from underground!

You smile, a smile, a little smile!
The world is small, so small, it's very small!

You're my little potato, you're my little potato,
you're my little potato, they dug you up,
You come from underground!

You're my little potato, you're my little potato,
you're my little potato!

 Getting to grips with how to open a present the fun way...rrrriiiiiiipppp!
 What am I suppose to do with these?

 Hanging out in the Bilibo

 Got some help with the baking
 Excited by the cake and candle
 Confused when mom blew the candle out
Happy birthday my blue eyed boy

Thursday, March 7, 2013

7/52 - I Made It!

My kids love science experiments and I've been eyeing out a few that I've come across online, especially one for making goo/slime using clear glue and liquid starch. 
I trawled the shops for liquid starch unsuccessfully and finally settled on some powdered starch to try. I mixed a pretty strong starch solution but unfortunately our goo wasn't gooey enough.  I nearly wrote it off as a disaster when I remembered I'd seen some recipes including borax, so we mixed some up quickly and added it and voila...goo!  Awesome, squishy, bouncy, sticky, stretchy, bendy goo which gave my usually touch sensitive child hours of fun.
He even got his feet stuck in and I have proof :)

I'll post the recipe we used at the end of the post for anyone interested!





So what we used:
  • bowls
  • 250ml liquid starch (I mixed about 1 tsp to a cup of water but like I said it didn't seem strong enough)
  • 250ml clear glue
  • food colouring
  • 1 tsp borax mixed with 1 cup water.

Mix your starch & glue together and divide between as many bowls as you want to make colours.
Add your food colouring (a drop or two will do) and mix.
Realise your goo ain't so gooey.
Pour in a bit of borax and mix, add more borax until you reach a desired consistency*
Put your goo on a surface that won't stain from the food colouring and play to your hearts content!

*note - the goo does seem to get firmer as it is played with, next time I will make it less firm and more slimy, but for my touch sensitive kid the firmer consistency was a great introduction, I think he would have been more reluctant to try touching it if it was slimier.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

So...the saddest ballerina

Our little ballerina is the latest person struck down in the ongoing saga of the never ending cough in our house.  My poor baby girl has also lost a ton of weight and coughs until she pukes, I feel so sad for her.  I took these photos of her just as she started feeling sorry for herself, my tired ballerina.