On Monster Tea Parties

So, I was a really good/bad mom today
(on this second snow day of the week)…
For breakfast the kids had s’mores.  

For lunch they had a tea party.
Not just any old tea party, mind you.  A “Super Zombie-Monster Tea Party.”
Or that is what I was told.

Finger sandwiches, hibiscus tea/blood punch, and cheese were on the menu.
Bit of the conversation I overheard:
“Why weren’t you at the tea party last week, J/Mr. Skeleton?”
In a scary voice “My rib was missing.”
“Oh, we thought it was because you didn’t have the guts!”
“Why, is this O+ blood?  It is delicious?”

I’m so blessed to have kids that have imaginations.  Makes my heart happy (even if I do have to watch my neck!)

Tonight we took a walk in the sub-zero temps (what was I thinking?) and watched what today’s sun had done to the local snowmen.

Melty, Our Friendly Neighborhood Snowman


 Ours was gone.  Maybe he heard about the scary tea party.

On Snowy Fun

We had somewhere around 5-8″ of snow last night.  I’m guessing close to 6″, by the looks of things.
The kids insisted we make snow ice cream for dessert.  I finally got it perfected I think.  This is what we did…

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

  1. Put a large mixing bowl outside when it starts to snow.  (This way you know the snow is clean!) Keep it outside until you finish the next steps to prevent melting.
  2. Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar in water.  I use about 2 cups of sugar to 3 or 4 cups of water.  Boil this until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils for a few minutes.  You can either remove from heat then, or simmer a little longer for a thicker syrup.  *I use cane sugar instead of refined white sugar in everything.  I actually get mine at the Mexican grocery store because it’s A LOT cheaper (think half!) 
  3. When you are ready and syrup is room temperature or cooler, pour milk and vanilla into syrup.  I put about 2-3 cups of milk, but just use what you think will work.  I used about 2 Tablespoons of white vanilla.  (You can substitute for other flavors here- chocolate syrup, lemon juice…)
  4. Bring snow inside and pour your mixture into the snow and stir
  5. Enjoy! (It melts fast!)

Let It Snow!

We get snow for a day or two at the most here in central AR so everyone goes crazy when it happens.  
The news had promises of snow for this morning and nothing happened.  (Well, except for rush for milk and bread at the grocery stores!)  Snow was actually all around us on the radar.   The kids were pretty disappointed and decided they should do a “snow dance” to help the clouds move this way.
So, about two hours ago…
Snow Jumping on a Trampoline!
Happy Dog!

Someone Already Wiped Out

Snowy Day
Wonder if there will be enough to make Snow Candy like last year?
Snow Candy Like Laura’s

Snow Days Part 2

It never snows much in Central Arkansas, but this year…
Two snow days in a row!

Birds hopping on the deck
Out for a walk today
Hiding in the snow
Friendly Neighborhood snowman
Making tracks 
(or Why it took us so long to walk four blocks…)

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.  I might write more about it later.
I really needed these days with my four favorite people.

Snow Days and Sewing Stuff

View up the street

The kids were so happy to finally have a “snow day” yesterday.  We had about 2 or 3 inches of sleet then last night had some snow start and got maybe an inch.  Talk about happy kids!  I don’t think we had any last year.   Haven’t had much for five years I know- the year Jac was born.
Don’t get me wrong, I like snow, but am SOOO glad I don’t live somewhere cold where we’d have it everyday.   I couldn’t handle the wet little feet prints and 20 pairs of socks from changing every time they go in/out all the time.
My dog especially loves it and wanted to spend the entire night in the snow!  Nut.

Our dog Cole and his buddy Bucky
Crazy Cold-Toed Kid

Yesterday I took advantage of my homebound boredom (and small burst of energy) and broke out my new sewing machine!
I have been wanting to make the boys a closet door/ puppet theater since I took off their closet door.  (They kept banging it against their other door and making huge dents in it.)  I saw this great one in Pottery Barn Kids book Kid’s Rooms awhile ago and have had the page bookmarked!  I used a curtain I’d gotten on sale at Land’s End for $4 made of navy canvas and cut it in half and used the second half for bits and pieces I needed. 

  Pottery Barn’s Version
My version

I have to get a curtain rod still (thinking an expandable spring rod,)  but this is what I came up with!  The boys want me to applique some things on it, we’ll see! 

Inside Pocket for Finger Puppets