So why the pictures of Legos? Well, this my friends is homeschool. (Not complete homeschool, mind you, but part of it.) This is a model of a home, gardens, etc., that was typical of the Ancient Indus River Valley. Don't know where that is? My homeschooler does :P lol. Just giving you a hard time ;) Anyway, he was pretty detailed in his creation, including the river, a ladder, and a well. At the same time, we've been learning about different religion - specifically Buddhism and Hinduism at the moment, along with lots of mythology and ancient history. I used to hate ancient history, but I'm coming around to it. There's some pretty interesting stuff to learn about.
I made up a batch of breakfast cookies for him this morning. Well, two batches really. This is not a recipe from that book, but one I found on Pinterest. I know I've mentioned this recipe before but I can't tell you how much I love it. It's so simple and quick, and it keeps well. I just mashed a banana on a plate, stirred in some oatmeal (I just eye-balled it), and then mixed in raisins. I was going to use dark chocolate chips which he had been able to have before, but when I reviewed the contents, I saw that they contain soy, which we recently found out he can't have. So no chocolate now unless it's straight from cocoa powder. Maybe next time I'll have to try adding some of that. I was thinking about doing a batch with applesauce and chunks of fresh apples, but I figured two batches was enough at once. They each made about 8 cookies. Three of them makes a good breakfast for him (we use them for snacks too).
And this is what they looked like after being baked 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Pretty much the same, just a little browner. The original recipe said to be sure and grease the cookie sheet or you would be sorry. I haven't found that to be the case. I like them better when I bake them on the stone, but even on the airbake sheet, I didn't have a problem getting them off. They do stick pretty good, but I just use my metal spatula to slide them off, and I made sure to remove them before they had entirely cooled.
The table project is moving along nicely. It is nearly scraped off entirely. This has been a much more labor-intensive project than we anticipated. My husband works on this about every night, with the eight year old pitching in once in awhile. I'm hoping this gets done this week so I can paint the top over the weekend and get the eight year old to working on it with the markers.
I also talked to a professional painter about doing our living room (main daycare room). I have so much going on that I think it would be nice just to hire the work done. Then it would definitely be done in one day and I could get on with setting up the daycare space the way I want, and doing the fun decorating projects I have picked out from Pinterest. ;) It's a bit pricey, but I think well worth it. We have 10 foot ceilings in our living room and ladders and I are not on speaking terms - ha. More like mortal enemies. My husband doesn't mind ladders (despite the fact that they've bucked him off more often than not), but straight lines are not his forte - and we're doing dark chocolate brown against a white ceiling on one of the walls...
Okay, so when I type it all out like this, it sounds a little obsessive, huh? :) Yep, That's me. And pretty much all of it self-imposed.
I'm thinking maybe I'll start cutting fabric later today - both for the hexagon quilt and the arrows. But then, I keep thinking of things I want to get done "later today" and the list is getting mighty long... and it's already noon. I'm also hoping to finish the Will Schwalbe book, clean off my kitchen island (where all my sewing stuff is), study the recipes in that new cookbook, homeschool while the daycare kids are napping, re-organize one of my kitchen cabinets, sew more of the red borders onto the hexagon diamonds ... oh, and I have a chiropractor appointment at 5:45 (because my whole left leg has been numb from my hip to my toes for three days now) and we have AWANA clubs tonight, which my husband and I run. I'm the master of multitasking, but I think it's clear to see that not all of these goals will be met - ha.
So there you have it. When my older kids call they always ask me what I've been up to. I usually either say, "Not much" or "Same old, same old." So D & N, now you know what that means... assuming you actually read all this. :)