Monday, October 19, 2009

Funny Boy (with a recent addition)

I have quite a few of these that I've been saving for a post, but this morning's was too funny not to post immediately:

This morning Ethan was in the study with me but playing behind me. He was playing with his little phone, but all of a sudden he started saying, "No, blue!" "No, blue!" "Not green, blue!" Apparently he was pushing the number three button (which happens to be blue) and the little phone was saying, "Three" which he misunderstood to be "Green". After I showed him that the phone is saying numbers (and not colors) he calmed down. Too funny!


Lately in parking lots after we get out of the car Philip or I will say, "You need to hold hands, you're in a parking lot." Well my son, taking that quiet literally, explained to me a couple of weeks ago that he was going to hold his own hand in the parking lot! You should see him hold his own hand....quiet adorable.


Back in April when I was at the Women's retreat for our church Philip and Ethan had crackers, cheese, and little smokies for lunch. Philip tried to show Ethan how if you put a piece of cheese on a cracker it is really good. Ethan then placed a club cracker on a Triscit, took a bite, and exclaimed, "Yumm!!"


Here's another one I forgot to post (but if you are on FB, you may have seen it already). While at his Mawmaw's house this summer he watched some Sup-r-man cartoons and I thought it would be really cute to let him go as Superman this Halloween. I found a cute costume at Wal-mart and when we got home Ethan wanted to try it on. After getting the costume on (cape and all) Ethan ran around the house and then he ran up to me and declared in a somewhat disappointed voice with his hands out and his shoulders shrugged: "No fly, Mommy! No fly!" I guess he really expected to be able to fly once he was dressed as Superman!

Monday, October 5, 2009


So I got a little creative last Saturday and made this fun matching game for Ethan.

When I say "make", I mean (in true teacher style) I stole someone else's idea and made it better. I got the color match sheets from this GREAT website: Homeschool Creations. After I printed off the sheets I cut them up and made this lapbook from a manila folder for Ethan to sort the colors.

Ethan loved telling me which envelope each picture went into, and although he doesn't yet have the manual dexterity to do it himself (without ripping my construction paper envelopes) he will soon!

Baking Oatmeal Choclate Chip Cookies

The other day my friend Jennifer mentioned these cookies to me, and I just had to try them! This recipe is in Central Baptist Bearden's new cookbook "Taste and See".

This is the first recipe that Ethan has helped me with from start to finish! We even had to pause at the end to run to the store for more M&Ms and more chocolate chips. He did really well, even if at least 1/3 of a cup of flour ended up on the floor and 1/3 cup of M&Ms ended up in his mouth.

The after shot:
The problem in the past has been that I don't like making cookies! Every time you have the envie for a warm fresh out of the oven cookie you remember that in addition to the time it takes to make the dough (not too bad) you have to be married to the oven for hours! Well, I have found a solution! Actually my friend Betsy has shared the solution with me:

My freezer:
Scoop and flash freeze about half of the batch of cookies! Now instead of spending money at the store for those "pull-apart and stick in the oven" cookies you have your own stash of read to be made goodness! After about an hour or two in the freezer on the cookie sheet, stick them in a marked ziploc bag and put them back in the freezer. You can freeze most cookie doughs for 3-4 weeks in a ziplock bag. Just pop them in the oven when you are ready (or just a few into the toaster oven) and get ready for warm chocolate goodness.
Enjoying the fruit of his labors

The funny part was while we were eating the cookies I asked Ethan who made them and he replied (in catechism fashion), "God!"