The other day I was working on the meal calendar. I feel like coming up with what meals to cook are always the hardest part of cooking for a family. So as I was trying to think of something new I asked the kids, "What would you like to eat for dinner." This is the list of items I heard from Abigail:
Yes, I do believe I will keep the meal planning as my job for a little while longer.
With the return of the sun dreams of the summer have arrived. With that the garden plans.
I remember hearing educators talk once about how a lot of kids in America don't really know where their food comes from besides the store. At the time this shocked me but after some thought I realized how true this fact is.
It is so exciting for me to think that these little seeds will grow into a garden full of fun, tasty food for us.
And that these kiddos get to be part of each and every step of the way. Might make the whole process a little more messy but nothing is better then digging our hands into the dirt when there is still snow on the ground outside! I also am teaching them to whisper words of encouragement to our plants. So, each day we check our starts and cheer them on with, Grow Babies Grow.
The other night at dinner time Abigail arrived at the table and said, "Mama when I grow up I am going to live right next door to you. I am going to live right there and always be with you. I am also going to have 4 boys and 5 girls and LOTS of toys."
To which I replied, "Abigail, you just made my day and I will be here and help you take care of your babies. But Abigail no matter where you live I will come and help you and be with you."
All of the kids love each other. Abigail and Ethan love to play, and argue, like siblings do. But there is something about Ethan and Naomi that is just sweet to see. He loves her so and wants to pounce her sometimes as well! But to watch Ethan go from the follower with Abigail to the leader with Naomi is fun indeed.
To Abigail Naomi is a baby doll to play with.
To Ethan, Naomi is a friend. I love watching these two and their simple play. Can't wait to see what it leads to someday.
Over the winter I found out that shutterfly was offering a code for a free photo book. At the time I didn't have a need for any particular book but who can pass up making a free one. I needed to think of something. The kids love pictures. I take a lot of them and they love to look at them. We have our screen saver on the computer programed to our pictures so they get to see pictures scrolling by the computer screen all day long but there is nothing like looking at a picture in a book. So I decided to make a photo book of their pictures. Something they could touch, talk about, remember and enjoy. Something that was ok for sticky hands, crinkled pages and lots of love. Thus I created the Klynstra Kids photo book.
And they love it. So fun for them and so fun for me to see them enjoy it. Life is memories in the making, so fun to remember them all.
We have a lot of tutus, ballerina dresses and ball gowns around here. Ethan is slowly getting boy clothes but awhile back I decided I would help him out by making him a super power cape. Honestly, he didn't love it. Wouldn't wear it at all actually. I shrugged it off and decided the day would come. Abigail on the other hand has been asking me ever since for a cape.
So the other day I set to it and made our girl a cape of her own. SHE LOVES IT. Kids, you can just never predict how they are going to react. She didn't take it off for four days except to sleep. And because she was wearing her's Ethan decided his wasn't too bad either.
Their favorite thing to do is ride their scooters while wearing the cape because it makes them think the cape is flying out behind them making their super powers very strong.
Once in awhile on a weekend when Josh or I take a turn sleeping in the other will bring breakfast in bed. Oh what a treat it is to wake up slowly knowing the kids have been cared for and to see a plate full of good food waiting to eat (and be shared with three eager children who have missed their mama or daddy that morning.) Whenever that has happened Abigail has begged to get the treat of getting breakfast in bed herself. We always laugh and tell her that the only way you get breakfast in bed is if you actually sleep in and stay in bed.
Well, the other day she did sleep in. It was a quiet morning with just Ethan and Naomi. At 8:15 I hear this loud yelling from upstairs, "mama, mama I slept in. Can I have breakfast in bed." Laughing to myself I put together a small tray of a simple meal and brought it up to her. That with a pile of books made her happy. Yes, breakfast in bed is fun but since it took her then a hour to eat the meal I am not sure we will do it again anytime soon. But it is a first and it is a fun memory for all of us.
The boys came home from their snowmachine trip last week to a project at hand.
Something that will help keep these active children of ours moving, excited, growing and entertained during the long days of winter.
A climbing wall.
It is a wide wall but for right now most of the holds run right up the middle, over the crash pad. The kids helped grandpa figure out just where the best places were to put each hold.
Abigail is really a pro at it. She goes up, down and side to side already. Ethan, he is learning. Oh those cute little 2 1/2 year old legs want to catch up with Abigail so bad. He will soon enough. How thankful we are for something new and exciting here at home.
Recently the weather has been around -20 degrees. The snow is deep and winter hangs on. But it is time. Time for big dreams, the feel of dirt, the sight of baby green shoots and visions of a full garden.
Last year was a pretty pitiful garden for me. We have enjoyed what I could get out of it this winter but it was less then in the past. Between the pregnancy, the baby's arrival and then the cold, rainy weather it wasn't a garden to be very proud of. But this year I am back baby and things will be better. The seed order arrived last night. Boy am I excited.