December 11, 2007
It’s been too long without a post, so here are some quickies:
Alana…is wildly into jigsaw and similar-type puzzles these days. Her favorites are: a puzzle of the U.S. with each piece being a state, a Winnie the Pooh (and friends) jigsaw puzzle, and “the silverware puzzle.” This last is what she calls the silverware basket in the dishwasher. She jumps up and down with excitement when she sees that the silverware puzzle is ready. We pull the silverware drawer out, bring her stool over, set the basket on the counter, and she sets to work “solving” the puzzle. Entertaining and helpful!
Carson…is heavy into doing “research” on the U.S. presidents. This started as a discussion on our outing two weekends ago. As you might expect from Carson, he first wanted me to tell him about “all the Presidents who got shot.” But, we expanded it to a routine where we’re starting with George Washington and printing out the Wikipedia entry for each President and reading through it. Carson has a log where he writes the President’s name, which number President he was, when he was born and died, when he took and left office, and “interesting notes.” For George Washington, he noted that George and Martha were both 27 when they married, and that George fought the British. We’ve only made it to John Adams so far, but he is very excited about the exercise (and I’m certainly learning a thing or two!).
Benton…loves to make buckeyes. Mix up peanut butter, powdered sugar, and some other ingredients and roll them into 1/2″ balls. Then, dip them most of the way into a chocolate/paraffin mixture. The result is a Reese’s-like treat that really does look like a buckeye. I think we’ve made them three times since we moved.
The Buck…in our backyard has been spotted again after several weeks with no sitings. The last time we saw him, he was limping fairly severely, so we were afraid that the local coyote or something else might have ended his existence. But, Carson, Thomas Schinabeck (Carson’s second-cousin), and I went on an impromptu hike behind our house last Saturday, and we saw the buck just as we were returning to the house.