Sick days

Last weekend Henry was deep in Yellowstone while the boys and I hung out at home. Unfortunately, the boys got pretty sick. Just colds, but bad colds with fevers. Colds that made us stay in the house all day for three days.

We read a whole bunch of books, including:
Image from Amazon
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle

Then we picked a picture from the book

Eric Carle bear.

and tried to make something similar.

Anders bear.

Then we gathered up a bunch of recyclables to make sculptures. Anders wanted to make a horse, so of course, Finn wanted to make a horse, too.

Recycled sculpture horse

Anders complies with my request to stand next to his horse for a picture.

Finn agreed to a picture after first refusing for ten minutes.

Then they were so tired that they went to sleep on their own. Finn is a known napper, but the fact that Anders went to sleep on the couch by himself shows how poorly he felt.

We are all feeling better now and I hope there are no more inside-only weekends in our (near) future. I missed the cold air.

Permalink 03/02/11 09:43:57 pm, by Mel Email , 198 words, Categories: Anders, Finn , 2 comments »Send a trackback »

Park play

Last week the boys were sick. Finn had RSV and conjunctivitis (that's pink eye). Then Anders got a cold; probably a slightly less serious version of Finn's ailment.

After several days in the house, we were ready to get some fresh air.

It was crazy windy in Livingston. Sustained winds of 60 mph and gusts of 80 mph. Windy. Too windy to go outside without risking having a kid blow to Big Timber. So, we drove over the hill to Bozeman, where the sky was blue and a mere breeze mussed our hair.

Ready for the playground.

Waiting for mom.

There is some great art at Bogert Park.

Finn LOVES the swing.

And now some photos by Anders...

Permalink 02/19/11 12:34:39 am, by Mel Email , 116 words, Categories: Anders, Family, Finn , Leave a comment »Send a trackback »

Transformation

Our horses, Sage and Cactus, have turned into unicorns.

Their new names are Sagicorn and Penelope (pronounced "penn-a-lope").

Permalink 02/18/11 12:23:38 am, by Mel Email , 18 words, Categories: Anders, Family, Finn , Leave a comment »Send a trackback »

Butt-up and adorable

I'm not going to lie--having babies around the house was hard. Anders cried for over a year and never slept. Finn was also tough, until we stripped him of his tonsils and adenoids and put tubes in his ears.

We love our boys, but aren't huge fans of babies.

But, when I walk into our bedroom and I see Finn butt-up on the bed, I kind of miss his baby-ness.

I'm glad he still does baby stuff from time to time.

Permalink 02/17/11 12:22:52 am, by Mel Email , 81 words, Categories: Finn , 1 comment »Send a trackback »

My less-plastic life: straws and bags

A few weeks ago I wrote about our attempt to reduce our plastic and generally green up our lives.

I don't want you to think that we live a throw away lifestyle. We do all the normal stuff--we recycle, compost, take cloth bags to the grocery store, buy and sell clothes at a consignment store, eat locally (when we can) and have one vehicle. We garden and walk and ride bikes around town. We aren't perfect, but we make conscious choices and do our best.

Still, there is so much more we can do. Here are a few of the changes we've made in the last few weeks.

* Shopping more in bulk at the Bozeman natural foods store.
* Using less canned goods. Our canned foods are pretty much limited to tomatoes and coconut milk. Lately, I've been making marinara sauce, chili, soups, enchilada sauce and other tomato-based yummies with fresh tomatoes. The tomatoes come from out of town, of course, but at least they aren't in a BPA-lined can.
* Since we eat out on Saturday nights, and the boys like to use straws with their water or milk, we bought reusable Endurance Stainless Steel Drink Staws.

Anders loves his new straws.

* I don't want to buy my way out of this, so we are still using our plastic stuff. When it wears out, I replace it with something better. Our plastic bags have about seen the ghost, so I replaced them with organic cotton reusable produce bags.

Finn loves his new produce bags.

We are taking small steps here, but that's how big things start.

Permalink 02/15/11 07:54:34 pm, by Mel Email , 265 words, Categories: Announcements [A], Family, Less-plastic , Leave a comment »Send a trackback »

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