Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1-2-3

Lately I've been really impressed by Mick's creativity.

We play a game that I used to play with my siblings (remember Beth?) called "1 - 2 - 3." It consists of child and grownup standing on opposite ends of a hall or long room, saying, "1, 2, 3" and then running to each other, with the grownup lifting the child up when they meet half way. Fun right? Running in the house, being thrown in the air... Kids want to do it again and again.

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Mick did this a few times, but then developed some interesting variations.

With no prompting from me, he switched it up.

"1, 2, 3, peeing!"
He would walk towards me like he had just wet his pants! He totally nailed it, right?
123...peeing!

"1, 2, 3, butt!"
123...butt!

"1, 2, 3, helicopter!"
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"1, 2, 3, head!"
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"1, 2, 3, Winnie the Pooh!"  (Because Winnie rolls.)
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Some end with a kiss.
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This kid.

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Toddler Mick

There has been much I have wanted to document about the boys lately, but have not had the spare time lately to do so. Both boys have had some developmental growth spurts lately.

Mick is now solidly into reading books. Previously he would sit a little for baby board books, but wasn't interested in being read more than a sentence or two on a page. This dinosaur book was the first book he ever sat through completely, starting a year ago, and it remained his favorite book for about a whole year. (Thank you, Rebecca!) I still reference this book's format when the boys are having a hard time with something and need some comic relief. "How does a dinosaur wait for his food at a restaurant... does he tear up the kids' menu and kick his brother? No...."

Now we have a solid bedtime routine of reading several books before bed. He will want to read a dozen Little Critter books in one sitting. He references them sometimes throughout the day, "Just like the Little Critter book!"

I am loving this new bedtime routine of cuddling and reading with Mick, while Daddy and Killian read science books together or build with legos.

With his 3rd birthday around the corner, I'm appreciating the last glimpses of toddler I see in Mick.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

all work and no play makes jack a dull boy

"We no longer need people to follow directions in robot-like ways (we have robots for that), or to perform routine calculations (we have computers for that), or to answer already-answered questions (we have search engines for that). But we do need people who can ask and seek answers to new questions, solve new problems and anticipate obstacles before they arise. These all require the ability to think creatively. The creative mind is a playful mind."

Preach it!
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/give-childhood-back-to-children-if-we-want-our-offspring-to-have-happy-productive-and-moral-lives-we-must-allow-more-time-for-play-not-less-are-you-listening-gove-9054433.html


Monday, January 6, 2014

Mike Walker's Infamous Paleo Pancake Recipe

By popular demand, I am posting Mike's pancake recipe.

@fansipans is the baker and pancake maker in our house, so it's kinda a big deal I made java pancakes just now

(Pancakes pictured are actually Mary's java's pancakes, but this is the only picture of pancakes I had on hand.)

Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (don't cheap out - use the good stuff!)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp dark cocoa
  • coconut oil or walnut oil to lube the pan you cook them on
Instructions
  1. Place banana in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Then crack eggs into food processor and mix together.
  3. Add coconut flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and dark cocoa.
  4. Puree until smooth.
  5. Now heat up a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil for lube up the pan. Once skillet is hot, pour around 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture into skillet. I made each pancake about 3 inches, and that was perfect for flipping.
  6. Wait until each pancake begins to form bubbles on the surface, then flip. If you keep the pancakes smaller, the will cook more evenly and flip perfectly.
Notes
Makes 16-18, 3 inch pancakes


MAJOR PROPS to PaleOMG (recipe modified from that original post. Bold notes our additions.)