We had a funny moment this morning. At least I thought it was funny. Ian wanted an orange for a snack and I gladly peeled him one. I was telling him that when I was little we had an orange tree in our back yard and that Grandpa Wittwer has an orange tree in his back yard now. He thought that was pretty cool. He wanted to know how big it was when I was little (BIG) and how big Grandpa's is now (little--it's a dwarf tree). I tried to explain that they were two totally different trees at different houses. He wondered where I lived when I was little and I had to explain to him that it was a different house than the one Grandpa lives in now and that when I was little Grandpa was married to Oma. "That's weally weally stwange Mom dat Drampuh Wittwoah maowied Oma." To know them now separately I suppose so. It's all he's ever known. But for me I still think of my parents as a unit- now married to different spouses. I never really fathomed explaining divorce to my kids. Next it'll be where babies come from. (Though when I was pregnant with Charlie we had to delve into it a bit.)
As we begin to anticipate and prepare for an epic journey this season I find myself getting more and more excited.
Not for things. Things are cool but are really just STUFF. And we have much to much of that anyway.
I find myself anticipating TIME and EXPERIENCES far more than what kind of gadgets we can blow all of our money on.
I look forward to edible trees and snowman pancakes and a trip to the aquarium and songs in the car and route 66 and crafty hours and singing songs around the piano and the joy and merriment of BEING TOGETHER. Perhaps a round of Muppetopoly or Bezzerwizzer. or both.
I love to GIVE gifts and wish I thought about it more during the year so I wouldn't feel crunched with a deadline.
the boys are currently creating masterpieces on the kitchen floor.
Landon wanted red.
Ian wanted blue.
I decided that I probably DO need a new camera--hence the severe lack of pictures on the blog.
do you want to make play dough too?
Here's what you do: in a saucepan MIX; 1 C flour 1/4 C salt 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
once well blended together add 1 C water. whisk until smooth
cook on MED heat and stir until it pulls from the sides and looks like play dough.
cool. knead. play and enjoy.
store in airtight container (we're using good ol' ziplock bags) we added food coloring when I was kneading it... not very bright because I didn't do a lot but I think it's easier if you do it when it's in the cooking phase.