Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Garden train show

One garden in the Mitchell Park Domes has been transformed by model trains and legos. Any little boys dream come true. The boys spent 3 hours there today talking with the model train engineers.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Eli's birthday is next month and we have been talking about what kind of party he would like. He has gone from a train party to a fire truck to a police car to Cars (the movie) and I thought had settled on a Tom party (the race official in Cars).

While watching the inauguration:
Eli: Mommy, who Bama's friend?
Mommy: What?
Eli: (pointing at tv) Who Bama's friend?
Mommy: Joe Biden?
Eli: I want Biden party. Biden cake.
Mommy: sigh....


Sung to Oh My Darling Clementine

Oh my Bama, Oh my Bama, Oh my Bama, Ba-ma
It's your birthday Obama
You get presents too-day

Composed by Eli

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Aiden: Do cats like to eat celery?
Mommy: Probably not.
Aiden: What animals eat celery?
Mommy: Maybe guinea pigs or hamsters?
Aiden: Then what do cats eat?
Mommy: Cat food.
Aiden: But what else?
Mommy: I don't know, maybe fish?
Aiden: I want to feed the cats fish.
Mommy: No, I don't think so, they eat their cat food.
Aiden: Why? Are they allergic to fish?
Mommy: I don't think so.
Aiden: Are they afraid to try something new?
Mommy: No, probably not. They eat just about anything.
Aiden: Then why can't they have fish?
Mommy:It's messy and mommy doesn't want to clean or smell it.
Aiden: I think you should talk to an expert about that.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Terrible Two's??

Eli: I am cranky!
Mommy: Yes you are.
Eli: Cranky like Cranky the Crane! haha


Mommy: Eli!!!!
Eli: Timeout.

Eli bites Aiden.
Aiden: Screaming. (Overly dramatic).
Mommy: Timeout Eli.
Eli finishes his timeout Aiden is still screaming.
Eli hits Aiden
Mommy: Timeout
Mommy: Why did you hit Aiden?
Eli: I mad at him.
Mommy: Why?
Eli: He scream too loud.


Mommy puts Eli down for a nap.

Eli promptly runs out of his room.

Mommy: It's nap time Eli upstairs.
Eli: Ok, but I come out again.

Mommy puts Eli in his room.
Eli promptly runs out.

Eli: See I told you!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Think he liked it??

Smoky Refried Bean Soup (Gluten free, dairy free)

1 large onion, chopped
3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted)
15 ounces fatfree refried beans
15 ounces black beans, cooked
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 - 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (to taste)
1 teaspoon hot sauce (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

Spray a large, non-stick pot with cooking spray, and sauté the onion until it begins to brown. Add the garlic and bell pepper and cook for one more minute. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook until the flavors blend, 20-30 minutes.

FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Interesting responses...

Mommy: Aiden, guess what? Eli is old enough now to go to your Y (YMCA) class on Fridays's now.

Aiden: Oh my headache! (exasperated sigh)


Eli: There's going to be a problem!

Mommy: I'll fix it.

Eli: Why does everyone always fix problems!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Yoga Anyone?

A Light at the end of the tunnel

As many of you know, Aiden does not like to participate in paper pencil activities. He proudly states he can not write his name and does not need to know how to write his name until he gets to kindergarten. Well, here are a couple photos of what he drew today. Any guess what the first one is?

Snow day scrapbooking