Friday, November 13, 2009

What I've been up to...

I can't believe it! I'm posting before another month has sped by..yippee!
I've been trying to get my focus and start preparing for Christmas. Yes, I know, Thanksgiving hasn't happened yet. But, I plan on making our gifts for Christmas again this year and I really ought to be moving...don't you think?
So, I've been checking patterns, making lists, gathering materials and slowly starting my projects. Hopefully, I will get my momentum going here and have time for every thing I want to make.

I also have been making up some baby food for Rowan. I could buy it, but it is much more expensive that way and at least this way, I can see what is in my food for her. I've also found that some recipes they have out there include common allergens for our family and so I have to be careful. I'm sure I'll buy some jars here and there, but I am hoping to make most of what she needs and also have her eating what we eat sooner than later(even if all mooshed up;-)
A week or so back I made up some Pear Sauce. At the time I only had a hand mill. I will just say that this is NOT the best way to puree up a large amount of sauce...I'm just saying...
So, I asked my parents for a blender for my birthday ;-) and they delivered!
On Monday, I baked up some Acorn Squash and then pureed it in my new blender...NICE! Today I decided I better get to the Granny Smith apples and cooked them up on the stove. Again, the blender did a bang-up job on the applesauce..lovely, smooth sauce :-)

(The finished product from this weeks baby food making~in the bag:Acorn squash, in the ice cube tray and small tub:applesauce)

I really enjoy making Rowan's food. I hope she enjoys it too. Next up: carrots :-)

On Wednesday we had a special day that we took off from school and work. It was Homeschool Day at the Discovery Kingdom park(what used to be Marine World). What a blast that was! How can you not enjoy being surrounded by a bunch of (mostly) like-minded folks that do not look at you funny for having 4 kids? It was great. We were able to see most of the animals in the park and enjoy some rides too. We saw the Tiger show at Odin's Temple of the Tiger..very cool and Shouka the Killer Whale(very awesome and Fiona got drenched) as well as the bird show..lovely!

The kids, Dan and I all had a great time. I'm glad we could do it. So, I'll leave you with a few pics from our day :-)

Liam soberly waiting for the adventure to begin. Can't you tell he's excited?

The kids really liked seeing the elephants up close. Fiona was our expert...she could tell that there were both Asian AND African elephants there. Mom and Dad said no, we didn't think so...but the trainer validated our little lady :-) The kiddos wanted to ride the elephants, but it was an extra cost...sorry kids!

Here is the male, white Bengal Tiger diving...only 1 year old and already 300 lbs! Oh my goodness..he was beautiful! By the way, while here, I happened to get to meet one of my bloggy friends, Rebecca! So awesome..only wish we could have talked a bit longer.

And last but surely not least, Shouka the Killer Whale or Orca :-) What a beautiful creature! She is amazing. Fiona sat right up in the "Splash Zone" and got very wet. She didn't mind but I'm glad I moved up a few seats or Rowan(who I was wearing at the time) and I would have been drenched.

This was a great trip and a wonderful opportunity to see the variety in God's creation. He is truly an awesome God and His creation is a testament to His power and might for sure!



Miss Jen said...

Wow... how delightful~
it looks and sounds like you
have been busy indeed.

Love~ Jen

Simply Heart And Home said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful outing! The children look so cute. :)

I made my own baby food years ago. The ice cube trays make perfect portion sizes.

Have a lovely day, my friend!


Sarah Jane said...

I too like to make homemade baby food, although Malachi soon wanted to eat "real" food, so I did not make it very long with him. It's so nice to know exactly what goes into it and to have the ability to adjust the amount of sugar (if any) that you put in it.

Your outing sounds delightful! I wish we had a place like that near here, but we are stuck with either St. Louis or Chicago as our closest options, being located almost exactly between the two cities.

Rather off topic. . .but your daughters have BEAUTIFUL hair!

K-tribe said...

Hi! I saw you over on Little Hearts. That is so neat that you guys met. Looks like you had a great time. I also made baby food and borrowed this baby/ toddler food book from the library it was really good. It is by Annabel Karmel. She has a website too! Enjoy!

fairmaiden said...

Thank you for the insight on the Groomer's incident. I am going to go back in to get my money back. And it could very well be the same Tammy...because that was her reason for the shave(mats!).

I used to make my children's baby food the same way. It is so fun! I miss those days. And the ZOO...we have membership so we went every week. Now it's usually just me, and I miss my flock. But I still love to visit the zoo, so I do.

fairmaiden said...

Wait a minute...Discovery Kingdom Park? When did it change? I heard Marine World was going to shut down because of the economy. So did someone else buy it? Oh, I do hope it returns to it's former glory, before it became a Six Flags amusement park. I loved the original Marine World. Is this the one in Vallejo?

Sommer said...

How lovely to see all the comments ladies :-) Thanks!

Fairmaiden~ Yes, this is what used to be Marine World. I know that quite a few years ago, it was endanger of being shutdown, but from what I understand, it is now doing better. Six Flags still owns it and of course it has been turned into not only an Animal Park, but an Amusement Park too. It was pretty fun on this particular day, but I'm not sure what it is like on a usual public day.

Lots of love,