Kids Say the Darndest Things: Episode 86

Me: “I’m going to take a quick shower, can you make sure everyone survives for 5 minutes?”
Dorian: “Sure. If any zombies come, I’ll fight them off and make sure no one gets eaten.”
Dante: “Mama, when you’re old and you die, do we get to be the bosses?”
Me: “Yup.”
Dante: “So, when you die, I can get into the school markers?!”
The boys were playing tag outside.
Dorian: “Okay, this is a boss level. Whoever wins gets a very, very, very big trophy!”
Irving: “Here’s your banana, Dominic.”
Dominic: “No. I don’t want it. It’s dirty!”
The banana had two tiny spots.
During a thunderstorm.
Dominic: “What was that, Mama? That light?”
Me: “It was lightning. It’s electricity going between clouds or down to the ground in a flash of light.”
Dominic: “It’s a lighthouse!”
We were learning fractions.
Me: “So, draw a line to divide the circle into halves. It’s like if you had a cookie and broke it in half to give one piece to Dorian and one piece to yourself.”
Dorian: “You know, it works so perfectly on paper, but in real life, the cookie never breaks that nicely.”
Dante: “Did you know that if you can’t find something, you can eat chicken or an egg and you can find it?”
Dorian: “Can you look that up on YouTube? ‘Can eating chicken help you remember?’”
The boys were watching Dora the Explorer and a chicken got its foot stuck in a bucket.
Dorian: “Well, they could get scissors from Mochila and cut the chicken’s leg off. Then she’d be free.”
Dante: “I was just thinking that!”
Dominic: “Foots!”
Dante: “We call those toes. And for babies, we call them tootsies!”
The boys were working on their Snap Circuits.
Dorian: “HEY! We have GOT to make chest paddles!”
Dorian: “Dante, what’s 3 times 3?”
Dante: “I don’t know, I’ve never done times!”
Dorian: “Well, I’m about to teach you. And if you don’t get this, you’re going back to minus.”
Dorian: “There’s monkey spiders?!”
Me: “Spider monkeys, yes.”
Dorian: “What do they do? Jump on your face?”

Fun with Bubble Dough!

Wow, August has flown by! I apologize for not writing more often. It literally feels like my last post was a few days ago, but I guess it was more like a few weeks.

The other day, Irving was gone for a couple of days and the boys were going bonkers while I was trying to write an ebook, so I decided to make some bubble dough. I found the recipe on Creative Playhouse and it’s a nice twist on ordinary playdough. All three boys had a great time with it.

This stuff is weird, but fun. It’s solid and almost liquid at the same time, like ooblek, but you can mold it! If you pull hard, it breaks, but let it stretch out and it will turn almost gooey. Leave a well formed ball on the table and it will “melt” into a puddle looking gloop that firms up as soon as you scoop it up. I had as much fun playing with it as the kids!

To make Bubble Dough, you need:

1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup liquid soap (apparently DAWN does not work!)
2 teaspoons oil

I added the oil to the cornstarch and mixed it well, then slowly added the soap, a bit at a time, mixing it well with each addition. It does take a bit to come together, but it’s worth it! Get the kids to help you knead it.

We also found that it dried out rather quickly, so we just added a little more soap when that happened and it was fine. It does leave a powdery residue if you let it dry on a surface, but since it has soap in it, the whole thing washes up super fast.

The best part of this recipe is that it doesn’t require borax, which I have never been able to find here. Often, we can’t find the ingredients for the fun activities I see on Pinterest, but this is one that we could do.

Spiders in Guatemala

I am really, really not a fan of spiders. I am perfectly aware that they eat mosquitoes and all that good stuff, but they really need to stay away from me. Unfortunately, I live in a country where spiders multiply like rabbits.

The huge, 3-4 inch brown spiders that flatten themselves to get through gaps in the windows are the worst. They freak me out and they jump so you need something long to get them with. Also, they don’t seem to build webs, they’re hunters. Which means they end up in my bed sometimes and that is just not cool.

The big black ones are smaller than the brown spiders, but they’re creepy, too, because they have thick hairy legs and bulbous bodies. They remind me of the spider in The Hobbit. Ew. Fortunately, they tend to find holes in the wall and they stay there for the most part. I have an understanding with the ones in my rafters. If they stay in their holes, we don’t have a problem. If they start moving toward my bed, eviction is imminent.

And finally, we have these interesting critters, which I always assumed were poisonous because of their colors.

Turns out they are venusta orchard spiders and are perfectly harmless! Except, they build webs right at face level, which is never fun. And they’re very pretty when you don’t have to worry about venom!

Yup, Still Alive!

I’m still here and still kicking, even though I haven’t written recently. Every time I start to write something, I get distracted and forget to do it. Oops.

So, what has been going on here? Mostly work. We took a couple of weeks off of school, which the boys have really enjoyed. During this time, I’ve been really pushing the workload, applying for new jobs and just generally trying to make enough money to do more than survive (that’s always nice, right?).

I’ve been getting more and more gigs doing ebooks rather than articles, which is nice. Irving has a ten day “tour” coming up in the middle of the month though, so I won’t be doing a lot of writing at that point. On top of that, we are working on a couple of new projects (no, none of them is a baby, in case you are one of the many people who thinks we’re going for a fourth!) that I’ll write about in the near future.

The kids are growing like weeds and enjoying their vacation. Dominic has really been coming into his own lately and is turning into quite the little clown! He cracks jokes and teases a lot, which is pretty funny coming from a 2 year old.

While we’re starting back to school tomorrow and I have another set of books to write, I need to get my bedroom organized so I can put my fabric away and start sewing again. I’m doing some things for one of our upcoming projects and also some NICU gowns for Pishamitas con Amor, a group in the capital that provides clothing and blankets for new moms in the public hospitals who have little for their babies. Some blog readers and friends have brought or sent down some flannel fabric and assorted items to make these gowns with, plus I had my sister bring me some when she came in April.

So, plenty going on around here! What are you doing these days?