Kids Say the Darndest Things: Episode 88

Well, it’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these, so I figured it was high time. Enjoy!

Dominic: “Mama! The wind is splashing me!”
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Me: “It’s almost Christmas!”
Dominic: “Oh yeah! With Santa.”
Me: “You think Santa is coming?” (we don’t do Santa in our house)
Dominic: “No. We don’t have the right furniture.” (fireplace)
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Dante: “Hey, can I have a nose-picker, please?”
Me: “A what?”
Dante: “For putting glue on my crafts. I don’t know what it’s called.”
Me: “A Q-tip?”
Dante: “Yes!”
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The day after Dominic’s birthday.
Dante: “Is it still Dominic’s birthday?”
Me: “Nope.”
Dominic: “It’s still a little bit my birthday.”
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During a Skype visit with the grandparents.
Dorian: “Minecraft is pretty awesome.”
Dominic: “Paw Patrol is awesome!”
Grampa: “Yes, Minecraft sounds pretty great.”
Dominic: “Paw Patrol is great!”
Dorian: “Also, Gary’s Mod.”
Dominic: “Also, Paw Patrol!”
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Dominic: “My birthday is gone.”
Me: “Yes, it’s over. You can have another one in a year, though.”
Dominic: “No. It’s all gone. They ate all my cake. It was MY cake.”
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Dorian: “I’m so bored.”
Me: “Well, you could read a book. Or clean your room. What about organizing your bookshelf?”
Dorian: “I don’t want to DO something, I want to WATCH something.”
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Me: “Dominic, what do you want for your birthday breakfast?”
Dominic: “Paw Patrol cake!”
Me: “Right, you’re getting a cake, but what about breakfast? Bacon? Pancakes?”
Dominic: “Paw Patrol cake!”
Me: “Ok. How about lunch?”
Dominic: “Paw Patrol cake!”
Me: “Um, and dinner? Want chicken or pizza?”
Dominic: “I want my Paw Patrol cake!”
Me: “Yes, I think we’ve established that.”
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Dominic: “And my birthday pizza?”
Me: “You said you didn’t want pizza!”
Dominic: “I did say that, yes.”
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Dante: “Mama, how do you say ‘ni hao’ in French?”
(For the record, he speaks Spanish and English, with a spattering of Kaqchikel.)
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Dorian: “You know that president guy who hated people with hair? And killed a lot of people?”
Me: “Um, are you talking about Hitler?”
Dorian: “Yeah, I just saw one of his flags.”

Dominic Turns 3

Hard to believe that it’s been three years since my last little one was born! His birthday was actually on the 20th, but Irving was sick and working and then the rest of us were hit hard with this flu/cold/death plague thing. Wow, is it harsh! I got the worst of it, with a 102.4 fever, horrible aching joints, etc. but Irving said it’s my own fault since I used essential oils on the boys and not on myself. Whoops.

Anyway. Back to the celebrations.

Dominic was dead set on a Snoopy cake for months. He had it all picked out, but about a week before his birthday, he decided he wanted a Paw Patrol cake. And not just a Paw Patrol cake, he wanted a strawberry cake because “I LOVE strawberries!” So, I made it happen.

Here are the shields that I made for the cake, one for each pup on the show (he’s only watched the first season).

The finished cake, with a whipped topping covering instead of icing. It seemed a shame to ruin the sweet freshness of the strawberries with sweet icing, so I changed it up a bit.

Inside the cake, strawberries with jam and cream cheese filling.

This cake ended up being much simpler than it was supposed to be. I tried to sculpt puppies to go on top of the cake, but it turns out that I’m not so great at sculpting at 3 am. So, in the end, I stuck printed pups on toothpicks on top, which he pulled off before I even got up. You’ll notice that he took a swipe of the icing, too . . . “I only tried a little bit, Mama!”

Despite this not being my best work, Dominic was thrilled. He was even more thrilled with the Paw Patrol banner that we printed and hung for him. In the morning saw it and ran in to tell me, “Mama, my Paw Patrol is HERE!”

Happy birthday to a very special little boy who has been the perfect addition to the family for the past three years.

February is a Month of Birthdays

Most people think of February as a month of love, but for us, it’s a month of birthday celebrations!

My dad and Irving’s brother, Vardin, both had birthdays on the 15th. We Skyped with my parents and the boys had a blast discussing magnets and Minecraft with them.

On the 20th (tomorrow!!!), Dominic turns three. THREE! How the heck did that happen? My baby is certainly not a baby anymore. He’s a little boy who is very active and decisive. I just can’t believe my littlest one is so old though. I’ll write more on him in tomorrow’s birthday post.

On the 25th, Irving has his birthday. We don’t usually do much here, because his mother takes over the birthday celebrations and I’ve learned to just leave it alone. This year, though, I’m not sure what is happening, since she is becoming increasingly unstable and hasn’t been capable of organizing anything. I may actually make a cake for him this year!

Finally, on the 26th, we have our anniversary. After all the excitement earlier in the month, we don’t make a big deal out of this except to reminisce about how we met and maybe a fancy dinner once the kids are in bed. This year is 12 years since we met. Wow.

What is your February full of?

Ashes to Ashes

Over the weekend, Volcan Fuego erupted in a major way, resulting in the evacuation of towns around the volcano. While we’re in a safe spot, we still got the fallout from the ash!

At first, it looked like a really cloudy sky. I figured we were going to get a bunch of rain, which is  little odd for this time of year. Instead of raining, however, it just got darker and darker. When I checked social media, I realized that it was ash and we quickly took precautions.

When volcanic ash falls here, you have to be careful. It’s really not stuff you want in your lungs! We brought in the clothes and shut up the house. The boys were less than impressed to be kept indoors, especially since we couldn’t SEE anything falling.

The next morning, however, they were very excited. “Mama! The concrete looks funny!”

Sure enough, the concrete patio was covered with a fine layer of grit. Kinda like snow, but not. The airport had to close and they had soldiers out on the tarmac sweeping up all the ash. Seems rather inefficient, but they did bring in firetrucks to hose things down later on. You can see images here.

Irving donned a mask and swept up the ash, which is really more like volcanic sand. Once the patio was clear, we still kept the boys inside. They were not happy. Three boys kept indoors in a small box does not make for a cheerful household, so screen limits were lifted.

We now have bright blue skies and the majority of the ash is gone. Hopefully Fuego got it out of its system!

Little Chefs

All three boys are really into cooking right now and I’m all for it! More help in the kitchen? Yay! I do love cooking, but having some help is great, especially when I’m stuck on deadlines. In fact, the older boys are completely capable of making dinner on their own now, from lighting the gas stove (I still peek) to chopping veggies and cooking everything to perfection. And sometimes a tad past, but we learn from our mistakes.

Dorian regularly makes scrambled eggs for everyone except Dante (who still feels eggs are cruel and disgusting). He uses olive oil to keep things healthy, beats the eggs until they’re fluffy and cooks them beautifully. In fact, he can make eggs better than I can!

Dante almost always wanders over when I’m cooking to ask if he can help. He loves to cut vegetables and stir things. We’ve been working on seasonings, too and using our nose to help tell when a dish is well seasoned (as well as a taste test, of course).

The other night, Dante helped me with some simple chili and then he made a salad.

This was the end result:

All this independence is rubbing off on Dominic, too! The other day, I made coffee cake and he helped stir and pour and scrape it into the pan. Later in the day, I heard him scrabbling around at the kitchen table and when I looked, he was scooping a piece of cake out of the pan with a spatula. Except . . . I hadn’t cut it! He’d taken a butter knife, careful cut himself a slightly lopsided square of cake (quite reasonably sized, too!) and then used the spatula to move it to his plate. I was pretty impressed!

At this rate, I figure Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed is imminent.

A Thumb Doodles Book Review

I recently got a few new books from The Book Depository to use for school. Two of them were for art, including this one:

What I liked about this book first off was that it includes the little ink pads for you to get started immediately. In fact, there are blank pages inside the book so you don’t even need extra paper. And the marker for detailing is also included. Very handy.

When I pulled this book out, the boys were quite excited. Getting ink all over their fingers? Yes, please!! They tore into it immediately, not at all interested in what the book had to say. I stopped them and we worked our way through the introduction on how to use your fingers as art tools and some different techniques.

There are several sections in the book, covering how to make sealife, people, etc. Here’s a page that the kids loved:

The ink isn’t like ink at all . . . it’s more like paint on an inkpad, which makes the colors a little softer and it’s much easier to wash off than regular ink. The book is half blank or inspirational pages, but that’s fine. The kids used their own papers to work on or I never would have heard the end of the fighting!

This is what Dorian did:

This was from the sea life page. Dante’s picture was scribbled on by a certain toddler and ruined, so I didn’t get a picture of it.

Overall, the book was a lot of fun and the boys have asked to use it a couple of times since. There is also a Star Wars Thumb Doodles book, which we may need to consider soon. Since The Book Depository has free shipping around the world, we can get these books really easily.

Grab your own copy of the Thumb Doodles book on The Book Depository or Amazon. (both affiliate links!)