Completing the last page of a maze book. She can’t wait to begin the other maze book we have which is for ages 5-7. She feels so proud she can do work that says ages above her own.
Kaelyn asked to make pretzels after seeing a photo on Pinterest. We choose this recipe on This Week for Dinner because I happened to have self-rising flour that needed to be used.
We learned to check our measuring cup before moving it away from the mixing bowl.
We settled into shaping the pretzels. Kaelyn began to roll them, I finished making the long rope, and then Kaelyn took over again to make the pretzel shape.
“My favorite part is when I put the butter on.”
Weird lighting…. (because seriously? My tablecloth is green, not gray.)
The recipe made 12 pretzels and we shared 5 of them, saved 1 for Daddy, and ate the remaining 6 between me, Kaelyn, and Uncle Jonathan.
We took a trip to the library and she spent 1 1/2 hours looking at superhero books by herself. ONE AND A HALF HOURS, people. MIND BOGGLING! She kept going back to the shelves for more and more.
Then she spend another 30 minutes “making words” and wanting to know what they said. It amazes me that even though “nfspoqeho” sounds nothing like a word, she is still thrilled that she was writing. Who am I to argue?
She learned how to cut on my straight cutter.
“Mooommm, I don’t want to do it.”
“Then don’t do it. You can choose to put it away and do something different.”
“Can we make blueberry pie?” She asks pointing to a picture in a book.
“Sure. Let’s look up some different recipes.”
Ultimately, she choose blueberry sweet rolls with lemon glaze found at Sally’s Baking Addiction.
I need to get her interested in other types of food! Hopefully our friends don’t mind sharing our extra treats.
“My favorite part was mixing the blueberries very softly and gently.”
We read a book about zebras.
“Do you remember what a grassland is?”
“Yes! It is lots of grass that turns into hay but this one turns into flowers when it grows tall.
“What if it was called waterland?”
“There would be a big pond!”
“Hey! I saw a guy with hair like a zebra’s!” (I think she is talking about a mohawk rather than black and white stripes.)
Painting is one of Kaelyn’s loves. She is always asking to paint and I’m terrible at allowing it very often! I needed to meal plan so I set up a table and chairs outside with an art invitation for Kaelyn and cookbooks for me. It is a hassle to do this because of where the shade is in our backyard and the location of the door into the house. Nevertheless, I can put on my big girl pants and do this every once in a while. It was ever so lovely!
I had grabbed some nature items laying around that I thought maybe she’d be inspired to try and paint the flowers or use the sticks at paint brushes. Kaelyn immediately picked a flower to paint on which wasn’t at all something that had crossed my mind but I’m so very glad I was able to just sit back and watch how she choose to interpret my invitation.
She sat deep in thought mixing paints, choosing which brush to use, and how to use each item on the table.
I put out three colors only. I read somewhere that having colors that always make other beautiful colors (rather than a murky grey brown) is inspiring. As Kaelyn gains more knowledge about which colors combinations create the colors she’s after, I’ll probably allow more colors out at a time. Besides, I only had three small jars with lids to use.
“Mom, can we put this flower in an envelope and send it to Molly? She would really like it.”
Which sparked a little conversation on how flowers don’t hold up very well in the mail. Her next idea was a photograph that we can print and send.
She ran out of nature items on the table and searched around for more. She found a flower on the ground that was closed up and examined how it was different from one that had bloomed already.
Just a simple pleasure to look at.
The large stick didn’t make it into this picture. We brought it inside to be our dinner table art for a few nights. Now it is on display in her play area.
A bit of dramatic play happened when Grandma T brought a shark puppet over. I love how creative Kaelyn was with the chairs to create her puppet show.