Saturday, September 13, 2014

What We Have Been Up To Lately

Boogs is really enjoying 3rd grade. He happily wakes up, gets dressed, prepares for the school day, and gladly walks into the school building. What a fabulous change from last year!

Our evenings and weekends have been pretty full. Boogs is still finding time to hang out with neighborhood friends. This has been happening a lot in our house:
 the stair slide
The last Friday before school started, Boogs asked if he could make a stair slide. We put a camping foam mattress into a sleeping bag for extra padding. Boogs can spend an hour going down the stair slide over and over again. Several of the neighborhood kids have come over to try it out. They go down the slide inside/outside/on top/backwards down the stairs. So far no one has been hurt. My husband said he does not mind if the stair slide loosens the carpet on the steps. He said he eventually wants to take the carpet off the stairs. That is good news.

Boogs' new passion is Tang Soo Do. He attends classes every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This week he finally received his uniform. His size was on back order and took three weeks to come in.

Boogs absolutely loves going to class. He tells me he misses going on the weekends.

Boogs is still swimming on a year-round swim team, but has cut down to only one practice a week. Swim meets are only held once a month. This week, his swim coach used Boogs has an example for perfect head position and breathing during freestyle. Boogs had to swim a lap while the rest of the swimmers watched. He thought that was pretty cool.
This picture is of streamlining on your back, not freestyle.

We had a clean up day last weekend. Boogs put on a swimsuit to thoroughly clean his hamster's cage. This was the first time he cleaned it all by himself. Somehow, he managed to get completely soaked by the time the cage was clean.

Last Sunday, we took a family trip to Bussey's Flea Market in New Braunfels. We like to watch American Pickers on the History Channel. We thought we would try it ourselves at the flea market. Boogs was allotted $10 to spend at the flea market. He knew he had to make some smart deals with his money.
 Boogs did some wheeling and dealing and was able to buy an old Just Dance Wii game for $1.75.
Then, he found a Skylanders game. The seller drove a hard bargain. Boogs ended up taking some money from his own wallet to make up the difference in price. He spent $15 for the game, portal, and two Skylander pieces. It was a really good deal. Can you tell he is obsessed with his Wii?
 We had a great time exploring all of the stalls. We stayed until it become so hot the flea market dealers started packing up to get out of the heat.
Boogs read his Calvin & Hobbes books the entire time we were in the car. It is so nice that he now enjoys reading.

When we returned home, Boogs challenged me to play against him in a few Just Dance songs. His score beat mine more often I beat him.

The temperature has been in the high 90s all week and even hit 100 degrees on Wednesday. I had Boogs' swim suit in the car when I picked him up from school. We spent about two hours at our neighborhood pool all by ourselves. We did laps, had races, hunted for diving toys, did cannonballs, played chase, and spent some time seeing who could float on their back the longest. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We still made it to Tang Soo Do practice on time.
Boogs decided to carry his kickboard on his head on the way out. He was able to balance it all the way to the car. It was an impressive sight. He wanted me to take a picture of it.
The neighborhood pool is open until September 30th. We are supposed to get a cold front this weekend that will bring our temperatures down to the high 80s and possibly only a high of 76 on Sunday. This might have been the last time for outdoor swimming this year. I am really looking forward to a weekend of rain. I hope the forecast for rain and thunderstorms is accurate.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Roald Dahl Day Blog Hop

Bento Bloggers & Friends are celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday with a Roald Dahl Day blog hop. By clicking on the Roald Dahl Day button at the end of this post, you can hop over to see the special Dahl lunch Astrid from Lunches Fit For Kid has made. The button will appear on each blog in the hop. Click the button on each blog's post to hop to the next one.

Roald Dahl's books are strange, wonderful, and slightly creepy. My son and I read a couple of new-to-us Dahl books during the past couple of weeks. Here are the lunches that I made based on the books we read.

Esio Trot
Mr. Hoppy is secretly in love with his downstairs neighbor, Mrs. Silver. Unfortunately, Mr. Hoppy is too shy to let Mrs. Silver know how he feels. Mrs. Silver seems to only be interested in one thing in her life, her tortoise. When Mrs. Silver confides that she is concerned about how little her prized tortoise is growing, Mr. Hoppy comes up with a scheme to make her think her tortoise is growing. Mr. Hoppy creates a set of words for Mrs. Silver to say each day to make Alfie grow. The title of this book is part of Mr. Hoppy's creation, Esio Trot is tortoise spelled backwards. Mr. Hoppy frequently replaces Alfie with slightly larger tortoises until Mrs. Silver feels he has grown enough. Mrs. Silver is overjoyed with Alfie's gain in size and gives all the credit to Mr. Hoppy.

In the ELB lunchbox: almond butter & jelly Alfie made with a FunBites cutter, cheese 7 for the perfect size replacement turtle, Esio Trot in cheese, Zbar grabber, raisins, kiwi, and salad with little radish hearts.

Danny, The Champion of the World
Danny lives with his father in a little wooden caravan next to their mechanic shop. One night, Danny found out about his family's long history of poaching peasants. Danny's grandfather had special names for the poaching methods he used. One night, Danny's father does not return from his poaching expedition in Hazell's Woods. Danny takes a car from their repair shop and drives it seven miles to Hazell's woods to look for his father. He finds his father at the bottom of a 12 foot pit with a broken leg. Danny is able to help his father out of the ditch and get away from Hazell's woods before they are caught poaching. Both father and son were so upset by Mr. Hazell's use of pits on his land, they decided to try and poach all of the pheasants in Hazell's woods. Danny came up with The Sleeping Beauty method of poaching - setting out sleeping pill laced raisin for the pheasants so they will fall from their high perches in the trees. The two of them try out this new method with great success. Unfortunately, their success is not complete. They took 120 sleeping pheasants from Hazell's woods and left them with the vicar's wife to pass out to the people of the village. When she started on her journey to pass out the birds, the birds were hidden in the bottom of her son's baby carriage. When the sleeping pills began to wear off, the birds began to wake up and fly out of the carriage.

Boogs, my son,  thought this must have been an amazing sight to watch those birds streaming out of the carriage. We decided that image should be part of his story themed lunch. In the Laptop lunchbox: pb&j baby carriage with pretzel wheels, pheasants made of banana chips with dried apricot heads & dried mango wings, raisins, salad with Sleeping Beauty radish letters, and Laughing Cow cheese.

Boogs and I enjoyed reading these Roald Dahl books. Boogs was rather concerned about the dishonesty and stealing in the books. We discussed that these were fictional characters and that he should not try to trick people like Mr. Hoppy did or steal from them like Danny and his father did.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Lunches - Second Week of 3rd Grade

Boogs' lunches are usually inspired by the books we read together. Story time is part of our daily bedtime routine.  I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks. We like to pack our lunches in ELBs and Laptop Lunchboxes.  

Boogs is reading more chapter books than picture books these days. We are in the middle of reading Floors together. We may have several Floors lunches as we continuing this book. 

Floors by Patrick Carman
Leo lives and works in the most amazing and unusual hotel in New York City, the Whippet Hotel. His father is the hotel's maintenance man. Leo is often called upon to help keep the hotel in proper running order. The Whippet Hotel is owned and was designed by Merganzer Whippet, an inventor of wacky inventions. Mr. Whippet created each room with a special theme in mind. The Pinball Room actually feels like you are staying inside a giant pinball machine. As the story begins, the reader learns that Mr. Whippet has been missing for 100 days. Leo is busily taking care of the hotel ducks when he discovers a large purple box in the duck elevator. The box had a little tag on it that said, "For Leo." It contained a miniature version of the Room of Rings and a note telling Leo he was the only hope to save the Whippet Hotel.  Leo learned he had only two days to find and complete the instructions from four boxes. Leo's first task led him into the Pinball Room to collect a special ball.

Boogs and I are looking forward to reading what happens next.
In the Laptop Lunchbox: mango, broccoli covered with LEO radish circles, pb&j elevator door sandwich, Babybel Leo riding with the ducks on the duck elevator, and pumpernickle pretzel stick for Betty the duck.

The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs
Boogs has another loose tooth. He has lost eight baby teeth and is leaning toward not believing in the Tooth Fairy. I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and knew Boogs would love it. 

When Nathan lost his first tooth, he knew he wanted to keep it. He was very upset the next morning when he discovered his tooth was missing and a dollar bill was in its place. As he looses each consecutive tooth, Nathan tries to keep the Tooth Fairy from taking his teeth. He builds forts guarded by army men, honey and itch powder traps, and hides his teeth in unusual places. Nothing works! He even tried writing a nice letter asking the Tooth Fairy to let him keep his teeth. The next time the Tooth Fairy came, she left him a letter informing Nathan "According to Regulation 8439-H, paragraph 7, should the dentulous relinquisher object to said transaction, he or she shall be referred to Office 11 of the Tertiary Fay Division of Rates and Exchanges, 15th League of Enchanted Commerce." The letter went on to say he could file a case and it might be 25,990 years before he heard an answer. This did not please Nathan at all.  He kept finding better ways to protect his teeth. Finally, the Tooth Fairy had enough and sent in a special squad to take care of Nathan and his mischief.  Nathan was prepared and took care of the special squad. Eventually, he received a certificate granting him exemption from the Tooth Fairy's service.

Boogs read this book several times this week. We are planning on making a few Tooth Fairy traps this weekend so Boogs can be prepared when his next tooth falls out.

In the Laptop Lunchbox: ham&cheese tooth sandwich with Tooth Fairy on top, pretzels & green bean chips for building traps, salad, applesauce for eating when you have a loose tooth, and yogurt.

A couple of the lunches I sent this week were just food put in a box. Boogs likes story themed better than these "regular" lunches.
In the ELB lunchbox: green bean chips, pretzels, granola bar, ham surrounded by cheese, pistachios, grapes, spinach, carrots, and tomatoes.

In the ELB lunchbox: pear, carrots with hummus, ham, pickles, 1/2 Hawaiian roll, and yogurt.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lunches - First Week of 3rd Grade

Wow, a new school year is already underway. Boogs is now in 3rd grade. I asked him if he wanted me to continue making his lunches for school based on books that we have read together. He told me he definitely wanted to keep having themed lunches. After his first day of school, he said, "Momma, I think it will be fine to keep having my themed lunches this year. No one made fun of me for having a special lunch." It made me sad that he was worried about it. He really likes his story themed lunches and missed them over the summer. Boogs lunches are usually packed in ELBs or Laptop Lunchboxes.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
You can find out about this first day of school lunch HERE.

Mo's Mustache by Ben Clanton
I saw this book at the library and had to check it out if only to share it with Erin from Feeling A Little Lunchy. Erin is obsessed with all things related to the mustache. This is a cute little book about Mo and his fake mustache. He proudly wears his mustache until all the other monsters copy him. He takes off the mustache and starts wearing a scarf, the other monsters also start wearing scarves. Mo gets upset until the other monsters explain that they admire his sense of style. Boogs and I spent a little bit of time drawing monsters with their own unique sense of style.

In the ELB lunchbox: ham, egg, & cheese on an English muffin with cheese Mo on top, MO spelled with red pepper, blueberry monster, and broccoli monster. There was also some yogurt that is not pictured.

More Parts by Tedd Arnold
This is the second of three Parts books by Tedd Arnold. We also read Even More Parts this week. Boogs laughed at the funny illustrations in the book. The boy in the book takes the meaning of commonly used idioms literally. He starts freaking out and imagining what it would be like if these sayings were true - broke your heart, give me a hand, crack you up, hold your tongue, and lost your mind. Boogs and I spent a bit of time trying to figure out what pictures we would draw for other common idioms.

In the ELB lunchbox: almond butter & jelly boy losing his fruit chew mind, broken heart Babybel cheese, give me a hand marshmallow, hold your tongue plum slices, stretch your arms Chex Mix, raisins, and salad.

The House Takes A Vacation by Jacqueline Davies
This house decides to take a holiday when its owners leave for a vacation. Various parts of the house tell where they would like to go. Everyone agreed it would be nice to see the sea. The house journey's to the coast, watches the water, goes surfing, and then disaster strikes. Luckily, the house was able to make it home before its owners did. Boogs and I discussed where our house might like to go on holiday. He thought it would like to go to an amusement park but would be unhappy when it would not fit on the rides.

In the ELB lunchbox: grilled ham & cheese sandwich, hot marshmallow sun, Goldfish crackers swimming in the sea, blueberry water with raspberries streaks of sunset, and carrot beach on top of  hummus sand.

I asked Boogs this morning if he would like a DIY Lunchable. He thought that was a great idea as long as he could have more story themed lunches next week. In the ELB lunchbox: yogurt, salami, cheese, pumpkin seeds, crackers, celery with cream cheese, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of 3rd Grade

We had a much better start to school this year. Boogs was not very excited about going back to school but he said he had a pretty good first day. I was happy to hear that. He told me all about the book his teacher started reading to them - a biography of Roald Dahl. Everything else that happened at school today was "fine".

We continued our first day of school traditions this year with a picture by the front door before school, a special lunch, and an after school trip to the book store.

I can't believe how big Boogs is getting. I have no idea how 8 years have passed by so quickly.

On the first day of kindergarten I made Boogs a lunch based on The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. That lunch was the start of all of Boogs' school day lunches being inspired by books. I have made a new Kissing Hand lunch on the first day of school since kindergarten. This book is about a little raccoon who is scared to go to his first day of school. His mother gently places a kiss on his hand to remind him that she loves him even when she is not with him. Here is this year's lunch:
In the Laptop Lunchbox: yogurt, homemade zucchini muffin, almond butter & jelly mini sandwich shaped like "I love you" in sign language, boiled egg Chester raccoon, 3rd written on a marshmallow, strawberry & cantaloupe hearts, and salad with radish & carrot mini hearts.

Previous Kissing Hand lunches, you can click them to see their original posts:

Boogs was happy to continue our tradition of picking out a new book on the first day of school. This year he chose a Captain Underpants book. He smiled when he picked it up and said, "I don't think you will like my book choice but can I get it anyway?" He read the first two chapters in the car on the way home from the book store.
Here is hoping 3rd Grade will be a positive experience for Boogs.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest.  I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Fun

We went to the pool almost every day during the past week. Boogs really liked the pool with the obstacle course. This year, he is big enough to easily make it across.
We went and saw hundreds of Mexican Free Tail Bats fly out from under a bridge.

They boys were disappointed that the bats were flying away from us instead of towards us. I was not at all disappointed with the direction the bats chose.

Boogs went to a free trial class for Tang Soo Do. He really enjoyed it and has decided to attend classes. He said he will keep swimming, but only one day a week so he has time for Tang Soo Do.
This is our last week of summer. Boogs has crammed in a lot of time playing with friends this week. He also built a fort in his playroom. The fort was up for three days (I really needed my kitchen table chairs back so I made him take it down).
Apparently, the fort was the home of this strange little alien creature. Boogs' Halloween costume from last year still fits.

Boogs is very sad for summer to be over and not ready to see the new school year begin. We went to Open House at his school tonight to meet his new teacher. Boogs is happy about the teacher he will have for third grade, but he said he wished it were the last day of school so summer could start all over again.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Grandma Helmke

Four generations in 2006
February 2014
 Boogs with Grandma Helmke in February 2014
 Last visit with Grandma Helmke, July 2014
 Four generations in 2014
I am so glad Boogs and I had a chance to visit with Grandma while she was still smiling, active, and alert. Grandma Helmke died today at the age of 95. She will be missed.