May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:35 pm by Mel

Our Memorial Day was very quiet and spent at home.  For some reason both kids were simply exhausted, so we skipped the parade, made Belgian waffles and played at home.  It rained on and off, so we were only able to spend a little time outside.  I cleaned the lawn mower, which meant pulling out the hose and the kids took this as an opportunity to make mud pies in the backyard.  Goodness those kids love their dirt hole.   Noomi insisted on wearing her helmet the entire time they were playing outside, safety first.

Noomi continued doing well with the potty training and even woke up dry on Tuesday morning.  We decided to continue with the training and sent her to school in her underwear.  I only checked in on her once today and the teacher said she was doing great – asking to use the potty and only had one accident.  When we got home, however, she had two accident – one major accident that involved a bleach clean up and a large load of laundry.   Seriously, I thought girls were supposed to be easier to potty train?  Ajax was incredibly easy to potty train, but now I wonder if I just don’t remember it correctly.

At school today Ajax lost his front tooth!   This is tooth number 3 that he’s lost.  He was so excited and said maybe the tooth fairy will leave me $1 or maybe $8!  Dave immediately quashed that saying, no the tooth fairy will not leave you $8.  I concur.

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May 24, 2015

Quiet weekend

Posted in Family news/Updates at 12:54 pm by Mel

On Saturday, although we mainly stuck around the house everyone was still pretty tired from the zoo.  We did manage to get some chores done around the house.  I got out the weed wacker and hacked down all the high grass around the house, which I actually found to be pretty fun.  Noomi and I also used egg carton containers to start some seedlings.  I realize we should have started these in early May, but we didn’t.  Usually we just throw them in the ground and what happens, happens.  But this year we decided to go ahead and try our hand at starting them indoors, if only for a week or two.  We’re still getting night-time frosts, so we aren’t ready to put things in the ground anyhow.

Ajax and Noomi also rode bikes around the neighborhood, and then Ajax went over to a friends house to play for a bit.   Grandpa Gordy ended up coming over and we all went out to eat at Tavern 109 in town.  After dinner we walked along the river and then let the kids play on the playground.  There were some kids from Ajax’s class at the park and the kids ran nonstop for over an hour.

You would think that after being so busy they would sleep in on Sunday.  Not so, not so.  Both kids were up just after 6 am on Sunday.  Now I would like to point out that on school days I have to drag the kids out of bed and if they roll out of bed by 6:30 am, it’s a good day.   As we speak both kids (and Dave) are napping.  Ajax doesn’t normally nap anymore, but he was hysterically tired and we have a birthday party to go to this afternoon, so it was naps all the way around the Indish household.

In my quiet house I’m preparing the menu for my sister-in-laws baby shower and getting all my lists organized.  I do love a good list.    Oh, Ms. Noomi is also potty training (again).  She has been asking to wear underwear this past week and I have actually been putting it off.  This weekend, however, I didn’t really have a good excuse so when she asked to wear underwear again on Friday afternoon, we said ok!  She’s done ok, with only a few accidents, and hasn’t fought us too much about sitting on the potty.  I’m still not convenience she understands the “I need to pee” feeling, but she’s certainly doing better this time around.

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May 22, 2015

Potter Park Zoo

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:15 pm by Mel

Today Noomi and I chaperoned Ajax’s class trip to Potter Park Zoo!  We were up early and had an excellent breakfast of baked oatmeal with raspberries.  We then sent Ajax off to school on the bus and then Noomi and headed over to the zoo.  We got there a little early so I let Noomi play on the playscape till all the kiddos arrived.

We were paired with another little boy, Dylan, and his grandmother who was with him that day.  The kids ran nonstop from exhibit to exhibit.  They loved the lions and tigers and otters.  Yes, the otters were quite entertaining and playful.  Everyone was very well behaved, but it still felt like we were herding cats, lol.

After our tour of the zoo I checked Ajax out, but we ended up wandering over to the playground again where the kids played with some other kids from his class.  Today must have been the day that all the schools in the county were visiting the zoo because there were hoards of kids and buses and teachers with whistles.   After an hour of playing I rounded up the kids and we went grocery shopping before heading home.  Overall, an excellent day.

I didn’t take many pictures as the kids kept me too busy!
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May 18, 2015

Weekend roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:05 pm by Mel

What a busy and fun filled weekend!

On Saturday morning I met my met my mom in Stockbridge so that Ajax could go stay the night on the farm, while Dave and Noomi set off to pick up a toy box for her bedroom that I found on Craigslist.  When we got home Noomi and I reorganized/played in her room.  She was very excited about the new toy box and loved that it fit almost all of her closet toys.  After lunch and a nap we headed out side and did some yard work.  The neighbors lent us their rototiller and Dave prepped the garden beds.  We really need to get moving on our garden.  Noomi worked (not so hard) on raking the yard, but then got so hot that we pulled out the water table for her while we continued working.  When we went inside I painted Noomi’s nails with pink sparkly polish that I bought for her.  And then we topped out the night with a movie and pizza in the living room.

My mom reported that Ajax had a ton of fun on the farm and helped her clean out the horse stalls and plant flowers.

On Sunday, I again met my mom to pick up Ajax, who also reported that he had a great day at grandma and grandpa’s house and even earned $2 for his work.  When we got home we finished working outside, the kids went for several bike rides, and then after dinner my sister stopped by to say hi and give the kids their gifts from her trip to Mexico.  As both kids were beat they were in bed a little after 7 pm.  Ajax fell asleep immediately, but Noomi took a little longer to settle down.  Overall, a pretty enjoyable weekend.

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May 15, 2015

First performance and first game

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:10 am by Mel

Today I busted out of the office around noon, swung by East Lansing and picked up Noomi and then we headed to Ajax’s school to watch his first on stage performance!  Now the only thing we were told was that the performance started at 2:15 pm.  Ajax was unable to really explain what it was, but when I told him that Noomi and I would be there to see him, he got very excited.   Noomi was wonderful throughout the creative movement/expressionist piece.  It was the story of their life and development and really (now that I think about it) – it was tied into the various themes the class had been exploring over the past few months.  For example, their families, where they come from, timelines of their lives, etc.  Ajax was so cute on stage and Noomi kept saying there’s my sister!  We’re working on pronouns.

After his performance we headed home and did an early dinner with Papa who was over to see Ajax’s first T ball game.  The game started at 6 pm and we were all there to cheer him on.  I can’t believe how much better Ajax did this year.  He wasn’t good by any means, but he hit the ball and ran the bases, and a few times made a few reaches toward catching the ball.  He also did better at paying attention to the coaches and the game.  Overall, nothing is cuter than watching a bunch of 5-6 year olds playing sports.  Half way through I took Noomi to play on the playground so she could get some of her energy out.  She did wonderful playing on the bigger playscape, but got scared and refused to go down the twisty slide and I had to go up and carry her down.

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May 10, 2015

Mother’s Day 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:57 pm by Mel

This Mother’s Day weekend (yes the holiday now spans two days) was quite lovely, though the weather was a bit odd – very hot and humid, with storms and heavy rain on Sunday.

On Saturday, I headed into town for a wedding shower and then visited my grandpa Nader.  Noomi was supposed to come with me, but she was in a very cranky mood so she ended up staying home with the guys.   The shower was lovely and without wrangling a two year old, I was able to eat and visit, and that was enjoyable.  By the time I got home Dave had dinner on the table, the house cleaned, and laundry done and put away.

On Sunday, I got to sleep in and then Dave made everyone waffles and the kids gave me their wonderful presents!  My parents came up for an early dinner and visit, which was also wonderful.   Throughout the day it rained on and off, so after dinner during a break in the rain the kids suited up and played in the big mud hole in the backyard.  I’ve never seen two muddier kids when they rolled back to the house after playing, lol.  They had to go straight into the bathtub they were so dirty.

Overall, a very nice Mother’s Day!

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May 4, 2015

Weekend roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:22 pm by Mel

The weather has finally turned and it was a gorgeous weekend.  As it was so lovely we spent the majority of it outside!

Saturday was pretty busy as both kids were up at 6:30 am and ready to go.  I ran to a Mom 2 Mom sale, and Dave and the kids cleaned up the house. It seems I may be nearing the end of my resale shopping as girls clothing is tapering off at 4-5T and I can’t even find pieces for Ajax anymore. In the afternoon Ajax had a friend come over for a playdate and they had fun digging holes in the backyard.   Ajax also started T Ball last week, so he spent quite a bit of time practicing his batting.

On Sunday, we put the training wheels on Ajax’s small practice bike and let Noomi ride it around.  She loved it, as she had outgrown the little red tricycle.   She was a bit shaky on her first go around the cul-de-sac, but once she had it she really got going fast.  While she rode, Ajax insisted on washing all his equipment.  He was very intent that he wash all his stuff lol.  My sister also came over and the two of us ran to the outlet mall in Howell to get Ajax some shorts.  Ajax was excited to see I bought him two pair of swishy shorts.

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April 26, 2015

Farm clean up 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:13 pm by Mel

This weekend we were in Brooklyn for Farm Clean up 2015!  The kids were beyond excited and couldn’t wait to get to the Farm.  Noomi kept saying, first we work and then we get to ride the horses!  Ajax agreed, though after the work he had no desire to sit on Frannie.  In all fairness she is incredibly tall.

I would say if it is one trait that describes my family and the characteristic that we most respect, it would be work ethic.  Hard work is very important to us.  It’s a trait that Dave had, and one that was tested when my mom and dad put him to work during his first visit to my family’s farm.  It is also a trait that my kids have and it makes me so very very proud.

My cousin Nick came out and trimmed up a large willow tree and then we gathered up the limbs, cutting some down, and building up a huge burn pile.  We did some tractor work, picking up dead limbs.  The kids helped muck and pick up poop (Noomi had a hard time using the shovel so she kept picking up the poop with her hands and then putting it on her shovel to put into the bucket).  At one point, all us adults (Dave, Emily, Adrian, Grandpa Gordy, Nick, and I) were tired and taking a break, talking, and the only one still working was Ajax!  That kid never stopped.  He stacked up piles of small logs to burn and organized the trailer.  He was happy and enthusiastic and so much fun to work with.

Overall, a productive weekend, but oh so tiring!  Noomi was in bed at 6:30 tonight, she was so tired.

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April 23, 2015

Beds and Gates

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:00 am by Mel

Well we finally got a baby gate for Noomi’s toddler bed as the child kept falling out of the bed.  We really thought she would get better at sleeping in a bed, but she hasn’t.  The other night she fell out twice and that’s when I threw in the towel and bought a gate.  Noomi loves the little pink gate and after her first night using it woke up so proud of herself, saying – I didn’t fall out of my big girl bed.

Regarding Noomi’s shiner, when I picked her up from school on Monday the teachers were a bit panicky as I walked in because they thought she got it on their watch and no one knew what happened.  Noomi, herself, was no help as she kept saying that her friend Bear hit her.   I assured them that the shiner happened on our watch.  They were much relieved.  All the way home, however, Noomi kept telling me how Bear hit her and that’s how she got a black eye.  I told her that wasn’t true, but she argued with me all the way home.

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April 22, 2015

Sausage muffin breakfast favorites

Posted in Family news/Updates tagged at 9:04 pm by Mel

After dinner this evening the kids got into their dress up box and ran around the house in their Halloween costumes.  Noomi was a monkey with Buzz Light Year wings and Ajax was Captain America with an awesome shield.  Ajax declared that Noomi was his side kick and they practiced serious scowling for the camera.   After some heroics around the house it was bath and bed time.  While Dave was getting the kids ready for bed I began prepping their favorite breakfast treat.   When Noomi realized I was making sausage muffins she wanted to help and then I had to promise her that the treat would be ready for breakfast.  This was the wrong phrasing to use as it took me quite a while to get her settled down in bed as she kept asking for her treat now and didn’t want to wait until the morning.  As the kids love this breakfast treat so much I thought that I should share it!

Sausage Muffin Breakfast Favorites

  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 C apple sauce (or an oil if you find yourself without any apple sauce for some reason… I mean we’re a house of kids for crying out loud how do we not have 1/4 C of apple sauce?)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C buttermilk (or regular 2% milk if you’re too lazy to make buttermilk)(if you don’t have buttermilk use 2 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice add milk to equal 2 cups)
  • 1 lb cooked breakfast sausage (when you brown the sausage make sure to break it up into little crumbs)

Mix the drying ingredients in a large bowl.  I recommend going ahead and doubling the recipe.  Mix the applesauce (or oil), milk, egg and brown sugar in a separate bowl.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Add mixture to very well oiled muffin tins.  Do not try to use little paper liners as the muffin will stick to the liner and be a royal pain.  Just oil the pan well.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.  A double batch of batter will make about 24 large muffins, and 24 small muffins.

Go ahead and freeze the extras and then heat them up for a quick breakfast.  I usually serve these with a little bowl of syrup for dipping.  The kids love these so much!

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