The girls spend they birthday money from Aunt Karen on 18 inch dolls. They love their dolls and we have had fun sewing clothing, daddy built a bunk bed and taking the dolls with us to visit new places….like Costco. Winter LOVES Costco. Fake Flora enjoys going to the fabric store the best. Flora named her doll Flora, because it looks like her, and then out of the blue started calling it Fake Flora….just so we wouldn’t be confused. You never know what that girl is going to say! After I get Flora’s socks knit, I will be knitting a sweater so the girls match their dolls 🙂 So Aunt Karen, the girls say a big huge thank you and love you!
Our house is small. We are 5 people in 1200 sq feet and three bedroom (1 bath) The girls share a room and Andrew is on his own. When we moved him into his big boy room I took over his closet for my sewing supplies. I loved it, but it was never very organized, as the shelves I had left a lot of dead space. I also didn’t have a place to sew up my sewing machine except for the dinning room table. Meaning when I was working on a project I either had to pack it up for 3 meals a day, or we ate in the living room (something I dislike).
While drooling over ideas on Pinterest one day, I came across an idea of taking an old tv cupboard and turning into a sewing center. I liked this idea, but after a lot of time looking, I either found really ugly and cheap or really pricy! So I found a rustic/boy looking desk that would work on ana-white.com and showed it to Aaron. It works perfectly! Is STURDY! And fits the theme of his room. 🙂 Last night Aaron made the table/desk and this morning while he put the shelves in, I went through and organized all my stuff! Total cost for the desk, stain for the desk shelves and support wood and screws came to just over $45! Here are some pictures (sorry they are not the best quality….I just quickly snapped them with my phone)
Andrew is 4. His sisters are in K and 1st grade and he loves to do his school time. For preschool I keep is very simple. A preschool work book and Before 5 in a Row. The work book is $8 at Costco and I used it with Flora last year It’s a couple of pages a day and is very good for those with shorter attention spans. Before 5 in a Row is a story a week with hands on learning. I have the girls sit in on it as well, we all love it. We read the weeks story daily (or almost daily) and then once a week do a Lap book to go with it. This weeks story was The Little Rabbit, and I took some pictures of Andrew working on his lap book as well as his school time today as I just picked up his work book yesterday! 🙂 He is rather excited.
From the time I was a teen, and having seen the example of a friend with her young children, I knew I wanted the kids in the kitchen with me, helping, tasting and learning along side me. The kids LOVE to help with meals, and of of the favorites is making pizza! I have a great recipe for dough, that works well with gluten free flour or whole wheat and spelt (heaver flours) as well as plain white flour. It’s a no rise recipe, so it’s only take mins to make, press into the pan and you are ready to add toppings. Our faves are cheese and turkey peperoni 🙂
No rise Pizza Dough:
3 cups Flour
4 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cups warm water
Mix and press into oiled pans. Top and bake at 375* until done! Very simple and very quick! Tastes good too! 🙂