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Heard Museum

Last weekend we went to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. They had an exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs which really freaked Mark out. He liked the ones that weren’t moving okay though.
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Here’s Mark and Moxie posing in their Big Brother / Little Sister outfits, with some help from Kyle :)

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in General

 

How to Bake M&M Cookies – With Your Preschooler

While I’ve been on maternity leave, Mark has been staying home from his Montessori School 3 days a week. I’ve been trying to find fun activities for us to do while he’s at home. I realized while looking through fun activities on Pinterest labelled “Toddler Activities” that Mark is not really a toddler anymore :) He’s more of a Preschooler! Which means we have to up our game! He’d be bored with the toddler games!

When Mark goes back to school full-time next month he is going to be in the Primary class for 3-5 year olds. (He will be the youngest one, but the administrator felt he was ready to move up).

So I realized we need to do more of helping Mark do things himself, and teaching him how to do them. Today Mark made his own lunch, he got to decide how to put his meat and cheese on his sandwich, and I just helped with the mayonnaise and cutting it. I think he really enjoyed this, and he even ate the entire thing, which he never does. He also practiced pouring his milk into the cup while I held the cup. One of the major points of Montessori learning is daily life activities, and Mark always does great at these tasks.

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After lunch, Mark got to help make dessert – M&M Cookies!

There’s a ton of photos here, the recipe is at the very bottom. :) Enjoy!

First, let Mom measure out all the ingredients.

Note our olive egg from our backyard chickens!

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Then we wash our hands…

(Don’t worry, Mom washed before starting too)

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And read the recipe…

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Mix together our flour, salt and baking soda.

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Set that aside and mix together the butter and sugars.

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Then add the vanilla extract and mix.

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Add the egg and mix.

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Add the flour mixture in, and mix it well

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Now for the best part! Sneak an m&m or two…

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Then pour them into the batter

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Mix it up well

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Uh oh!

Looks like Mom needs to buy a new spatula, whoops!

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Okay, time to scoop out some cookies!

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Count them to make sure Mom did it right

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Wrap up and save the rest of your batter in the freezer for another day.

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Bake the cookies…

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Decorate with the rest of the m&ms.

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Wait patiently for them to cool…

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And Enjoy!

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Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups Cake Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 large package m&ms, separated
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda and set aside
  3. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar, mix until creamy
  4. Add vanilla extra, mix well
  5. Add egg, mix well
  6. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet ingredients
  7. Add most of the m&ms, mix by hand.
  8. Scoop onto cookie sheet and bake
  9. After baking, top with extra m&ms
  10. Cool & Enjoy!
 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in General

 

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Diggers and dozers and dump trucks, oh my!

Mark has recently become obsessed with construction equipment – probably partly because it’s everywhere in our town. Due to massive road construction, if we leave our house we see at least a dozen big machines, and 20 more big trucks.

Not long ago he started asking if I would get him a digger. So one day when he had been very well behaved I got him a set of “mini machines”, 5 CAT vehicles.

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He also loves Bob the Builder and likes to act out the show with his new diggers. The backhoe and the dump truck are his favorites and he’s taken to taking them everywhere – they always have to go in the car with us, and they join him for bed time.

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Since he liked playing with them in the grass and dirt, Kyle decided since summer was ending and we weren’t going to use the pool anymore, to turn it into a sandbox. So of course now there’s sand everywhere in my house :) but Mark loves it.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in General

 

Mark & Moxie

Mark is such a good big brother! He loves to snuggle with Moxie and if she is crying he will try to give her a blanket, her toy, he even shares his toys. Then if she is still fussy he will tell us “maybe she hungry”. Once he offered to give her one of his fruit snacks, so we had to talk about Moxie being too little for his food :)

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in General

 

Hehe!

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in General

 

Photos of Mark and Moxie

A few weeks ago, we discovered a new playground that has a splash park. The playground is huge, and has pretty much any climbing structure and slide a kiddo could want.
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We finally got to play on the water feature.

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This morning, I took the kids to see Planes 2 Fire & Rescue. Mark wore his Planes 2 shirt, and was super excited.

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Mark behaved so well, that after the movie I took him to Target and he got to pick out a toy from the movie. He chose a Helicopter.

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Here’s more photos of Mark:

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Here’s a bunch of pics of Moxie.

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in General

 
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Mark wanted to build a choo-choo train with his blocks:
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Moxie’s eyes:
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Sleepy Baby:
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Baby, Photos

 
 
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