Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Science Museum Fun

Need to get out of the house, but want to stay inside? Visit the science museum. It's a classic adventure.

Science Museum of MN day

Create stop motion animation!

Science Museum of MN day

Anchor the news!

Science Museum of MN day

Play Tetris on ice!

Science Museum of MN day

Learn about liquid nitrogen!

Science Museum of MN day

Build a dinosaur!

Science Museum of MN day

Be amazed!

A Warm and Frigid Winter

sledding 42 degree day

Minnesota weather never has a typical weather pattern in my opinion, and that's what we love about it. This winter we've felt a little more like shut ins, between subzero wind chills and episodes of terrible flu and colds. It's just been the nastiest year for flu, colds, croup, RSV, etc.  Every time we leave the house together, it finds us! Therefore, we've been hermits as much as possible.

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It's no wonder on a warmer day (like 20 degrees +) we get cabin fever and break out of here. The last weekend in December (2013) we got a chance at a 42 degree day! Coats came off for most of us at the sledding hill. We stayed out for hours just soaking in the sunshine and germ free air.

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sledding 42 degree day


But then there are those subzero temperature days where we still manage to find some fun to be had. We found out it takes 5 minutes to frost an egg, boiling water becomes a cloud, and cold water instantly freezes when it's 40 below windchill outside. It is inevitable that we're spending our science time in January studying the arctic and winter phenomenon.



The in between days are fun when we can choose in or out. Getting back to "school" when half are sick, I'm pregnant, and we took a Thanksgiving thru Christmas break, is near impossible. So we've just had unschooled learning fun - and laid back activities until Mommy gets some motivation. It wasn't until this past week we've really hunkered down on bookwork.

normal day wear

Inside it's 70 degrees! Not often, but on occasion I will allow the choice of shorts?

However, most days have been pajama days.


Snow Fun Inside

Sometimes the snow comes inside!




Or we pick one of dozens of other things we have to do!



Best toy ever - Magnatiles


Playdoh, Nook Books, paperback books, Wii games, and a plethera of toys.

Math with Daddy

Math on the couch with Daddy, or crafts at the school table with Mommy.


(White crayon snowflakes, ready to paint over with water colors.)


Sometimes we head outside, even if for just an hour or so, because Mommy and Daddy need a break.


for snowfort building in the fresh air. Keep those mittens on kiddos!


At the end of the day, they are usually worn out if we made the most of our time. I love watching them cozy together on the couch or floor during story or movie time. I must admit, we have watched a lot of movies lately, as it is the easiest way to calm an antsy child. While autumn is our favorite season, we admit that winter is always welcome at our home.


That's just some of the ways we've spent our current winter. Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Waiting for her birthday

I seriously am so excited for the arrival of our sixth child!

Melissa 7 months pregnant w Molly

I am excited for…

baby kisses

Ludys 94th Bday

baby smells

Sabrina Baptism13

suckling baby

Breastfeeding Jonathan

sibling bonding

Edward is Born

and sharing with extended family and friends!

4Generations - Doris Wicks-Pat Maltzen-Melissa Michalek-Mikayla Michalek


Some of my other blog posts about being a new mommy:

Rules on Making Love and Making Babies

My Prolife Story

A Letter to My First Baby

My Natural Family Plan Worked

Family Centered Cesarean Planning

Preparing Children for a New Baby

Hosting a Sibling Shower

Done Having Children

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello Molly

Its A Girl reveal

(sing to tune of Hello Dolly Song)

Well yes, hello Molly.

Hello Molly 23w2d

(interesting Star-Trek wave, and creepy man licking her hand?)


You're lookin' swell Molly.

Hello Molly 23w2d

(Its A Girl announcement I added a bow, but this ultrasound reveals she already had one!)


You're still glowin'

You're still growin'

You're still going strong.

Hello Molly 23w2d

(1 pound 5 ounces, 23 weeks 2 days old. Just picture perfect! Thank you God.)

Friday, November 1, 2013

More than just playing dressup

Most years we've just tried to raid the costume bin for something fun to dress up in when Oct 31/Nov 1 came along. But now-a-days, we dress up at home a lot, especially as The Avengers. So it has made All Saints Day more special as we represent a particular saint we've learned about.

A Saint is a real person, a real hero, a real role model.

All Saints Day 2013

"You can dress up and pretend to be something else anytime,

but it takes effort to be a Saint!" ~ me


Saintliness to aspire to (L-R):

Mikayla = St. Joan of Arc

Stanley  = St. Thomas the Apostle

Jonathan = St. George

Eddie = St. Edward the King

Sabrina = St. Rose of Lima


We learned a little about each saint that was either for our namesake or a favorite saint. It was a lot of fun, using a chart I made similar to Catholic Icing's All About Saint ? printout. We also made saint puppets, we've played saint games, and used other fun ideas on the web for enriching our faith.


St. Joan of Arc was a cotton dress overlayed with a homemade corset top (basically a sundress top without the skirt), with a tie at the waist.

St. Thomas the Apostle was a cheap white fabric with a hole cut in the center for his head, then a red cloth draped and pinned together in a stole fashion, and carrying an architect/carpenters square tool.

St. George is a Thor costume (a costume he'd agree to wear) paired with a stuffed dragon and sword.

St. Edward is a white karate robe, a red rectangle of fabric with a neck hole and metallic ric-rac cross, and a paper crown.

St. Rose has 2yd purple cotton folded in half with neck hole and tied waist over a long sleeve dress. The red cape is an old tree skirt cut in half, with a snap at the neck.




Here's the last few years at a glance:

Disney Play Costumes

This was our Disney Costume Year, but Mikayla's Pocahontas doubled as St. Kateri, and Stanley's Prince Caspian doubles as St. Michael the Archangel and St. George.


All Saints Party

St. George from a Prince Caspian costume can last a few years and a few kids! Bl. Mother Theresa is a few layers of white cloth with stitched on blue satin ribbon on the edges. St. Teresa was a dress of mine from the 80s along with Sacrifice Beads/Decade rosary and silk roses. And of course St. Joseph was a long green t-shirt with a mini apron and a plastic hammer to hold.


All Saints Party

We've also had some great use of this St. Francis costume passed down from my brother. And I sewed a special dress for Mikayla to be St. Bernadette, layered with a patterned shawl and apron. Halos can be as simple as a ring of yellow paper or pipe cleaner/chenille stems.


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