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Snow Daze

Yesterday was entirely spent indoors.  Except for my husband who shoveled the driveway and sidewalks every two hours or so.

I thought about taking Calvin outdoors to play, but we got sidetracked building dinosaurs out of Duplo® blocks, mixing pancake batter, playing “hiding” and other fun games.After I created a “Mickey Mouse” from buckwheat pancakes and frozen blueberries, Calvin asked about Doofy and Donald Duck…naturally.  He did have fun eating the eyes, nose, and ears, and announcing every part that he devoured like a dinosaur.  I’ll admit, the pancake mouse looks an awful lot like his breakfast bear.  Oh, and he refers to pancakes as birthday cake since his first taste was on his 2nd birthday…so sweet!


Calvin snuggled under a quilt on the living room floor with his Daddy.  While staring up at the ceiling, he pretended to star gaze….pointing at imaginary constellations.  I think he misses going camping.


My stir-crazy son is sick and tired of being stuck inside.  All he wants to do is play outside with a soccer ball, build a snow boy, play with kids at the playground, and run around with his head thrown back while the beautiful ringing of giggles escapes from his mouth into the crisp air.

I can’t help him with everything on his wish list, except for the snow boy…and only then if the snow conditions are just right.

Today, while dusting off several inches of snow on my vehicle, Calvin “helped” his Daddy shovel snow off the driveway.  He tromped around the drive and the yard until his cheeks were rosy pink.  I don’t know if he’s gotten all of his pent-up two-year-old energy out of his system, but at least for the first round of the day, it was a great joy for him.

To warm up after getting wet and cold from the snow, we enjoyed  a fabulous tea party complete with blueberry lemon tea and raisins.  Joining us was Mr. Bear.


If you’d love some great snowy day craft ideas for Valentine’s Day, check out these great ideas from SuzySaid. We’re going to make the conversation heart wreath.

YOUR TURN:  Are you experiencing some winter weather?  What are you doing on your snow day?

Stay warm,

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Tea Time

Drinking herbal tea is part of my life–ever since childhood.  In fact, it was an integral part of my cultural heritage.  Since my husband and I both enjoy herbal teas year-round, it’s only natural that our son wants to share in that relaxing experience of enjoying an infusion of warmth and delicate tastes.

Today, while we enjoyed having “church” at home (since our church service was canceled due to lots of snow and lack of plows), we sipped tea while watching a video lecture on the holy Trinity by Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries.

Of course, Calvin wanted to have MY tea.  So, I made a pot of fruit and spice tea, just for him, with half of a clementine, a thick slice of lemon, 3 cloves, and half a stick of cinnamon steeped in hot water.

He drank two servings in his little bamboo cup.  I think it was a hit!

As an extra special treat, I cut up half of an organic oatmeal cranberry cookie from the box that Elisa shared with us.  Completely. Devoured. Instantly.

He didn’t enjoy his tea and cookie alone.  No sirree…our little tea connoiseur had a tea party with his largest stuffed lovey, Mr. Bear.

This party was soon after the morning’s yogurt snack where Calvin already tried to “share” his yogurt with the bear.  Said party resulted in wiping and washing off Mr. Bear’s face with specific instructions that stuffed friends don’t actually “eat” or “drink” real food, just pretend food, followed by a demonstration for added emphasis.

Considering this point had been clearly made, I thought we’d attempt a tea party where Mr. Bear had his own set of bowls and cups chock full of light and airy air.

I love the look on Calvin’s face as he’s really giving Mr. Bear a good chug of “pretend” tea.  So determined.

Unfortunately, I think the first cup of tea I presented to my son was just a little on the too hot side.  Just a wee bit.

Guess it didn’t bother him too much, because he immediately sipped more.

I just love his exquisite and plentiful eyelashes–way more than his mother will ever have.  Do you see how his upper lip comes down to a little point?  He’s blowing on his tea to cool it off so he doesn’t have a repeat reaction like before.  I’m kinda in love with his face in this photo.


This time, it was just right.  I love that this cup is the perfect size for his little hands.  However, his tea party with Mr. Bear makes me want to find a perfect little cast iron tetsubin tea set for all of us to enjoy together.

Okay, we’re off to build a snow boy!

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