Kota My Triceratops

Randomly our Facebook zipcode page has all kinds of random things for sale. I seriously wish I knew about this when we were gearing up to have the wee. We did do a lot of secondhand store shopping and craigslist but the FB page is really ridiculous when it comes to moms getting rid of kid stuff. This is how we’ve ended up with more toys to try than sense. While I will be the first to admit that the boxes and paper towel rolls are better than ANY toy almost. It’s fun to try new things and easy to pass along (within minutes usually) You can just leave items on porch and money under mat. Most pickups are that way too. These folks are neighbors and close by. This is how we ended up with our $10 aminatronic Dinosaur. The wee one has loved her up until we put batteries in. Now hes terrified and will keep his eye on her when he is in the playroom. Yesterday he stole her leaf but wont put it back. Am hoping at some point this may become a happier relationship.

The nation is reeling over the election and I am having dinosaur issues…



Playdough with recipes

Funny how you dont think about playdough and whats in it until your little one thinks its fun to eat. We have been going once a week to a “toddler and me” class at one of the local private schools, which has been a great experience so far. 10 wee ones get to interact for an hour and half midweek with supervision. Leaving any difficult interactions with support. I had been on a quest to meet other moms and have some social time for the little but after several “attempts” on my part –

  1. Hike it baby hikes – which is really just outdoor get togethers with women who have gotten together a lot in the past. Not all are welcoming and most are snail paced even when they arent suppose to be. Then theres the “get and bitch” factor. Hard hard hard to listen to the grousing that goes on. Rude to put head phones on and tune it out. Better to hike alone.
  2. Library story time – awesome! But on the edge of nap time every time. Hard to hang out and get to know anyone.
  3. Meet up – kiddo and cargiver get togethers at local parks. Horrific. No other words. Folks getting together to chat while wees run pell mell with no supervision (hitting, pushing, no sharing) watched a dad finally sprint across to try and catch his kid as the little guy just jumped off a platform by a half story slide. He bounced and broke his collar bone. I even tried this twice. No can do. I may be more of a helicopter mom but we arent even two yet and sometimes feet slip climbing up a slide stair. Can not be 20 or more feet away. Can not just chat while my little is across a park with someone elses little throwing sand in his face. Just can not do.
  4. Random facebook groups. Nope. Someone is always selling something. Last time freaky gal and her love for all things Tyra Banks and her wackadoo make up line. I hate star fuckers. Period. BUT the local facebook zipcode group sells the BEST toys!!! Seriously. Will have to post about the animatronic Dinosaur.

And that’s it. 6 months of trying and I am so over it. One day a week at school is awesome for the wee one to socialize. Moms/cargivers seem nice but we havent made any social movement forward. Just watching the little ones interact. It’s plenty for now! (really it is).

But the school is amazing. Completely play based. They help even the youngest have the “tools” they need to problem solve. Waiting a turn, asking, sharing. They try and the modeling behavior is so nice to have. After one visit the wee knows the drill and is the first one down on the circle rug for songs. I say this not as a proud mom but as the clueless one that did not appreciate how much routine can help and how fast wee’s both adapt and look for it. Working hard on keeping his schedule tight. Including bed time.

Now on to the point of this post. The school shared their kid tested playdough recipes!!! Rainy days are covered this holiday season. This week we had gluten free with tumeric playdough and it was really very nice. So happy to share on and enjoy!

The Very Best Playdough Recipe

4 Cups Flour

2 Cups Salt

8 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

Combine Dry Ingredients

4 Cups Water

6 Tablespoons Oil

Food Coloring

Combine Wet Ingredients

  1. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly
  3. When the playdough starts to dry out on the bottom remove from heat. Dough should be a little more sticky than you want it to be.
  4. Remove from pan and begin working it until it is just the right consistency. It should not be sticky anymore.
  5. If it is overcooked the dough will become crumby and hard to work with.
  6. Store in airtight container.

Playdough – Gluten Free

½ Cup of Rice Flour

½ Cup of Cornstarch

2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar

½ cup of Salt

2 teaspoons of Oil

1 Cup of Water

Food Color or turmeric

  1. Stir dry ingredients in pan
  2. Then add water and oil and whisk
  3. Turn on low heat and stir until dough pulls from the sides a bit. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. As it sits and cools dough will become less sticky.
  5. Store in airtight container.

2016 Update

Seems like 2016 flew by. I get that its not entirely over but boy has it picked up speed. The holding pattern of the new house finally ended mid-July and we were able to ease into a rental before then that gave us complete flexibility. Then the house was move in ready and we have been working towards getting moved in. Wont bore with the details but its taken us 4 months to get out of the storage unit. 3 years we had that stuff in there. Why why why?! First thanskgiving and I am hopeful that we can see into the garage without the overwhelming pile of boxes. I keep going through them but it’s as if they multiply at night.

AND it has been nice to see some stuff but wish we had just gotten rid of everything and started over cleanly. Thats what I am working on but its day by day. Right wrong or otherwise we are still nursing. First thing in the morning, before nap, after nap, after lunch, maybe after the park, before dinner, after dinner, before bed and once or twice during the night. I am ready to wean. We only nurse when he asks and he always asks. Who said kids lose interest?! But we are also trying to get him in his own bed without cosleeping. One thing at a time.

Speaking of kids. The wee one is beyond amazing. So many words. “I do” “I do”, my mommy, my daddy, papa, ma, chi (kitty) chi chi (cookies) purple, pink, truck, dirt, park, sit, mere, happy, happy dog, ouch, light, love, hug, hi, bye, hello, chip, grape and on and on. Got him some instruments as he loves to sing. He’ll strum the ukulele and sing the daddy song. I told him that I love him so much and now I get big hugs with “much” at the same time. It’s beyond heartwarming. He wants to sleep in the big bed not the little one. He’s into everything. Dirt is his favorite. I am working on a way to bring the dirt in this winter and it involves going to the restaurant supply store for plastic food prep pans with lids and Jurassic sand. Might even be time for a table on wheels to be built. (If you’re wondering why sand vs. kinetic crap one actually vacuums up and can be cleaned).

We also started a class one day a week at a local preschool. It’s a mom and me class and very interesting. I didnt want to wait until next year to try it out and he’s suppose to be 2 before you start but I figure we’re close enough. I have been getting my ass kicked by crossfit. Dont ask. It sucks but I try not to think about it too much. I just go and do what they tell me before my body knows whats happening.

Since August really?!

Holy hell. Cant believe the last post I managed was that awful family vacation in August. Still not going to get into details. We need a vacation but we really need to get unpacked, purged and settled into this new house. Funny how overwhelming things can start to feel but still so much to be grateful for. The wee one turns 2 in December. Cant not believe that its seem two years.

AND what has brought me back to this personal space is IVF. I set an appointment with a new clinic in mid-December to see where I am at. Wondering if we should shoot against all odds again. Thought we were one and done but I still have this nagging “what if”

we have another one

if we try

if we fail

if we struggle

Better to know and fail or always wonder if we should have tried.

Light thoughts this holiday season.