Back In Space

Life at the Pond definitely seems to go in cycles.  We are back to studying space- this time in connection with our Ancient Greek History/Mythology unit.  Astronomy ties in so well with those two themes, between the mythos in the stars and ancient astronomers who shaped modern astronomy so long ago.  This Mama Frog has been meaning to pick the blog back up, but there is always something going on, or something we are in the middle of.  I figured this would be the perfect time to start again, at the beginning of this unit.  The Froglets were busy today!  They did planet fact sheets, constellations, name rockets, made astronaut puppets and even played with kinetic sand.  My kitchen is full of suns and space pages we painted that are drying (finished projects are coming!).  This unit will also give the Froglets the chance to learn how space exploration helped create an entire literary genre, in addition to the ancient myths.  Tomorrow we will begin our Greek history/mythology portion of the unit.  It has certainly been a hit so far, as the Froglets were begging to keep doing school at 5:00 this evening.

Deliberate Thankfulness and Thankful Trees

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Deliberate thankfulness.  Now there is a term.  It invovles the act of consciously acknowledging the things in your life that you are thankful for.  Sometimes its not just the good that we can be thankful for, but the bad as well.   Today the Froglets got to practice their deliberate thankfulness with thankful trees.  These go on the walls for Thanksgiving.  They even pitched in and helped figure out what Tiny Tadpole was thankful for.  To make your own Thankful trees you will need a trunk template, construction paper, tiny hands and a pencil, along with some glue.  Cut your trunk template from brown paper or cardstock.    DSC04711DSC04714DSC04712

Next, trace your tiny hands 6 times on different colored paper and cut out.



On each hand-leaf write something you are thankful for (or dictate to a writer for little ones).DSC04716

Glue the leaves on your trunk.

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Where Has The TIme Gone?

Time is a fickle thing.  It passes super slowly sometimes.  And other times, it passes in the speed of light, whizzing by.  Somehow, that has been the last few months here on the Pond.  We had family visit from Texas for a week this summer.  We have had a 10 day relocation for lead abatement, Papa Frog was in the hospital with a blood infection for almost a week, and then just general craziness of life.  Birthdays have passed us by, and Halloween is a memory.  I keep meaning to pick up the blog and then find myself lost as to how to account for the missing time.  There is no way to recount it all.  So, we will call this time lost.  Even though, it is not lost, not truly, just lost to the annals of remembrance.

There is so much coming up that looking backwards seems pointless.  Lizard Breath is getting her new braces on Friday.  Papa Frog poises on the precipice of finding new employment, after his recent hospitalization has reinforced the need for a job with stability and benefits.  The Boy is cruising up on his 5th birthday and Baby E would have been 11 this Christmas season.  The business over at Greybriar Hollow continues to grow and bless our family in ways we would never have dreamed.

So enjoy this look back as we begin the task of looking forward.

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Big Hero 6 Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and  Movie this week fell on Sunday instead of Saturday, thanks to a camping trip this past weekend (no technology allowed on camping trips!)  We watched Big Hero 6, one of the Frog family’s favorites!  Because, let’s face it, camping is a lot of work, I kept it simple.  Classic hero subs with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing and “healthcare chips”  – some chips that the froglets picked out during our shopping trip.  Instead of popcorn, I made Baymax Chex mix (recipe at the end of the post) and the kids used marshmallows to create their own Baymaxes.  DSCN0686  DSCN0701

To make your own Marshamllow Baymax you will need:

Extra Large Marshmallows

Small Marshmallows



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The skill set ranged mightily at my house, but this edible craft was a hit with all of them!  DSCN0693


The Boy could hardly wait to chomp into his.




Lizard Breath used scissors and some serious skills to make her Baymax.  Before it was all said and done, she melted chocolate to add the face.  Unfortunately, she didnt take a picture of that part, but rather, a video….


Big Hero 6 Chex Mix


1 box rice or corn Chex

1 bag of white chocolate chips

2 c. powdered sugar

2 c. red cake mix (Pillsbury created a line of cake mix with bright colors and we were able to find red)

red sixlets or other other red chocolate candy


Divide Chex cereal equally between two bowls.  In one large ziploc bag, add the powdered suage.  In another add the cake mix.  Melt chocolate chips over low heat until completely melted.  Pour one half of the melted chocolate into each bowl and mix to coat evenly.  Pour one bowl into the bag containing the powdered sugar and shakle to coat.  Repeat with remaining bowl and cake mix.  Shake excess powder off both the red and white cereal.  Combine into a large bowl and add the red sixlets. Enjoy!


This is What Love Looks Like

This Mama Frog has been a little blue lately, which is not such a good color.  I have been feeling down and underappreciated and like all that I am doing is an exercise in futitlity.  But I got my new camera in on Tuesday and so yesterday, I decided to actively document what LOVE looks like during my ordinary old days.

So for those interested- this is what we do all day.  We love….



The Boy snuck into the dog biscuits to make a stockpile for his little dog, because “Mom, he loves them so much.”


The Boy and Scoot playing Minecraft together before the big sisters wake up.


The first egg of the morning, still warm.


One sweet hen peeking out.


Yesterday was “I love The Boy” Day.  What “I Love You” day is complete without fresh doughnuts?


Especailly when you split them in half and fill them with homemade whipped cream and strawberries.


Sometimes love looks like freshly liberated chickens, released for a morning snack by one Tiny Tadpole who waits impatiently every morning to see his “Chick chicks.”


Love can also look like gently shooing chickens from your garden while they scold you for interrupting their snack.


Love looks like a sidearmed hug to a little brother.


It can also like a kiss for your canine buddy.


Sometimes love is rascally and involves trying desperately to get to the garden hose so you can spray your Mama. DSCN0069

Love is two sisters on a hammock, talking and laughing together.


Love is making faces while your big sis tries to pose pretty.


Love is explaining why Raph-O is your favorite Ninja Turtle Ever.


Because he is super cool…


And because he is…


Red and red is The Boy’s favorite color.


Love is always grand…


But its even better when it multiplies.


And even a little more.


Love is a boy and his dog.


Best buddies.


Because every boy needs a best friend.


Love is rescued chickens getting a pedicure.


Especailly when they are crazy wild.


And are being held by a big girl who is almost in tears at the sight of their feet.


I am glad we rescued them too.


Love is discovering new things, like these baby spiders on the web.


And new blooms on a Mother’s Day rose bush.


Love is three sisters who are feeling better after their pedicure.


Love is Butterbeer Ice Cream ready for the freezer.  Especially on a hot day.  Especailly when its “I Love The Boy” Day.DSCN0098

Love is a duck egg.  Used in the ice cream, picked out by kids who just wanted to try them.  Love is saving the shells to share with friends.

Love is not one big thing.  Love is made up of 5 million tiny things during the day.  What does love look like for you today?

June Menu

Seems like all this Mama Frog has been posting about has been food.  With 7 people here eating 3 meals a day plus a snack, and then add in Papa Frog when he’s home, I spend a good part of my day cooking or planning cooking.

I love my kitchen helpers.  Even Tiny Tadpole (who is no longer tiny) loved to be involved in the kitchen.  Just for some throwback Thursday cuteness, here is Tiny Tadpole’s First Birthday and a picture from our Coastal Anniversary Roadtrip in February.


Anyway, menu for June, (sorry sometimes this Mama gets sidetracked, especially with Tadpoles fighting and trying to show me things, and a Tiny Tadpole who is wanting to nurse.  So here is my menu for June.  Happy Eating!

P.S.  You will notice menus on there as well for Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Jurassic Park, Toy Story and My Neighbor Totoro, which are this month’s dinner and a movie fun!

June Meal Planning Menu 2015