This week, I bought the kids new toothbrushes and you would have thought it was Christmas morning at our house. (This reaction should give you some insight into how many Christmas and birthday gifts they get from us.) They were so eager to brush their teeth with the new toothbrushes that they were ready to go to bed half an hour early!
This reaction thrilled Jeremy and I, of course, and got us thinking that we could capitalize on this and make it a weekly occurrence. They get thrilled at new pajamas, too, so we are thinking of starting a co-op where we trade pajamas with other families every week so that once a week, all of our kids get new pajamas and are begging to go to bed at 5 PM. What do you say, are you in? We could also trade pillowcases/sheets, though I’m not sure toothbrushes are such a great idea.
We made pine cone bird feeders for school this week, and we are anxiously awaiting our first bird sighting. We’ve had a “living thing” eating the peanut butter and birdseed, but we were hoping for something more feathered than then the 1.5 year old eating what was left on the tray that we used to carry out the completely pine cones.
We also baked the pumpkins that the kids got at the pumpkin patch. (The marring on them is Sharpie, not some weird fungus.)
I’d never baked pumpkins before, but when one of you told me last year that you can bake jack-o-lantern pumpkins, I knew we needed to try it! And it was a win-win for me, because the kids bought the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch with their own money and were actually the ones begging me to bake them, so they got the fun of having pumpkins and I got myself some free pumpkin puree. :) The price is that they are begging me to make pumpkin pie, and I’m not a huge fan of making pie crust. (I know I could buy one, but I think I’m going to adapt my fabulous cheesecake crust recipe for pie.)
The four not-big-at-all pumpkins yielded about twenty cups of pumpkin puree – I was a little shocked at just how much we got from them! Not bad for $8 worth of pumpkins.