Friday, October 10, 2014

Movies, Cooking, and Stories

We were spending our Friday morning waiting for the people to come and clean out our septic tank.

When I came downstairs my boys were all playing Minecraft together.  They figured out (on their own!) how to link all three Kindles and they were happily creating and destroying together.  They created a special world just for them to interact and play with.  They were laughing, shouting and giggling. 

It was great and I was impressed that they figured out how to link Kindles.  I did it once for them but had to look up how to do it on Amazon and even with the directions it took me three tries to get it to work. 

I both love it and hate it that they're getting more tech savvy than me.  I'm not very tech savvy at all so it's great that they're teaching themselves how to do all this stuff but I worry about them outwitting me as they get older. 
  
As it was getting later and later and the boys were getting hungry, Ian offered to cook some apple pancakes for everyone. 

Ian has never even made pancakes never mind apple pancakes but he loves the apple pancakes his grandmother makes and he was sure he could do it.

He pulled out the cookbook and all the supplies and set to making a double batch of pancakes.  He asked me a few times if he had the right measuring spoon and double checked a few of the fractions he was doubling but for the most part he made them on his own.  I loved that he was adding and even reducing fractions without any anxiety, trouble or stress. 


Ian convinced his brothers to help him in the kitchen and Ian asked Alec to peel the apples.  Alec pulled out the apple peeler and together they got it all set up and peeled and sliced apples to put into the batter.  Evan set the table and when it was time to finally cook the pancakes Ian asked me to teach him how.  We poured the batter, watched for bubbles and flipped the pancakes.

 They were light and fluffy and, even though they had a few rather large pieces of apples in then, they were delicious!


We watched Muppets Most Wanted today while waiting around for the sanitation truck.  The boys are slowly coming around to the Muppets and since I just love them I was happy when they asked to watch this particular movie. 

We did have to pause the movie for a bit when the sanitation truck arrived and both Ian and Evan wanted to go watch from the window.   Just making this appointment for today has prompted a lot of learning about septic tanks this week through general conversation and questions.   I'm always amazed at how many unplanned "lessons" take place throughout our week.
   
Once the sanitation truck left we all got ready for lunch and we listened to another chapter in Harry Potter.  The boys have been amazed at the difference between this book and the movie.  Up until the Order of the Phoenix, I always thought the movies did a great job following along with the book, but so much happens in the Order of the Phoenix that got left out of the movie and the boys often want to talk it out.

I don't mind that the story is taking a little longer for us to read through since they are so engaged in what we are reading and making such great comparisons.  It's cute to see them light up as a new thought dawns on them and a part of the movie they were confused about finally makes sense.  Using the movie as a jumping off point they are making really great predictions about what is going to happen in the book. 
  
Once we were done reading we loaded in the car and headed to my grandmother's house.  

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