Woo-eee!  Day after Valentine’s Day means–lots of packing!

We are headed to visit Nana and Grandpa, and I am SO excited!!

QUOTABLES.

Isn’t funny, how we often do things simply because we expect some sort of reaction, or reciprocation of our actions? In a way, wouldn’t life be so much easier if we just acted, without any sort of expectations?  If we did what we did for the sole purpose of DOING things, rather than expecting something in return?

CELEBRATIONS.

February 15, 2012 is…

National Gumdrop Day

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan B. Anthony is quite the hero, isn’t she?

THE WRITTEN WORD.

I remember getting this book from the library when I was a Wee One.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Our book is blue, but it’s the same one…somedays, ya just have a not-so-great day, right?

DO RE MI.

A song and activity in one!

The Eensy, Weensy Spider

Sung by Raffi

To download “The Eensy, Weensy Spider”, sung by Raffi, click below:

Eensy Weensy Spider

Lyrics:

Eensy weensy spider
Went up the water spout

(‘Climb’ up arm)
Down came the rain

(Wiggle fingers down from head to waist)
And washed the spider out

(Throw arms to sides)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

(Raise hands above head, make circle for sun)
Now the eensy weensy spider
Went up the spout again.

Oh, this is such an old favorite!

NOURISHMENT.

I like cooking, when it involves mixing a bunch of ingredients into one dish!

Rally and Meels Veg + Egg Scramble

Rally and Meels Veg + Egg Scramble

Ingredients:

1 T butter

4 cloves garlic

2 cups broccoli

5 eggs

5 splashes of milk

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup mushrooms

1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Crusty bread for toasting

Step 1: Heat large pan with 1 T butter.

Step 2: Saute garlic on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3: In a large bowl, scramble eggs, along with 5 splashes of milk, for 1 minute.

Step 4: Reduce heat to medium or medium-low.  Pour egg mixture into pan.  Let set for a bit.

Step 5: While egg mixture is warming, in microwave, steam broccoli.

Step 6: Scramble egg mixture, slowly, moving from the outside of the pan, inward, stirring/scrambling frequently.

Step 7: When eggs are almost done (most liquid is gone, and they are not so “gooey” looking), add fresh spinach, mushrooms, and broccoli.  Heat through until spinach is a bit wilted, and mushrooms are warm.

*This is a good time to put bread in the toaster*

Step 8: Top with cheese.  Heat and mix until melted.

Step 9: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 10: Bon Appetit!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 15: Candyland

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ACTION.

This activity goes along with today’s song.

Eensy Weensy Spider

Wee One found the actions super funny!  Now, is it “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to you, or “The Eensy Weensy Spider”?

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

With the debate surrounding the mandate for employers to provide contraception to all, this article, and its related book, are quite fitting.

Tea with Simon Critchley: The Separation of Church and State is Impossible by Rollo Romia

Excerpt:

“Religion is the basis and Foundation of Government.” That’s something James Madison wrote, in 1785. Except he didn’t really write it—or, rather, he did write those words, but with a bunch of other words before and after “religion,” and the point he was getting at had to do with individual rights, not God in government. It’s the kind of out-of-context quotation that gets passed around the blogosphere by people who want to assert that the Founding Fathers were stateside apostles, who’d been guided to the idea of America by the light of a deep religious faith. Fortunately, for secularists, the quote is a sham.

But what if the religious conservatives are right? What if the secularist dream—a true separation of church and state—is actually impossible? What if politics requires religion in order to function? These are among the questions that the philosopher Simon Critchley works over in his new book, “The Faith of the Faithless,” which takes as its starting point a line that Oscar Wilde actually did write, from the depths of prison: “Everything to be true must become a religion.” For readers of Critchley’s earlier works, this avenue of inquiry may come as surprise. Critchley, after all, has written that philosophy begins in “religious disappointment”—or, more bluntly, “the death of God”—and believes that “the heart of the horror of the present” is the deep entanglement of religion into politics. Nonetheless, he’s concluded, “with no particular joy,” that the two are not meant to become untangled. All political forms, he writes, are best understood as sacred ideas in secular dress.

Religion + government, church and state—thoughts?

WORK IT.

Star Pass

(from fitnessmagazine.com)

Targets:  Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and glutes

With medicine ball in left hand, extend arms out to sides at shoulder level, palms up.

Lift right leg straight out to side and lean to left while maintaining balance.

Lift arms overhead as you lean back to center, pass ball to right hand and switch legs. Lower arms to shoulder level and lean to right for 1 rep.

Do 10 reps. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Wee One got her first roses from her Nana for Valentine’s Day.

So pretty!

WWW.

If you like crafts and DIY stuff, not to mention parties and celebrations, this site is one you need to check out.

A Subtle Revelry

Seriously, Victoria is SUCH a creative soul…she also has links to lots of neat projects, too!

In honor of National Gumdrop Day:

Straight Flags as seen on A Subtle Revelry

What a great idea for food markers at a dinner party, eh?

HMMM.

Would your life be simpler if you acted without expectation?  How so?

There are lots of great ideas for candy, including gumdrops, and more….oh, the fun!

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