Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Kids Unscripted: Chapter 25

Talia: "I'm putting lotion on your freckles because I don't want them to go away because I think they're beautiful."
Talia: "That was just my unrhymable rhyme..."
Elias: "wear pip-pops!" (Flip flops)
Talia: "A chin is just a big point growing down your head..."
Talia: "I'm a factory lady..."
Me: "What kind of factory?"
Talia: "It's the kind that goes to all of the barber shops and sweeps out all of the hair and turns it into soap! It's really hard and you have to go to school to learn how to do it."
Talia: "This is a nice king. He doesn't just sit around and tell people what to do, he actually helps them!"
Talia: (to Elias) "I knooooow... if you know it, I know it. In fact, you probably learned it from me to begin with..."
Talia: "It's just like normal... except it's different."
Elias: "Lid, stucken!" [The lid is stuck.]
Talia: "If you want to see if someone is breathing, you could put a harmonica to their mouth. If it doesn't make any sound, they might need to go to the funeral home..."
[She later reassessed this theory since she noticed she had to be breathing fairly strongly to produce sound.]
Talia: "Do you have to water your hair if you want it to grow?"
Talia: "Do moths say anything or are they shy?"
Talia: "Babies are weird: they poop and eat in their sleep and they don't know any words... But they're baby people! I like baby people!" 
Elias: "Baby, peepee, diaper. Need prize!" [He was trying to share some of his potty training prize with baby Ezra.]
Talia: "Boy babies are cutest kinds of boys."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Seen in Abu Dhabi 25

A camel traffic jam on the way from Ben's work. The handlers finally got them off of the road by luring them with a piece of bread.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chocolate Muffins

We used this recipe but left out the chocolate chips, which seem difficult for me to find sometimes since I mostly have access to the local market and not the mall very often.

·         2 cups flour
·         1 cup sugar
·         3/4 cup chocolate chips
·         1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
·         1 teaspoon baking soda  
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
·         1 cup plain yogurt
·         1/2 cup milk
·         1/2 cup oil 
·         1/4 cup chocolate chips
·         1 2-year-old
·         1 6-year-old


 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Get the 2 year old to grease the muffin cups with the oil and a brush... or line with paper muffin liners.
2. Get the 6-year-old to help the 2-year-old dump flour, sugar, 3/4 cup chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Help them whisk egg, yogurt, milk, and vegetable oil in another bowl until smooth; pour into chocolate mixture and stir until batter is just blended.
4. Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
5. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes or until the 2 year old anxiously waiting by the timer calls "Mama! Cupcake, DING!"
6. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kids Unscripted: Chapter 24

Me: "Talia, can you use 'last but not least' in a sentence?"
Talia: "Putting icing on a cupcake is the last but not least step!"
Ben: "what did you do with your beard? Wash it off in the bathtub?"
Elias: (nodding) "yeah!"
Elias: (crying and pointing to his top lip) "Elias hurt, mustache!"
Elias: (pointing at the window) "Mommy, wet stuff!"
Me: "That's called rain."
Elias: "Rain, like!"
Talia: (upset) "My ice wont stay on the bottom of the cup!"
Me: "There's our next science lesson..." (Can you tell we don't have ice often?)
Talia: "The dwarves smashed my finger!"
Me: "Dwarves?!"
Talia: "I mean, 'drawers.'"
Talia: "Mama, you smell like Temaw..."
Me: "Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"
Talia: "A good thing."
Me: "What does that smell like?"
Talia: "Lotion!"
Talia: "When my heart gets full of love, it spills over to my mouth and makes me smile!"
Elias: "Mommy: woman. Papi: man. Talia: girl. Elias: GUY!"
Talia: (to me) "I'm teaching Elias new sentences, see watch: 'Doughnuts are delicious!'"
Elias: "Doughnuts are li-dicious!"
Talia: "Good boy! I think I'm a good teacher!"
Talia: "Mommy, can you check and see if I have any goosebumps?"
Me: "I don't see any..."
Talia: "Maybe it's because I haven't grown up and gotten married yet..."
Me: "Why does getting married give you goosebumps?"
Talia: "Because you fall in love!"
Me: "And falling in love gives you goosebumps?"
Talia: "Yes! Falling in love is where your love cup spills over and you love even more and it gives you goosebumps."
Talia: "Papi, you only have two gray hairs in your beard! That means you probably won't die before I'm an adult!"