Thursday, December 29, 2011

Meet Jonah!

Jonah is our newest blogger in the Karkow family.  Jonah loves to read and write and he has been wanting to share his stories on Pam's blog, so we've set him up with his own space.  With encouragement from you, our hope is that this will be a great platform for him to grow as a writer.  Blog away, our little man!!


From Jonah Says... (via

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Projects

I am amazed at the cool and AFFORDABLE projects I have discovered by reading blogs this year. And by sharing ideas with friends. I found this idea on A Pumpkin and a Princess, which I found while reading a link on Thirty Handmade Days that I stumbled upon while reading my favorite blog, The Pleated Poppy. Follow me? Anyway, check out these blogs for more great decorating ideas.
So, I borrowed the Give Thanks bunting idea from A Pumpkin and a Princess...
and we made the Thanksgiving Turkey years ago when we were heading home for Thanksgiving and I wanted a way for our family to record what we were thankful for. I got the idea from Parents magazine. Carson made the boy pilgrim at preschool, then instructed me on how to make a girl pilgrim. They are made from toilet paper rolls. The Mayflower namecard holders are also from this year's November Parents magazine. Carson actually helped make them. I even let him use the glue gun! He thought that was awesome.

And, here's a sneak peek at what's to come. Next post. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Tradition

I had a personal photographer on this day (Jonah loves to take pictures). After we got our Christmas tree, Carson told us he and Mommy needed to make the gingerbread men while Daddy and Jonah got the tree ready to be decorated. So, apparently this is our new tradition. I am not sure it went exactly that way last year, but we are all about traditions, so gingerbread cookies and tree decorating will go hand in hand from this year forward.

This idea was inspired by The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett. It is one of my favorite books, and one I loved reading to my kids when I was teaching. Now I love reading it to my own kids! We found the recipe for the gingerbread cookies on Jan Brett's website. She even has interactive games and craft projects available there. TIP: Mix the batter for the cookies and let it chill overnight before rolling out the dough and cutting the cookies.
Carson loves cooking and baking with me. He had fun cutting the gingerbread men out, and we did a few snowmen and Christmas trees as well.While the cookies were baking--8 minutes, and no peeking--we read The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett.

I love this picture. Carson is such a little guy...After the full 8 minutes, I had to hop up and take the cookies out, so Jonah stepped in and finished the book. Then we went on a hunt...I gave the boys clues and they had to find the animals the Gingerbread Baby encountered on his journey. Look very hard and you'll find the goat, in a place where a boat could _______. The boys worked together to find this guy in their bathtub.The pig was in the sandbox.The fox was where we recycle a box.The dog was where Mommy types her blog.And the excitement built up until Carson found the Gingerbread Baby himself.Then came the fun part...the decorating, and the tasting! Yum.


I have a new respect for people who blog EVERY DAY. They must not sleep. I plan to catch up over the next couple of weeks. Then maybe I'll make a New Year's resolution to be a better blogger. :)

First of all, we're back to Worldly Wednesday. We studied Japan last week. Our Little Passports info arrived and Sam and Sophia were traveling to Japan. Jonah enjoyed reading the letter from the kids and looking at the picture they included of a house in Japan. As for the meal, I cheated a little this week, and bought sushi and Japanese noodles from Trader Joe's. We actually had plans to eat dinner out with some friends, so we had the sushi as a snack. The boys were not wild about trying it, but they were troopers and dipped their snacks in soy sauce with their very own chopsticks. I used a trick I learned at our favorite sushi place (One U for you locals) and attached their chopsticks at the top with a rubber band. I put a piece of rolled up paper in between the sticks to allow a little room for the boys' to open the sticks.
You can see how Jonah felt about the sushi. But, the boys did enjoy using their chopsticks....