Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pioneer wrap up!

Napping. yes, K. still sucks her thumb. We are working on that.

Making fire starters. I was in charge of the melted wax.

Pioneer day was fun. We had the fire going and all stayed warm. We cooked scrambled eggs on top of the wood stove. We taped the light switches so the little kids wouldn't turn them on out of habit. We played with play dough, made some more home made fire starters, colored, played outside a bit, read and napped. We made Navajo Fry Bread. It was great covered in cinnamon sugar!

At 4:30 we wrapped up the day. It was dark, getting chilly and I needed to cook dinner. It would have taken a long time on the wood stove, and I wondered about the safety of that with the little boys. I had many visions in my head of burned children in Haiti. Lights came on, Little House on the Prairie episodes were watched, and dinner was served in the light!

J. was not impressed that we didn't last the entire day. He laughed at us when I told him about the day. He was not here to experience it, and didn't come home from work until after 9 pm. In my opinion, he has no room to comment! It was about the experience, togetherness, and a little education too! We did leave the computer and video games off the whole day (except for a quick email check on adoption updates).

Some thoughts on pioneer living:
  • It would be a lot easier if we all didn't know what we were missing. I'm sure the pioneer children were not constantly asking about playing their new video games all day.
  • We are all too attached to our electronics.
  • A lot can be done without being sidetracked with phone calls, email, Blogger, and Facebook.
  • Pioneer women were not anxiously awaiting email messages from their adoption lawyer.
  • I am so thankful for our modern technology. Lights, forced air heat, tv, computer, cars, etc.
  • Cooking is very difficult without temperature control.
  • We are fair weather pioneers! Doing this in the summer months would have been much easier.
Navajo Fry Bread
4 cups flour
1 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 T plus one pinch baking powder
1 1/2 cup warm water

Mix indredients and let sit for 30 minutes. Shape or roll dough into round tortilla shapes. Fry in a pan with shortening until brown on both sides.


Kathy C. said...

You are so brave : )

S is a real cutie!!!!!

Sadie said...

What finally worked to get Niko to stop finger0sucking was some of the "No bite" nail polish ~ I think it was called "STOP!" or something like that - about $3 at Walmart. Has a nasty, bitter taste... you just paint it on their nails, but you have to reapply it a couple of times a day. Within a week he had stopped sucking on his fingers though! (He always sucked on his index and middle fingers together, and it was really starting to mess up his teeth)

Sounds like you had a good day with the electricity off ~ we had a power outage last week and the kids enjoyed the "adventure" - I didn't enjoy cooking by candle light, but it wasn't any worse than camping really! (Thank heavens we have a gas stove!)