pie, pieces and paint

First up: mini pecan pies. So, in the cookbook I always talk about there is this recipe for pecan pie bars. It’s basically a shortbread crust with pecan pie filling smeared on top. But, as sometimes I just aim to make things harder, I decided to make mini pecan pies using that recipe and my mini muffin tin. The trouble is, that since they are so teeny, I’m sure I eat more than I should. But those pecans have such good protein! Can’t be all bad….

Next up: Mommy School. We’ve been on for school this week and it has been great. Seriously. Great. We both have been loving it. He occasionally gets cheeky with me and pretends not to know something (like I’ll ask him to circle his name in the morning letter and he’ll circle his last name and crack up. oh my.), but for the most part it’s been great. My favorite part right now is our math games. I bought him these pattern blocks for Christmas. I used these with my Kindergarteners back in the day and thought they would come in handy. Right now he sorts them by shape/color into little cups. Then we count how many are in the cup and record that number. So simple, but it’s neat to see how he does it. And it’s been hilarious teaching him to say “trapezoid”. I love that word.

And loving mommy school has made me wonder if sending him to preschool next year is really what I want to do. And, it is. I want him to be with other kids more (I am such a hermit!) and I feel a lot of pressure being the sole person he interacts with all day, everyday. I just wonder if it is rich enough for him. AND, I want a little break now and again (say, 3 days a week? 2 hours at a pop?). AND, I can still do Mommy School with him. That was a big realization for me. Sending him to preschool doesn’t mean the end of this good stuff.

Now to find the school and get him in.
oh, Brooklyn, you make some things so hard.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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5 Responses to pie, pieces and paint

  1. Danielle says:

    Robyn, I remember you saying that Andrew was a late talker. When, exactly did he start? Did you send him to a speech therapist? Brice is 2 and has several words, but still doesn’t do much “communicating” and he gets SO angry and frustrated. Just wondering what your experience was.
    Again, LOVE your blog!!!

  2. Robyn says:

    Hey Danielle,

    LOVE your comments!

    Andrew had about 5 reliable words at 2 and about 10 additional words that would come and go depending on the day. I had him evaluated by a speech therapist just before his 2nd birthday and although he scored quite low, it wasn’t low enough to qualify for services. So, he never did receive speech therapy, but I was glad that we had him evaluated.

    I think that he is still quite behind with his speech, and that language in general will probably not be his strength. Though, with letter/number/word recognition, he’s pretty good…so you never know.

    Andrew was never frustrated by his (in)ability to speak. So, I guess, if he were more frustrated, then I would have pushed more for help.

    A lot of moms rave about baby sign…and I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff with it…but Andrew couldn’t even really pick up on that. Though, that could have been me…not sure.

    I blogged about it here:

    wow I’ve been blogging for a while…

  3. Seeking La Loba says:

    You’ll have the preschool teachers coming to you for ideas. :) Maybe you can get a discount in exchange for craft ideas.

  4. Melissa says:

    THat’s the great thing about preschool- it’s so part-time! I wish regular school had that option- do some homeschooling and some traditional schooling,

  5. Goes On Runs says:

    brooklyn does make it about as hard as possible for pre-k. i have been to two open houses, have two more scheduled and just want to give up. of course, all this work and we still might not get a slot. argh!

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