Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Elijah received a bucket of clay and a wonderful apron from his Papa and Nana for his birthday. Nana made the apron for him to use for crafts, painting, and projects that he loves so very much.
Yesterday, he and Evelyn sculpted and formed that clay for over 2 hours!
I don't think they have ever played with something for that long a stretch before.
I love to see their little fingers at work and to see their tongues sticking out in complete concentration.
And here's a little glimpse of a project I am working on.
We keep busy these days, what are you working on?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I wanted to send a fun bag of favors home with the kids, but, I didn't want to fill it with cheap plastic toys or junk. I didn't decide what I wanted to do until a few days before the party, but, fortunately I had everything on hand that I needed once I figured it out...
post over at the Artful Parent. I thought the glitter and essential oil ideas to be brilliant. Then I formed 8 snowmen out of the dough and placed them into mason jars...another nice way to package things and not use plastic.
I enjoyed putting together this little party for my boy. He loved it and is already plotting next year...we'll see, birthdays growing up were always just a small family affair except for one or two birthdays where we had a party for friends. I want to celebrate my children's birthdays certainly, but, I don't think I'll be doing a party every year. Although, I had must admit, I had a great deal of fun doing all this.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Chips and Uncle Dan's Ranch Dip
Mini Meatball sandwiches.
For weeks before he would make suggestions for this list of goodies. If I made something for dinner or lunch that he particularly liked he would say, "make this for my birthday Mama!" Some were practical, some were not like grilled cheese sandwiches or pancakes. I distilled his wish list into something tasty and practical as much as possible.
Guests grazed in between activities, which is how I like it.
As a side note: I made the chocolate covered pretzel sticks myself. This is so simple and easy...melt the chocolate in the microwave, 30 second increments at 50% power until melted and then dip in the pretzels. I used a spoon to spread the chocolate over and remove any excess. Then placed to harden on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. I also made a gussied up version of these for the kids to take home...but, more on that next post.
Monday, February 14, 2011
idea from Martha Stewart, that I thought would work well here. I saved up my glass jars for weeks and then a few days before the party I spray painted the lids a lovely red and then attached the little animals (a bag of 12 for $1 from Target) and plastic greenery using waterproof glue. The kids helped add the water, glitter and glycerin to the jars and then I glued them shut.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Because outside it looks like this...
I went back after the kids ate breakfast to look at them again and they were gone. I have heard that Robins show up when it's just about time for Spring. Maybe they made a mistake and decided to move on to a better situation...or maybe I was just paying better attention this year to see their migration. Whatever the case it was interesting to see 50 or 60 Robins fluttering about.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
last year of sorts, so it was time to do it again. My brother had sent me a box of pine cones from Oregon just for this purpose...so I was excited to use them this year.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We have made and sent our Valentines for 2011. The Kiddy Kats had fun working on them this year. Anything that involves paint is always a hit. I once again was trying to use what I had on hand, so I found red and taupe acrylic paint in my paint tub. The red was perfect as is and I thought the taupe would be a nice contrast, but I also wanted a pink of some sort, so I mixed the red and taupe until I had a nice rosy color.
heart crayons to cupid to deliver. So now they are on their way to little ones to enjoy.
I am busy here getting ready for Elijah's 4th Birthday and party this weekend. I am excited about the activities, crafts, cake, and snacks that we will be doing. A post to come on that next week...back to it I go!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tomorrow is the Super Bowl...we are ginormous Steelers fans...Go Steelers!!! Let's go get trophy number 7!!!