Saturday, April 30, 2011

To Do: Nature Scavenger Hunt...

Yesterday was finally a warm, sunny day with no wind or rain...we spent as much time outside as possible.  I even managed to get my first sunburn of the year.
Then I decided that we should do a little scavenger hunt.  I like them to notice nature as much as possible, so I gave them each a list of simple things to find: rock, stick, flower, grass, leaf.  I had drawn a picture of each item, but, also wrote the word, because they recognize letters and want to know about words lately. Off they went.
I enjoyed talking to them about what they found, asking about the rocks, and other goodies they came across.  I wsked them why the chose the things they did and tried to help them notice the differences and similarities of things.
I think we will do this activity again at a park and I will come up with a longer list of items to find.
Rubia was also on hand to watch the goings on.

Friday, April 29, 2011

To Make: Butterfly Snack Bags...


Elijah and I had a super secret project that we did for the Easter Bunny. 
He is all about secrets these days.  He loves a secret whispered into his ear or whispering his own into mine...so without a word to anyone, just he and I made a little something to stick in the Easter baskets of his cousins.
 We made a spring snack mix:
8 cups Multi-Grain Cheerios
2 cups spring M&Ms of your choice (we used peanut butter)
2 cups yogurt covered raisins (or one bag)
1 cup golden raisins
2 cups pastel colored marshmallows
Mix together and munch.
We then filled snack sized zipper bags about 3/4 full.
Then we clipped them down the middle using clothespins we had decorated with glitter glue, googlie eyes, and pipe cleaners...voile! Butterflies!
Easy, so fun and Elijah was so proud of his own project.  He was an awesome helper too....I love that kid!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Preparing...

In three weeks the kids and I will be moving to our new city and state...
I am awash in lists.
Tubs are all over the house in various stages of packing.
Figuring out what to pack for now is a challenge.
The kids are watching too much tv so I can get things accomplished ( I will deal with this issue once we are settled).
David will be traveling for much of the next three weeks.
I have found a pre-school for Elijah next fall.
I had so much fun making a few things for the kid's Easter baskets.
I hope to post pictures and details.
I must return to the chaos...be back when I can!

Friday, April 15, 2011

To do: Feed a friend...

I week or so ago I the pleasure of preparing and delivering a meal for a friend and her family.  She is very pregnant and due to some health issues at the end of her third trimester, she has needed help with making meals.  It seems so simple and benign to create a meal for someone, but, it can have such a huge impact.  I would like to encourage us all to do this on a more regular basis.
Make a meal for someone who is sick or perhaps for a friend who has had a long week and could use a break.  A meal could be made as a gift to someone as a simple act of caring for no reason at all. 
This idea could be taken one step further.  You could purchase the ingredients for a simple meal such as spaghetti or tacos and take these things to a local food bank.  I have been taking my children with me regularly as I deliver groceries to the food bank because I want them to see and understand that there are many people that don't have enough to eat.  I believe that it is our duty to help as we can.  I also want them to know how blessed they are to have food in abundance.  I think Elijah is starting to better understand what we are doing and why.
What an impact we could have in our communities by just providing a meal to someone in need!  In this world of being consumed with our own lives, let us reach out to others with the simple act of providing nourishment and make someones world just a little better and a little brighter.  Who knows what positive things may come of it?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

These Days...

In between making and keeping lists, packing tubs for the move, and the miscellaneous projects to be wrapped up, we have been playing a lot here.  The weather turned nice and we have been spending afternoons out on the deck.
We...
blew bubbles,
flew kites,
kicked balls,
built a fairy house,
played with friends,
sang songs,
ate snacks,
tried out new flip flops,
and soaked up some much needed vitamin D.
I never seemed to have the camera in hand, so these happy moments went by undocumented.  But I have the sweet memories.
When we move we will be living with family before we buy another house.  Therefore, I have been having to make decisions on what to take with us and what needs to go into storage.  This is one of those times when I have been able to reevaluate what is important and what I need around me to be happy.  I certainly need my Sweetie and my kiddies, but also my need to create is such a part of my life, that I know that I need to have me sewing, knitting, and crafting goodies at my fingertips as well.  But, as far as other things that tend to clutter a home, I am more and more at peace with the idea of selecting a few well loved and special family pieces and clearing out the rest.  After all, I work with my children to purge their toys on a regular basis (as those things tend to breed like rabbits)...shouldn't I do the same?  I hold on to things because they have been given to me or because they have some sort of memory attached and I am learning as I get older that what that amounts to is just a lot of clutter that needs to be maintained and dusted.  I have a feeling that this move is going to help me lose some of the excess weight that possessions can have and to streamline my "stuff."
Well, that was a tangent that I hadn't planned on, but as we get closer and closer to moving, it has been on my mind a great deal. But, it's not all lists and packing...playing and projects are big on the to-do list.  I have been making some cool things for the kiddies Easter baskets and of course a couple more goodies for Evelyn's birthday are just about done as well.  Such fun I am having...I can't wait to share!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Baking as play...



Evelyn is often busy in her kitchen.
Baking cookies is often on the docket.
Although sometimes brownies are in order too.
Therefore I have become quite adept at pretending to eat said treats whether I am hungry or not. :)
The chef's hat is from her dress-up basket.
I can't wait to see what other goodies she bakes for me.
I love to hear the clankings and rummagings that mean she is hard at work.
She often chatters and sings to herself as she goes about her business as well. 
To be a fly on the wall...but, I'll have to settle for a seat in the hallway so as not to disturb and distract.
I can deal with that.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sewing, sewing, sewing...

So I have mentioned that I have been sewing a lot lately...here are some of my completed projects.  I got the book Wee Wonderfuls by the incomparable Hillary Lang for my birthday and I adore it!  I was a pattern tester for one of her patterns in the book and while I had hoped there would be a few things that I would want to sew, I never thought I would enjoy sewing dolls quite so much.  I want to make just about everything in the book.  The little love I made above was given to a neighbor girl for her 5th birthday. It is the Tag Along Doll in the book.
That was the first one and it has snowballed from there. 
I have since made 2 more of the same... 
...this love I made for Rubia's 1st Birthday in June.  I have to say it is my favorite of the 3 I have made.  I only had little bits of the purple fabric in my stash so I had to do some piecing.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but there is a strip down the side of another print and I really like how it looks.  Plus, I love the yellow and purple combination.  I only had to buy a bit of brown felt for the hair...everything else came from my stash.
These sweeties are the Sleepover Pals from the book.  I finished them last night and I am in love!  Each one is a little different and I love how there is a sleeping bag to tuck them into. As I was sewing them the childhood song Playmate kept going throuh my head...
"Playmate, come out and play with me,
and bring your dollies three..."
I made these for Evelyn for her 3rd Birthday in August.  I will tuck them away and save them for her big day.  I might just go lock my bedroom door and play with them for awhile myself first. :)
Every fabric I used were scraps and bits and pieces from my stash.  I didn't have to buy a single thing for these beauties.
And when Evie is done playing with them, she can tuck them each into their pocket...
...and roll them up to put them away.
I just love that.
This is a great book and I have one more project from it that I am working on it for Evelyn's birthday...I don't want to rush time, but, I can't wait for August!
How do I have all of this time to sew you ask?  I have been squeezing it in in-between all of the craziness that is life these days...it's keeping me sane, so how can I afford not to?