Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Some recent park fun

 Give him a stick and some dirt, you can count on at least an hour's worth of entertainment!

This one's for you Aunt Lori!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Following directions

So even though I haven't put many projects up here lately, it doesn't mean we haven't been doing small ones here and there in between visits to the park.  

I told the kids to color the coffee filters with the markers and then we would spray them with water to make it run, letting it dry to become either flowers or butterfly wings (side note: we got through the drying process then never seemed to pick it back up so maybe it will be one of those that happens after the baby is here and the kids are dying for something to do!).

Anyway, Rose jumped in and started coloring right away.  James also started coloring then opted for a more manly route of becoming the marker cap monster.

Clearly this was not to Rose's liking and she quickly informed her brother he needed to follow the directions and color on the filters.  See the look of panic on her face above?  Crack me up!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Putting the kiddos to work

Saturday mornings usually have us cleaning the main floor, literally. The kids love the broom and swiffer, so we put them to work.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mom's birthday cake

I made this great buttercream icing with almond extract. It was a hit with the strawberries. But what I was really sharing was one of my cool camera settings, on my newest toy...my old one stopped focusing at the zoo so all my shots had to be from a certain distance. After three tries I finally settled on the red cannon powewrshot?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A fun day

Back when I went on retreat a month ago or so, the idea that we can have a fun day without other day-to-day obligations getting in the way was brought up during one of the discussions.  I decided to schedule such a day for the kids, since sometimes it feels like I am always saying 'not today' to whatever it is they want to do.

 They got to pick everything we did that day...from which park we went to, to what was in their picnic lunch, to if they even took a nap (which after playing at this park, was unavoidable)!

 There was a specific request to have the picnic in the boat play area.  These two cuties really enjoyed the bubbly lemonade I surprised them with.

We also went to Chick-fil-a for dinner and played with a friend at another park later in the day.  Rose didn't want to go to sleep that night because she didn't want the fun day to be over.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

 He started off opening every egg he found and eating the candy asap.  Then I think he noticed how many eggs there were.  

 Rose's piles were nice and neat - money, candy, goodies.  James just ate all of his jelly beans as they came out, the money flew around him, and the goodies were played with.  What different kids!

Showing off one of the goodies in her basket.  

Easter Fun

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Resurrection Garden

We soaked our wheat germ (a gift from a great baking friend) overnight.

Then after an adventure to the garden center, where I may have bought an Easter present for the whole family that cost a little more than the two items pictured above ;)

Filled it with rocks, dirt, and the tomb (small planter) per the instructions on this site

  Next year I hope we can get an earlier start on it so the grass is in fully by Easter Sunday rather than later in the week.   

Sunday, April 1, 2012