Friday, January 3, 2014

A Penguin Snow Measuring Stick

This morning in the mail we received our January Carefree Craft packages.  It was perfect timing because the kids are getting bored with their Christmas break.
A more perfect thing we discovered was the Penguin Snow Measuring Stick.  Yesterday we had a snowstorm....so we were all ready to measure.
 It turned out very cute.  I think I will put a magnet on the back a stick it to the fridge so that it can be easily found when needed.
 And the grand total is.....
 about 8 inches of fresh snow since yesterday. 
I believe we lasted a total of about 7 minutes outdoors today...the temp is now 1 degree...a big increase from the -10 this morning with a windchill of -27. 
Happy winter, everyone.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our Advent Book Surprises

 Several years ago, I saw the idea of wrapping up Christmas books and opening one a day throughout Advent. That was A LOT of wrapping.  I thought of a solution to this problem and have returned to the book tradition. I searched online and found a a supplier of simple paper bags.
I had the kids decorate the bags with snowflake stamps....25 bags for 25 books.
 It was so easy to slip the books inside the bags and them tape them shut.  The kids get the excitement of opening up a book everyday and I saved a few hours of wrapping time.
 We got out our beautiful magnetic Advent Calendar.  Daddy actually mounted it on the wall this year.  This is one of my favorite Advent activities. Just open a door a day and place on the magnetic scene.
The Holy Family has also arrived, awaiting the arrival of the baby Jesus, just 24 days away.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Opening our Thanksgiving Kiwi Crate

 Come and explore the Thanksgiving Kiwi Crate with us.
We open our box and our greeted by this cute little kiwi bird.
 The overview of the Thanksgiving projects:  My Turkey Place Cards (6 place cards in total) and My Turkey Game.
 On the back of the overview page is a cute color and cut out activity. These can be played with using the scene printed on the inside of the Kiwi Crate box.
There is also a sticker which can be added to your Kiwi poster.  This poster comes in your first Kiwi Crate when you subscribe.
 The first activity is My Turkey Game.  It has a low messiness level and a medium parental participation.
 
Great instructions...step by step in full color.
 
Various elements of the turkey game.
Even a new box of jumbo crayons. 
Popsicle sticks, wiggle eyes and foamie stickums.
Instructions and directions for the Turkey Game.
Activity number two: My Turkey Place Cards.
A list of items needed and complete instructions.

 
Everything needed to make the turkey place cards.  Scissors are needed for this project.  If you subscribe to Kiwi Crate, you get scissors included in your first crate.
There is even air dry clay included in this Thanksgiving crate.
I can't stress how wonderful all our Kiwi Crates have been, especially the ease of the projects, perfect for little hands.  My 7 and 8 year olds can follow the wonderful picture instructions and they do the crafts with minimal help from me.

Happy Halloween-2013

 Our soldier, witch and angel
 Attention!
 This angel with a crooked halo found the best place to trick or treat
1 1/2 hours work and 16 pounds of candy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

The best "monster" cake ever!!!

Gracie's birthday is tomorrow and this is the cake Becky came up with.
I do believe this is my favorite cake yet!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Racing Jellyfish...courtesy of Kiwi Crate

 We completed our last project from this months Kiwi Crate: The Racing Jellyfish.
 Very, very cute!
 The exciting part of this craft is that it is rigged with string to "race".
Kim and Luke loved these races...thanks again Kiwi Crate for another great activity.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Happy 25th Birthday, Becky!

 Becky turned 25 a few days ago and we finally had a chance to celebrate with her.
She is our cake decorator....she doesn't care for cake, so Daddy got her an ice cream cake.
 Blow, Becky, blow!
Becky's new "Flirty Apron". 

Our future soldier?

Luke's taking right after big brother Matt.

Our Glow Worms

 Today we made our Glow Friends from this months Kiwi Crate.
 As always, everything was included to make these soft, cute friends, right down to the rubberbands and fabric markers.

Luke is "charging up" his glow friend.  You put them in the bright light, and then they glow beautifully.  They will make perfect night time friends for Luke and Kim.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy 21st Birthday, Daniel



A Pie Straight from the Field

 Once a year....when I am feeling quite ambitious....we read a lot of pumpkin books and then decide to have the fun of making pumpkin pies from real pumpkins...not a can of pumpkin (also known as the easy way of pumpkin pie making)
Before pie making, though, we read good books and count pumpkin seeds.
 First we need to clean the pumpkins out.  This is a favorite messy fall activity that all kids should partake in.  Save the seeds to roast.
 I simply cook the pumpkins by placing them upside down in a big pan.  Cover the pan and pumpkins  with foil and cook on 350 degrees for an hour and 1/2 to two hours...until it is tender.
 After about 2 hours, remove from oven.  I like to turn over my pumpkins to see how they look.  Of course, it is probably a better idea to wait until the pumpkins cool.
 When the pumpkin is cool, spoon the cooked pumpkin from the shell.
Put a very cute child in charge of mashing the pumpkin to a smooth consistency.
 Now you are ready to make your favorite pumpkin pie.  I use the traditional Libby's recipe.
 Ready for the oven.
Pumpkin pie...from field to table.