Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Because everyday should be Earth day

We didn't do much to celebrate Earth Day this year.  No elaborate shirts or plantings.  It fell on a Sunday that happened to be the end of a long weekend up north at the Destination Imagination State finals.   

 The only thing we did do was find a place for our new "unless" stepping stone that Evan and I made a week or so ago.  It doesn't look exactly like the one in the book or movie that surrounds the spot for the last Truffala tree, but it gets the point across. 

  Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing's ever going to get better.
It's not.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

It turned out super cute, just like the little guy that made it.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break Craft #2

I had much better luck getting the kids into our second spring break craft. Well, two of the kids were into it. Spencer decided that he would rather create things with his LEGOS.

This one was super easy, but kind of messy. A total kid kind of craft - kids (at least my kids) love messy.

We soaked strips of cut yarn in a glue with a little bit of water solution and then placed them around a bowl covered in saran wrap.

Gluey hands. Yes, Evan does have his pajamas on. He was still in sick mode the day we made these.

After all your yarn pieces are placed and you are happy with how it looks, set it somewhere to dry for twenty four hours. When the yarn feels "hardish" peel off the saran wrap and you have some pretty awesome baskets.

See! Just a note, this was not my original idea. I am sure the credit for this goes to some Kindergarten teacher from many years ago. I saw many variations in perusing Pinterest and crafty blogs and thought it looked fun to try.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Break - Craft #1

I found a tutorial on Pinterest (I think) showing how to make these super cute rabbit puppets. I had most of the felt so I figured they looked simple, why not whip some up? The tutorial said they were also the perfect project to introduce a kid to sewing. I thought for sure that one of my boys would love to get his hands on a needle.

I always tend to think so wrong about things.

Neither boy had any interest in learning how to do a running stitch or any kind of stitch for that matter, so I was stuck (literally a few times) making a passel of bunnies on my own. They weren't hard - just more time consuming than I imagined they would be. As are most of the projects I get myself into.

Two of them hopped in an envelope and flew over the lake to be adopted by Mira and Lainey. Hailey insisted that she and Mira got the same color hot pink bunny and Lainey would get the light pink. I don't know how it played out over in Madison. Evan wanted the green one and Spencer didn't really want any, but he got the blue.

Aren't their little puff tails the cutest?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Biker Chick

My boys have never been super into riding their bikes. Evan learned to ride a two wheeler at seven years old and Spencer was eight. In their defense, we don't live on the best street to practice bike riding on, but we had offered to take them other places to practice - they just never really showed much interest.

Hailey would ride her bike around the circle at the top of our hill all day long if we let her. She just loves going around and around. She has never been super into dolls - but now she is - so Baby Lila sits in her "bike seat" and rides around with her. She is seriously the cutest.

This picture taken from a low angle and the tightness of the bike helmet makes her face look puffy and giant in this shot.

I predict she is riding on two wheels by the end of the summer.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Why we are staying home for Spring Break.


And I was just kidding about the reason we aren't living it up for break.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

O Captain, my Captain!

Nothing makes me happier than coming home from an errand and catching a glimpse of Evan running around the house and the outfit he put together on his own.
Who could not love this little ensemble? I love his style. He knows what he likes and he wears it. I pray that he always dresses like an individual without thought to what is cool or who might think he looks goofy.
He is one of a kind and I couldn't be more proud of the amazing person he is!