Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We did have a wonderful time...more for me to remember, here's a little of what we did:
Monday: Flew into Cancun and took a shuttle to Rivera Maya where our resort was located! It was an adult only, all inclusive, little slice of paradise sort of a place!
Tuesday: Spa---ahhhhhhhhh!! We had an hour long "hydrotherapy session" that was all in the pools, steam room, sauna, and showers--it was a unique, relaxing experience. We then had a couples massage that ended with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Dreamy!
Wednesday: We floated around the pool on floats and sipped our favorite drink of the week--Banana Momma! Mmmm! We also took a taxi to Puerto Morales, a small, non-commercialized town that gave us a taste of what Mexico is really like. Even though we were just "south of the border", I got a bigger picture of the world at large from this trip. The people there are so hard working and willing to serve and most live a life that none of us will ever know.
Thursday: More floating and relaxing and nothingness!! We did kayak briefly and took a paddle boat out--we didn't last long--deciding it was too much work for vacation!
Friday: Flew back into the Atlanta airport and made the drive home to find four sleeping kids and two exhausted grandparents! Thanks Mom and Dad, and Mom and Dad, and Rick and Liss, for keeping our kiddos happy, healthy, and loved while we were gone--it was a gift to us that we can't express our gratitude for!
Pictures soon...I promise!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wouldn't you know that my husband took me to Mexico last week to celebrate our 10th year of marriage and then put me to work today? We spent the day painting our living room with the goal of getting much, much more painted in this house before summer's end!
On to Make-It-Monday...a "better late than never" edition!
The kids and I spent the morning at the zoo several weeks ago and the big interest for them on that particular visit was the reptile house. After naps, they made a few snakes of their own:
~1 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper
~a large plate
~google eyes and
~a scrap of ribbon
1) Trace the circle shape of your plate onto the white side of the scrapbook paper and cut out the circle.
2) Draw a "swirl" shape on the circle (see picture above)
3) Have your child color on the white side of the scrapbook paper and then cut along the drawn "swirl"
4) Glue on an eye and a scrap of ribbon for his tongue
5) He hangs well from a piece of yarn strung through a hole punched in his head
Sorry I don't have any pics of the finished product! Would love to see yours!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
- paper grocery bag
- old magazines
- glue sticks
- Cut a simple person shape out of paper bags (I got four out of each paper bag by folding accordian style and cutting them all at once).
- Flip through a magazine cutting people parts: eyes, noses, mouths, and pretty patterns for clothing (and hats which we cut onto our girls). Note that we couldn't find all the parts that we needed, so we settled for things that were shaped as circles for eyes and noses.
- Glue the body parts onto your shapes, color on shoes and fancy socks. Wa-lah!
- One person (maybe two) would have been enough. Four each was a little time consuming and the girls lost interest after a while.
- Plan on vacuuming when you're finished!
- My girls loved this craft and won't throw their "dolls" away. For now, they are hanging in the windows of our playroom.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
In the McDonald's parking lot where a creepy man (who was sitting alone in the play area watching my kids play) approached our car:
Him: How old are your kids?
Me: 1, 3, 3 and 5.
Him: (in an enlightened voice) OH!! They're twins!
Me: Have a nice day!
A custodian walked by while we were having lunch with Eric at school:
Her: Well, you don't have to tell me whose boy that is; he looks just like his daddy!
I had a tube put in my ear this week. The ENT's take on our Foster Parenting:
Him: Well, you're a glutton for punishment!
Annabelle & Ella Grace also had ENT appointments this week (genetics, I guess!):
Receptionist: Three girls and a boy!
Her: It's amazing how different he looks than they do!
While at Chick-fil-A (don't judge me for all the eating out this week; we've had five doctor's appointments!); the girls returned from the play area to get a drink of their lemonades, Little Man and Katie were seated at the table with me:
Man at the table next to us: Those four kids aren't all yours!
Me: Yes, sir.
Man: You're not old enough to have that many kids!
Thanks, mom...genetics again!
Side note: the slashed statements are what went through my mind, not what I actually said aloud!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
After our first read, I printed a template of a simple bird shape found here. The girls then picked the birds they wanted to replicate and colored the bird outlines to look like the birds pictured in Feathers For Lunch. They loved picking out the colors and doing the best they could to replicate each bird. As hard as it was, I tried to let them have the freedom to use as much or as little of the colors as they wanted. Their interpretations were fun to watch!
I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! E-mail them, or, better yet, post them on your blog and let me know!!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Speaking of getting started, I thought we'd start today with a little info about supplies. Here are some things that are currently working for us:
Storage: We have a closet in our kitchen, intended to be the pantry, but used instead for storage of all things crafty (and a lot of other stuff to)! Each bin is labeled and some are put in kid's reach and some are strategically, well, not in kid's reach!
These are vertical files that I bought at Target for a few bucks each. They house our coloring books, activity books, and notebooks--I love that they are all in one compact place!
Each kid has one labeled with his/her name, they're easy to grab and even take places if needed. These are old Crystal Light containers, if you're wondering, and the shorter one is a sample size of baby formula covered in shelf paper.
One other essential in our house when it comes to crafts is what we've termed our "Junk Basket". It's an appropriate name because that is exactly what is there--junk! Stuff we'd otherwise throw away, but instead save knowing that in there somewhere is the potential for craft magic to take place! Some things that are in ours: toilet paper and paper towel rolls, bottle caps, cereal boxes, egg cartons, tissue paper, shelf paper that I no longer need, an oatmeal carton, an old formula container...this is such a green idea, don't you think? One other use for the junk basket: at times I pull it out with no craft in mind, the kids just play with the junk, making up their own games, or just adding the junk to a current toy to give it a different twist.
Is that enough to get your creative juices flowing?? To wet your crafty appetite? Stay tuned--next Monday--an actual craft!
What about you? What has worked for you in storage, display or practical day to day when it comes to creativity with your kiddos??
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I'd like to first of all thank my family who keeps me so busy that I don't have time to record memorable events!
Also, to my loyal readers: Thanks for checking even when there are no updates. I promise, more will come soon...er...someday!
And thanks, lastly, to the Academy for noticing my lack of blogging over the past few weeks and giving me the well deserved recognition that I deserve!
I love you all....