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Apr 12

easter baskets

Easter Baskets this year were super fun to put together. Last year the kids were 6 months and 18 months old. They didn’t really know what was going on, so I just did one family basket for us to share. easter baskets easter baskets 2 easter baskets 3 This year they are 18 months and 2.5 years old. WAY more fun when it comes to giving Easter Baskets (among other things). So I set out to find some fun things for them. I went with a few things in mind. I knew I wanted some things for their church bags – as we are still training them to sit quietly – and we try to have new, fun things to help them do just that. I also knew I wanted sun glasses for each of them and a few yummy treats. Here’s what I came up with: Easter baskets 5

For Ruthie: easter baskets 6

sunglasses

her first little purse

princess crayons (that are sparkly)

sticker book

Hello Kitty magic marker coloring book

Annies Bunny fruit snacks

Annies Bunny crackers (they are going in the Easter eggs)

suckers

For Job:

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sunglasses

wood trucks

Planes magic marker set + Hotwheels coloring pages

glow sticks (for bath time)

gum (it’s such a treat for Job to get gum and we usually save it for Worship Service. It’s a life saver when it comes to a 2.5 year old sitting quietly.)

Annies Bunny fruit snacks

Annies Bunny crackers (they’re going in the Easter eggs)

suckers

A few other ideas, maybe for next year:

bath crayons

bubbles

finger paints

playdough (I prefer homemade)

new sippy cups (maybe even monogramed)

Calico Critters

new books his and hers easter baskets 2

I already can’t wait for Easter next year with three little ones! I just love celebrating with my family and what better way to celebrate the Lord’s death and RESURRECTION than with fun gifts for each other. Afterall, we are celebrating the greatest gift – His life for ours – just as real and tangible as colored plastic eggs. But He not only has given us His only Son but showers loads of unnecessary happy things upon us. My hope is to reflect Him in this small way.

Next year I really hope to make this resurrection garden for our center piece for our Easter dinner table. What a fun way to get the kids involved with the planting and watering. I think it will really help the celebration of the empty tomb stick in their little brains.

happy easter all!

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Mar 25

fun in the sun

How is it already spring?! It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we had a snow storm, and then an ice storm, and then freezing rain. Crazy NC weather. It still hasn’t landed on consistent spring weather here but we sure have had a few nice weekends in a row. I’ll take freezing rain and thunderstorms all week and then a nice weekend, any day.

Keeping the kids occupied has been interesting with all this inclement weather – maybe something we did will inspire you to have some fun with your kiddos as spring sneaks up on us!

fun in the snow 3 A few weeks ago, when we got crazy snow here, I decided to let the kids go out side and play in the snow while they waited for daddy to come home… Before I could even get out the door, Job had already done a full belly flop in the snow. I guess my ideas of just looking at the snow and maybe making a few “ice balls” (Job’s word for snowballs) was long gone. We ended up doing a full wardrobe change once we came in but some good times were had by all. fun in the snow LOOK AT THOSE CHEEKS!!! I could kiss them all day! fun in the snow2 And here we are just a few weeks later….
fun in the sun …helping daddy wash the cars.
fun in the sun 2 IMG_5222 Roo was supervising all the car washing! fun in the sun 7 And don’t forget the kids cars. As you can see he is “detailing” it. He likes to have things nice and clean.

fun in the sun 4 The following weekend was in the 70′s. I decided to let the kids play with water, bubbles, shaving cream, and Roos favorite- ice cubes. fun in the sun 5 I just filled some random disposable tins I had lying around and fill them up with some fun. I added a little food coloring to both the bubble water and the shaving cream. They loved it, to say the least. fun in the sun 6
They had an absolute blast out there. I think they would stay outside all day, everyday if I let them. Yay for nice crisp, warm days. We will enjoy the spring weather before the humidity of death comes.

Happy Spring!!!

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Sep 26

fingerprint painting

I finally did it. I finally broke down and bought our first set of finger paint and construction paper. It was the best $7 I have spent in a long time. Jobie loves it! I have been trying to find some more organized things for him to do. He does a great job at playing by himself and he is getting quite creative with his toys. I have just been wanting to add in a little more table/structured time into our day and this paint has done just that. fingerprint-painting For our first painting experience, we made a tree with fingerprint leaves. Job really enjoyed getting his fingers in the paint – which I was a little surprised by, since this boy doesn’t like to be dirty. But he does love playing in the dirt. Figure that one out.

Anyway back to the painting. I simply painted some branches on a piece of construction paper and let it dry for a minute or two. fingerprint-painting-1  Job dipped his little fingers in the colors of the fall leaves and scattered the foliage across the page like a kid who… loves to paint. fingerprint-painting-3 I did help him fill in the gaps a bit. He really liked switching paint colors – which meant wiping his fingers approximately every five seconds.  fingerprint-painting-4 He was so proud of his finished tree. He kept saying “Daddy! Daddy!” all day and pointing to the fridge, meaning he wanted to show Daddy his masterpiece when he returned home from work. fingerprint-painting-5 This paint set has already been used many times. It’s also been a good way for us to practice our colors. I am sure one day every color won’t be “boo” (blue, Job’s only known color). I guess we need to do some more painting so we can practice a bit.

This project was a great kick start to the fall season of cooler days and more fun, inside activities. All I need to do is go and light my favorite pumpkin brûlée candle and it will really be feeling like fall up in here. Happy painting y’all!

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Jul 10

play dough recipe

Monday was one of those crazy days filled with chores but we somehow managed to have a little fun in there too. I whipped up a batch of homemade play dough for the kids to play with, mostly Job, but we let Ruthie play a little too. They loved it. It provided lots of entertainment while I got some things done. IMG_9446 I found a great tutorial over at Skip to my Lou and with a few changes, this is what I came up with…

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup sea salt (really, any salt will do, that’s just what I had on hand)
  • gel food coloring (again, any food coloring will work, but the gel makes for much brighter colors)
  • glitter (optional)

In a medium sauce pan mix together all of your ingredients before putting it on the heat! This is were I messed up and as you can tell in the pictures, by dough turned out a little lumpy. You have to mix it together before adding it to the heat so you can stir it constantly once it is on the heat.

Once you have your ingredients mixed well in a sauce pan, put your pan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon continuously. Keep stirring. It will begin to thicken, keep stirring. After about 2 minutes it should start to form into a ball (meaning sticking all together.) It will look lumpy, but once it starts to stick to the spoon, remove the pan from the heat.

IMG_9419 Let the dough cool a bit. Once you can handle it, knead it for a minute or two, just to smooth the dough out and then form it into a ball. Cut the ball into however many colors you want to make. I chose to make 4 colors with this batch, but you could do 3-5 and have a good amount of dough for each color.

IMG_9423 To color the dough simply add a little food coloring to the dough and knead it in. I would recommend using rubber gloves here is you have them or your hands will look like mine in the following picture. But its not too bad to have colorful hands for a day. IMG_9435 Once you have mixed in your food coloring, feel free to mix in a little glitter as well. Just knead in whatever glitter you have on hand. I used Martha Stewarts Yellow Gold glitter. It’s super fine and I love the color, but really, any old glitter with do. Look at that pretty play dough.  IMG_9516 This dough stores great in a mason jar for up to a month! Just make sure its sealed tight. It will get a little dry on the outside, but it get’s super soft again with just a little kneading.

IMG_9499 So next time you have 20 minutes to spare, whip up a batch of this play dough for your little ones. It is sure to please.

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Jul 2

fantastic fizzles

I have been in desperate search of things that Job can do, whether that be helping around the house or fun activities. I’ve found that the simplest things can bring the most joy. He seems to enjoy just being busy doing things so I’m trying to come up with more things for him to do. So in my desperate search I found this great activity involving baking soda and vinegar.

IMG_8411 IMG_8413 IMG_8429 All you need is a baking dish (I used an 9×9 pan), some empty travel shampoo containers, food coloring, baking soda, and white vinegar. All you do is put some baking soda in the pan and then put a few drops of food coloring into your empty shampoo container and mix in the vinegar. I started out by showing him how to shake the vinegar out, instead of squeezing it out. That made the vinegar last much longer. Let me tell you, once he figured out how to squirt it, the vinegar was gone in a moment. He was entertained for hours watching the bubbles pop. He absolutely loved it.  IMG_8437 IMG_8441 IMG_8443 IMG_8453 As you can tell from the different outfit, we did this more than once, and even more than once in the same day. It was a big hit and will most certainly be added to our activities list!

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