Archive for October, 2012

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Sandy Days 1 & 2

We’re very lucky that Sandy passed through here leaving us unscathed. I was so worked up about the storm yesterday. I was really, really worried but, in the end, everything was fine. We spent our second day at home today. We made it! Only to find out after dinner that school is cancelled tomorrow too! Can you believe that? There aren’t enough  Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Face Paint

Avery wanted an all yellow face to go with her Fluttershy costume. Her whole face! The very thought of trying to take that on with one of those foil wrapped Halloween makeup crayons made me shiver. Did you know you can make your own face paints? I just found out about it. There are a bunch of ways to do it but since she was demanding that her whole face be covered I wanted to go as natural as possible (also I didn’t want to spend any money).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, October 26th, 2012

Pumpkin Juice Boxes!

Ok, here it is. The easiest Halloween craft. You know, should you find yourself responsible for providing the juiceboxes for the class party and with an hour or three to kill. I got the idea poking around online. I found something similar with mummies. They’re super cute but I wasn’t sure that they would read mummy to kindergarteners. Nothing like thinking your project is SO cute only to find out it’s not so much cute as way too obscure. So I decided to give pumpkins a go.

This is a super easy project all you need are juiceboxes + colored duct tape + a sheet of black duct tape. You wrap the orange duct tape around the juiceboxes, cut the face out of the sheet of black and stick it on. Voila! Imagine the possibilities. Hello Kitty juiceboxes!

The juiceboxes we have need 2 1/2 strips to cover them fully. It took me a while to figure out that the tape is easy to rip in half lengthwise and that I could save some tape by making half strips. I covered twenty juiceboxes with this roll. If I don’t lose interest I might even make paper leaves to stick to the tops.

So, who else got roped into or foolishly volunteered to help with class party projects?

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

More Fall

Today the kids made the smallest leaf pile in the world and jumped into it. The leaves are falling, we’ve got pumpkins, we’ve been apple picking and we’ve got Halloween costumes and all in spite of the fact that I found the weather today to be unpleasantly warm for the season.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

That Girl

Lately? She refuses to wear most pants. She thinks jeans are stupid and sometimes that’s inconvenient. When she’s not carrying on like a crazy person about her pants she tries to be very, very helpful with her sister. That pretty much sums up most days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Apple Picking

I always look forward to apple picking. It would be cool if we had an orchard closer so we could pick less all at once and go more often. Like when I was a kid and our cottage was next door to an orchard and you could just hop the fence to get whatever you wanted. That would be awesome but, alas, is not the case. So we just stuffed our bags. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, October 15th, 2012


So we started solids. I was going to wait but she was too ready. Knocking stuff of the table, being furious while we eat ready and so we just dove in.

She was not even a little bit confused about what she was going to do with the spoon or what was in the bowl. She is, in fact, very pleased. I think this weekend I’ll make her something more exciting. Maybe we’ll go apple picking! We even shot a little video.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Mermaid In Progress

I love a good Halloween costume challenge. This year Avery wants to be Fluttershy pony and Chase wants to be a mermaid. Both costumes are done enough at this point that I feel confident that I won’t be up until midnight the night before Halloween (maybe just until 11). I had to buy a couple of yards of fabric to make Avery’s but everything I needed for Chase’s I had around the house. I’m pretty excited about this mermaid costume. She asked me to sew on some shells so I’m going to do that. It definitely needs a little bling. Come on Halloween! We have our giant bag of candy! We’re ready! Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

My Baby Love

One day soon I will post a video of baby bee laughing. We all try to get her to laugh. The girls think it’s marvelous and I can tell that Avery is excited about this new level of interaction that she has with her baby sister. Today we drove around in the car instead of the van and they were like hey, this is so cool. we can see each other!!

Ok! Time to buckle down and power through to the weekend. Who has plans?

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Materials :: The Happy Couple

So a couple of weeks ago I linked to this post over at Classic Play. I kept going on and on about materials so I’m glad to be able to post a little follow up. I feel like this totally validates the piles of construction paper in this house! Twice in the last few days Chase surprised me with some interesting work.

Earlier today she came to me with a bottle of glue asking me to get it going. I pulled off the little cap of dried glue and sent her on her way with a reminder to close the bottle when she was finished. She came back with two toilet paper tubes outfitted as a bride and groom. I just find it fascinating to see what she comes up with on her own when she digs through a box of raw materials. The tux is a torn piece of origami paper. Why did she choose to tear it instead of cutting it? I should ask her. It gives the neat effect of looking like there’s a shirt underneath.

Earlier this week (or maybe last) she asked me if she could use my black gel pen. Later she handed me a picture of a princess. I think this picture is a good example of how introducing new and different materials can spark an idea or spur a change in style or technique. I’d tried to explain the concept of drawing a black outline around a drawing either before or after adding color with very with limited success. She was quick to make the discovery on her own with just a little while to play around with the tools. I love this picture! She says it’s for Bennett but it’s really going to be for me! In my little box of her things along with her tooth.


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