Sunday, April 18, 2010

Plasma Car

Hop over to Mama's a mess! to try to enter to win a plasma car. My kids play with these at the daycare down the street. They are the best entertainment ever. I would love to have one of our own!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



I’ve been wanting to do this project for a looooong time! Well, a year to be exact. I’ve been planning it since Big Ben made this shelf in our living room. But for the last year it has waited, naked and lonely, for something… anything to adorn it during the eleven months of the year that aren’t Christmas.

Finally! While Broc and Maris were here for Christmas, I took profile pictures of all 4 kids and turned them into silhouettes. And now my once lonely shelf is finding its greater purpose in our home.

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Now, perhaps in this next year I will be able to

find something to go ON the shelf!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Today’s Lesson


It’s right up there! Up there in that tree.


That is a raccoon! Sleeping in a tree at the end of our street.


… and the lesson is… Raccoons CLIMB trees! (I had no idea until today.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Fairy Tale

Once upon a time…


I believed this stuff was a creation of the devil! And knew that it was NOT invented by a woman because no woman on Earth would believe it a good idea to give this stuff to children!


I was horrified that my children had gotten it as a “loving” gift from a grandmother! And I banished the Devil’s Dirt to a cabinet in the laundry room!

Then one day, it managed to make it’s way out of it’s confinement… and a miracle occurred!


Did you see it? Did you see the miracle in the picture?

Let me show you again in case you missed it…


Yep, right there it is!

My children, who sometimes have tendencies toward geniusness (is that a word?), realized that if they clean up their mess… Mom will let them play with the Moon Sand! They realized this all on their own and take it upon themselves to clean up.

I couldn’t be more proud!

And now Moon Sand is a very acceptable rainy day activity, and that is exactly what happened at our house today.

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And they all lived Happily Ever After!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Christmas Review

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I know this is a bit late, but better than never…

This is what our house looked like on the morning that Santa visited us. Broc and Maris were here with us this year and there was happiness and smiles all around.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Houses

We had a Gingerbread House making party today!

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My awesomest neighbor, Meredith, helped me throw it for the neighborhood kids.

We prefabricated the houses, not that easy of a task. And the kids all got to decorate their own homes.

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I think as much ended up in their tummies as on their houses.

But the finished products weren’t too shabby. Our kids had to show off their work!

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And when we realized there were a couple extra houses and the decorations were going fast… the mamas decided to get in on the action too.

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And then we ate cookies and drank hot cocoa… delicious!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Polar Express

For Family Home Evening, tonight, we had a Polar Express night.

This morning each child found an invitation to the event at the Breakfast table.



The invitations instructed them to, “Present this ticket for one family viewing of The Polar Express. Wear your favorite PJ’s and bring a blankie. Ticket good for one movie, popcorn and hot chocolate.”

Before movie time we read The Polar Express.


When the kids “arrived” for the movie, their Tickets went into the ticket box.


Popcorn was served.


And the movie began.




Hot Chocolate was served during an intermission.

Following the movie, the kids were asked to check the ticket box for the “First Gift of Christmas.”


The new bells ring for those who Believe.

(I found the template for the invitations here and the template for the tickets here.)