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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Color Fun

I am an artist, so for me color and creating is really high on my pass-along-to-my-kids list. So any project that teaches color or is an outlet for me to see there little creative hearts, then I love it!
Here are a few we have done recently...

Zip lock bags and paint taped to the table. Say No to mess and Yes to fun!
(BTW I really need to make some real curtains for in here...PLEASE pardon the sheet!!)
Sidewalk outline people! The kids love being traced with the chalk and really really love adding features, hair and clothes to create themselves in chalk.

James came up with a great idea to stand against the wall to create a standing up chalk man.

Mod Podge + tissue paper + muffin pan = Awesome

Lillian doing it her way....the teen years will be super fun!
James showing her how to do it. I made it for her but he seemed to like it more.
Monday, October 22, 2012

Isbell's Pumpkin Farm Fun

We went Isbell's pumpkin farm in Leighton on Saturday and had a great time! James favorite part was the tire mountain and the hay maze, Lillian really liked the animals and the hay ride.
I am so glad that we found it, it is a lot nicer and had a lot more things to do than the the one we went to last year!
The only down side is that Jonathan and I have both been experiencing serious Hay Fever since then. We where defiantly not meant to be farmers!
Sniffles aside it was great and we will be back next year!
Thursday, October 18, 2012


Need a belt for the caped crusader? Well, diabolical duck tape, batman! Look no further!
Just a roll if yellow duct tape can make you into a well equipped dark knight of super cuteness!
Are you enjoying my batmanisms?

Supplies: Duct tape and scissors

All you need to do in double over the duct tape on itself in the length you need for the belt part. Then do the same, only smaller to create the pouches. Leave a little bit on the end to tape the two ends together with.
Then cut a piece for the bottom and fold it around.
Then make you a small folded over piece for the flap and tape it on to the pouch. I also added a little bit of tape to hold the flap closed.
Tape it to the belt and repeat until you have as many as your batman needs to defend the night!


You can also add a loop to hold your belt on! Don't want to be losing your belt in front of Cat Woman!

N is for nest

We are trucking along in our My Fathers World lessons! We are doing N for nest. He is really getting that letters have sounds, he knows most of them, and that the sounds strung together make words, we talked about "at" words today, so all and all I am pleased!
I will say that I am starting to hear the homeschool green eyed monster creeping up behind me. Comparing one kid to another is not helpful! I keep repeating my new mantra, "he is only four, he has his own special gifts, don't compare, don't compare!!". But, as I am sure any parent, homeschooling or otherwise, knows that that none-comparing attitude only lasts until I stop saying the mantra!
Anyway! Back to Nests!
We made butterscotch haystacks and added some marshmallow eggs to make nests! It sounded a lot better than the suggested edible nest in the book!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quite books

Thanks to the wonder of pinterest I have found the greatest new church toy!
A Quite Book!!
I used the left over felt from Lillian's owl costume, so that was a win all by itself, and made these nifty little guys.
So far we have a fab Mrs Potato head and a cute little car track. They are pretty simple to make, just a couple of layers of felt sewn together for the book part and then I cut out all the shapes for the parts. I did the parts double thick for sturdiness and used fabric fusion glue, but you could sew them too. It was easier to glue them but I bet the sewing would look a lot better. Thankfully my kids don't score me on looks, just the fun factor!
I want to pick up a couple more felt colors to make more potato parts and add to the town, and make more...any ideas??
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Apple Math!

I took an idea from our curriculum and ran with it! The actual game in the workbook was one for real apples and organizing them by size and color, but i was out of apples so i made paper ones and carried the idea over into math as well as organizing.
It is really working well for James. I think he is defiantly a tactile learner, so being able to see the addition and subtraction is really good for him.
I am having him add to one row, take away from others and so on. It is also great for listening skills!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Our wonderful big yard with a fabulous view has a very unfortunate slope that prevents many fun kid toys from being in my yard. One such kid toy is a playhouse.
Enter, stroke of genius!
I realized that the unused space under the deck stairs would be perfect for a playhouse! With the stairs as a roof all it needed was a few walls and a door way. The perfect place for imaginations to roam.
So with the help of my assistant, a few nails in some scrap lumber and a bit of paint, voila!! Playhouse!
Friday, October 5, 2012

Owl Costume!

Making some new things for the etsy store!
Here is Lillian's trick or treat costume, and pink owl! I love how it turned out and she really likes it too, which will make Halloween night much more enjoyable for all! haha
Go check out the new stuff at

Flower bed

Better late than never!
I am working on the yard before winter kicks in and hopefully getting a jump on the spring!
I have this lovely flower bed ready to go, not many plants (they will just die) I just moved a couple I already had. I am so glad the pepper plant is up close to the house now and not down at the end of the yard....snakes!!! eek!
This spring I want to fill it with butterfly attracting plants and a few veggies!! ^_^
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Moon cakes

We had a blast making moon cake!
"What is moon cake?" You may ask! just cake, it is the making of said cake that is the fun!
Moon Cake:
9" round pan. preheat oven to 350
Mix "moon sand" right in the pan
   1 1/2 c. flour
   1/2 c. brown sugar
   1/2 c. sugar
   1 tsp. salt
Form 3 craters in the moon-one large, small and medium
    add 5T oil to the LARGE
    add 1 tsp. baking soda to the MEDIUM
    add 1 tsp. vanilla to the SMALL
Then pour 1 T. vinegar into the medium crater and watch it bubble!
When it is all bubbled out, add 1 c. milk, mix and bake for 25-30 min

I love playing while you learn. It is one of the reasons we are going to homeschool. I am so excited for James and Lillian to be able to explore the world, not just look at it from a classroom!