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Maniacal Monday

What a strange Monday! Cutie Pie must be feeling better from his cold as he seemed to want to do everything and anything this morning without a moment’s rest! Sweet Pea was, of course, right there with him!

Where to start? I had initially wanted to finish the frozen paper art we started last week (I totally do not remember where I found this idea), but CP didn’t want anything to do with it and quickly became engrossed in something on his own. I decided to cut out egg shapes for Easter cards from the paper the boys scribbled on with colorful crayons and colored pencils last week and once the paper was on the table both were immediately there wanting to be involved.
We ended up making car track paintings on the reverse of the before mentioned artwork after saving some to make the cards later. We had done this car activity before and it is something CP loves to return to. (I found the idea at www.firstpalette.com weeks ago!) From there we cleaned the cars off in the sink (a VERY wet activity here), changed clothes and CP set to work “cutting pieces of salad”, which is his phrase for practicing cutting construction paper of any color. Then, with cars still on the mind, we ended up racing the cars that propel themselves to figure out which was the fastest. All the while CP and I were talking about what the differences were, how to tell which one won, and even how the track marks were different when painted on the paper. Throughout all of this SP was trying to eat everything he could get his hands on and even got his belly all paint by trying the table crawl while CP was painting. Way too much activity in one morning for a mom recovering from this nasty cold! It’s always interesting to see where our mornings take us!
BTW, I did take photos at some point today and will have to post them if I ever figure out how!

Sunday

I was hoping to have a fun or cute story to share today, but unfortunately I woke up this morning feeling like I’d been hit by a truck sometime in the sleepless night. Thankfully, I have a terrific, wonderful, caring hubby who has taken great care of my kiddos today as well as kept me resting, which is a hard thing to do with two boys who want to climb all over me whenever I’m in the sitting or laying down positions.

I was thinking any educational sort of thing flew right out the door this morning with that truck that hit me, however, a little earlier Hubby entertained the boys with a rousing indoor game of hide and seek – which is serving as great practice for Cutie Pie, my 3 yr old, counting to 10, and sometimes 19 by skipping from 12 to 15 to 20 then 19. Even earlier today while my Dear Hubby was cleaning up after dinner the boys grew quiet, so I poked my head in the dining room, er, drawing/coloring/easel room and was very happy to see Cutie Pie practicing his cutting skills while Sweet Pea colored next to him. What a pleasant surprise!

Sunday

I was hoping to have a fun or cute story to share today, but unfortunately I woke up this morning feeling like I’d been hit by a truck sometime in the sleepless night. Thankfully, I have a terrific, wonderful, caring hubby who has taken great care of my kiddos today as well as kept me resting, which is a hard thing to do with two boys who want to climb all over me whenever I’m in the sitting or laying down positions.

I was thinking any educational sort of thing flew right out the door this morning with that truck that hit me, however, a little earlier Hubby entertained the boys with a rousing indoor game of hide and seek – which is serving as great practice for Cutie Pie, my 3 yr old, counting to 10, and sometimes 19 by skipping from 12 to 15 to 20 then 19. Even earlier today while my Dear Hubby was cleaning up after dinner the boys grew quiet, so I poked my head in the dining room, er, drawing/coloring/easel room and was very happy to see Cutie Pie practicing his cutting skills while Sweet Pea colored next to him. What a pleasant surprise!

My First Post

I’ve been wanting to start a post for a while, but things always seemed to keep me from it. I have been recording first words, phrases and all the really neat things little ones do for the first time since my 3 year old was born. Cutie Pie has given us so many laughs and sweet moments, then Sweet Pea came along 16 months ago and has given us even more joy. I can’t justify simply writing things down in a notebook any more. I am hoping this blog allows me to write down simple Mom moments and memories and record photos that will be meaningful for me, but also give ideas and insight to others for daily life and fun with 2 adorable blonde boys and a wonderful best friend/hubby and Dad.

My First Post

I’ve been wanting to start a post for a while, but things always seemed to keep me from it. I have been recording first words, phrases and all the really neat things little ones do for the first time since my 3 year old was born. Cutie Pie has given us so many laughs and sweet moments, then Sweet Pea came along 16 months ago and has given us even more joy. I can’t justify simply writing things down in a notebook any more. I am hoping this blog allows me to write down simple Mom moments and memories and record photos that will be meaningful for me, but also give ideas and insight to others for daily life and fun with 2 adorable blonde boys and a wonderful best friend/hubby and Dad.

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Privacy Policy and Disclosure Policy

This policy is valid from 27 March 2010 This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog occasionally accepts any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org

Flowers for Great-Grandmother

Great-Grandmother visits once a year from California. We love it when she comes because we love family! This year the boys were old enough that we could actually make something for her that was nice and especially, made by them, not me from them!
I looked around a bit on the internet for ideas and saw several ideas for making flowers from egg cartons. Although I gleaned from these ideas, the end product isn’t necessarily like what I saw on any of the pages I just linked to (yes, there are 3 different ideas, so check them all out). We had two cardboard egg cartons to work with and no pompoms available. I sort of wanted to try using food coloring for the color, I’m not sure why, but it didn’t work very well.
First, after explaining to the boys the process of how we were going to create flowers, I cut out the bowl portions of the egg carton and poked a small hole in the bottom of each. Cutie Pie counted how many ‘flowers’ we had and counted out the same number of pipe cleaners to use as stems.
Then, I rounded the corners and tried to make each ‘flower’ a little different from the next. I thought about cutting each into petals, but working with a little 2-year-old made me hurry along and not do it, but next time I might try it.
Next, Cutie Pie and I placed each flower bottom into a puddle of watered down food coloring (placed in a cup of cupcake tin). While each soaked in its own color, we used eye droppers to drip different colors onto the petals. Unfortunately, the color didn’t soak in very quickly so the colors were pretty muted. This was a great science lesson reinforcing how colors combine to make new colors, though! Sweet Pea was really into this part of it and by the end, all of our flowers were a tint of brown. It was also a great fine-motor exercise for both boys!
Finally, after the flowers were dried on paper towels, Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea poked pipe cleaners through the holes (more fine-motor), bent them into funny shapes to hold them in the flower and stuck them all into a vase.
Here’s the end result, although, like I said the colors turned out muted, so they show up even less in the photo.

 

Next time I think I will try using straight food coloring or a bold paint. I also think making the stems green would make it look nicer, and might also play around with making actual petals. But, for working with a 2-year-old with a short attention span and wanting this to be a project made (almost) completely by the kiddos, I think this turned out great! Great-Grandmother loved them!