Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Twice a year we decorate cookies; at Halloween and at Christmas. Not sure why those 2 holidays make us feel like eating cookies with frosting and sprinkles, but that's just the life that we live. I made some whole wheat sugar cookies that were very good but not too sweet. Adding the sugary frosting and sprinkles makes them perfect. Orange frosting, sprinkles and candy corn = happy kids and delicious cookies.
Magnolia turned 4 last Saturday, the 22nd. We had a little birthday party for her at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe downtown with family and some of her friends from the neighborhood and from church. It was a nice day and there was plenty to keep the kids busy between playing on the indoor playplace to having lunch to playing some more to having cake to playing a little bit more.
Here is the birthday girl pre-party.
I have been letting the girls get more crafty lately and play with glue and stickers; ink and paint; and beads and strings. After baby brother is born in December we will probably be spending 5 days a week hunkered down indoors at home until April. Thats a lot of time to get bored and watch plenty of movies. So to combat that a little bit I am trying to find artsy activities that the girls like. Some favorites so far are stringing large beads onto pipe cleaners to make bracelets and necklaces for their dolls, drawing faces on paper and gluing on googlie eyes, cutting anything and pasting anything and stamping anything. I saw this idea on Pinterest and we tried it out. I got an ink pad with many different colors at a craft store. I couldn't find anything that said washable but this one did say "could only be used on fabrics if blah blah blah..." so I figured it must wash out of fabrics pretty easily and it did. White pants, blue ink and good as new. We gathered a couple of unsharpened pencils and used the erasers as stamps. Easy, colorful and interesting. The sky's the limit with the number of patterns you could make with circles. This would be especially great of older kids who could make some impressionist style prints.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Fall has arrived and is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. We had a good week of about 80 degree temps recently and while I tried not to complain about it too much, the pregant part of me is welcoming 60 degree days (as long as the sun is still shining). The hotter temps did allow for some nice outdoor fall activities however.
Look how amazing these colors are. I wish I could say this was my backyard, but then I probably wouldn't be writing this post since I'd be outside enjoying a mug of hot cider surrounded by the beauty.