Thursday, October 28, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 37 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

There was a community Halloween event last week that we took the kids to. Now these are not the costumes they want to wear for actual trick-or-treating, but since I did not have those pulled together quite yet, we did some creative thinking with our dress-up clothes and came up with some pretty cute outfits! Hubby was nice enough to get a couple pictures of me and the kids. :)

Mommy and Little Red Riding Hood:

Mommy and all three kiddos:

My cowgirl, little red riding hood, and construction worker:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Little Orange House

You may have already heard this little story before, but I heard it for the first time at story time today at the library. I searched for it online because I thought it was kind of a cute little Halloween story. Go check out The Little Orange House. :)

A new ice cube tray

Olivia tried eating the markers while we were doing the acorn craft, so I found something different for her to work on. The other day at Walmart I saw this ice cube tray, meant to make the long skinny tubes that would fit in a water bottle. I thought for sure that could come in handy for something, and bought it.

I gave Livi the ice cube tray and some clothespins and she went to work putting a clothespin in each hole. I have also had her do this using the drink stir sticks. When we use the drink stir sticks, I work with Ella to make a pattern out of the colors. Good fine motor and hand eye coordination for Olivia and some patterning skills for Ella!

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Acorn Art

My friend Tonya did this activity with her little girl and I thought my kids would love it too. So while we were at Grammy and Papa's a couple of weeks ago we collected a bunch of acorn caps.
When we got home we took our markers and colored the inside.

Tried to do at least two of each color so we could use it as a matching game and maybe also do some patterns.

Put some glue in the caps and let dry over night.

And now we have a shiny, pretty new centerpiece at the table made by the kids!

Thanks for sharing this idea Tonya! The kids love playing with them. :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 36 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Last week, Hubby took a day off of work so we could all go to the pumpkin patch together. We had such a fun time exploring this, new to us, pumpkin patch.
A wonderful woman who was on the wagon with us out to the pumpkin patch and corn maze offered to take our family picture. Wasn't that so awesome?!
So here is me with my whole family. Love it!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin art

Just thought I would share a couple little jack-o-lantern art projects we did the other day. The first was just a paper plate that they painted orange. It looks like in this first picture Olivia has just taken a lick of the orange paint, and Ella has decided to paint her hand. Isn't painting with three little ones fun!

Yep, definitely not liking the taste of that paint!

After the paint dried, I had cut out a few simple shapes for them to glue on as the face.

Our other craft was just a brown paper lunch bag, painted orange, stuffed with newspaper and tied at the top with a string. We added little faces to these as well.
Besides Olivia's mouthful of paint, I think they had fun making their creations. :)

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 35 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Aidan got his new issue of Highlights High Five this week and we sat down on the couch to read it together. It took his sisters about 2.5 seconds to climb up and join us. :) Anytime mommy sits down, apparently everyone has to be right on top of her. So we all read Aidan's magazine together and I made hubby take a picture of us. :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

iPod Touch fun!

Hello everyone! We have a new toy in our house. An iPod Touch! We are probably way behind the times and you are all thinking, she is just NOW getting one? :) And yes we did and are having a lot of fun with it.

I like it because it helps feed my internet and facebook addiction. :) I am also loving it for some of the apps I have downloaded that I thought the kids might like and help keep them busy at doctor appointments or the like.

A couple of my favorites are:

iWriteWords - I am loving this one for Aidan and I am sure Ella will be enjoying it soon as well. Aidan is still working on the correct way to write some of his letters. He is a lefty and I have been noticing that he starts writing his letters from the bottom and going up. Does anyone else notice this with their lefty or is my kid just backwards? This app has been great practice for him in the correct way to write a letter and he really seems to be enjoying it. It has upper and lowercase practice as well as words, upper or lowercase. I tried the Lite version of it first since it is free and really liked it so we paid for the full app which is $2.99 right now I think.

Shape Builder - Another excellent app that has many different puzzles. Once you get all the pieces in the correct spot the shape turns into the animal or instrument or whatever and plays its sound. Aidan really likes this one as well. It is only 99 cents.

Planets - This app is free and my little astronomy boy is loving it! It isn't exactly an app for kids, but it has a lot of great info about the planets, when they are visible, a 2-D or 3-D image of the night sky with all the constellations named. We are really enjoying this one - especially for free!

These are just a couple of the ones we have discovered so far. I will share a few more later, but would LOVE to hear your favorites. I am new to the world of iPod and would love to hear your suggestions on apps that you or your kids love. Thanks!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 34 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Just a couple self portraits and one taken by my little man. Ella wanted to try with the camera too, but she was making me too nervous that she was going to drop it. :)

Me only partially smiling, partially instructing Aidan, when he figured out how to snap the picture. :)

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Book Slings

Did you all see the fabulous book sling in Family Fun magazine? Or perhaps you saw it awhile ago at Penny Carnival like I did and have been wanting it for the kids rooms for awhile. My awesome mom-in-law whipped up a super fun space one for my son:

And a pretty flower one for Ella:

The kids love sitting in their beds and having some of their favorite books right at their fingertips. Love it! Go to either of the links above for the directions on how to make these awesome book slings!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dinosaur Eggs

Aidan is still very interested in dinosaurs. He also loves getting his hands dirty and smooshing things in his hands. I had come across this craft a couple of weeks ago but then just put it in my head for things to do. Then Aidan was outside tapping two rocks together and saying he was trying to crack the dinosaur egg - which meant it was definitely time to do this craft!

I won't rehash the whole process because it is laid out wonderfully over at Preschool Rock. Check out that link to get the recipe for the dough.

All three kids had a great time with the dough molding it around our tiny plastic dinosaurs (I see they are back in the dollar spot at Target if you are in need of some).
It did take a couple of days for the rocks to dry. I should have tried the hair dryer method they advised on the Preschool Rock site. But make sure you find a sunny warm spot and you should be fine.

We had the tape measures out to decide where we wanted to place some new trees we were planting in our yard, but Aidan wanted to see which egg was the biggest, so we did!

Pounding away trying to get the dinosaurs out.

And, just like a true paleontologist, he used a brush to gently remove the rest of the dirt and sand.


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