Friday, July 31, 2009
Today we had bean bag races followed by egg races. SO fun!!! This morning I stitched up these bean bags from old receiving blankets and filled them with rice. It takes about 5 minutes per bag. Very easy! I just cut a random size, stitched the wrong sides together, left a hole, turned them inside out and filled them with rice. I then ran a stitch across the opening. If you don't put too much rice inside you can do that last stitch with the machine.
First they raced with the bean bags on their heads. I was going to have them play relay style but I didn't think my girls would understand. So everybody went at the same time. When my girls get older, we'll do two teams (my son was too busy putting together a train set that he hasn't seen since our move and my youngest was off throwing a temper tantrum!)
My girls were totally into this and gave the boys some good competition!
I switched things up after several races. They each took a turn calling out the body part to hold the bean bag. We did one shoulder, the knees~hopping, the elbows out in front, the nose, and under the shirt!
Look at the air under my little one! Can you tell that she was loving this?
When we were done with the bean bags I got a package of eggs. The kids did their first ever egg race and LOVED it!
A three way tie, perfection! The were all so pleased to share the title!
All 5 kids in action and one hungry dog swooping in on the broken eggs!
I ended the fun when the kids were dripping with sweat. They've already asked to do this again so I'm sure we will go back out after they have a little rest. But we'll limit our yard to 18 eggs today!
All 18 eggs were cleaned up by Bear Bear. Gross, there's nothing that dog won't eat! I should have taken a picture but I didn't, I was too busy making the kids popcorn and getting a movie on!
Now, I am going to kick my feet up while they're all quite.....who am I kidding, somebody is going to need me in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1................
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This recipe is all over the web (just google play dough) and while we have tons of play dough, it was exciting and new because we made it together! Personally, I hate it. It's a texture thing for me. The dry flour on my hands is like nails on a chalk board! LOL But my kids loved it so of course I would do it again and again if they asked me! I used the new neon colors that I found at the market. Love them! ;)
A birthday cake!!!!
Such concentration while they baked and created different things!
My oldest daughter decided it was her younger sister's birthday! So she made this cake for her, candle and all and sang Happy Birthday to her!! It made my middle daughter feel so special that her big sister would choose her! She really looks up to her and I love to see them play so beautifully...it doesn't happen that often these days :(
She made a wish and blew out the candle! Hurry before it falls off the cake!
"MOM! Don't take my picture!" LOL
He knows me too well!
He's a big guy but play dough is one of those ageless things! The neighbors came over and even the 12 year old was hands on!
We sat outside and played for over an hour. We laughed about some of the things we made and there were some tears and stomping off which just means that they are really into it and taking it so seriously! The stomper did return renewed and the play dough fun continued.
I made my version of an Orangina drink. It's so hot out so I need to make sure the kids are drinking a lot of fluids, so something new is always a hit. I filled these large sport bottles with Orange/Tangerine Juice (tropicana) and then I added a little Sprite for the fizzies. They loved it and drank all of it and asked for more. Cheers!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I meant to have this activity follow after the day we caught butterflies. But since that was on a Friday, I suppose it doesn't matter. This week has been tough.
This was such a simple and fun craft. The kids colored my coffee filters with markers (which btw are now on sale as past of the back to school supplies! stock up on glue, crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc). All 4 of the kids wanted to keep going, I cut them off at 5 filters! So we now have 20 beautiful butterflies around our house!
After they colored the filters with the markers, they sprayed them with water which causes the markers to bleed, like tie dye! Let them dry and then gather them in the middle with a chenile stem and shape the antennas. Pinch them with a clothespin and draw a little face on the top of the clothespin.
As soon as I fully assembled each butterfly, one at a time, the kids would take them and run through the yard flying their beautiful butterflies! My middle daughter even ran with them in the butterfly net! When the rain chased us in, the kids played with them inside. When the kids were done playing with them I pinched them onto the blind pulls, and lamps around the house. They are all so proud to see their beautiful butterflies throughout the house.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Remember that show? (maybe it's still on?) I found this recipe for slime. I knew my son would have the best time with it, the girls.......I wasn't too sure about.
This one braved it and then quickly wiped it off, on my pot holders.
This sweet thing dipped her finger in and immediately wiped it off! And you can see the look on her face! She loved it, but she didn't want to touch it. So she played with it with a spoon.
My son, LOVED it!!! and if you scroll down, it didn't take him very long before he smeared it on his arms. HE is the reason we did this project outside!!!!
Total boy reaction.
My girls; nice and clean and having fun!
Here is the recipe:
Put the ingredients in a jar with a lid and have the kids shake it like crazy for a minute. Then pour the concoction into a pot and bring to a boil for one minute. Turn the heat down and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from pot and allow to cool.
The slime takes awhile to cool, so I split it up. I used 2 bowls and the rest went on a tin pan that I had saved from a bakery item. The girls had fun moving the slime around the large pan with spoons and for my son, he had his hands completely in the slime so the bowl was perfect for him. I did this on a cheapo tablecloth left over from the 4th of July. When we were done, I removed the bowls and gathered up the tablecloth with everythign else on it and threw it all out. I hosed off my son and we were all cleaned up in seconds!
My son wanted to keep the slim but it's just too easy to make so I promised him I would make it again. This is the first time that my middle daughter didn't ask me, "Can we do this again?" So while I want to say she enjoyed it, I don't think it was that big of a hit with the girls. This might be more of a boy activity. My son lives for getting dirty, while my girls are more girly girls. We had some good laughs and it was cheap fun. Now, what am I going to do with this huge bottle of Metamucil?! LOL (btw, i was so embarrassed when i bought it! )
Friday, July 24, 2009
We grew our own butterflies this spring and my son loved each stage of it. He was so excited to let them go freely and we watched them soar through our trees. Our backyard is full of butterflies and every time my son see's a painted lady butterfly he screams, "There's my butterfly!" Bless his heart, I won't tell him they're long gone by now!
Today was a beautiful sunny summer day and I thought it would be fun to run through the wet grass and try to catch some butterflies. I am sad to say that one butterfly was killed in the process....when the youngest flattened the butterfly garden. OPPS. Remember, we gave 6 butterflies life! Oh well, it was a wonderful learning experience for the kids and they had so much fun trying to run after the butterflies and catch them. They took turns with the net without fighting and each child was able to try to catch a butterfly.
I was going to have the kids make butterflies out of coffee filters but the kids were around the dining room table once again building more legos! All day today, if they were inside they were building! I took a few shots and I still need to upload some to yesterday's post but it's nearly midnight, so I will have to catch up over the weekend! ;)
First we caught a Painted Lady.
Walking with such care....it was later that she flattened the butterfly garden!
Another sighting!!!! RUN!
Bad shot of the butterflies here. We caught a beautiful Painted Lady and a pretty white with purple spot Moth. We tried for a Monarch but they were flying too high today. Although tonight when the kids were on the waterslide one landed on one of my butterfly bushes. I tried to get it without luck by the time I set down my margarita and camera! LOL 8 kids, one huge waterslide and all the mommies kicking back because it's Friday!!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My dining room and sunroom are covered with lego sets. The neighbors have all been here building with us. The girls built all the Belville sets, a palace, horse stables, and 4 pink houses. While the boys built pirate ships, race cars, hotels, a fire house, a beach house and so much more! My house is a disaster!!! But the kids had so much fun building. My son was a chatty cathy today. oh my gosh, I don't know where it all came from. "And once at band camp........."! LOL ALL day long!
I didn't take a single picture today, I just participated. I'll snap some tomorrow of the kids with their creations, although the weather forecast looks bad for tomorrow too so I'm sure the kids will spend another day building! I'll snap some then, I just didn't feel like it today.
I'm a big fan of Lego's. I grew up with them, nothing fancy like today, just the building blocks. It's a wonderful outlet for creativity and imagination. So, as a result, we have many sets. I kinda can't say no to Lego's! We have spent so many hours around the table building and having fun together. When my kids outgrow them, the sets can be handed down, or put away until my children have children. I know my kids will have fond memories of us building together.
I'll be back tomorrow.....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Is it ready? ? ? ? She's ready and waiting with her swimmies on!
Big sister tells the wee one what to do with pure excitement!
They could hardly stand still for this picture! They were so excited! We had to pull out two hoses to move the agonizing wait along!
Seeing all 4 of my children happy, laughing and playing together..........PRICELESS!!!!!!
All I can say is FUN!!!!!!
Bear Bear snuck in not once but twice! She so wanted to join in on the fun! We knew better with the puppy, he was safely in his crate!!!
Such a sneak!
We have been wanting to buy one of these slides for our kids for YEARS! However, our previous home was built on a mountain (which is the reason we're still stuck with it!) so there wasn't enough flat space for one. So as a perk for moving from their friends, schools and everything they knew as home, we promised we would get one of these slides. Every spring Sam's Club always had one and it was perfect. Now we shop at a Costco here in our new town. The slide they had was $800! Um, for material that can pop? And you would need a fire hydrant to fill it! It was crazy big. So that started a search all over the web and there were so many decisions and bad reviews, we just didn't know what to do! So I kinda put it off and then forgot about it. Then one day last week I got an e-mail from Amazon and all the slides were WAY on sale with free shipping, so I made the best decision I could and here it is. And it's awesome!!!! The joy, laughter and fun I witnessed today was priceless. I am one happy mom to see my children so happy.