Last week, Hana Kate and I took on the project of making a new photo canvas for my office. I made one at the beginning of this year for my friend with a picture I took of her little girl. I loved how hers turned out, and made sure to take a similar picture of Justus in hopes of making a canvas like hers. (I took this photo with Justus on a black blanket. Photoshop can also be used to help make a dark or spotty background entirely black. He’s just 6 days old here; I can’t believe how much he’s changed!) Continue Reading…
The last few weeks we’ve been doing some fun experiments:
We made a giant bubble and went inside. Yes, we let our kids put their heads inside a plastic bag. Actually, it was so large that our whole family could (and did) go inside.
You can read about how to make one here, though the example shown looks a little different than ours. (And a small desk fan was sufficient to keep our bubble inflated.)
We’ve also had fun experimenting with water beads. It has proved a fun sensory experience for kids (and adults). Our friends T and A were with us last week, and we all enjoyed playing with the water beads. The picture below was only two packs of “grown” beads, and then we added two additional packs of orange and blue beads which were growing while this picture was taken. Apparently, some water beads can stain/release the color, but we haven’t noticed a problem with the beads we’re using. I bought ours via Amazon.
A few hours later, Hana Kate played with all the colors, and they had all grown to full size.
These beads are pretty neat. They are smooth and slippery, and if squished hard enough can be broken. They also bounce if dropped onto a hard surface. Hana Kate said, “Wow, Mommy! These look like marbles!”
Speaking of ‘b’ and experiments: I’m liking the result of the one I just tried. Hana Kate usually asks for a snack in the afternoon, which is usually goldfish (the crackers, of course), pretzels, or dried cranberries. However, my friend brought some raw broccoli for lunch and so I cut up the rest of the broccoli head and gave it to her as a snack…which she immediately consumed. For some reason, I rarely buy fresh broccoli. Guess that needs to change.
We are thankful to have a kid-size trampoline in our back yard. We don’t have a playground or swing out there, but this is sufficient to keep the girls busy and bouncing. Eden is currently in love with monkeys, and while she jumps she likes to say “do monkey!” “do monkey!” This video capturing her doing it is a little long, but from 10 seconds to 15 seconds is pretty funny as Eden walks into the pole.
We’ve also been enjoying exploring the fields and looking for interesting nature specimens to collect. Hana Kate prefers to put hers in a bucket. Last week we talked about turning over rocks and decided to see what kind of things we could find. (I did this a lot as a child, and found many earthworms and grubs.) After Eden turned over some large rocks, she found one that she needed help turning over. Well, upon turning over her rock we found…a black widow spider!!!! I tried to hurl my miniature boulder and crush it, and then we headed out of that field as quickly as possible! I was a little concerned when I noticed a bite on my arm…
Last night I tried this out as a way to relax HK after staying up a little later than normal.
It’s glow sticks in the tub. Target currently has a pack of 15 in their dollar section, and I only used about half of them (and could have used less). Daniel walked in and exclaimed, “Wow, it’s like a spa for kids!”
After a few fun “experiments” with Daddy, Hana Kate has been fascinated with things that dissolve. So this morning we combined that interest with her love for painting. We did Skittle painting, and got to see how crazy all that food coloring is!
Just a few bowls of water, and we added the Skittles and watched them dissolve and give us watercolors. Hana Kate even tasted it to see what the “paint” was like.
Now I get to see how washable our Skittle paints are! If it’s not, I guess I can console myself with the fact those shorts were 10 cents at a yard sale.
Her photos have, that is.
Today Hana Kate and I made a photo cube for Daniel to put on his desk at work. Well, actually, she just let me take her picture. You can make your own by going to Tabblo’s website and uploading your pictures. You’ll have to supply your own smiling baby, though.
In the last few years, I’ve had many friends get married and have had a few opportunities to host their bridal showers. Always looking for a creative, inexpensive idea, I wanted the brides-to-be to have a special, lasting memento of their showers. So I decided to combine the guestbook and my gift to the bride…in an apron!
Here’s what you need:
1. A plain white apron (You can purchase this at Wal-Mart or a craft store for $1 to $5.)
2. A permanent marker in the color of your choice
3. Cute ribbon to embellish the apron with (I prefer grosgrain.)
4. Iron on sticky tape/thread
At the shower, have guests “sign in” on the apron. After the shower, iron-on (or sew) the ribbon, and tada, you have a cute apron for the bride to use for years to come!
Markers: $1 (or free since most of you already have this item)
Iron Tape: ~$3 /Thread: $.50
Total: ~$3.50 to $11