Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I Didn't Give Up...

Well not really anyway.  We didn't complete the list, but we completed a lot of it.  I just ran out of time to blog. My small business got really busy. 

Here are a couple of highlights from the summer.  I'm taking on a smaller task of 50 for the winter and hoping to get back to this blog; I miss it.

Fishing

Eating Smores and Camp-Out

Hopscotch

Blowing Bubbles at the Children's Museum

Photo Booth

Going to the Library for story time
We only left about 15 things on our list.  All things I plan to accomplish in time, just didn't get to it before summer was over.  Thank you to every one who read/reads my blog.  And sorry, I wasn't able to keep up with it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Handprint Book A-F

We've been following a blog and making the handprints she has been making for each letter of the alphabet.  We changed it up a little.  Here are A-F.






Sunday, July 22, 2012

We've been busy

I haven't had much time to blog lately.  My business has been been slightly busy.  I'll post a few pictures of what we've been up to.



We painted with Shaving Cream

We went to a tractor show (I'll take pictures at the next one)
We blew bubbles
We mailed Flat Stanley to my brother in Texas

Monday, July 9, 2012

Popsicles and Play Dough

Today we made fresh fruit popsicles.  I got some popsicle molds from Walgreens, fresh fruit and some fruit punch.  Fill the molds with fruit (we used a premixed fresh fruit container from Meijer) and cover with fruit punch of apple juice.  They turned out pretty good. A tad on the sweet side for me, but Brock enjoys them.

Next I made some Jello Play Dough.  You can find a great tutorial here. I made the dough at like 11:30 last night, so I wasn't up for making a tutorial.  I still have more colors to make, but it takes a while to make each batch.  It smells so yummy though!

This is hands down the best play dough I've ever made.  I've made salt dough and it is always a little off and doesn't last very long.  However, try to find inexpensive Cream of Tartar because that makes the cost of this dough go up pretty quickly.  Also, I halved the recipe and it still worked pretty well.  It was a tad on the sticky side compared to the ones I did with the full recipe, but I think if we add a little more flour it will work out better.
On the list this week:  Bubble Blowing (though we do this often), Start an Handprint Animal Alphabet Book and maybe do one of our field trip things.  Not sure what yet. Also does anyone know where I can get air plants for our terrarium?

Living Room Camp Out

My husband doesn't do tent camping, in fact, he doesn't do any sort of camping really.  So when I made my list of 100 Things, I had intended on getting him to camp in one way or another.  Number 42 is Sleep in a Tent and since we can't really do it outside anywhere, I set up camp in the living room.  We also made smores!  Indoor camp outs are pretty fun.



Fast Asleep with the remains of his Smores still on his cheek
I know I've been slacking a little bit on getting theme weeks posted, but it just isn't working out that way.  We do our tasks as we get time and where the fall into our schedule.  Someday I'll get around and post what I had for theme weeks for your own reference.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

4th of July Fun

We knocked quite a few things off our list this weekend.  We went to visit grandparents, went swimming, watched a parade and fireworks, painted (colored) mugs for grandparents, went fishing...and I think that's it.  It was quite a fun week. But I don't think I need any more explanations...here are some pictures! At this point we have completed 36 things on our list.  Almost half way there!

Watching the parade



Fireworks!

She loved the fireworks...here she looks a little frightened but she wasn't at all.

My son and my brother...funny huh?


Buddies!

Brock's first fish!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ice Cube Sailboats and Ice Treasure Hunt


I thought I was really behind in the blog, but I'm not.  I guess we just haven't done much.  Well we did do sun printing, but I don't have an after picture yet.  So I'll share today's activity.  We did Ice Cube Sailboats and an Ice Treasure Hunt.

Ice Cube Sail Boats
Supplies:
*Ice Cube Tray
*Food Coloring
*Tooth Picks
*Squares of Paper
*Wax Paper

Fill the ice cube tray with water and add drops of of food coloring.  I did about 3 drops of each color and then mixed colors per box instructions.


I then covered the tray with wax paper (though my husband says I should have used seran wrap) and poked toothpicks through.



Add paper squares to your tooth picks.  (I used 2x2 inch squares of construction paper)


Set Sail!
I love the swirls that it made in the water.
What was left of our sail boats.
 
Ice Cube Treasure Hunt
Supplies
*Container to freeze water in
*Toys to freeze
*Ways to melt the water

I gave Brock a squirt gun, water bottle and a medicine dropper


When I froze the water, I did it in layers.  I filled my container up about 1/3 of the way and inserted some toys, then froze it and then added another 1/3 and added more toys and so on.

Our Dog Maci Cooling Off

This little guy came to visit.  There were two of them.  I can't believe how many toads we have this year.

Brock finally threw the ice block in the pool and let the water melt it.  Took the easy way out : )

I might not be around as much this week.  Mark has the week off and we've got some family stuff planned.  But when I get back, I'll probably have a huge post!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bleached Shirts

Today's activity didn't go quite as planned.  It turned out okay, and Brock is proud of his products so that is all that matters.

Today we made bleached shirts.  I found the idea here. Her's turned out so cute!

Here's my tutorial though not as good as the one above.

Supplies:
*Solid T-shirts (I get mine at Hobby Lobby)
*Bleach
*Spray Bottle with fine mist setting
*Squirt Guns

Process:

Cut a stencil out of freezer paper and iron to your shirt shinny side down.  Put a piece of cardboard in between the layers.

Before you allow your child to attack the shirts with a squirt gun, mist around your cut out so it is sure to stand out.  Then let your child squirt the front and back.  He should be wearing gloves, but I missed that step.  And yes his pants are backwards and he is wearing my old shirt ha ha.

Let this shirts sit in the sun for a few minutes to let the bleach take affect.  This won't take long and be sure not to let them sit too long or you'll get holes. 


Rinse, wash and dry.  I did this all with machine, but they were still a little damp so I hung them outside to snap this final picture. 

A few tips I have, don't let your child get too crazy.  I think ours got too wet and the freezer paper just didn't hold up.  Either way, it was pretty fun.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Picking Strawberries and Strawberry Shortcake

Saturday we went Strawberry Picking at Ed Dunneback and Girls Farm Market (facebook).  We had so much fun.  Some of the things on The List I'm uncertain of how Brock will react, or how much fun he'll have.  But he really seemed to enjoy picking strawberries.

Okay, so he's a little lazy when it comes to picking. : )


Caught you snacking!

Miss Emma hanging out



And of course the rewards are sweet.  My husband and Brock made Strawberry Shortcake on Sunday with the berries we picked! Yumm!



Caught you snacking again!

 

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