Friday, May 31, 2013

Coffee Filter Butterflies


The other day we made coffee filter butterflies. This was a simple but fun craft that kept the small people entertained for quite a while.

Supplies:
Coffee filters
Pipe cleaners
Washable markers
Spray bottle

Instructions:
1. Fold the coffee filter in half. Use the markers to decorate the filter. They'll need to press down so that the color goes through both halves of the filter. Bold lines or dots work well.
2. Using the spray bottle, spritz the filter with a little water. (Don't use too much or all of the color will run off of the filter.) You can do this with the filter still folded, or you can unfold it. I recommend putting a paper plate under the filter to catch the colored water so it doesn't stain your table.



3. If you sprayed the filter folded, unfold it. Let it sit to dry.



4. Once the filters are dry, wrap a pipe cleaner around the center, using the ends to form antennae. (I'm not sure why Sassy Pants was wearing a bike helmet, especially since it isn't hers.)




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Baptism



Both Ballerina and Soccer Girl were baptized this month. Here they are in the jumpsuits they had to wear in the baptistery. I am super proud of both of them!!
I'd love to see your Wordless Wednesday! Link up below!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day


Did you know there was a difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day? I had always assumed everyone knew the difference, but after a conversation with some friends yesterday, I learned that isn't the case.
(Giving credit - my friend Tricia posted the following information on FB yesterday, saving me time having to look it up myself.)

Memorial Day was first kept as "Decoration Day" in 1868 when loved ones from the North and South decorated the graves of the dead (Union and Confederate) at Arlington Cemetery located at the home of the great general Gen Robert E Lee. After the Great War (WW1) the ceremonies were extended to all war dead. This tradition carries on today. Memorial Day has ceremonies at 3pm at a cemetery or memorial.
http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/26/why-memorial-day-is-confused-with-veterans-day/

Veteran's Day
On the 11th hour, 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918 the Armistice to cease the hostilities of the "Great War" was signed. Known for many years as Armistice Day it became Veterans Day after the Korean War. It is a time to honor all US military for their service to the nation.
http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-veterans-day

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2013 Summer Fun List

It's SUMMERTIME!!

Last summer I came up with a list of 50 Summer Activities. I've done some tweaking to the list this year, deleting some things that didn't work for our family and adding some others. The number is a little over 50 now. I've separated them into categories: trips, indoor activities, outdoor activities, and in the kitchen. I gave each category a color and spray painted craft sticks to match. Then I wrote the activities on the correct color sticks and put them in a pot. Now, all we have to do is choose a stick of the appropriate color each day.

Here's the list:
Places to Go
  • Splash Pad
  • Library
  • Park
  • Outdoor concert
  • $1 Movies
  • Bike ride
  • Local historical sites
  • Aquarium
  • Museum
  • Swan Lake
  • Go get milkshakes
  • Go bowling
  • Picnic
  • Pool
Indoor Fun
  • Tie-Dye Suns
  • Painted sticks
  • Gum drop architecture (gum drops or marshmallows and toothpicks)
  • Sponge Jenga
  • Make sock puppets
  • Reading Day
  • Movie Day
  • Game Day
  • Melted crayon art
  • Lego building contest
  • Decorate t-shirts
  • Make bird feeders
  • Make slime
  • Puzzle day
  • Bubble painting
  • Make paper bag puppets
  • Paint with marbles
  • Coffee filter paintings
  • Make ice boats
Outdoor Fun
  • Yard bowling
  • Shishka-ball
  • Water color with squirt guns
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Play hopscotch
  • Play tag
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Play frisbee
  • Melt ice blocks with water guns
  • Have a water gun war
  • Make sidewalk paint
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Play with playdough
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Ice painting
  • Splatter painting
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Alphabet Walk
In the Kitchen

Our Zoo Trip, Part 2

If you noticed in the first part of Our Zoo Trip, there weren't many (any) pictures of The Boy. I promise, we did take him with us.

The family of one of his good friends also went with us, and all of the small people had a great time hanging out together.




We have a picture of The Boy and his friend in the same spot several years ago, so we thought it would be fun to take a new one.

For part of his birthday gift, our friends paid for The Boy to do the Sky-High Safari, a 4-story vertical ropes challenge. He had a blast!! Normally he's not a big fan of heights, but he conquered his fear to do this.













Friday, May 24, 2013

Our Zoo Trip




I mentioned before that The Boy wanted to go to the zoo for his birthday. The forecast was for rain all day, so I wasn't sure how much fun we would actually have. But since he wanted to go anyway, we went. It rained off and on for the hour drive there. I forgot to have the small people bring their rain jackets, but thankfully we had several umbrellas in the van. So we picked up the umbrellas and headed in to the zoo.

Fortunately for us, the weather guessers weren't entirely accurate, and after about 30 minutes, the rain ended.
 

The rain brought slightly cooler temperatures, though, so most of the animals were out and about.


























There were a bunch of statues that the small people (especially Sassy Pants) wanted to take pictures with.


We also got to feed the lorikeets. I think the birds weren't really hungry that day because the small people were having to coax the birds to eat.


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