Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Penny Checkers by Diana Carolyn Ice-Kids Project



Game time! I love games, don't you? Here's a fun one I played with my kids the other day. If they are younger, you will have to show them how to make one penny jump over the other one. My five year old had a hard time understanding where to jump. Just model a few jumps.

1. Put a penny one each of the spaces except 13.


2. Jump one penny over the other and remove from the board.

3. Try to see if you can leave only one penny on the board.

Have fun!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday Walkabout

Sundays.

Ahhhhhh.

A day to take it easy, go to church, rest, and spend time with my family. The kids are perfectly behaved. They listen to me and obey my every command. My husband and I exchanged quick smiles as we watch our kids sit reverently in church. No crying or fighting or complaining the entire day. The kids take care of themselves and I get a nice fulfilling nap. The house is kept clean and I feel good about life.

And then. . .I wake up.

For some reason, I think that Sundays should just be that way. Yesterday, was not even close. The kids started the day off with fighting and whining and crying. I was in a bad mood even before I arrived at church.

By the time we got our kids to bed, I popped my nightclothes on and was ready to pass out until I noticed the perfect lighting outside.

I had a great idea.

An idea that would make my day all better!

I quickly put clothes on and ran outside with my camera to catch whatever I could before the precious light faded.

This is what I got:

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and these trees that I have blogged about before, I caught at different moments and each time captured different colors as the sunset.

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My therapy.

I feel so much better.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Grocery List Book-Kids Project


From my other post, you can probably tell, how much I love making books. Really, you can make a book for anything.

I got this idea, because "X" loves the ads that come in the mail.

I made a book with pages like: Vegetables, Fruit, Meat, Dairy, Favorites

On each page, he looked through the ad and cut out the vegetables for the Vegetable page and so on.
This was a great activity for several reasons:

#1 He practiced cutting and pasting.
#2 He learned the food groups
#3 He learned sorting
#4 He had his own personal book at the end.

I've also used grocery ads to teach the concept of money with older kids. You can cut out some of their favorite foods with the prices and pretty much "play store" with them and practice counting money.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Homemade Ribbon Hair Clips

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I really wanted to make headbands but haven't fully researched everything. I've been looking for ribbon with elastic. Does that exist?

So, for now, hair clippies it is.

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This is my inspiration for this project and she doesn't even have enough hair yet! I'm getting ready early, so I can be fully prepared for major cuteness.

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All you need to make these are alligator clips, scrapbooking ribbon (which works alot better than regular), and a hot glue gun.

The bows proved to be trickier than it looks, for me anyways. Maybe I am bow challenged. I'm sure there is probably an easier way to make them, I just had some that someone made for me and tried to copy it.

Make sure when you are gluing down the bow that you glue more than just the middle. Make sure you get the sides. You want the bow to be secured.

I learned this the hard way when I put them in my middle daughter's hair and one of them just came apart so easily.

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The last thing to do is to find a way to store them. Be creative!

Friday, March 12, 2010

It has arrived!

My lens arrived right before I had to pick up M from school. I quickly unwrapped it and put it on my camera, took a couple of pictures (because I just couldn't wait),loaded the kids, and took my camera with me. It has been raining off and on all day, but at that moment, there was no rain!

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I took a picture of M, as we rushed to the car. I was hoping to get a few more, but it started to sprinkle and I didn't want to take any chances.

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I wanted to see the difference in picture and quality. Here is a pic using my 50 mm lens:
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Same spot but with my 24-70mm lens:
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The wide angle is awesome!

Guess what I am going to be doing this weekend?

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Homemade Wheat Bread

I've been wanting to use my wheat flour to make some homemade bread for awhile now. I wrote it on my whiteboard in the kitchen hoping that I would actually do it. I even have this really cool Kitchen Mill by Blendtec, thanks to my MIL. I kept putting it off because, let's face it, it's not a quick and fast make.



Why does everything have to be fast for me?

We all know that in order to get some of the best things in life, we have to be patient and wait. And so, yesterday, I tried working on patience.


Found this recipe online. I like it because it's simple (simple is even it its title) and it doesn't call for ONLY wheat flour but a combination.

Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients
• 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
• 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
• 1/3 cup honey
• 5 cups bread flour
• 3 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.

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So glad I took the time to make it. My kids goobled it up. They really like the mini loaves that I made. The mini loaves reminded me of the Wonder minature loaves they used to hand out at the grocery store when I was a kid. Anyone out there remember that? I remember it being such a wonderful treat for me.

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A friend asked me last night, if I make homemade bread every week. I quickly blurted out a definite, "No". In fact, it's been at least a year, maybe more, since the last time I made bread.

My mom once told me that she knew her mother loved her because she would make homemade bread every week. She must have known how much time it took for her mother to make it. The bread was made with love!

Not that you have to make bread to show your kids you love them, but I think that your kids notice your efforts.

Even when you think they don't.

They do.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

McCallister Family Sneak Peak

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I had the best time with the McCallisters! They are probably one of my favorite families that I have met since I've moved. They have the cutest little boys!
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The littlest one started out strong with smiles galore!
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Pretty soon, he let us know that he just wanted to hold his Mommy and be done with pictures!
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I love this one!
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He loved eating the wood!
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His big brother on the other hand, was a great sport and he didn't even want to chew on the wood!
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The little guy loved jumping, so we had to do a jump picture.
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When we decided we were done, he decided that he was going to be happy. We were able to capture these cute smiles.

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Thank you for letting me take your pictures! I had so much fun!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Can't wait! Can't Wait! Can't wait!

I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve, overflowing with anticipation. I have finally ordered a much coveted lens that I have been drooling over for a over a year now. I want to jump up and down and dance around with joy and it hasn't even arrived yet. I've been tracking it on UPS and it has been shipped already.



Oh my new baby, I will love you and take good care of you. I will love taking pictures with the wide angle. I will love the amazing color and razor sharp images that you will give me. I will love how fast you are, the USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) will surprise me again and again. Your f/2.8 across the zoom range will make me smile non stop.

Ahhhhhh! I can't wait!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!-Kids Project


Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! What are you going to do today to celebrate Dr. Seuss? Eat green eggs and ham? Read Fox in Socks?

Check out some of my ideas

Here are some other activities:



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Have a very Seussy Day!