Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monster Goose-Book Spotlight

Monster Goose, a compilation of 25 disgustingly witty nursery rhymes. It's Mother Goose in twisted backward way! You're kids will love reading these over and over.

I was reading this book to my son and he couldn't get enough. I love the rhymes and the illustrations. I have this book with all of my other Halloween books that have seemed to find its way out before October has even begun.

Monday, September 27, 2010

One for me, One for you

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I made a friend a peg board and of course, had to make one for me too! I'm just like a little kid who is sharing. . ."one for me, one for you. . ." I finally finished painting the kid's room. I love the blue and am going to accent with some white and another color I haven't decided on.

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This pegboard was so fun to make. I used the circular glass stones that I found at the Dollar Tree awhile ago. Instead of making magnets out of them like I normally do, I used them to decorate each peg.

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I modge podged scrapbook paper on the backsides of them and then adhered them to the pegboard.

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Who knows what will be hung of these. Maybe dress up or a jacket. Knowing my daughter, she will come up with something creative to hang from these. I won't be a surprise to find a shoe occasionally or a Barbie hanging for dear life. The possibilities are endless.






Saturday, September 25, 2010

Seljuk Family Sneak Peak

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with the Seljuk family. Our daughters were in the same class last year and were BFF's! Malea has the cutest personality and I think, may have a future career in modeling. She couldn't get enough of the camera and always had another pose ready!

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I love this family! Thank you SO much for letting me do this for you!

Monday, September 20, 2010

For Sydney

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This is my first project that I have made completely by myself. I want to learn how to use all of the tools so I can make whatever I want, whenever I want. Ben has been great at teaching me but a little cautious at letting me do it without his supervision. I think he's afraid I may cut some fingers off! I am too and so I am extra careful. I like my fingers.

This is a baby gift inspired by my sister in law's creations. I'm in the process of painting Xander and Mia's room and will be making one of these for them. I've got some fun ideas for theirs.

I'm also planning on making a shelf all by myself in the near future. I think Ben likes the idea that I like using tools. That means, no arguments when he wants to buy more!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If at first you don't succeed. . .

I haven't quite perfected the ability to take a picture and be in it. With my camera, the self timer only does one shot at a time. So I get the camera's settings ready and then I try to set everyone in place. I also try to remember to save a place for me.

Then. . .

I rush back to the camera and push the self timer.

Then. . .

I run and get myself into place.

Then. . .

I hope all my kids are looking at the camera.

ATTEMPT #1 Zoey has found something to point at.
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ATTEMPT#2 Zoey still looking at whatever has captured her attention.
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ATTEMPT #3 CJ taking one for the team.

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ATTEMPT#4 Weird faces by most of my kids. Zoey, still pointing.

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ATTEMPT #5 Zoey's signature pose, I guess. Let's call it the disco finger!

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ATTEMPT #6 Ben had to hold Zoey's hands down and the kids faces are cute except, we're not balanced!
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ATTEMPT #7 Phew! The best picture of the bunch! We stopped out of exhaustion.

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After the family pictures, we walked around.

Here's CJ learning how to take pictures. I was so gracious and let her practice with my Canon XTI, which I still use and love.
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Here's Zoey doing the thing she does best!
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I thought this one was pretty cool. I like how it shows movement.
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Xander being cute!
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Playing with the shutter speed is fun to do, fun to do, fun to do. Playing with the shutter speed is fun to do, to do, to do.
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A view of Oakland as the sun sets.

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All in all, a fun family adventure!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Brownie Icecream cone

I was enjoying my little guy so much today. He will just tell stories that are supposed to be his dreams or he'll tell a story, just to tell a story. He's also got a great imagination. While we were outside pretending when he told me, "Let's take the power of the dirt and throw it into the air and turn our house into candy!"

Power of the dirt?

I love how he thinks. We put our heads together and thought of how we could put brownies and icecream together in a clever way. This is what we came up with. . .

We made a batch of brownies. I also add some chocolate chips for extra chocolately-ness. I used a spoon and stuffed an icecream cone.
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Then, we scooped some yummy icecream on the top!
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It was a great combination!
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Zoey approved.
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I've also made cupcake cones with icecream on the bottom.
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What combinations can you make? The possibilities are endless!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Piggy Bank Money Counting Game-Kids Project

Materials:
1. Get the piggy bank clipart here and make your piggy bank boards by printing out on pink cardstock.

2. Dice (dotted, numbered or homemade)

3. Play coin money or real

Concepts taught:
Money recognition
Counting
Skip Counting

How to play:
1. Beforehand, decide which dice and which coin you will use. I like to use the dotted dice with young children. The number word dice is great for the 1st grader and on. Choose a nickel when you want to do skip counting by 5 or choose a dime when you want to do by 10 and so on.



2. Each child takes turn rolling the dice. The amount on the dice is how many they get of that coin. On my homemade die, I put a dot that when rolled, you must take one coin away. With the other dice, you could choose a number for that round that if rolled, that is how many is taken away.


3. Choose how many turns. Maybe after 10 turns, stop and count. This game could be neverending!


4. When the game has ended, it is time to count the coins. Have the children practice skip counting, if applicable or practice grouping. If counting pennies, your child could group by tens and then count.

5. The winner, if you choose to have one, is the one with the most money!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Getting back into the swing of things. . .

With the girls in school, I am back on a schedule. I like being on a schedule, now maybe I can get some things done. Right?

What's on my list? PAINTING. PAINTING. PAINTING.

I've got to finish painting the trim in the hallway and then onto the middle kid's room I go! I'm also going to be on the look out for some fun accessories in their bedroom. I'm already thinking about making a rain gutter bookcase, which will be tons of fun to make I'm sure!

In the meantime, let me entertain your eyeballs with this cutie. My friend made me a tutu for her birthday and I just had to take a few.

For your viewing pleasure and mine. . .
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