Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tortoise Love

Our neighbors found a tortoise in the street and decided to rescue it to later release it out in the country. The kids loved this turtle…so much they kept asking if they could keep it.

Connor has a love for every animal (species) he comes across. Instant attachment.

This is Robbie. He found the turtle and shared it with my kids. He also has a pet leopard gecko, tarantula, and an American Bulldog. He also goes frog hunting with the kids. Such a passion!

I let the kids use Crayola fingerpaints to paint the tortoise’s shell. They loved it! The turtle didn’t care that four little kids were hovering over it. It was really funny watching them try to paint while it slowly walked through the yard.

It was hours of enjoyment. I wonder if we could meet a tortoise everyday.?

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The Creek

Drew and I took the kids to the creek by Mastadon State Park (which we still haven’t visited). It was delightful. It was eventful. It was a perfect day with our family (including the old hound dogs).

The dogs were in HEAVEN!

I used to go crawdad hunting with my little brother when we were younger. I think I was a lot braver then, because it took A LOT of encouragement to show Drew and the kids how to pick one of them up. But, I did it. Noone was even willing to try. The kids thought I was kind of SUPER for holding it.

Connor found this GIANT ant walking across a log. He had to have it. He even asked if he could bring pet “Anty” home with us…UH, NO!

Jessie was chasing the swarm of dragonflies. They were everywhere! It was almost magical…kind of like the movie Legend with Tom Cruise. I loved it.

Such a great day. Logged in my memory forever.

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Phoebe Jackson

We finally had the chance to see the new Pheobe Jackson, who is a week old. She is so tiny and such a good baby. She is a miracle and so beautiful. Congratulations Dan and Marge! We were so glad to finally meet her.

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I LOVE crayola

I am absolutely overjoyed by the products crayola has come out with lately. The kids were gifted a blow up crayola brand eisel for Christmas from their grandparents. I had forgotten all about it being tucked away in the storage closet in the basement. Then, the other day, I came across it and brought it outside.

You can use finger paint or chalk…or both. The kids opted for using the paint because then they could get all messy.

They had so much fun. They would paint, then hose it off and start all over. Such a creative way to let the kids do art.

Even Popcorn, one of our ferrets, decided she wanted to play in the paint.

She kept taking the paint bottle caps and trying to hide them…such a little theif! At least everyone can enjoy Crayola products!

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1/2 birthday

Drew and I decided to give Jess and Connor half birthday parties due to so much chaos around Christmas time. Their friends were always gone, family is usually busy, Christmas presents are overwhelming, and we just felt they would be missing out on the whole “birthday” experience.

This year we had a carnival birthday party. As much as I stressed out preparing for the BIG day, the kids had an absolute blast! They are still talking about their party. We are so grateful to EVERYONE who came. It was so important to Jessie and Connor…and me.

Drew built this ticket booth for the party. It turned out FANTASTIC! Thank you honey!

That’s me. Thinking Iwas going to be able to capture every moment on my camera. WRONG! So, I have to say thank you to Rick, who is always a life saver. Some of these pictures are his (like the one of me) and, Dad, I am so thankful!

Drew and I made chalkboard signs for each of the games.

Drew’s cousin, Chris, volunteered to do face painting. The kids loved it! You did such a great job. Thank You!

They all loved the potatoe sack race…me too.

alligator ring toss.

My friend, Dawn, let us borrow her maize and basketball shoot. The kids had to race through the maize tunnel and once they were through, they would shoot the balls into the basket ball shoot. It was fun…a little competition.

I borrowed this giant parachute from our church. It was the one thing the kids wanted at their party the most. I am so grateful to Ron for letting us borrow it. Thank you!

Sadly, this year we did not get to enjoy the wonderful cakes made by Aunt Marge (who delivered her new baby girl the day before the party). But, I did find this colorful tiered cake online and searched for a bakery who could make it. Thank you, Catherine. It was delicious and perfect.

After the kids opened their presents, Drew and I had them give all their friends their party bags and treats. We had tubs of cotton candy, rainbow swirly lollipops, punch balloons, and jumping beans. Jessie and Connor couldn’t wait to hand them out.

Happy 1/2 birthday Jessie!

Happy 1/2 birthday Connor!

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Dinosaur Fossils

I came across the coolest Web blog a couple of weeks ago that has the most FANTASTIC crafty ideas for kids. I actually gasped when I scrolled through all the ingenius ideas before my eyes. Check out her blog: That Artist Woman.

Making dinosaur fossils was our first project. The kids love to go on scavenger hunts outside and I thought this was a great way to peak their imaginations. So, I picked a Saturday and invited Logan, their best friend from across the street, to come help us out.

I have to warn you, this project takes all day until it is completed, so luckily I had other activities planned out to keep them entertained until the fossils were finished.

We started off by making the salt dough. SUPER FUN!

such a great moosher

Drew and I even got into the fun!

Then it was time to cut out our circles in the dough. You could probably make these any shape you want, but we followed the instructions from That Artist Woman. You have to roll the dough out, keeping it about an inch thick. We used a coffee mug to cut our circle size.

Then they pressed leaves, flowers, and plastic dinosaur toys into the dought to make the fossile shapes.

Then it was time to bake them. My advice…let them burn if you want. You aren’t going to eat them and if they are not hard enough after baking, they will get soggy when you paint them and add the modge podge. So, after twe hours of bake time, the kids finally painted them.

after the paint dried, we coated them with modge podge. Then let that dry.

After it is dry, the kids can hide them, toss them, or whatever they want. It was a great way to keep them busy and they play with them almost every day. Check out That Artist Woman’s blog for more fun and crafty activities. We will be doing more soon!

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Memorial Day Weekend

I am happy to announce the pool was up and running in time for Memorial Day weekend. Thank goodness!

We had perfect weather for swimming and I would say out of the 72 hour weekend, 15 of them were spent in the pool. That’s what I love about warm weather. It is so much easier to entertain the kids when outside activities are involved.

The pain of opening the pool is so worth the look on the kids faces and the giggles that ring out with the splashes of water. Jessie is so much braver this year; jumping in off the deck and going under water. Connor is still a little cautious about his head going under and Logan is already swimming better without his ring. It’s going to be a great summer and I am so glad we have this pain in the butt pool.

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