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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time flies

Yes. Here I am again. The one who can’t seem to make starting a new class in school, my husband working two jobs in one week with virtually no sleep, kids in  end of the school year activities, sick puppies and still write a blog. Sorry. But, this just means I have a lot of catching up to do.

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I woke up this morning thinking, “This is going to be a good day. I am going to accomplish EVERYTHING on my list. First thing…check on the pool and go buy pool shock. Needless to say, I was shocked when I looked out over the deck.

No, that is not sea foam…I don’t know what it is. I am almost in tears since the kids have been waiting THREE days to jump into that water. I feel like I have disappointed them. So, off to the pool shop with a sample of water to fix this problem.

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On a lighter note, I do have good news. Last week was an eventful week for the Robertson household. Jessie and Connor had their last choir performance. They did great. They sang songs about Noah’s Ark…”the animals, they came in, they came in by twosies twosies…” SO CUTE! The kids graduated from their cubbies class at church last wednesday earning their little cubbie bear for thier vests. They were so excited getting ready to go.

Then, when it was time for the kids to go up front and say their pledge and sing thier song, Jessie started to cry reaching her arms out for me. She cried the whole time. Through the ceremony, during play time, and even at the ice cream social afterwards. I felt so bad that this was the way it ended for her. I still don’t know why she acted that way. Girls.

Connor on the other hand was full of energy, poking Mr. Bone while he was talking, giggling with Logan, walking all over the stage. He played until it was time to leave. I am glad one of my children appreciated it.

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The last day of the first year of preschool was last week too. I remember how my heart felt when I took them to their first day. I remember coming home and feeling empty, crying, and talking the entire time on the phone with my best friend…who by the way assured me that it gets easier and eventually I would appreciate the time to myself…

You know what…she was right.

Jessie, Connor, and I made their teachers little gifts. I didn’t want to give them something cheesy and the kids love to craft. So, we made them “mini” Household Notebooks”…inspired by my friend (who is having a baby boy by the way) in Wyoming. She made me one. I will post about it later. She can make one for you too. Just go to her BLOG and click on House hold Notebook. They are very practical and rewarding and helpful in keeping everything about your home organized. Ans she is so creative when putting the book together. Thank you Lacey!

Here are pictures of the covers of the ones we made for Jessie and Connor’s teachers.

And that was that. We grabbed our gifts, drove to school for the last day (hot dog lunch party) and our summer began.

I am so glad they enjoyed it. I have no regrets putting them in this year. They have grown from it and so have I.

So, BRING ON THE SUMMER!

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