Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I did it!  I survived the first day of all children being in school full time.  Yesterday was the first day of school.  C learned to take the city buses to school and R started grade one.  I had a ton of errands yesterday to keep me busy so I wouldn’t focus on the fact that I have no more babies at home.  I still fought off tears twice.  Once when I dropped R off at school and once when lunchtime came around and I had no one to pick up from school.  Both kids were super excited when they got home from school and couldn’t wait to tell me all about their days.  It warmed my heart and I radiated pride.
Today was a different story.  I tried to settle into my new routine but when the afternoon came, I missed that time that R and I had together doing “Special Learning” which was often a simple educational game or activity.  I became rather sluggish and found it difficult to keep my focus on tasks at hand.  The house was so quiet.  I put on my audio book and tried to get into my chores but I kept pausing the book and checking each noise to make sure I wasn’t missing a phone call that my children needed me…they didn’t.  After checking the phone 2…million times, it was finally time to pick R up.  Thank goodness.  Here’s to getting better at this tomorrow!
Take Care,
D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Last night was our Mom’s Night Out.  A few moms who met at our children’s school got together last night.  The Mom who organized this get-together has been discussing this idea of us having outings once per month where it’s just the moms with no children.  We would have a project or something planned for that night which we would all enjoy as a night out.  Most of us have Mommy syndrome where we don’t really have a special something of our own and some of us, like me, don’t even know where to begin to have something that’s just for us.  This gives us some direction and something fun to try out.  This gathering was a Stampin Up Card Making Workshop.

One of the moms is a Stampin Up demonstrator so she got some Halloween product in and made some cards as templates.  We simulated the templates with slight modifications to personalize the cards a little.  The simplicity and step-by-step instruction was fabulous for those of us who are not extremely creative, are easily overwhelmed, and/or are new to stamping or card-making.

Throughout the night we made several different cards saving the most complicated-looking one for last.  The last card is a waterfall card.  This is my finished card.  Ain’t it pretty?
Although the night ended at 2am and I was very tired this morning when the kids got up, it was soooo worth it.  What a great night.
Take Care,
D

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The end of the summer seems to be upon us.  School is approaching and the temperatures are dropping to single digits at night.  Some back to school parties may be planned or end of summer barbeques and when I saw this craft I had to post it.  What a fantastic idea!  I can foresee the following site being highlighted quite a bit in the coming months for kid craft ideas.
Photobuckethas the following craft idea to spruce up any drink in the dark.  Follow the link below to get the simple instructions.
Take Care,
D


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Making Memories ... One Fun Thing After Another: Glow In The Dark Drinks: What could be better than a drink that glows in the dark, right? Darn right! My kids thought these were so much fun. We made them on the ...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

We have a dwarf apple tree in our front yard.  It always produces a few wonderful apples, but this year it went bananas crazy.  The poor tree’s branches were weighed down so heavily from all the apples we were afraid they might break.

Yesterday an apple fell, signalling that they are finally ready to be picked.  C and R went to work picking all the apples.
You can see that the tree is not large, R isn’t standing on anything and C could reach the tallest branches.

Here’s our bounty from the harvest.

And what do you do when you have too many apples?  Have an Apple and Iced Tea stand of course!
R, his friend C-Boy, and C
showing off their first sale.


Take Care,
D

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I can’t wait to try this craft idea!  I found this over on

It is a super simple craft idea and you can likely buy the supplies at the dollar store.  I love it and hope you do too.
Take Care,
D


Light Up Lightning Bugs at Craft Gossip
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Games where kids can learn are always the best in my books.  Today, I decided to get old-school.  I pulled out the white board and taught R to play hangman.  I drew the hangman with the parts pulled apart so that he would see how many pieces we had to put it together.  I also listed the entire alphabet at the top.  Then we limited our word selection to colors.  I went first to show R how it’s played.
I selected a color, then placed the number of spaces for each letter at the bottom.  R selected letters and I either wrote in the letter for a right answer or a part for a wrong answer.  When he got one right, I would suggest that he think of colors with that letter sound in it.  He did a great job never getting more than 4 wrong letters.  For his turn, he used some of our color flashcards so that he could be certain how many spaces and where the letters go.
We had a great time and I think he became a little more familiar with his color sight words.
Take Care,
D

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I found this blog post on
and thought it was fabulous.  This covers most craft ideas I get at home and can keep kids busy for a while.  The article discusses craft supplies for Toddlers but these are the basics I use with my school-aged son and usually what my teen needs for school projects too (along with poster board). Check out the article below!

Take Care,
D

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About three weeks ago I asked my Facebook friends to consider a list of essential toddler art materials, and I received some wonderful responses and additions to the list. Thank you to Linda, Di, Miranda, Sally, and Tina for sharing your thoughts with me. Fifty is a big number, so don't fret if you... http://tinkerlab.com/2011/06/50-art-materials-for-toddlers/ 

Monday, August 1, 2011

One night per week our local A&W holds a “Cruisin’ the Dub”.  This is when auto enthusiasts gather at the A&W to look at each other’s projects.  The vehicles that come out are always interesting.  Some are newer vehicles that have been modified in some way and some are older vehicles usually in the process of being restored.  Sometimes we even get some hot rods.  This week, we were treated to the General Lee. 
When R saw it, he was immediately drawn to it.  He has Hubby’s old dinky General Lee from way back when.  When we got to it, I began to laugh.  You know you’re in Canada when the hood of a classic vehicle like the General Lee, is propped up with a hockey stick!
Take Care,
D

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