Friday, September 30, 2011

Boredom Buster: Bathtub Painting

I saw this wonderful idea here a couple weeks ago and knew instantly that it was something my kids would love.

I mean, who doesn’t want to strip down to their underwear and paint the bathtub?!?!

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Each kid had their own paintbrush and set of watercolors, so I didn’t have to worry about sharing problems.

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It wasn’t long before Trenton decided that his sister would make a pretty good canvas.

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And thus started the application of war paint…

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Yes, I let my kids paint themselves.  The paint was washable and non-toxic, and they were going straight to their clean bathtub for a bath after the painting session.  And there was no crying or whining – just a bunch of cute giggles!

They painted the bathtub and themselves for almost an hour!  The best part was that since they didn’t need (or want) my help, I was able to clean the rest of the bathroom while still keeping a close eye on them!

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And the paint washed off of the kids and the bathtub without any trouble!

This post is linked to: Fun for Kids Friday @ Local Fun for Kids, It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, Sunday Showcase Child Centered Linky Party @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

18 Months

Charlotte turned 18 months old a couple weeks ago, so I am a little behind with this. 

It is amazing that I don’t have any gray hair yet.  I’m sure that this girl will give me plenty though!  Especially when I find her doing stuff like this…

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I don’t call her my little mountain goat for nothing!  The girl climbs everything!

At 18 months, Charlotte had eight teeth.  Since then she has gotten three more – all molars – and they all popped up in the span of three days!  Those were some really fun days around our house!

Charlotte is a little chatterbox.  The girl always has something to say.  She has started putting two word phrases together here and there, but she still mostly talks using one word at a time.  I have no idea how many words she has in her vocabulary, but it is a lot! 

For all of the sleeping problems Charlotte had early on, she has thankfully become a pretty good sleeper.

Charlotte’s favorite toy is the one that her brother is playing with.  Her favorite food is whatever Trenton is eating.  Her favorite drink is the one that is in his cup.  See a trend here?  The trend has lead to screaming, crying, timeouts, and a garage becoming full of toys that have been taken away, but so far no epiphany that sharing (at least of the toys) is the best way to go!  Trenton has his good days and his not so good days with sharing, but Charlotte either doesn’t quite understand the concept yet, doesn’t mind getting in trouble, or just enjoys making her brother mad!

Charlotte had her 18-month check-up this afternoon.  The doctor was happy with her weight gain, but her height is still a little on the low side.   Dr. Altman isn’t overly concerned, but she does want Charlotte back in three months for another growth check (she would normally not be seen again until her 2-year visit).  Here are Charlotte’s stats:

Height: 30 1/4 inches (11th percentile)
Weight:  23 lbs., 2 oz. (30th percentile)
Head Circumference:  17 3/4 inches (13th percentile)

Daddy sure is going to be surprised when he gets home and sees how much his baby girl has grown up!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stop, Drop, and Roll!

We like fire trucks – a lot!  We just had the chance to get an up close look at rescue vehicles at our local library’s Read with a Hero program a couple of weeks ago.  And yesterday, we got another look.  This time at an actual fire station!  One of our MOMS Club members coordinated a tour for all of the kids.  It was so much fun! 

We got to see where the firefighters eat, sleep, and hang out.  One of the firefighters showed us how they get dressed into all of their gear.  A few of the kids were brave enough to go take a closer look at him.  Trenton was one of them!

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The kids were really excited about the next part – getting to climb up in the truck to act like they were driving!

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I love comparing these next two photos!  Trenton was 17 months old the first time he was in a fire truck.  He is now 32 months old. 

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As we walked around the fire truck, we found some coveralls and fire boots.  Trenton asked if he could put the boots on, but he was fine standing behind them for a picture.  He refused to smile for a picture; instead, he yelled “Fire!”. 

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The kids got a quick lesson on how to stop, drop, and roll and how to crawl under smoke.  We all walked outside, and the fire truck had been pulled out, and the lights were flashing!  After a couple tries at group pictures (have you ever tried getting a large group of toddlers and preschoolers to pose for a picture?!?!), the kids were given fire hats and goodie bags.

My kiddos looked so cute in their fire hats!  …And this was the best picture I could get…

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What a fabulous trip!  We had a wonderful time!

And if you are a fan of Trenton’s cute fire truck shirt, I found it here

Monday, September 19, 2011

John Deere Tractor Appliqued Preschool Bag

All of the kids at Trenton’s preschool carry the same canvas tote bags.  One side has the school’s logo, and the other side is blank.  I sent Trenton to his first two days of school without having the blank side decorated.  Gasp!  He wasn’t the only one without a decorated bag, especially in his class of first-year students, but the majority of the older kids have their bags decorated.

I’m happy to say that Trenton no longer has a boring undecorated canvas tote.  I stayed up late last night putting this together.

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Trenton loves tractors, and I’m sure that he’ll be beyond excited about taking his newly fancied up bag to school tomorrow!  I haven’t shown it to him yet.  I’ll surprise him with it tomorrow morning.

To make the bag, I cut a few tractors out of a piece of John Deere fabric and set them out on the bag to decide how to arrange them.  I then printed Trenton’s name off on the computer to figure out the spacing of the letters.  It took me a few tries to get the font size right. (I wound up using 120pt.)

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My finger joints got a treat and didn’t have to cut out letters more than once.  I set my printed out letters behind my black fabric and then traced the outline onto the fabric with a fabric pencil.  One of those lighted table things would have worked great here, but our copy of “How Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” got the job done fine. 

Sorry for the blurry picture!

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I used this Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web for the next steps.

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This stuff has two sheets of paper with sticky webbing in the middle.  I pulled off one side of the paper, and stuck all of my fabric down.

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The next step was the most tedious – cutting out all of the pieces.  Sitting on the floor trying to watch football while working on this step probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but the bag looks great, I have no aching joints, and I got to watch an exciting game of football!

Once all of my pieces were cut out, I pulled the paper away from the back of the fabric leaving the webbing stuck to the fabric. 

My cutouts were now sticky enough so that I could put them on the bag while still being able to move them around to be spaced correctly.

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*Side note: Jarrod had nautical themed bathroom décor when he was in college. Want to guess how old our ironing board cover is??? Maybe I should put making a new one on my list of projects!

With my iron set on high and the steam setting on, I pressed the appliques onto the bag for about 20 seconds in each area. 

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Now Trenton’s name and tractors are permanently bonded to his bag, and it looks wonderful!

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I can’t wait to see my little man’s reaction when he sees his newly tractored-out preschool bag!

This post is linked to: Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework, We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado, Hoo’s Got Talent? @ Night Owl Crafting

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trenton’s First Day of Preschool

Trenton had his first day of preschool this morning! He was so excited! We went and visited his classroom and teacher last Friday, so he knew he was in for a fun-filled day.

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It wasn’t until 8:00 this morning that I had the awesome idea of using our Crayola Wooden Easelfor picture taking.  Now I’m planning on using it to take first day of school pictures all the way up until both kids graduate from high school.  How fun will it be to look back on pictures of them with the same easel throughout the years?!?!

After our picture taking session at home, we dropped Charlotte off at the sitter so that I could grab some pictures of Trenton at his school.

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Trenton even tolerated taking a picture with his mommy!

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Once we got to the classroom though, he was all about playing with the trucks!

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Trenton had a wonderful first day of school!  His teacher said that he did great.  He showed me a picture that he painted before we left school and on our way to pick up Charlotte, told me all about his friends, the playground, some big blocks that they built with, and a book that they read.  He can’t wait to go back to school on Thursday!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Read With a Hero

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, our local library had a Read With a Hero program this morning.  Local firefighters and sheriff’s deputies read some of their favorite stories to the children. 

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After a couple of stories, one of the firefighters got dressed up in his gear.

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Sparky the Firedog even stopped in to say hi!

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After grabbing a couple of hot dogs being served up by some local cub scouts, we headed out to the parking lot to get a closer look at some emergency vehicles.

Both kids were excited about the chance to sit in the fire truck!

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They were also very excited about getting to sit in the back seat of a police car – for the first and hopefully last time!

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What a wonderful way for the kids to get to meet some of our local heroes! 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Goat Love

Charlotte loves goats.

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Charlotte loves goats eating watermelon.

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Charlotte loves sticking half eaten goat watermelon in her mouth when Mommy isn’t looking!  EEEEWWWWWWW!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

An Eruption of Fun

I was browsing Pinterest earlier today, and came across a wonderful idea of using baking soda and colored vinegar to make mini eruptions on a cookie sheet.

This was great because I had everything we needed on hand (baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, cookie sheet, and a medicine dropper), and it hardly took any prep work. 

The kids loved watching the bubbling!

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Charlotte even got in on the action with a little help from Mommy in filling the medicine dropper.

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It didn’t take Trenton long at all to figure out how to use the medicine dropper all on his own.

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The colored vinegar made some really neat designs in the baking soda!

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Once we finished dropping all of our vinegar onto the baking soda, Trenton told me, “Now put in oven and then I eat it all up in my tummy!”.  Ha!  Like my picky eater would have even tasted it!  I had to explain to Trenton that it was just for fun and it wasn’t food.

He might have gotten the idea that we were going to eat this colorful creation from his little sister.  You might be able to see where her fingers went into the baking soda on the bottom right side of the picture above.  She tasted it once and then went back for more!  Yuck!

What a fun, quick, and easy activity!  It was also a good activity for fine motor skills, and when the kids are a bit older will be a good science lesson.  We can’t wait to do this one again!

This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, Fun for Kids Friday @ Smile Monsters, Sunday Showcase Child Centered Linky Party @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Made by Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction, TGIF Linky Party @ Living Life Intentionally