Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Tale of Two Beds - part 31

Once again, here are the links to the previous tales. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Frustration, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30.

When he went to bed the bed itself was on the other side of the room. He also had his pillow and blanket on the bed. I thought it was more convenient that way. 

Well half of her is on the bed... I would be hurting for days if I slept like this.

They did everything possible to sleep together while staying in their own rooms. His bed isn't supposed to block the doorway and she's not really supposed to sleep in the doorway, but this was really cute.

This photo was taken shortly after she very angrily announced, "I'm not tired!" Of course you aren't. That's why you fell asleep on the couch in the middle of playing.

If you can't beat them, join them. :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Our neighbor was given free tickets to the circus and his teenagers had absolutely no interest. He was kind enough to give them to us! This was technically the second time the kids went to the circus, but the first time was 4 years earlier so they didn't remember much.

She was excited to meet every clown.

Getting up close to the elephants before the show. We didn't pay extra to ride them.

Seriously, she wanted to meet every single clown.

She makes friends easily, can you tell?

Motorcycles at the circus

As you can tell it was difficult to get videos during the circus. Flash photography wasn't allowed. So you just get to imagine everything else. :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fun Run

While I have been running for awhile now, the kids have started to show some interest. The running group I am in, Moms Run This Town, scheduled a fun run with a Star Wars theme. I knew this would be a hit. We did the 1 mile option since it was the first time either kid (or Wonderful Husband) had done a run. I promised them all medals at the end.

Sweet Son running. He walked most of it. He had to be dragged (not literally) for part of it.

Sweet Daughter running. I had to make her slow down so I could still see her. She loved every minute of it.

A close up of the medal

We did it! We all 4 earned our medals.

The kids also got light sabers made out of pool noodles. That was a nice touch.

In the end, Sweet Son said he would never run again (that lasted less than a year). Sweet Daughter said she wanted to do more runs, especially if there were medals. I call it a success.

Friday, March 25, 2016


One tradition our kids love around Easter every year is to smash cascaron - eggs filled with confetti. Most people we know make their own. We ran out of time and just bought a dozen at the store. Here they are sold in grocery stores and big box stores.

Smashing is always fun!

The final result. Surrounded by eggs and confetti.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


After the kids had so much fun with their paper weaving, I found a great deal on a loom from Educents.

Sweet Son adding the strings

He wanted to make a weaving picture.

He finished in one afternoon.

She wanted to make a rug. A year later and she is more than half way finished...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The snow hasn't melted yet

What can you build with snow? It was time for our kids to find out!

That's a really tall... snow sculpture?

Snow and buckets - this is a great start

Sweet Daughter in a cute little fort

It collapsed shortly after this, but looked awesome until then

He wanted to build his own snowman without any help.

Monday, March 21, 2016

More Snow!

It's almost Spring and apparently time for one more snow storm. The kids and husband are beyond excited.

It's starting!

Deep enough to dig into

Snow angels in fresh powder

Digging tunnels in a snow drift - a real snow drift!

A decorative snowman covered in snow

Sweet Son tries sledding

Sweet Daughter tries sledding

Friday, March 18, 2016

Other ways of decorating Easter Eggs

In addition to the marbled eggs I wrote about yesterday, we experimented with other types of decorating eggs.

Painting with a toothbrush

Painting with a paintbrush

Coloring with permanent markers and then...

Spray with rubbing alcohol to make the colors run

The more color before you spray the better these look

The painted eggs

The permanent marker and rubbing alcohol eggs

The eggs with tattoos - another really easy and great looking result.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Marbled Easter Eggs

This is our favorite way to decorate eggs. They are beautiful and so much fun! We started by giving each kid a square of foil with the edges turned up. Then each child got to pile on a lot of shaving cream. I didn't get photos of that this year. Sorry!

They each picked 2 colors of food coloring and put drops around the shaving cream. He picked red and yellow of course.

Here she is dripping blue and green.

Then they take a straw and drag it through making swirls and designs.

This is one of the most fun parts.

Still going - you can see some really cool patterns here.

 He preferred the swirl technique.

The messy part is rolling the eggs in it and then lifting them off. They need to sit for at least 24 hours to dry. With the left overs, the kids pushed a sheet of paper on the top to make marbled paper.

 The three set aside are the final eggs. After 24 hours, we gently wiped off the excess and this is what was left. Beautiful and fun!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Make your own bouncy balls!

I found a recipe for how to make your own bouncy balls. Then we learned that not all recipes and experiments work. Still, look how much fun they had! I love seeing the pure joy on their faces.