Archive | April, 2012

Magic Wand

12 Apr

Sophi got a wand for her Birthday along with some fairy wings.

Ever since, the girls have been fighting over the wand.

Instead of teaching them to share I decided to make another wand.

It is now part wand/part cat toy.

The wand was made with a stick from the great outdoors, some scrap fabric and some ribbon from a thrift store.

Now they are going around the house turning things into bugs.  Not sure why this is the go-to thing to be changed into.  Maybe they could magically clean the house.

Sick Easter

10 Apr

Aleah and I missed all the Easter festivities because she had the flu.

We were bustling all around Sunday morning, making breakfast and getting ready for church and noticed Aleah was just kind of laying around.

As I was getting the cinnamon rolls out of the oven I heard the words no mother wants to hear, “MOM, I barfded!”  Oh shoot.

We got her cleaned up, a bath and started a load of laundry- then the rest of the crew headed out to church.

I am sure glad we did our big meal and egg hunt on Saturday because she was definitely not up for it on Sunday.

It is funny some of the mom tactics you try to check on your kid.  Can I make you an ice cream cone?  No?  okay you are still sick.  Do you want to go to the park?  No? okay you are still sick.  And the biggest clue that she is still sick- she had not  bugged Sophi in the last two days, definitely sick.

After laying around for two days she is feeling much better now. Thank goodness.

Easter

8 Apr

Our wonderful friends and roommates from college were able to visit for Easter.

We did an Easter egg hunt on Saturday when the weather was nice.

The girls tried the hard boiled eggs.

Did you know that if you put eggs in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes you will hard boil them? Soooo much easier than the normal boil and turn off and put in cold water method.

My great friend Molly and I decorated Ukranian Easter Eggs.

You keep adding wax and dying the eggs.  It takes a bit of patience but is a fun craft and the end result is very fun to unveil.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Here are some eggs my little sister made:

A Discussion about Food

4 Apr

Hi, Jared here.  Yes, the sun has blazed its way through the snow piles, the ducks are slowly re-convening in our varied wetlands, and the wood frogs are creating quite a racket as they breed in the marshes near our house.  Spring is here, but the layer of frost on our porch and the nip on our toes as we walk through the grass suggest it’s not quite time to bust out the gardening gear yet.  The reality is, as mild as this winter and spring have been, the hard freezes here in far northeast MN can last until almost June.  Patience, Patience, Patience.

In the meantime, Cait and I have been following an entertaining and fruitful discussion over at our friends’ blog, Itty Bitty Impact about local farming, pigs, and food justice.  I think it’s worth linking here, so please stop over — and be sure to read the comment thread to follow the engaging discussion regarding sustainable and equitable food and farming practices.

http://www.ittybittyimpact.com/pigs/

Double Flower Skirt

3 Apr

I made this skirt for the daughter of Aleah’s gymnastics teacher.

I sewed the strip of fabric with a basting stitch when it was inside out then turned in to the right side.  This made the strip of fabric curl into a flower when I pulled the basting stitch tight.

I was running short on time (and I am lazy) so I used my sewing machine to attach the flower to the skirt.

Sorry there aren’t any cute kids in this post

Shaving Cream Art

1 Apr

Last week we had some special company.

When Jared was getting his M. Div we lived in Seminary housing.  On our floor was a wonderful family with two girls the same age as Sophi and Aleah.  We would leave our doors open and the four girls would roam from apartment to apartment.  We spent A LOT of time in that hallway during the winter.

To celebrate their visit we made some shaving cream pictures:

I mixed food coloring into cups filled with shaving cream and the girls painted with spoons on their trays.

After they had the shaving cream paint all swirled around, we printed onto the paper.

This is what the paper looked like when we were done.  They looked even more awesome when the shaving cream dried.

Pretty darn, fun, cheap, entertaining, colorful and easy craft to try with your little one (or yourself =).