Thursday, April 10, 2014

Resurrection Garden

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Spring! New life. Fresh beginnings.

We created a Resurrection Garden as a reminder of these gifts.
Waiting for Easter and waiting for this to sprout. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reverse Easter Egg Hunting

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Today we tried Reverse Easter Egg Hunting. The idea is that instead of searching for treat filled eggs, you send the kids out to search to goodies to fill their eggs with. I chose colors as our theme today and added a slip of paper to each egg with instructions to "Fill with something (insert color name here)." I gave each girl five eggs.
Logistically it was better to have the eggs inside the house in a bowl marked with their initials. They chose one egg at a time and went out to fill it. Once complete, they came in for another egg until they had a bucket filled with eggs containing colorful pieces of nature.
This was a great activity for Marin and Adalyn. Coralee wasn't interested in specific instructions, but had a great time opening and closing her eggs and following her sisters around attempting to fill her eggs with treasures from our yard.
This is something we'll do again. I think I'll try other attributes too! "Fill with something heavy," or "fill with something cold." Even "fill with live bugs" could be fun! Watch out rolly pollies.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies

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This girl house can churn out empty toilet paper rolls, so I'm always on the look out for ways to turn them into fun activities. These bunnies were a big hit and simple to create.

What you need to make one bunny:
1 and 1/2 toilet paper rolls
A pair of googly eyes
Paint
Black marker
Hot glue gun
A cotton ball

I started by letting the girls paint their rolls. You'll need one single roll for the body, and then we cut another roll into fourths to create the ears for two bunnies.
Once the paint has dried. Attach the eyes and cotton ball tail using hot glue. You'll fold the other half roll in half and cut into two pieces to create the ears. We hot glued these into place and then reenacted Beatrix Potters' "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies" but any good bunny story will do.
Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Schedule > Set Date and Time

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Schedule > Set Date and Time. That's what did it.

Did you know you could post date blog posts? Well, you can; and when I learned that, PROCRASTINATION reared it's ugly head and eight months later....

Okay, let's not focus on the negative. Instead, let's talk about spring and sunshine and sweet little girls, all good reasons to start blogging again.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Maternity Pictures

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 My brother is going to be a father. Seems like just yesterday I was taking their engagement pictures. Four years later I'm so excited to be capturing this new, exciting stage of their life together.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Knock, Knock Birthday {The Party}

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"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's There?"
"Abby!"
"Abby who?"
"Abby Birthday Marin!"
 We celebrated Marin's sixth birthday poolside with a knock, knock theme birthday party. It was a simple menu of chips, crackers, cake, juice and watermelon.
Since turning six Marin's favorite color has changed from pink to blue.
So, she informed me that the party colors must include blue.
We had so much fun coming up with ideas for a knock, knock birthday party. One of the first ideas was to create a cake topper from a door. I'd seen these Tooth Fairy doors and immediately thought of them as a cake topper. It also served as a table decoration before and after the cake was served.
Another idea was to decorate with "knock out roses." These beauties were from my sister-n-laws garden. A simple talk bubble tag said "Knock out Roses."
Candy bags with a knock, knock joke:
"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's There?"
"Lettuce!"
"Lettuce who?"
"Lettuce eat candy!"
A simple "knock over the cans" game was made out of empty chili cans and a beach ball.
The knock, knock joke read:
"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's There?"
"Canoe!"
"Canoe who?"
"Canoe Knock these over?" 
The kids were all given inflatable microphones as a party favor.
The tub holding the favors had a sign that said: 
"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's There?"
"Yeti!"
"Yeti who?"
"Yeti Nother Knock, Knock Joke?" 
Grab a mic and keep em coming!
We made wraps for each one that said:
"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's There?"
"Hank!"
"Hank who?"
"Hank you for coming!" 
It was a great party. Filled with lots of love and laughter. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Knock, Knock Birthday Party {The Invitation}

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Marin has a "thing" for knock, knock jokes. It's a recent discovery and it just so happens that this new found fascination corresponds with her sixth birthday. I'm always trying to think of party themes based on the current interest of my children. For two reasons, 1. because they are usually consumed by the item/insect/animal or curiosity and 2. it helps me archive this period of their life. What they were in to. What made them smile. Where they were developmentally. I often worry about my ability to remember details of their childhood. Birthdays are a big deal around here and so why not use them to archive not only their age, but their interest. Thus, this Knock, Knock Birthday Party theme developed.
We snapped a picture of Marin in her favorite swimming suit. She has a summer birthday and is learning to swim, so a swimming party was in order. I cut her out using Photoshop.
To pull off the theme idea, I knew a door would have to be incorporated into the invitation design. So, the first joke on the invitation has to do with a door.
"Knock, Knock." "Who's there?" "Theodore" "Theodore Who?" "Theodore is closed. Please open it!"

When the invitation is folded, you see just her face peeking through the top of the door.
Next, we needed to introduce that it was a swimming party, so we used:
"Knock, Knock." "Who's there?" "Less" "Less Who?" "Less go for a swim!"

and finally we needed to acknowledge the birthday girl so we closed with:
"Knock, Knock." "Who's there?" "Abby" "Abby Who?" "Abby Birthday Marin!"

The invitation was designed so that you can print everything on one sheet of letter size card stock, cut it in half and then accordion fold the two pieces. We cut out the window of the door and then, taped the two pieces together.

The final invitation is an odd size 3" x 4.5," so we had to make our own envelopes. However, if you shop for #4 Coin Envelope there are options for purchasing them. Here is the envelope template we created:
We spent an evening hand delivering these fun, joke filled invitations to friends and family, but also sent out an invitation via Facebook. The best part was when friends and family members sent their RSVP in the form of a knock, knock joke. Here were a few of my favorites:

Knock, knock
Who's there?
Mayonnaise. 
Mayonnaise, who?
Mayonnaise's gonna be a lotta people at Marin's party!
Tee hee. See ya there!
...
Knock, knock!
...knock, knock!!
...knock?
We're not home! We're going to Marin's party!
...
"Knock knock"
"Who's there?"
"Orange!"
"Orange who?"
"Orange you glad we're coming."
...
Knock Knock
Who's there?
Boo
Boo who?
Don't cry! We are coming!
...
Knock, Knock!
Who's there? 
Sherwood.
Sherwood who? 
Sherwood like to come.
And we plan to!!! :) Happy 6th Birthday to Marin!

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