Monday, March 30, 2009

i'm loving gray. grey?

Do you have a gray paint color that you would recommend?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Art to Wear

{another Brownie Try It activity}

You will need:

  • empty toilet paper tubes (cut to size)
  • water and flour (make a paste)
  • strips of scrap paper and tissue paper

Dip, wrap, repeat.

Shape wet bracelet.

Let dry.

Wear with pride.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring has sprung...
er, sprouted.

Shaye's sunflowers sprouted Friday.

March 20th.

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Behind the futon,
tucked in a built-in,
on top of an empty upside-down wipes box...


The littles spent most of Wednesday tucked away(literally) in a creative space of their own making. Shaye came out a few times with questions about Greek mythology and Chinese astrology and Mackenna wanted me to visit her gallery, other than that and a few food/drink trips to the kitchen, they spent 7 hours back there! And they left it "set up" for future use.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Another Brownie Try It.

{Creating a habitat and a food chain.}

Other activities included a word scramble

and a nature walk/scavenger hunt.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PhotoHunt: four

As soon as I saw the PhotoHunt email last week, I thought, "Great! I'll just get a shot of the girls." Easy Peasy, right? Wrong. First of all, they gave me like two minutes of their time to take the picture, and even that was painful for my oldest judging by the look on her face. And as any mom of more than two kids knows- the odds of getting a shot where every single one of them looks "just right" goes down as the number of children goes up. So anyways, here's the unpink ladies, on Friday, March 13, 2009...

p.s. I gave it a vintage-y finish, what d'ya think?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Building Art

Create a building and a bridge using only paper, tape, & scissors.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

kitchen-centric learning

This week found us living (and learning!) in the kitchen, or so it seemed. Shaye bought a globe last Saturday and unable to find it a home due to lack of available surface space, I left it on the kitchen table. I can not even begin to mention all of the conversations it started between the girls or between the girls and myself and John. Here is just a few of the topics: the seven continents, the difference between continents, countries, states... etc., currents, tropical storms, the equator, global warming, war, third world countries, poverty, travel, "bucket lists", the difference in religions... oh, the list goes on and on. I won't be moving the globe any time soon, that's for sure! The younger girls completed almost twenty hands-on science, art/music composition, and writing activities out of the Girl Scout Try It book. Shaye baked cookies from a recipe she found herself in a book (and I gave her smaller measuring cups than necessary- just so she'd have to flex her fraction muscles). Of course we did other things, went other places, used other rooms, but if I had to label our week, I'd call it kitchen-centric learning.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

From the 3rd of 4:

Shaye, (as she licked the second chocolate chip cookie dough beater because all of her sisters are in school) "Mmmm... this is good. If this is what being an only child is like... I like it!"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


When Gianna was little, she became a Daisy. And I became a troop leader. We bridged together and for the next three years she was a Brownie (and I was the troop leader). The red tape and lack of other parental involvement burnt me out and although I loved the concept of scouting, I became disenchanted with Girl Scouts as an organization. Yesterday, the younger girls were introduced to Girl Scouts at homeschool group. They completed three projects that could technically earn them the PUPPETS, DOLLS, AND PLAYS Try It during group. Shaye asked to borrow the Brownie handbook from the woman who brought it to group and all the way home she talked excitedly about being a Brownie. When we got home, she searched the book for activities she could do right away and ending up "earning" herself the SPACE EXPLORER Try It and planned out four activities that her and Mackenna could do today to earn the SCIENCE WONDERS Try It and three(she combined song and play composing- and created a musical!) more to earn the CREATIVE COMPOSING Try It. I had forgotten how fun, educational, and interesting the hands-on activities are- and the girls are thrilled to "earn a Try It". I think I am going to officially register Shaye as an independent Brownie this Thursday.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A, B, See... F


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Daylight Savings Time!

Today dawned bright and clear. As temperatures climbed to almost 60 degrees, we piled into the minivan and traveled north, for almost an hour, to the small town in central Massachusetts that we used to live in. We visited a few OPEN HOUSES and then we hit the park. Although it was bit chillier (50) than at home, it was still sunnier and warmer than we've experienced in awhile. And it felt good to be outside!

Well, until Mackenna found the one slide with the big puddle at the bottom- and couldn't resist it. (There is a standing joke in our family that if we were lost in a desert- Mackie would find us water. Let's just say I wasn't surprised to hear the splash.)

So we changed her into Daddy's jacket and headed home, where we are all amusing ourselves quietly while Daddy whips up a Sunday dinner consisting of roasted chicken, veggies, and hand mashed potatoes. Life is good.

Did you enjoy the sunshine today?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sunflower Grow Kit

Picked up at Target today for just $1.00. I'm interested to see if it actually grows something- Shaye is excited to start her own "garden". And in case you are wondering why one chunk of her hair is so short that it no longer fits in her ponytail...

Yup, it's because of a little incident involving gum on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

fever... fun?!??

Today is Day 3 of fevers over 102 degrees for Shaye and Mackenna. I prescribed lots of rest, wet face cloths on their foreheads and lots of fluid. But being stuck in bed (or even on the playroom futon) is not fun for my girls and they are starting to get crabby and restless. In the meantime, Home Depot finally sent someone to take a look at my broken freezer (the one that stopped working last Thursday) yesterday and, after tinkering a bit with it, he proclaimed it "fixed". He then instructed me to place two containers- half filled with water- in the freezer and make sure they froze solid before trusting it with any food. This morning, I checked and they were frozen. Great. And my girls were pretty miserable. Not so great. LIGHTBULB! "Who wants to take a tub and let your dolls have an adventure at North Pole?" I asked the girls- one a huge penguin fan, the other a lover of all things ocean- particularly whales and dolphins. So the girls and their dolls splashed around in a tub in the Artic Ocean with two huge floating "iceburgs". The girls aren't cured, but they are better.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

cupcake question:

Last Sunday, I finally used the cupcake stand my MIL got me for Christmas (thanks Pat!). I noticed, while arranging the cupcakes, that the liners looked see through- I had bought plain white. How do you get the cupcake liners to stay looking pretty? I tried adding another liner after baking but the liners were loose and messy looking so I took them back off. Do you double the liners before baking or is there another trick?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Shaye!

Hope all of your wishes come true...

Shaye's wish list

Shaye turns 7 today. (Happy Birthday Shaye!) She told everyone who asked what she wanted for her birthday that she would like a gift card to Barnes & Nobles or Michael's. Last night, while I was tucking her in to bed, she told me she can't wait to go on a shopping spree this week. A shopping spree to a book store and an art supply store is my seven year old's biggest wish. Life is good.