because why should santa and the reindeer be the only ones to get treats? they're only the delivery crew after all. someone should be taking care of manufacturing. this was a pin i couldn't ignore, miniature donuts::
5 minutes of time and they were a bigger hit than the cupcakes. just grab the honey nut o's and dip them in some chocolate, powdered sugar and cinnamon. i wet the sugar and cinnamon ones with a bit of water first to help things stick. and there's your christmas eve platter::
i saw this idea somewhere, a while back, and mentally bookmarked it. never a good idea with me, as now i have no source to link to. but here it is nonetheless. so easy and so cute. all you need are some twigs from the yard, some copper, brass or silver jewelry wire from the craft store and bubble solution::
the words "stick hunt" were barely out of my mouth before owen was out the door and working on a pile. you can give the sticks a clean cut with a saw like we did, or just try to snap them up evenly by hand::
my gardening shears worked nicely as wire cutters, but scissors would do the job too. now just do a little twisting and that's that::
we tried a few recipes for bubble solution to accompany, the simplest of which was just non-organic dish soap (dawn) and water (about one cup of soap to 4 cups of water)::
we also tried the recipes that call for dawn and corn syrup. none of these proved to be fantastic. and with having to buy a bottle of dawn, and a bottle of corn syrup, i would think it would be just as cost effective and eco friendly to go out and buy some actual bubble solution. the bubbles would be a lot more satisfying i'm sure. there are a couple more tweaks we can try while our dawn lasts, so i'll let you know if anything ever works out. for now we'll grab a bottle of the good stuff next time we're out and about::
got a bunch of bananas and two seconds of free time? why not surprise the kids with this one? all you need are these two things::
bananas and a toothpick. that's it. another simple idea for simple minds, like my own. now just let your creativity take over. when you first scratch, nothing will appear to be happening::
don't worry about that, just continue on with your lettering and then leave the area for a couple of minutes. now turn around and come back into the kitchen, or wherever you store your bananas, et voila::
your options are limited only by your vocabulary and sense of humor.
ps - if you've got a kiddo that is opposed to fruit, a personalized banana might just do the trick!
over the weekend, i decided to make up a set of kid friendly zener cards and see what the little ones had in them. this may or may not have been influenced by the fact that i just finished reading the night circus. i found some simple images on the abc teach site and cut and pasted them onto black construction paper::
the idea was this; someone would pick a picture, concentrate and meditate on it, and then try to send the message to the rest of us. meanwhile, the rest of us cleared our minds and tried to receive the image. we would then draw what we were picking up::
here's the deal, we weren't picking up anything. the null hypothesis! although, when i was sending out my best 'owl picture' energy, owen and bella both drew birds and kai's pineapple bore a striking resemblance to the owl's feathered belly. perhaps some true zener cards would prove more successful. luckily for the kids, the morning snow squall lifted as quickly as it had blasted in and they escaped to the outdoors, where they were safe from their crazy mother and her clairvoyance exercises.
with our favorite, most conveniently located skate park now closed for the winter, the boys (and bella) have taken matters into their own hands::
this is part of an extended plan which entails tree felling and concrete slabs! largely dreamt up by big b and continually fueled by the boys, its been on the drawing table for a while. for now, they're keeping it simple. the ramps won't be done for christmas, but it really doesn't matter. they're having just as much fun building it as they will when its ready to ride. well, that might be an exaggeration, but you know what i'm saying.
also, its never too late to learn to skateboard right? we'll see. past attempts have proven very, very unsuccessful. but those ramps look like fun and with no one around to watch me continually bite it, it just might happen!! i can do the painful and embarrassing part here, then i can take it to the skate park once i'm cutting it up like a pro. do skateboarding pro's "cut it up"? probably not, i'll have to learn the official lingo, but the dream remains!