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Blast off

 

 

August has officially come and is almost gone, which means time to organize my thoughts for September. Monster is going to pre k for a few hours every day, but wants more “Mommy school”. I also plan on doing Letter of The Week with Banana. So I have been a bit scatter brained trying to come up with some lessons that aren’t too crazy. This is our last week of summer themes before we start our Back to School Theme. Next week I am dedicating my time to clean the house and organize before school starts and craziness begins.

 

The first week of August we went to the circus. I have to admit I had a lot of fun setting the whole thing up, from the wall decorations to the concession stand, it was exciting for me. On Monday I had the girls (with the fake money I made out of construction paper) Buy their tickets to the Circus. They bought popcorn and water as well. Then it was on with the show. They both gathered in the tent, while circus music played in the background. I had searched youtube for about a week just looking for circus videos for kids. Found a great cartoon that held their attention for the full ten minutes it was on. They sat in the tent ate popcorn and watched the show. None of us have ever been to one of those big circus shows that come around, so I joined in the fun and acted as if we were really there. Our week had many unexpected plans which happens in the summer time. We didn’t get to do all of the projects I had planned, and that was fine with me, I saved it all for another day. We made a popcorn craft, which I was going to use cotton balls for, but decided last minute to just use two cotton balls. The girls dipped them in yellow paint instead. I liked the way they turned out, even though I wanted the popping out effect, it still looked great. We also made Clowns with paper plates and pom poms. It was a fun week, I was sad to take down my decorations I had a blast making them, thankfully I can always do it again.

Camping was week number two, we started our week off roasting missing vowel and ABC marshmallows. I saw the idea on Pinterest and was excited to have fresh ink for my printer to print out pictures of marshmallows. We played the game throughout the week, the girls enjoyed it. I left out the fake candles we used for the fire so they could play, but half way through the week I had to put away the candles, Banana decided she would eat the candle… Our craft for the week was making tents out of craft sticks, I was very proud of Banana and how well she did with the paint. We didn’t try to eat it, and we didn’t get it on our clothes. We had an outdoor camping scavenger hunt where we looked for things we might see if we were camping. Monster had a blast looking for bugs with the magnifying glass. I had planned on a big sleepover in the tent in our living room, but banana was not ready for that. She would not sit still, and the tent got very warm with us inside. So we read our nighttime books, I shut off the lights and made a fake campfire with the help of youtube, and the fake candles. We had s’more ice cream; Vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. It was a fun week, hopefully next year we can camp out in the tent.

 

I had planned on making a rocket ship out of cardboard, but Monster insisted we use the tent, so for week three we blasted off into space in our tent. Our first mission was to the moon, but before my mini astronauts were able to take off they had to complete a training course. We read a book about blasting into space, followed by a discussion on Astronauts. We made a chart stating what they can do, in which Monster told me they can go to the moon. What they have: space helmets, and what they are: she said boys, and girls. Then they had to complete a physical training course. We went through a tunnel, did jumping jacks, and they walked on a line of construction paper like a balance beam. Once they passed the test they were given badges, and afterwards we set off into space. When we got to space we headed to the moon, and once we landed we played with some “moon sand” aka kinetic sand. When we got back from the moon the girls checked out some items we brought home from space in our sensory box. We made two projects for space week, one included a footprint rocket ship, and then we made planets. I cut circles from paper plates and put the circles in a sandwich bag with paint and had them mush it around, little man even got involved and had a tummy time painting session. We still have a few more things that we didn’t get to, and that’s okay because for the next two weeks I will be prepping for the school year so there is plenty of time to go back to the things we missed.

For my next BLOG I will write about my back to school week, and the back to school party I plan on having for Monster. I found a cute idea on pinterest (the most addicting site on the planet) lol. Below you can check out the pictures from our adventures this past month.

 

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Clifford day!!

Today we celebrated one of my daughters favorite characters, Clifford. Everything was last minute, I stayed up till midnight creating everything.

I started off making Cliffords paw prints, and had them lead her to the table. On the table I put Clifford books and dog bone cut outs. Plus a drawing I made.

We then created Cliffords dog house. I let my daughter pick out the colors she wanted to make it. We then made Cliffords ears from construction paper. As a snack I made puppy chow with store brand chex, pretzel twists, and dried fruit. I put it in a dog dish. My daughter got a kick out of it.

We also played two games; find the bones, and paw jump, where she jumped from paw to paw. The last thing we did was make a handprint Clifford. Please ignore my horrible art work haha.

Today was a lot of fun. I asked my daughter what theme she wanted next, Jake and the Neverland pirates was her answer. I guess that means I am on the hunt for Jake party ideas.

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If you give a toddler a cookie….

 

 

One of my daughters favorite book series is “If you give a mouse a cookie”. I ended up finding an awesome book with most of them included. This book also includes; recipes, songs, games, and activities that involve the books.

I have been wanting to actually bake somethingIMG_20140804_193451285 that turns out right. In the book they have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies inspired by, “If you give a mouse a cookie”.

I was so excited to do this with my daughter too. She helped add the dry ingredients to the bowl, and was happy to do it. She was so excited she watched them bake.

 

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My daughter decided we would read the book while the cookies were baking in the oven. When they came out I was shocked, they looked like normal cookies. I so far had done something right. Haha. I let them cool,  and prepared a cliché blog photo of the finished product. I then gave the cookies to my two toughest critics; my husband and daughter. As you can see from the picture I got a thumbs up from  my daughter, and a, “They turned out fine”, from my husband.

Woohoo!! I am so proud of myself, I finally baked something from scratch without messing them up. Everyone enjoyed them. 🙂

 

Messy Cooking

So I am the kind of person that if I look at a recipe and see it has a huge list of ingredients I won’t make it.  I don’t want to deal with the clean up. I will use taco packets, or potatoes in a box; yeah I am that person. As a mom I guess its probably not good to make like that all the time but I honestly hate cooking. I don’t enjoy making this huge mess, just to have to clean it up, and rinse and repeat. I like simple.

Today I ventured out, not realizing how much of a mess I would make. I spent my entire morning from about 9am to noon, making and cleaning. I found a recipe while scrolling through my face book feed a few days ago. It was a no bake cake, and it looked so great I had to try it. I got all the things I needed to make it; strawberries, cool whip, bananas, pineapple (I used pineapple chunks), butter, powdered sugar, and graham crackers. As I begin to prepare everything, I am realizing I am using more bowls, pots, pans… than I really wanted to.

While I am doing that, my daughter is getting impatient with me and bored, while the baby sleeps without a care in the world. So I turn on the “babysitter” (the big “no no” to some) the dreaded TV, and continue working on the cake. I then ask her for some help, and she is more than happy to do so. I ask her to help crush the crackers. I placed them in a bag and put them on the floor. At first she was  really upset because I was crushing them, and she wanted to eat them. After a few minutes of whimpering over it, she started crushing them too.

She was still upset over the fact that we were hurting the poor graham crackers, that she left to continue to watch TV.  Okay, so back to preparing everything. Time goes on and more dishes pile up, that as I am doing step number 10000 on the list, I began to wash dishes too.

Then I try to get my daughter involved again by having her help me wash the strawberries, and put them on the cake. She is over excited, but of course starts eating them. I give her some on a plate to keep her busy, while I cut up the ones to use. When its time to put on the strawberries, bananas, and pineapple; I have my little helper do it with me. Of course once again while we are doing it she’s eating it.

She starts dipping the fruit into the butter and sugar mixture and eating them too. Finally I cover the fruit with the cool whip, and I thought she was done eating the cake, when her little fingers make their way into the cool whip. So I take a big spoon full from the container and stick it in her mouth, and she laughs. I ask her what she wants to put on top of the cake. I am not a fan of chocolate syrup and its not in the house, so she says, “Chocolate Chips”. So we sprinkle left-over strawberries and chocolate chips on top. Once again we eat more.

Even though I had tried to clean up while preparing everything, my dishes in the sink never seem to disappear. Before I can even think about washing them, I hear tooting coming from the little blue chair in the middle of the kitchen. Ah- I guess I have to change diapers before I can even clean up the disaster I left in the kitchen. Quickly I cover the cake, and get it in the fridge. All I really want to do is an “I dream of Jeanie” move, and the dishes disappear, but it doesn’t work. So I quickly change diapers and finally get around to the mess. Its not just dishes, it’s the little green leaves from the strawberries, banana peels, the cool whip container; which has fallen on the floor splattering some. There are strawberry stains on the counter, and a pineapple juice puddle too. Once again reasons I never make anything that will be a project. You can call me lazy, but I would rather spend the time coloring with my toddler, or having tummy time with my one-month old. Cooking has always been my least favorite thing to do. I could handle making simple pasta, or chicken cutlets every night since the clean up is minimal, but something that will make an big mess I like to avoid.

Today I made an exception so that I could do something fun with my daughter. I figure since the recipe doesn’t call for anything raw she could help as much as she’d like. If I can involve her in the process, it makes the mess not seem so bad after all. IMG_20140713_103553083 IMG_20140713_110233666 IMG_20140713_110239115 IMG_20140713_110609918 IMG_20140713_110927536 IMG_20140713_110932709 IMG_20140713_111200591 IMG_20140713_111358301 IMG_20140713_111715799

 

If you are interested in the recipe here is the site I got it from: No Bake Banana Split Dessert

 

 

Not Pinterest Perfect (an introduction)

 

I am one of those mo  ms who gets an idea off Pinterest, and other blogs, and tweaks them to what I have around the house. My daughter loves when I find a new project for her to do. I usually don’t have the right tools or pieces to make it Pinterest perfect, but I try.

After I find all the tools and things I need I try to lay it out neatly. Here is where it all goes wrong. I look at the picture of how the blogger set things out. Its always so perfect, then I look at mine and think; wow why do I even bother trying to make it perfect? My daughter doesn’t care how neat I lay out the stuff. She is just planning to make a mess anyway.

Today we decided to make these frozen banana pop things to eat after lunch. Well the recipe calls for peanut butter.. My daughter is two and I am the – haven’t done peanut butter yet mom. It also showed all these items i don’t keep in my house like; coconut, nuts, etc. So I grab the next best thing; chocolate sprinkles and chocolate chips.

So I lay everything out “neatly”, and attempt to quickly set up before she destroys it. We have everything ready and before I can show her what to do she is eating the chocolate ingredients. *sigh*

So after showing her she gets all excited. She dips the cut up banana pieces into the yogurt, and the other ingredients too. She is happy making a mess and eating it as she makes it. I love watching her face light up as we find something new to do. The chocolate chips are falling off the banana, since we didn’t use peanut butter to help it stick, and the sprinkles are going everywhere. I look at the mess in the pan that we just made, and then look at my phone. The picture on the internet looks so perfect, and ours well… it looks like a mess, but to her its a beautiful masterpiece that she made.

I always laugh at those NAILED IT! photo’s. You know the pictures of Pinterest ideas gone wrong.  I laugh because that is how our projects usually turn out. But to us it doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as we had fun along the way.

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(TOP: Our messy version)

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(BOTTOM: The original)

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