We’ve Adopted!

AUGUST 19, 2016

A local Facebook group I am in was giving away monarch caterpillars for free. As a homeschooling mom my brain went “DING DING DING, how COOL would this be?” We’ve learned about the lifecycle before, but this would be in the flesh, right before our eyes, learning! You can’t get any better than that. We received a baby caterpillar. Seriously, about the size of an eye lash. It’s really tiny. I really thought i’d kill it before I even got it into it’s appropriate home, but, I haven’t.  I think we can do this. My folks live on a farm and there’s plenty of milkweed growing around their fields, so the kids and I decided to go hunting for milkweed.  We found lots of milkweed and we found three more caterpillars! The kids just HAD to take them home, so between telling the kids to keep them there and, “go get some buckets, we’re taking this babies home!” we ended up bringing them home. It was really the coolest. We’ve been watching our baby grow and the bigger ones have all gone into their chrysalis. So, in a week or so we should have butterflies!!!

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Baby Wearing Like a Pro!

AUGUST 12, 2016

Too many times I think people get all weirded out about baby wearing. As if it’s meant for moms only. I couldn’t disagree more. We recently took in a sitter kid to bring in some extra money for our family. We work with her mamma. She’s the sweetest little thing there is and my kids flock to her like white on rice. Every day they want to help so badly. Tootie wants to change diapers and give bottles and hold her while she sleeps. All of that is so awesome. Because I hope that while all of this is taking place it  means that I’m teaching my daughter how to be a good mom. Yea, she’s only 4, but you know what? She’s an awesome “momma” at 4. My son, who I don’t think gets enough credit for his sensitive side really blossoms around this little lady. He’s gentle and sweet and so concerned if her needs are being met. Carrying her outside I need to change her direction so the sun’s not in her eyes. Because that’s his rule. He takes care of her that way. So, when he came to me and said he’d like to baby wear little M, there was no way i was going to say no. And this is how it was….13882175_10209179881447068_2755361499023837535_n

It’s ok for our sons to be tough and rugged and independent. But it’s also very ok for them to show love and compassion. To want to take care of people, young and old. To be gentle and soft. I hope this means for him too, that I am raising him right. To be a man someday. To maybe be a dad. An involved dad. A hands on dad. In this house, with baby M, he’s doing a pretty good job of just being a decent little human with her. So he’s off to a good start for when and if life gives him a baby blessing.

Here Fishy, Fishy!

JULY 27, 2016

Our family LOVES to fish! A lot of weekends that the kids are with me we head up to my parents place and fish, fish, fish! There’s a nice little pond a town over. It has a park and a dock. It’s quiet, kinda. I know a couple rascally kids who get a tad over zealous and loud, but all in all, it’s a nice little fishing hole. So, I thought, heck, let’s make a fish craft!! We love fish, we love crafts, TA-DA!

Here’s the items you’ll need should you want to make one of your own:

Half of a file folder
Glue
Construction paper
Finger paints
Jewels
Scissors
Googly eyes (optional)

I cut out a fish shape. Had my Tootie paint her sandy bottom and water. Once dried, glue on your fish. Draw eyes or glue on the googly eyes. I love googly eyes, they are silly and fun. Glue on gems/jewels and there you go. Heater felt today he was too old for finger paint so he opted to do a fishing pole and fish made out of pipe cleaners. He’s fishing. On the back of a chair. With a crazy face. Cuz, yeah, he’s like that. 😉

A-Lego Building We Will Do!

JULY 16, 2016

WE LOVE LEGO’S! Heater is a Lego fanantic! Seriously. Birthday, Christmas, in-between. You name it, he’ll ask for it! That’s ok with me. It’s so hands on and creative. I’ll take that over the TV or iPad any day. Today we sat down and just tinkered. To my surprise, Heater came to me and asked if we could build together. Something new. Something off a video. I admit my heart kinda did a flutter and not in a good way. I was tired. But, his cute little face won my heart and we found something super cool. Well, he did. Dude, following a video is hard work! Pause, look for Lego, Play, repeat. Not for me. But, it is for him and therefore we kept forth! Heater was so patient, looking for pieces. I was getting frustrated because we didn’t have all the pieces. But he says to me, “mom, we can just make the pieces, like this”. And he did. He put pieces together to make pieces that should have been in a set as one piece. I. Was. Impressed. I would have given up. Out of all that madness, and pieces being made to fit in where we didn’t have what the video called for, and non matching colors, this is what he made! Way to go little dude!

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After all that, Momma was on a roll! Literally. I made a marble run. And let me tell you, it took way too long. But you know what? The kids think it’s cool and that I rock the day, so, you know, it was nothin’. 😉

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A Little Salt Here, A Little Salt There!

JULY 5, 2016

Today we were tooling around the internet trying to find something different to do. I love to find things that are simple and quick. And it’s a bonus if I have all the items on hand too! We came across salt painting and I thought….cool! Let’s do this! I found some old cardboard box lids I had downstairs which helps keep the mess contained.

You’re going to need a few things to do this.

What you’ll need:

Paper (We used card stock, it’s nice and thick)
Table Salt
Eye Dropper
Glue
Liquid Water Colors

First the kids had me make a simple design of their choice. You squeeze glue into the design you want and add table salt over it. Then suck up some colored water and drop it onto the salt. Trial and error told us to take baby steps. Too much water in one place ended up just a big ol’ hot mess of poop colored flowers. So, less is actually more here.

Here’s our creations (the first try)

The second try Heater wanted me to really go above and beyond my drawing skills! He’s a huge Iron-Man fan and he requested Iron-Man. Ya, OK kid. But I’m a mom and I can’t let my dude down. So, hello internet and hello Iron-Man. I have to say, I kinda patted myself on the back for this one. I rocked it. Sure, I eye balled it off of the computer screen, but who the heck gives! It’s awesome and he loved it. Here’s how that turned out!

If you’d like more ideas or directions, head here, they’ve got some for ya! http://oneperfectdayblog.net/2012/04/27/kids-art-raised-salt-painting/

We’re Making Paper, People!

JUNE 29, 2016

The kids and I NEEDED to get out today! So, we planned a field trip to Appleton. I looked online for what felt like hours trying to find something that wasn’t going to make me go broke. It’s tough, tough I tell ya. But we found this fun little building that said Paper Discovery Center. When I read the description of what this building had to offer I was really surprised. I love when I can get some schooling in and fun in all in once. Homeschool moms and dads, you need to check this place out. We made paper, did some activities, some arts and crafts, learned how paper was made and had lunch at the little coffee shop that had glass tables that I thought my kids would break. Seriously, you need to check this out!!! http://www.paperdiscoverycenter.org

Barf Bags Ready!

JUNE 11, 2016

We love finding fun and weird websites. So if you have any let me know. I believe everyone has heard of Discovery Kids. They have the coolest things on their site.  My Tootie found the Build Your Own Coaster game, so did Heater. They both loved it. It’s easy to do and fun to create. It’s simple, nothing fancy, but it got the kids engaged and they loved to see what the comment would be once their coaster was up and running. The sicker the better apparently. Here’s the link: http://discoverykids.com/games/build-a-coaster/

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Savin’ Turtles One At A Time

JUNE 10, 2016

We went fishing down at our cute little fishing hole. The storms started brewing up something good so we headed out and came upon this big ol’ grumpy thing! We couldn’t just leave it to cross the road without any guidance from Grandpa A. He hopped out so quick and helped the crotchety thing across the road. The snapper hissed and hissed but Grandpa A was adamant on helping him not become turtle soup. He did make it and merrily we moved along. Heater and Tootie were pretty good cheerleaders and relieved that we helped save a life!