Saturday, September 29, 2012

Why have I never done Bountiful Basket before now?  (I'm sure Phillip will be thrilled with the tomatoes.)

Friday, September 28, 2012

A tribute to my mom.  I usually try to be just like her in a lot of the things I do.  Happy fall.  


Thursday, September 27, 2012

 There were a lot of balloons at our house today.  We played a matching game with the balloons where we matched colors as well as the upper and lowercase versions of "A" and "B." We also had matching pairs of the numbers 1 and 2. 

 We also made brownie bites. 
We filled these little boxes with brownie bites, blue buttons, blue beads, butterflies, and blue balloons. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

 Yesterday evening we went exploring at Vedauwoo.  It's about fifteen minutes east of Laramie on the way to Cheyenne.  It was a pretty neat place.  Brad loved climbing around all the rocks.
You can't tell from this picture, but the massive rock behind Phillip and Stella is actually hanging over the picnic table in a pretty precarious way.  
 Phillip was quite impressed with this rock. 
 I really liked that there was a lot of greenery among all the huge rocks. 
 This tree is growing between the cracks in this rock. 



We had a lot of fun, and I think we will go there again. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

 "B" is for Balloons!  We moved on today.  I think the kids had a great time with the letter "B."  Gotta love the peanut butter and jelly on Brad's face; yeah for leftovers. 
 We also made Balloon Pastry Pops.  I got the idea online, and it was just about the only snack/treat I could find that started with a "B" and incorporated balloons.  After this, we'll be boring and use bananas, etc.  (Side note: in the pot at the lower right hand side of the picture, my freesia bulbs are FINALLY starting to pop up.  I hope they bloom because I love the smell of freesia).
 I think they turned out decent, but not quite as cute as the pops online.  I didn't have a balloon cookie cutter, so I had to cut out the balloon shapes by hand.  It took quite a while, and I had two impatient kids wondering if I was ever going to finish.  I don't know that I would do this activity again with this age group.  They were only able to help me add ingredients and sprinkles.  I like projects to be a little more hands on for the kids. 

 We also played Balloon Dice.  The kids rolled the die then pointed and counted out the dots on the die.  If they rolled a six, they had to keep their balloons in the air for six hits.  I thought it was a great idea, and it was pretty fun, but the kids were more interested in doing their own thing with the balloons.  Like trying to blow them up after they had already been tied.  I love spreading germs. 
 We also played a version of Don't Eat Pete.  Instead of yelling Don't Eat Pete when one of the kids went for the cheerio on our chosen letter, we yelled Don't Eat (insert letter).  I am hoping the game will eventually help with letter recognition.  For now, I was the only one yelling, and I scared the kids to death.  It was pretty fun for me. 
 Stella really wanted to join in on the fun, and you can tell Brad isn't thrilled about it. 
 We decorated the letter "B" with Butterflies and Buttons.  Gotta love the faces Brad pulls. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

I am in charge of a relief society activity/Girls' Night in October.  We are going to do a Halloween/Fall craft, so I have been trying to come up with a few different craft ideas.  I have been looking for ideas online, and I thought it might be fun to make a Halloween cupcake stand.  Unfortunately, it took forever for me to make this thing, and I don't think it will work out for our activity.  I am still looking for ideas that are cute and relatively quick to do.  If you have any ideas, please let me know. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

 Today we drove to a reservoir near Albany, Wyoming.  Brad loved seeing all the water and throwing rocks into the reservoir. 
 The beach was littered with driftwood.  Some of it was pretty neat. 

We found a shelter made out of dead pine.  Brad thought it was pretty fun to sit inside it. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stella always rolls over onto her side like this when she is about to fall asleep.  


Monday, September 10, 2012

 We made apple pizza today.  The kids liked spreading the cream cheese "sauce" on the dough. 
 While the pizza was baking, I read them a story called The Little Red House with No Doors and No Windows and a Star Inside. (http://www.tooter4kids.com/Apples/Apple_Story.htm).  At the end of the story, I cut open an apple to reveal the star inside the apple.  I had no idea the seeds in an apple's core formed a star, so I thought this story was pretty cool. 
 Here the kids are with the finished apple pizza.  I can't seem to take a picture of these two without at least one of them being blurry.  It really frustrates me. 

 These pictures make me laugh.  Brad is prepared to squeeze in close to take a picture, and Mikayla looks like she's pretty sure she doesn't want to have anything to do with it. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

 We painted today!  Brad was thrilled with his garbage bag poncho.  He needed it too because he made a mess. 

 I cut an apple in half to use as a stamp.  The kids loved pushing on the apple to make sure the paint got on their papers
 Of course Brad won't look when I try to take his picture.  This has been a common theme lately. 
 After the apples dried, I cut them out and we played counting games with them.  I then got out the glue, and we formed them into apple wreaths.  The kids really liked them, but they tried to put them on their heads like crowns. 


 Counting pretend apples while eating real apples for a snack. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

 We made apple pie scented play dough today for one of our apple oriented learning activities.  Brad has been so nice with his little friend, and she's so cute and good. 
 The completed dough. 
 Brad started playing right away.

 I had to add this picture.  Brad was almost giddy with joy; he loves play dough, apparently, and he hasn't been able to play with any for a long time. 
 Making a big "A" and a little "a" out of dough. 
 We made Apple Jacks necklaces.  This was our math activity for the day.  I had the kids place the Apple Jacks on their string in a pattern.  One green then three yellow.  Brad was really into it.  I had to remind him what the pattern was pretty regularly, but he caught on and made the transition between colors a few times without my help. 
 Two cheesers with their necklaces.