Thursday, April 30, 2009
As a kid we made May Day baskets and picked flowers from the yard and delivered them to our neighbors. It was always a fun tradition. Now on May Day I paint little flower pots, insert a petunia and have the kids bring them to their teachers. Here's the cute little May Day treats.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips, or M&Ms (or both!)
Mix everything together and spread in a greased 9x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Cut into bars.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
With Mother's Day only 18 days away, I am doing a Mother's Day Special with Scentsy. I will put together a cute Mother's Day basket filled with a plug in warmer, a bar of scent and car candle for the fabulous price of only $25! You can pick your warmer and scent from my stock on hand, or let me do my magic and find the perfect combination that your Mom will love. I will even throw in a Mother's Day card if you need one. Click on my Scentsy picture on the side of the blog to check out the products, then contact me to get your basket. Or maybe you would love a basket of Scentsy for Mother's Day? Drop some not so subtle hints to have your hubby give me a call and I'll set him up with the perfect gift.
*Price varies for delivery or shipping outside of Whatcom County.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Lily: Mommy, and is spelled A-N-D.
Me: Yes, you are right.
Lily: So Mommy, you spelled it wrong, its not a-n-n, it's a-n-d.
Me: What do you mean?
Lily: It's Lily AND Snow, not Lily Ann Snow, Mommy!
Me: (Laughing till it hurts) No Lily, your middle name is not AND, it's Ann, Mommy didn't spell it wrong!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Being a parent of two children ages 5 and 8, I have a firsthand experience with children's art. While I don't consider myself an artistic person, I am very creative. I'll stand tall on my soap box and claim that fostering creativity in today's children is very important, and we can do that through art. Children today are given too much structured play and activities, and not given the room to be creative. I stopped buying my kids coloring books because they would rather have blank paper to create their own work. We go through reams of paper, but I feel it's a great investment in them. I always have a variety of craft supplies on hand so that creative art projects can be done at a moment's notice. I found that big newspaper roll ends can cover a large area of floor and we can create a city with roads, buildings and such. My husband built a huge sandbox for our kids, and I save containers and random tools for the kids to create new things every day. Boxes are a favorite toy in our house. My kids will fight over a big box, making it into a car, airplane, house or fort. Small boxes are used to store "treasures" or build leprechaun traps. Camping trips are made into adventures where we find leaves and flowers to put on a sticky paper to create a nature art piece. I don't want my kids to lose that sense of creativity. I hope that they will look at the world and it's possibilities.
I truly believe that art can build strong creative thinkers. We need to bring up a new generation of people who think outside the box. In our depressed economy today, we need people who will look at things differently and bring new ideas. It will be the creative entrepreneurs that will rebuild our economy with a fresh outlook.
My kids like to do some of the art projects on Noggin's website. While looking for more information I found a fun website that displays children's art. And Kinderart had great art and craft ideas for children that I will have to try sometime. One of the women on the Kinderart site had a great quote. Jantje said, "Let children try. Let children fail. Let children succeed. Give them the freedom and they will create."
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- Flagellated sperm
- Mommy lily
- First eye Dr. visit
- Random smoke
- Finnish submarine tours
- Dove pro age night
- Embarrassing underwear stories (this one is googled almost daily!)
- Recession proof toys
- Same size feet
- Pictures of Mommy bear
- Captain Underpants stories
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
After food we do an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Hard boiled eggs and plastic eggs are literally thrown around Ruthi's yard, and then we send the kids out to get them. Lily asked me yesterday if she could get the egg in the tree (I think we need new hiding spots when Lily knows there will be an egg in the tree!). After that the whole family gathers on the lawn for a raw egg toss. Years ago when we did Easter at Grandma's house, she would provide aprons for us girls so that we wouldn't get egg on our Easter dresses. Now its fend for yourself and hope that you don't get splattered with egg. By the end of the egg toss, it becomes and egg roll or bounce. Really there is no skill involved, just the luck of the egg.
It's pouring down rain today, so I hope we are able to keep these traditions alive. I'll let you know how it goes!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tomorrow we will feed the addiction and take a ton of pictures on Easter.
Friday, April 10, 2009
So wish me luck this quarter. Hopefully I will be able to write meaningful papers and not loose my mind in all the writing I have to do. Maybe by the end of the quarter I will be able to tell you how gender affects art and the language and literature of children!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Clean my refridgerator
- Finish putting all the photos in the albums
- Shave my legs more than once a week
- Organize my office
- Paint my bedroom (hey, I've gone almost 6 years with white walls, why not another 6?)
- Strip wallpaper from the kitchen
- Getting off my butt and go for a walk
- Meet friends for coffee
- Play monopoly with the kids
- Canned more salsa (a must for this fall!)
- Make more jams
- Mop my floor, even though it never looks clean!
- Finished homework in a more timely manner
- Clean my curtains
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Children's Place
1 hooded boys sweatshirt
3 longs sleeve girls shirts
1 short sleeve girls shirt
2 pairs of girls socks
2 girls sweaters
1 baby girl dress
1 baby girl top
( I know I don't have a baby girl, but I know a few!)
Total spent with tax $37.34
Gotta love that! So, who's with me for another shopping trip next month?
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The kids had a fun throwing a party for Bear. Nate made him a card and wrapped up a hot wheel to give him. Bear also received a book. Lily was blowing the party horn and it flew out of her mouth as I took the picture. I don't think I could do that twice!
I realized yesterday as I was getting the cup cake liners down to make the cupcakes, that there is a hole between the wall of the kitchen and living room. I store things up there and thought it was solid on top, until the cupcake liners fell down in between the walls yesterday. It made me think of other times when I swore that I had just bought cupcake liners, yet they were no where to be found. Someday when we take that wall down, I'm sure we will find about 5 packages of cupcake liners!