Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Weekending with Boys

September 22nd, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We are having one of those special cozy kind of week ends. We lit our first fire in the woodstove, mostly for the romance but it was the perfect nod to the first day of Fall. Cozy business having a crackling fire ablaze in the living room.

The boys snuggled up and I finished reading them Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Great book, simply great. But at the very end we found this –  I love the thought of authors imparting a special life message to kids at the end of a book.

Hum, sparky huh.

Next up – make your own pizza.

I make dough and cook up pizzas often but today I gave each boy his own dough and they made their own little pizza’s. It was so simple but they were floored by the whole thing. They kept complementing one another “Wow, Emmett you did such a good job on your  pizza”.

Next up a movie night, we watched and simply loved  The Black Stallion . I think I saw it as a child but I cant say enough about how beautiful and simple it is.

I guess it’s turning out to be a boy’s adventure story kind of weekend. Might have to throw some Pippy Long Stockings in there tomorrow to level the whole thing out!

Happy first day of Fall to all!

 

 

 

 

 

Building Wall Storage

September 1st, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

The nights have a long sleeve sort of chill, the lake seems optional not essential as it did in the blaze of Summer.

Things are starting to shift to Fall. I feel like a frantic squirrel gathering nuts for winter. Yeah, I just said WINTER and it’s only September. But, whoosh, it will be here before you know it! Or least the mittens and jackets and boots that plauge my tiny house will. Truth be told it’s not just the seasons guiding my need to whip things into shape around here…

Something about sending my boys off the “real” school for the first time is throwing me into a cleaning and organizing furry that even sleeping will not stop. I am dreaming of sorting through clothes and reorganizing!! I have scrubbed nooks and crannies with a tooth brush. Can you say, “anxiety cleaning”. I feel like the whole Summer has been building towards this moment —- Kindergarten!

So how do I deal with my somewhat mixed emotions of my twin boys going off to Kindergarten, growing up, going to school.

Apparently I go out to the barn and build the rustic wall storage bins I saw on Pinterest.

So, here is my new mitten, hat and boot station for my big school boys. Here’s to hoping they can find all that winter detritus by themselves – hahaha.

 

Things I like about this project -

I love the weathered grey stain made with black tea and vinegar. Tutorial here. Non toxic so the kids could help me apply it. Very cool.

I love that I could use a lot of recycled wood making the project cheaper. I even used some wood from an old pallet.

It took me quite a few tries to decipher how to map out the measurements out the angled cuts. In the end it was super easy to do,  critical seeing as I don’t really know how to build furniture.

Now, on the hunt for a coat hook for hanging backpacks, crushing on this one.

Oh and wishing I had a wide angle lens for my camera because these are pretty much horrendous photos, but how does one take pictures of the nooks and crannies of their houses…. it’s HARD!

 

 

Kid Friendly Batik Scarf

June 7th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We are zooming to the end of the school year. For my boys that means moving on from preschool, exciting and scary!

This week we worked hard to come up with a unique and special thank you gift for their teachers – made by them.

Inspired by this tutorial, join us for our experiment in kid friendly batik.

For this project we used -

*2 yards of white Kona cotton, we cut the fabric lengthwise into four scarves. Next we pulled the first few strings from all four of the cut scarf edges, washed and dried them on hot. Pulling the strings from the edges and washing leaves your edges frayed but “finished”.

*Elmer’s Washable Gel Glue (Blue or Clear)

*Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint

*Saran Wrap – for protecting our work space

*Blow Dryer – for speeding up the dry time!

*Paint Brushes and Glass Paint Jars

After our scarves were washed and dried we lay them out flat on a layer of Saran wrap and the boys decorated them with Elmer’s Gel glue —

After the fabric is sufficiently glooped with lots of glue patterns you must let the glue dry overnight. We found that the glue tended to spread a lot so if you are attempting to make images or letters make sure to make them thin and large.

Next we made our “Fabric Stain” by taking about 1 teaspoon of craft acrylic and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of water – mixing well so that no clumps of paint remained. Your stain should to so thin as to have the consistency of water. For darker colors you should use more paint but for making scarves we want to ensure our fabric didn’t get too crunchy!

Liberally paint your fabric with your “fabric stain”, allowing it to soak all the way through your fabric. Ideally paint the entire scarf with color!

We then used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

After the scarves had completely dried we soaked them in cold water for 15 minutes and scrubbed out the gel glue.

next we popped them into the line to dry.

We love how our fabric came out!

Not the best shots (in my bathroom mirror) but here are our

Kid Made Batik Scarves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Things

March 9th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

These days I havent been doing that many elaborate project with the kids. Why? Because they come up with projects, imagine,and complete them all on their own. I think it has something to do with the years I spent painting, glueing and doodling with them and partially to the fact that they have this space to be creative whenever they darn well please. So for right now I am embracing other things as we start the slow drip into Spring.

Keeping my spirits uplifted is priority one. Sunshine really is my favorite. Too many gray days and I feel like a zombie has had my thinking parts for lunch. I take this image on the authority of a 7-year-old friend who gave me a “History Lesson” which informed me that “Zombies eat brains“. I really need history lessons on such things, thank you Willow for your expertise.

So, for now I am not dwelling on the projects I keep dreaming of but I am not actually DOING. For now I am focusing on the little things that make me happy.

Like kids sitting down all by themselves and drawing cool stuff.

Like the major face painter in the family who needs to channel Spider-Man for at least one hour of each day.

Like bright and festive fish taco’s that remind me of the ocean.

Like hanging the results of my tie dye curtain project – so fun!

Inspired by this tutorial.

Like chasing my boys down the mountain on these slushy warm spring days and nights!

Like my new bedside motto – which makes me feel motivated and makes me laugh at the same time.

Practicing a good uppercut just in case those zombies ever do come to town!

Medals for Mama’s

February 29th, 2012 by zoe 4 Comments

Yesterday was a special day for me – my twin boys turned five!

Of course it was a special day for them, but children’s birthdays are something entirely different to a Mama.

As a Mother, you feel a sense of accomplishment at the mere feat of having brought them into another year – whole and thriving.

As a Mama, you toast yourself for navigating them around the potholes and pitfalls — You have a glass of wine and toast yourself, “Good Job!”.

After a couple more glasses you look around and think…

where the hell is my medal for raising these crazy kids!!!

Here they are at 4 weeks,

Does it feel like yesterday that they were tiny babies – no, not exactly!

They are spirited, boisterous, happy, cantankerous children who live life in a big way.

And in truth I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

Surf, Sand & Critters

January 11th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

For a winter adventure we drove 22 odd hours to New Smyrna Beach for a week by the sea. I had spent many a day at this beach as a child feasting on the 7&up, Pringle’s and deviled eggs my grandmother packed in our standard lunch. I was overcome with a fierce nostalgia for the sandy soil, native palms and spanish moss. Even the gaggy chlorinated tap water reminded me that I was in Florida – which to me had always been Grandparent Land.

We embraced the laid back lifestyle, warm ocean water and the raw oysters that were only $6 a dozen across the street at JB’s Fish Camp. Every morning I took the boys for an early morning walk on the beach to search for treasures, the shells were simply divine.  Manatee were swimming everywhere in the 72 degree waters at Blue Springs State Park. It was lovely.

This time around it was Kid Land and perfect it was.