Posts Tagged ‘kids’

On Rainy Days

May 19th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

It funny you do the “inside all day” thing a lot in the winter but something about doing it all over again in the Spring makes you a little um…. batty.  So it’s good to regroup, really get into being WET, and find just a few more things to do inside.

Riding on things with wheels INSIDE,

Wearing costumes most of the day,

Finding Spring color,

Sailing a new boat down a rushing stream,

Making stuff out of cardboard – because it’s just so much fun!


Kids and Cardboard Boxes

May 19th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

There is a special magic with kids and cardboard boxes.  A big, big love.

Okay first a disclaimer,  I had nothing to do with this particular project.  Emmett and Oliver found this box in the basement, got very excited about decorating it and then told me it was a costume.  Now mind you, I did suggest several times that it looked a bit SMALL for wearing but they were unimpressed by my suggestion and carried on faithfully with their mission.

The box is so crazy narrow they had turn their heads sideways to get into it,  claustrophobia anyone!



Best Mother’s Day Gift – Sleep!

May 10th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I am mother to two rowdy, enthusiastic, vibrant, and  loving four-year old twin boys. They never cease to amaze, overjoy and exacerbate me with their love and childish lunacy.

Each and every day they approach the little things in their world as BOYS, something far more identifying than I would have ever imagined.  I have learned to expect the unexpected, respect their need for physical fatigue, understand that more than 10 minutes of quiet means they are making a giant mess and accept as fact that nothing they desire can be placed high enough to thwart their ambitions to get at it.  (Did I really leave that purple nail polish on the mantel??)

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined  the bumps and curves on this wild ride, this life with boys.

It is a special job – mothering twins, most days I feel lucky, most days I also feel tired!

To mothers  everywhere,  I hope you had a grand Mother’s Day – I hope you got plenty of  sleep!

Any flower that dares to bloom in our yard WILL soon become a bouquet for Mama – tiny vases are kept in the window just for holding  all those sweet sweet gifts of violets, dandelions,  and daffodils!

parachute toy

May 8th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

We had a blast yesterday!  I thought it would be fun to design a better version of those cheap parachute toys out of recycled tyvek fed-ex mailers.  It sewed up in minutes and an older child could probably make this project all by themselves.

The boys and I tried every stuffed animal and toy to see who flew best off the back deck and the top of the tree house.  In the end with the help of a plastic cup it became a hot air balloon and a little doll house girl got the very best rides of the day.  See which of your favorite toys parachutes best!


Click pattern, save to a file, and print directions to make your own parachute toy!



unlikely friends

May 7th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

This week a fox stopped by the house for a mid morning snack. We had 10 chickens… and then there were 7.  For us it is a fact of life, out in the woods there are real wild animals who think our plump chickens are a perfect snack.

Still, I wish it was more like this!Here is a sweet little fox with his feathered friends  to color, just click the photo and print.



A Good Romp in the Woods

May 4th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Things are slowly starting to green and unfurl. Bits of color are sparking here and there but overall we have yet to reach the full flush of spring up here in the mountains. In these parts skunk cabbage and fiddle heads are the first to announces themselves, signaling the warmer weather ahead.  But looking out over the garden gate it’s still hard to believe, come July, the hillside will be covered in tasty wild blueberries.  Out beyond that blue fence past our blueberry hill lies the big woods.  Those woods are our summer playground.  Where we walk, muck about in the stream, bike, and  – make fairy houses.

I think these little elves are on their way to our wee woodland house right now. I hope they enjoy the fiddle heads we left for them.