Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday at Maymont

After finally getting ready for the day we headed to Maymont for a short trip before lunch. We visited all of our animal friends, including the bears. The new Bald Eagle exhibit has opened. It is much more impressive than I had imagined it would be.

The eagle put on a show and waddled (it had obviously been injured) across it's habitat.

Sarala was able to compare her "wing-span" to that of an eagle. (The eagle's wing span is cut off in the picture the darker color is the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk (I think).

Both girls sat in the eagle's nest bench.
I just finished making this pumpkin shirt for Kaelyn. It tuned out okay. If I made the stitch any closer together the fabric wouldn't move through and the thread kept breaking because of the stickiness on the needle. Good first attempt.

Making Daddy's Favorite

It's Munchy Monday! Mondays seem to be a little stressful come dinner time. I have to be out the door by 5:15 at the latest to get to tutoring on time. So, I decided that this weeks Munchy Monday would be a crock pot soup! Daddy's favorite . . . White Chicken Chili! Yummy!

Princess Sarala (yes, she is in dress up clothes) helped to put a lot of the ingredients in the pot. Hopefully she will remember this when it is time to eat and actually taste it. She can be so picky.

I hope Kyle enjoys it. Brings back memories of BYOB in Beaver, PA.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Art Bag

I have been looking at some craft forums and came across a similar art bag. It holds a 6 by 9 notebook, crayons, chalk, and has a chalkboard. I may use this as one of the things I make for Christmas. We are really trying to individualize gifts and give homemade items. I have a lot of great ideas for the kids, but it will be a challenge for the adults. Last year we had a blast creating and were able to donate the money saved to "Simply Christmas", our churches version of the Advent Conspiracy.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Front-Window Worthy Friday

Okay, the fridge is full at the moment and we needed some fall decorations. Here are some tissue paper leaves that we made today. Kaelyn even participated and created the orange one. She would put her finger down with the paper on it and I would press it down so that it came off of her finger. No action pictures. I was pretty busy keeping both girls creating.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Red + Yellow = YUM!!!

It's Munchy Monday, and we included a little art lesson since we didn't have a Fridge-worthy Friday!

Today Sarala experimented with color combinations and learned that when two primary colors combine they make a new color!
Sarala and Kaelyn both enjoyed eating the experiment. The stirrers are breadsticks and the colors are icing- Yummy!

This piece of art is a couple of weeks old, but I don't think that we shared it. Sarala used okra, pinecones, and pineneedles to make it. Kaelyn also helped a bit. It is really neat looking and has been shown off in our kitchen eating area since being made.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Fridge-worthy Friday!

Yep, we have actually done an art project this morning! I thought, in honor of all the kiddies going back to school, we would do an old fashioned apple print. We talked about the color of apples and then I helped Sarala get paint on the apples and make the prints. It didn't last very long, but I still think it is Fridge-worthy! Thought: how many fridges am I going to need to hold all of this art????

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

One place we love to visit in Richmond is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. We have a membership, so we try to go a couple of times a month. This week we visited with our neighbors. The children had fun feeding the fish, playing with fox tails, and pretending to have moss hair.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Catch Up!

We have been very busy over the past week, continuing to celebrate the big 3 birthday. Sarala had her first friend birthday party on Saturday (yes, that makes 4 parties). It was "Pinkalicious"! Complete with a reading of the book, making of crowns, pink cupcakes, and tropical storm Gustov. It was a very nasty day, perfect for the reading a Pinkalicious.
Thursday Sarala helped me bake the cake which would be transformed into the cupcake lollipops for the party! They turned out so cute. I am already planning on making more soon. Everyone really enjoyed them.
Here are the girls as we set off for a "bike ride". Sarala rode and Kaelyn walked around our city block 2 times. Wow, she finally has the pedaling thing down. She was so proud of herself. That may also be the furthest that Kaelyn has ever walked.

Labor Day weekend we were at my parents' house in F'burg. We had Sarala's 3rd birthday party. We all enjoyed just being.

We made a journey to Carl's, which was packed! Great Grandma treated, and mommies cousins Chritine, Shannon and Rachel joined us.

We also spent a lot of time by the pool. Sarala has completely changed her pool attitude this year. At the beginning of the summer she would not touch the water. We tortured her and made her get in. Now, she "swims" all over by herself (with the help of her life jacket, which stays on all the time.)

I made the girls tutus. They were so easy and fun to make. And don't they look cute!