Summer Center: Bugs

I set up a little table in the dining room that would inspire the girls to read, write, draw, and create in a laid-back way. A few weeks ago, it was flower themed. I forgot to take pictures of it. But, you’ll get the idea from this week’s Bug Theme. It’s not scientific as much as it’s just fun. Of course, they’ve been spending the most time using the push-pins as “poison-extractors” for the squishy little bugs. Viv could play “bug dissection” all day long, but I finally heard Lia speak up for herself, “I don’t want to play bug-dissecting anymore!” (Oh, the things you never expect your children will have to say…)





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Lately, I have felt the wind leave my sails regarding many topics and responsibilities. (It’s amazing how vigorously our hearts rearrange and re-prioritize when we are making room for a baby!) I’ve stepped down from certain memberships, stopped attending certain meetings, and have cut back on field trips and other obligations. I’ve even cut back on blog posts! I know that this process of simplification and focus is important, and I relish the full sails of motherhood, but I also have moments of feeling lonesome for a little artistic endeavor of some sort.

So, you can imagine how good it feels to have a gust of enthusiasm about photography and scrapbooking of all things.

I just stumbled upon Project Life… it’s a simple way to chronicle photographs throughout the year – in a ready-made scrapbook album. It includes everything I love about scrapbooking (the recording of memories, the photos, and the story-telling) without everything I despise about scrapbooking (the time-commitment, and the messy table full of scraps). I love the clean, efficient way in which Project Life helps us store our photos. I’m even a little excited about trying on the Photo of the Day (POTD) for size.  Project Life albums have seven photo slots per page, and provide materials for all 52 weeks . Could I do it?? (By the way, I’m not receiving a promotion or any form of payment to write this post, I just wanted to share my good find with you.)

If I happen to get one of the albums for my upcoming birthday, I’ll be sure to let you know what I really think about it. And, hopefully, you’ll be the first to glimpse some of my POTD successes! (BY THE WAY, you do happen to enjoy the Picture of the Day series, 52Home , on the girl talk blog, don’t you?)

(Do you use Project Life or something similar to record your photographs and journal? Please do tell what and how it works for you!)


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2010 Homemade Christmas

(SPOILER ALERT! If you are a close relative who may receive a homemade Christmas gift from us this year, stop reading now!)

We’ve stocked up on salt and Cream of Tartar to make little containers of Sugar Cookie Play-dough for our friends and relatives this year. We’ll accessorize each tub with a homemade rolling pin and a small cookie cutter.

1. Make Sugar Cookie Play-dough with the BEST RECIPE IN THE WORLD:

1 c. flour

1/2 cup salt

1 T. cooking oil

1 T. cream of tartar

1 c. water

Add lots and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. (YUMMO.)

(Find extra tips at My Montessori Journey)

2. Score inexpensive plastic containers and cookie cutters (we’re still on the look-out for those).

3. Purchase 1′ dowl rods. Cut into 6-inch rolling pins. Sand corners.

4. Assemble! (Finished product still in the works…)

But, wow. I’m so excited about this project! It promises sensory Christmas fun for all ages!

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Fingerpainting Indian Corn

Little fingers dab red, orange, yellow, and brown paint all over and all around, revealing personality differences (one thinks in lines, the other thinks in fluffy puppies).

We trek out to the corn fields and select the finest fallen husks. Crinkly, sturdy husks that curl around like the little girls’ hair.

Glue is dribbled over drying paint. And we are officially the proud family of Indian Corn on Our Refrigerator Door.

(Don’t forget that tomorrow is Family Fun Friday! Ours included flashlights!)

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