Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual, inspired by Soulemama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

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The straw


You know, the one that broke the camel’s back? This was that straw for me. Things have been hectic around here to say the very least. My patience has been short and I could feel myself hanging on by a thread and then this morning, while I was preoccupied, this happened…snap!

Sigh. Why? Why did my children pick today to do this? Why, when we’ve had markers out for years did my 4 ½ year old decide it would be the time to lose her mind and draw on the wall for the first time? Why did it have to be the day after I finished decorating their bedroom and the day before we have company?

Yes, I realize it is only marker on a wall (which will hopefully come off eventually) and not a major catastrophe. Today though that didn’t matter, today it was more than we could deal with. And I yelled, and they cried. And then I cried with them. The stress and deadlines we’ve been under as of late have taken their toll on us all and we need a do over. Kinsley has this thing where, when things aren’t going her way or she’s getting frustrated, she’ll spin around in a circle and declare “There! Now I can start over.” So that is exactly what we are going to do this afternoon. We’re going to take a step back from all the things that are pulling for my attention, put on some loud silly music and spin ourselves into a better frame of mind.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Inspired by Soulemama

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

This Moment

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Primary Colors

Kinsley is currently obsessed with primary colors and color mixing so I thought this activity would be perfect.  A great way for her to experiment with her colors without having to get the paints out and have a big mess right before dinner.

While the girls were napping I poured a bit of acrylic paint into some ziploc bags and taped them to the window.  The girls spotted them immediately but weren't quite sure what to do.  With a bit of encouragement and a simple question "I wonder what would happen if we mushed them around?", they were off. 

Primary Colors

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Primary Colors 3

Primary Colors 4

Primary Colors 5

The girls loved the way the squishy paint felt inside the bag and once the colors started to appear Kinsley especially was thrilled.  We learned a lot about mixing colors and we discovered that they make really pretty decorations when the sun shines through as well. 

This is a great project for kids that aren't quite old enough to be trusted to not eat paint and also a great painting activity when you don't have time (or patience) for a big painting mess.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Childhood is...

Childhood means a lot of different things around here.  It means painting, creating, and inventing new games to play.  It means being outside and going on adventures together.  It means reading new books inside blanket forts in the living room and under shade trees in the yard.  It means being free to just play and be little for as long as possible.

But for one little girl it also means running inside declaring "a snake fell out of a tree and I have to go investigate but I need the rest of my safety gear first" and rushing out again.  Just as it should be, childhood means imagination. 

Childhood 3


Childhood 4

Childhood 2

I know these moments won't last forever so we're enjoying them while we can and looking forward to the next adventure to come.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dresses for dolls

Everyone needs a new wardrobe for Spring and around here the dolls are no exception.  Kinsley has requested that Patti and Lailey get an entirely new wardrobe this year.  They need dresses, shirts, t-pants, town clothes and a swim suit.  I tried to explain that they really aren't the dolls to take swimming but I'm not sure she believes me. 

Flower Dress

We started with a couple new dresses and then I kept right on going and made a few for the shop as well.
Apple Dress
Busy Bee Dress

Ballgame Dress

I still have a couple waiting for me to finish the hem but then I think I'll be ready to move on to something new. Maybe some matching jammies for the two of them? How can I resist when they look this cute snuggled up together?


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wooden boats

Sailboat 6

We were sitting around this morning trying to think of what we'd do with our day when this link came up on the Rhythm of the Home facebook page.  Make our own little boats to sail?  Perfect!  Any activity including water is sure to be a hit with our littles. 


We gathered up the sticks and tree bark that we could find around the yard to construct our boats with.

Sailboat 2

Drilled holes in the center to insert the mast. 

Sailboat 3

And made our sails.  We used a leaf from the garden for this smaller boat.

Sailboat 4

But decided to try a fabric sail for this larger boat.  "Just like a pirate ship!"

Sailboat 6

The girls were so excited to finish their very own boats and were a little reluctant to let them sail away.  Kinsley is already making plans to create more, smaller boats, to keep in our watertable. 

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It didn't take long for Kaitlyn to set her boat free and the sailing began. 

Sailboat 8

Sailboat 13

Sailboat 10

We spent the rest of the morning splashing around in one of our favorite places, enjoying the feel of the nearly ice cold water running across our feet.  These are the memories I hope they carry with them and remember when they think back on their childhood.  Simple pleasures indeed.

Friday, May 4, 2012

this moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Sliding 5

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spring Reading Giveaway!

It seems as though Spring is slipping away into Summer and we haven't even settled into a good Spring rhythm yet.  We haven't quite figured out the flow of our days, the nature table hasn't been set up yet and we haven't even finished planting the garden.  Yet, here we are the first days into May and facing temperatures that are much more likt Summer than Spring.  Already we are having to plan our outside work (and play) for the mornings before the day gets too warm to enjoy and we are forced back inside during the heat of the afternoon.  This morning was no exception as we gathered our quilt, books, and snacks and headed out to enjoy the cooler morning air. 

Spring Reading

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Spring Reading 3

Even mama got to bring a few books out to enjoy, a couple old favorites to revisit and a new addition that we are loving.  My copy of Naturally Fun Parties for kids arrived just a couple weeks ago and already I can tell it will be a favorite that we will refer to often. 

Kinsley immediately grabbed it today to look everything over once again.  With each turn of the page declaring a new idea for her upcoming birthday or a "oooh mama can we make this" at most of the incredible looking foods inside. 

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Spring Reading 5

I think that is what I love best about this book, that it truly is a book for the entire family.  Even the littlest among us enjoys looking at all the beautiful pictures the book holds.  The themes for the parties are seasonal and incredible.  With every party giving you all the details you need to host a beautiful party of your own, everything from crafts right down to the foods.  The really great thing is that it breaks down all the details so that you can easily pick and choose which details speak to you and make each idea your own.  It even gives you a timeline to help planning go smoothly and keep you from running around frantically at the last minute like I always seem to do.

Kinsley has decided a fairy party is a must, but this Gratitude Birthday Party is my absolute favorite in the book.  Something about the simplistic beauty just makes me happy.  And I'm thinking we need a banner like that just to have hanging in the house every day.

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Now to the good part, the giveaway!  Since I was lucky enough to win my copy of the book from a giveaway over at Rhythm of the Home I thought I would share the good fortune and give away a copy myself.  Right now we are full swing into party planning mode so it seemed like the perfect time.


All you have to do to be entered to win is a leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite birthday party. 

See how easy that was?  And I'll even give you a couple more chances to win.  See how nice I am today? ;)
1.  Follow me here on the blog and leave a comment saying you did so.
2.  "Like" me on facebook and leave a comment saying you did so. 

I will leave comments open until 10am CST on Sunday and will announce the winner (chosen by Random Number Generator) shortly after.  Good luck!!

Comments Closed:

And the winner is Kim who said:  "My favorite birthday party was my son Owen's First Birthday. I really want that book. :-) "

Congratulations Kim, send me your address so I can get your book in the mail to you! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

coloring on the go

I've spent a lot of time sitting in front of my sewing machine this past week. It feels good to be creating again and Kinsley is already making a list of the things she "really needs" made for her and her dolls. I'm trying to squeeze in as much sewing time as I can right now while I'm feeling the urge without burning myself out. I made a couple tote bags and crayon rolls for a couple sweet little girls I know (that aren't mine).

Tote Bags

Ignore the super tall grass, with all the rain we've had it has just been too wet to mow. But aren't these bags fun? I just love simple little tote bags like these, we always have several hanging around the house. They are great to grab on the way out the door and perfect for the kids to load up and haul around. In fact, I think I'll whip us up a couple more specifically for library bags. Our current library bag isn't quite wide enough and now Kait is big enough to want her own to carry.

Butterfly Tote

Patchwork Tote

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I adore this patchwork fabric and have been waiting for a good project for it. It jumped out at me when I was starting these bags. I think it was a good match. I made the crayon rolls out of matching fabric so there would be no questioning which roll went with which bag, and which girl.

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I love love love making crayon rolls. They are such a quick and fun project and every kid always seems to like them. There are a ton of great tutorials out there to make your own. Prudent Baby has a great tutorial which is just like how I made these only I make them just a bit smaller to hold 12 crayons. I've found that gives the girls plenty of different colors to use without having to worry about a ton of crayons while we're out of the house.