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Archive for March, 2011

I know, I know. I promised I would post a red week this week.  What can I say?  Sometimes life gets busy and things take a bit longer than anticipated to get ready for.  I actually have our red week all planned out and everything ready for learning about red. I just haven’t implemented it yet.  I promise, I will have it up for next Tuesday.

I will show you something super simple that you can do with your sensory (water) table if you have one.

 

 

See?  I told you it was easy! My busy toddler kept wandering over to her sensory table and discovering it was empty.  Then she started trying to climb on it.  I had to fill it with something, so I grabbed her toddler-sized building blocks and filled the table with them.  She has been busy playing with them in there every day.  More than she ever played with them on the floor.

Sometimes the best ideas are so simple.

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It was a busy weekend at our house (as usual).  This weekend was filled with catching up on chores (both inside and out) and my parents were visiting from out-of-town.  I did manage to find some time to crochet though.

Oddly enough, now that we are starting to see some sun and warmer weather, I have been wanting to dig into my yarn.   I did a couple quick projects – two I have been wanting to try.

The first thing I made was this cozy looking cowl.

It looks way better on than it does laying on my counter.  The pattern (which I got here ) calls for medium weight yarn.  I used two different yarns held together for mine.  I love how warm and cozy this is!

I also made a baby hat.  I used the pattern for the ‘Emily Hat’ by Jennie Harrell.  I was watching a movie when I made it and think I lost count of my rounds.  My hat ended up shorter than the ones shown with the pattern, but is still super cute!

I love the simple edge on this hat and the pretty flower.  I also love that it only took an hour to make the hat.  Maybe that’s not so quick though – I am still very new with crochet.

I am hoping to do a bit more crocheting  in the next while.  I have a box full of mostly grey yarn, but also white, off-white, red and green.  Not much colour selection, but I think it would be a good idea to use some of it up before I consider buying any more yarn.

What have you been working on?

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Let the Weeding Begin!

We have been so lucky to have some beautiful, sunny Spring days this week!

I managed to get outside and start weeding.  We have completely neglected our backyard and garden boxes for the part couple years.  It will be a lot of work, but I am really looking forward to cleaning it up and planting some veggies.

I managed to almost finish weeding two of our garden boxes (we only have 3).

 

The next area I hope to tackle is this garden area along the fence.

As much work as it will be, I get super excited to weed in a very overgrown garden like this.  The change that takes place is always so amazing!  Unfortunately, the mint in this garden strangled my poor lavender.  I think it might be beyond saving, but will find out once I get in there.

Don’t you just love Spring?  What are you planting this year?

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My big kids have been on Spring Break this past week and so our week has been filled with outings and adventures suited for big kids.

I thought that I would share with you a very simple activity to do with your toddler.  My little girl absolutely loves matching up lids to containers.  They could be Tupperware containers, pots, or any other container with a lid.  Here is what we had out this morning (excuse the blurry photo, I had a squirming, fussy toddler in my arms at the time!) ~

Usually this is something she does to busy herself while I cook dinner.   It is a great activity for not only fine motor skills (preparing for things such as printing) but also problem solving (a math skill).

So, if you haven’t already, grab some containers and lids and let your little one explore them!

I will be starting colour weeks next week, so be sure to check back for great colour themed activities!

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And the Winner Is….

I got my girls to do a version of rock, paper, scissors – except they either stuck out one finger or two fingers. I figured this would be a fun way for them to choose the winner and with only 2 entries this was easy to do.

So the winner of the napkins and coasters is….

ANDI!
Congrats to you, Andi!

 

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My girls are on Spring Break this week.  I love having them home with me.  They are great kids and add so much happiness to my life.

This week we went to a local nature sanctuary.  We had a great time!  We saw lots of signs that Spring is almost here, we fed the ducks, and we saw lots of great birds!

My girls were in charge of the camera while we were there.  They are getting to be pretty good photographers.

Photos taken by my 9-year-old…

A photo taken by my 7-year-old..

And Spring flowers!  The picture of the blue flower was taken by my 7-year-old and the picture of the daffodils by my 9-year-old…

I did manage to get a turn with the camera and got this picture of a couple blue jays.

We had a really great time and I look forward to the next time we get to visit the sanctuary.

In other news, this post is my official 100th post!  So, in celebration of this big event, I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway!  Do you want to know what you could win??

I whipped up these matching coaster and napkins for you to win!  My husband was kind enough to remind me that I have ‘fancy stitches’ on my machine, so I used a fancy stitch to edge the napkins and coaster.

So, if you would like a chance to win this set of 2 napkins and 2 coasters (perfect for tea with a friend!), leave me a comment.   I will randomly pick a winner this weekend!

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This week, I decided to do a simple painting project with my toddler.

I cut shamrocks from construction paper and mixed up some green paint for her to paint them with. She kept asking for blue and yellow paint, so I told her that green paint was made out of blue and yellow paint. I actually only keep red, yellow, blue and white paint in the house. I just mix them to get the colours I want.

We talked about how St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this week and how green is a colour for St. Patrick’s Day. We talked about how she was painting a shamrock and that it was a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.

One green shamrock, in the morning dew,
Another one sprouted,
and then there were two.

Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;
Another one sprouted,
and then there were three.

Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door;
Another one sprouted,
and then there were four.

Four green shamrocks, near a beehive
Another one sprouted,
and then there were five.

Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,
Think of all the luck
these shamrocks will bring.

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