Monday, May 30, 2016

Swinging and Fizzy Fruit Drinks

We are continuing to love our membership to the Children's Museum. We have been three times and are still finding new things to explore. This time we met Alli and Des there and spent over an hour at the outdoor play part and loved it. We could have easily spent a few hours out there...

... but we had to go back inside for our cooking class (which is one of the coolest things they have there). This time the kids made fruity fizzy drinks.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fancy Dentist

A couple of weeks ago, we had family dentist appointments. Yes, Andrew, Malia, Davey, Naomi and I all schedule our appointments at the same time (Drew will join when he is old enough). We love overtaking the dentist office for two hours and getting all five of us cleaned at once.

On the morning of our appointment, Naomi picked out her Christmas dress to wear and Davey accessorized with a fancy necklace. I guess if you have to go to the dentist, you should go looking good right?

We were 5 for 5 with no cavities, so we decided to treat ourselves to Jamba Juice at a future date to celebrate.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kindergarten Graduate

Davey graduated from Kindergarten last week. It was a cute little ceremony at her Options school in which I had to suppress laughter, almost the entire time, because Davey was standing really awkward trying to keep her graduation cap on (her teacher forgot bobby pins to secure them onto their heads!) At home I tried to get a picture of her with her cap on and she chose to stand on one foot like a flamingo.

We are proud of our Davey Lou. She is a math whiz (who still draws most of her numbers backwards!) In her last week of school, she finished her 100th reading lesson and I see her desire to read increasing as the words come easier to her. She loves Legos and puzzles and watching movies. She loves to ride around and around our cul-de-sac. She can be really quiet in a group setting, but one-on-one she will talk your ear off. She is loving playing soccer. This spring she was diligent in practicing her piano and learning Bible verses for Wednesday night church. By the end of the school year she thought Kindergarten was a little boring and so she is pumped to be in 1st grade now!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Butterfly Pavilion and Drawings

Last week we ventured to a local attraction called the Butterfly Pavilion. They have thousands of insects and other small animals (most of them smaller than your hand). One room is dedicated to butterflies. It is filled with tropical landscape and high humidity. Naomi was not a fan... "I am sweating, can we leave?" The rest of us enjoyed observing the butterflies up close though and we even got to see one coming out of its chrysalis!

Last time we went, Naomi was not old enough to hold Rosie, the tarantula... but this time she was. Davey let Rosie crawl on her hand as well!

When we got home that afternoon, we used our new, fine tip Sharpie marker set to decorate our own butterflies. I made the girls wear paint shirts since the markers are permanent... please excuse Naomi's plunging neckline!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Recycling Challenge and a Garage Sale

Last Friday, I knew I was going to have extra kids at the house so I decided to have a recycling challenge. I saved a bunch of boxes and other misc. recycling, gave the kids some duck tape and said create. This kept six kids pretty entertained for quite awhile.

While they were creating, I was having a last minute garage sale. I saw some neighbors prepping for one the night before and thought it would be a good opportunity to get rid of some extra stuff. I am happy to say it was a big success for me. I got rid of stuff, made a little money, met some new neighbors and watched my kids become salespeople. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Princess and Superhero Day

At Naomi's preschool last week, they had a Princess and Superhero Day where you were supposed to dress up. Naomi decided to dress up like Spiderman...

Sticker Matching

I was recently trying to clean out one of the (many, many) random boxes in our house. This one was filled with stickers and misc art stuff. A lot of the stickers were picked over and I was thinking I should probably throw them out. But I hate to waste anything, so I was glad I remembered this little activity I had seen years ago. All you do is make a picture with stickers and then have your kids match it. Simple but fun.

 I started this activity with Naomi and we did these faces. It was really interesting to watch Naomi find matching stickers and to see where she placed them. I talked her through her choices a little bit, but tried not to overcorrect.

I also had Naomi spell out her name with stickers by modeling how I had done it.  Then the older girls wanted in on the fun so I made theirs more complex. Soon they were making designs for Andrew and I to replicate.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Davey's Half Birthday

I think celebrating half birthdays with a special dessert and maybe even a little gift is fun. Davey hit 6.5 last week, but I forgot it was her half birthday until about 6:30 p.m. when she reminded me on our way to her music class. So when we got home a little before 8 p.m. I threw a "0" candle on some donut wads leftover from Mother's Day and gave all of the girls some Bubble Tape that I happened to have on hand. She loved it and felt special (its amazing what sugar can do!)

This actually is a great illustration of how life feels right now. Our days are full and there is not much margin for planning and getting stuff done outside of what is necessary for the day. It is not my favorite way to live, but I think just a reality of having 4 little ones. I am hoping summer provides a little relief and allows me to catch my breath. But for now I must go now to wrap a present for the birthday party that Davey is going to in 25 minutes....

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Glue on coins

Due to a series of events and an awakening in my creativity, I am gearing up for a lot of arts and crafts this summer with the girls. We are starting slowly as I gather ideas and supplies. A couple of weeks ago we experimented with glue on coins.

When I was about Malia's age, I remember spending the night at a friends house and doing this. You color on coins with markers, add glue, let it dry (which took longer than I remember) and then peel it off.

Here are some of the final products. You get the impression from the coin as well as the colors you put on them. Pretty simple, cheap, and weird way to entertain your kids for awhile. 

The activity only kept Davey's attention for a short while the first time we tried it, but then the next day she asked to do it again so I am counting it as an overall success.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Last week I was sorting through Drew's clothes and Naomi came into his room. She was drawn to this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat that I had for him. She put it on and then quickly went to dress herself in all green (which included an 18 month vest of Drew's she had also found). She looked so great in that hat and made us laugh all morning. I bought the hat at Children's Place for $1 and I think I have already gotten a dollars worth of entertainment out of it!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Drew just hit 13 months and has become more and more interested in walking. We have one walking toy that he likes some, but he is actually more interested in finding other things to push around that support him.  

Sunday, May 01, 2016

2,000 piece puzzle

We puzzled like crazy in April. Yesterday we finished our second 2,000 piece puzzle. And now I must ban starting a new puzzle because I am addicted and I need to accomplish other things in my life.

Davey continues to show incredible dedication and skill in assembling the puzzles. Andrew and I have had several dates after the kids went to bed puzzling (and talking or listening to podcasts). And Drew only managed to slightly chew a couple pieces that he reached up to the table and pulled down.