Wednesday, January 30, 2008
After the above craft we turned into pirates. We drew a treasure map of our house, grabbed our swords and put on our accents. We followed the map through the house to a treasure of gobstoppers. The kids didn't expect to find a real treasure but were very pleased when they did.
I know the drawing is a bit on the bad side - but at least the kids could still read it ;)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Some friends of ours started a sticker chart to encourage good behavior in their children. We thought that was a good idea and started a sprinkle system. It seems as though at times we get so caught up in punishing the bad things that our children do that we forget to also encourage and reward the good. This is a visual reminder to all of us to remember the good. When Mark or I see the kids helping cheerfully or cleaning up without being asked to, they get a spoonful of sprinkles added to their jars. When their jars are full, they will receive a prize...this time a pez dispenser.
The kids spent the afternoon painting some "Christmas Ornaments." Since we didn't get to do all of the activities for our advent calendar (due to other circumstances) we are doing some of them now. The kids cut out dinosaurs, ducks, bears, and more. They had fun mixing colors to make new colors and painted their "cookies." Of course we have all had to resist the temptation of grabbing one of the ornaments and eating it. They look so much like cookies but are definitely not!
4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water
Blend flour and salt, add water and stir. When water is mixed in, work dough into a ball. Knead dough 5 minutes, or until consistency is smooth and pliable. Add more flour or water if needed. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to 1/8" Cut out and place on cookie sheet (if using for ornaments don't forget to put a hole at the top with a toothpick). Bake at 350 for 20 mins. Remove and allow to cool. Then paint.
Monday, January 28, 2008
So I usually use this blog to talk about the kids but this time I thought I would show you my kitchen. I know many people have contributed to my kitchen through labor or ideas and can not see the results. So here they are. Obviously this is not my "dream come true" kitchen, but considering what we had to work with, I am pleased. I also appreciate every one's contributions to my kitchen - I just sat back and relaxed while everyone else did the work:) - thanks!