Friday, January 29, 2010

Toddler Sewing Card

Need a quick and easy activity to hand to your toddler so you can get a few things done? You probably already have all the supplies you need to make this toddler sewing card project, and it only takes a minute to put together. This should keep your toddler busy for a little while!


Materials:

  • Piece of construction paper or cardstock
  • Length of yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Ball point pen
  • Hand towel

Instructions:



1. Place paper on towel, and poke holes in paper with pen. You can use a random pattern or a pattern that forms a picture, like a heart.


2. Make a “needle” with a short length of pipe cleaner. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner securely around the length of yarn.


3. Your toddler can use the pipe cleaner “needle” to sew through the marked holes. You will probably want to demonstrate it for him/her, and get him/her started.


That’s all there is to it! Don’t be too structured – allow your toddler to sew into whatever holes she wants to. There’s no wrong way to do this fun activity!



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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Cowboys/Cowgirl

Here is a cute picture of our little Cowboys/Cowgirl
They love to dress up and play pretend and even get the little guy in the act!!!







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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentines Day


Can you all tell how excited I am for Valentine's Day!!! I have to change my blog for each holiday. I know I am a little CRAZY but at least I am enjoying it!! I love to blog to keep you all updated on what's going on and to give you some fun and exciting ideas for upcoming holidays. I will soon post some fun Valentine crafts to do with your kiddos before the YUMMY (chocolate) day comes along. I already told Jim what I would like...if you all know me you probably already figured out that I asked for M&M's...my obsession..HEHEHE

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Update.....

So much has gone on in the past week...Alyssa climbed the wall and she was so excited to finally get to the top and ring the bell, Zach had a "Bring a friend day" at karate and he wanted to bring his cousin Niki, the two of them had a BLAST!!! And our little Will turned 5 months old. He is such a sweet baby and loves having his picture taken!!!










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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Set The Table For A New Year 2010

Forget what Miss Manners once said and start encouraging your kids to talk while they eat (after they swallow, of course)! Dinnertime is the perfect time to hear about their day, their opinions, and what’s going on in their little heads. Get past the one word answers and make your kids give you a mouthful of conversation. While getting to know your kids on a deeper level, you’ll also be giving them practice at thinking quickly, forming arguments and opinions, and expressing their thoughts. You will really get a giggle out of what comes out of your little ones MOUTHS!!!

Simple conversation starters will get the ball rolling and before you know it, your kids will be bringing a lot more to the table than hungry bellies. Try some of these conversation starters or make up your own:

  • What was the __________ (choose one: funniest . . . most surprising . . . most predictable . . . dullest) thing that happened to you today?
  • If you were writing a newspaper article about your day, what would be the headline?
  • Teach us one thing that you learned today that you think we don’t know yet.
  • If you had one hour alone with the President of the U.S., what would you want to discuss or talk about?
  • Which cartoon character would you most like to have as a next door neighbor? Why?
  • If you won the lottery (or won $100) what is the first thing you would buy?
  • Imagine you had an identical twin; name three things that would be really great about having an identical twin and three things that would be “not so great.”
  • Which fairy tale character would you most like to take a vacation with? Why?
  • If you were a plant and could be planted anywhere in the world, what kind of plant would you be? Where would you like to be planted and grow?
  • If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • If the sky suddenly started to rain candy, what candy would you want it to rain?
  • If you were to take a time machine 50 years into the future, what do you think life will be like? What will you do with your free time? How do you think people will communicate or prepare food?
  • What kind of car would you say you are most like? If you could be any car, which one would you choose?
  • If you could invite any famous person to your birthday party, who would it be? Why?
  • If you could create a national chain of restaurants designed for kids, what would you call it? What kinds of food would you serve? What would the theme of the restaurant be?
  • If you had to choose one modern convenience, appliance, or technology that you just couldn’t live without, what would it be?
  • What was the best birthday party you remember having? Tell what you remember about it.
  • Where will you be, and what do you think you will be doing in 10 -15 years?
  • If you had a choice, would you rather live in the city or the country? Why?
  • If you could be a TV producer, what would be the name of your new show? Who would you get to star in it? What would your show be about?
  • In the movie about your life, what actor would play you? Your best friend? Your family members?

Another way to get the table talk going is to play a little game. President Obama plays a game with his family called “Roses and Thorns.” Everyone takes a turn describing a good thing that happened that day (rose) and a low moment or tough problem they had to deal with (thorn) during the day. Whatever the approach, set your dinner table with conversation to strengthen relationships and make memories to last a lifetime.



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Sunday, January 10, 2010

UPDATE 2010


Brooke and the kids

Brooke's graduation party was a blast!!! The kids had so much fun getting piggy back rides from Brooke's parents and friends.

Zach's first day of Karate...he was so excited as you can see on his face!!

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Christmas is about FAMILY

Christmas is all about family and when I look back at all the photos that were taken over the holidays, I just keep telling myself how blessed our family really is to have each other...
The cousins!!!

William always smiles...what a happy baby!!!

The kids just woke up...Zach always has such BEDHEAD!!!


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