Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I spent the day packing and organizing. I got the girls' activities bags all prepared and wanted to share some of the contents.
Fruit loop necklace making - each bag contains fruit loops and lacing string with a button tied to the end. Hoping this one lasts a good 30 minutes for making and then time to eat too!!!
Homemade weaving loom - my older daughter loves to work on these so I thought it would be a good project to do in the car.
Books on cd, music cds and dvd's And my "magic trick" is to bring along windex wipes to fix any smudges and scratches that have gotten on them. It works like a charm!!!
Other items we are bringing along: puppets, magnet boards, activity books, lots of books for reading, etch-a-sketch, magna-doodle and lacing toys. You get the idea!!!
I found some fun printable games like car bingo and state license plate search here. We also like to play games like "I am going on a picnic" alphabet game, "I am thinking of" 20 question type game and "Guess my number". I am sure we will invent a few new ones on this trip too.
And don't forget the food, food and MORE FOOD!!!! I think one of the reasons my girls do so well on car trips is that all food rules are thrown out the window along with any normal screen time rules. They watch way too many videos and eat way too much junk food but I figure killing a few brain cells is worth it for quality family time! RIGHT????? I also have discovered the more videos they watch in the car, the more quality reading time mommy gets!!! I have 4 books in a pile waiting to be read and I am hoping to get through all of them before arriving home. Daddy has audio books loaded onto his Ipod to listen too while he drives so he doesn't go crazy listening to kid music and videos!
So wish us luck and hope we arrive home with our sanity in tact. Well, at least as in tact as it was when we left!!!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Then I got down to the serious business of starting a new scrapbook layout. This one is going to be "Book Buddies", all the many random photos I have of the girls reading books with people. It is going to be very fun and colorful when done. Hopefully I will be able to post the final result soon.
I am looking forward to many happy hours of crafting in my room this summer since I don't have other commitments with PTA and such until the school year starts up again!
Monday, June 23, 2008
First you find some nice sized flat leaves that float well and make a prediction on how many rocks it will take to sink the leaves.
Then start putting rocks onto the leaf. The girls had fun experimenting with different sizes of leaves to find out how that effects the results.
Watch the leaf sink!!!!
It is now 2 hours after I have forced the girls outside and we are still out in the sun. They went for a long bike ride, played with water, were beavers building dams in the mud and now are tracking down a frog attempting to catch it!! So I sit out in the front yard blogging in the sunshine! Have I mentioned how much I love my laptop????
shredded cheese, pea pods, catalina dressing for dipping, carrots, trader joe's sweet potatoe fritas, almonds, dried cherries, cracklin' oat bran cereal, toothpicks, grilled cheese squares, turkey, cantaloupe
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Then lay the items onto a piece of contact paper cut into the size you want for a bookmark. Lay another piece of contact paper the same size over the top and VOILA, you have a bookmark!!!! How easy was that???? And don't forget to bring the books on your camping trip for reading time.
Another easy activity to do in a moments notice when the girls are getting a bit cranky! Chalk is always a staple in our pop-up camper. The girls can draw on rocks, roads, trees..... to stay busy while the parents are setting up/taking down camp.
next camping post to look forward to: organization
Monday, June 16, 2008
Breadstick crackers with peanut butter for dipping, carrot sticks with catalina dip, ham, shredded cheese, grapes and flower shaped bread cutouts.
I am looking forward to a better go at it next week and will post again. Go to Katy's blog to see links to other people participating in the challenge and try it yourself!!!!
2. Wrap up the tinfoil into a tightly sealed pouch.
3. Put the pouches into the campfire near some hot coals
and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
4. Take the pouches out of the fire and carefully open up the pouch,
being careful of the hot steam.
5. Eat and Enjoy. YUMMY!!!
Our hobo pie maker is a great camping accessory. There are many options for things to cook in them, but we usually go with grilled sandwiches. Each family member can make their sandwich to their liking from grilled cheese to ham and cheese to something fun and crazy! You just put your bread into the cooker and add your fixings. Then close it tight and put over the campfire for a few minutes. Cut off the burnt edges that squeezed out the edges. Eat and Enjoy!
Of course, no campfire meal is complete without S'Mores!!!! DELICIOUS!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I sent these in with Madison to school yesterday for her birthday treat. The kids seemed to enjoy them alot and maybe they weren't quite so sugar loaded as the typical cupcakes!!! I am making a huge bunch of these for the school carnival on Friday. Happy dipping!!!!!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Thanks to SycamoreStirrings for the link to Pepper Paints for this very yummy pretzel recipe. We read the book Walter the Baker by Eric Carle and it seems his techniques were the same as our recipe. I am sure the king and queen would be pleased with our results, though the appearance wasn't your perfect pretzel.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The girls ran around the house giggling and having a great time. My older daughter was in charge of reading the clues and my younger daughter did really well figuring out the rhymes.
Popcorn fixings for a yummy snack. It always amazes me how excited the girls get to make air popped popcorn. They love watching the process and of course, eating it is good too. And the girls always think if we have popcorn then we need to do puppet shows (we take turns performing the show while the other 2 are the audience eating the popcorn)! So that is how the afternoon ended. Maybe we will get some sunshine tomorrow to get outdoors. If not, I have a feeling there will be requests for more of these treasure hunts. I don't know if I am creative enough to come up with 10 new clues to entertain the troops.