Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

That is the only decent picture of the two of them in costume.  They couldn’t stand still for 3 seconds and they hadn’t even had any candy yet!

So we knocked on a few neighbors doors here on our street then headed down to our business district in Kirkwood and went to all the shops.  It was fun to see a lot of the neighborhood kids.  A lot of kids got a kick out of Oliver’s penguin costume and the grown ups loved our little curly haired dog.  They raked in the candy and were quick to dig in when we got home.

Hope your Halloween was fun too.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Art Group

A few moms and I started a art group for our kids who are not in any sort of preschool.  We have been getting together once week for a play, art and usually lunch.  We are rotating houses and so far the kids have enjoyed the regular get togethers and my kids are always excited to see what materials they get to work use.  We are not trying to put out masterpieces and we definitely not a particularly structured bunch, but we are having a good time.

We have been getting together for a couple of months and I haven’t remembered to take many pictures, but here are a couple.  The first picture is from our first activity - chalk and white paint on black paper.  The second picture is Benton showing off today’s project - paper pumpkins. 

I am trying to keep away from prefab crafts and create more situations where the kids just get to explore the available materials or techniques.  Today’s project didn’t really meet that criteria, but it is almost Halloween and the kids were excited to make their own pumpkin. 

If you’ve got a fun project idea for toddlers and 4 years olds, let me know.  I have several great books, but it is always nice to hear about a tried and true project.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lake Conasauga

Well,  Dan and I have given up on ultra-light backpacking for awhile.  As long as our kids still need to be carried on hikes, we decided to switch to an ultra-light camper.   We have done some tent camping since Oliver was born, but really, we haven’t done much.  We both realized that we needed to get way from our urban life and back out in the woods. 

We bought a light-weight tent trailer and headed out for several nights while my brother Kenny was visiting.  We so desperately needed a vacation.  The first full day we were there was the most relaxing day I can remember in months.  The kids entertained themselves or followed their dad or uncle around.  I actually had time to put my feet up and read a book alone in the middle of the day.  It felt nice. 

We went hiking the next day and I got my exercise carrying Benton uphill while Dan carried Oliver, who was tuckered out after hiking in and fishing his little heart out.

I loved sharing a camping adventure with my boys.  They played with sticks, got dirty and wet, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, collected firewood, and eventually fell sound asleep in the camper. 

We are already planning the next trip.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Birthday Celebration!

What a day!  We celebrated Oliver’s 4th birthday and Benton’s 2nd birthday.  We had a big group of family and friends who eagerly ate the food we made and the complimented the cakes I made for the boys.  At Oliver’s request, he had a green train cake.  Benton requested a blue cake and since his can easily say car, truck and bus, his cake had a bunch of fun road vehicles from Richard Scarry’s books.

The boys both really enjoyed having their grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, and good friends here to celebrate with them.  I haven’t gotten crazy into the kids party, so parties around here include yummy food for all and beer for the grown ups.  I have to admit I forgot to put out any special drinks for the kids.  Sorry folks.  I hope no one went thirsty.  My kids just drink milk, but I meant to buy juice boxes.  Anyway, this was the first year I did all the food and made two completely different cakes.  I can only do so much.

Thanks to all of you who came and to those of you who thought of our boys and sent your birthday wishes to them.