Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ordinary Life or a Fairy Tale?

Our Fairy Tale Family by Emily

Bedtime at our house has been like a fairy tale.

The eldest princess has been so busy that she doesn't have to be reminded to go to bed. She plops into bed like Sleeping Beauty and waits for her precious prince...I mean phone to wake her.

Our princess with the golden locks sleeps propped up on piles of pillows, blankets, books and toys. Just like the sleepy crown wearer in the Princess and the Pea, she must be a real princess because she isn't bothered by the books and tiny toys that get wedged underneath her.

The porcelain princess with the innocent blue eyes has been scampering about the house like a little mouse. I woke one morning to find the kitchen light on and the bread box open. I had my suspicions but last night I caught her sitting at the kitchen table nibbling bread. I didn't give her any broth and I didn't whip her soundly. I just let her finish the bread and sent her to bed.

Finally, the littlest princess has been fighting sleep until midnight or later. I think we’ll quit reading Cinderella. Maybe she’s terrified of turning into a pumpkin.  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Imagination Station

The girls are itching for 70 degree days and fun in their sandbox. I've been itching for them to have some child-directed (I-want-to-read-a-book-so-go-play-why-don't-you) imaginative play. So I helped them build an indoor imagination station with their playhouses, dolls, cars, painter's tape and a few bags of dried beans. The three little bears played together for a whole hour. Baby bear is tuckered out and resting. Em & Liv are still going!

Liv and Annie loading the purple dump truck at Bean Quarry.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Repurposed Bubble Wrap: Valentine Craft

Turn old bubble wrap into cute Valentines. 
Simply trace and cut out hearts to make a stamp. 
Rub the stamp in some washable paint and press it on paper bubble side down.

Livi liked to mix her colors then place her stamp in the paint.
VoilĂ !

Emily used her stamp and added flourishes with fingerpaint.
Crafty Cuties

Friday, February 8, 2013

Handwriting made easy

Olivia likes to practice writing her name, her sisters' names and other words. To make it quick and easy, I write the word with a highlighter and she traces it.


Olivia draws herself to celebrate.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Birds & Branches Faux "TOMs"

I made myself a pair of Faux TOMs with a stencil & paint pen so it only took 10 minutes.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hands on Painting

The girls received a bunch of crafty stuff from Nana at Christmas. We've spent the last 2 days playing with paint and brushes. Since they had so much fun, we're going to try to paint at least once a week. We need to create a gallery wall for all their creations.

Don't worry it's washable.

Annie's first painting

Annie had fun getting messy and we were impressed that she didn't try to eat any paint.

Emily has lots of ideas and loves to paint.

Emily Elephant

Purple Pony

Pink Bird Flying

Livi is so patient and selective with her paint.

Livi spent 2 days on her handprint pony. 

She wanted to make a momma and baby bird.

Handprint birdies

Olivia Octopus

Lexi sketched and painted this horse in less than an hour.