Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Children's Mystery

There is a little boy who comes over for a play date every Tuesday. I usually come up with a fun activity to occupy the kids. This week I came up with a cute little mystery game. I took a bunch of bath toys and spread them across the yard. Then I printed up a clip art crab onto a sheet of labels. I would give them a clue and they'd have to find the next toy to get the next piece of the sticker. I gave them each a sheet with a grid for the labels and numbered both the labels and the grid to correspond. I kept the labels, although I did cut them out into individual stickers. I would then give the kids a sticker one at a time as they found the necessary toy. So here was my mystery, and you can change the story a little to go with toys you have:

Sally was going to the beach to collect sea shells for her sea shell stand. Everyone on the beach knows that Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. Well Sally saw a couple of very pretty sea shells by the waters edge. Not wanting to get her new sandals wet, she took them off and put them next to the life guard stand. She wouldn't be gone very long, and they should be safe next to the life guards. Buy when she returned...they were gone.

Who took Sally's sandals?

The life guard said he thinks that a surfer might have taken them by mistake and put it near his beach towel. (I put a beach towel with sandals on it)

When Sally talked to the surfer he apologized for the mistake. His sandals were on his towel after all. He did say that he thinks a turtle might have taken off with them into the water dude.

Sally got to the turtle in the water and he confessed he took them on accident. They got tangled up on his tail. When he finally shook it off a fish took off with it.

After swimming around looking for the fish, Sally found the fish that might have her sandals. She asked the fish as nice as she could where her sandals were. The fish was a little helpful when she said she dropped them on a whale.

Sally spotted the whale quickly, because whales are hard to miss. She asked the whale if he had seen her sandals. He said some fishing boat pulled them up in thier nets.

The men on the fishing boat told Sally they tossed them aside on the beach when they hadd their BBQ. (This clue lead them to our grill)

At the BBQ was a big party. Sally was getting really frustrated and yelled "Where are my sandals!!!" One of the guys told a wild story about how some alligator took off with them into the water.

Sally found the alligator and took a deep breath. Now is not the time to lose your temper she thought. So Sally polietly asked the alligator if he knew where her sandals were. The alligator said that once he realized they weren't food he dropped them. He then added that he saw a dolphin playing with them later.

Sally tracked down the dolphin, and she was tired, dolphins are very playful and swim faster than Sally could. The dolphin told her that he lost the sandals in a game of Duck Duck Goose, with a duck of course.

The duck told Sally all about the game he played with the dolphin. He thought the dolphin was silly for thinking he could win a game of Duck, Duck, Goose with a duck. The duck later said that once he realized that the sandals won't fit his big feet, he dumped them in a bucket on the beach.

Once Sally got to the bucket she saw the bucket had been dumped. There were foot prints though, and they led Sally to the crab, who had her sandals.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Finally things have settled down. Although it is just temporary because the kids get out of school in 2 weeks. The party went very well, and we did have some fun at the Strawberry Festival. They had these wonderful things called strawberry tacos. They were waffles cones shaped like hard taco shells, then they put strawberries on the bottom and whipped cream on top. They topped it off with jimmie sprinkles. Yummmmm!
The party went well. I did a really good job on the cake, and it was really easy to make. I used my kitchenaid mixer bowl as the cake pan to get the bell shape. Then I stuck the doll head on top, which I got at the craft store. Then I just made the dress out of various decorating tips and added some butterfly sprinkles.
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The party itself was really good as well, but not many people came. We had a game where the kids had to find little glass slippers in a Rubbermaid tub of packing peanuts. Then they did a craft, which was make picture frames. We had some little tea cookies followed by cake and ice cream. Then we went outside for a treasure hunt. We ended it with presents.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Crazy Week

This week is going to be very stressful. I have a list of 8 things going on, each is challenging on its own, but they all need to be done this week. Obviously there is the cleaning of the house for my daughter's party and the party itself. That isn't so bad, but my sister and mother are making a 10 hour road trip to come. They can't stand to be in the same room with each other for 5 mins, so imagine how cranky they will be after a day together. On top of that I volunteered to help out with Field Day at the kids school on Friday, which I am secretly hoping it rains. I still haven't gotten a gift for my daughter, and I really don't know what to get her. Then my husband has a friend who is moving cross country, and being a good friend my husband said he'd help him unload the U-haul. I have to make my daughter's cake, which involves figuring out what to make it as. To add to the stress, my son's teacher called and said she thinks he should be held back. I am pretty frustrated with that because she said that he knows everything and can read and comprehend at grade level, he is just a little slower at it.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Brave Girl

There is a carnival in town this weekend. We went last night because it was fireworks night. Ever since she heard we were going to the carnival she wanted to know if it had a ferris wheel. She wanted nothing more than to ride the ferris wheel. Luckily for her not only did they have a ferris wheel, but she was 1/2 inch taller than she needed to be to ride it. Seeing that she is only 5, and my husband and I are both scared to death of heights, we weren't sure if her riding the ferris wheel was a great idea. Fortunately for me, my husband took her and she had a blast. My husband didn't care for it much, but he managed. I just found it humorous that out of the 4 of us, the youngest is the bravest. I am just worried when she hits the 48 inch mark and wants to ride the really crazy rides.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I just finished knitting a cute summer time top. I think it turned out really well, and I've had all sorts of nice comments on it all day. I included a picture of the pattern so you would know what it should look like.
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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

I wanted to share the sweet things I got for Mother's Day.

Neil gave me some plants he grew in school. He kept them hidden in his backpack all weekend. Lexi gave me an address book she made in school and a bookmark. Then I got a plethora of cards and pictures.

Neil had a fill in the blank page he gave me, here are my favorites:

I love my mom because she helps me HAVE FUN
I love my mom when she makes me laugh by TICKLING MY SISTER
I love my mom because she finds time to PLAY WITH ME
I know my mom is smart because she LEARNS AFTER ME

Lexi wrote me this letter:

Dear Mom,
Thank you for loving me and vacuuming. I love you.
Love Alexis

As a note, I don't know why she put vacuuming, but she is know to come up with bizarre things.
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Thursday, May 11, 2006


My daughter and I made her invitations to her party yesterday. I think they turned out nicely. I like to stick with a very basic layout. She did all the stamping, which isn't perfect, but hey it was fun to work on a project together. Besides not many people are actually going to keep them. Remember, if they are going to throw it away in less than a week, then it isn't worth spending a lot of money on it.
I found a pack of cards on sale for $2, which had 25 cards and envelopes. The paper was 59 cents each, it took 5 pieces. The stamps I got in an ebay auction from somebody who had a Cinderella party and had leftovers. The left overs were all stamps, crayons, stickers, and other stationary type stuff. That will be perfect for our craft during the party.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Party Games

Well here are the games for the party:

We have a life size Mega Blocks castle, actually we have two of them. My kids love them, and it will be very handy for the party. As the guests arrive they will walk through the castle. Then we will take each guests picture with the birthday girl in front of the castle of choice, pink for the girls, gray for the boys. While they wait for the other guest's they will do a coloring page.

The first game I still haven't planned just yet, but I have a great one I've done before. I have all the guests sit in a circle. Then I read a princess story book, usually just very short and brief. Every guests gets a package, on has something special about it (one year I did Princess and the Pea and the special package had a pea). As I read the story every time I say the a specific word like PRINCESS, everyone rotates or switches packages with someone. At the end of the story whom ever has the special package wins a prize.

While we are doing the storybook game someone will be helping in another room. They will be printing out the pictures we just took. Then they will set up for the craft, which is decorate picture frames. I got some picture frames that have a sticky backing, so once they are done decorating they just peel and stick their picture to the printout.

From there we will go on a journey, which is basically a treasure hunt. Throughout the journey they will get things they need to become a princess or knight. The first station will have tiaras and knights helmets, the next has costume aprons, and the last has a shield and something else for the girls ??? They will then go on to finish their quest to find the family treasure, which is a big treasure chest full of their goodies bags.

We then go back inside for a tea party which will have cake and ice cream, possibly tea cakes, but we will see how much time I have.

That is my party. I will show more details as they come together.
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Monday, May 08, 2006

Birthday Party Budget

Ok I have now gathered everything I need for my daughter's birthday party. Lets see how well I did on my $150 budget.

$10 for blue plates, napkins, plastic ware, and some streamer
$30 on fabric for a game
$60 in general party supplies, including the remaining games and party favors
$5 for cake supplies
$10 on ebay for left over party supplies from a Cinderella party, it was crayons and stamps which will be great for the craft and prizes for the game
$5 remaining craft supplies including blank cards on sale to make invitations
$10 at Walmart for misc. things such as spray paint

That gives me $20 to rent a table and chairs. I will go into more details on the party as I figure them out. Basically they will have a picture frame craft, a treasure hunt, another game of some sort, and a tea party. The kids take home a goodie bag/purse made from scrap fabrics.
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Friday, May 05, 2006

Loose Tooth

My son finally has a loose tooth. He is in 2nd grade, and most of his friends have already lost some by now. I was a very late tooth loser lol. I lost my last baby tooth when I was in high school. My old friends still joke with me about that.
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ruined Rug

Every once in awhile even I screw up a craft project. This happened to me yesterday. I was a little stressed out, and I thought doing a fun craft I've been wanting to do for awhile would help. Since we moved here I've been wanting to paint my living room rug. I have canvas slip covers on my couch with painted leaves I stamped on. The carpet here is a very light color as well, so my cream rug looked silly. So I started, and all went well. I added the fabric paint and some water to dilute the color, and went at it. I let it set in the nice sunny day. I then went to rinse any color that didn't stick with the hose, and lets just say my rug is ruined for the moment. I forgot the most important thing you should do before dyeing anything, check the fiber content. Well it is no surprise NOW that 90% of the color ran off the rug, NOW that I know it was Olefin (a new high tech fabric used in rugs and outdoor patios design to be impervious to stains, mildew, and a bunch of other stuff). Luckily it should go back to its beautfiul cream self after a couple hours of sucking up the paint with a shop-vac.
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