Archive for June, 2012

“The Chocolate Touch” Party

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

SO…every summer we have an annual tradition: “The Chocolate Touch” Party based on the book “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Skene Catling. I buy various kinds of chocolate from the store and we eat it while I read the book aloud. It takes about 2 hours to read it aloud. Now that my kids are getting a little older, the older ones help read it, too. The book tells the story of John Midas. Like King Midas of old who had the “Midas Touch” where everything he touched turned to gold, John Midas receives the “Chocolate Touch” where everything he touches turns to chocolate. It teaches the themes of honesty, greed, moderation, and nutrition in a really fun way.

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Tooth Fairy Notes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

My son lost a tooth and hubby wrote a great tooth fairy note (we were a day late because we forgot!) :


It says:  “My name is Francis, but some people call me Forgetful Francis.  I really don’t know why.  You see, it’s been so long since you lost a tooth, I just forgot which house you lived in by a little bit.  I went into a house, but there was a mean dog who chased me until I slammed into a window, crumpling your note a little bit.  Then I scrambled away into the road, but I got run over by a car.  Then the dog caught me and took a bite of the note…sorry.  Anyway, I finally found the house tonight.  I hope you enjoyed losing a tooth.  I think I’m going to retire.  –Francis.”

Speaking of tooth fairy notes, if you like the one below, I made two downloadable versions of it if you want to print it up and use it.  HaPpY TooThFaiRy-ing!  :)

Here’s the jpg file:JPEG
And a pdf version:PDF

Fruit Pizza and a Piano Recital

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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Our kids had their end-of-year piano recital at their piano teacher’s house a couple of weeks ago. It was so fun to see their progress. I made a fruit pizza for dessert. There are several yummy recipes online for fruit pizza. I just bought refrigerated cookie dough for the crust (it was so much easier!) and used cream cheese and powdered sugar for the frosting. Then I topped it with blueberries, kiwi, strawberries and raspberries. YUM! Definitely a taste of summer.

Batter up!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

What is it that makes a little league baseball game on a beautiful summer night so magical?

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Little Artist

Monday, June 11th, 2012

How I love to watch my little 8 year old draw. When she starts a project like this, she is intense and focused. I wish I had the confidence in drawing that she does!






Sewing a Skirt

Monday, June 11th, 2012

My cute daughter and I have been doing a little sewing together and made this skirt. She chose the design, fabric, etc. I love to see her creativity and sewing skills coming together. Sorry, my camera leaves something to be desired with the lighting in these photos!






F.Y.I.: The pattern we used was Simplicity 2576. We added the yellow fabric at the bottom, just for fun. I just kinda made up the flowers and leaves and embellished them with little pearls and fake rhinestones.

Wild West Day

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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We love to do “theme days” when we can. A few weeks ago the kids were out of school and we had no special vacation planned, so we decided to surprise them with a “Wild West Theme Day.” It was so much fun! I bought all of the kids their very first cap guns (hey, we have lots of girls, okay?). They had so much fun using them. They came with lone ranger masks and sheriff badges. I also bought a pair of handcuffs so we could really get into the role-play of it. We had stew, rolls and beef jerky for lunch, watched “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” had a train heist (with a fisher price train full of gold foil-covered chocolate coins) and a bank robbery. I made a poster with some of the big names of the lawmen and outlaws of the day complete with bios on lots of them that the kids could read up on. There was a “WANTED” poster up on the fridge of my husband. I told them we needed to watch out for that guy when he got home from work! We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows at the end of the day in the backyard. Whew! What a day!

Painting T-Shirts

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

I bought some t-shirts for my kids to paint the other day. I bought the t-shirts and some neon acrylic paint from Michael’s. Fun activity!


The “Deathly Hallows” from Harry Potter t-shirt:

A lightning bolt t-shirt:

Another Harry Potter theme:

Handprints t-shirt:

and a Rainbow/Monogram t-shirt: