Ah, Monday night... how I look forward to thee! I'm snuggled up at the library with my decaf coffee, laptop in my lap, feet on the table... it is quiet, calm... refreshing. We had a busy week... I am realizing all our weeks are busy. Lots happened! So let's get to getting... here are the pics and highlights!
I would like to start off with an amazing art project that we discovered this week. It is home made puffy paint! I am not sure where I found it (SORRY)... somewhere on the internet moments before the library closed. In fact I only wrote down 1/2 the directions ... so I used logical reasoning to fill in the blanks!
This project is a perfect excuse for using lots of paint...
the more paint the BIGGER the puff in the end!
Ethan did such delicate painting I had to convince him to GLOB on the paint!
(It makes PLENTY... I only made 3 colors, but easily could have done more with a single recipe!)
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
Mix water with the above ingredients until it is a smooth paste. Divide up into containers (I saw some people used muffin tins (genius)) and then drip in a few drops of food coloring - mix. Paint on thick cardboard... when they are done painting (before it dries) pop the painting in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. It puffs... it is fabulous!
What a fun, CHEAP project! I think I was more excited about this than the kids...
But they got into it too! You should try it! I loved how the colors looked swirled together!
Isn't this a cool project? (The painting on the left is Ethan's... it is exploding geysers and a guy riding a skate board... and Eden's is on the right.... what happens to the ceiling if you leave the lid off the blender!)
We made an apple pie for daddy... Ethan and Eden love to help and thankfully they are good helpers....
While we are working there is a hum of talking... constant talking... Ethan has created more words of his own then some people say in a life time. He designs intricate plans for his next project and then describes every single line and circle with words I have no idea what they mean... his own little designer language. Eden still thinks the best way to communicate is a shrill scream or cry... I think I will take the strange language to that noise... any day!
Quiet moments are rare... the calm after they go to bed is deafening compared to the chatter that fills the walls of our home on a daily basis. One day I will probably miss this noise, but at this exact moment I am almost floating in the quietness! Ahhhhhhhh....
Saturday is our official family day... this week we had a movie night... Micah and the kids created the "movie theater" while I cooked dinner... their pillows and piles cracked me up... it was super cozy!
For dinner I stole inspiration from my sister in law. She posted a recipe for calzone rolls... AMAZING.... (here is her blog and the link to the recipe! -- check out how cute her kiddos are!!!) I should have used a bigger pan... oh well -- they still tasted good.... the cinnamon roll of pizza!
The goofball... "Momma, take a picture of me!!!" This Sunday afternoon while Micah and Eden slept Ethan and I slipped away to the public library for a special presentation on Stuntology... The guy (Sam Bartlett) did all sorts of tricks with simple household items.. like straws, nails, ping pong balls.... Each time he did a trick he explained how he did it. Ethan was enthralled. He kept looking at me with giant eyes exclaiming, "COOOOOL, Momma! Did you see that!!!?" Let me tell you... once we got home we tried all the straw stunts... thankfully... thankfully... some are too hard for him to perfect... just quite yet!
We are started on another week... more to learn, more to do, more to grow.... I will leave you with these pictures... they crack me up.... A. Eden doesn't use a pacifier AND B. Where did she learn to work out... I lock the door when I work out!!!!?
Lift um higher....
Feel the burn!
I wonder if she will have sore muscles in the morning?
Have a great last few days of January!