Friday, January 21, 2011

Walk in the Woods

We are so blessed to have wonderful, beautiful, fun places for our girls to run around and play "right in our own backyard." There are two places in particular that we like--one is within walking distance, the other is a short drive and across from Autumn's preschool. We call both of these places "Fairy Forests" and we pretend (mommy included) that we're fairies fighting off the goblins. This is so much better than anything we do indoors. Yesterday I brought my camera for the first time. Here's a peek at our adventures...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Broken Crayons

Autumn likes to peel the paper off of the crayons. Then they break. So when I saw this clever craft idea in a kids' magazine, I started saving the broken crayons. I've been saving them for a year and yesterday we had so much fun making new heart shaped crayons out of the cast-offs. I think I might have had more fun than the girls. We are planning to make more so we'll have enough for all of the preschool/homeschool valentines the girls give out. We just need more broken crayons...we might try the thrift store. Here's the instructions below, so you can get in on the fun! Feel free to borrow my heart-shaped muffin molds. I have two.

Have fun breaking the ones that need to be smaller, or...

...use karate moves to break them by hand!

This is about the size you need them to be.

Fill each mold on a mini heart-shaped muffin pan to the top with crayons. We made some rainbow and some the same color scheme. Don't use black, dark blue or brown crayons, as they tend to overtake the other colors.
Bake them at 250 degrees for 20-25 minutes in a silicone pan or 10-15 minutes in a metal pan. I bought Wilton silicone pans at Ben Franklin, but I bought the last two. You can buy them at Michael's and probably Target. The silicone pans make it easier to pop out the crayons.

Wait until the crayons are solid (at least 15 minutes) before popping them out of the pan. Let them cool for another 15 minutes. Note: They look solid on the bottom, but don't fear, when popped out of the pan, the mixed colors are on the other side.

Not only are then cute, when you use them they write in a rainbow of color. Have fun, and if you do the craft, let me know how they turned out.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I just spent 90 minutes (yes, 90 MINUTES) on the phone answering dozens of questions for our application for new medical insurance.

The agent asked me if I have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Diagnosed with OCD?

Okay, well, no.

Good Mischief

My girls are up to something...but it's something good.

I was on the phone with my mom for awhile and when I hung up, they brought in a plate with string cheese and a piece of buttered toast for my "afternoon snack." Amber told me that she swept and mopped the kitchen floor, too. Then Autumn brought me three colored sheets from her coloring book. Then a rose from our bush out front. Then a dead branch from our Christmas tree with the tinsel still on it. Then a baggie of peanuts (in case I wasn't full enough). Each time they brought me something, they told me to stay in the office because they still had more surprises for me.

So I went online and checked airline tickets for my trip to see my mom at the end of this month. Then I checked my email. They said I still couldn't come out of the office, and so here I am writing this blog...

Well, the last surprise was a hot cup of coffee that they made, complete with hazelnut creamer and whipped cream on top.

"We put too much whipped cream on top so we had to scoop it off and into the trash can," Amber told me.

"Why didn't you just eat it?" I asked.

"We didn't want to get in trouble," she said.

Ooooo, what good little girls I have!

Now, I'm off the drink my yummy coffee.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lemons for sale

I can never be accused of just putting in my blog all of the positive, cute little things my children do. Here's proof:

A few minutes ago, Amber and Autumn came in from playing out front. Amber, my little entrepreneur, was telling me what she and her sister did outside.

"We tried to sell some lemons today, but no one wanted to buy them," Amber said.

"Where did you get the lemons to sell?" I asked.

"Well, Autumn picked some of our neighbor's lemons and we tried to sell them."