Play Dough

The boys and I got our hands sticky and made homemade play dough over the weekend. Jordan is obsessed with play dough and loves to sit at the kitchen table while I’m cooking and make tiny play dough balls. However, I can’t seem to keep enough play dough around. It either drys up to quickly because we left it out or half of it falls on the floor so in order to replenish our supply we made our own. I used this recipe and we made a double batch since I wanted to make sure we had plenty.

This recipe I really liked because the directions were spot on. Next time I probably would substitute the food coloring with a Kool aid mix for coloring purposes or make sure the boys wore plastic gloves while they were kneading the color in the dough. They love to participate in any measuring of ingredients and mixing. Jonathan is old enough now to find the 1 cup or 1/4 mark on the measuring cup so I try to always ask him to help me measure. You can always incorporate age appropriate learning lessons while having a great time. Measuring for the older kids and mixing different colors to see what new colors you can create. Stirring and reviewing colors for the younger ones. Also, the transformation of the ingredients while adding heat and the different forms the ingredients converted to was enhancing for the kiddos. They were amazed with the final outcome and it was a total win!

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Heart tablecloth / plastic jars

Play dough is definitely a household favorite for us so this will be replicated again soon!

Weekend Overview

How is it already Monday? The weekends just go way to quickly and we were definitely not ready for it to end. However, we had a great weekend! We got outside for a little bit, made homemade play dough (will share details in another post), and ate yummy food!

The snow we got last week melted already so we got our dogs on their leashes, packed baby Jasmine in the stroller and headed outside for a walk. I don’t know about you, but I can feel little feels of Spring coming. It’s getting darker just a little later and the overall lighting is changing. I’m probably jumping the gun and we will have a snowy, cold February!

Instead of making our usual fresh carrot, apple juice I changed things up by making a spinach, banana, strawberry, and yogurt smoothie. I add a few ice cubes and top it off with some apple juice. Jordan loved it while Jonathan struggled to drink it. Jasmine loved hearing all of the chaos between the two boys about how much Jordan loved his green smoothie and Jonathan yelling ,”don’t make me drink it!” She is highly entertained by the two. Later the boys got to eat some happy cakes!

On Sunday we watched the NHL All Star game (my husband is a huge hockey fan) and I made one of our favorite meals, shrimp fried rice. I use this recipe and it is so easy and delicious! I substitute the chicken for shrimp, but have made it with chicken and both are amazing.

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Here’s to a good week!

Feel Good Friday

Yay, Friday here we come! This past week was pretty busy, Jasmine had her 6 month check up and got shots, Jordan is still under the weather a bit, and Jonathan has been extremely busy with school. We also got our first real snow this week so that always makes things seem a bit harder when having to be out and about with drop offs and pickups.

Jasmine cut her first tooth this week (on the bottom) and I can’t believe how quickly that happened! She has been chewing on everything lately so it doesn’t surprise me too much. Jordan has been calling her chubby bear and I can’t get enough of her new nickname.

We are heading into the weekend with cupcakes or happy cakes as Jordan likes to call them and not looking back! In the Fall we would have a Friday movie night planned and I think we are going to try to establish that again moving forward. The boys seemed to always look forward to it. It’s a nice way to kick off the weekend. What are your Friday night rituals with your kiddos?

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I hope you have a warm and safe weekend!

Weekend Overview

This past weekend was relaxing and mellow. We were recovering from Jonathan’s return to school the week prior and having to be organized, on routine, and dressed by 9:15 am. Also, both Jordan and Jasmine have had colds with pretty bad coughs, which has made for some miserable nights. Jasmine is also cutting two new bottom teeth which has been double challenging, but bless her heart she just keeps smiling!

The boys created a city where they gather all their blocks (mega and wooden blocks), Legos, Lincoln logs, train tracks, magnetic blocks (which was a gift for Christmas from family and they absolutely love), and knex and make an entire city. They really come up with such amazing ideas and it keeps them entertained for at least a few hours.

We ended our weekend by making some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping to get everyone feeling better and on the right track for the busy week ahead. There is nothing better than good comfort food when not feeling well. My mom would always make us Lipton chicken noodle soup with extra noodles whenever we were sick growing up.

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Hope you all have a great week!!

Lego Lover

I felt the need to dedicate a post about our oldest son Jonathan’s love for Legos. Legos are his current obsession. We first got him a small LEGO set for Christmas when he was 4 and ever since he has always asked for more little LEGO sets for any Birthdays or Christmas. He finds pure enjoyment and is the happiest little camper when he is building. He amazes me with his creativity, dedication, and passion for building these little tiny things!

This past Christmas he got several sets from family members and built from sunrise to sunset with just a few breaks in between. He worked on the Batman Arkham Asylum set for one day straight. After the second day of us not seeing or hardly speaking with our boy his Dad cut him off and told him he had to wait a week to finish the remaining sets he had received. That week I believe was the longest week ever for him. He would wake up and say, “only 4 more days.” He was lost knowing he had LEGO sets in his possession, but couldn’t build them. However, we explained moderation is essential.

Below are a few of the sets that he has collected and built. He will normally build and complete a set and put it away in a place his little brother can’t reach. He will also freestyle some ideas and I love to see what he comes up with. I love that he has found something that he gets enjoyment out of and self accomplishment. I enjoy stepping into his world and assisting him by finding the pieces he is needing. It’s a great way for us to bond! On the weekends sometimes we all gravitate to Jonathan’s room and he will be building something and Jordan will chime in and want to help, baby sister will be in Dad’s arms while their laying on his bed and we are somehow all joined by Legos!!! Those are the best weekends spent!

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Swoop Bag / The LEGO Ideas Book / Awesome Ideas Book / LEGO Backpack

Jonathan you inspire me so much and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you will create and build in your life!

Jasmine’s 6 Month Old Update

Our sweet Jasmine is 6 months old! I can’t believe how quickly this time around is going. Here are a few stats, milestones, and her current favorite toys.

Stats: She weighs 16 lbs and is 26 in long. She is wearing 6-9 month clothes.

Milestones and Daily Schedule: She says Da-Da, can roll over when she is laying on her stomach to her back. She is scooting all over the place. I will place her on her belly and soon enough she has scooted several feet. She has been slowly starting solid foods. She loves peaches, carrots, and bananas. She does NOT like peas! I am still breastfeeding and she nurses every 3 hours or so. She generally is asleep anywhere from 7:45-8:30 pm. She still wakes up about two times per night. Her wake up times vary throughout the night, it could be 1:30 am and 4:30 am. She giggles and smiles at her brothers all day long. She loves to look at her Daddy and follow his movements with her eyes. She buries her face into my shoulder now and I absolutely love it! She enjoys baths and loves music.

Favorite Toys: She loves all teethers right now. Her favorites are this wood teether and this comotomo silicone teether. She loves this Peek-A-Boo Forest Book, the crinkly texture she enjoys. These toy beads and her baby doll Stella. She also, loves being in her activity stander (we have older version). She is content for a much longer duration then our boys were in the stander.

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We are so blessed to have you Jasmine and can’t wait to see all the milestones you will accomplish in the next days, months, and years! Happy six months, we love you to pieces!!!

Rock Painting

Today the kiddos and I went on a little adventure. I gave the boys brown lunch sacks before we went out on a walk around the block. I told them to look for any rocks that intrigued them and to put them in their sacks to paint when we got home. It was nice to get out and get some fresh air. The boys were immediately searching for rocks in common areas (I told them rocks in our neighbors yards were off limits) and in no time their sacks were filled. We finished our walk and wasted no time prepping and painting the rocks.

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We referenced Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids book on some ideas of what the boys should try to create. Jonathan had a ton of ideas and created a whale, turtle, and just painted a few other rocks. Jordan created a rock that turned into a googly eyed monster. It was so fun to watch and listen to the different ideas that they were coming up with. They did a great job! Even though I’m still scrubbing paint off areas I didn’t even know how one could get paint on, but it was definitely worth it. Below are their masterpieces!

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Orange art caddy/ Crayola Washable Paint

This was a great activity that incorporated us getting outside (the boys even got dressed which was a nice change from their usual pajama attire), making our walk a bit more interesting with the kiddos on the rock hunt, and having their creative juices flowing! We will definitely be doing this again sometime soon!

Winter Days

It was raining off and on today making our playtime completely indoors. For the most part the boys are able to find things to keep themselves entertained with, but there are times where they need some extra guidance or suggestions. Today I suggested that they play with these puppets that Jordan got for Christmas from his Grandpa. He didn’t quite understand what to do with them when he first got them and then they sat for a few weeks.It was so adorable how Jonathan initiated the Puppet Show and the two of them took off running with it. They would introduce themselves and then started telling Knock Knock jokes that were priceless. Please, if you haven’t heard a three year old try to one up his older brother with Knock Knock jokes, you must! Long story short it was hilarious!

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Toys

Race Car Fast Track / Tic Tac Toe Game (old from The Land of Nod) / Map Book / Guitar

I think the Puppet Show will be sticking around for awhile and I love the creativity that it has sparked between the kiddos. They had to work together, be active listeners, and think outside the box.

I would love to hear what types of imaginary play or indoor activities your kiddos are up to.

Weekend Overview

The weekdays and weekends have been blending together since Jonathan is still on Winter Break. It has been so nice to have him home and not be on such a regimented schedule. Also, we have been having such beautiful weather here on the West Coast. Our sunrises have been lovely! My prayers are with those in the East Coast experiencing such brutal conditions right now.

We started our Sunday with some fresh carrot, apple, and spinach juice! Jordan absolutely loves our carrot juice while Jonathan is not a fan, but drinks it. I love to juice and try to make fresh juice every couple of days. It’s such a good feeling knowing the kiddos are drinking their fruits and veggies.

We followed our healthy carrot juice with some yummy not so healthy pancakes 😉

We have been taking walks lately to get the boys some fresh air and tire them out since they can get a bit rambunctious being cooped up in the house. However, they have refused to get dressed, which I am totally ok with (less laundry for me!!).

Jonathan has one more week left of his Winter Break so we will be taking advantage of the lazy mornings and relaxed afternoons. Jonathan and I are currently reading Wonder and maybe we can sneak away this week to go watch the movie. The book is so good so far!

If your kiddos are still on Winter Break what are you planning for this week? And if your kiddos have to go back to school I hope your coffee supply is fully stocked!!! Have a great week!