Fantastic Four Outtakes

I wanted to get creative when it came to announcing our new addition, partly to get more excited about it and to get my mind off of the overwhelming-ness of the whole thing. The ideas of the “Fabulous Four” (because we have all girls) and “Fantastic Four” came to mind. We went with Fantastic Four because we don’t know if #4 is a boy or a girl and, well, what kids don’t like dressing up like super heroes?

I saw easy instructions for making a super hero cape using an old t-shirt on Pinterest. I made one for each the girls and then personalized them with good old-fashion puff paint and fabric markers. I used a pattern from Family Fun for the masks, which I made with craft foam.

Our photo shoot was quite the challenge. Abigail and Sarah were good about staying put for pictures, but didn’t always look at the camera or hold the shield the right way. And Lily, oh Lily, she didn’t want to stay still and was not too fond of her mask. I thought it would be fun to share some of our photos that didn’t make the “final cut”.

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S is for Sun Catcher!

We are still plugging along with Preschool. I try to get at least three days of school in a week, but honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I’m hoping to hit 100 days before summer gets here. We’ve been very laid back this year, but will kick into a higher gear once the fall approaches.

We recently finished the letter S. For each letter we go over a memory verse, learn about words that start with that letter, and cover a few things in more detail that begin with that letter. For example, we talked a lot about rainbows for the letter R and about sunlight for the letter S, which leads me to our little craft. In a hopeful moment of “pinspiration” I went to Pinterest and searched under “sun catcher craft” or something like that. That is when I found a simple craft for making sun catchers out of plastic containers and permanent markers.

This was a fun little project where I couldn’t help myself and had to make one of my own. Abigail and I talked about how we had basically recycled by turning the plastic into something new.

The original poster suggested drawing your design with black marker and then coloring it in. If you wanted certain shapes you can also trace shapes because the plastic is clear!

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Valentine’s Day

The girls were pretty excited for Valentine’s Day this year. The actual day was pretty low key, but we did a few fun crafts leading up to it.

We started with simple decorations for our window. We made these flowers by accordion folding two pieces of construction paper and attaching them to each other with tape.IMG_7299

Valentine’s Day fell during the week we learned about the letter “O” for preschool/homeschool. So we made cute owl valentines using different sized hearts and glitter glue.

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For dinner the girls had one of their favorites, white bean soup, followed by a dessert of Oreo truffles. I had them bathed and ready for bed by the time Jonathan cam home.IMG_7226IMG_7240Jonathan came bearing gifts for the girls and flowers for me. Abigail and Sarah got cute little animal Lego sets and Lily got a Duplo set. I was ready to send them to bed, but Jonathan was generous and let them build their sets first.IMG_7265IMG_7251IMG_7250IMG_7248IMG_7256IMG_7258IMG_7252Once the girls were in bed we set out on our Valentine’s Day tradition. Since the beginning Jonathan has made dinner for us followed by dessert made by me. We had steak, potatoes, and fresh green beans. I easily cleaned my plate, but still managed to eat two truffles. We watched the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where I fell asleep an hour in. And that, my friends, is how a married couple with three young children celebrates Valentine’s Day!

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A Pinterest Christmas

I had the opportunity to try a number of Christmas pins over the last few weeks. From a paper nativity the girls colored to an advent calendar to help us count down to Christmas, Pinterest has a wealth of creative and fun ideas. I thought I’d highlight a few ornament ideas we tried out this year.

I saw these melted snowman ornaments and couldn’t resist trying them. They are creative, affordable, and easy to make. We made ours with kosher salt, peppercorns, rolled up construction paper and scraps of material for scarves. We made these at our Community Group’s Christmas party.

IMG_6747IMG_6925We also tried glass ornaments with acrylic paint. Ours looked great at first, but over time the paint settled a bit and didn’t totally coat the inside of the ornament. This may have been because (1) I encouraged people to shake the ornament to get the paint distributed (the directions just have you patiently move the ornament until the paint covers every surface) and (2) I didn’t let our ornaments sit upside-down in cups to dry for two days.IMG_6748IMG_6926

I had a lot of glass ornaments, so Abigail helped me make these to serve as “First Christmas Together” ornaments for friends of ours. I cut wedding programs into strips and Abigail helped me wrap the strips around a pencil to curl them. I really like how these turned out.

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