Friday, May 31, 2013

Ribbon Shoes

Our craft for today: ribbon flip flops.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Daughter the Self-Dresser

The above is an article written by a former student's parent.  I can totally relate.  You see I too have a self-dresser.

Piper was the child who had an organizer in her closet.  Each week I would pick out a set of outfits that included matching accessories. She kept them clean for the most part, and she looked cute.  Stella still looks cute, but she is more likely to drip an ice cream cone down the front of her shirt, or get
grass stains on her knees.  To complicate matters, Stella doesn't wear anything I pick out.  She has her own agenda.  One that typically includes a change of outfit every twenty minutes. Her preferred look is layers, lots of them.  As in, maybe she should wear three poofy skirts at one time, a couple 
different shirts, and a pair of cowboy boots.  Now before you get the wrong idea, she is actually pretty good at coordinating her outfits.  She figures out what colors go together, will match themes like holiday outfits, and so on.  As I said in my email to the mom who wrote this article, Piper plays with dress up clothes, but Stella lives in them.  She is my creative, free spirited, overly dramatic, and sensitive child.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fairy Garden

I have wanted to make a fairy garden for a couple of years now.  Thankfully I am blessed with daughters who are in love with fairies as much as I am.  After dozens of pins on Pinterest, I finally got together some materials to make our very own fairy garden.

Piper is laying out the path of rocks.

A small pretend fairy to play with during the day.

Love the brooms

Here is the river we made.

We had a lot of fun picking out miniature plants for our garden.

Still a work in progress.  We are working on the house that will go in the bare section in the back.

Planting the pumpkins in the garden.

I have some more accessories ordered that I am excited to add to the tub when they arrive.  Check back soon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


It was quiet.  Too quiet.  You know the kind where you just know something is up.  When both girls are this quiet, you know they have conspired something together.  As they peeked at me around the corner of the garage, I could see the ice cream that was nonchalantly being devoured.  As if they hadn't already had a Bomb Pop tonight.  As if they had forgotten they weren't supposed to help themselves from the deep freezer.  Erick swears he is putting a lock on it.  For now, we let them savor their treat. And then, it wasn't quiet anymore.  I could hear the arguing, the tattles, and their shared moment of conspiracy was over. 

...until the next time.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Playing Slap Jack

I'm not sure Stella really understands how to play Slap Jack, but she had fun.  Piper was very graciously letting her win some of the hands.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fairy Princess Water Bead Fun

Water beads are so simple to do.  Add a package to water and let them expand for a few hours, then I added some sparkly sequins and beads to make instant fairy princess water fun.

Piper is pretending to drink the fairy tea here.

How pretty is this!

They had lots of fun measuring and scooping the beads and water.  Best of all we did it outside, so there was minimal clean up for me.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bug Catching

I bought these cute bug catchers about a month ago thinking I'd give the girls one each and take the rest to school.  Apparently they were eager to try them out because Piper opened the box this morning, and the next thing I knew they were very involved in digging up the ground.  Mostly they have just found some roly polys.  Poor things must be traumatized from all the rolling around they are doing inside their plastic prison.  We will make sure to let them go later today, but for now the girls are having fun showing their finds off to the kids in the neighborhood.