Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We’ve been working on quite a few projects around here as we try to keep sane inside.  Over the weekend Jacey requested some new outfits for her Tinkerbell doll.  I made the yellow dress using a quick pattern I found online for Barbie, but Tinkerbell is NOT shaped like Barbie, so it’s a bit wonky.  We made it fit with velcro and Jacey was so happy with the result.  She came up with the idea to sew two old baby socks together to make Tinkerbell another dress.

I’ve been making pillow covers for my living room pillows for each season.  Jacey helped me come up with a “pattern” of sorts for Valentine pillow covers.

Jack needed to make a Valentine box for school and he wasn’t really into it.  Jacey was disappointed she didn’t need to make a Valentine box for school, but decided she would help Jack make his box.  She looked at some ideas online for him and decided he should have a Superman Valentine box.  She got out all the supplies and paper and kept a running commentary to Jack on what she was doing to “his” valentine box.  It was a win-win situation, as she was so excited to make something and he was getting a box with little actual “crafting” on his part.  He did tape on the red paper cape at the end of the construction and write his name on the top.  June kept busy this whole time making a heart collage out of scrap paper.

The other project we’ve been working on for awhile now is my old dollhouse.  I finally unveiled it from under the blanket it’s been stored under in the basement and brought it upstairs.  I decided it was time to clean it up and redo some of the wallpaper.  I used scrapbook paper and mod-podge for the walls.  Jacey picked out various material scraps for curtains and we found some other fun things to put on the walls like a felt garland and a fancy frame with tin foil to look like a mirror.  The pink curtains Jacey wanted to be able to open and close, so we used lollipop sticks and beads for curtain rods.  It was a really fun project and we are still coming up with new things to add to it.

The before and the afters:

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June and I have been playing CandyLand on a somewhat regular basis with all this insane cold weather we have been having.  She is getting much better at saying her colors and counting, so games have been fun.  We had a mid-morning snack of pears while playing, although on this day June was having more fun with Stanley-bunny.  He started nibbling on one of her pears during the game so we had to get him his own to munch on.  He also liked to hop over the cards and the board so whenever he would bump the card pile, June would sigh and straighten it out.

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It’s been so cold here that we’ve had another two days off of school.  Everyone is getting a bit of “cabin-fever” but we’ve been doing our best to keep it mostly at bay.    We started off Monday by making some homemade cinnamon rolls (well, homemade using the box of Jiffy mix!)

Jacey wanted to craft, so she came up with the idea to draw June.  She positioned the paper and then June on the paper just right.  She traced June and then colored her in!

I had some scrapbook pages I wanted to finish up, so I got out my paper, stickers, stampers and other supplies.  We spent most of the morning and afternoon creating, drawing, cutting and glueing.

Tuesday was another cold day with no school!  We were all excited, we had big plans for a fort!  We also worked on some paper airplanes using a craft kit Jack got for Christmas.  And cocoa!  Lots of hot cocoa with marshmallows!  Each kid designed their own mug (June and I found some at goodwill and I had some oil paint sharpie markers) and so now no one gets mixed up as to which cup is which.

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Sister Bears

I have an awesome friend Tara, who boxes up her daughter Ida’s clothes and sends them to us.  Ida is actually between the ages of Jacey and June, but that didn’t stop Jacey from squeezing into the care bear outfits that came in the last box.  These two girls have so much fun in these outfits… they love being “sister bears!”

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Cold Days

It’s been so cold we haven’t gotten outside during the day.  I made a couple of fun buckets for the June to play with during the day.  She found some plastic easter eggs and I combined them with some dinosaurs, measuring spoons, and oatmeal.  June scooped and dumped and poured for hours.  When Jack and Jacey got home, they wanted in on the fun too.

Today I gave June a mini muffin tin, puffballs, a plastic pincher, a scoop and a container full of buttons.  She made button muffins with frosting for me.  Then the girls found a jar of beads that we scored from goodwill and made necklaces.

Yoga is part of our daily routine.  I usually do an exercise video, and then we put in the “kids Yoga” dvd and do a 15 minute workout together.  I some pictures of June, so of course she wanted to take one of me.  Stanley even enjoys our yoga routine, I think he likes the texture of the squishy mat.

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Jack came home from school one day excited to tell me that he was going to be a “rapper” in the 2nd grade musical.  He handed me the sheet of what he would need to wear, along with a list of the parts. I’m not exactly sure if he has a solo, he is a part of the “meteor soloist and rappers”.   Other than the list, he’s been pretty secretive about it. The program is called “Spaced Out” and is about space, including the 9 planets, sun, moon, facts about the history and discoveries in space and the hope for a bright future.  Some of the speaking parts include:  Carl Sagan, Copernicus, Aristotle, Sally Ride, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Tsiolkovsky, Will Rogers, and President Kennedy.  Otherwise the kids are a planet, sun, moon, star, astronaut or alien.

He was very adamant that besides wearing black, he would need some big chains for his neck and a flashy belt.  June and I went to Goodwill to see what we could do.  Needless to say, he loved what we found for him.

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Early in December we got out the decorations.  The kids decorated their tree in the sun-room with all their own ornaments.  Zippy the Elf appeared on St Nick night, up to his usual mischief.

We got a bunny from the humane society in early December.  June and I have been looking for awhile, visiting bunnies and petting them.  We got attached to little Stanley-bunny and got to bring him home.  June takes her job feeding Stanley very seriously and makes sure he gets a carrot and scratch behind his ears every day.

The Olson family had their annual Christmas get-together at Aunt Marion and Uncle Jim’s house.  It was a cold day, but lots of fun to see everyone.  Lots of family, presents, food, fun and chaos.  June helped herself to snacks on Papa’s snack plate.  We ended up with a nice family photo in front of their fireplace.  Justin didn’t get the memo on wearing stripes this year.

We had our little family Christmas gift exchange the weekend before Christmas.  The kids and Justin found me a new winter hat and a Lego to build ALL BY MYSELF.  Actually, that night everyone else went to bed (even Justin) and so I stayed up with my hot cocoa, the Sound of Music on tv, building my lego in the peace and quiet by the light of the Christmas tree.  Jack and Jacey each got their own kayak this year.  They unwrapped the paddles and just sort of looked at them… and then Justin walked in from the garage hauling kayaks.  They were very excited.  We did some kayaking last summer with the kids trying their own kayak, so I think this will be a fun summer getting out to paddle.  Until then, they all had fun “paddling” in the kitchen and going on adventures to different islands and lakes.

Then it was off to Stillwater, Minnesota for Christmas.  Auntie Mo and Ken flew in from Seattle.  It was a nice week of great food and fun.

Granny and Grump’s house is on the lake so we trekked down there to do some snowshoeing and had the kids try to burn off all the sugar they had consumed.  June tried Jacey’s snowshoes for awhile, she’ll definately need her own pair soon.  She really liked it.  We spent most of the time going from downed tree to downed tree around the edge of the lake and the kids would climb all over it… and then trek to the next one.

Another fun project was to make gingerbread houses… out of graham crackers.  I guess they were graham cracker houses.  I think the kids spent over an hour constructing each house.

Then it was off to Nana and Papa’s to celebrate Christmas.  We spent the morning sledding down by the pond and then came in for food and presents.  June got a new sleeping bag for in the camper.

Jacey got a pair of “hulk hands” which she just loved.  She tried them out on Uncle Jesse.

We spent the first few days of the New Year enjoying our gifts at home in our pjs.  I had the kids round up all their loot to get their annual Christmas gift picture.  They love looking back every year and remembering what they opened.



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Happy Halloween!

It was raining, but that wasn’t going to stop this crew from going trick or treating!  They just put on their rubber boots, we took a few umbrellas, and we were off!

The spookiest house we found… there were EYEBALLS floating in the bloody fountain.  Also lots of creepy speaking skeletons in the bushes.  The kids did eventually venture to the door and scored some swiss cake rolls!

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June had her first day at the elementary school for speech therapy!  She got all dressed up in her new sweater and did such a good job working with her new teacher!

Jacey also started dance, so I had to take a picture of her on her first day of class.  She needed a picture in her tap shoes and her ballet shoes.

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