Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paintin' and Peddlin'

My little artist likes to express himself on his canvas as well as with a little face painting.
The spring weather comes and goes but for a little while the snow cleared and Wade gave rickshaw rides to kids and lovebirds alike.

I've been on a roll with my post this week but now we are headed to California and then on to Colorado so there probalby won't be much news from us until we get back in a few weeks. I am so looking forward to this vacation.

Monday, April 5, 2010


I don't have time or money to do a lot of crafty things these days, but when I get a chance, I do love a good project. These foofy yarn balls were a big hit this Easter. My Grandma taught my cousins and me how to make these one summer when I was a kid. We had a blast making them and then throwing them around (and at each other). Now it's time for the next generation to enjoy these crazy balls. Ford's not quite ready to make them yet but he sure does like to throw them around. He tosses them up and over his head then says "catch." Isn't it funny how it is the simplest toys that are the best. Balls just never get old, especially for boys.
This one came straight for my head. A lot of them hit Dock, but they're better than a lot of things that come flying in his direction, so he doesn't seem to mind too much.
Here's the how-to just in case you want to make your own. This is a cheap, easy and fun project!
Supplies needed...
1. Scissors
2. Yarn
3. Cardboard
4. and some circles to trace
Trace two circles onto a piece of cardboard (I used a lid from a small oatmeal container which is about 4 inches wide. I don't think I would go too much bigger but smaller would work.) Your circle size will determine your ball size. Then cut them out.
Make an inner circle. This one is about and 1.5 inches wide. I just eyeballed the center, nothing needs to be exact in this project.
Cut out the inner circle. Go ahead and cut right through the outer circle, you need a break in the ring to wrap the yarn anyway. Put your two circles together and line up the slits.
Start wrapping the yarn around your cardboard ring going back and forth again and again leaving a small gap at the slit.
You can switch colors as often as you like. Using two colors of yarn at once speeds up the process and gives it a speckled look and layers of yarn will turn into stripes.
Keep wrapping until you've got about as much as you can fit
Slide the scissors in between the two pieces of cardboard and cut the yarn.
It will be packed tight enough that the yarn holds its self in the cardboard ring.
Take a piece of yarn and slide it in between the cardboard around the middle of the ball, pull it tight and knot it off to to hold all the yarn in place.
You can then pull the cardboard off and use it again and again to make more balls. One pack of yarn will make about 5 balls and lots of fun. I tried regular yarn and this fatter stuff. Both will work but I liked the fatter stuff better because it was softer and making the balls went a little faster. Have fun.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

We had a great Easter morning. It was really nice to have General Conference today so we could spend the day at home with our boys while we listened to our Prophet and Apostles. It was a nice balance of fun and reverent. Here are some cute pictures of my boys in their Easter shirts.
Its so hard to get them to sit still, they just crack each other up.

Here's the loot. The big hits were the yarn balls that I just threw together yesterday and the bubbles. Ford also liked his eggs, he quickly learned which ones had the chocolate vs the marshmallows, he's no dummy.
This stacking toy was actually Dock's but that doesn't matter too much around here, we got everything out and played with it. It was a fun morning!
Here are the bubbles!
Dock especially liked the Easter grass.
And his eggs.
Our families' tradition is to take your clothes and make a nest for the Easter bunny, during the night he comes and fills it up with goodies. Not much candy but fun stuff for spring. The boys got some water toys and sidewalk chalk and other things to use as the weather warms up. We have a few other traditions that we didn't get to this year like boiling the eggs with onion skins to make them brown (because the Easer bunny lays brown eggs). Maybe next year I will be more on the ball. Here is Dock with his Easter nest. He made it out of diapers because if it were up to him that is all he would wear.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hair Cuts

The boys got their hair cut this afternoon. You can tell by these expressions just how much fun they were having....
(Dock still has his curls, but he was very disappointed to have his mullet shorn).

Friday, April 2, 2010

As Easy as 123

This is what coloring Easter eggs looks like at our house. Ford will demonstrate... 1. You take the egg and submerge it along with your whole hand in the colorful water. (sometimes dipping it in one or two other colors before you decide which color it really needs to be).2. Eat lunch while the eggs soak in all that colorful goodness.
3. Carefully remove the egg, placing it directly on the table, being sure to splash Easter cheer and dye all over.
That's it, easy as 123 (speaking of counting - Ford can count to 12 now!). We had a fun day and are very thankful for plastic table covers.

Every week at the library they have story time then a craft for the kids. Wednesday was our first time and we loved it. Ford was a little timid at first and just took it all in with those big eyes. They read a couple of books about frogs then sang some fun frog songs and made this little frog. It was Fords first art project. I think he did a pretty good job.

I've been doing a lot of cooking lately and this little guy is usually under my feet. He really likes to be between me and the counter while I am cooking or doing dishes, so today I put him to work. I'm trying to be more comfortable with letting him explore and make a mess but I just want the batter to stay in the bowl and the dye in the cups. I have to keep reminding myself that it is okay to let my boys be messy sometimes.
And for all my mission buddies who probably don't really read my blog here is a recipe I just found for pao de queijo - Brazilian cheese bread. I made it last week, it was super easy and I thought it tasted fantastic (that magic combination of crispy outside and chewy inside). It brought back all sorts of yummy memories. Wade wasn't too impressed, he said it must be an acquired taste.