Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kids Food Face Collages

Looking for a fun, silly project to do with the kids? Let them see that they are what they eat with our Kids Face Food Collages! Head over to Honest to Nod to check out the project.

Project 52 -- Week 15

We tried to spend part of this past weekend taking care of things that actually needed taking care of. Joel needed new shoes, so we took these two yahoos with us for a little shopping. Despite their stellar behavior when shopping for themselves, they were incapable of reining it in for the fifteen minutes we needed. Shenanigans abound in this photo.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Day in the Life (April 2015)

April 12th was the second day of the most glorious weather we've seen in forever. So, naturally, everything I had planned (including this month's 12-in-12) completely went out the window. I ended up taking the photos on Monday the 13th, which was also a beautiful day. Check out what we were up to and then see what Where the Watermelons Grow was doing this month!

6.55 a.m. -- after an extended discussion of why she couldn't wear a fancy dress to school on Monday, Cam agrees to pick out another outfit.

7.30 a.m. -- Kane chows on a double-dose of oatmeal for breakfast. The kids have been eating nonstop lately, and growing accordingly.

8.50 a.m. -- I somehow picked the first day back from Cam's spring break to take the kids to the dentist (and thus miss some part of school in the morning). We wait and play with a odd variety of things we've brought with us.

9.10 a.m. -- a fabulous check up.

10.30 a.m. -- art for the house has finally started to arrive!

11.50 a.m. -- I get some editing done and prep an afternoon art project for the kids.

12.15 p.m. -- I think I've perfected the poached egg by combining several different tips, including a few from Food52 and Julia Child. My new favorite any-time meal is avocado toast with poached eggs and a salad.

1.45 p.m. -- all the snacks required just for school pickup.

2.35 p.m. -- after I pick up Cam, we head to Georgetown to pickup Joel's iPhone (which I broke in the Bethesda iPhone store over the weekend in the process of buying a new one for me. UGH).

3.15 p.m. -- a quick trip to Montrose Park.

5.00 p.m. -- a little fruit + veggie art project (check back on the blog tomorrow!)

6.15 p.m. -- grilled avocado, veggies, and steak tacos for din.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Weekend Makes

Despite the drop in temps around these parts this week, it is indeed spring. The air smells different, the sun is sticking around longer in the evening, and, all over the city, little flowers are unfurling from the ground (and, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that my new-to-our-more-residential-neighborhood children are plucking them from said ground). I'm actually not a huge flower person, but I love that they signify the start of warmer weather on the East Coast (and I'll take them from my sweet children any day, even when picked with poor manners). So, this Weekend Makes is dedicated to the flower.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Project 52 -- Week 14

We've been making an effort to make more time for after-school activities and reviving many of our favorites. These two will play with water beads for hours and were super excited to have warm enough weather to do so outside. This organized exploratory play quickly gave way to a full-on, but very friendly, water bead fight. Often these days they are either playing or fighting, but rarely play fighting. So, as I listened to shrieks of laughter and delight, I tried not to think about the ginormous mess they were making and let them just have fun.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Marbled Glitter Playdough

It's Cam's turn for spring break this week! And while I do love getting some one-on-one time with my best gal, after already having Kane's (and her premature first go at) spring break, I'm behind on work, life, etc. So obviously it's a perfect time for her to go through a phase requiring someone to do absolutely everything with her. Needless to say, I was on the lookout for an activity that would be a good balance of mom involvement and Cami-indpendent time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Toy Soap

Now that we finally have some real storage in our house, we've been able to start moving in things we've had stowed away for years (which makes our parents, who've been the lucky trustees of all random sorts, very happy). Recently, Nona brought down a storage crate full of some of my candle-making supplies. They've been stored at her house, not coincidentally, for the last 6 years. Back in the day, I used to LOVE making and gifting candles. The kids were very intrigued, but I figured before we dove in to mixing up boiling vats of wax, I'd start them out on something a little easier: glycerin soap!