Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter in Rock Creek Park

Grey, grey, grey. It's one of my absolute most favorite colors. But, man. I'm sick of grey winter already. The sun popped out for about an hour last week and warmed things up -- in fact, it melted all the snow that had fallen the previous day. So we didn't actually get any snow into our "winter" trip to our best spot in Rock Creek Park (see fall posts here and here). But you can still tell it's winter. The bare trees. The dark, cold water. It just looks quiet. Well, at least until we got there.

But there was still lots of life popping up. Deer tracks. Moss on the rocks. Seashells, which we've never found before. And we stayed until it started to really get dark -- building rock forts, making thrones adorned with the shells, and throwing big round boulder after boulder into the churning water. Our spot is good any time of the year, I tell you.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Makes

DC had a little break in cold weather yesterday and we happily rushed to our favorite trail after school to stretch our legs outdoors. Winter generally forces us to spend so much more time inside than we want, which makes us all very, very stir crazy. And since the weather continues to act in a bizarre manner, we are facing another weekend of cold weather. My go-to after the kids have been inside long enough to turn the entire house into an obstacle course? Bathtime! We'll art in the bath, turn it into a spa, play games, make a mess just so we can stretch playtime into clean-up time ... it's the perfect place to play in the winter and here's what's topping our list this weekend!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project 52 - Week 3

I snapped a pic of these two as we left for school in the morning. No matter how many times I tell them we're running late (usually true) and to get right in the car, these yahoos cannot help playing in the tiny bit of snow and ice along the alley. Because wet shoes are awesome about 5 minutes into the carpool ride.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Day in the Life (January 2015)

January 12th was a pretty typical day for us. If you count typical dealing with "rain delays" (seriously) for the kids' schools, squeezing writing in between trying to pack up one house and plan another, and preparing the kids to interview their favorite radio host. That's how it's going lately. One random packed day after another. In fact, the tail end of the day got away from me a bit, so I didn't quite fit in 12 photos. After you've checked out our Monday, see what No Monsters in My Bed and Where the Watermelons Grow had goin' on!

7.45 am -- I pretty much go to sleep at night thinking about the coffee I'm going to get to have the next morning.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Interview with ABSOLUTELY MINDY!

I have lamented frequently enough about our new carpool commute this school year and my attempts to embrace it as quality family time. We do a variety of activities to place a positive spin on those miles, including, as I mentioned here, listening to Sirius XM's Kids Place Live channel. We particularly love listening to the morning kids show, "The Absolutely Mindy Show," which has the most incredibly clever, creative, and hysterically funny programming that helps our daily commute.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend Makes

We love to celebrate all kinds of holidays in our house -- from the standard seasonal favorites to the super random to the absolutely made up. We just like to party. So I happen to know that this coming Monday, January 19th is National Popcorn Day! We also happen to LOVE popcorn, so we need no prompting to celebrate this particular festive day. But just in case, here's what's popping at Weekend Makes!

1 / My good friend Suzanne designed these awesome printable templates for our ol' blog. Still love 'em. And you can still download the printable for free!

2 / Fabulous recipes for these yummy treats from the sweet to the more refined.

3 / My kiddos would love to come up with fun flavors of seasoning.

4 / Make these colorful baked cotton balls and then POP 'EM!

5 / So, this painting project has nothing to do with popcorn. But we love this DIY Pop Art from Red Ted Art. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Project 52 - Week 2

This week has been a total blur. The kids seem to have been moving in warp speed. In opposite directions. Needless to say, it's been incredibly difficult to get them together in one photo. Thanks to the second delayed school day this week though, yesterday we had a little morning time to art in pajamas. The kids drew as they listened carefully to their favorite morning radio show because they got a little shout out yesterday -- more on that next Monday!