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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bead Sun Catchers

As crazy busy as this summer has been, I've somehow managed to squeeze a craft in every now and then.  Not as many as I would like, but some nonetheless!   I saw the idea for bead sun catchers  on Pinterest, of course, and it sounded super easy so I knew it would be perfect to squeeze into our busy schedules.
You will need:
translucent pony beads (I also bought clear beads because there weren't any in the assorted colors package.)
cookie cutters

The first step is to place the cookie cutter(s) on a cookie sheet and completely fill the cookie cutter with the beads.  It doesn't matter if they lay flat or on their sides because they will melt together and it won't matter.  You can also use a muffin tin.

 Once you have filled the cookie cutters, put them in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. (Please ignore my stained cookie sheets.  I have seen cleaning secrets for this very thing on Pinterest, of course, but really who has time for that?)
Once they sun catchers are cool, pop them out of the cookie cutters and drill a hole in the top.   
 Attach a ribbon and hang!

This picture has nothing to do with this post, but Mel never wants her picture taken but this day she asked me to.  You can see her Styrofoam giraffe in the left of the picture that she created all by herself.  She was pretty proud of it.  Glad that I captured it.  Mix-matched pajamas and all!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

9 Months...

Time is flying by! I feel like this summer has been a complete whirlwind.  Jo Jo is 9 months already.

She had her check up last week and she is doing everything a 9 month old should be doing except for cruising along furniture, but that is okay because I am not ready for that.  With older sisters, there is too much stuff for her to get her little hands on.  She finds the littlest things and her mouth is the first place they go. 

She is crawling like a champ, pulling herself up, and eating like it is her job.
She is eating only "big people food" now.  I have a lot of baby food that I would like her to finish, but since she tested the waters, she won't go back. 
We are slowly introducing her to milk and hope to have her weaned from the bottle at one. 

She definitely loves her dad and big sisters and Tuff (our dog.)  Tuff is getting more patient in his old age, I think.  She pokes him and pulls his fur and he doesn't seem to mind.  We try to keep her away from him, but she is fast.  When she is tired, B is her best form of entertainment, but then she cries when B leaves the room.

She still says "Da" all. the. time.  She will sign when she wants something or wants more of something.  I'm not sure where she learned this because I haven't taught her any baby sign language. 

9 month stats :
18 lbs. 8.5 oz. (50th percentile)
27.5 inches (50th percentile)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Craft Time: Paper Straw Rockets...

I saw this idea somewhere and can't recall where and immediately knew I wanted to do it with the girls.  Then I thought, "This would make a perfect craft for the Fourth of July."  So I waited and we finally made them last week.
You will need:
paper straws 
square envelope
markers, tissue paper, stickers, whatever you want to decorate the rocket.

The first step is to seal the envelope then draw lines on the envelope like this... 
I only had business sized rectangle envelopes and quickly learned that those wouldn't work because it would make the rockets too skinny.  Luckily I had some extra cards in the desk drawer that happened to come with square envelopes.  The only problem is now I have a bunch of cards with no envelopes!

Have you child (if they are old enough) cut along the lines on the envelope...
Cut off the bottom portion of the rocket to make a straight line like so... 
Tape the sides together so only the bottom is open and start decorating... 
We taped rectangle strips of tissue paper to the bottom of our rockets... 

Insert the straw in the bottom of the rocket and let the fun begin... 

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