Wednesday, June 29, 2011

playin' in the dough

Play doh has been on my list of things we "needed" for awhile, but I always forget to buy some. Anyway, in a fit of desperation I googled things to do with kids in the summer and found this recipe for play doh. I've seen the homemade kind that is sort of rough and does not look fun to play with, but this turned out pretty smooth and half the fun was in making our own. I tried to make red but it looked like raw hamburger meat (gag), so I added blue then it looked like a brain, so more red and blue and red and blue and Ben pronounced it the color of poop. Sigh, my color did not turn out so well but the others did and they loved the one we only added sprinkles to. Here's the recipe:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons veg. oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tarter

Put in large saucepan and cook over low heat until it pulls together and is no longer sticky. Let cool and knead until smooth. Then fold in food coloring being careful not to touch the coloring until it is kneaded in. I did the best I could but I got a little careless and looked like I'd just been in surgery (as the surgeon).

Saturday, June 18, 2011


This week we went camping. Camping!!! Now I've gotten pretty good at the faux camping-blankets draped over chairs and maybe a fire in the fireplace or a fake one made of whatever is available (rolled up construction paper anyone?). The real camping is everything I hoped for all the reasons you can imagine. I loved watching the kids having a real adventure. I loved that when we went to the cascades to swim they were a little scared to get in and settled on wading around the waters and throwing rocks until their dad showed them what to do. Then they were soaked head to toe, jumping, sliding, and splashing with the biggest smiles possible. I think my favorite part was when we were all sitting around the campfire and Ben drew a picture for Michael of him sitting by the fire and saying "ahhhh". Yes, it was a much needed getaway. I thought for a minute the campfire smell would be permanently infused in our hair and skin, and it felt really good. Happy weekend and happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Isn't she lovely?

My big much like me but with a fun combo from her dad. I'll think I have her pegged but then she surprises me. She's got a big heart. She's growing up so fast, and constantly amazing me with her questions, what she knows, how much she's already figured out about the world. Last night she was laying in bed with her pajamas on and I dropped her flip flops by the bed and nodded toward the door. I thought the fireflies weren't coming this year, but I just wasn't waiting out long enough for them. So when we opened the door she smiled big and knew what I was showing her- a magic moment.

grand plans

Its VBS week, so the kids have been at church from 9-noon every day. I had grand plans for what I would do with this time, but even on the most productive day all I did was go for a walk and take a shower before it was time to pick them up. Every mother knows that time away from the kids is deceptive especially if you have another one you have to take with you. I was going to go to the gym after the art store, but after 10 mins. in the art store Hallie was so cranky and sleepy we had to just go home for her nap. Ah well, I really don't mind. I know from experience that these days go quickly and I enjoy slow, quiet days anyway. I did finally get to making a name sign for Celina even though she won't be here for another two months, and I made some homemade bread that is amazing. Isn't it always that when you make something from home you always claim you'll never buy it again? I do but the breadmaking is a bit of a long process, so we'll see how long this keep up. I found the recipe here...
We had a really fan.tas.tic afternoon with the Rymers on Monday. It was one of those miraculous times when all the kids get along and K and I got to talk and sip on Sobe pina coladas- those are SO good, please try. Hallie was sitting next to me as we were talking and I looked over and saw her slightly slumped. She was asleep! No crying or even fussiness, so I just laid her on the cushion for a nap. I'm telling you it was perfect afternoon!
I've also been painting a lot and loving that. I'm posting the silhouette I did for our friend Bennett, and I'm thinking about trying to sell these on Etsy???
We have grand plans for the summer so we'll see what adventures we fall into. We're hoping for camping, Dollywood, and the beach to name a few. Love summer!!.... You've got to keep your head up heyy ayy and you can let your hair down heyy ayyy..... (It's stuck in my head-might be my summer anthem.)