I’ve been grumpy. But, it’s hard to stay that way when you’ve got belly full of chocolate chip pancakes and this ahead of you.
Also, look at the butterfly pictures I took while we were out walking.
I’m practically a butterfly whisperer/professional photographer!
Obviously. (Not really.)
I am, however, the maker of what was supposed to be 3D paint.
The recipe according to my Moms’ Lifesavers: Tips to Help Make Life Easier for New Mothers book: Mix 1/2 cup school glue with 1/2 cup of shaving cream.
Then add drops of food coloring until you achieve your desired hue.
Folks, I’m here to tell you that measuring shaving cream is tricky business.
That stuff expands, you know.
I think we needed more shaving cream.
*Edited to add:
It’s hot, yo, and our air conditioning isn’t working, per the norm. So we’ve been trying to stay cool by playing with ice. Ice, baby.
We’ve done this ice transfer experiment my friend Toni shared with us a few times.
See, the kids transfer ice from one bowl to another using a variety of tools.
They can determine which tool is easiest to use and why.
They can hone their gross motor skills.
They can eat the ice!
And you know that one idea that was all over Pinterest about filling water balloons with colored water and freezing them for winter decorations and/or play? Well, we did it.
Smaller and in summer, obviously.
Though I probably could have skipped on coloring the water.
Because they ate those, too.
How are you staying cool?
Yep, that’s dirt on her nose. And her dress is on backwards.
Makes me wish “baby, you light up my world like nobody else” wasn’t a One Direction lyric.
It’s pretty rare that both Dave and my mom are around on a weekday, but it actually happened, quite unexpectedly, on Friday afternoon. Since we need at least three pairs of hands to wrangle our wayward sons (and by sons, I mean daughters, and by daughters, I mostly mean Bee) when we’re out in the wild, we decided to make the most of the extra extremities and headed out to do some geocaching around the Zoar Wetland Arboretum.
We’d had a blast of violent storms roll through the area earlier in the week and we saw evidence of that all through the woods.
We cleared the path – when we could – as we went, and we found our first cache with ease.
Jackson was unimpressed.
Our second cache location took us to the opposite side of the marsh and it was the area I liked best.
Lucy had traded a siren whistle for a rubber frog at the first cache. Here is a photograph of her enjoying her prize at Dogwood Grove.
It’s meaningful to share this as the frog no longer wholly exists. Julia claimed the legs, Phoebe the head – we think. The prominent theory is that she ate it.
Don’t worry, though. There were balloons in the second cache. They got to fight over those the whole way home.
I’ve never heard Phoebe call him Jackson. It’s Baby Jackson. Always. And I love that.
Phoebe and Lucy were in the mood to paint today and asked me to whip up a batch of sidewalk paint, which I did.
But I didn’t use my usual recipe. Instead, I used this Fizzing Sidewalk Paint recipe from the Kids Activities Blog, which doesn’t fizz until you spray it with the final ingredient. So, I gave the girls their paint and asked them to paint me something and I would show them a surprise.
Bee painted a heart. Then I handed her The Magic Spray.
She LOVED it! Lucy, too. They eventually brawled over the bottle, but it’s because they LOVED it.
For the fizzing as well as the simple act of spraying. Golly, kids love to spray things. I’ve got this Bug Spray game from Toddler Approved on my to-do list for that very reason.
They also (still) love gigantic bubbles.
Those never get old.
And the tire swing.
And now I’m really just showing you pictures, so check out this hummingbird that likes to eat at our house.