Showing posts with label activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label activities. Show all posts

June 6, 2012

Good Old Fashioned Fun

I received so many comments from friends and family about the mud photos that I had to share them all.  I also have to address a few concerns about a few of those comments that I received.  Stick with me for it.


What are your favorite memories as a child.  Many of mine were at my grandparents house at the lake.  I ran rampant around the neighborhood with friends. 


I would go fishing, exploring the ditches for frogs and arrowheads.  Try to catch turtles and find the prettiest flowers.


I would play in the rain and run through the mud puddles.  At times I would come back to the house and be marched straight to the shower.


I loved being a part of nature and growing up in a very natural world.  It was a nice departure from living in the suburbs.  I loved getting dirty and exploring. 


I want to give my children those same experiences.  So why is it that I get commended by family, friends and total strangers when I let my children get dirty, hop in mud puddles and paint in the driveway?


Am I in the minority of adults who got to experience that as children?  What is so tragic about letting your children get dirty?  Now I understand getting upset when the Sunday best gets permanently stained, but since when did childhood play get so clean?


I hope this summer, you are the fun mom who lets your children get dirty.  Takes them on nature walks and lets them play with bugs and catches frogs and snakes for them.  Okay, maybe not snakes, but definitely frogs.  Let them jump in the puddles, do it with them!  The looks you get from strangers in the parking lot while hitting every puddle on the way to the car will be worth it.  If that doesn't do it for you, the look on your child's face will.


Let your child take you on adventure of their choosing.  See what fascinates them and cultivate a love of learning by exploring what interests them.  

Maben wants to go on a nature walk this week.  I plan on bringing some crayons and paper to do rubbings.  I will also bring my camera to capture any birds we happen to see so we can come back home and look them up in our field guides.  Maben has a huge fascination with birds and I have come to love them because of his interest. 

What are your favorite childhood memories?  Have you introduced those memories to your children?  Have you ever jumped in every puddle in the parking lot on the way to your car?  Am I just plain crazy? 

November 21, 2011

A Glimpse of my Weekend

This weekend was filled with a lot of fun.  I took the kids to a street art festival called Via Colori and the whole family went to the Texas Renaissance Festival. 

Via Colori is such a fun festival.  Lots of artists come together to raise money for the Center for Hearing and Speech.  They do this by blocking off streets and chalking their own space.  I took the kids on Saturday and got to see the artists just starting their works of art...too bad I couldn't be at two places at once and see the finished pieces on Sunday.  There was also some fun kid activities, like making sand art.


Maben had such a great time.  Colton was rather indifferent about the experience, until I let him run loose in Sam Houston Park.  Here he is standing on the stairs of the San Felipe House, all decorated for the upcoming holidays.  Too bad I couldn't get a good photo of both the kids together...then I would have my Christmas card!


Oh and I can't forget to show you the artists at work.  Too bad most of them were far from done when the kids were done and wanting to go home.  I really would have loved to see the finished product.  I guess I will have to go next year...and maybe sign up for my own spot! 


On the way back to the car, Maben just had to see "the gooey rocks!"  This is actually called In Minds, by sculptor Tony Cragg.


All the fun above happened on Saturday and Sunday is when we hit up the Renaissance Festival.  We started off with watching some jousting. 


Watched the elephants give rides.  How Colton wanted to ride...maybe when I believe you won't jump off the side of the elephant. 


Food...lots of food.  You can't go to the Renaissance Festival without eating something on a stick, which we did.  But, we also had to have some ice cream because it has still been in the 80's here.  Definitely does not feel like Thanksgiving is right around the corner.


We also watched the Birds of Prey show.  They had an impressive selection of birds and I learned quite a bit.  I also got to see a species that I never had seen before.  The King Vulture.  Isn't she beautiful?  That's the prettiest vulture I have ever seen.


We also got to see the largest of all owls, the Eagle Owl.  I love his "ears."  Not sure what those tufts of feathers are, but they kinda look like ears.


And on the way out, the kids were mesmerized by this woman playing the violin.  She was playing a lot of beautiful music and I think my kids could have sat and listened to her play for hours.

September 20, 2011

Favorite Photo Tuesday #23

While in the Cleveland Airport a while ago, Maben saw a ping pong ball run.  He loved it, he has dreams about it, and he occasionally asks to fly on an airplane so we can go watch it again.  While, I love to travel, I don't want to travel for the soul purpose of hanging out in an airport watching balls bounce, roll and weave through a maze of obstacles.  This got me thinking about a marble run that was given to me when Maben was far too young to use it.  Colton is old enough to hopefully not put the marbles in his mouth, so I felt it safe to bring it down out of the closet, dust it off and set it up.


Both boys are in LOVE with it.  I have set it up at least once a day since bringing it out of the closet and they never get tired of it.  They are mesmerized by the marbles traversing through the run.  Seriously, one of the best toys ever.  An oldie but definitely a goodie!

August 21, 2011

Summer Vacation Has Come To An End

As of tomorrow, my oldest boy Maben will be starting Pre-K.  This marks the end of summer vacation and being able to just throw the kids in the car and take off for an adventure.  It makes me sad to know that I can't live with total spontaneity, but at the same time, I am needing the break in the afternoon that it will provide.  Colton is still taking naps and with Maben going to school every afternoon, I should be able to get a little more craft/art/me time in.

So, let me go through our summer recap of fun.

We painted.


We ventured to see animals.



We celebrated birthdays.



We played in the water and mud.



We watched baseball.




We saw fireworks.


We picked berries.



We went to Vermont.


We rode tractors, miniature trains and RTVs.




We were silly.



We have had a lot of fun this summer, but like all good things, it comes to an end.

Bring on the school year!

July 19, 2011

Favorite Photo Tuesday #16

This summer, I have really been about capturing memories.  The kids have experienced a lot of fun things.  This past weekend, my hubby and I took the kids up to Zube Park where the Houston Area Live Steamers gives free rides on miniature trains.  If anyone who reads this is in the Houston area...it's something to definitely check out. 

While we were there, we bought our boys some conductor hats.  Colton was so proud to have his hat on.  His ears tucked over were adorable.  Both of the boys had a blast riding the trains and Colton's face lets you know just how much fun he had that day.

July 12, 2011

Favorite Photo(s) Tuesday #15

This past week I had more than one favorite photo, I had three.  Maben decided that we had to eat outside on the patio and after dinner, the result was letting the kids have control of the water hose.  It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of mud.




I have such fond memories as a kid of playing in mud puddles.  Even all the times I got in trouble for it.

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June 20, 2011

Blueberries

Just over a week ago, the kids and I went blueberry picking.  It's a nice little family farm that is organically run and you can't beat their prices, $3 per pound.  The Chmielewski’s Blueberry Farm is fantastic.  This is the second year I have gone there.  Last year I had Colton strapped to my chest and Maben stuffed his face with as many ripe blueberries as he could.  This year, Maben picked about 1/3 of a pound and Colton stuffed his face with as many blueberries as he could...ripe or not (we both paid for that for a few days!).

Maben showing Colton how to pick blueberries.
Maben upset that Colton is eating white and
green blueberries, even though he keeps
showing him how to pick the purple and blue ones.

We had a lot of fun, even though it has been nothing but super hot here in Texas.  The boys held out, I bumped into a great friend of mine and we brought home a lot of blueberries.  We got just shy of 3 lbs.  If you are wondering what that looks like, it will fill a kids sand pail (like the kind you find at the dollar store).  So what do you do with all those blueberries, eat them and bake with them of course!

I rinsed them first (and busted out my camera to try out some new techniques).  I think I did an excellent job figuring out flash in low light with a fast shutter speed.  What do you think?


The first thing I made with my blueberries were some muffins.  I have been tweaking recipes a lot in order to make them healthier and lower in fat.  This recipe has a little zing with the added lemon, but it's delicious and refreshing. 


The batch made 24 mini muffins and 7 regular sized muffins and I ended up eating way too many.  Don't they look delicious?  And now...I want to make more.

June 4, 2011

Summer Fun

Summertime has thrust itself upon us.  This means I am going to need to find lots of activities to keep my kids happy, entertained and stimulated.  I have made a list of the top things we will be doing this summer.  I am hoping that in between doing all the things listed below that some art/crafting/woodworking will get accomplished too.  Onto the list...

Exploring Nature




Creating Driveway Cities


Playing Sports 


Enjoying Local Parks



Playing Inside When It Gets Too Hot!



Bubbles!


Enjoying Grilled Food


Staying Hydrated In The Heat


Finding Water To Cool Off In



Stay tuned later this week to see the coolest project I have ever completed!!!  I can't wait to show it off!

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