Friday, December 28, 2012

Photo Friday

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just a cool chick feeding some ducks!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

We Have a TV!

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We are finally like every other American....we have a tv!  We bought one because we know Rory is going to need it since she will be immobile after her surgery.  So, we went out and bought one.
i will admit, this TV is wonderful for when Rory is fussy and I am trying to cook dinner or when I am completely exhausted at the end of the day and just want to sit down rather than throw a 30lb weight around.   
For a while, Rory was completely mesmerized by the tv, she wanted it on all the time, rather than the hour a day her mom and dad allowed.  But now she has gotten better with it, and when she has good behavior she gets to watch an episode of her favorite show.
She quickly got new favorite shows: Sesame Street (especially with Elmo) and Super Why!.  I like when she watches Super Why because when they all say their name with their super power, she will say “Rory Jane, with Dance Powers!”
So we are now officially typical Americans with one TV in the house!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Pin It Merry Christmas to everyone out there!  Hope everyone has a wonderful day and enjoys their time spent together!

From all of us here at Rory's Little Leg!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve!

Pin It Its finally Christmas Eve!  I hope everyone is enjoying spending time with their family waiting for Santa to come!  I am enjoying every second with my family, so i am not going to spend too much time blogging today.....Rather, share some pictures from last year's Christmas Eve!

making cookies

playing by the tree
eating frosting


going up!

going down!

she loves the playground!

Merry Christmas!
More pictures from this year to come...until then, I hope you enjoy these!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Last Year's Christmas!  Can't wait for this year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Handprint Christmas Trees

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Another part of the Christmas season that Rory loves are the Christmas trees.  Whenever we go into stores and see Christmas trees; her face lights up brighter than any light or treetop angel.  Although we have a beautiful tree all lit up in our house, we have decided that we needed a few more.  Rather than spend a lot of money buying new ones, we decided to make some!

 These are so much fun to make and also make adorable cards for grandparents :)

Materials Needed:
paper
green paint
yellow paper for star
option: glitter and glue

Have your blank white piece of paper out and ready!   Lather your child’s litttle hands with green paint.  When your child places her hands on the paper, have them put them in the shape of a Christmas tree; one little hand at the top and lots of little and and fingers at the bottom.  

Set aside and let them dry!

You now have beautiful Christmas Trees!  We added some glitter and a beautiful star at the top, but you can decorate them any way you want!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blast from the Past: Santa!

Pin It Whenever holidays come, I can't help but look back on old pictures, which is good because I take SO many!


Last year we had to go to Rory's doctor, but after that was over, we made a whole day out of it!  We went to see Santa, played in fake snow, and were going to try to do other things but Rory got a bit fussy!

She still has the Rudolph shirt and loves it SO much I can hardly get it off of her!


I just love this picture of us all with Santa!  I can't wait to post new ones of her and Santa!  They will be up soon!





Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cooking With Rory!

Pin It Lately Rory has been helping me cook- It is the coolest thing ever!  I love to bake and cook and recently I have been giving her a bowl and spoon of her own and letting her stir flour and water.

Yesterday when I asked Rory what she wanted to do she told me she wanted to cook bread!   And even though we have a house full of bread, I actually considered making some!

She has a cooking set of her own, but perfers the "real thing!"  We even have names for all of our cooking equpitment, there is Mr. Mix, Mr. Chop, and Mr. Blendy.   She will even notice them on TV or in the stores.

I try to often find recipes that now don't contain eggs, because she LOVES to pick at the dough!  This year we may have new Christmas cookies, just because she likes to pick so much (just like all of her aunts and cousins!)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Toilet Paper Reindeer!

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I have mentioned before Rory’s love for Reindeer, especially Rudolph.  As the Christmas season approaches and she sees them in stores, her fondness for them grows and grows.  Although we have already made some Reindeer with our handprints, we decided to make more to put around the house.   

Materials Needed:
toilet paper rolls
eyes
scrap paper for collars
pipe cleaners
glue 
item for a red nose
marker for a mouth
optional: bells or other decorations for reindeer collars. 

We first painted the toilet paper rolls brown for the reindeer bodies.  Set them aside to dry.  

When they are dry; poke two holes in the sides of the toilet paper rolls.  Put one pipe cleaner through the hole and twist the two pieces together at the top of the toilet paper roll.  You can now shape the antlers in any way you want.  We played around and bent ours a few times, Rory  really enjoyed bending them all over the place.

Next we added some glue and attach some eyes and nose.  (If you are using a big red puff ball, like we did; I recommend using a lot of glue or hot glue!)  Draw a smile for a mouth, if wanted.  Finally we glued a small strip of paper for a collar.  We attached some bells on the collar, we realized that we needed pretty strong glue for this, so I used hot glue.  After playing with them for a while, Rory decided she wanted stars instead of bells, so she pulled the bells off.  

There are now Reindeers everywhere in our house!  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Feeding Ducks with Mama's sun glasses!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reindeer Handprints

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We are so excited for Christmas.  I really get into the holidays; I get completely carried away with the music, the snow, the movies, and the decorations.   I love telling Rory about Christmas, Santa, the works.  She loves Rudolph, especially because her favorite toy is from “the Island of Misfit toys,”  we have decided to make several Rudolph crafts this holiday season!  These reindeer make such cute cards, and they are so easy to make! 

Materials needed:
  • brown paint
  • something for a red nose
  • google eyes, or other kind of eyes
  • markers to draw smiles 
  • brown construction paper
To make these; paint both of your child’s hand brown.  Have them place both hands on the paper and space them a little bit apart.   Set it aside, and allow it to dry.  When they are dry you can now decorate!  
To decorate, cut a reindeer head out of a piece of brown construction paper.  I made an oval and then cut the sides smaller, similar to the shape of a bowling pin so that it is smaller on top and larger on the bottom. We drew on some eyes, a mouth, and used a big, puffy, sparkly, pom pom for Rudolph’s nose.  
Her mimi and papa are going to love to get these reindeer in the mail! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rory LOVES Christmas!

Pin It Last year on Christmas, Rory got so many presents! She wasn't too sure about what all the presents were and why she was getting them, but it was still a lot of fun for all of us! 

This year is quite different- Rory is catching on to Christmas faster than I thought!  She knows all about the presents and how Santa gets them for god boys and girls. She has asked me what a chimney was and if we had one for Santa.  She loves everything about Christmas, the decorations, the lights, the songs, and shes only 2!  She's quite the smart girl!  

Her latest thing, is when you ask her what she wants for Christmas, she will tell you she wants an Elmo watch.  I have no idea where this came from, but when I asked her why she needed a watch, she said to tell time.  So I asked her further, what time she needed to know, and she said Lunch Time!  It was so innocent ans cute that I want to find her a kids Elmo watch now!

Growing up, I know my dad was always the first up on Christmas morning, he was always the most excited of us all!  He must have passed that gene on to me, because I'm nothing short of ecstatic for Christmas morning!  I can't wait to see this little ball of joys eyes light up when she sees her presents!  It's going to be hard for me to wait till Christmas to give out her presents, I just can not wait to see that little face light up! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cookie Baking- last year!

Pin It Every year we have a day designated for cookie baking!  My mom and sisters still do it back home. It's a whole day full of Christmas movies, baking, and taste testing the cookies. 

Since we can't be in St.Louis for cookie baking day, my mom usually will mail us cookie baking day presents. Sometimes they are aprons, sometimes it's baking its file, and sometimes it's shirts; but its always a special treat for me to get a cookie baking day treat box in the mail! 

Last year my mom got all the grand kids matching Rudolph shirts and all of us girls matching Santa shirts. Because of her doll Marilyn, Rory has a special bond with Rudolph and will ask to wear the shirt everyday!  I know she would love to see me in my Santa shirt, however I'm about 6 months pregnant and no longer considered small, so it will have to wait until next year!

Rory is eagerly awaiting cookie baking day, not only because she loves to cook so much, but also because she knows she will get a present from Mimi in the mail- and Rory LOVES mail!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Construction Paper Christmas Trees!

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Another part of the Christmas season that Rory loves are the Christmas trees.  Whenever we go into stores and see Christmas trees; her face lights up brighter than any light or treetop angel.  Although we have a beautiful tree all lit up in our house, we have decided that we needed a few more.  Rather than spend a lot of money buying new ones, we decided to make some!



Materials Needed:
large piece of paper
green construction paper
scissors
glue or tape
ornaments

This project was really fun for us for a very special reason.  I let Rory use her own scissors for this project.  Every time I do projects I have to hide my scissors and she is always eyeing them up and wanting to use them.  So I bought her a child's pair, that she could try to use on her own.    I am pretty sure she liked the almost more than making the Christmas trees!

For these trees, take your big piece of paper and make a cone with it.  Tape or glue it where the two sides meet.  The bottom of the cone will be uneven, so use your scissors to cut it and make it even.

Take the pieces of green construction paper and cut it into 1.5- 2 inch strips.  Then holding the paper vertically, cut the strips of paper very close to the top, but not all the way through (if you cut your paper 2 inches thick, cut it 1 and 3/4 inches, so there is enough room at the top.  

Starting at the bottom of your cone, holding the sides of your paper that isn’t cut, begin gluing the strips of paper to your tree.  Continue and overlap as much as you would like.  When you get to the top of the tree, take a strip of your cut green construction paper and make another cone.  Glue the little cone to the top of the tree.

Now you can decorate them as you want!  We lucked out and at the hobby store near our house they had small decorations for small trees.  

Now we have trees all over the house and on every table!   


Friday, December 7, 2012

Last day for our guest blogger Wendi!

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It is the last day for our wonderful guest blogger, Wendi!  

Sensory bins are also a great idea for kids this age. I would use these with my special needs kids and they LOVED them at school. I got out the big canister of dried oats and dumped some into a clear box. I added a few of his magnetic letters to the mix and took out his shovels/buckets. He loves playing in the dirt, so I figured this would be a cleaner option (although messy play is awesome if you have the time and energy for it - more with that soon!).

He went to town with the scooping. We talked about the letters and colors. If you don't have magnetic letters, you can get them on the kitchen aisle at Target, Walmart, etc. Or of course, you can visit any school supply store to get all of these things. But, you don't have to use letters... anything would be fun inside the oatmeal (balls, plastic animals, little cars, whatever). You could also use rice, dried noodles, buttons, big beads, or shredded paper to make this exciting!



We sang the ABC's and I read him an alphabet book when we went back inside.

I'm excited to do more of these with different story book themes (ocean, seasons, gardening, letters, shapes, etc.) as he gets older.

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This may have been Jake's favorite activity recently. 

These plastic colored linking chains were oh so fun. He would drag them out of the container, stop and examine them, pull more out, then take a few steps carrying them, then plop down and chew on them, etc. 


Even this container was fun for him b/c it's different. It's an oblong shape and a perfect reach for his little arms.

This is a subwoofer in our living room, and he likes to put things in the hole. Cute boy.

So, before you think I am trying to be super mom by posting these pictures, please know I am NOT. I am far from that and never want to be that. Remember how I wrote above that I'm having to make a conscience effort to have intentional play time with Jake? My to-do lists sometimes control me? I'm just wanting to share a few things we've been doing around here and plan to post more about teaching, learning and playing in the future. Maybe it can encourage you to be playing more with your kids, without spending a lot of money on toys. And if you have any creative play ideas, please share with me!! I'm all about exploring new ways to have fun with my boy.  

Thanks Wendi for all your wonderful ideas!!!  Don't forget to check out her blog!  

More fun from Rory coming on Monday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guest Blogger Wendi: Day 4!

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Don’t forget to check out Wendi’s blog!  

I pulled out my box of little rubber dinosaurs and knew J would like putting them into the egg carton. He put some in each spot, then dumped it over and did it again. We lined them up and sorted by colors. I know he's still too young to really understand this, but it's fun. And I can't help but show him!

He opened and closed the boxes a million times.

And then I thought I had gathered all of them up, but found this one sitting on the door stopper. Haha... he loves the door stoppers. 

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I put a whole bunch of colorful water bottles that we had in a container and J had a blast with them. So simple and he's still playing with these (they've been out almost 2 weeks).


More Tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guest Blogger: Wendi Day 3!

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Wendi is great isn't she!  I hope you are enjoying her posts this week!

I pulled out my pom-pom puffs from one of the boxes. He loves to sort things, so I thought the muffin tins would be good. Anything with divided slots or sections are great for his age. He tried to put them into his mouth once or twice, so I was sure to closely monitor these. They are a perfect choking hazard, but oh so fun!

Anyways, he enjoyed the muffin tins and putting them in and out of the various buckets. And then dumping them all out to start over. :)

You can pick these up at the dollar store! We played with these again the other day with the mini muffin tins and they worked better. He put a pom-pom in each circle, then took them out, and repeat.
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I gave J a magazine the other morning to play with. He tore out the pages and ripped them up. I know this can perhaps be teaching your child it's okay to rip pages (like in books), but we are still using board books and he had fun. Life is too short to always worry about rules over fun. :) But, you could use newspaper, construction paper or even tissue paper, and I'd probably recommend not sitting in his high chair to do this. I am looking into getting a little table and chairs so we can have a designated place for activities. But until then...

He was so focused.

J enjoyed the sounds he was hearing: tearing, scrunching the paper in his hands, ripping, and crinkling. And it was a great use of his hand muscles.


This was the end product - easy clean up and a smiling boy!

More Wendi Fun Tomorrow!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Guest Blogger Wendi: Day 2!

Pin It The morning is my favorite time with J. He's alert, happy, and it's the best time for being outside right now. We went out a few weeks ago to enjoy some water play, with seashells, buckets, his shovels, etc. One of his favorite things lately is transferring items to and from places. 













I like that he's so focused on his hand/eye coordination.
He studied them very closely and; enjoyed splashing in the water.

By the time this was over, he had put the seashells into the green bucket and back into the water 3-4 times. We talked about textures, inside, outside, over, under and water... trying to focus on a language rich environment. His new word this week is "agua" for water, so that's fun to repeat these days.

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Bath playtime is fun and easy. We did colored ice cubes one evening. They melted fast, but he was sure to grab them and watch them melt in his hands.

I also dumped my bag of pattern blocks into his tub. These would be a great way to learn shapes once he's bigger, too. My students loved these to make patterns, geometric shapes, designs, etc.


More to come from Wendi tomorrow!





Monday, December 3, 2012

Guest Blogger Wendi; Day 1!

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Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite mommy blogger Wendi Holmes.  She has an amazing blog that i suggest you check out: www.wendiholmes.blogspot.com

One of the reasons why I like her so much is because of how she plays with her son Jake.  Many of you know I try to be a complete “hands on” mama with as much interactive learning playtime as possible.  Wendi is the same way, and I love reading about all of her ideas!  

I really miss teaching. Like, a lot these days. I'm not sure if it's the beginning of year itch or what, but it's definitely been on my mind a lot lately. I kinda feel like I'm missing out on using one of my biggest strengths, but am SO very thankful that I have the opportunity to stay home with Jake. With that, I've always been excited about having planned teachable activities with my kid(s) and I'm hopeful to start making this more of a priority with J. So, here's a few teacher & mama thoughts combined, with hopes of trying to incorporate more blog posts about this topic in the future.



Play: the spontaneous activity of children

Over the years of being an early childhood teacher, I've recognized how important play is in a child's development. We would hear it over and over in our CD courses. I've sat through many trainings, read many books, and observed many children throughout the past 10 years. It's way more than just having fun for them. It's engaging children in their cognitive, social and higher level thinking skills, without them even realizing it.

For instance, when I used to work with younger kids (preschool aged), I would make sure to have bins with play items (play food, purses, dolls, pretend jewelry, blocks, cars, animals, etc.) to let them have creative play time. It wasn't academic things like math manipulatives or reading counters. We scheduled play into our daily routines. It was also a good way to encourage good behavior and let them strive towards something that they always looked forward to. A positive reinforcement; a reward.

Or, when I would be doing guided reading time (small groups for reading), the rest of my students would be partaking in structured literacy stations. All of the stations would be academic based, but I would also always have one "play" station. This may be a sand station, playing games, building with blocks, or a pretend imaginative type of play (example: puppets). While it can't necessarily be measured in the success of a test, it builds their curiosity, which then, strengthens their willingness to learn. 

My favorite time to watch my kids was when they wanted to play teacher. They would literally sit the same way I would, pull their hair back like I did (girls), say the same things I would say, try to write like me, etc. It really made me realize how important my every action was and that they were always watching. Anyways, through all of this, I've learned that play is essential to a child's learning. They learn the benefits of working together and how to problem solve on their own levels. It's a direct, hands-on type of learning.

So, taking off my teacher hat and putting on my mama hat... I know these principals and the importance of such a thing. But, it's harder for me to turn that on as a mom. When I was teaching, I had to be "on". As soon as the first student walked in my classroom each morning, I was responsible for them and their success in 1st grade. Not only academically, but it was also my job to make them feel confident, important, special and loved. I had a challenge and I was motivated to achieve that. 

Don't hear me wrong, I am motivated and challenged to teach Jake and to raise him to be a caring, fun little boy. And actually, I have an even higher calling, to teach him about Jesus Christ and his indescribable love for us. But, it is definitely easy to go about, day to day, without sitting down to actually play or motivate myself to have intentional time with him. I'm not walking into a classroom everyday and turning my teacher self "on". I'm waking up and staying in the comforts of my own home. I'm in my pj's with my hair on top of my head. It's easy to get lackadaisical. It's easy to forget the importance of having designated play time with my son. It's a lot easier to think about the errands I need to run, what's for dinner, or to remember to text my friends. I am the first to admit that my to-do list can become my higher priority very quickly. Or I sometimes compare myself to my husband, Wade, (who is a PRO at playing) and I think he is so much better than I am. But that's not true. We just play in different ways. I may not be wrestling with Jake or pretending to be dunking the balls in the hoops, but I can definitely act silly, turn on my goofy teacher voice when I read him stories, or come up with ways to make him think outside of the box with creative play.

Also, it easily becomes a distraction to me when Jake looks content playing by himself, because he is good at that. But that's no excuse for me to think that he isn't craving my one on one attention. Now is the time I have with him before any other kids join our family. This is the moment I need to be teaching him that I am present in his life, that I want his attention, and that he is important to me. I want him to know how to pretend play and how to build those skills.
With all of this said, I've been really trying to set aside time these past few weeks to play and learn with Jake. He's just now getting to the age where he can really focus for a few minutes (NOT long, but a few minutes). Like mentioned above, I've always dreamed of being able to have a little "learning spot" for my kids at home. I'm not necessarily meaning homeschool, but set aside time, activities, and ways to use my teacher skills with my own kids. 
So, I decided it was finally time that I go through some of my many boxes of school stuff. Granted, I taught 1st and 2nd grade, but I have tons of materials he can enjoy now. He's loving my manipulatives and crafty items since his play is more on a sensory and fine motor level. Babies require a different type of play, obviously, than elementary aged kids, but he still loves to explore new things.

Here are a few ways I've tried to be more creative with his play time... besides his regular toys. (I'm actually planning to put up a lot of his toys in bins and pull different ones out everyday. I think he's in sensory overload with all of his many toys and doesn't even play with half of them anyways.)

Dying to read more, aren't you!  For the next few days we will have some of Wendi's amazing activities to do with your child!  See you here tomorrow!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fall Leaf Cards

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It is just starting to turn Fall out here on the East Coast.  We are very lucky to not to have to endure the long hard winters as we did when we lived in the midwest.  It only recently became colder after Hurricane Sandy hit.  Currently the trees are changing colors and there are plenty of leaves on the ground.  

Rory and I love the changing colors and leaves.  We notice them every time we go on our walks.  Recently my mom was fortunate enough to come visit for a few days and Rory really misses her.  When we were walking the other day, she said she wanted to send mimi some of the pretty leaves.  That is what inspired this next craft.  

We are making “Fall Cards” for our out of town friends and families. 

Materials needed:
cards
glue (we used paintbrushes to help coat the sticks with the glue, but they aren’t needed) 
sticks
leaf stickers or leaf cut outs.  

To make these cards, we started out on a journey to find sticks.  I explained to Rory how we wanted to find small sticks because we would have to glue them on our cards.  We walked all around the neighborhood; even though there were plenty of sticks in our yard, picking up sticks and putting them in our bag.  REmember the smaller and thinner the sticks, the easier they will be to glue!

We brought the sticks back to the house and got out the rest of our supplies.  We are fortunate enough to have a small leaf cut out, where all we have to do is put different colors of paper in the machine and press down on a button and we have small leaves.  If you don’t have one of these, no worries!   If you have a hobby shop near by there are lots of small leaf stickers you can buy! 

We then got out our collection of sticks.  We broke them down into smaller pieces so they would fit on the card.  Rory loved dipping the paint brush in the little pile of glue and putting the glue on the sticks.  We then put the sticks on the cards.  I had to help with this part, mainly because I wanted the sticks to look like trees and Rory was putting the sticks randomly all over the cards.  

We then used the paint brush to put little dots of glue all over the cards.  We then were able to put the leaves in the little glue spots.  This was no only good for Rory’s hand eye coordination, but also good for her skills in colors.  We would put pink leaves on one spot of glue, brown leaves on another, etc... until we had used all of our colors.   We then set them out to dry.

When they were all dry we could write fun fall phrases on them like, “Hope you fall our way”, and other cute phrases, but you can use a quote or whatever you would like.  

We also glued a picture of Rory playing in leaves on the inside of the card.  



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

final day of Mimi's visit- Day 3

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Final Day of Mimi's Visit!  
The next day we did Rory’s other favorite things to do; go to the beach and “Pancakes, pancakes, yeah!”  The hurricane brought in some colder temperatures so we didnt’ get swim suits and beach toys, but rode in the stroller along the beach and drank coffee, which was just as good.  Then off to get pancakes!  
What trip to see Rory would be complete without a trip to dance class.  This is where Rory shines, she loves to dance with her friends, and then hang on the parallel bars as much as possible.  It was really neat because the last time my parents came to visit was on Rory's first birthday where they went to dance class with Rory, and she got to see how much stronger she is and how much she has grown since the last time she saw her! 
Before we had mom leave we had the most special treat of all.  Mom wanted to spend some time with Rory, so Jon and I left for a few hours childless!  We weren’t even sure what to do, so we went to walk on the beach.  We walked and had an uninterrupted conversation for nearly 2 hours.  
Then we went out to dinner.  That was strange too...we ate without food being thrown, spit out, or holding Rory in our lap!  It was really nice to know that Rory was happy and having fun with her Mimi and Jon and I could be normal adults.  It is hard being “on” all the time!  We really enjoyed our time away!

Rory was so good the whole time Mimi was here- I don't think she fussed once! The only time she did fuss, was when we took Mimi to the airport because she wanted her to come home with us!  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Still feeling Thankful: Handprint Trees!

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Thanksgiving at our house is anything but traditional!  We usually choose a country and then make their traditional cuisine.   The past few years we have had Thai, Greecian, and Indian; and all of them were a lot of work but completely worth it!  We also extend an invitation to the soldiers who can not go home for the holidays to come and dine at our house.  I never have decorations or fancy table settings or traditional thanksgiving food and sometimes feel bad.   Jon and I love our ethnic thanksgiving, so this year we will just make decorations for our guests.  


Today we are making “thankful trees,” our handprint trees that show what we are thankful for on them.  

Materials Needed:
old paper towel roll
brown paint
paint brushes
white paper
other colors of paint for handprint leaves
pipe cleaners (I used black and brown)
markers 
scissors

To make the trees, start with the paper towel roll and put a couple coatings of brown paint on it to make it look like a tree stump.  Set them aside to dry.  

Now it is time for handprints!  We used several different colors for the hand print leaves.  We even painted a few feet!  Put paint all over your hands and press them down on the white paper.  You can spread your fingers out or keep them closed to make different types of leaves if you want.  Set them aside and let them dry.  






If the paper towel roll is dry, you can then poke holes in the sides of the roll using the scissors.  Make sure you do an even number of holes, because you will be putting the pipe cleaner in one hole and out through the other.  Once all the holes are poked you can thread the pipe cleaners through them.   

Check on your handprints.  If they are now dry you can cut them out.  After they are cut out you can tape the the pipe cleaners to the back of the handprints.  Now you can write what you are thankful for on the back of the handprint leaves.  This was my favorite part because when I asked Rory what she was thankful for she said: Mommy, Daddy, Marilyn (her doll), and cereal!  It was so cute!

Now you have your Thanksgiving trees!  



 

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