Thursday, December 22, 2011

A rainy Christmas and gingerbread houses

Christmas is beginning to look alot like this......wet and rainy although I can't complain as I am loving the mild weather. We've had a couple of snow playing days but then it just all melts away.
Everyone made mini gingerbread houses this year. E just thought it was great to put his m&m's inside his house until I showed him how to stick them on his house.
 This was L's gingerbread house.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Baking

We did our first round of Christmas baking this past weekend, gingerbread and raspberry chocolate thumbprint cookies. L loved decorating her gingerbread cookies (her's are the ones below)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Q-tip painting

   We used Q-tips to paint with. L and E spent quite a long time happily painting.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

B's solo

  This is a little late posting as this clip was from the beginning of the month but I had to post it. B was chosen to sing both solo parts at the rememberance day assembly at school.

Friday, November 18, 2011

L's Birthday

We celebrated L's Birthday recently. When it came to planning her party she had some ideas of her own of what she wanted, one of those being cupcakes.
She also helped with picking out stuff for the loot bags. She really wanted to put little note books in them. We found some plain ones at the dollar store and made them a little cuter to match with her minnie mouse theme. I made an extra one for her which she draws in every day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Carrot Art

We do alot of painting and like to experiment with different ways to paint. This time we painted with carrots and created some really great art.
 Cut a regular size carrot in half. Dip in paint. Stamp and paint with.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting ready for the Holidays Damask frames

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Our pumpkins.......L had found the 'greastest' pumpkin when we went to the pumpkin patch. Her's had a little accident just before we brought the pumpkins outside after carving them. The crack adds a little character though. She drew the face on all by herself and I carved it out for her.
 E just loved scooping out the seeds. He would scoop out 3 or 4 seeds at a time. I offered to help him but he did not want me to help. He contently scooped almost all of them out by himself.
 Every year I find taking a 'quick' picture before we go out trick or treating is always so rushed and I end of wishing I took more. This year I attempted to take pictures early as we were already going outside to play some Halloween games........I wanted to get a picture of everyone together. Ummm....Ya that was a bit of a challenge. The girls were all for it, E was slightly distracted by the apples hanging from the tree for one of the games we were playing.
 Even though I didn't get the shot I was hoping for, these turned out to be my favourite pictures.

Friday, October 28, 2011


It's been raining and cold most of the week so we were happy to finally have a day outside to play. Most of the leaves have fallen by now, so there was lots in the backyard to play in or with (it was still too wet to make them into a big pile) 
 E filled up his buckets full of leaves. A few were picked just for me and a couple came inside for crafts.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fine motor skills spider web

We have been doing a lot of Halloween crafts lately. This was one that gave some practice with fine motor skills.  L and E both had fun tracing the `lines` of the spider web with glue, shaking glitter on it and finally adding the spider.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple picking. Apple eating

I've always cut up E's apples but he just absolutely loves eating them like this. He'll eat it right down to the core and then ask for another one:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sponge painted leaves

We went for a walk to collect some leaves for crafts. This was one of the crafts we did. We sponge painted our leaves (tip-clip a clothes peg to a sponge cut in half for easier control.) Then stamp the paint covered leaf onto a piece of paper.

Monday, October 3, 2011

B on Stage

B was asked to sing at a local community festival. She did really great! L loved getting the chance to see her sing as she didn't get to see her big sisters last performance.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cherrio apple crisp

We made cherrio apple crisp, an alternative to your basic apple crisp and really easy to make. L and E both helped with making it.
First we slightly crushed 1 cup of multigrain cherrios. 
 E would roll some then eat a few.
 Place crushed cherrio`s in medium sized bowl and combine with 1 cup of non crushed cherrios.
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2tbsp flour,1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg. Using your fingers blend 1/3 cup diced butter into tiny bits throughout mixture.
In large bowl, toss 6 apples (peeled and cut into bite size pieces) with 2 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon.
Arrange apple mixture in a square pan. Spoon cereal mixture on top, covering all of the apples. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown at 350 F (180 C).

Monday, September 19, 2011

E at the beach

B's idea was for everyone to build their own sandcastles and then to connect them all together. This was E's sandcastle. He was getting a bit tired and when he gets tired his thumb usually goes in his mouth. His thumb came right back out after he realized it was covered in sand.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Redesigned Barbie house

B got this Barbie house for Christmas when she was 2 (made by my dad) and since then it has been passed on to K and will next go to L (Who can't wait until it is hers! Shes always sneaking into K's room to play with it) It definely has had its share of play but needed a little bit of updating.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First day of school

Its hard to believe that summer holidays are over already. The last month has gone by so fast. The first day back to school felt very much like a fall day with a lot cooler temperatures then we've been used to.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall Distressed Damask frames

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Shark teeth scissor skills

Ever since I introduced L to scissors she loves cutting paper. She practiced those scissor skills cutting out sharks teeth to put into the mouth of the shark she glued together. I showed her an example of what a sharks tooth might look at but let her cut as she wished. For more advanced cutters you can draw lines for them to follow with their scissors.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

B's Lizard

The newest addition to our family, a water dragon lizard.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dolphins, whales and bears

Our beach plans got rained out so we decided to go to marineland for something different to do. This was a first for everyone and they loved feeding the deer and bears, watching the whales through the underwater viewing area and going on the rides. It was a unique experience, however I was disappointed at the lack of respect some people at the park had for the animals (chasing after the deer and throwing water bottles in the bear feeding area). 
L was waiting for the deer to eat some more of its food. The deer were not very hungry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ice cube painting

A fun way to paint outdoors. To make the paint ice cubes I mixed powered paint into water, just enough to add some colour. You want the mixture to be watery.  Pour into an ice cube tray and insert popsicle sticks once cubes are slightly frozen and then continue freezing until solid.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

On the weekend

We did some hiking and exploring on the weekend. The trail we went on had some caves along it which L really liked going into. There were ruins of an old mill to venture through and the big girls went in a canoe for the first time.