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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.