Winner: Playful Learning

Lucky number 31.
hippiechick said…
I like to follow my children’s interests and explore them further.

I’ll be sending out an email in just a little bit!

Correction, can you please email me your address, so I can get that sent out.  I can’t send you an email.

Easter Eggs and the like

Okay, so it’s over a week after Easter, but I try really hard to do no more than one post a day, so this is when I’m scheduling our Easter pictures.  Go figure, I’m weird.

Well, as seems to be usual for me, I suddenly realized on Saturday we hadn’t dyed the Easter eggs I bought, and if I wanted to get that done we better get going……..

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It’s probably just as well I hadn’t planned this big huge block of time to do it, because my kids were more of the dunk and I’m done type than take lots of time to get it just right.  So, in five minutes they’d dyed most of the eggs.  As you can see Princess was more of the assembly line type.  The boys were quite busy dropping theirs in and arguing over who did what.  I had to hurry and get the stickers I was going to let them put on the eggs before they dyed them because by the time I came down with the stickers they already had a bunch of the eggs dyed.

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Ultimately it deteriorated down to Batman trying to dye his hands.  That’s when I kicked them all upstairs and had them take baths.  I’d show you the super cute picture of the boys in the bubble bath, but that’s kind of crossing the line.


They were so funny  running around trying to find the eggs.  We had placed them mostly in what I thought was fairly obvious places, but we still had to give hints.  Still, it was a blast.

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It really cracked me up how we could say “look up,” and they’d still miss the rather obvious egg or toy.  I tried really hard to not overbuy this year, and did good for the most part.  They each got a stuffed animal, and some candy, which they’ve amusingly enough been sharing between them.

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I was so proud to see them happily sharing eggs, and pointing out to their brother or sister where their favorite color eggs were.  Really, you couldn’t ask for a much more precious thing to happen.

After the hunt we had lunch with my Mom and her fiancee, my brother and his wife, but no pictures of that.  We had the oh so not traditional Easter meal of fajitas.  Afterwards Princess fell asleep on the couch, but I’m still waiting to get that picture emailed to me, hint hint………

007 Oh, and a few days later the kids finally got to play with their confetti eggs, which Princess of course then dumped on herself.  She doesn’t quite have the idea down yet…..  Still, is that not an adorable picture?

Stay tuned, lots of bluebonnet pictures to come soon.

An Easter basket for you

I totally forgot to credit Cindy over at Little Did I know for giving this to me, so I’m editing this to add it.  Then I’ll mention that in the next post.  I’m so scatter brained.  I’m not usually super good about doing these, but this one is special.  For each one that is completed and linked up to their site Hershey’s is giving $10 to the Children’s Miracle Network, but it has to be done by tomorrow.

easterbasketAs an unrelated side note, doesn’t that basket look yummy?  I want it in my house.
So, here’s the rules:
This basket didn’t cost a thing but it’s worth 10.00 to the Children’s Miracle Network! Here’s how it works:
Hershey’s is partnering with bloggers to donate $5,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network! They are hosting a blog hop and for each blog entry, Hershey’s will donate $10 to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop Rules
1. Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
2. Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger — you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want!
3. Link back to the person who gave you an Easter Basket.
4. Let each person you are giving a Virtual Basket know you have given them a Basket.
5. Leave your link at Better Basket info in the comment section. You can also find the official rules of this betterbasket blog hop and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
6. Hershey’s is donating $10 per blog participating in the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to a total of $5000 by blog posts written by April 4, 2010).
7. Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.
Honestly, I haven’t been keeping track of who’s gotten this, so I’m just going to name a few, and if you haven’t gotten this already feel free to grab it.  The more the merrier:
1.  Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn
2.  Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns
3.  Orange Juice
4.  Tots and Me
5.  Refined Metals Academy
6.  Superheroes and Princesses
7.  Mama Jenn
Okay, that’s people I can think of offhand who haven’t received this yet, that I’m aware of.  Like I said, if you don’t have it yet, consider yourself given it.
Now, I better head off and try to get these comments in super fast.

Help, I need leprechaun ideas

So I want to give my kids some incentive as to why they want to try and capture the leprechauns in a few days.  So far our leprechauns haven’t done much, and I’m just drawing a blank right now beyond dying food.

Sigh, and I don’t even have a picture of the green pancakes like I thought I did.


So, HELP?  What can they do?

Quick tip for owies…..

Man, I thought I had a picture of this……001 And I was right.

You see that green spot on his chin?  That is my secret medicine for owies that aren’t real that can’t have bandaids put on them.  My kids feel satisfied because I did put something on it, but I’m not using yet another bandaid for an imaginary injury.

Are you ready for what it is?

Make-up concealer.  Someone told me once that this green stuff is supposed to hide those bags you get under your eyes, and I was in one of those phases where I believed I might actually wear make-up.  So I bought it.  And it’s sat in my drawer for cough cough essentially unused.

But now it has a new life as “green medicine,” my husband uses the anti-itch cream in our first aid kit.  So, if Jeff puts stuff on he puts on “white medicine.”  Don’t you love our descriptive names?

For more ideas head over to We Are That Family for Works for Me Wednesday and then head over to Kim at Mom Tried It where she hosts Try and Tell on Tuesdays.  And maybe next week I’ll put the banners in to go with this…….

And by the way Kim, I’m loving LiveWriter, thanks for suggesting it.

I could really use prayers right now

I’ve shared this with a few of you, but most of you don’t know that one of my best friends has cancer.  He’s been there for me through so many things, and he married my best friend, and I love him so much.

I am so scared right now.  He is at Stage 4 of the cancer, and is currently taking the last viable treatment for his form of cancer.  I know this is all in God’s will, and that He is ultimately in control, but they just got some bad news today, and she’s trying to figure out how to share it with him with all of the pain medication he’s on right now.

I don’t know how to talk about this with my kids.  How do I share what’s going on with them?  I can’t stop crying, and Batman keeps asking about what happens when people die and I don’t what to do.

So, what I’m saying is I could really use your prayers right now for wisdom, for strength, and for how best to help my friends.  I just don’t know what to do.

I’ll be back in a few days

So, I’ve been taking a couple of day break from blogging to make sure I have my priorities straight. I kind of feel like it’s become more important than it should be, and rather than my doing it because I enjoy it. I’m doing it because I want others to say you’re doing a good job or recognize how hard I work. That’s not a good motivation, and so I’m taking a few days away to get my head straight.

This is a good week to take a break, Friday is Princess’ birthday and the next day is her party. I have so much to do for it, it’s not even funny. So, I think this is God’s way of making me slow down and reprioritize.

I hope everyone has a good week.