- Fairy gardens – Thanks again to Pinterest, I have WAY TOO MANY projects on my mind. Several fairy garden pins like this one, this one, and this one (and still several others on MFF’s “backyard fun” pinterest board) made my imagination run wild with possibilities. I need to make sure you know that I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB. My mom kept all green/gardening genes to herself! Still, I love gardens and truly appreciate beautiful landscaping. Combine the yard with a little fairy magic and I’M GAME. Here was our starting point: It was a good three hours into our magical adventure and the girls were still enthralled. Incredible what a little fresh air, a few plants, dirt, and no TV can do, right?
We went on a fishing expedition to Matheson Hammock and the kids (Gaby, Alex, Dani and Sofi) had a GREAT time!
We were lucky enough to be saved by a very-senior (80-ish) fishing expert at Walmart who lead us far from the cheapo cartoon character fishing rods and explained to us why the Shakespeare Fishing Kit for just under $17 was SO MUCH BETTER. We don’t know the difference between a rod and a net but he was very convincing… so off we went with 2 new fishing kits.
When we finally arrived at the park, Tio Andy and Tia Leslie were waiting for us and ready to get some fishing going. It took us a good 30 minutes to figure out how to “thread” the nylon through the rod and tie some sort of fishy looking thingys onto them. NOW we were ready for that hundred-pounder!
Although the day ended with no big fish hanging upside down photo, we had plenty of shells, rocks, earth worms, puddle splashing and good ol’ laughing fun. Here are a few pictures to prove it!
Fun day in Miami!
- Paint canvas bags for library books – inspired by this pin (blogged by Kari at Ucreate) I had the girls paint their own bags. I found the perfect bags at Walmart (3 per pack. Not too big, not too small), fabric markers, and a print out with the Dr. Seuss’ saying plus a couple of book character images for inspiration.Together with one of Gaby’s best friend Isa, we had a lovely time and we even used the bags the very next day!
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I just read about a site that has many tips on how to teach your child to be safe. Safely Ever After, Inc. teaches us what to tell kids about stranger safety. You will find tips (i.e. Remind your kids that “safe” grownups don’t ask kids for help) and child predator red flags (i.e. Someone who insists on hugging, touching, kissing, tickling, wrestling with or holding a child even when the child does not want this physical contact or attention). You can also find information on internet safety and cyberbullying for both parents and kids. It’s worth a read in order to keep our children out of danger’s way!
This year I was inspired by this pin with a “welcome to summer” banner. I confess! I had the “buy craft paper” on my to do list for over a week and failed miserably. So… with a procrastinators high, just 2 hours before last day of school release, I frantically ran through walmart looking for this fantastic glass chalk (in the car stuff section) and bought it in the then available yellow, blue and red (my girls and I would have preferred hot pink, teal and orange!).
I was the very first mom/car in the carport pickup line and had just enough time to paint the car. The next two moms/cars in line asked to borrow the paint and it was PERFECT! We looked like a very bright summer caravan and the kids LOVED it! Continue reading