June 30, 2008
June 29, 2008
then i found these eric carle cute blocks and thought--
June 27, 2008
This activity is probably best done outside in the middle of an abandoned field, or better yet, on a huge lawn.
Carefully open the bottle of soda. Position the bottle on the ground so that it will not tip over.
Unwrap the whole roll of Mentos. The goal is to drop all of the Mentos into the bottle of soda at the same time (which is trickier than it looks). One method for doing this is to roll a piece of paper into a tube just big enough to hold the loose Mentos. You'll want to be able to position the tube directly over the mouth of the bottle so that all of the candies drop into the bottle at the same time.
Don't drop them into the bottle just yet! Warn the spectators to stand back. Okay, you're going to drop all of the Mentos into the bottle at the same time and then get truckin' (move out of the way... so long... bye- bye... hasta la vista!)
It's just like fireworks on the 4th of July. The spectators erupt, of course, in a chorus of ooohs and ahhhs. Someone yells out, "Do it again" and you do.
How does it work? you'll have to ask Steve Spangler... i just know it looks like a mess of a great time... my boys are going to die when i show them this... yeah- this is how i win mother of the year... :) (after they tell me i'm the worst mom in the world for making them READ instead of play Gameboy all day)
my friend sent me this link... http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/... it's a REALLY fun site for cool science projects.
Here is a recipe for the best bubbles ever, we are seriously going to have some bubble fun next week... they have a video where they show kids playing with a baby pool full of bubbles... it looks like hours of fun... i tried to copy it onto this blog but couldn't figure it out... you should really try to watch it-- so FUN!! oh-- and a bubble tip- steve says the best bubbles are made the night before...
1 cup distilled water
2 Tb. Dawn
1 Tb. Glycerin
isn't this adorable... I really want to make 4 before our trip out west... here is a great tutorial for the over-the-head-rest-car-trashbag... or, you could just throw all your trash on the floor like some people i know (thanks corrie for teaching me how to link words... very fun!)
June 26, 2008
I am grateful for my sweet mother-in-law. She is a saintly woman and someone who I hope I can be like one day. (Although, when I sigh at another load of dishes and catch a glimpse of my scruffy nail-bitten hands I know I have far to go...)
drew is one tooth less...
jakob told drew that the tooth fairy was not real, but luckily drew saw her as he was drifting off to sleep, so he has proof to rebuff his older brother's doubt. he says she was smaller than a hand and flew, but didn't have real wings... the important thing-- she brings good money!!
After a trip to wal-mart to buy the softest cotton sheet I could find, I had so much fun making my girls these old-fashioned pajamas.
Anyway, here are the pjs i made (while listening to my Georgette Heyer book on tape)... It's from this Peasant Tops pattern that I down-loaded from youcanmakethis.com
June 22, 2008
Vampires are mythological beings which live forever by drinking the blood of the living. Stories of creatures of this kind are known all over the world. Most of these myths in Western culture originate from Eastern European folklore.
June 21, 2008
My testimony is about when my family finished reading the Book of Mormon. My mom said to go in my room and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true.
I went in my room and started to pray. When everyone was done praying we shared our testimonies and talked about how we felt.
I said that when I prayed I felt that Heavenly Father loved me. I also felt that the Book of Mormon was true. I felt that the Church was true and I knew that Joseph Smith was a real prophet.
I learned that if you pray hard and you have a lot of faith in Jesus Christ you can feel the same thing I felt.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.
June 20, 2008
have fun and let your kids make a big mess for me!!
June 19, 2008
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June 15, 2008
This is my sweet husband- a true boyscout. We have been married for 11 years and I'm more in love with him each and everyday. Todd is the most diligent and patient person I know. He is a great dad, and a better husband. If my kids grow up to be just like their dad, I will feel completely successful as a mother.
When we sat down for dinner Ellie said, "I have the best father in the whole world." (I guess this is to make up for the fact that she sang a song in sacrament with altered words, "I'm so glad when daddy comes home, glad as I can be, I shout boohoo and run away, and hope he doesn't see.") On another occasion she was telling Drew that she was sure Todd could fix the cabinet she had broken... she said, "Drew, my dad's very strong. He's my hero."
Yes, Todd is a great man. He is a boyscout, like his father and grandfathers before him... I hope my sons follow in his grand footsteps.
I like cinnamon rolls with caramel nut topping, not frosting. I looked and looked for the recipe. This is the one I love most!!
1/2 cup sugar 6 cups unsifted all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp salt 2 packages active dry yeast 1 cup milk 2/3 cup water 1/4 cup butter 2 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup melted butter (approx) 1/2 cup brown sugar (i always use more) 1/3 tsp cinnamon (approx) 1/4 cup white sugar (approx) 1/4 cup oil (approx)
Spray 2 round pie plates or square brownie dishes with Pam vegetable cooking spray.
Mix 5 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Heat to lukewarm the milk, water and 1/4 cup butter, and mix them into the flour mixture. Add eggs, working them into a dough with your hands (or use the dough hook of and electric mixer). Slowly add last cup of flour. Turn onto a board and knead for 10 minutes.
Allow dough to rise in a greased bowl for 20 to 30 minutes. Punch down on a lightly-floured board and roll into a rectangle.
Melt the remaining butter. Using a little more than half of the melted butter, cover the bottoms of the 2 pie pans. Pour the rest of the butter over the dough rectangle, spreading to cover. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter in pans and over the dough rectangle. Combine cinnamon and white sugar and sprinkle over the dough, roll it up, and slice into 18 one inch buns (remember, they rise).
Place 9 buns in each pan and brush tops with oil. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 to 24 hours or let rise covered on the counter for about an hour. Preheat oven to 375. If refrigerated, allow buns to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake 25 minutes or until done.
June 14, 2008
thimble blossom quilts are always fun and refreshing... this would be SO FUN and QUICK to make... mmm... i am so excited...
June 13, 2008
Ruffly Capri's- Take TWO
OK, i cut and re-sewed the ruffle, but i think i sewed the ruffle to one leg and one waist band...
it was late, but i really had to look at this mess for 20 minutes before i could even figure out which way was up...
i finished something that did resemble capri's about midnight... (if you zoom in you can see my ruffle mess, but it's not TOO noticable...)
now for the final test--- do they look like PJ's? are they too scratchy? are they ruffly pants?...
despite the face (which was because of the messy buns not the clothes) anna is happy about her new outfit...
it was worth it... maybe...
June 12, 2008
just a little crazy after 4 days of playing while moms sew...
see those ruffles... no pulling bobbin threads... i'm gathering the blue and attaching it to the pink all in one step... don't you just want to make some pillows??
Here are some of the clothes that we made... it was sew fun! Grey and I still have a few clothing projects up our sleeve. The ruffler is amazing!! It seriously cut our sewing time by more than half... we can make a cute skirt in about a half hour or less now. Anyone who visited us the last few days would have laughed. We had 10 kids between us (8 under the age of 9), plus neighbors. We had music lessons and mutual and drives into town for elastic and we even managed to make a homemade pizza dinner for a new mom in our ward (with the help of Grey's teenage daughter)... crazy, crazy fun days of summer.
(My favorite is the last picture- Anna letting me know that the arms of her dress are too itchy...)