Busy Hands Project :: Foam Blocks & Contact Paper

I often feel the need to encourage the four extra little hands in the kitchen to find other projects to do, other than "help" me make a mess (I'm quite successful at that on my own). So whenever I spot a quick and easy project to keep their little fingers busy when I need them out of my path, I make sure I save it for future use!  This was one of many that kept the kids busy for about an hour.  That gave me PLENTY of time to make dinner and clean up all while they had fun, AND I didn't trip on them in the process!

Busy Hands Project :: Foam Blocks & Contact Paper

Supplies Needed ::
Foam blocks (we use these)
Contact Paper (I picked some up at the dollar store!)
Painters Tape

Directions ::
1. Choose a surface to play.  You could use a table, floor, window or wall.  We used a window in the dining room for two reasons. Daddy was going to be home soon, so they could watch for him to pull in the driveway while they played, and because we thought it would be fun to have it hanging up (great fine motor skills, BTW!).
2. Cut the contact paper to size and peel off the backing.
3. Tape, sticky side UP, to surface.  I used packing tape because it was going on a window.  DO NOT use  packing tape if you choose to put it on the wall! You'll ruin your walls!!! Use the blue painters tape!
4. Let the fun begin.  Dump all of your blocks in a big bucket, or work right from the container they came in.

We just did free play this time...in the future though I'll be using this for more of a learning activity, giving them directions on what to build by suggesting colors and shapes to use, or designs to build.

Have fun!

Our New Adventure Begins

It really is hard for me to believe that it's been three years since I've composed an entry here! 
I'm so excited to be back to writing and sharing again though, and we have so much to catch up on...Grab a cup of tea and join me!

Looking back through my archives the kiddos look so tiny! They are FOUR now!! You'll no doubt be seeing many more updated photos of them, if you're not already watching them grow up on Facebook

We are going to be spending more time developing our little homestead now, as I think I've finally figured out where to focus my attention at this time in my life.  This is a huge relief and I have felt so comfortable and at peace with my decision over the last few weeks.  (more about what's going to be happening to come soon!)

In the meantime, if you so choose to follow along in our adventures...be prepared to learn and grow with us as we discover more of the great outdoors, learn to raise our chickens, become worm farmers, and till up a good portion of our yard into a summer garden!

Here's to learning and growing and following God's plan for our life.

2012 :: Thinking of Spring

the kiddos are moving more and more...seems like every day they get a little quicker, and more confident in themselves.
they are both climbing all over things and getting themselves where they want to go. i find my self creating "road blocks" for them in new places all the time! no baby gates, yet. pillows and furniture are working well right now, but i have a feeling that won't hold them back much longer!
davis cut his seventh tooth this week! i think number eight is close, too. this one was easy for him, no symptoms at all. in fact, i didn't even know he had it until D noticed last night after his bath!

in other news :: I've been reading up more about chickens. we are hoping to start raising them this year. I still have lots of research to do though...i don't have a clue where to start!
I'm planning a garden this year! So excited about this. It's going to be pretty small this year, we aren't really sure where we want to put it, so this year I'm going to try straw bale gardening. I've been reading up on this as well. Seems like a good option for us, I hope it works as well as what i've read.
I've been very busy making skirts for PSG, and having so much fun with it. I made a few aprons recently too, and added those to the shop.
I'm ready for spring. This winter has been rainy, and gloomy. And, it is just too windy and cold to have the kiddos outside much. Bummer.

Tuesday :: On my kitchen counter.

On my kitchen counter today ::

**4 mason jars, one containing sprouts that will be ready tomorrow! one containing sprouts that i started this morning, one growing onions (or hopefully, it's an experiment!), one with my sour dough starter (just started this morning..also an experiment!)
**dishes...clean, but waiting to be dried
**ingredients thawing for dinner. sweet potatoes and black beans. my friend Donna is coming to have dinner with us tonight!
**a big bowl of oranges, lemons and limes
** a bowl full of compost that the kids and I are going to take out before our walk this morning.
**teapot with a little left over chai green tea from 5:00am this morning
**yogurt in the yogurt maker.

Week One :: 2012

What a week!
January 1st Davis decided to stand up on his own in his crib, and crawl! Both on the same day!
Now, the 9th....he's moving even more! It's so cute to watch his little bum move across the floor too! Hehe!
Lydia is getting up on her knees a lot more, and she is SO strong! Her little legs never stop moving. When she learns how to balance...WATCH OUT! She's going to be running, not walking! I kinda think she is just going to skip crawling...it's going to be fun to see what happens!
Dustin was in Alabama most of this first week (so sad he can't be here). But, we've had lots of company!
Grandma and Grandpa Halleck came to see us on Thursday for the afternoon. Grandpa had made the twins toy boxes for Christmas, and they are perfect! I've stacked one on top of the other for now, and i'm using the bottom one for their books. We love them! Thanks, Grandpa!
And thank you both so much for your visit. It was so nice to have you here to share our day.
My mom and dad (MiMi & PaPa) came Friday afternoon thru Sunday afternoon. It was just WONDERFUL! So fun to have them here to watch the kids grow and learn, and keep me company too!
They also brought the trailer down with them, loaded up with a couch, loveseat, and a few other things we've been storing. Our living room filled up fast...but, I love having the furniture in here!
Makes the place much more cozy. Thank you D&R!

Kids are eating just about everything now...and loving it. They aren't picky about anything, but do have favorites! Bread, of course...and cheese. Oh, and the VERY favorite....Dates. YUM! They would gobble up bunches of them if I'd let them!
It's fun being able to eat the sames things now.



my hope is to blog again....

I haven't made time to write.
But, 2012 is a new year, and I hope to make more time for writing.
And, keeping you updated on what's happening here.

A lot is going on, and I have lots of plans for this coming year, I can't wait to share!

For now, I leave you with this:

(little guy figured out how to stand in his crib the morning of 1.1.12)

with so much more to come!


lots happening at five months

little miss Lydia cut her first tooth on Friday! and her second tooth on Sunday night!
Davis cut his first tooth on Saturday night (thank you Grandpa and Nanny for being here for that!)
both of my munchkins are smiling so much, and playing with each other! they are holding themselves up really well when on their tummies too
they are both reaching and grabbing for everything, including their bottles. Davis is practically feeding himself now, crazy kid.
They are enjoying a little oatmeal, applesauce, and bananas for breakfast. And, they've tried and love Papa's garden squash, along with green beans, peas and sweet potatoes for lunch/supper!
Davis doesn't care much for peas or green beans, unless you mix it with a little squash!
Lydia loves it all.

We're having lots of fun going for walks too. The weather has been pretty nice lately.

These kiddos sure are growing!

Love, Hannah