My Family, The Main People (or Victims) I Knit For

Saturday, June 22, 2013

SUMMER FUN DAY 4, 5, & 6

Big Daddy took a few random days off to spend with the kids. This sort of changed our summer fun days plans but in a good way. We were able to get some things done around the house that winter wouldn't let us complete.

Day 4: Strawberry Jam
We made strawberry jam from fresh strawberries. They became bored during the cooking process but loved tasting it later. This was our first time making jam. It was EASY!! You just cut up the berries, throw them into a pot with some sugar and lemon juice, and cook until it turns into jam. You will need to stir it a lot and skim the foam stuff off the top. Super easy but sort of boring to the kids.
 You can still see the strawberries in this photo.
It is almost ready!!
Day 5:  Errands 
We ran errands. Very exciting. :-) The kids were happy to find some deals at the stores we shopped. We did find this neat farmer's stand near our home that fits how we are trying to eat. 

Day 6: Flag Day
We hit a few yard sales, made flags and went to the ribbon cutting ceremony for Creative Banners & Flags.  They even gave the kids a nice flag for coming. Ella was thrilled to meet Zombie Dogz. My daughter is into anything to do with ZOMBIES, food, and animals, esp. dogs. This was right up her alley. My son enjoyed the weird names they have for their hot dogs. Here is their menu. Check out the names and the toppings. The kids and I had a Calling  In Dead, and my husband had a Juan of the Dead. I completely forgot to take a photo of the hot dogs. They were huge and yummy! Here is a photo of the kids by their truck.

The USA Flag on the left was given to the kids.
My husband bought the Union Jack for my shelf.

 Ella's flag for her room.

Alex's flag for his room.

Friday, June 21, 2013

SUMMER FUN DAY 1, 2, & 3

Today kicked off our 77 days of summer fun! The kids are on break for roughly 77 days. I would love to do something special or a little different for each one of those days. Hopefully I will update the blog nightly so you can try some of the ideas as well! Please share any ideas that you may have!!

Day 1:  Vases
 Alex's, Daddy's, Ella's

It was Daddy's day off. The kids wanted to do the summer fun craft with Daddy. They used the eraser end of a pencil to make acrylic paint dots on vases from the Dollar Store. Once you are finished with your masterpiece, place it in a cool oven, preheat to 350, and  turn off the oven after 30 minutes. Leave the vases in the oven until they are cool. 

Day 2: Giant Cookie Day. 

I asked the kids for a few ideas for the Summer Fun List 2013. My son wanted to have a GIANT Cookie Day. I asked him why and he replied "Why not?" So, why not have a giant cookie day! :-) 

We ran errands, hit the library, and watched a movie called, Parental Guidance. It was a cute family movie.

Day 3: Homemade Butter

We made butter. It was not as fun as one would think. We put heavy cream in a clear jar and shook it for 20-25 minutes. It tasted great. We added cinnamon to the second batch. It was very yummy but I knocked down the drain. Bummer.

For my crafting friends: I finished the July 4th Blanket. Here is a shot of the edging.
As always, happy crafting!