Saturday, November 27, 2010

Haiku #117


He can't turn away
from the crazy Christmas house-
but really, who can?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rainy Day Fun

Cold weather is approaching (hard to believe - it was almost 75 today just 2 days before Thanksgiving!). I put together a "bin o' fun" for those chilly, rainy, snowy days ahead. I used an underbed storage container and a 25 pound bag of rice I bought at BJs for $10.99. Add an assortment of sand-type toys, animals, kitchen utensils - easy peasy.

For more color I put a few squirts of red, blue and green food coloring with a few tablespoons of water in small containers. We added rice to this colorful mixture, gave it a stir as it drank up the water and then put the grains back in the bin.


Eli might argue the best part of the rice bin is cleaning it up. He's good about keeping the mess to a minimum but inevitably there are a few runaways. Eli loves the vacuum...and does a very thorough job for a pipsqueak!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Haiku #116


Looking for the moon?
The view from Daddy's shoulders
is the best around.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Haiku #115


In the house or out
the baby loves a good swing
and a silly song

Friday, November 19, 2010

Haiku #114


He doesn't know this
but for each rock he tossed in
I whispered a wish

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sorting Fun

Recycled Crayons!

I had a bag of nubby, old crayons I've been wanting to recycle. Now that Eli is recognizing colors and interested in sorting I thought I'd take advantage and get cracking! Here's how we made our chunky crayons.

Step 1: Sort naked crayons by color. Break big bits into smaller bits--oh, so much fun!

Step 2: Spray a muffin tin with Pam. Fill with crayon bits.

Step 3: Bake at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Let cool. Fridge or freezer helps speed things up.

Step 5: Knock chunky crayons from the muffin tin. Admire. Use. Love.

Additional notes:

-Crayon wrappers are much easier to remove after soaking in water over night.

-The muffin tin I used is now designated as a "craft" item. Wax melted into tiny crevices in the muffin tin and I don't feel comfortable using it for baking again. While this wasn't my original plan muffin tins are great for distributing paint and for sorting small items like rocks, marbles and buttons.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Haiku #113


"No, no ham! No train!
No green eggs! No fox! No box!
No goat! No house! No!"

Eli reads "Green Eggs & Ham" aloud to himself. "No" comes so naturally to him.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Haiku #112


He can see a face
on the top of the cracker--
can you see it too?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Haiku #111


When they run away
to perform in the circus
will they send postcards?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Haiku #108


He doesn't look thrilled
to be the keeper of leaves
on our autumn walk

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Haiku #107


Rainy day playground
made of water, bowls and spoons--
fun for the dog too

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Haiku #106


"Look, Mama, I'm sad."
But I know he's just teasing--
this is his fake frown