ZERO. That is the amount of floor space I feel we currently have and it is grossing me right out! My boys both have winter birthdays and then with Christmas right after it is crazy how much new fun stuff we acquire. I appreciate all the gifts they received but that on top of everything we already have is overwhelming.
ZERO. The tolerance I have for stepping on toys. This year I had a plan well before winter even rolled around. I have planned a toy drive for our local Boys and Girls club, in fact it is our second annual.
PACK IT UP KIDDO! Bug has known for months that he would need to choose toys to donate to the club and I have reminded him often. He knows he loves going to birthdays (including his own monster truck party this year) at the club and he sees items he donated last year being played with. He was really good this year about the whole process. We picked up a couple of boxes from the liquor store and went home and began to fill them up. He told me he liked that he could ‘visit these toys again’ when we are at the club.
FUN. The toy drive is also a winter play date for all the kids and a chance for all us mamas and daddies to socialize. I rented the facility and divided the cost per child, which will be under $10.00 each. The kids will get a hotdog lunch and a Boys and Girls club coordinator will run them around in the gym. We are all bringing appies to snack on as well.
WIN WIN. I get to move two big boxes of toys out of my house. I get to run my kids around on a cold winter day. I get to eat yummy food. I get to talk to adults. I get the satisfaction of knowing that we together helped contribute to our community! YEAH!
I will post photos of the event. Do you have a fun way to purge post Christmas? Would you host a play date with a purpose like this?
|A friend made this awesome cake. Bug’s name
was done in red rope lettering (but of course
due to my children’s privacy it has been fuzzed out)
Bug loves monster trucks and it was a no-brainer to throw him a monster truck themed 5th birthday party. His favourite truck is Northern Nightmare, a Canadian truck driven by a local man that Bug has met and idolizes. I used the same red and black of the truck for my colour scheme. We celebrated at the Boys and Girls Club, they have a fun space in a converted elementary school. They provide a party person who runs the kids around in the gym and helps out. The only downside is they only allow you to arrive up to 15 minutes before party time to decorate so I had to have everything well planned out before hand. I scoured Pintrest for months pinning lots of great ideas for Monster Truck parties and here is what we came up with……
Looking for a handmade gift from your child to a grandparent, caregiver or teacher. How about hand painting tea towels? It is so easy to do and it is a fun activity when stuck inside on a snowy day. You don’t even have to give them away – why not make a set for yourselves. Different colours changes this from a Christmas craft to a spring or summer craft/gift.
I should note my son found this craft in his last issue of Highlight magazine and wanted to know if it was something he could try. It was really easy – even Smashie did a few before I deemed him to messy!
Just a picture of the world’s cutest veggie platter! My friend Genevieve has been honing her mommy skills and blew me away with this veggie-viper. I was amazed as she is soooooooooooooo (yes that many o’s are needed) NOT crafty.
She made this super easy to make vegetable plate to take it to the next level. The nice part-it really takes no special skills or extra time and it looks awesome!
Really the picture shows it all but just a few quick how-tos –
The snake is sliced cucumber with small pieces of red pepper for eyes and a thin slice of carrot for a tongue. They are held in place with tooth picks, so you will want to make sure no little ones want to eat the head—why do they always go for the weirdest part? Add rest of veggies around snake.
See I told you it was easy peasy! It would still be cheaper than a store bought veggie tray plus it would be fresher. Be a super mom at your next party. I will be bringing this this to pre-school next time Mrs. B asks for a snack mom on a special day!
(PS I have witnessed Genevieve ‘craft’ in the past and we have been friends for 15 years so I can say these things and she will know I still love her)
From the moment our Elf on the Shelf ‘arrived’ outside our door (mailed from the North Pole, natch) on December 1st Bug has been smitten with him. He sat and listened carefully to the story and was captivated. He was stumped as to what to name him. He came up with Foxy, also the name of his beloved stuffed fox. We talked about how the name had to special just to the little elf but he could not move beyond naming him Foxy. I prompted him that it could be a silly made up name.
Mistake # 1 “You could give him a name that sounds a bit like Foxy. How about Moxie, Roxy or Loxy? Or maybe something that starts with the letter F. You know an F word. Like Fizzle.”
Bug considered this very carefully,”ffffffff, fffffffff, F*cka! I want to name him F*cka.”
Crap. Mistake #2 Nearly spitting a mouthful of water on the mirror and then in an effort to not, nearly choking on it. Oh that got Bugs attention. He thinks he’s onto the best name ever.
The Save “Well that could be an interesting name but lets think of a few then choose one. How about thinking of things you like to play with. Like your cars or monster trucks. How about Wheelie or Monster or Jam or Jammer?”
So Jammer it was. Really, at that point I would have taken anything over choice #1. When Hubby asked why I didn’t help my son come up with something more creative or at least Christmas-y I replied, “Did you want to wake up to your son every morning looking for ‘F*cka’ the Christmas elf?”
But as his time with us winds down I will miss little Jammer. And I know my son will be a little lost without his morning ritual of racing around the main floor looking for his buddy, Jammer.
I found this easy-peasy recipe on Pillsbury last year and my son brought it to preschool for a Hallowe’en treat. It was super easy, I made it the morning of. I got compliments galore for it from all the other mamas, they must have thought I put a lot of effort into it!
NOTE this only makes 8 owls per batch!!
|Some of the finished owls.|
|Mateys waiting for a Sweet Owl Treat!|
|Booth set up for the market|
I try to bring the boys to the Fall Harvest Fair at a local nut farm/heritage site every year. This year was a bit rainy and a bit cooler but no less fun!
I met Genevieve (she has done a few reviews right here) and her boys there and we visited all the booths, played on the playground, threw rocks into the lake and ate lunch. We were just finishing lunch, which consisted of more bargaining and threatening the boys than actual eating, when Correne arrived. She has lived through life in the trenches and survived. She has three grown, amazing children. She is a beacon of calm and sanity. Literally, when she arrived the only sunbeam of the day shone down on us, like she was our saviour. She was so helpful and although I know we could have done it I know Genevieve and I would have been much worse for wear.
Here a few pictures of our day
|The historic nut farm is gorgeous. We come here spring-fall to run and explore.|
|We were first to arrive and it waiting is hard to do.|
|Watch apples being pressed, the boys loved watching and sampling. Spice apple cider was just one of the many things that we came home with!|
|Smashie was a big helper, he carried the bucket and was able to find quite a few nuts all on his own.|
|Bug informed us that ‘Daddy says you have to roll the nuts under your foot to get them out of the prickles’. I am always amazed at how much info kids retain. It worked perfect-thanks hubs! Miss Correne rolled nuts (can’t wait to see if that shows up in a Google search) and kept the boys busy.|
|Miss Correne had all the boys eating (literally) out of her hand. They just adore her!|
I can’t thank Correne enough, she herded and chased after boys, rolled and cracked open nuts, and she explained there are indeed rules to dog piling. She made my job easier, especially in the rows of trees where it is easy to ‘misplace’ a kid or two! So a big thanks! Hope you had fun!
|Pretty excited to be in charge!|
|Spreading out the sauce|
|Not yet 2 and already being worked to the bone|
|I had to step in and help with the placement of meat. Once Bug figured out the pattern he was good to go. Smashie threw his on in piles and ate a substantial amount.|
|Look at all the ‘crispy cheese’ in between, for once Bug and I didn’t have to fight over it!|
|Ready for hubby when he got home|
|For the boys!|