Monday, June 27, 2011

Styrofoam Sculptures

I always have a few very quick and easy activites around for L when I just need a small block of time for dishes, laundry, cooking dinner, or just to rest my feet!

It started with a flower arrangement styrofoam block and some plastic toothpicks.

and after a trip to Target for some shelving, we aquired lots more styrofoam and the activity went from a 15 minute activity to an activity that he went back to off and on for days!

Once I showed him how to connect pieces together he was building towers and robots in no time!

He is super proud! This pic shows a big "whoa!" coming from him.

This was the start of his robot. It was amazing to watch his creativity.
He only asked me to help make the feet so his robot would stand up.

so the end result was this.

Our styrofoam is crumbled and broken to bits now, but it was such a fun activity while it lasted!

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Our Week in Pictures

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That Captures the Memories We Made
From Monday-Sunday

I've always wanted a pic like this and Brian knew it.
I didn't even ask and he pulled over at the tracks so I could get my photo

 I always keep an eye out for unexpected hearts. I found this one on a TP roll. I always send the pic to my hubby and say "I (whatever the object was) you!" This time it was "I TP Roll you!"

A visit to Joplin, MO a month after the F5 tornado totally destroyed a huge portion of the town.
I'd never seen anything like it in my life

My new arts and crafts area. It's not done yet (needs more creative touches and personalization), but better than it was before. I've had all my craft stuff in cardboard boxes for about a year.
 It's so great to have it all out and organized

My mom came over to make us dessert :)

The weeks linked activities

 L devloped hives from playing in Miracle Grow Potting Soil.
:( so sad.

L got over the hives pretty quickly thank goodness, but soon after developed a high fever, runny/stuffy nose and horrible cough. My husband has sinusitis and has been sick too. I've been feeling pretty good and thought I was gonna make it in the clear....until yesterday. It hit me like a truck! I currently have THE WORST SOAR THROAT i've ever had in my entire life, which has also led to earaches in both ears, my body aches, I can't breath, and I have a fever. Of course i'm also 33 weeks pregnant and that alone comes with all sorts of aches and pains. Ohhhhh woe is we! The whole family is sick!
Yesterday was a lazy day spent in bed with all of us watching movies and reading books to L, taking turns giving and taking medicine and taking care of eachother.  

My sweet husband made me some hot tea with honey and lemon.
Sadly it didn't help but the loving gesture warmed my heart (and fever chills)

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Pretend Play: Indoor Spiderweb and Bug Rescue

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The idea to make an indoor spiderweb came from a book I found at this week's visit to the library.

The web idea was fun enough, but I love to add the element of imaginitive play to anything we can so we also made spiders and bugs to hang on our web. Then we played BUG RESCUERS and saved the bugs (and Tinkerbelle) from the big bad spiders!

web supplies

our big bad spiders! 
I love L's spiders!

and our bugs to rescue!
Look at L's bug at the bottom. Do you see his sad face? Love it!

First, we hung our web 
I let L direct me where to put the lines. I told him that spider webs were very delicate and could break very easily so we had to be careful not to touch it, which led to all sorts of acrobatics! (At the time I was 32 week and this was no easy task!)

and then we hung our spiders and did lots of crawling around
 under the web so as not to wake them up, because if they did they would trap us in their web!
I left out the whole wrapping us up and sucking our blood part lol

Don't touch the web!

This part was so funny. He took it so seriously. He thought those spiders were real and did NOT want to wake them. 
Ohhhh the fun of imaginative play!

after a while we hung our bugs in the web too

and Tinkerbelle

I literally had to give him a good pep talk to muster the bravery to go rescue Tinkerbelle and her bug friends. He became the bug rescuer and off he went! In this picture he is literally pointing and yelling at the spider telling him that he better stay where he is and leave his friends alone!

This was my favorite part
 While he was rescuing his bugs, I shook the web for a little added dramatic effect and a spider fell (not my intention but such a funny outcome) which scared him and he scrambled back to me as fast as he could without touching the web and dodging the other spiders. Of course I died laughing! Then I reminded him that Tinkerbelle was still in the web and he couldn't leave her so he had to kill the spider! My brave little boy got his big robot and shot the spider to save the day! haha (for real, he took this so seriously)

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