Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shadow Box Snow People

I love these! I just was looking for something cute winter-ish to make and came across this tutorial:
http://childmadetutorials.blogspot.com/2010/11/snowman-family-diorama.html

I added some details and used different materials, but basically the same idea!

I've already made three of them.  I think I had way more fun decorating each snow person to look like the person I was representing, but that's the fun part!  I'll share the photo of the one I made of my family.  The others are gifts so I don't want to ruin the surprise!

From left to right: Madie, Me, Drew & Jack

Sorry for the crummy pictures... this a little better close up shot.  Can you tell I liked making hats/headbands/earmuffs!


Lots of fun!!!  The kids even made their own finger puppets using this idea.  I love mine :0)

My latest shadowbox...I'm LOVING decorating these little guys.
I even sewed the two red hats to add details and to make it gather.
FUN! FUN! FUN!



Friday, November 26, 2010

No More Tonsils for My Kids

Since this summer, Madie has had 6 cases of strep throat--4 of which have been since school started.  Every time her medicine stops...she gets it again.  So, the last time she had it, the doctor referred us to an ENT and suggested we get her tonsils out since medication didn't seem to be working.

When Jack was 2 and a half, he had his tonsils and adenoids removed--not for constant infections, more for space--his were huge, he needed to breathe...you get the picture.  He has other issues, but that about sums it up.

So, I knew how difficult the two weeks after the surgery would be.  It was going to be rough.  I thought it would be better than with a two year old...but, not so much.

Jack cried and only wanted to watch Little Bear.  It was really difficult, mostly because he didn't communicate as much so I didn't really know how to help him.  He refused popsicles and only ate a cupcake and some M&Ms during his two weeks.  Not so much fun.

Madie had her tonsils removed this past Monday and it has been rough.  It was supposed to be a 20 minute surgery with about a 2 hour recovery and then she could go home.  Unfortunately, she got pretty sick and kept vomiting all day long.  We didn't get out until 3:30 (not at all the 11:00 I was planning).  Mon-Tues-Wed &Thurs...the vomiting continued.  She ate nothing.  Refuses to take her medicine and every time she eats a popsicle...out it comes.  It has been pretty horrible.

Today (Friday) she woke up, wanted some popsicles...ate about 4 the first hour and has been able to keep it all down--all day long!  She still won't have anything not ice related and refuses to take her medicine, but now the vomiting has stopped.  She's coloring, she wanted to go to grandma's and get out of the house...progress.

She still hasn't talked either since her surgery...lots of charades and writing in a notepad.

Not really looking forward to day 8--that is forecasted as the worst day due to when the scabs start falling off (I know...pretty gross!)  But, for now, the progress is encouraging.

Feel better Madie Sunshine!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Making Crayons

So, we have been super crafty over here and I haven't taken one picture.  Until last night when I finally remembered to take a few pictures of Jack's recent obsession--recycling crayons.  He came home from school on Monday telling me all about how his teacher brought in these crayons that she had melted and made into new circled crayons.  He wanted to do it immediately.  Unfortunately for him, we had zero time. I held him off a couple of days and by Wednesday he had scavenged around and found enough crayons to peel and break into little pieces to make six "new" crayons.  I have him use a mini muffin pan and papers to put the crayons pieces in to melt.  I figured it would be way easier than trying to melt in a pot or pick out of a pan.

Jack sat like this for the entire 15 minutes watching them melt and take form.  It was awesome!


On Thursday, he proudly took the six homemade crayons in a plastic baggie to school.

On Thursday after school he explained the drama of him losing the crayons and how he and Madie searched all over for the crayons but they couldn't find them (because he had to take them out of his bag in the car).  He was hoping that they were in dad's car.

On Thursday night, one sad little boy searched his dad's car to be very disappointed when the crayons were still missing.  So, Jack (with Madie's help) searched for more old crayons (we have a million around this house, I swear!) and spent most of the evening picking off the papers and putting them in the muffin pan.  Jack wanted to make one for each of his classmates.  He's quite generous like that :0)



I had to finish them up at bedtime, but by morning all of the crayons were ready to take to school.  This time we put them in a container to take so he wouldn't lose the baggie.

Today, he classmates each took one home.  Jack was quite proud of himself.  He said that everyone got one--except for Kylee,  she got two (he gave her his, too)!  Such a sweetie!



How to make--peel paper off of the crayons, place in cupcake liners/pan.  I baked them at 250ยบ for about 15 minutes and then left them out to cool and harden.  Worked pretty well.