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Little Artists

It was a little too hot to ride bikes today, so we opted for painting in the shade.

(I love that Anne painted this painting of the paint set)

I kind of always dread the painting projects–it’s so messy.  But when you’re painting outside, it’s a whole different story.  Let the drips go, and the creativity flow!  (Then just hose down the table and everything else when it’s clean up time!).  I love outside. ;)

Anne made illustrations of Investigator Anne and the catching of a wanted bandit.  (I’m still working on my book too–oh, actually, you can see my pink binder of notes and sketches way back there on the table.  Yes, I took a break too and was sketching some fun ideas while my little artists were at work.)

Anne’s illustrations–I LOVE her artwork! It’s so bright and colorful.

Mary seemed to love drawing robots and princesses today.

I love her colors and cute shapes.

And here are some of the princesses…

This one is me–didn’t she do a good job!  It looks just like me!

Eliza is in her impressionist stage.  She’s a paint dabber and uses bits of of color and small brush strokes (and sometimes fingers) to create her work.

From left to right, here is Mary’s art called Robot, and two of Eliza’s works, Purple Experiment and Orange Thing

And here are a few more of today’s masterpieces…

When some of the pictures started blowing off the table, we tied a jumprope to the railing and used clothes pins to hang up the artwork to dry.

I love it when my kids use their creativity.  It’s worth all the mess–and it was so fun to paint outside.

Here’s some Angel Street “Little Artist” wall decals that I designed for the little Rembrandts in our lives.  Click HERE or click on the picture to see more.

The Birthday Box

Once in a while I like to rearrange the furniture just to make things sort of new and different.  It’s kinda fun.  I do the same thing with the kids’ toys.  If I rotate the toys among the shelves or move them to different rooms, it seems like the toys suddenly get some renewed attention and become exciting and fun to the kids again.

So that’s what I did today, I moved the toy kitchen stuff upstairs and suddenly everyone thought it was the greatest thing in the world all over again.  By the time I moved the last thing up, Mary had already set out a table for herself, Eliza, Mini Mouse and Baby Doll.

They pulled out the ‘Birthday Box’ that I made for Mary for Christmas last year.  They haven’t played with it for a long time, so it made me happy that it was suddenly so fun again.

Kids love birthdays, so why not celebrate birthdays more often?  With as many dolls and stuffed animals we have around here, we could have a party everyday!  The Birthday Box was made just for that reason.

When I was putting this together I bought some plain brown boxes from a craft store, then painted them to make the cake box and the little present boxes.  I bought the bright birthday-themed fabric to make the table cloth, napkins, and little doll dresses (those are sometimes the gifts that go inside the boxes, or sometimes the dolls wear them to the party).  There’s also princess party crowns, plastic plates, and a plastic cake knife in the box…

…Oh, and these cute  tiny stuffed animals are also a part of the birthday box (occasionally used as the gifts inside the present boxes).

Here’s Eliza and her Baby Doll opening her presents…

Time for birthday cake! –this was a fun little project in itself.  I tried to find a cute cake, but didn’t like the ones that came in the stores,  so I made this one out of pink and cream felt, with white felt frosting edges.  The ‘sprinkles’ are white and pink beads sewn to the top.  The candles are also made of felt and stuck to the cake with velcro circles  (there are actually four candles, but apparently Baby Doll turned one today).

The best part of the cake…blowing out the candles.

Serving up the cake.

BTW–I had no idea how to make a felt cake, but you can find most anything online.  Look up “felt food” and you will be amazed at what you find!

So Happy Birthday Mini Mouse and Baby Doll!

And girls, keep finding all those little things to celebrate every day!  It makes life so fun.

Investigator Anne

Introducing our mystery-solving adventurer…Investigator Anne!

I don’t even know when she first became our Investigator–she’s just always loved solving problems and figuring things out.  If there’s ever a mystery to be solved around here, I know who to go to–the one and only, Investigator Anne!

For example, the other night we had a “Missing Sippie Cup Mystery.”  (Everyone has a drink by their bed at night, and when they crawled into bed that particular night, the drinks were mysteriously gone!)  I heard Anne call out, “Mom, the drinks are gone, and Eliza looks suspicious…I think I better investigate!”

So out came the “Kit”–the Investigator Kit.

Looking for clues…

Searching high and low…

CLUES:  (1) Eliza running into her room with her hand behind her back.  (2) Eliza closing the door fast.  (3)  Water on Eliza’s face…

This mystery wasn’t too hard for Investigator Anne to figure out.  Yep, she found three waters on Eliza’s night stand.

And when the culprit was confronted…well…

She played cute and innocent…

But was confirmed to be the presumed “Sippie Cup Snatcher.”

“But I like 3 waters Mom…” is all she could say.  Sorry ‘Liza, just one tonight, but I’ll give you lots of kisses just for being so cute.  Funny girl.

Okay, the Case of the Missing Sippie Cups is solved!  Good work Investigator Anne!

The Investigator Anne Kit

Our mystery solver has been solving mysteries for as long as I can remember.  Last Christmas I thought it would be fun to create her own kit for her.  I designed her logo and put this bag together.  I actually found the satchel online, but it was way too big, and I had to cut it down and re-sew parts of it to make it the way I wanted.

Inside holds the very important clue-finding, mystery solving tools:

The Clue Book, magnifying glass, mini maglight, pen and pencil, a compass, a camera, and Mr. Everything’s old Pocket PC (which we filled with hundreds of photos of animals, animal tracks, maps, pictures of leave varieties, and things like that.  She also uses the Pocket PC to write down little bits of information or clues as well as her clue book).

This pic shows the compass and smaller logo under the front flap.  The little keys are for her other journal.

She also has a nifty Science Experiment Book.

Sometimes Anne’s mysteries have been scientific, like when she read about capillary action in her Science Experiment Book. She and her sisters had me buy carnations and then tried the experiment for themselves.  Here is Anne’s Clue Book log of capillary action predictions and discoveries.  She even took the photo with her camera and glued it in the Clue Book.

And below is her account of when I was missing a shoe…

One day last Fall, we had a “Case of the Missing White Ballet Slipper.” (That is also another story that I’ll get to at another time–about Mary Tutu.”)

Here, Investigator Anne wore the investigating cape.

Need the Clue Book…

The Ballet slipper was a tough mystery, but was later found deep in the extra closet beneath all the dressup clothes (not in the ballet bag where they are supposed to be).

Oh, and here she is on another case, looking for bunny tracks…

Sometimes she asks me if I have any mysteries that need to be solved.  Sometimes I do, and sometimes the biggest mystery is what might be under the couch.  So she investigates…

The mini maglight is very useful for this kind of case.

She sometimes has to get extra tools.  Here she uses a long-handled spoon for reaching.

There it is!!! Wow! That little ball belongs to another toy and we’ve been looking for it for months!  Way to go Investigator Anne!

Along with being a mystery-solver herself, Anne also loves mystery-solving books.  Right now, her favorite series include Magic Tree House, Cam Jansen, Flat Stanley, and A-Z Mysteries.  She pretty much devours them, and now is reading almost two a day!

She’s read an amazing number of books this year and won two books from the school librarian for her accomplishment!  Way to go Anne!

Well, if any of you know me well, you might guess I’ve got a book in the making…

With Anne’s love of books and her investigating skills, I just have to write her a chapter book…working on it.

Anne knows this, and for “Dress as your favorite storybook character Day” last year, she dressed up as, well, Investigator Anne!  Storybook characters in the making count, right?  Yes, I think so.

How to Play Football

About 2 weeks ago, my nephew came over to play for the afternoon.  He marched through the door and straight in to the kitchen.  He pounded a football down on the counter, turned around and said to me, “I brought this [football], ’cause I don’t think your girls know what it is–and they have to learn this stuff, ’cause you’re gonna have a boy soon.”

So Tyler taught us girls how to play football…

Now that I’m a well-trained Football expert, I thought I’d better design some t-shirts for the little football fans in our lives.   Click on the images to see more.

Geo Cache?

Finding Treasures–

I took the kids on a walk, and they decided to make it an adventure.  They called this place the “Savanna” and we were exploring, looking for interesting objects and treasures (mostly leaves, twigs, grass, rocks, etc) .

We wandered along looking at every rock, every twig, every everything, and collecting the “treasures” in grocery sacks.

I had to really remember to be patient—it seems like when I’m on a trail and have my walking shoes on, I’m in automatic “fast walk mode…” 

…but when you’re on the “Savanna” looking for “treasures” with the kids, you have to switch to “slowdown and look at everything mode.”

After a while of walking and wandering and collecting quite an assortment of rocks, Mary’s plastic bag broke and so did her heart.  Tears were streaming. (That’s what I get for using that yucky plastic…Note to self: take canvas shopping bags when treasure hunting).

So we took pictures of their favorite finds and put the bursting bags in the bottom of the stroller.

An amazing twig…

A very cool rock…

A beautiful pebble…

After the bag burst, that was about the last of the adventure until…

We ran into some interesting people!  We saw them walking on the trail, about to pass us, then suddenly they looked at these electronic things around their necks, and darted off into the grass.  Weird…It was so curious that we kind of had to stop and try to inconspicuously figure out what they were doing.

One of the girls suddenly called out “here it is!” and she picked up a rubbermaid box.  [What in the world?]

Forget the inconspicuous!–I couldn’t help it and asked what they were doing.

Turns out they were treasure hunting too!  They are called Geo Cachers…

“The hobby is called Geo Caching,” they said.  Then they explained the whole thing.  There’s a website you can go to, www.geocaching.com, and find locations in your area.

You use a GPS to find each location.  You find the box (be sure it’s an official Geocache box)…

…add your name to the tally, then you can choose something out of the box, and replace it with another item.  You carry a notebook with you too.  If there is a stamp in the box, you stamp your notebook.

This one had stamps, poker chips, little funny leprechaun toys, and bouncy balls.

So how about that?  The kids actually found a real treasure…

–well sort of.

Since we didn’t have any goods to put in the box (besides rocks and twigs), the Geo Cachers gave the kids some of their treasures…

Thank you GeoCachers!

I think we’ll be trying out Geo Caching for ourselves very soon.  It looked fun!