Posts Tagged With: kids

Instant fireplace for the holidays

It’s a little tradition with the kids. Since we don’t have an actual fireplace, we create a paper fireplace and decorate it. Usually we draw the complete scene out on butcher block paper, but this year we got a little more creative.

christmas craftsWe used twelve 12×12 sheets of brick printed scrapbooking paper found at Hobby Lobby (3 sheets across x 4 sheets down). Then, created the mantle and hearth from black construction paper. Used more construction paper to created the logs and flames.

paper fireplace

Yes, I have waaaay too much time on my hands! (I need a job.) It’s a little taller than Parker. Alex complained that it’s not our “tradition”. I say traditions are over-rated. She added the tree on the mantle ’cause I left that part out, apparently.

Use construction paper to make the stockings and ornaments and foam stickers and cotton balls to decorate. Viola! Instant fireplace for the holidays.

Keep the kids busy for a good 2 hours! Sweet.

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Not another sport…

Alex had a figure skating competition last weekend. She placed 4th. Not bad. She doesn’t want to compete any more this year. Even though one of her goals was to compete at Regionals in October.

Because she is obsessed with gymnastics.

Not another sport…

She took a gymnastics day camp this summer and loved it. She won’t give up ice skating; that is in her blood. But she wants to do both.

A few questions/concerns come to mind: Will performing in two sports over-schedule her? Should we foster her love of sports even if it means less down-time for everyone? Is it okay to switch goals mid-season?

Look at that smile. She loves it. She was moved up to Team Level 3 this week.

I am sure her cousin, Shelby could give her some pointers!

A big finish

Parker has already decided to give her skating lessons a rest and try gymnastics too. She says skating is “boring”. She has always been easily distracted. Like the time she said she was going to run off to join the circus. I think Parker could really love gymnastics. She is always flipping of my furniture, the swing set in the backyard, or anything she can. I wonder if Shawn Johnson’s mom told her to “stop it!” twenty times a day?

A shout out to my nephew, Chance! He broke his foot last week running track. And, people say gymnastics and ice skating is dangerous. I hope you get your cast off before your birthday, and are out there running soon! At least you didn’t break your foot doing something stupid. That would have been embarrassing. And who knows, maybe you’ll get some sympathy from a cute girl and she’ll carry your books for you.

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By the second day of school they forget about you…

It’s the second day of school… Parker, who is in Kindergarten, declares she doesn’t need me to walk her into school anymore. Anymore? I only walked you into school one day, kid!

Instead of “Hello Kitty” her shirt should say “Hello Trouble”. Good luck Mrs. Kindergarten Teacher!

Alex is very excited for 5th grade. It was only yesterday when I was walking her into school every day for Kindergarten. Unlike her ‘lil sis who doesn’t need me anymore…

First day of school s’mores in the backyard. I love these new marshmallows that are square. It makes for a less sticky fingers.

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Just this week…

…I had to console Alex, my 10-year-old, when she got her first bad hair cut. I don’t know what the “stylist” at Fantastic Sam’s was thinking. It’s just B-A-D!

…I had to say, “Stop licking your armpit!” at the dinner table. Never thought I would say that, ever! And, hubby was one of them. Eeewww…

…Parker lost her second tooth, then swallowed it. Fortunately, the tooth fairy doesn’t make us have “evidence” of the lost tooth. She’ll take our word for it.

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At least they’re not fighting…

Give my kids a hose, a closed storm door, let them “spray” each other, and I have at least 20 minutes of non-fighting-quite-time…if I am lucky! And, the storm door protects my camera.


water play

water play

water play

water play

I’ve been reading Tom Ang’s Digital Photography Masterclass. It’s has been very helpful. I really like the “assignments” after each chapter so that I can go out an practice what I just read. These photos would be filed under “catching the moment”. You gotta work fast when photographing kids!

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She makes friends wherever she goes

My 5-year-old is a little social bug. No matter where we go, she makes friends. She is certainly not shy.

New Friend #1

New Friend #2

Practice, practice, practice..

“Mom, seriously?”

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