Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Random Mommy Thoughts

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

1.  I voted for someone on Tuesday who was born the year I graduated from high school….that kinda made me feel old.

2.  While clearing the table for me yesterday the kids spilled soup all over the table and chair, dumped a  drink all over the floor and dirtied 7 or 8 dish towels ‘cleaning’ it up.  Remind me why I have them help.  (Of course, I suppose they could do things like that on purpose, huh?)

3.  One good thing about the cold weather, the snakes living under our back porch are hibernating and haven’t greeted me at the back step in two weeks.

Racetrack and Pony Birthday Cakes

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

 It took all of about 9 years, but I’ve finally grown wise to theme cakes…forget the special shapes.  Really, does my kid need a cake in the shape of a pony, and then we chop the head or leg off…kinda scary.

So now we opt for regular shaped cakes decorated with simple toys in the theme.  And not one to spend extra money, the kids understand that the toys on their cake are part of their present. 

This year Jarod got 5 new hot wheels cars and Makenna got 2 new ponies and a pegasus to add to her horse collection, and I finished their cakes in half the time.

Kids Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

We have lots of kids books in our home.   Too many books as far as any reasonable storage solution (like a bookshelf) will allow.  So as the twins have gotten older, and their love of reading has grown we have begun going to our local Southern Lehigh public library once a week to check out about 20 books.

This has served to keep us from going broke and from having every wall in our home lined with bookshelves.

So far we have book collections from when I was a kid like Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie Series (am I dating myself here?)  There are Roald Dahl stories and Boxcar Kids books handed down from their cousins.   And we have some of the twins favorite collections like The Magic Treehouse and Hank the Cowdog series.  Plus, we have bought them a few of their favorites that they’ve read from the library.   See what I mean…lots of books.

So why am I telling you this?  Well, because it dawned on me that a ‘book review’ of kids books by both a boy and girl (and an overview from mom) might be helpful for someone looking for good books for the kids in their lives.

We’ll feature a series or favortie book each week and we’ll let you know what each of the twins thought of it so you get a boy and girl perspective, and I’ll let you know what mom thought of it. 

And if it’s a book your kids have read too, we’d love to have you add your thoughts in the comments!

Kids Shorts are Sewn!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The summer isn’t even over yet, and I already finished the kids shorts!  Yeah! 

Ok, they’re not completely finished since I still have some sewing to do on three of Makenna’s pairs….But I did finish 3 for her and 5 for Jarod.

And to be completely honest, I probably still wouldn’t have them done except that the kids go to camp this weekend (for a whole week!) and they really needed shorts.

Part of the reason they took so long was because I had to make a pattern, and I really really stink at making patterns for things that will actually fit the kids.   It took me three tries to get a fit that Jarod actually liked, and then Makenna needed hers shorter in the crotch because she likes to wear pants at her hips instead of her waist.

To keep someone else from having the same ‘issues’, I took a picture of the pattern with measurements and my notes on it (so next year I’m all set).  This pattern was for Jarod who is almost 8.  For Makenna, I cut about an extra 1 1/2 inches off the top and bottom so they would be shorter in the leg and at the crotch.

 

I cut out two pieces from each of these patterns.  Then with right sides together sew the long side.

Next I took those two pieces and with right sides together sew them together at the curved edge.  Leaving a 1 inch hole in the seem about 1/4 inch from the top to put the elastic through.

Turn them so they look like shorts and then sew up the short leg seams.

Iron the hems and sew.  Insert the elastic and tack it in so it doesn’t twist around and we were done.

And not only were they done, but they were like Magic Shorts because they made the kids actually stand together and hug and not bicker for like 10 whole minutes….Magic.

For some additional info and links on sewing shorts, check out my original shorts post here.

Fish Painted Bathroom Preview

Monday, July 13th, 2009

It’s almost done.  Finally.

We started on painting a fish theme in the kids bathroom two months ago (there’s nothing like blog posts to keep you honest on just how long you’ve been procrastinating on getting a project done) and it’s finally almost finished.

We thought we’d offer up the sneak preview you see above.

The twins are doing alot of the painting in this room.  They are making some pretty neat fish and are very proud of themselves.

We should finish up this week and we’ll show the finished product next week.

And I promise I’ll figure out the lighting issues and get some better pictures than today’s.

Happy Birthday Baby

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Our baby turns 2 today. 

My cousin is quick to point out that she’s not a baby anymore; but I just ignore her.

Alexandra will always be my baby.

Sewing Childrens Shorts

Friday, May 29th, 2009

It’s almost June and Jarod is quick to remind me that he has only two pairs of shorts that fit him from last year.

Being a good mom, I decided to take the kids to Joann’s fabric store and let him pick out some ‘boy’ fabric, since my fabric stash leans towards girls prints and colors.

I should have learned long ago that taking my children in the fabric store is a mistake.  They are worse than me for wanting every fabric they see.

During the hour in the store I heard the words,

“Mom, can I have this?”

“Oh mom!  Look how cool this is!” and

“How come he gets to get a whole bunch of fabric and I only get to choose one?”

at least several dozen times.

Meanwhile the little one insisted on being set free from the shopping cart and proceeded to unroll every bolt of fabric she could get her hands on.

The lady cutting our fabric commented, “It’s not summerbreak yet.”

“No, it’s not,” I said, “I homeschool.”

“Oh,” she said. (She did not appear to be a ‘kid person’).

Although Jarod insisted I start the shorts right away, I think they’ll have to wait till the weekend.  I don’t have a pattern but will make a template from a pair of the shorts that still fit him like the ones above from last year.

There are some good directions for sewing your own kids shorts here at Handy Home Projects.

If you want to save money and recycle old t-shirts then here is a great tutorial on making pants/shorts from an old t-shirt at Rookie Moms.

Good Deeds Each Day

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I have to admit, it is not always easy to come up with a  good deed for the kids to do each day. 

We can do alot of the same things, which is still a good deed, and appreciated;  but we’re trying to do different things so that they learn how many thousands of simple gestures can make a big difference in someones day.

I really, really would like to do a seperate page on this blog, one where it would have it’s own tab at the top, that we could then list out a seperate good deed each day.   I’ve seen other wordpress blogs that have tabs like that, but I am struggling to try to figure out how to do it.  As soon as I can make a seperate ‘good deeds’ post page on the kidoozy blog I will do that….I just hate when I want to do something neat and am limited by my computer stupidity.

Now on to some recent good deeds by the kids.

Jarod shared some of his special ‘toy cash’ at a club meeting with a boy who need a few more dollars to get the specific toy he wanted from the toy cart.  (Sure it’s not real money, but to part with some of it and limit what he could ’buy’ the next time was a sacrifice)

Makenna carried mammy’s purse for her at the store since it’s difficult for mammy to carry while using her walker.

Jarod drew a picture of jets and gave it to one of his baseball coaches.

Alexandra smiled at and waved to older people while at the doctors office with mammy (it’s very easy to do good deeds and make people happy when you’re so cute and little.)

At church the twins helped set up folding chairs for a meeting.

To do your own quick and simple good deed for the day, you can click each day to help feed the hungry at TheHungerSite.

Decorating the Kids Bathroom

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Silly me, I have promised to paint the kids bathroom and bedrooms this spring.

Why I did this not, I’m not sure, considering anyone who knows me will tell you that once it’s warm out the majority of my ‘free time’ is spent outdoors ‘playing in the dirt’ (as my husband likes to say.) 

The bedroom painting I have managed to stall by telling the twins that we can’t start painting designs until they can keep their room neat for a week.   At this rate I won’t have to paint their rooms till sometime after they’ve moved out.

But the bathroom, I should do.  Not that they keep it neat all the time, but because it’s the ‘public bathroom’ in our house that is the one guests use when they are visiting.  Plus, the bathroom is small and manageable with a lot of tile and very little to actually paint.  So, I can do this.

We got this really cute Nemo border to go along with the fish theme that I’m carrying over from Alexandra’s room at the old house.  Now that she is big, and will be sharing a room with her big sister fish are out in that bedroom. 

To keep me focused there’s this great site Design Dazzle that I look to every day to give me inspiration and keep me motivated to paint.   She does all the work of finding great room and decorating ideas and posting something fun each day.

So now it’s time to get some blue paint, and get painting on our next rainy day.   And I promise I’ll post pictures when I’m done.

Spring at the Park

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

We went to the park today by the Allentown Rose Gardens (Cedar Creek Park).

And this is how wonderfully the children got along the whole time we were there.  No, not really, but for the moment it made a nice picture.

Even mammy went along.

Makenna has inherited her picture taking skills from mammy.   Always cut the heads off…even with ducks.

I think the ducks had a calming influence on Jarod.

And the girls, they just always love seeing any animals.