Archive for May, 2013

Mum’s birthday wish granted

May 31, 2013

A chore free day!  No laundry, cleaning or cooking (which meant we had to eat out).

The boys took her out for a picnic lunch at the park - catered by Whole Foods so she didn't have to do ANYTHING.

The boys took her out for a picnic lunch at the park.  Catered by Whole Foods so she didn’t have to do ANYTHING.

She didn't have to do ANYTHING for dinner either.    I was having milk and Mum had a big drink that made her laugh and laugh and laugh.

She didn’t have to do ANYTHING for dinner either we went to a Mexican joint.  Mum had a big drink that made her laugh and laugh and laugh.

We also brought Mum a big bunch of Roses.  I actually woke Mum up with this news.  Apparently I misunderstood what Papi meant by "secret" and a "surprise" but she said she was surprised when I told her so I didn't ruin the secret at all!

We also brought Mum a big bunch of Roses. I actually woke Mum up with this news. Apparently I misunderstood what Papi meant by “secret” and a “surprise” but she said she was surprised when I told her so I didn’t ruin the secret at all!

And Mum says thank you to everyone for all the birthday messages.  Papi is setting up a movie and I think I’m about to be sent to bed.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

The curious thing about socks

May 30, 2013
They just get smaller and smaller and smaller over time.

They just get smaller and smaller and smaller over time.

But even curiouser is that Mum found that so funny.  Doesn’t that happen to her too?

By Ana.

Ana has Lucy

May 29, 2013
And I have Carlos.

And I have Carlos.

By Rafa.

Ballet recital

May 28, 2013
Mum and Papi were in the audience for my big ballet show today.

Mum and Papi were in the audience for my big ballet show today.

We demonstrated some skills we've been learning in class.

We demonstrated some skills we’ve been learning in class, such as battements

Such as échappé sauté

and échappé sauté

Then we performed our main piece.  Here we were sleeping bears in chairs.

Then we performed our main piece. Here we were sleeping bears in chairs.

We all got a flower at the end.

We all got a flower at the end.

And had to take lots of bows whilst the audience clapped and cheered "Bravo!"

And did curtsies whilst the audience clapped and cheered “Bravo!”

By Ana Lucia Ballerina.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to fly

May 27, 2013

A flying lesson with Papi.  I go way up in the air!

Then my solo attempt….

 

 

 

5 eco craft ideas for kids

May 26, 2013

It’s a slightly bleak, no-prior-plans Sunday.  What better than to try some of these craft ideas from Vistaprint?

Craft ideas for kids are endless. Something can be crafted into just about anything. Look at every single thing you come across to see whether it can be recycled and reused into something crafty. By encouraging your kids to use recycled items when making eco crafts, you are also encouraging them to be aware of the environment and to take care when disposing rubbish. You are also teaching them to look at things differently. Eco awareness should begin at a very young age.

Stone Alphabet

Collect smooth round stones approximately 3cm in size. Wash and dry the stones thoroughly. Using acrylic paint, paint letters of the alphabet on each stone. If room permits, a decorative edge can be painted around the outer edge of the stone. Leave for a day to dry and paint or spray with a sealer. These stones can be used to spell out your child’s name or help with doing spelling activities.

Stone collecting in a break in the rain.  I don't quite have enough for the alphabet yet.

We collected stones from around the garden but I still have a few more to collect before I have enough for the whole alphabet.

Bottle Cap Collage

Collect plastic bottle caps of various sizes and colours. Cut a solid piece of cardboard into a shape such as a circle, square or heart. Thin pieces of craft wood already cut to shape can also be used. Attach string or ribbon for hanging once finished. Paint the surface of the shape and allow to dry completely. Glue the caps, top side down onto the shape. Mix up the sizes and colours for effectiveness.

The lids were being swiped faster than I could glue them onto my flower!

The lids to baby food squeezy pouches make a great flower.  The trickiest part was to stop them being swiped which was happening faster than I could glue them on!

Knock Em Downs

Wash and dry thoroughly 6 empty tin cans from products like baked beans, vegetables, etc. All cans must be of the same size. Turn cans upside down and paint the entire can and base one colour and leave to dry. A funny face can then be painted on each can and sprayed with sealer when dry. Cans are then stacked in staggered rows with the base pointing upward. A great game can then be played by bowling a ball at the cans.

We play knock em down with empty milk cartons and a mini soccer ball

We play Knock Em Downs with empty milk cartons and a mini soccer ball.  The whole family likes this game.

Herbarium

Use clean large jars to grow your herbs. Put a layer of small stones in the base of the jar for drainage, top with good quality soil about a third of the way up and top with another thin layer of stones. Plant a herb in this terrarium and watch it grow. A piece of flexible wire can be twisted around the neck of the jar to make a handle.

Mum didn't have any potting mix so we used water to make vases for our garden flowers.  I was so proud of them.  Mum said they can go on the dining room table.

Mum didn’t have any potting mix so we used water to make vases for our garden flowers. I was so proud of them. Mum said they can go on the dining room table.

Bottle Cap Stamps

Collect plastic bottle caps from milk and soft drink bottles. Glue on the top of the cap foam shapes. The foam needs to be the condensed thin foam and not the spongy type foam. Using an ink pad, these stamps can be used to decorate just about anything.

Stamping a multicoloured 'A' for Ana.

Stamping a multicoloured ‘A’ for Ana.

As well as making collages, stamps and toys from recycled items, there are many other things that can be made. Discarded paper can be made into notebooks and children can also use eco ideas to clothe themselves. Statement custom tees can be designed online with the help of your child. Bags, hoodies and caps with environmental messages can also be designed online. Ask your child what other eco crafts they can think of. This is a good way to develop their skills and also make them aware of their surroundings and the endless array of items that can be used in eco crafts.

Author Bio: Jessica is a stay a home mum and when her kids are at school she loves the art of flower arranging in her spare time. She loves sharing her tips and tricks with other fellow green thumbs and creating arts and craft ideas for her kids.

Enjoying the sunshine before she disappears again

May 25, 2013
We made the most of the smidgen of sunshine and headed to the Beaverton Farmers Market for brunch.

We made the most of the smidgen of sunshine and headed to the Beaverton Farmers Market for brunch.

We both agreed that Papi's German Frankfurter was way nicer than Mum's veggie crepe (which strangely made Mum the winner).

Both Rafa and I agreed that Papi’s German Frankfurter was way nicer than Mum’s veggie crepe (which strangely made Mum the winner).

Mum and I carefully selected some seed and nut butters to take home.

Mum and I carefully selected some seed and nut butters to take home.

And then we just hung out in the park for a while.

And then we just hung out in the park for a while.

Ah, Mrs Sunshine, please stay around for a while.

Ah, Mrs Sunshine, please stick around for a while.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

The snake hypothesis

May 24, 2013

I had a hypothesis that our pet snake would have a preference for Louis over the bouncy ball.

To test the hypothesis I offered the snake the ball first.

To test my hypothesis I offered our snake the ball first.

He didn't like that much.  Now for to test with Louis...

He didn’t like that much. Now to test with Louis…

Ha ha just kidding!  I wouldn't feed Louis to the snake!!

Ha ha just kidding! I wouldn’t feed my friend Louis to our snake!!

Happy Friday everyone!

Rafa

Mum on tv (when she was really young!)

May 23, 2013

When Grandpa John was here he trolled through Netflix and found an ancient episode of Hercules that Mum was on when she was (much) younger.  We arranged a special viewing for Papi since he had never seen it before and was in Europe when Grandpa John found it.

See look!  That's Mum!

See look! That’s Mum!

The role was the leader of the pack of boy crazy girls.

Her role was the leader of a pack of boy crazy girls.

She did lots of screaming and chasing after boys.

She did lots of screaming and chasing after boys.

She snuggled up to Hercules and gazed into his eyes.  But he made it clear he wasn't interested.

She snuggled up to Hercules and gazed into his eyes. But he made it clear he wasn’t interested.

She went off with another guy!

So she took off with another guy!

Great message Mum!  But Papi liked seeing it as much as we did.

Great message Mum! But Papi liked seeing it as much as we did.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoe fetish

May 22, 2013
I'll take any shoe.

I’ll take any shoe.

From any where.

From any where.

At any time.

At any time.

It's so narrow minded to think they are only for feet.

It’s so narrow minded to think shoes are only for feet.

Mind where you leave your shoes!

By Rafa.