Thursday, February 27, 2014

Flat Stanley

The boys' cousin asked if Flat Stanley could visit.
We thought to show Stanley a good time.
But Stanley ran straight into a Teddy Bear Cactus. He got stuck there for a minute.

Hurricane rescued him.

Underfoot stood by a Saguaro with 7 arms.
This is one old cactus.
Usually the arms grow after a 15-25 years.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Aunt Karol's Quilt

Aunt Karol is a very generous woman! 
At Christmas she gave the boys each a quilt of their t-shirts.
She asked me to send my t-shirts.
For my birthday, she sent me the completed project.

She says it takes about 30 t-shirts.
Sewing them together in all different shapes and sizes.

The quilt is a little glimpse of my life from high school to now.
Races, musicals, schools, and honors are represented.
A lot of work for me and I feel so loved from Aunt Karol.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Hurricane played with the dominoes. 
He would set them up and then knock them over.
He played for over an hour.
He liked making new shapes and 
seeing how many he could knock over with one domino.
He played with them for a few days.
Many different combinations.
His favorite was a fish.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monster Pants

Here is what we've done with pants with holes in them. 
We've made them into monsters. 

The pants have become Hurricane's favorite.
He has 5 sets of pants
which is perfect for 5 days a week.

I use felt and a jeans patch on the back. 
The colors are whatever you choose.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Cinnamon rolls were rolled differently.

We held the etiquette dinner the night before because
Sweetheart went on a scouting ski trip on Valentine's Day.

Hurricane had cut up snowflakes for our kitchen window. 
We replaced them this week with "stain glass" hearts

It took us a lot of time to cut them out, but Hurricane loves the change.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Etiquette Dinner

We were given a new idea to have an etiquette dinner for Valentine's Day.

We had a four course dinner - soup, salad, main course, and dessert.
The boys had fun with the goldware and glasses.

This way we all can practice on our table manners.

By dessert, the tired monkey hit, 
and the boys were ready to move on to bed.

We used our own asparagus that we grew.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Great Airplane Contest

The Great Paper Airplane Project was the destination this past weekend! 
Sweetheart learned about a paper airplane throwing contest 
for children ages 6-18 
from a co-worker held at the Air and Space Museum. 
Since Underfoot is of age, Sweetheart thought it would be great.

The contestant entrant was allowed to bring 
4 family members, have lunch (hot dogs, chips, and lemonade) 
with their family, get a t-shirt, and throw an airplane for free - no entry fee. 

 Underfoot threw his airplane and was done.

 He is talking about doing it again next year. 
Hurricane and Underfoot learned to fold airplanes. 
If any piece of paper is left unclaimed it becomes an airplane. 
Sweetheart loves airplanes. Our boys like airplanes. 
An airplane is awesome if it is taking me somewhere. 

 Mars International was one of the sponsors and brought 
a candy spinning wheel, a race car simulator, and a real race car. 
They boys loved the candy spinning wheel 
because they got 6 different types of candy each time they spun the wheel. 
So much easier than Halloween - 
no dressing up and no purchase necessary for Mom and Dad. 
Hurricane asked if the race car ran on M&M gas.