Saturday, October 25, 2008
Derek made sure there was a Dad, a Mom, and a baby ghost.
Haunted House Instructions Ghost Painting
Derek and Allison had fun with this.
Ghost Painting Instructions
And my friend Laura told me about these...She gets all of the credit. Recycled crayon cookies. We made hearts.
Color with swirls of color!
Recycled Crayon Cookies Instructions
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"I love the following example, taken from an article entitled “A Day at the Beach” by Arthur Gordon. Said he:
“When I was around thirteen and my brother ten, Father had promised to take us to the circus. But at lunchtime there was a phone call; some urgent business required his attention downtown. We braced ourselves for disappointment. Then we heard him say, ‘No, I won’t be down. It’ll have to wait.’
“When he came back to the table, Mother smiled [and said,] ‘The circus keeps coming back, you know.’
“ ‘I know,’ said Father. ‘But childhood doesn’t.’ ” 5
My brothers and sisters, time with your children is fleeting. Do not put off being with them now. Someone put it another way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today."
While I was looking for the exact quote on LDS.org, I discovered that Thomas S. Monson had used this story in at least 3 other talks. He must think it is pretty important.
Jeff was glad he went.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I think it would be wrong not to teach Clint and Derek the same skills, and I need to learn them myself too.
This is "The Creature". You walk through it, and it is like the inside of a living thing. It is really dark, and you walk into it's mouth, and around it's heart, and stomach, and then out the intestines. Derek decided not to go in at the last minuet, and Clint was absolutely terrified the entire time we were in there. I think he was expecting someone to jump out at him or something. I thought it was fun. If you look closely, you can see Derek jumping off the top of the train...I've had to adjust a lot of my fears with the boys having Jeff for a Dad.
Hay Playground. While Clint and Derek played on this, Jeff and I played Tether Ball. I was laughing so hard my stomach was hurting so bad. Jeff is so much taller than me, of course I didn't have a chance. I usually just served it once and then watched it swing over my head while I tried to jump to hit it. I really want to get one for our backyard.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Baking soda and vinegar makes great chemical reactions. Not a good idea to go barefoot around the reactions...
But we didn't end up with any injuries...this time!
Derek and Allison learned a lot today about chemical fizz!
I can dream, can't I?
You need to use water based markers, like Crayola, on plates or heavy cardboard.
We did, but we left them out too long, and the colors all washed away. Good advertising for Crayola...completely washable! Even off paper plates.
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To make Taffy:
2 Cups light corn syrup--2 Cups sugar--2/3 Cup Water--1/4 t. salt--Flavored Extracts--Food Coloring (Optional)
We used Vanilla Extract, and no food coloring.
1. Butter a Cookie Sheet
2. Combine ingredients in saucepan and boil on medium heat to 250 degrees F on a candy Thermometer, or until a drop of the candy gets hard instantly in a cup of room temperature water.
3. Pour mixture into a buttered pan until it is cool enough to handle.
4. Butter your hands, and start pulling the Taffy. Pull until it is a shiny color. The more you pull it, the better it will taste.
5. Roll it out and cut into bite size pieces.
6. Wrap with wax paper.
We had a lot of fun making it, but it was really hard. Too hard. I was worried that it was going to ruin Clint's dental work, so we threw it out. But it was fun to make. I am now on the lookout for a better recipe where the Taffy is not so hard. It was tasty, though. I guess you could just suck on it....