Monday, June 24, 2013

Front Living Room

This post is mainly for Kristi, who helped me decorate our front room months ago. I finally took some pictures. We painted the room a really light blueish/gray. I LOVE it and how light it is. This room is already a little dark and caveish, so I wanted to avoid dark colors. It just feels light and fresh. I still want some curtains...I'm waiting until next week when we will be in Utah. I'm hoping IKEA will have what I want.

I spray painted this lamp, and it was a major pain to find the right color. And it was the worst spray paint ever. Thankfully I don't think anyone will notice all the imperfections. Of course, I do and it sorta drives me crazy.

I would love to find some more pops of color for this book shelf.
There are a few more things I would like to do, including finding an area rug, so I am keeping my eyes peeled for those last few things. Thanks Kristi for helping me get it done.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer So Far

So far summer has been pretty great. A few things worth mentioning...
Holy Canolies! I cannot keep enough food in the house. Devin eats like a horse. I noticed a few months ago that he was eating a lot. Well, now that he is home all day (and bored a lot of the time) I am going through food like crazy. I forsee a very expensive summer.

I make the kids do 30 minutes of school work a day. We do it when Lyla naps. I bought them each a workbook from Costco so they do a few reading pages and a few math pages. Then I usually do some multiplication with Devin and addition and subtraction with Adalynn. I also do speech with both of them for 5 minutes. Addie and I are working on getting through her Bob Books. I think it is fun--I have found quite a few games and worksheets on pinterest and now I actually have time to do them.
We have also been doing about one activity per day. Here are a few that we've done so far.
Balloon Rockets were a hit.
They liked racing them, but man, they are both sore losers. Addie won like three times in a row (which she bragged about and that made Devin cry). Then when Devin won, Addie ran into the corner and started sobbing. Sheesh!

More Balloon Fun. Vinegar in the jar and baking soda in the balloon. It really does blow the balloon up.

 Lava Lamps. Okay these were FUN. The cool thing about them is you can use them over and over as long as you don't run out of alka seltzer.

 Swim Lessons.
These two don't even need swim lessons. I realized that about a month after I signed them up. But I figured it was something we could do every day. I like the teacher because although they are swimming, she teaches to their level and is teaching them backstroke and butterfly.

Lyla isn't in the class, but the teacher lets her get into the pool. And her favorite part are the otter pops after the lesson.
Rock Painting 

Bubble Snakes
I've done these before. And every time they are so fun. It was kinda windy today so the snakes didn't get too long. At the end we added food coloring to make colored snakes. Messy, but pretty cool.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Last Day of School and Jamba Juice

Most of these pictures I took the last day of school.
FYI Devin bought these skates a few weeks ago with his allowance. He has been wanting them for a while. They both wear them all the time.
I just thought her handwriting here was really nice. These are all the kids in her afternoon class. She is really going to miss them.
Addie was so excited when she came home. Her teacher sent her home with pictures and books, and this shirt. They made them and on the back are all the student's handprints (with something they liked about Adalynn). Cute idea, right!?
"She always says hi to me." --Benjamin
 "Adalynn helps me catch grasshoppers." --Max 
"I like playing restaurant with her." --Chloe
"Adalynn and I write on the whiteboards together." --Ben
 "I love that Adalyn enjoys learning." --Ms. Stephanie
"Adalynn teachers me the ABC's" --Jacob
 "I like how Adalynn is always kind." --Ms. Tracy

Later that day we made our fruit pizza. The kids decorated it and gobbled it up.
Later that night

Yesterday (Friday) we went to Jamba Juice after a few hours of swimming. Which is why Devin doesn't have a shirt. And why their hair is crazy and their faces are pink (It is SO hot).