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Friday, October 17, 2014

"E" Week

This week we've been tackling uppercase E at "Planker Academy."  So far, this has been the hardest letter for me to get creative with but we managed to have more fun than I expected we'd have.  Here's a peak into some of our activities...

We had lots of fun with EGGS.  The boys helped me make deviled eggs...


We did an experiment with vinegar and eggs...


....did you know the shell turns soft when you leave eggs in vinegar for an extended period of time?  They were like snake eggs.   It was a fun sensory activity for us.  We were even able to bounce them a bit.  

We also got some seed planted in the egg carton...


...we're hoping to grow some of the boys favorites--red peppers, cucumbers, and kale.  I selfishly have some beet and tomato seeds going too.  Fingers crossed we have a bit of success this year.

We made eagles...


We also got some exercise working on our hand-eye coordination...


...Mason actually even hit the ball once...


How cute is Colton with all his exercise gear??...


We did lots of eating...


...this time was frozen yogurt as a reward for the excellent behavior for their haircuts.  

We also did an experiment called elephant toothpaste...


...it was so cool watching it erupt out of the bottle...


We had to do it a second time to show Dad....


...needless to say, he was impressed too. :-)

We also did some fine-motor work painting E's with q-tips...


...we had to paint our names too :-)...


We also read some great E-themed books with some help from this list.  She's always got great suggestions there.  Some of our activities were a bit of a stretch but we still learned a lot and had a lot of fun, especially with the experiments.  




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday - October Edition

It's time for the Things I'm Loving Thursday October edition.  Without further ado...some of my faves these days...

1.  Simply Balanced Sparkling Water from Target...


...I don't drink soda but I sure do love seltzer.  This blueberry flavor is good, but their other citrus one is even better.  I highly recommend it...and it's cheaper than La Croix too.  Bonus!



...I got these truffles as a gift and they were INCREDIBLE!  It's a local chocolate shop and I can't wait to pop in and purchase more for myself.  She knows her chocolate!

3.  Stroller Running...


...the weather has cooled off enough that stroller runs are back in the regular workout rotation which makes for one happy momma....perfect timing for half marathan training.  I'm signed up for 2 this winter and absolutely giddy about it.

4.  Clif Kid Bars...


...my boys love these things and have been especially thrilled with the halloween version.  I feel good about feeding them a nutritious, organic snack.  It's a win-win.  I can only find this variety at Target so far...just fyi.

5.  RealBeanz...


...I think I found my new favorite long run recovery beverage.  This stuff is delicious and currently on sale at the Fresh Market.  I don't love coconut water but know how good it is for me after a tough workout and apparently I do love it mixed with coffee.  Who knew??  Check it out!

6.  Mrs. Meyers cleaning products...


...If you haven't discovered Epantry yet, you need to check them out.  (Shameless referral link included.)  They were having a nice sale and as a new customer I got an extra $10 off and free shipping.  I didn't have to think twice before stocking up.  Love all the unique scents to help make cleaning a bit more enjoyable. 

7a.  My boys...


...watching them play together makes my heart incredibly happy!

7b.  My boys again...


...I love catching moments like these. 

8.  Halloween Season... 


...every year our neighborhood does this fun booing thing and it always helps add to the fun of the season.  This week we got booed and got to boo some other neighbors.  It was fun!!

9. Free coffee... 


It's free coffee week at RaceTrac and they have pumpkin spice...need I say more??  Only 2 more mornings left to take advantage of it.  

10.  My PiYo Strength Slides...


...I've been using this things a couple of times a week this month and have fallen in love with them.  It's such a nice way to mix things up and get a killer workout without impact.  I think they're alot of fun too.  They're part of the PiYo deluxe workout upgrade and worth every penny.   You can get them here.  You won't regret it!

What are your favorite things these days?  Care to share?  I'd love to know what you're lovin' these days too.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Fall

 It's beginning to feel a lot more like fall around here...at least in the mornings and evenings.  It's a good enough improvement for me.  It's fun to see so many people out and about again now that the temps are becoming bearable again.  We were cooped up way too long this summer!  

Cooler temps mean much more outdoor adventurizing for us.  Check out these fun turtles we've been visiting this week...


...I'm still trying to figure out what kind of turtle the one in the water is.  Anyone know?

We've made several trips to the park too but have also been loving our back yard.  I discovered the boys' secret stash of baby coconuts in their castle yesterday...


...it's good to know they're prepared to defend their castle, right?  While wearing my pink flip flops of course...


...fitting for breast cancer awareness month though.  Real men wear pink!

We've also been huge fans of all the halloween decorations people are putting up.  So far the boys' favorite is this cat...


...it's huge and has a head that rotates back and forth.  We have to stop and watch it every time we run by it.  Never gets old for the boys :-).  

Speaking of Halloween, we've been making some fun stuff around here for the holiday too.  We had a return of the toilet paper tube frankenstein...


...and we made a couple of cool haunted houses at Lowes today too...




Cooler weather means even more enjoyable evening story times on Wednesday nights.  This week's featured stories were... 


...it's so nice to want to linger outside afterwards instead of making a mad dash for the AC.  

We even hit up Blue Door a second time on Thursday night for a little happy hour before the homecoming parade which was a HUGE hit with the boys... 


...pretty girls, fancy cars, loud bands with drum corps, policemen...what's not to love??

And speaking of things to love, what's not to love about dancing Christmas toys in the stores already... 


...I'm not gonna lie, I'm getting excited myself for the holiday.  It is the most wonderful time of the year after all.  Happy Saturday!

"d" week

This week at "Planker Academy," we're focusing on lowercase d.  It's been a fun week.  Take a look...

We made lower each lower case d with dots (Mason's had a dozen and Colton's got a little dirty)...


...the d had a door.  AND inside the door was a dragon...


...Colton's had a dog inside too :-).  

We've been having lots of fun with dominos...


...sometime we can stick with finding matches and other times we count the dots but to be honest, they spent more time this week just building and playing with them and I'm totally fine with that too.  Colton's really good at putting them away neatly :-).  

We also spent some time decorating pumpkins for the coloring contest at the Fresh Market...


...cutting was the biggest hit of this project.  I wasn't surprised.  

Speaking of decorating, the boys also decorated the house for Halloween a bit more...



...cute, huh?  Thanks Grandpa Teddy and Mimsy for all the goodies.

We had some sensory fun with a doughy dinosaur dig...


...thanks to the measured mom for the idea.  She's got tons of great ones over there.  You can find the recipe for the dough there too.  Cornstarch, old sunscreen, and green food coloring went into ours.

After we got bored with the dinosaurs, the boys decided to make some footprints.  Fun times...


With soccer season under way, we've also been working on our dribbling...


...and passing...


We also made some fun Pinterest-inspired donkeys...



...which ended up looking a bit more like pigs, especially with the legs that the boys insisted were necessary :-).  They sure do love anything that involves paint and didn't they do a lovely job with the smiles?  Fine motor skill development at work here for sure!

Probably the most fun thing the boys did all week was another "dig" for dinosaurs activity...




...we simply froze little dinosaur toys in water inside a pan and they had fun trying to get them free from the ice.  We seriously had to repeat this activity at least 5 times.  Who would have thought??

Other letter d activities included lots of books about dinosaurs, ducks, dragons, dogs, even doughnuts.  Oh, and we also had lots of play dough fun.  It was a great week!