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Fall would not be complete without a visit to our local pumpkin farm.  Overall we had a great time.  I always enjoy looking over all the different shaped pumpkins  and deciding upon which one to take home.

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Super simple, yet very cute spider art.  Just paint a paper plate black, add wiggle eyes and eight legs, then hang from the ceiling! Spiderweek 021

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First field trip.  They walked to a nearby pumpkin lot and learned all about the different kinds of pumpkins and gourds.  Spiderweek 028

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We love tie dye around here! We had a simple color party with some friends and our items turned out awesome! Dharma Trading company is where we buy our dye from, in case you wanted to know.

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Here are all the pictures from our Easter gatherings. What a magnificent day we celebrated!

We have been hanging out at our Grammy’s petting farm, gathering for an Easter party and we spent the morning at church. What a busy, but easy going weekend!

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pre easter 190We arrived home yesterday to find new baskets with a few simple treats waiting on our doorstep courtesy of Max’s Godparents!

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I set up this shaker maker station for the children to enjoy a while back. The shakers turned out perfect!

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Such a simple project really.

I feel like the children get to experience a lot of good things at school, so I have not really been doing too much at home… oops! Most days by the time we get home we just veg and eat dinner! But I am loving the simple moments of good play and quiet moments with books and art that are starting to find its way back into our days once we are home. Whew, what a whirlwind it has been getting the school going! I feel like we have finally found a new rhythm to go by.

We have been able to sneak some really simple yet thought provoking play into our days. REALLY simple! Things I use to do with my first babe and have totally forgotten about!

Ice Play:

Car Wash:
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Playdough Party:

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That’s it!  Super simple, yet really well received.  I love setting up simple activities for the kids to explore.

Whew, time has once again gotten away from me!  We have been busy creating, learning and enjoying fall.

I recently ran my first half marathon!  I am proud to have finally pushed myself past the three mile rut.  Some spots were tough, but I finished without walking and I am ready to run another one!

The race was in Albuquerque, NM.  While there we took the kids to Tinker Town.  All of the children enjoyed the wooden figures.  Ethan was the most excited.  He kept saying “Wow!”  It brought us such joy to see him so genuinely happy!

We have enjoyed learning about fall and creating Halloween crafts.
We made a family of ghosts for our front door out of tissue paper.

We made pumpkin play dough.  We just added allspice and a drop of food coloring to our normal cream of tartar play dough recipe.

I set up a Halloween card making station.  Madeline created cards for her friends for over an hour!

We got our skeleton puzzle out and discussed what it would be like if we did not have bones.  This was Ethan’s work when he was little and it was neat to see Madeline trying to figure it out!

We have been hammering wooden pegs into pumpkins.

We made a beautiful leaf sun catcher for our window.  Idea courtesy of The Artful Parent blog.

We created “Spooky, kooky, junky pumpkins!”  The children had a blast making these.  Especially Ethan who even created a detailed story to go with his pumpkin.

Whew, and finally we went to our church’s trunk or treat last night.  John and I were nerds.  Max was to be a cute little baby nerd, but he kept saying, “No, Max bird.”  He would say, “Bird, flies.”  So I gathered items for him to become a “cardinal.”  I love that as he is beginning to talk a bit more he can express his creativity a bit more!  Madeline decided last minute that she wanted to be a candy fairy.  So we added a sucker and ribbon to a dowel rod.  Super simple!  Ethan is a ninja.

I saw an idea to let children build a mini campground on The Crafty Crow’s blog a while back.  I recently introduced this idea to the children and we were off on a two-hour adventure!

The children were so happy building and playing with this simple set up.  It reminded me to have more simple ideas ready for them to explore.  We even added a fishing pond and a swimmin’ hole!

I saw an idea to make listening tubes out of toilet paper rolls on someone’s blog several weeks ago.  I have been saving these rolls and was excited to put them to use!  The children enjoyed going outside and listening to different sounds.  We also played the whisper game, where someone tells you a sentence and you have to then pass it on.  It was so funny to hear how the words were scrambled around.

What do you hear in your parts?

Hello all, I hope you are finding enjoyment in whatever you may be doing.
We hosted a children’s art show here last week.  The children thought it would be a great idea to paint the trees for the show.  Great idea indeed!  They spent quite a long time out there and the trees still look beautiful.

Madeline was beaming with pride all night.  She took the time to make sure we saw each one of her works, several times.

We discovered last summer that slightly frozen watermelon makes for a yummy treat.  We are already serving them up around here!
Just do not leave them in the freezer overnight or you will end up will watermelon solid as a rock!

My mom is in the process of opening a petting farm for children.  This will be a place where children can explore and connect with farm animals.  My children enjoyed a day at the farm this weekend.  They were even able to buy and pick out their own ducks and chicks(to keep at the farm!)

Max was a little unsure of his duck at first.  He loved picking him out and he kept saying “duck, duck.”  So his duck now has the appropriate name, Duck Duck!