"I still say, 'Shoot for the moon; you might get there.'"
The littles spent some time today making moon sand at one of our local free libraries. They had just got done with swim class and of course playing in some beach sand. (More of the point of making mud.) In our home we have one small container of kinetic sand or moon sand if you prefer. That stuff isn't cheap. To be honest, like most material it ends up being swept up from the floor and wiped off the table.
When I saw this fun event, I of course was excited. The littles got right to work with mixing the ingredients. It seemed to be a bit of a balance between the two that you had to have. The ingredients are simple and you probably have them at home.
4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Baby Oil
*Food coloring is optional
Mix the flour and baby oil together.
Once mixed well then add food coloring.
This part might take a bit. Not sure on what might be better for coloring.
Now that all the ingredients are well mixed, then the fun starts. The kids enjoyed hours of fun with this at home after they got it home. There was 20 cups of moon sand. We might have 4 cups of that left. It sort of disperses as it goes. Thank you to Amanda at the Norwood Public Library for this amazing day.
“...freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin - inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night...”
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
We haven't yet gone to cut down our Christmas tree. This will be the third year that we have done this together as a new family tradition. There is just something to be said about the real Christmas trees. They smell amazing. There is no storing after the holidays. We don't use tinsel or sprays on it. The tree is appreciated by the goats after the holidays. It is actually an amazing help in keeping worms at bay. We get our trees from Bear Dance Tree Farm. Very friendly family and it is located right around the corner from our home which means getting the tree is quick.
Super Sid is getting a little impatient with us. Can you tell by his hint? He really would love to be smelling some evergreens about now. The naughty, creativity he got into during the night.
The littles LOVE play-do and we go through quite a bit of it. So Super Sid decided that he would create a homemade play-do recipe that smells like a forest. Sneaky little bugger got into my essential oils while I slept. The surveillance cameras took these still shots of him caught in the act.
*Note it was really late when this was being made. The mixture was sticking to my hands, I mean Super Sid's hands, so more flour was added. I hear laughter that sounded hysterical coming from the kitchen. So much for trying not to wake anyone up. Then the different colored sections were molded into trees and wrapped with clear wrap. Put aside with their labels telling what tree they represent.
Which tree do we choice?
There were five different essential oils used, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) by Young Living, Idaho Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) by YL, Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica) by YL, Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) by YL, and Peru Balsam (Myroxylon balsamum) by Plant Therapy. These oils all provide an amazing sent that is pleasant as the children play.
You can order Plant Therapy directly. Young Living has a great selection of oils, too. Click on either companies names and it will take you to their pages to find out more about essential oils. They have so many purposes.
Essential oils for the trees.
Super Sid created this beautiful card for the littles. Has everyone seen those fun glitter markers? The ones where you are writing and the glitter just flows from them. The Dollar Tree has them in four colors, two in each package. SCORE! Yes I am glitter happy. Plus I love pens, markers, and notebooks. Almost obsessively. These made my day. Of course, Super Sid likes them too. I guess that I can share.
James read the note that Super Sid left.
Below are photos of the littles playing with their scented playdo. They were having so much fun with the toys and creating different items that their imagination thought up. One of the toys that they really enjoy is the Star Wars playdo set.
Connor and James are both busy creating.
Sophie and Jazlyn were working on shapes and hair designs.
Chloe created this beautiful mermaid.
After this activity I have to ask myself why I don't make homemade playdo more often. It gives you quite a bit. The kids seem to like it just as much as the store brought stuff, if not better. There are many different recipes out there for playdo, kool-aid, peanut butter, and gingerbread just to name a few. If you have a favorite recipe that you use I would love to hear about it. Or a tip to help the dough not stick to your hands so badly when you are kneading it, please share below. Blessed be.
"Dare, dream, dance, smile, and sing loudly! And have faith that love is an unstoppable force!"
It is that wonderful and glorious time of year again. We are all signed up for dance class. This year it is all five little monkeys. Yup! Five wonderful monkeys dancing to their own beat of the drum. Just kidding. Dancing to the songs that are chosen, and taught by their wonderful and amazing teachers, the steps that they need to put on a fabulous show at the end of the year.
Kaitlynn used to dance for Julie's Dance Studio for a few years when she was younger. Then she spent a year with Jennifer George dancing toe. She loved dancing. So imagine how happy we were when Jazlyn started dance two years ago. Jazzy is our little diva monkey. She worked so hard under the instructions of Angela and the other dancers that help Julie teach her students. Jazlyn studies tap and ballet. She also enjoys the limbo!
Jazlyn waiting patiently for their turn to go on stage. Expo 2018
Sophie had her first year of ballet and tap last year. For the first few months this circus juggling momma had to become a tiny tots dancer. We learned quite a bit. She finally got more comfortable and was able to dance by herself. Sophie is our shy monkey. She still left the room for a quick hug and assurance that I didn't leave her.
Sophie dancing at the Expo 2018.
Then came our young lady monkey, Chloe. Last year she stepped out of her comfort zone and danced jazz with a group of wonderful girls. Chloe gained so much confidence in that year. She was beaming. This year, she will be doing a solo that has her very excited. We are just having a hard time picking a song for it.
Chloe and the girls take a bow after a job well done at the Expo 2018.
Little monkey, Connor is now signed up for his second year of dancing Hip Hop. This little guy loves to move and grove. We find him dancing around the living room quite often. Sometimes he even sings, too. James will be joining him this year for his first year of Hip Hop. Can't wait to see them get down and bust a move.
Connor with his class and the first year of awards, 2018.
I truly have to thank Julie Hooper for all of her hard work, dedication and love that she has for her students. She puts her whole heart into what she does with each and everyone of them. All of her teachers and student teachers take their time to listen and build the confidence in each individual child. Our little monkeys are busy, some shy, and a few other things. However, when you walk into either studio room there are smiles, attention, cooperation, and dance family. Thank you for letting us be a part of your dance family at Julie's Dance Studio, LLC.
©Photos by Kimberly Doerr unless otherwise noted