Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Movie Express

The boys had not been to a movie in a theater, so we took them to a dollar show.

In the event that they didn't like the dark, or just couldn't sit still; we could leave without feeling guilty!

It was the last week of the summer movie series, and we thought we would go and check it out.

I have not read any of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books or heard of the "Cheese Touch," but the kids loved this movie, and I may have laughed more than they did.

Ryan wanted a picture of the "smurfs," and I couldn't help but agree.
Can you tell that Mikey knew "Lion King," and couldn't wait to stand next to the big display?
If this is offered next summer, we will go and see more $1 movies! We learned that you have to go early if you want a good seat, and that the theater fills quickly! Great opportunity for the boys to get the "big" theater experience!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Build & Grow Clinic - School House Photo Holder

Our 4 year old son Mikey, loves to attend the bi-monthly FREE Build and Grow Clinics, given by Lowe's.

Registration is quick and easy, and they send an instant email confirmation to verify you are registered.

Our son knows to head to the lumber department, where the friendly staff hands us a FREE kit, patch, and kid size hammer.

(This is why our son has always called Lowe's, "The Hammer Store.")

This week's kit was for a school house photo holder.

I love that the kit includes "blue prints," that are easy to read!

Mikey, loves working with Daddy to complete the project.

Mikey and his school house.

(Funny Mikey quote, "Mommy, where is the door bell? I need a door bell, so it will make ding-dong sounds.")

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Than Meets the Eye

Ryan and Mikey have fallen in love with Transformers!

(We have been watching the cartoons, and movies.)

For weeks Mikey, has been asking to break into his piggy bank, so that we could go to the store to buy a Transformer toy.

We have been potty training, and reached a mile stone...no diapers, and have been dry through the night for a week, so Daddy thought a trip to the store was needed!

A very happy Ryan and Mikey, with their new Transformers!

Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime

I can remember watching Saturday morning cartoons and Transformers would be on. My brothers had Transformers toys, when we were little.

It is amazing how everything comes full circle!

**On a side note, I wish the "transformation" would be easier for the boys little hands! I swear Mike and I have changed the vehicles into robots, about one hundred times!**

Nativity Blocks Tutorial

August isn't too early to start on Christmas crafts, is it?

When I saw a wooden set of Nativity Blocks, I knew I had to have a set for the boys!

Last year my porcelain set that I have had for years, did not with stand my 3 year old, who thought that the donkey could fly like a reindeer. So, I knew our family need a nativity scene that was a little more rough and tumble, to hold up to our two boys.

I used the following:
1 x 3 of lumber
Creative Memories Nativity Stickers
Color copy of stickers
Mod Podge Medium or homemade version
Jig Saw
Electric Sander or dremel tool
Wood stain
Sponge brushes
Something to protect your work surface

I first made color copies of the stickers which I would be using, so that I could cut them out, and lay them out on my 1x3 of lumber, to see how long each section needed to be.

I didn't not use exact lengths, but instead used the color copy of the sticker to tell me how long each block needed to be.

I used a ruler and pencil to mark where the cut would be made.
My 1x3 of lumber, with pencil lines, ready to be cut.

I then asked my dear husband to cut the wood.
He put the plank into a vice to stable the wood, so that the jig saw would not move during the cutting process.
We ended up with 15 blocks, with plenty of wood left over!

Once the small sections were cut, my dear husband used a hand held dremel tool to sand the ends to a smooth finish.

I then used fine grit sand paper to smooth the long sides, to a slight rounded edge.
I gathered my card board, stain, screw driver, and brushes.

I opened the can of Minwax stain, with the screw driver and laid out the card board to protect my garage floor.(My cheapo sponge brushes, gave lots of fine splatter, I am so happy I used something under my work space!)

I love the way the satin warmed the surface of the wood block, after waiting for it to dry per the stains instructions.

I then found a glass jar and white school glue to make the homemade version of mod podge!(With the back to school sales...I made my home made version for 40 cents, verse the normal container that can cost $6.)

I then applied a coat of my medium to the surface the block, applied the sticker, smoothed the surface, and applied another layer of medium on top of the sticker.
(Not sure if it was my homemade version, but I had to do several coats of the medium to get the "seal" I was looking for.)

I love how they turned out! I can't wait to surprise the kids at Christmas!

1. I will be using a varnish to finish and seal these blocks.

2. The CM Nativity stickers are smaller than I would have liked, but I had them in my scrapbook stash, and used them after hitting several craft stores. (wrong season to find the stickers)

3. I have purchased a clear paint bucket container to store them in, and I will decorate it with ribbon, and a sticker that says the "Reason for the Season!"

4. Sorry, for the dark photographs. I tend to work on my crafts late at night, after the boys are in bed! (I know you Momma's understand!)

Thanks and good luck!

**Update 12/01/11**

The completed clear paint can and label, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."

The finished project, under our tree!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Soaked Up Philly Like a Sponge!

We took a day trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the goal of seeing a bell, and tasting a world famous cheese steak!

We circled Geno's and Pat's Cheese Steak stand, and never found a parking spot.

(We missed out on world famous, but found a mom and pop stand instead.)

Mikey and Ryan, loved that the birds come right up to you, hoping that you drop something.

A true Philly Cheese steak sandwich!

Mikey and Ryan

We then headed over to the Liberty Bell Center.

There were many things to see and learn.

Ryan and Mikey pose with George Washington.

We then waited for our turn to pose with the Liberty Bell, as I was handing the camera to Mike, Ryan made a break for it...and he ran under the bell. Past the ropes and national park ranger...needless to say he was almost arrested and given a juvenile record at 2 years old.

Mikey, Mommy, and a scared and unhappy Ryan.

The Liberty Bell

A little better, but its the back side of the bell!

Are you ready for it...the picture of the inside of the Liberty Bell, thank goodness Daddy has long arms. I was amazed at how close you could get to it, but do not dream of touching it!

Liberty Hall is currently being restored, and the tour tickets all were given away early this morning, but I can say that I have seen it! I had chills knowing that the United Stated was formed on the same soil, in which I stood...pretty humbling!

Mikey loved watching the numerous horse drawn carriages, so we took a moment and just watched!

So proud to be an American!

**Thank you Mike, for driving and surprising us with an amazing day in Philly!

We soaked up Philly like a sponge!**