The Sky is the Limit

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When I picked Ender up from school the other day, I received (what I think) is what of the best compliments a parent could get.

The teacher told me that she’d never seen a kid with an imagination like Ender’s.

I mean, how awesome is that?

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Our Candid Week: February 1 – February 7

Making peanut butter bird feeders
Making peanut butter bird feeders
Chicken noodle soup made with bone broth and homemade noodles - I cooked a meal!
Chicken noodle soup made with bone broth and homemade noodles – I cooked a meal!
Ender wore this outfit like...last winter...can't believe how big Atlas is getting!
Ender wore this outfit like…last winter…can’t believe how big Atlas is getting!
No pictures please.
No pictures please.
Stringing Cheerios on a pipe cleaner for the birds - at library story time
Stringing Cheerios on a pipe cleaner for the birds – at library story time
Atlas and daddy making a bird feeder at library story time
Atlas and daddy making a bird feeder at library story time
Best friends
Best friends
They love these carts!
They love these carts!

 

No-Sew Fabric Scrap Birds Craft

We’ve been desperate for spring around here.  I’ve been intentionally trying to appreciate the beauty of winter, but we are so eager to experience the outdoors at our new home.  I can’t wait for my garden, for the kids to explore the woods in our backyard, and for laundry dried in the sunshine.  Sigh.

In order to bring a little spring time into our home, we came up with this super easy fabric scrap birds craft.  This is great because you can use up scrap fabric you already have at home in your stash!  This project was really easy for my three year old to do.  I pre-cut all the pieces to make the project go more smoothly.

Main pic

Materials

  • Scrap fabric for bird body, wing, legs, and beak
  • Circle to trace (I used a 3 cup Pyrex container lid)
  • Glue
  • Eye (googly eye, button, use your imagination!)
  • Twine or string
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

  1. Trace a circle onto your scrap fabric and cut it out.
  2. Cut out your wing, legs, and beak.  The wing I cut is basically a half-oval, the beak is a triangle, and the legs are simple rectangles.
  3. Fold your circle in half so that the fabric creases slightly.  The “right side” of the fabric should be out.  This will help guide you as to where to apply the glue.
  4. Apply glue along the edge of half of your circle.

Glue

4.  Place your beak near the fabric crease and your legs near the bottom of the circle.

Legs,beak added

5.  Add a little more glue on top of the beak and legs.

Close up legs and beak

6.  Fold the top of your circle down, line it up with the glue, and pat it down.

Patting down

8.  Glue your wing and eye down to your bird.

Finished

9.  This step is optional.  I used hot glue to glue a piece of twine to the back of the bird for hanging.

Glue string

10.  Enjoy your bird!  The opportunities with this are endless.  Add a wing and beak to both sides!  Add feathers or other embellishments!  Have fun!

Another Winter Afternoon – Natural History Museum

Ender has been really interested in skeletons lately.  I don’t even remember how we started talking about skeletons, but he is constantly asking to see pictures of skeletons on my phone.  A few Ender quotes:

“Can I see a fish skeleton?”

“I want to see my skeleton!”

“Mommy, my skeleton is inside my body!”

So, when my parents wanted to get together this past weekend, I thought Ender would really enjoy a trip to the natural history museum about an hour from our house.

The trip went well.  We had Japanese for lunch and Atlas tried sushi (Ender refused all food).

Ender was pretty sick still at this point and he ended up falling asleep at the museum and getting carried around.  But overall, I’d say the trip was a success and I’d do it again.

This is how I feel about them - the whole world is theirs if they want it!
This is how I feel about them – the whole world is theirs if they want it!
We were looking at some rib bones and he was showing us his ribs.
We were looking at some rib bones and he was showing us his ribs.
Great picture of Atlas and Daddy!
Great picture of Atlas and Daddy!
He wanted to crawl right in there.
He wanted to crawl right in there.
Atlas was tracking Darwin's journeys.
Atlas was tracking Darwin’s journeys.
Ender loves owls.  It was really neat for him to see an owl skeleton.  He was also excited about the owl egg.
Ender loves owls. It was really neat for him to see an owl skeleton. He was also excited about the owl egg.
My mom bought the boys each a gift.  Ender's was the ice cube tray which was taking a ride in the dugout canoe.  He'd get really mad if you took it out.
My mom bought the boys each a gift. Ender’s was the ice cube tray which was taking a ride in the dugout canoe. He’d get really mad if you took it out.
This was the possum display.  I love it.  I can't explain why.
This was the possum display. I love it. I can’t explain why.

Our Candid Week: January 18 – January 24

I missed this update last week and this week’s update will be really short.  I was sick and then Ender was sick.  So we haven’t taken very many pictures.  I will do better next week!

Atlas and Zoe - he loves her, she tolerates him
Atlas and Zoe – he loves her, she tolerates him
This is how Ender takes your temperature.  He sticks his wrench in the neck of your shirt, then reads off a bunch of letters and numbers.  For example, your temperature might be "435LMR2WX".
This is how Ender takes your temperature. He sticks his wrench in the neck of your shirt, then reads off a bunch of letters and numbers. For example, your temperature might be “435LMR2WX”.

Winter Afternoons – Kid’s Museum

We have a great little kid’s museum near our house.  It’s the kind with kid-sized stores, hospitals, banks, etc.

One great thing about the community we live in is that each month, a local business will sponsor a “free” day at this kid’s museum.  So last week, we took advantage of one of these free days and spent the chilly afternoon at the museum!

Ender had actually been sick at school but perked up in order to enjoy the museum.

I think the boys’ favorite part of the museum was the little grocery store.  It had the packaging from real food items.  It also had little tiny grocery carts, little mini conveyor belts, and working cash registers that provided real receipts!

One of the hits of the day was the grocery store.  Here are the boys enjoying a shopping trip together.
One of the hits of the day was the grocery store. Here are the boys enjoying a shopping trip together.

 

Atlas thinks we need some onions.
Atlas thinks we need some onions.
Ender didn't know what several of the food items were (for example, frozen pot pies).  When asked what an item was, he'd happily say "I don't know!".  That certainly didn't stop him from adding the items to his cart!
Ender didn’t know what several of the food items were (for example, frozen pot pies). When asked what an item was, he’d happily say “I don’t know!”. That certainly didn’t stop him from adding the items to his cart!
Cashing out with the very realistic cash register.  It even had a scanner to scan the barcodes on each item.
Cashing out with the very realistic cash register. It even had a scanner to scan the bar codes on each item.
When Atlas took the money out of the cash register, Ender said "that's daddy's!".  Because apparently only daddy holds money.  haha
When Atlas took the money out of the cash register, Ender said “that’s daddy’s!”. Because apparently only daddy holds money. haha

The first time we visited this museum, the hospital (complete with ambulance) was the runaway hit for the boys.  This time, they weren’t quite as into it.  Ender was giving the doll a shot in her eye, which sounds pretty horrifying.

We have no idea what this stuff is!
We have no idea what this stuff is!

Another big hit is the water table.  The water table has pegs into which you can slide these plastic rectangles in order to direct the flow of water.  This is useful for creating areas for Atlas where his toys won’t float away.  Ender really loves the fishing toys (magnetic poles and fish).

Ender trying to get his brother to fish with him.
Ender trying to get his brother to fish with him.

The museum has quite a few agricultural displays.  For example, they have a gardening plot, a display about farm animals, this really neat grain conveyor belt, and several pieces of farm equipment you can climb into.  Ender just wanted to try to lock Atlas in the barn.

Waiting for his change to lock Atlas in the barn.
Waiting for his change to lock Atlas in the barn.

This was a really great to spend the chilly afternoon and I hope we can do it again next month!