Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lunch Ideas

I have been attempting to UP my game in the lunch department this school year. I invested in those super popular Bento Boxes and the kids are loving it.  Atley said he is actually excited to see what surprise might be in his lunch everyday.  Here are a few ideas.  Remember, judging our imperfect eating habits is very sinful!
Starting at the top left corner and moving across:
1. PB&J, Muffin, Crackers, Raspberries, Cheese
2. Homemade Pizza Lunchable with Pita Bread, Cantaloupe and Teddy Grahams
3. Jerky, Pretzels, Cheese, Carrots, Cucumbers, Marshmallows, 
4. Hotdog, Gogurt, Watermelon, Crackers, Carrots, Cookie
5. Homemade Lunchable with Bologna, Cheese, Crackers, Apple, Jell-O, Twinkie
6. Ham Sandwich, Pecan Roll, Carrots, Popcorn, Champagne Grapes
7. Crackers with Cheese Spread, Teddy Grahams, Orange, Apples, Carrots
8. Cream Cheese & Ham Whole-Wheat Bagel, Orange, Cucumbers, Cookies, Popcorn
9. Pasta Salad, Oreos, Apples

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Crafting with Belle

Harley collected sticks in the yard to create this Spider Tree.  She made puff balls for the body of the spider by wrapping yarn around a fork. Then we added eye-balls and pipe cleaner legs.
Next we made this adorable little Ghosts-in-a-Jar!

She loves creating and is such a great helper when we work together.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Letter Learning

 I convinced Nash to create a letter game for Harley. He wrote out the alphabet on Popsicle sticks and then put them in a cup.  He would draw a stick and show Harley the letter. If  Harley knew the letter she would get a candy corn.  When he showed her the letter, Nash would tell her all of that letter's sounds. This also helps Nash. Nash has dyslexia.  He has to scrutinize every word and every letter by sounding it out phonetically. No word ever looks the same way to him twice. It is a struggle everyday and I am recognizing some of those same symptoms in Harley Belle.  So, obviously, I am thrilled when they are willing to work together in a way that is helping both of them. They really have lots of fun together.  She always makes Nash laugh and he can always make her smile.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our October Tradition

 October is here and it is one of my favorite months. The weather is perfect. I can officially break out the sweaters and hot chocolate.  Plus there is pumpkin and apple flavored everything.  One of our October traditions is the building of Pumpkin Head followed by donuts, cider and the watching of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

Friday, October 3, 2014


We had a cheap airplane pillow bust open a few weeks ago leaving a trail of little teeny tiny foam balls all over the house.  The kids were obsessed with how they felt and I was obsessed with getting rid of them.  We compromised and made FLOAM.  


2 tsp. Borax
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1/4 Cup White Elmer's Glue
(If you don't have an old pillow like I did,  you can either order the foam balls from Amazon-see above link- or pick them up at a craft store)
Drop or Two of Food Coloring

Combine Borax and 1/4 cup of warm water stir until Borax is dissolved.
In a separate bowl combine glue and remaining water (1/4 cup) and then add food coloring.
Add the foam balls/beads/pellets to the glue mixture and then add the borax.  Mix will with little fingers.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pumpkinville 2014

It doesn't really feel like fall until we make our pilgrimage to Pumpkinville.  So, now it is official!  Did we have a good time? I'll let the pictures do the talking.