These are so much fun to make.
I sketch a doodle directly on the eraser and then, with my trusty exacto knife, carefully cut it out. Imagine what I could do with the appropriate stamp carving tools!
I bought some of those “big mistake” giant erasers at the dollar store after carving all of the erasers we had at the house.
It’s so simple and fun, you should definitely try it…mind your fingers.
We were playing a cool monster/dice/drawing game while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful Pinetop weather. You roll a die 6 times and draw the corresponding monster body parts. I know this is where I should show you the finished monsters, but I don’t have photos of them. I do encourage you to go draw your own though. Find the printable here.
Boy that sun sure was bright!
Two things you should know about Ami are he loves ducks, and he almost always has food on his shirt, face, or both.
Ignore the glaring sun and smile boys 🙂
No trip up north would be complete without roasting marshmallows for s’mores.
Or as Ami likes to call it, “fishing for marshmallows”.
Notice the food on his face, but to be fair, I think we all had food on our face at this point.
This photo made me do a double take when I downloaded it. Even though I took it and I knew Keegan wasn’t on our trip, I thought this was Keeg at first…and then I realized it was our man-boy Jeremia. No matter how much you think you are soaking up your kids when they are young, it’s never enough, they still always grow too fast.
I love hearts, more specifically, I love finding hearts.
Here’s a heart I found in my sandwich a few weeks ago.
Thanks to Instagram for helping me commemorate the awesome pepper!
A while back I discovered that dried out Yucca seed pods look like hearts when separated, so I took to fiddling with them.
The one in the middle is my favorite by far. Not pictured are the 20 others that I varnished and glittered and one that I turned into a necklace. I know I’ve said it repeatedly, but there just isn’t enough time to experiment and create all of the things that are bouncing around in my head.
Finding “hidden” hearts make me positively giddy and I have been known to squeal like a little girl, when I see one. It has caught on with Der and the boys, for whenever they see one they point it out, because they know it will make my day.
Donny is almost all grown up. His voice is changing and every time I hear him half chirp, half quack, I think of Peter Brady’s “When it’s time to change.” song, from the Brady Bunch. P.S. When I was little, I wanted to live with the Brady family SOOOOO bad.
His little nubby wings are starting to get real feathers. I can’t help but think that this looks like an uncomfortable process. It has to hurt.
I adore watercolors! They make me happy and fill me with the desire to get my art on.
Arizona sunsets are unbeatable! So are desert trail bike rides! (not pictured)
I love the perspective of this shot. I had my phone laying on the ground, angled ever-so-slightly up. Ami’s serious expression is my favorite.
Happy mushroom growing in our empty flowerbed. Mushrooms are just cool.
I freehand cut blue sheets of paper into clouds. Then I cut their centers out. I cut 2 at a time, so there would be twins that we could stack to match.
After cutting tissue paper into thick strips, I gave each boy 1 in every color.
Conrad’s friend, Gavin, was over again and was happy to make one too.
The photo’s pretty self-explanatory, but you outline the cloud with glue and overlap your tissue paper on each previous piece. We made sure to leave plenty of tissue hanging out the bottom of the cloud.
As you can see we used white glue, but glue stick would have been better.
If you look closely at the tops of the clouds, you can see the hanging string we glued to the tops, in-between the paper.
The cloud shape is clearly visible through the tissue paper, so it was easy to see where to put the next layer of glue, in order to attach the twin cloud.
The boys gently tore any tissue poking out of the top. Scissors would have created a cleaner edge, but this way was much faster.
Rainbows are so happy! I love them!
I also love how the different colored paper overlapped creates new colors. It was a makeshift course in color theory for the boys.
All you need is,
Paper (cut into strips)
I found some extra-long straws at the dollar store, but regular size ones work too.
I cut the paper into 1″ strips lengthwise with my paper-cutter, for the rear loop. The front loop is long strips cut in half, and the middle one is somewhere between the 2.
Then you just tape the loops. Don’t block the straw hole, or tape it so tight that the straw collapses.
Conrad’s friend, Gavin, was over for the day and was happy to make planes too.
They only take a minute to make. The boys quickly decided bigger’s better.
They went from being little planes to being ships.
Big or small, they glide through the air quite nicely. These would be fun to launch off of something tall so they could have a longer drift time.
With Ami’s birthday in June we had some thank you cards to send out.
We worked on them in shifts over a 3 day period.
Ami gets super whiny if he has to write more than 2 sentences in 1 sitting. He’s in for a rude awakening, when he starts first grade, but for now, I’m choosing to pick my battles. I want him to think of writing thank you cards as something fun, not a chore.
I had him write his thank yous on lined paper.
Later I cut them out and we used glue stick to attach them to the inside of each card.
The cards were different colors of card stock folded in half.
I found this cute rainbow duct tape in a half roll. We still have tons left.
Ami absolutely loved the taping part.
I made him a sample one for reference. Then I cut off pieces of tape and handed them to him for him to stick down.
Also pictured is Conrad’s page of practice words from our weekly spelling test.
Please forgive the bad flash photography. I definitely prefer taking photos in natural light, but we’ve been so busy nighttime was the only time we had to do this.
He was super proud of the finished product!
I could gobble him up, he’s so cute!
The finished cards fit perfectly in half size manilla envelopes. I found a package of 6 in white at the dollar store.