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Keeping Home Close

I feel like I have been Blogging about the weather quite a bit. How can I not?

It is everywhere.

It is amazing how it truly can affect our moods (mostly
mine). The sun is here again, only this time it brought some snow. I thought we were done with it, but we have  a slow-melting patch left in our yard, and my little one is enjoying it to the fullest.

Here are a few images to keep me connected to Home when we are not.

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Cold Again?

I really thought it might be Spring there for a while. This time of year always fools me. Spring never just shows up at your doorstep unannounced, but rather eases in, like getting into a very cold pool of water. It definitely calls first.

The weather is promising though, and starting to warm up a bit. I am still wearing my flannel PJ bottoms and getting into flannel sheets every night, as well as employing my heating pad to further keep me toasty. But during the day, only a sweatshirt is needed. Ah.

Those glorious bursts of warmth from the sun are making it extremely difficult to get on a plane and go to a place where it is much colder. Spring hasn’t even dropped them a note yet.

The one thought keeping me inspired is seeing our family again. The distance between us in miles is never felt in my heart. Although, I am excited to visit and catch up and hug my friends and family to fill up a whole year for when I do not get to see them.

Mostly I am awaiting my girls happiness at seeing and being near their grandparents.

The time will pass quickly, but the memories will last forever.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Here we go.

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It was the Sun

Sorry I have been l have been lax with posting, but something has happened here this week that rarely happens this time of year. The SUN has returned. It has brought much needed warmth and lots of Vitamin D that all of us Washingtonians need so desperately. I have been drawn to the outside like that old moth to a flame.

Anyhow, Now that the first rays’ dazzling effects have worn off a bit, I am back.

We are about to take an airplane trip and as all of you with children know, it takes some planning.

I am normally a list maker, so it is nothing new. I start 3 weeks before making lists for everything. From Carry on fun things for the girls to practical things like toothpaste and food (what they will allow us to take on the plane).

The airplane ride is the hardest part, really. I am not a fan of flying anyway. But add 2 kids and a husband, and it can be downright overwhelming.

The two biggest challenges on trips is food and entertainment. Keeping both bodies and minds busy takes some pre-thought.

Here are some things that have helped us in the past. I would love to hear your tips as well!

  • Activity books, blank pads, stickers and crayons all help little hands keep busy.
  • Snacks are good.
  • Gum (for the older child) and lollipop or crackers for the younger one to chew on when taking off or landing. Helps with popping ears.
  • A few surprises always help. This time I made those dolls for them.
  • Books to read.
  • Card games. Nothing with little parts, Uno has saved us a number of times in the past, and will surely be there for us this time.
  • Finally, some kind of electronic device ( DVD player or MP3 player, etc.) I usually save these for the end of the trip when everyone is ready to go crazy. Our older daughter loves books on tape, so we put a bunch on her MP3 player to keep her occupied.
  • Oh, I almost forgot… A good attitude. It is so hard to maintain that one in long lines and stuffy planes, but it will make a HUGE difference. Whatever you feel, casts the mood for the day.

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Dolls Completed

A few posts ago, I wrote about these hand made dolls that I wanted to try out. Well, I did it. I made two adorable dolls yesterday. I must say it was much easier to do than I thought. The possibilities of fabric and hair and features are endless. Plus, when you are finished, they make great gifts!

Here are a few pictures of these adorable little dolls and the link in case you would like to try to make them too.

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Grosgrain: Handmade Dolls

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Valentine’s Day

Today, my girls both celebrated Valentine’s Day with friends. Our older daughter was at school and had a party in class along with the traditional exchanging homemade (and some not-so-homemade) Valentines.

Instead of giving out candy or cut out paper that would get tossed, she decided to make a play dough heart for each child in her class. Along with it, she made a paper heart with their name on it, and instructions for making their own play dough at home. I would like to share that recipe with you today. It makes really great dough, and holds up extremely well if stored in an airtight container.

This is one of my favorite holidays (believe it or not). It is one that really reminds us to slow down and even stop to remember the people we hold dear in our lives. It can challenge us to come up with a creative way to express that love or appreciation.

Mmmmmmmm.

I would love to hear how you will spend

Valentine’s Day!

juliaartcardMade by our 3 year old. All she needed was a bunch of hearts,glue, markers, and stamps..and of course, her creativity.

Homemade Play Dough

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 2 TBSP Cream of Tartar
  • ½ cup Salt
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • Food coloring

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and knead until cool. Keep in airtight container.
You are ready to play!

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Scary

The one part of Motherhood that I have real trouble with is Child Nightmares.

They make me feel awful…Not to mention my babies.

I remember as a child how scary things were at night. I remember how very little would comfort me because I was convinced my dreams were real.

I even had an argument with my cousin about whether or not dinosaurs were alive. Of course I was adamant, and also wrong. To me, they were very real and haunted my sleeping and waking hours. Watching Land of the Lost on TV didn’t help ground me in reality either- but that is another story.

My little one woke up last night with a nightmare. She was screaming and crying and when I went in, she said that an alligator was trying to eat her and she didn’t want him to. Wow. Frightening. Anything coming to eat you when you are small… or big is freakin’ scary. It speaks to that primordial part of us, that fight or flight part. I assured her that everything was OK and that she is safe.

She had no recollection of the event in the morning, but it left me with an upset unsettled feeling. I don’t like when my children are hurt or scared in any way. I know that is normal. All part of growing up. There is nothing I can do, but be there for when they need a hug or reassurance that the boogie monster isn’t going get them.

It just makes my heart break a little each time.

I did come up with a
game for when it does happen. It seems to get them back to sleep right away. I ask them to name three things that are Happy as quickly as they can. It gets them thinking of other things, and helps them forget about the Scary.

I should try that for me, too.

I just want to know, When did I become the adult?

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Great Craft Found

I am always on the lookout for things I can make for my family.

I found this person who has a tutorial on making handmade Dolls on her Blog.

Very cool.

I wouldn’t normally encourage you to leave my Blog, but in this case, I think it is worth it. Her Blog is great. I may have to add her to my Links.

I can’t wait to try this!

Happy Creating to you all.

Grosgrain: Hancrafted Doll

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