Happy Friday, Friends!!!
I can NOT believe that today is my last day of Spring Break! (kind of.... I know there's still the weekend.... but you know what I mean) :)
As always, if you're linking up with me, Erika and/or Narci - grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and then share your FAVORITES from the week.
Yesterday the boys and I did one of our FAVORITE activities - making Play Dough!
It really is way easier than you might think and I like it so much more than the store bought kind. It doesn't "crumble" and lasts (in a ziplock bag) for EVER!
If you want to make some you'll need...
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium size sauce pan.
Once those are combined, pour in 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Stir it around and turn your stove onto medium heat.
Once it smooths out a bit, add in your food coloring. I use gel colors that I've picked up at Hobby Lobby.
My boys always love to stir and watch the color mix in. (and yes... I was right there and his hand was on the counter, not the stove)
It will start to get sticky, continue to stir.
Once it forms into a big clump and most of it isn't "wet" anymore, take it out of the pan and set it on your counter or on a piece of wax paper.
I let it sit and cool for a couple of minutes and then it's time to knead it. I like to let the kids slam it down on the counter a bunch of times and knead it while it cools off completely.
(Bedhead isn't a requirement for making this... but it definitely helps! hahaha)
Each of the kids picked out a color and we made three different batches for each of them. I'd say that each one (start to finish, including washing out my pot) took less than 10 minutes. I made DOZENS of them a few years ago as party favors for the boys Superhero birthday - once you make it a couple of times it's super easy).
We like to make snakes, spell out letters and numbers, roll out snowballs, make handprints, all the "standards" when it comes to playdough.
Luke made a Ninja Turtle mask (and then rapped the theme song - I was super impressed!)
And when we made snowmen it prompted a Frozen sing-a-long...
This is her saying "no no no" after I asked her whether it was okay to eat play dough (please note the blue around her mouth). hahaha
This held G's attention for about 30 minutes (which is a lifetime in almost-two-year-old world) and the boys played for over an hour. Griffin moved on to helping Dave wash the dishes and I couldn't help but snap a picture of her sweet little shoes. Luke is about to be SEVEN and every year around their birthdays I get super sappy and nostalgic and I always want to remember those sweet little feet in her bunny shoes :)
Mason's snowman completely creeped me out - but leave it to Mason to make a snowman with a "grandpa face on his belly".
Next up, how cute are these felt balls by Pippin Pops?!?!?!
I came across her shop on Instagram and LOVED how fun and whimsical and unique they were. She sent me some to use in Griffin's big girl room and I can't wait! The red doesn't mix in with the color scheme in G's room, so I'm waiting to order some pink to mix in and string on a garland and then I'm going to use the red for Fourth of July.
She makes them all by hand and I love getting to support a mompreneur :)
I can't wait to show you how I use these in Griffin's room - but until then - you can order your own set from her shop HERE and be sure to follow her on Instagram for lots of fun color combinations and pictures of how people are using them to decorate.
I'm pretty sure that this week has been Jack Bauer's FAVORITE week of his entire life. hahaha
He's been played with NON-STOP!!! :)
He's been on lots of walks and yesterday at lunch he managed to eat two chicken nuggets off of the floor - so his life was made :)
Last up is a new FAVORITE spot we visited yesterday, Hope Park in Frisco. I read about Hope Park a while ago and filed it away as a place I wanted to take the kids when the weather was great and when Dave could come (because three kids at a giant park by myself kind of freaked me out. hahaha).
Hope Park is AWESOME and is extra special because it "was built to suit the needs of all children, at any age, with a focused consideration for children with special needs."
Luke is my climber as of late, and he climbed his big boy heart out :)
Griffin has NO fear and she was loving all the slides.
This series of pics cracks me up :) I happened to catch GG booking it across the playground when Luke intercepted her :) hahaha
Yes, there are lots of pics of G because Dave and I "divided and conquered" and he was with the boys when I took all of these :) Plus - the boys move way too fast for me to actually get a picture of them.
The next pictures crack me up because my kids have NO qualms about hanging out with kids they don't know.
SASS does the park :)
This picture is my new FAVORITE! We're sweaty, disheveled and kind of a hot mess - but it doesn't have to be perfect to be perfect. I have TREASURED my family this week and it hasn't looked perfect once :)
I am determined not to be sad today.... Spring Break is pretty much over and I've committed to enjoying every last minute. My to-do-list is almost as long as it was at the beginning of break and I am 99% okay with that :) Family time is my FAVORITE and this week has been full of that.
Enjoy your weekend, friends!!!