Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter

The boys had a great time hunting for eggs. Russell actually found more than Cormac. They had a small egg hunt at church on Friday, and I think Russell remembered how much he loved the treats inside -motivation! The hunt was more exciting for Cormac. He wanted to find the "sneaky ones." Anyway, they found them quickly, since I didn't hide very many. (And no, I didn't coordinate their shirts to match their baskets -just lucky, I guess!)







Big surprise for them, though -I didn't put any candy inside this year! They had plenty from church the other day, and we'll have treats for Conference next week, so I just did small toys. They loved the balloons. I'll definitely remember to do that again next year. They played with them forever!





The extra basket had some small stuff, like books, squirt guns, juice boxes, and a little candy. They played with that stuff for a little bit, then went back to the balloons. They love when we blow them up and let them go whizzing around. Cormac can do it himself now, too, so there were balloons flying everywhere!




We dyed eggs, too. Our first time with the boys. I've never been brave enough... I figured the mess wouldn't be worth it! But they did well. I heard about using whisks and I think it helped, though the bowls were just barely too small. Still, no dropped/rolling eggs and no spilled bowls, so big win! And they loved seeing the colors on the eggs.




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pi Day

I don't know why this holiday has become so fun to me, but it has! Yesterday we celebrated with doing things circle-related all day. The boys loved it, and it was fun that Russell understood what a circle was, so he kind of got the theme for the day!

Breakfast was pancakes. Mine come out more like ovals, but the boys were happy to call them circles with me. And they don't like syrup, funny kids.






Then the boys had a bubble bath, because, you know, bubbles are circles  :)  I don't let them have bubbles a lot, because it makes them a little crazy. But they loved it, and even talked about bubbles being circles!


Snack was cheese balls!


Oh and we played ring around the rosie. Russ was a little upset that we kept falling down at first, but then he got the game and laughed along with us, and wouldn't stop playing  :)  Cute boy.

Lunch was pupusa's at El Mexsal's. Cormac was skeptical, but he realized they are a lot like quesadillas, which he loves! Russ eats everything so he scarfed his down, then tried to escape the booth the rest of the time we were there. Ah, toddlers.

We made circle and pi art after nap time. My favorite was a Pi skyline (Pinterest -he graphed the first 20 numbers of pi). Cormac liked it, too. "It's like New York City!"






We also watched an episode of Word World, "Pies, Pies, Pies."


And after dinner, we had peanut butter creme pies. Thank you Little Debbie  :) They were way better than the oatmeal ones, and way bigger.



We will have to keep some of these traditions, especially the pupusas! Hooray for Pi Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dr. Seuss Day

Happy Dr. Seuss Day! I guess it's National Reading Day, but we had tons of fun with just Dr. Seuss. I told Cormac about it on Monday and he kept asking if it was Wednesday yet, because he was so excited! And this morning he was freaking out, asking what we got to do first.

Well, first we had Green Eggs and Ham! I decided to read a book to the boys, then follow it with snacks or some activity. So that was my pattern for the day. Anyway, the eggs don't look wicked green on blue plates, but it was green enough that it disgusted them slightly  :)





Next up, The Sneetches. After we read it, we played "McBean Says." (Like Simon Says, only I didn't trick them at all...) They were surprisingly excited when I handed them paper green stars, lol. It's the little things!



To segue, I gave them star-glow sticks and we built a fort. The next story was What was I Scared of? We read it in the semi-dark fort, and the boys loved it. That's one of Cormac's favorites.



After that, we read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. I found two activities for the boys on Pinterest. They put a certain number of fish in each bowl for one, and sorted by color for the other. I had little fish bowls already so I put the goldfish in there. Russ pretty much stuffed his face while Cormac did all the work.



Next we read Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb and traced our hands. And we read The Foot Book and went for a walk. This was my favorite part of the day! The boys tried to walk like in the book (quick feet, trick feet, sick fee, pig feet, etc.). They made up their own, too. I laughed all the way around the block. Didn't take the camera, though.



For lunch, we read There's a Wocket in My Pocket and ate pita pocket chicken sandwiches. After lunch the boys labeled things around the house -things from the book, like closet, curtain, lamp, etc. Simple, but Cormac really liked running around putting labels on everything. Russ just liked running around.





After quiet time we needed a snack. So we read Hop and Pop and had POPcorn. Then we watched Horton Hears a Who. I gave the boys Beezlenuts and Beezlenut juice. Cormac actually hesitated drinking it because it sounded sketchy to him, lol. "Hey, this is just regular juice!" Haha, kids. Then, when Horton loses the clover in the big field, I dumped pink pom poms out and told Cormac to find the one with the speck. He thought this was amazing and loved that he had to keep picking them up and checking for specks. Even when he realized I'd just made a black dot on one, he kept it close and wouldn't let his brother have it. He said he had to protect it. Silly kid.






For dinner we ate pizza shaped like the Cat's hat, and we let the boys watch the show, too. I attempted a Pinterest dessert, and it wasn't as pretty but it was delicious! A layer of vanilla ice cream, then I made the next layer with pureed strawberries (frozen strawberries, apple juice and a little sugar). So yummy! Our boys don't love ice cream, but they both loved this treat.



Hopefully it was as awesome a day as Cormac hoped it would be  :)  I know I had fun! I like having silly reasons to celebrate things with my little boys. It makes the days we're at home even more special. They're growing up so fast, soon they'll be in school all day and I'll miss them terribly.

Hooray for Dr. Suess Day!