Showing posts with label Kindness Lamb. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindness Lamb. Show all posts

Friday, December 19, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 18-19

We've kept our activities low-key the past couple of days since Caleb was feeling yucky.

December 18: Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

We do this activity every year. It's easy, fun, and it makes your house smell amazing. 2 ingredients: applesauce and cinnamon. That's it.

Just roll it out and use cookie cutters to make the shapes. You can let them air dry or put them in a low temp oven (about 200) for about an hour. I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. Oops. 

December 19: Go see the BIG Christmas Trees at Daddy's work

The boys loved this. Loved it. Apparently, going to Daddy's work is a big deal.

The HUGE tree outside!

"This ornament is the size of my head!"

The HUGE tree inside!

The City Manager let Benjamin keep this bear. It's almost as big as he is. He's sleeping with this giant bear right now.

We did manage a Kindness Lamb activity as well. We made some sweet treats and took them to Mr. Sam, the naturalist that leads the nature walks. The boys love Mr. Sam and his nature walks. I'm certain that Caleb's passion obsession for birds is a result of Mr. Sam. The two of them got to chatting about birds and Caleb managed to leave with one of Mr. Sam's ornithology (the study of birds) books from college! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 15-17

So here is what we have been up to the past few days...I know all of you are dying to know. ;)

December 15: Make Snow Slime!

We've tried (and failed) at making slime in the past so I didn't have high hopes for this activity. I knew the boys would love it...if it worked, so we gave it a try.

It actually worked this time!!

This was such a huge hit with both boys. They played with this slime for ages.

It's so weird because it feels wet but it isn't actually wet. It's not sticky or messy at all. 

Silly #1

Silly #2

We used this recipe for making the snow slime. I used glitter glue instead of white glue. It worked perfectly and there was no glitter mess. 

December 16: Watch Charlie Brown Christmas

Sorry, I don't have a picture of this. Just imagine the boys sitting on the couch watching t.v. 

December 17: Make Candy Cane Playdough

This is the recipe we used. It is very similar to salt dough. Ours didn't come out as "pretty" as the recipe but the boys still liked it. And it smelled really good.

They didn't like the playdough as much as they liked the slime. The slime was definitely a big hit.

Fluffy Sweet Sugar (Kindness Lamb) has had a few things for us to do as well.

We made a couple of our "Things we love about you" jars.

We made some sweet treats.

Put a Hershey kiss (or Hugs) on a pretzel. Put them in the oven (200 degrees) for just a few minutes, long enough for the kiss to get soft. Then press a M&M into the center of the kiss, I used Mint M&M's. Then put in the fridge to harden. Super easy, and super yummy!

The Kindness Lamb wanted us to share our treats. 

So we took a big container of chocolate pretzel treats along with an unwrapped toy up to our local fire station. 
It was kinda chilly in Texas today, in the 40's.  Caleb was complaining about how cold he was, which is unusual for him. The child rarely gets cold. Even when we got home, Caleb just couldn't get warm. He was shivering and shaking, lips were purple and everything. I put my hands on him and quickly realized the boy was burning up! 103.5 temp! After a quick trip to the doctor, we think it is just a virus. Fingers crossed it is a virus that passes quickly and doesn't spread to the rest of us. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 12-14

Our most recent December activities involved a quick trip to Oklahoma for a wheelchair basketball tournament. So, we didn't really have any special planned activities...because an overnight trip to Oklahoma was our activity. We managed to have a little fun off the court while we were in Tulsa.

December 12: Head to Oklahoma!

We arrived in Oklahoma Friday afternoon so we had some time to swim at the hotel pool.

The boys loved the indoor pool but the water was quite cool. We didn't last too long.

 The lady at the front desk told us about some cool Christmas lights down the street from the hotel. We decided to check it out. We are so glad we did!

It was amazing! Rhema Bible Church does this every year. It was spectacular. The boys were in complete awe of all the lights. 

It was quite chilly in Oklahoma.

The tunnel of lights was the big favorite. I love the look on Caleb's face. 

We have a similar event locally but it is something that you drive through in your car. There is usually a very long wait to get in and you have to pay. This was so much better than what we have at home. I loved that you could walk through the entire thing and it was completely free. 

The tunnel was really cool.

December 13: Basketball Tournament

Caleb's team had 2 games on Saturday. 

As always, it was so fun to watch Caleb play. I see him gaining confidence all the time. We are so blessed to have this team locally. I'm so thankful.

I also got the chance to meet a fellow SB mom while we were in OK. It's always so much fun to meet members of my SB family in person. Such a blessing.

December 14: Make Gingerbread Cookies

It was good to be home and sleeping in our own beds. We all slept a little late today. After breakfast we made some gingerbread cookies.

The dough smelled so good! 
(the snowman is blocking my dirty/unorganized pantry-some things don't need to be on the blog) 

Our kindness lamb sorta had a couple of days off while we were traveling. Today we wrapped up some of our freshly baked gingerbread cookies and took them across the street to some neighbors that have young kids.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 9-11

We've been busy with our Advent box and Kindness Lamb activities the past few days. The boys love opening the door on the Advent box to see what the activity is for that day. They were starting to get up really early in their excitement. I had to put a stop to that. New rule: You can't open the door to the box before 7:00 am.

December 9: Gingerbread House

The boys LOVED this. I got the kit at Target and I didn't really have high expectations. Usually our gingerbread houses collapse and look like a disaster. This one actually came together pretty good.

Benjamin was a bit hopped up on sugar...his facial expression is a reflection of that. I love the look on Caleb's face. Priceless.

Benjamin has Caleb in a headlock hug.

Not a bad lookin' gingerbread house. Clearly Benjamin was still hopped up on sugar when I took this photo.

December 10: Make Hot Cocoa 

We made homemade hot cocoa. Homemade is so much tastier than the "just add hot water" kind. No comparison. The boys loved the taste...but not the temperature. Turns out Benjamin prefers Room Temperature Cocoa and Caleb likes Refrigerated Cocoa. 

December 11: Make Ice Cream Snowmen

I don't know why I keep giving this kid sugar, it makes him crazy. 

Fluffy Sweet Sugar, our Kindness Lamb had some activities for us to do as well.

We have sponsored a child from India through Compassion for about 10 years now. We took some time to paint him a picture and write a letter. 

After we made our own hot cocoa to drink, we made some "Hot Cocoa Mix" in a jar. You just layer the ingredients and they make great Christmas gifts. We will definitely be making a few more of these. 

The Kindness Lamb even treated the boys to an act of kindness. They got a stocking surprise when I picked them up from their Thursday co-op/MDO program. The stockings were full of marbles and a few pieces of candy. For some reason the boys have been begging for marbles. I don't know why. Today they got some marbles.

I think they were happy.

Monday, December 08, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 6-8

December 6th: Holiday Parade

We took the boys to the parade on Saturday. The weather was so pretty that day, it was perfect. I apologize in advance for the fact that you can't actually see the boy's faces in these pictures. We were at a all I got was the back of their heads.

Look at those curls on that boy! His hair is so cute right now, I can't take it. I've wanted to grow his hair out in the past, but we've always kept it short. Benjamin decided he wanted to grow it out so we are. I love it. He gets so many compliments on his curls....he loves the attention.

The boys loved watching the parade. They especially loved all the candy they came home with.

Wheelchair perk: Being the only kid at the parade that gets a personal invitation to sit in the firetruck. It was super nice of the firefighters to take the time to do that for Caleb. He loved it. I could do an entire blog post on wheelchair perks and how I feel about it (mixed feelings I guess). 

December 7th: Elf Yourself Video:

Some days we (mommy) needs and easy activity. So, we made a few Elf Yourself videos. The boys thought they were hysterical. 

December 8th: Fingerprint Crafts

I saw these Christmas craft ideas using fingerprints and I thought they were so cute. I had some extra tiles so we used those for our crafts. You can use these tiles as coasters or decorations.

Working hard on his wreath.

It ain't a craft if it ain't messy.

Caleb's fingerprint light strand. Benjamin fingerprint Christmas wreath. 

Fluffy Sweet Sugar (our Kindness Lamb) has had some things for us to do as well.

We baked a pumpkin pie for Daddy. Yes I know Thanksgiving is over so the time for pumpkin pie is past. But really, does the time for pumpkin pie ever pass? I don't think so. Plus I wasn't feeling well over Thanksgiving so I didn't get a chance to make a pie.

Mixing it up. I love how the mobile stander gives Caleb the ability to help in the kitchen.

One day we just put this little bag of goodies in the mailbox for the mail carrier to find. He took it because it was gone when I went to check the mail!

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