Monday, March 16, 2009


I had visions of doing some really fun things with the kids over the weekend. A strong desire because for the last few weeks one or both of them has been sick. Not just a week or two, I'm talking 7 weeks. Talk about cabin fever. Although we did have fun, it didn't involve going to the Children's Museum to see the Lego Castle exhibit, or a fun new kids movie, or the zoo. It involved a trip (or two, who am I kidding, I can't go just once over the weekend) to the grocery store, taking Maggie to doggie daycare, dance class, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, playing outside, church, and numerous trips yesterday to find the remaining things needed to finish projects. Ahhh...I love weekends filled with projects. But these weren't grown-up projects, these were kid projects.

Santa brought Eli a bird feeder kit for Christmas and the boy has been dying to get it put together. Cody and Eli set out Saturday afternoon to build this (and maybe Hannah helped too). The problem was that one of the elves didn't really have all the measurements correct. It's a good thing I have a very smart and handy man. He redid a few things and made it work. Yesterday we went 3 different places looking for paint. We didn't have any luck so it still needs some blue and red and some bird seed (which I have been reminded of at least 24 times) for it to be fully functioning.

The second project was one for Hannah and I (cause us girls have to stick together). She (we) had to make a Leprechaun trap for school. Initially, this started out with discussions throughout the week about how the trap would work. She wanted to set-up a box and have it fall on him when he took the "gold." Upon careful consideration, this was going to be a little too hard for a kindergartner to do. So we opted to lure the Leprechaun over some tissue paper and have him fall into some Easter basket grass, because he can't hurt himself, right? He would find lots of gold and jewels to help him up the ladder, across the "path" (tissue paper), and to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Man, this girl was soooo proud of this. It sucks that she got up with a fever this morning and all we could do was take it to school and tell her teacher how it worked. She was upset!! She wanted so badly to explain to the class how her trapped worked. I'm just really hoping she'll get to go tomorrow, because I'm pretty sure that we have been able to outsmart the Leprechaun and he might be in the trap in the morning.

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