Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Conference Walks

We had a great time watching General Conference this weekend.  The kids were actually in the room for most of it! (Sienna napped during the afternoon sessions.)

Sunday was the most beautiful rainy Fall day.  I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast, which were delicious and nice on a cooler day.  In between sessions, we went for a walk on the trail and threw rocks into the "river".

And jumped in all the puddles.

After the afternoon session, we drove down to Laguna Beach.  We got a parking spot right in front of the beach, and then backed up into the spot behind us where the guy offered us the remaining time on his meter.

An even bigger puddle to jump in!

Jumping off the boardwalk was Dalton's favorite part.

We watched dogs swim in the water, looked in the tide pools, climbed rocks, and played at the playground. It was the perfect end to such a wonderful day. 

September Sampler

Super Sienna!

Playing along.

Took the little kids and a friend to Centennial Farm before school one morning.

They were crating up the piglets.

Sienna started "preschool" one day a week, rotating co-op.

Pirates get free Krispy Kreme.

Pit stop on our way to Sea World.

Dalton was "Star of the Week" and got to bring the class "pet" home.

Dalton's portrait of Maggie eating fish.

John got a new office with a sit/stand desk.

Sienna in denial that it's time to go.

"Bye doggie! I'll miss you."

Pumpkin milkshakes after church.

Night swimming - new favorite family activity.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pumpkin Patch and Pony Ride

Sienna and I went with a little friend and his mom to the Irvine Park while the big kids were at school.

We went to the zoo with free coupons from the library.

Then explored the pumpkin patch.

Last, Sienna did a pony ride while her friend went on the train.

Snoopy Chadwick

We all made ourselves into Peanuts characters.

Sienna wanted "bad guy eyes."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Peacock Halloween Costume

For the third year in a row, Maggie has chosen to be a bird for Halloween rather than follow our family theme. To be fair, I am also not theme-ing, because "pregnant Minion" etc is weird.

She wanted to be a peacock and helped plan the costume, including colors, ordering of colors, design of her hat etc.

Maggie's peacock costume was under $20. I had to buy a roll of ribbon, four rolls of tulle, and a few sheets of felt. I had all the yarn on hand from previous projects, and most of the felt.

Crocheted Peacock Hat resources

I didn't buy the peacock hat pattern, just used it as an idea.

Peacock Tutu resources
peacock tutu tutorial (idea and visual for feathers)

I used the same tutu instructions I used for Sienna's Sulley tutu last Halloween.  I cut the tulle in longer lengths toward the back. I used the same color blue from Sienna's tutu (half a leftover roll, and 2 full rolls).  I also used a roll of lime green and a roll of beige. The beige looks pink and I wish I'd bought black instead. Oh well.

The feathers are cut from felt and fleece.  I glued them together with fabric glue, and sewed some lines to help keep them together. The center line up to the blue part of the eye also attaches each feather to the ribbon.

My beautiful peacock!

Side view.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nursery Singing Time Apron

I made this apron for singing time in Nursery. I used a variety of fabric scraps, some from a friend in the ward, on a monkey background with a polka dot ribbon to tie it with.  I just hemmed the monkey fabric, with a casing at the top for the ribbon.  The pockets are hemmed on one side (the top) and I sewed down the other three sides.

I bought some painted wooden shapes to use to represent some of the songs, and printed and laminated a bunch of pictures and clipart.  There's a variety of Primary songs, fun songs, and even a couple hymns, some of which the kids don't know at all, which doesn't matter because I'm usually the only one singing. The kids love getting to "pick a pocket" if they are sitting nicely in their seats and participating.  We have so many kids that each of them getting one turn is plenty of singing time for my poor pregnant lungs. I have about 30 pictures/shapes, so we mix up the songs every week.

Some examples of the images/songs I used:
Popcorn bucket: Popcorn Popping
Family: Families Can Be Together For Ever
Church: The Chapel Doors
Sun: Sunbeam
Monkey: 5 Little Monkey Swinging
Fish: The Fish in the Sea Go

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sea World and Dolphin Play Time

We went on family date to Sea World for my birthday.  I got kicked off the kiddie rides.

Feeding the bat rays. John's favorite part of the day.

Dalton and I got to play with a dolphin as part of my birthday gift.  We got to pet her, use hand signals, feed her fish, dance with her and more. It was really fun! 

Pineapple whip!

This sea turtle was very interested in the people.

Maggie surprised me by actually remembering the fish spa we did at the aquarium in Bangkok.