Friday, February 27, 2015

ingenuity

Connor loves to make his own stuff.  If there is something he likes or wants but either doesn't have or we won't spend the money on he usually doesn't complain, he just creates his own.  A prime example is the cardboard and paper 3DS he carries around in his back pocket.  He definitely was influenced by his older brother because Micah has always been one to create as well and while there are times we do purchase their greatest wishes it's just as fun or even more so to watch the way they make their own.

Recently Connor decided to make a skateboard.  This idea was influenced by a few things around him.  The first was his buddy William buying a ripstik and the second was of course a curious george episode where george used cars to roll a large piece of wood.  Connor took a board he had decorated and duct taped cars all over the bottom and spent days "skateboarding" around the house.  He even helped Logan make one too.  I am absolutely in love with the imaginations that come out of my boys!







Thursday, February 26, 2015

eating playdoh

A few weeks ago Logan and I attempted making homemade playdoh.  I grabbed a recipe off pinterest that would allow me to use ingredients I already had because the wet, frigid (for Georgia) weather wasn't friendly for store visiting.  We followed the directions and ended up with a lump of doughy disgustingness that smelled funny and was a disaster to play with.

I promised Logan that day that they next time we tried to make playdoh it would be the kind you can eat.  That way if it was worthless for actual playdohing at least we would have a yummy snack.  I sought pinterest again, it really is the greatest source for projects of all kinds, and found this pin that had links for 15 different recipes.  We started with the vanilla and the chocolate.  They were both really easy to make and were delicious.  I personally thought the vanilla was WAY too sweet which makes sense because the two ingredients are whipped icing and powdered sugar.  The chocolate, however, tasted just like brownie batter and would probably make a delicious truffle!

All three boys loved playing with it as well.  They were both malleable and didn't get too sticky with warm little boys hands touching it.  Logan spent a lot more time eating than playing but that is to be expected.  Also to be expected was the HUGE mess they made on and under the table but I will always sacrifice a mess for an hour plus of fun and concentration. 















Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ballin' with buds

We've been doing small parties for a couple of years now.  We love both of our families but they are huge and we learned the hard way that it can get quite overwhelming for me and our sensitive boys to have family and friends thrown together in a big shindig.  

Usually we let the boys pick a couple friends to go do something fun.  This year all Micah wanted was to play basketball with friends.  We searched around to borrow a gym so that it could just be us there and Zach found a place in Covington.  Conyers Street is owned by the Rec Dept and you can rent it by the hour.  I've driven by it hundreds of times on the way to and from school and was hoping by the look of the outside that the inside would be a cool old gym with lots of vintage appeal.  I was not disappointed.  It looked like a set right out of Hoosiers!

This space is not meant for parties or even for nice activities but it had a heated gym full of space for ballin' so it was perfect!  Zach was in charge of the party.  They started with some fun warm ups and then played a few different basketball inspired games.  There were team shot contests, Granny shooting contests, free throw contests, a game of 4 on 4 which included all the adults and just some fun free time shooting around.  The guests had a blast and that's all we were looking for!  
































birthday day

Micah had a great 8th birthday.  When got in all our traditions...

The traditional balloon number.  PSA, the number 8 is REALLY hard to make with big balloons especially if the only tape you have is painters tape :/



The traditional ballooned chair with choice of breakfast.  His choice was Eggo Waffles and hot tea.






The traditional measuring of the birthday boy.  Micah has grown over three inches since last year.





The traditional opening of the gifts.  We gave him two nerf guns, the two Wimpy Kid books he didn't have, some basketball clothes and a spy watch.
















The traditional pick your own birthday dinner.  He wanted seafood so we went to a place called Grumpy's in Covington.




Last but not least was the traditional make mama cry by watching the birthday boy as a baby boy.  I love home movies!

micah's first steps


Micah playing the drums.  This is one of my favorites.  This was around the age where the word elephant sounded like oh sh*%.  Quite humorous.


And one of the best ones ever is Micah and Bella "throwing rocks at the ding" in the mountains.  This consists of them grabbing handfuls of rocks from the driveway and throwing them at a metal covering in the woods and laughing hysterically every time they hit it because it made a DING sound.  



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