A Spectacular Saturday

So it’s been awhile. Almost two months since I have found time to sit and write more than a daily Facebook update. I have a lot of catching up to do which will definitely happen in an upcoming post but right now I feel like I should write about our Saturday before it becomes a fleeting memory.

Somehow my husband, the baby, and I slept until 9am which in itself is a miraculously epic way to begin a Saturday in our house. Normally our two preschoolers are up before the crack of dawn relentlessly issuing demands for milk, food, a TV show, or iPad time. But somehow we thwarted their requests this morning and slept in, mostly uninterrupted. Vox finally woke up around 9am to nurse and his adorable smiles convinced me that it was probably time to start the day. A couple of hours later, tummies were filled with whole wheat French toast and maple sausages then we made our way to the library.

We really love our local library and go at least once a week to borrow copious amounts of books, a few Signing Time or Scholastic Book DVD’s, and let the kids play in the awesome Science and Education area which is filled with toys that are both scientific and educational in nature. Its really a great place for learning and I love that I can borrow all the books we need for our preschool lessons each week instead of spending a ton of money to purchase them.

Anyway, by the time we made our way back home it was noon, unbearably hot outside, and I had about a million things that needed to be done around the house ranging from laundry to cleaning to finishing up my preschool lesson plans for next week. But I didn’t do any of that stuff. My kitchen is still a mess, there are baby clothes, kids clothes, and cloth diapers that need washing. I have hours of preschool curriculum to write and a whole slew of 3 month baby clothes to pack away that Vox has outgrown (insert sad nostalgic sentiment here). But, as it turns out, sometimes we need to put these type of things aside for a bit so….

The rest of our Saturday, instead, went something like this:

Swimming and Jumping in the pool
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Baby conversations, smiles, and naps in the shade
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Wet afternoon picnic and popsicle bliss.
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Outdoor blanket cave mayhem
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Running through sprinklers and chattering teeth
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Bike rides and a chalk covered driveway
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Ergo cuddles and sweaty baby naps
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It was a spontaneously wonderful day and we are settling in for the evening with Fantastic Mr. Fox and a few heavy eyed kidlets who needed a day like this more than anyone could ever need a clean house.
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Rock in the Weekend Project- Ice Packs and Bean Bags

Friday’s tend to be a project day in our house because we like to end our week and usher in our weekend with a little flair. Since we are preparing for a snowstorm this weekend, I thought it would fun to make some rice filled ice packs for the kids (which they have been asking me to make for months). They can also double as bean bags for some tossing games we can play indoors. This is a really simple and inexpensive sewing project as it only uses some scrap fabric and a bag of rice. I used some long grain white rice that we’ve had since before we switched over to eating only whole grains and some flannel fabric squares from my scrap collection. I got the kids involved by letting them pick the fabric and spoon rice into each of their bags. It was certainly a little messy but we had fun.

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Here’s how we did it:

Materials:
- scrap fabric (2 pieces per bag), cut into squares or rectangles, or get creative and cut them into something more interesting, like owlets.
-sewing machine, and minimal sewing skills
- a bag of rice, I suggest long grain white rice because it is inexpensive

Directions:

1. Lay the two halves of your bag on top of one another with the right sides facing each other like this:

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2. Sew all the way around leaving a gap of about 2″ in one section to pour rice into.

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3. Turn right side out and fill 1/2 to 3/4 full of rice, depending on desired weight.

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4. Close the opening by pinning it together and sewing it closed. This is difficult to do if your bag is too full so be mindful of that during step 3.

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Since I had a huge bag of rice and plenty left over, I thought the kids would enjoy playing with it which created a great opportunity talk about measurements with them. I dug out a bunch of measuring cups, measuring spoons, and some containers for them to fill up with rice and let them play while we talked about simple measurements and fractions. It was a lot of fun and we only ended up getting about 1/2 cup of rice on the floor, so not much of a loss there. It was well worth the 45 minutes of sensory play!

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I hope all of you have a great weekend!!

-Erica