Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fishing Weekend

Spending one morning at Raccoon River Park on free fishing weekend has become a tradition for our family and also an early birthday celebration for the minis. In fact, it's one of our favorite weekends of the summer! Other than fishing it was actually quite the busy weekend. Hubs had to work on Saturday, so that left me in charge of shuffling the minis in between playdates, end of the year parties, and attending graduation parties. 

The weekend started with the oldest mini claiming to be out of deoderant. Turns out he didn't know he needed to turn it upwards to get more.

After a day of running around, we brought pizzas to the Museum where we hosted a Pizza Party for our volunteers. My minis enjoyed running around and having all of the toys to themselves. The nice part was that there was plenty of pizza leftover that we got dinner the next evening out of it too!

What's more fitting than ice cream after a dinner of pizza?? Our first visit to Snookies for 2018.

Sunday morning didn't go quite as planned. No one woke up in a particularly good mood, but the oldest had a meltdown because he couldn't find his Captain America hat. Full on crying, yelling, telling us he didn't want to be in our family anymore....one of THOSE meltdowns (or as I call them, the pre-teen tantrum). Things were scary in our house that morning. We were supposed to arrive at Raccoon River Park at 9 a.m. but didn't get there until nearly 10. For the sake of everyone, we waited until everyone was calmed down.

But once we arrive at the lake, everyone was (pretty much) happy and excited about fishing!

Fishing with a Starbucks in hand.

We managed to get a selfie with everyone in it!

We had a picnic at the park (which was interesting given the incredibly windy day we were given) and celebrated the minis birthday with deli sandwiches and their favorite cupcakes.

Yummy Scratch cupcakes!

After our fishing morning, we told the minis we'd take them to their favorite spraygrounds to play, but they chose to break in their new dino sprinkler in the backyard instead! 

Harrison displayed his new cat butt magnets proudly. This was just one of many interesting things he asked for for his birthday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

4 Ways To Make Your Own Slime

We're kind of slime connoisseurs over here. We were waaayyy ahead of the recent slime craze, but we've enjoyed trying out new recipes along the way. This was the first time that I set out a variety of slime ingredients, posted a few of our favorite recipes for the kids to see, and let the kids make their own slimes. For the most part it was successful, minus a couple of recipes that turned out way too sticky thanks to not following the recipe (like at all).  Amazingly slime didn't end up everywhere on the floor, but a few shirts had to be washed.

Our favorite recipe for the day wasn't even one of our original recipes. It's something I created while trying to help another child. The best part of this activity is that it could easily keep kids occupied for 
an entire day!


Our ingredient list included: 
  • LOTS of glue. Some small bottles and one large jug
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Liquid starch
  • Contact solution
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Plenty of measuring cups and spoons

Our favorite slime recipes:

Recipe #1

  • 1 bottle of school glue
  • 1 cup liquid stach
  • food coloring and/or glitter (or any other add-ins you may want)
* This is the slime recipe I've used for years and love it!

Recipe #2
  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of water (the kids needed a bit more water than this but not too much more)
  • food coloring and/or glitter
* This is actually the recipe we use to make goop

Recipe #3
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • 1/2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tbsp contact lens solution
  • food coloring and/or glitter (or any other add-ins you'd like)
Recipe #4

  • 1/2 cup glue
  • 1 1/2 cup shaving cream
  • 2 1/2 tbsp contact solution
  • food coloring and/or glitter (or any other add-ins)

* This was the recipe that came out stickier than sticky. I do not recommend this recipe

Recipe #5

  • 1/2 cup of glue
  • 3 cups shaving cream
  • 2 tbsp contact solution
  • 1 tbsp of corn starch
  • 1/3 cup of liquid starch (I had this sitting out for another slime recipe I was going to do next and accidentally poured it into this mixture)

* This wound up being the favorite recipe of the day! It was incredibly fluffy, not sticky at all, could stretch without breaking, and mixed together easily. We will be making this one again!

Each big kid had a little kid partner. This worked great for everyone! The bigs got to test their leadership skills and the littles got to feel like big kids for a bit.

The kids went a liiiittttle crazy with the food coloring. Everyone left daycare with this blueish, purplish color of hands. I would say this was a daycare first, but no.

Our one casualty of the day was the trash can lid. It required a good scrubbing (or two) at the end of the day.