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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bubbles and Chalk

What can is more fun than going outside on a warm breezy spring afternoon?

Why, going outside with Chalk & Bubbles, of course!

Buga and I spent a couple hours right outside our little city house chasing bubbles and drawing on the sidewalk. She didn't want to come back inside.

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When she layed down on the sidewalk - yes, the gross, city sidewalk where people and dogs walk all day long - instead of scolding her, I embraced it by drawing her chalk silhouette. She loved this! We added clothes to the finished outline. With her understanding her Self more, she LOVES seeing pictures, videos, and drawings of herself and the people she cares about most.

Grab some chalk and head outdoors for some
good-old-fashioned-sit-on-the-sidewalk-and-play
kind of fun!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BiB

Buga Still uses the Toddler Bib I made for her last year. Any time she eats something really messy (yogurt, soup, "Cheerios cereal milk") she asks to wear it.


You can find them at MamaMayiShop.com
$12.00 each

Friday, April 23, 2010

Easter Was How Many Days Ago?

I know Easter was so long ago...but I am just now putting up some pictures from our Holiday. I feel like me whole year lately has been like this...oh well :)


One of my favorite traditions around Easter is the egg hunt. It was a fun challenge to fill Easter eggs this year without using any candy. Here's what we came up with:


Craisins
Raisins
Curious George Stamp Set
Curious George Stickers
Wooden Truck (to paint)
Lego Duplo Dog

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Starting To Make More Sound Gizmos

Just got an order for one of my FAVORITE Sound Gizmos. As I grabbed it from the bin I decided that I need to make more. So I started cutting fabric. Much more time consuming than one would think...but you have to start somewhere!

$28.00


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Natural Science Museum



We brought the little ones on a great adventure last week.
Fun Fridays. We always get together and do something.
This time we went to the Natural Science Museum.
It's a cute little place in Center City.
The Dinosaurs and Stuffed Animals didn't really captivate their interests.


But the butterfly exhibit did.


And so did the "Outside In" exhibit - in the kids space upstairs.
This was their favorite part. Much more hands-on and exploratory. They played in the sandbox. Watched Turtles and Fish.
Pet a Hissing Cockroach. Built Puzzles. Read Books.
Learned about a Legless Lizzard. And Talked to Cowie the CowBird. Good Times.

I wish the whole museum was more "hands on". It was a great way to learn more about nature.

Oh, yeah...and did I mention we walked 9 miles on this day?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Through the eyes of babes...

We had a chance to go to The Lake a couple weeks ago. While we were there Buga and I went on a nature walk with my Aunt. It isn't very developed up there. This marked the beginner of someone's driveway. It says: "Penn State Fans Parking Only" and there is the logo of the Nittany Lion.

But Buga saw the sign and immediately thought / said :
"There's the lion's house, Mama!"

I love that I now have glimpses into what she's thinking through words. She communicates SO well!
It's Magical.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fancy Nancy


Fancy Fun. We have been reading these darling Fancy Nancy books about a little girl who adores being "fancy." Though her family is plain, she tries to teach them how to live a fancy life: frilly socks, ice cream WITH sprinkles, outfits with accessories, etc. I love how it helps build vocabulary. "I like writing with a pen that has a plume. A plume is just a fancy word for feather." (I was so this little girl growing up.)
I used to work at the Please Touch Museum and a couple years ago (before Fancy Nancy was a big deal) I came across the first book in the book store. I decided to dress up as "Fancy Nancy" for their annual Storybook Ball. Not because she was popular, but because I totally related to the character and thought it would be a splendid way to dress up for the evening. It was a big hit. Little girls ran up to me: "Are YOU Fancy Nancyyyyy???" And I would say: "Absolutely, Darling." and we would sit and read the story together - in my most fanciest, story-telling voice, of course. I saved the book for my little one (before I had a little one) secretly hoping to have a little girl who would LOVE sharing the Fancy Nancy tale with me. And to my heart's delight, I DO!

Dressing up is fun to do. My little Buga comes to me in high heels and bracelets. Sunglasses and hats. "Fancy, Fancy." She says. We drink tea with our pinkies out. Giggle and call each other Darling. When something's good, it's "Magnifique."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Craft Show


This weekend past with all its craziness. I had a craft show. Everyone who has ever done a craft show knows, the days (sometimes weeks) leading up to the show are absolute craziness. My husband and dear Buga have been very patient with me. And my Dear Husband and Mom were good sports about helping me with last minute midnight preparations. The Craft Show went well and here are a few pictures of the display. Yes, there is a LOT going on. Yes, it is ALL fun. and Yes, you can touch, feel, and play with just about anything. Such is our life :)






Outdoor Fun


We are making the most of the BEAUTIFUL weather. We went outside for a picnic by the water the other day. Buga loved seeing the water and watching the airplanes pass overhead. Living in the city makes it difficult to get outside for some good, clean, grassy fun...so when we found this line of trees we were so excited. To the average eye it might be "just trees", but to us it meant exercise, chase, follow-the-leader, laughter, giggles, and fun. I don't know if you can tell by the picture, but the trees are lined up in such a way that makes it great to Zig-Zag through them. We played Follow the Leader around and around and around...Buga thought it was hilarious that she was chasing me. I would hide behind the bigger trees and surprise her as she followed my lead. She kept wanting to play "More. More."

No toys. No gadgets. Just some good imaginative fun. So simple.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Splendid Confections



Our little one's belated birthday party this year was loosely themed "rainbow." Not so much as in a picture of a rainbow, but more so inspired by the bright colors. The fruit platter was arranged in color order. The goody bags were a set of rainbow colored bath crayons. And the cake, though plain on the outside, was filled with colorful, FANCY fun.

I made six 2" cakes - one of each color of the rainbow. When they were done baking I cut them in half (so I had 12 "cakes"). I layered one of each color with icing in between (x2 - we ended up with 2 full sized cakes) and covered it with white icing. No one knew of rainbow until we cut into the cake. It looked beautiful (more beautiful in person than this picture shows) and Layla LOVED it.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

So Many SHAPES

We went to the park the other day and I finally got around to taking pictures of Found Shapes. I want to make a little book for Buga with pictures of Shapes we find while walking around the city. I thought we could come up with other themes for Found Object books as well: like Numbers and the Alphabet. It's amazing what a little imagination can do to your perspective - you see things you never saw before.





Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm Riding a Turtle!


A trip to the park. Buga wants to "Ride a TurTle."


Taking time out for the little things.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Shadow Chasing



Shadows are so mysterious and yet so beautiful. While the sun beams brightly behind you a magical friend appears before you...the contrast of shapes dance on the sidewalk as you skip, walk, or stroll. Like looking in the mirror it is another way to see "Me". My fingers strumming. My legs stepping largely. My hair bouncing in stride. I move my Self and my friend follows - obediently - politely mimicking my maneuvers. A shadow is so simple yet provides insight into the complex understanding of my Self and a kinesthetic understanding of my own body. So make a puppet or glance at your whole body, from head to toe. Do a jig on the sidewalk with your quiet friend. Take turns tracing your body with chalk while you practice standing as still as a statue. And remember you will always have a friend...who takes his or her lead from no one other than You.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Waiting Fingers!!

FINALLY caught on camera - the elusive - Waiting Fingers!

Awhile back my friend Maria shared with me that out of desperation, on a LOOONG wait at the doctor's office she pulled out a trick that Layla and I use daily....she was out of patience with her little one...he was out of patience with waiting. They tried singing, reading, dancing, writing...anything she could think of. Promise of the doctor's quick return, she asked Jack to use his "Waiting Fingers". Though they had not used this before, Jack has seen Layla and I use this patience-trick together...and much to his Mama's surprise, he stopped fussing, held out his little fingers, and wiggled them.

Sometimes all you need is a moment to calm down and this little diddy provides just that...and an opportunity to teach patience to your little one.

Layla and I started using sign language to communicate when she was about 9 months old. One of the signs we learned was "Wait" - you hold your open hands in front of you and wiggle your fingers like they are "waiting around." Whenever I needed a moment - to get food - a toy - or just to go to the bathroom - I would ask her to use her "waiting fingers" just a moment. I eventually turned it into a little song that gives me about 30 seconds of ... deep breath ... just enough time for us to both calm down and take a moment.

Here it goes...

Waiting Fingers
Waiting Fingers
Layla's Waiting Patiently.

Waiting Fingers
Waiting Fingers
Wait a Minute and You'll See...


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I used MY waiting fingers for months trying to catch this elusive little diddy on video...enjoy!