Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I wanted to put it up here because I will certainly do it again.
We set up stations:
-a bowl for soaking crayons so that the labels would peel off easily
-a washcloth for patting dry crayons after soaking
-a container for the labels/paper
Then I let Caitlin design her new crayons by placing the bits in the muffin wells. She made one pink/purple, many mixtures, one of various yellows--whatever. Once the colors schemes were designed, we broke the crayon bits down further as best as we could by breaking them into tiny bits with our hands.
Then we popped them in a 250-300 degree oven. It took maybe 10 minutes. Just until they were soupy. The thing that I did wrong was I didn't make each muffin/crayon equal size, so the ones with less crayon bits were melted way before the ones with more. So if I did it again, I would make them all the same as much as possible. In a couple cases, most of the crayons were melted together, but one or two bits were sticking straight up. I just used a wooden craft/popsicle stick to mash them in while they were hot and that worked okay. Note--do not mix them up unless you want a bunch of brown crayon disks in the end.
Then you pop them in the freezer for 30-60 minutes and then kind of fall out after that. Take them out carefully b/c they're pretty brittle and break easily.
The end product is pretty fun. They kept Caitlin busy coloring and experimenting for a good 2 hours this afternoon. The 2 year olds liked them too. We will do this again. They'd make fun little gifts too--especially if you have cuter muffin tins or the silicone ones that come in cute shapes. But I really like the circular ones.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
25 pounds 8 ounces
33 inches tall
10th percentile for both for an actual 2 year old
27 pounds 6 ounces--50th percentile for an actual 2 year old
35 inches tall--75th percentile for an actual 2 year old
Their "adjusted" bday is not until May 17th, so they aren't quite supposed to be 2 yet. We're really happy with their growth, especially considering Ryan had completely fallen off the growth chart during his hospitalization last month. He has gained 2 pounds in the past 4 weeks! amazing. No developmental delays or any other concerns. They were both really well behaved with our pediatrician.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Caitlin started her 2nd tap session a couple weeks ago and this is the first time I've seen her really get excited about dance and want to do it at home. She loves it.
Don't let her slow start fool you--she's got some moves. My favorite is right near the end with the pivots and head turns-"fancy dancing."
Monday, March 14, 2011
Ryan checked out Grandpa's watch
of course the boys gathered round the technology
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Ryan: I'm sorry about the pink snowpants and purple boots. They fit you better than Nora. That's all I can say.
Christmas at Nana and Grandpas:
Ryan loves looking at these mugs my parents had made for us. Everytime we get them out, he points at the pictures and says everyone's names.
Christmas at our house when we got home on the 26th.
wohoo! the toaster nazi gets a new toaster.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Someone sent me this on Facebook:
1. What is something mom always says to you?
2. What makes mom happy?
me being happy.
3. What makes mom sad?
me being sad.
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
5. What was your mom like as a child?
just like me.
6. How old is your mom?
7. How tall is your mom?
i don't know how many inches.
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
snuggle with her kids.
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
lay on the couch.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
11. What is your mom really good at?
taking care of her kids.
12. What is your mom not very good at?
13. What does your mom do for a job?
working at the hospital. gives medicine.
14.What is your mom's favorite food?
15.What makes you proud of your mom?
being my mommy.
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
17. What do you and your mom do together?
18. How are you and your mom the same?
19. How are you and your mom different?.
Different colored skin.
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
because you first loved me. (I think she is getting me confused with Jesus)
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
He loves her.
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
to the Ypsilanti Meijer.