GF Easy Bake Oven

R2 has one of these, we’ve used it, like, once. *hides* She’s GF like me and pulled it out today lamenting how we never use it so I got on the ‘net and found some GF recipes and even a company that sells GF mixes! I had to share:

Mixes:

www.FoodTek.com

Recipes:

http://www.gfessentials.com/product.asp?catID=7

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/easy-bake-oven-mixes-187/ – these are regular DIY recipes but you can easily sub gf flours

Finders Keepers Treasures

I saw this on a blog and when I told the kids about it they thought it was a great idea so we started collecting rocks and shells. We hit the jackpot last week when we went swimming at the creek:

So today, while R1, R2 and I started a game of Yahtzee I got R3 started on painting.

And she was having so much fun that the rest of us started wandering over to help when it wasn’t our turn in the game.

After the paint dried we went back and used Mod Podge (made by me thanks to Pinterest), stickers, googly eyes and other objects to decorate them – and we wrote a message on the bottoms of the ones we could (“Bless You”, “Jesus Loves You”, “Peace”, etc.).

The boy got a little carried away with the googly eyes, but they turned out so cute!

And I’m super proud of this one – the one on the left is a bird that R3 made! I was seriously impressed. And the one on the right R1 made to go with it – love his idea to use leaves as wings.

I’m sure you’re wondering what the point is… we put them all in a basket to keep in our car. From now on when we go somewhere in town the kids will pick a few to leave in strategic places in hopes that other children will find them and get a sweet surprise to brighten their day.

“First Day of School”

I printed out pages with the kids’ grades on them for them to hold up today so I could take a pic and when I woke up I started thinking about dressing them up and taking pics… and then I realized that that was silly. So, after cuddling time in my bed and then going outside and back in and back out and back in to play with Trio’s I decided to snap a “real” picture:

Since discovering TJEd we don’t really ever stop schooling around here – it’s really starting to become a way of life, learning in everything we do. I’m so thankful for this journey God has brought us on.

NC/GA Adventures

The kids and I took off for 2 weeks to NC to visit my BFF and her family. We had so.much.fun. R lives at the bottom of a mountain so there is tons of wildlife and beautiful views. And the weather was perfect.

Here are a few scrapbook pages – more coming! We went to the WNC Nature Center, the Arboretum and Health Adventure while there. On our way home we stopped in GA to stay with another friend and went to the Stone Mountain Laser Show and the Yellow River Game Ranch.

Funnies Take 1,345

Chris told R3 he was going to start calling her cupcake. Later that day when I called her that she said, “NO! Call me Coffee cup heart with pie and a strawberry on top” – methinks she doesnt understand the purpose of a nickname.

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LMBO R3 just put a bracelet on Chris and then yanked it off and said, “Hey, you’re a boy not a girl, who gave you that bracelet?”

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R2 has had a loose tooth (bottom front right, the perm one is already in behind it!) for a couple weeks. Well, today she finally yanked it out and then ran thru the house yelling, “I’m gonna get a hundred bucks!” R1 quickly informed her that she was not.

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Day of Crafts

The kids and I had some fun with crafts today!

Snowman handprint bulbs – this one is R3’s

then we made this cool “snowflake” for the tree.

We also made a bunch of snowflakes from coffee filters – R2 seems to have a knack!

Then the girls painted shiny pictures with condensed milk colored with food color. I’ll have to get some pics.

Haircuts

The kids all needed a trim but then the girls decided they wanted CUTS! I was leery, I really love my girls’ hair, especially R2’s. Those curls! Well, Ms. Jessica not only cut it but she straightened R2’s, also, something we’ve never done. R2 LOVED it! She wouldn’t wash it for three days! LOL Here are a few quick snaps:

We trimmed the back of R1’s a bit, too, but it’s rare that I get a decent pic of him!