Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Awesome Christmas Crafts

You will have a blast making these two adorable Christmas crafts this week.

 This cute caroler is made out of a toilet paper roll and
the reindeer is made out of a glove.

Glove Reindeer:
-Poke thumb inside glove
-Use stuffing material to fill 4 fingers and hand
-Use string to tie 2 fingers on each side together
-Tie bottom of glove with yarn and thread jingle bell
-Stick wiggly eyes on face
-Glue berry nose

 Christmas Carolers:
-Wrap and glue construction paper around tube
-Place hat on tube- hat is made out of old baby sock tied with yarn
-Trace a face on oval paper and glue
-Glue mittens to music paper and add it to tube

 Enjoy your weekend, we are counting down the days.
Many Blessings, Karen

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wayfair Review

Yeah, It's the holidays and I received the opportunity to do a review for the new Wayfair.  I am really impressed with their toy selection for both baby and older children.

They have a zillion things for every part of the home.  The Wayfair site is easy to navigate through and has good prices for all your holiday needs.

I am placing an order for a coffee percolator, they make the best hot coffee with out a filter.  I'll post a picture when it arrives. 
Happy Holiday Shopping!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa Advent Calendar

 We will be bearding Santa Claus again this year!  My girls adore this Santa beard advent calendar that we found here
  Our boxes are all unpacked, but now I am trying to get organized.  After school today we plan on getting out our Christmas decorations.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Downloads

My girls have really enjoyed planning their Thanksgiving table around these free printables.  The menu planning, napkin rings, and name cards have already been assembled.  Be sure to check out Paper and Glitter for these fun paper crafts.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings, big, and small!

We are settling into our new life in North Carolina.  The move went well, the girls have made new friends, and our little pumpkin is just perfect.  We have a lot of fun activities planned during the next few weeks that I will post about soon.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We're Moving...

I just wanted to keep you all posted...we are moving to North Carolina.  I would love to know how many of Sippy Cup's followers live there, please message me if you do.  We have a house full of boxes, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  It will be a good move and for a good reason, so please join us on our next adventure. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween Hand Bats & Vampires

We used a simple paper roll and black construction paper to create a spooky vampire bat.

We make hand bats every year.  I like to see how long their fingers have grown since last Halloween.

Have A Spooktacular Day!
Linked to: No Time For Flash Cards
ABC and 123

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Word Girl Halloween Costume

This is my favorite Halloween costume that I made for the girls.  It was fashioned after the PBS show WordGirl. In the pictures below you will see WordGirl and her sidekick Captain Huggy Face as they take to the streets to trick-or-treat in a neighborhood near you!

 These two superheros fight evil with word power. My girls love the PBS show WordGirl.

 I used yellow felt and cut out a super hero cape.
 For WordGirl a basic red long sleeve T-shirt and red leggings did the job. I cut the yellow emblem and belt out of felt and glued it onto the shirt. The belt buckle is a circular piece of cardboard wrapped in foil.
 For Captain Huggy Face I used a blue sweatshirt and sweatpants. I glued a yellow felt lightning bolt onto the front.  I made fake shorts with red felt and glued on the belt the same way as the WordGirl costume. The shorts tie around the waist, which is hidden by the cape.  I used a red stocking cap for both costumes, but CHF has yellow felt ears glued on and an antennae made out of foil that is held on with a rubber band.

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Word Up!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Columbus Boats

We made these cute boats to go along with our Classical Conversations history sentence and they turned out great. 

History Sentence:
In 1492, Columbus sailed on the first of four trips to the Caribbean on three Spanish ships, called the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria.

I think they will make cute name cards for our Thanksgiving table.  We followed these directions, but used a chopstick to hold the sails up.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Pie Playdough

Apple pie playdough with my favorite recipe here.
Perfect Playdough
1 c. flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. cream of tartar
1 c. water
Food coloring of your choice
Add-ins of your choice (i.e. spices, extracts, glitter, etc.)

Stir ingredients together into a saucepan. Over medium heat cook the dough until it pulls away from the pan. Lay onto a cutting board and knead well, it will be hot to touch. Allow to cool and enjoy.

Linked to: No Time For Flashcards and Homeschool Confessions

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Toilet Paper Pumpkin

Here is a great last minute craft idea for decorating just about any part of your house. Plus, this cute little pumpkin would be good to place on the back of the toilet seat, just in case you run out.
-Take a roll of toilet paper and give a little smoosh.
-Take a Fat Quarter and start stuffing it into the center all the way around.
-Secure with a twig pushed into the middle and add ribbon to decorate.

These toilet paper pumpkins can be left out until Thanksgiving too. We made this cute craft at MOPS, you can find more toilet paper pumpkins here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thirsty Celery Experiment- Science

The girls had a fun time watching the celery veins change colors over night.  This science experiment is an example of absorption.  They learned that the stem of the celery stalk soaks up water through the ground to survive.  When we cut the stalks in half the girls noticed that the colored water was sucked up through little holes in the stalk. The veins in the leaves also turned a color.

The data was recorded over a three day period using this data record observation form from ABCteach.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Me On The Map

This is a great way for kids to get an idea of where they are in the world.

Each circle zooms out into the big picture:
home, street, city, state, country, continent, planet

I have seen this over at Counting Coconuts, Finally in First, and the Activity Mom.  This is a fun activity to do with an atlas and we now have a good understanding of where they live.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Haddie's Beautiful Birth

6 weeks
I had a beautiful birth, I never thought I would say that, but baby number three was magical.

The details leading up to Haddie's birth:
Little Haddie kept us guessing up until 40 weeks and 1 day.  She was a "flipper"- one week breach, next week transverse, the following day head-down.  The word C-section was mentioned a few times, but my babies usually come late and I was in no hurry.  I did many head stands in the pool, used hot and cold packs on my belly, and crawled on all fours to get her to turn.  My girls got the biggest kick seeing me perform these tricks.

I had a regular doctor check-up at 40 weeks and 3 days.  I was doing well and so was baby.  It was finally confirmed with an ultrasound that little girl had followed directions and was head down!  My doctor knew how much I wanted things to happen naturally, but thought it was a good idea to be induced that evening as she was in the right position.  I agreed, but had second thoughts, but my hubby assured me that I was doing the right thing.  I was already 3 centimeters dilated, but not effaced.  With my previous births,  I was 2 weeks late, and only 1/2 centimeter dilated so this was big news for me.

To the hospital:
Everything was going as planned...I was still able to go to my daughter's swim meet at 5, eat a good dinner with hubby, and arrive at the hospital around midnight. Well, the swim meet was a rain-out, my parent's took the girls, and hubby and I went home to relax.  Shortly after arriving home I used the bathroom I had a bloody-show. I was happy that things were happening naturally this time.  Then about an hour later, mild contractions began.  My contraction progressed to about 5 to 4 minutes a part for a short time and I started getting nervous.  I never had contractions prior to being induced with my other children.  I told my husband that if these contractions continued after a hot bath, we were heading to the hospital.

Well, they slowed, and we went to the hospital as scheduled.  Since labor had already begun they had me labor on my own during the night (I could have stayed in my own bed for that).  The next morning, the doctor broke my water, not much happened, and my good "nurse" friend arrived to help labor and deliver me!  She started pitocin around 7 in the morning and I progressed well.  I was now around 4 centimeters and asked if I wanted an epidural.  I was doing fine with the pain, but the hospital was getting busy, so I caved.  To me, the epidural, is one of the scariest parts.  I started shaking, and crying, and asking a ton of questions, like, "are you sure that needle is in the middle of my back?"  It turned out well and it felt like a walking epidural, which was fine with me.

I'll jump to the end now....The doc arrived, it was time to push.  I asked for a mirror so I could see what was happening, BIG gulp.  It was noon and I was starving!  I totally understood how to push this time, I was told to push like you're on the potty.  I got it, and in about 13 minutes out came Haddie.  The cord was wrapped around her neck and she was greyish in color.  They laid her on my chest and I kissed her.  It seemed like forever, but my hubby says it was about 30 seconds until she started breathing.  She had a lot of fluid in her lungs, but her color perked up fast after being placed under the warming lights.  She weighed 7lbs 1oz and was 19 1/2 inches long, with a perfect little head.  That little head was a blessing, it was so perfect and round since she never settled into position until delivery time.

My recovery was much faster this time, did I mention she has a lovely small head, and nursing is going fantastic.  I have nursed with each baby, but this time it's with out any supplementing.  I was nursing constantly the first 6 days, but it was worth it, and I am making an abundance of milk now.  I was never able to pump before, but now I hold up my 4 oz bottle like a kid at Christmas, "look what I got!" This fascinates my girls.  At 6 weeks she is sleeping for 6 hours and I am so happy.  The third times a charm for me.

Thanks for reading about my little miracle.  I am thankful she turned head down, I am thankful for patience,  the blessing of a beautiful birth, the support of my husband, and a healthy joyful family.

Big sisters and Haddie 2 weeks

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Homemade Doll Car

My girls fell in love with a big plastic pink doll car at a big name store, but the problem was it was a big plastic pink car that cost way too much.  When we arrived home they decided to make their own with items from our recycled craft box.  I just love how creative my girls can be!

We used: a box for the car, canister lids for steering wheels, foil to cover side mirror, bottle cap for horn, wheels from plastic totes, ribbon for seat belts, cupcake wrappers for headlights, and the wind shield is a piece of clear plastic.  Hot glue holds everything in place.
So far our American Girls have traveled to China, Florida, and California in their new car.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sponge Bombs

We found this fun idea for Sponge Bombs over at Counting Coconuts and the girls love taking them to the pool.  Just grab a few sponge packets, cut, twist, and secure with a zip tie and you'll be ready for summertime fun!

Sponge Bombs!
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