Friday, October 11, 2019

Fluffy Pumpkin Slime

I used to be fun... For some reason when the kids were younger it seems like we "did" more? I don't know how... maybe I just documented more because I didn't get fussed at for pictures or whatnot... I don't know. Regardless, I heard one of my kids mention that we don't do a whole lot of projects any more. (surprisingly it was my eldest who is moved out!) but it broke me and I wanted to remedy that, immediately! Even if the kids are big, projects are FUN! And we have the privilege to have little Ace with us so often I want him to remember fun projects with Chas Burrell and the kids. 
So we are making fluffy pumpkin slime. 
It's easy. It's messy. It's fun.

Here's what we did!

First of all, we took a mason jar and cut out a face to put on the jar. Just like we would for a jack-o-lantern.  

We took our triangle eyes and nose and our haphazard mouth and stuck them on the jar with a glue stick.

Then we got a large bowl and began to mix the following:
4 cups shaving cream
1/2 cup elmers glue
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp (plus more if slime is still too sticky) saline solution
Food Coloring
We plopped the shaving cream into our bowl.
We dropped some food coloring into our glue. (we ended up using LOTS more to get the orange pumpkin color we wanted)
We mixed the two together and added the baking soda and contact solution.
We started off by mixing with a spatula, but that was short lived, because most of us can't wait to get our hands IN the slime and we did JUST that.... We started kneading and squishing and mixing...
and mixing....
and mixing....
and stretching...
Til we got a nice smooth consistency that didn't stick to our hands too much. 
I bought a little pack of creepy crawler bugs to add to our slime, and for some reason it came with that mega creepy skull, I don't know why. 
This guy LOVED it.
He played and played and played with his slime!!!
Not much better than a fun hands on activity!

He loved it so much, he hardly wanted much of a nap and woke up extra early to be able to play with it some more. I call that a BIG WIN!!!
I have more ideas for projects for us. And note my big kids enjoyed this too! They are just not as excited for me to take their picture. haha.. breaks my heart.

Have some fun! Make some slime! 

Friday, June 28, 2019

A stroll through the garden...

A week in the garden update:
Things are really coming along. We are now getting squash, zucchini, and sometimes peppers daily. I expect to get tomatoes in the next few weeks. I look forward to gathering flowers as well as an apron full of garden produce. 

The butternut squash has started sprawling out big time. Today we actually put up a new trellis system, I can't wait to see how they grow. I adore butternut squash. 

Blackberries are in abundance as well, and I have been picking them every day or so. I've put up quite a few jars of blackberry jam. 

We still don't have bees... but I hope that is on the list before it gets too much farther down the road. 

My companion while picking blackberries early in the morning this week. 

I made that arrangement in the old watering can for our church's 80th homecoming this past Sunday... when we were finished with the decor I brought it home and decided it was a great addition to the porch. 

And last but not least, the turmeric has sprouted! I am excited to know that I will be able to grow this wonderful food... packed with so much health! It thrills me! 
I hope you enjoyed walking through the garden with me. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Carlie's Early Birthday Party

Our Carlie Jean turns 15 in just a few days... but because her birthday falls on the week of July 4th, there just isn't much time to be able to squeeze in a party with everyone vacationing. So, she asked if we could have a party at home a couple of weeks early. 

And that's what we did. She picked out the cake and her Aunt Ticky delivered. It was GORGEOUS! And sugar cookies too! 

We had volleyball, cornhole, board games, and more.
It was a wonderful evening.

My favorite part was the smiles and laughter that filled our place. It was a lot of work, but so worth the effort! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lights in the garden

As the garden has been growing and changing, I came across a picture that said something about adding lights to your garden area to enjoy. Carlie had asked if we could have a party at home for her birthday, so I began thinking... "how lovely would it be, if we added lights in the garden for her party?" And that's all it took, I asked for help from those who know more than me about electricity, wiring, building, and before long... my dream was realized. 

It turned out so pretty. I just can't get enough of this space. I am oftentimes found out there, even in this horrid humidity we are living in right now in Georgia... 
Morning times with my cup of coffee? Bliss.

Evening times as the sun goes down? 
Night, when the only lights are those of the garden and the stars above?

This space continues to be a blessing to me on so many levels. I think it is important to make your home and your life a beautiful place to be. And I am grateful to be doing just that on our little patch of earth. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Father's Day Weekend

For Father's Day weekend, my bunch went down to stay with my Dad and family, my Sister and her family on the lake.... I adore being on the water. I love getting up and watching the sun on the water, I love the birds, and the fish, and the critters scurrying around. I love the sounds, I love the coolishness of the morning. I love drinking my coffee in the quietness. I love it. So I was very excited to spend this weekend down on the lake with him for Father's Day. 
We rode on the boats, we jumped off the sides, we swam, and wakeboarded, and tubed, and jet skied, we ate, and swam some more, we fished and had a very enjoyable couple of days together!

Wishing we hadn't waited til late to take a picture of the three of us, but at least we got one! 
Logan sported the latest in lake fashions. 

The kids kayaked... look how smooth that water was in the morning... like glass.

This wren sat on that single post all morning long. and when it would fly away it would come back to that same one!

Kade was the wakeboard champ. He is so good at so many things! 

Laying around and having fun being together! 

Fishing! They got a nice catfish! 

Deacon got one too!!!

We watched... but did not participate in the tubing. haha.

As we were getting ready to leave on Sunday afternoon, a big storm was brewing... it was a wonderful weekend of togetherness and hopefully we can do it again soon!