Sunday, January 8, 2017

Beaumont Children's Museum

On Thursday, December 29th, the kids & I went to Lego Day at the Beaumont Children's Museum.

They had several lego activities planned throughout the day, but we just wanted to free build with this giant pile of legos!!

Alex & I both made a Pikachu. His is MUCH BETTER than mine!
And Addy made Swablu

and her evolution Altaria.
Of course both of hers are great!

After building with legos for a bit, we made our way around the museum, checking out several of the exhibits.
Here are some of the fun things that we did...

We connected gears & tried to make them all turn at once.

And we made silly faces out of magnetic shapes.

We colored 

and drew pictures.
We played with sand

and air.

And dug for dinosaur bones.

And of all that was just in the hallway! 

Then we went inside the main room & we...

played music.

We built with small blocks.

And built with LARGE blocks.

And before heading out, we played captain of the ship!

It was our first time to visit the Beaumont Children's Museum & I have to say, I was quite impressed with it! (Especially considering it's in the hallway & classrooms of the Beaumont Community Center!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Life As We Know It... Christmas Edition

Here are some of the things we've been doing this Christmas season...

On December 2nd, Addy & I went to our Girl Scout
Christmas pajama party/service project.

Our troop decided that for their fall service project that they wanted to make Christmas ornaments & take up a collection of cookies & gift cards for the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation.

So we combined that with our troop Christmas party.

At the party, the girls made super cool ornaments by 

melting crayons inside a glass ball.

And reindeer ornaments using glitter & mopping solution as the glue!
The girls made 2 of each, 1 to donate to the foundation & 1 to keep for themselves.

They also painted Christmas pictures and took photos in our 
homemade photo booth!

We asked each girl to bring a box of cookies & a gift card to the party to donate to the foundation. We collected about 50 boxes of cookies & 
almost $300 in gift cards.

Addy helped me box everything up & then I delivered it to the foundation.

The kids had their Christmas parties at school...

During Alex's party, they made shapes out of pipe cleaners & pony beads.

Alex made his into this heart for me!

They also decorated cookies & cut paper into 


During Addy's party, they played a marshmallow toss & catch game, made trail mix & painted Christmas ornaments.

And Nick & I also went to a Christmas party.

Not a school party though, just one that a friend was throwing 
& we had a great time!

The kids & I painted Santas.

I sketched them all out the same but boy did they all turn our really different!

We also made gingerbread houses

and Christmas trash

homemade hot chocolate & lots of other yummy Christmas treats that I didn't get a picture of.

And of course we spent a LOT of time decorating the house 
for the Christmas season!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Here's how we spent our Thanksgiving this year...

On Thursday morning, we drove to Nick's parents house in Lumberton. 

Wayne & his kids & Maryse & Kennin also came over 
& we ate the delicious lunch that Pat prepared. 

And took some silly selfies.

After lunch, we did a quick photo shoot to try & get some pictures for our Christmas cards. (And by photo shoot, I mean that I took some pictures of the kids in Nick's parents back yard & then passed my camera to Pat to take pictures of the four of us :)

Here are a few of my favorites...

And the winners for our Christmas cards were...

After our impromptu photo shoot, we headed back home so that Nick would be ready for Black Friday.

We were supposed to drive back to town on Saturday, the 26th to celebrate Thanksgiving & Hannah's & Larkin's birthdays with my side of the family but Brooke's kids ended up getting sick. So we did not celebrate Thanksgiving with the Hoosier side of the family this year after all, only with the Stricklands. 

And that's how we spent our Thanksgiving!