Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feeling Crafty

I went to Michael's last week to pick up some adhesive and made the mistake of walking down the ribbon aisle. I found an entire section of burlap with lace and cork rolls of ribbon. I loved their textures and had to pick up a couple of rolls.
 I took out a few Stampin' Up stamp sets, inks, and cardstock to made these cards.
I recently bought the Moon Lake stamp set but had not yet used it. The images in this set are so peaceful. I liked the monochromatic look of this card. If I make this card again, I may chalk the image. The greeting is from the retired Birthday Greetings set.
I pulled out my retired Definitely Daisy stamp set for this card. It was one of the first sets I ever bought. When I used it this week, I noticed there was an extra stamp in the box. It turns out it was the letter "O" from an alphabet set. I lost that "O" about ten years ago. I can't believe it has been sitting in this box. I used the happy birthday stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes on this card.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Story Themed Lunches

Boogs is reading chapter books and graphic novels on his own and I read chapter books to him before bed. Occasionally, I am able to sneak in a picture book for our bedtime reading. I came across this Battle Bunny book and thought Boogs would really get a kick out of it.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
Alex receives a simple and sweet little bunny book from his grandmother for his birthday. Alex alters the story by crossing out words, adding words, changing pictures, and adding-in his own illustrations. He turns the book from a sweet story into a story about the Bunny's evil plan to rule the world. Alex draws himself into the book to stop the evil Battle Bunny and save the world. I thought this was really clever. Boogs was not happy with this book. He was upset the author "felt the need to ruin a sweet little book that was a gift from a grandmother". We read each page twice - first the "real" story, then with the additions made by Alex. Boogs said he wished the authors "had just made their own Battle Bunny book from scratch instead of ruining the Birthday Bunny." I love my sweet boy. A couple of days later, he said he had read the book a few times both ways and decided it was really interesting how the authors twisted the true story. But he would never do that to a book.
In the ELB lunchbox (I used my new black Urban colored lid because of the evil Bunny): pb&j Battle Bunny with cheese accessories, macadamia nut megaton bombs, dried mango with A for the hero Alex, grape mind control helmets, and carrots with hummus.

A Perfecty Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
Boogs saw this book sitting on the kitchen table. He immediately opened it up and read it. Then he looked at me and sighed, "Another altered book... really?" This book shows Louie trying to tell his story. As he skips along, a great big glob of jelly lands in the middle of his page. Many more things are dropped and smeared onto his pages but little Louie keeps trying to tell his story. Finally, his book is such a mess he gives up. But then he starts to think positively and realizes messes can't ruin his story. Boogs and I talked about little Louie's perseverance and positive attitude that changed the way he felt. Boogs thought it was a cute story. He told me it reminded him a little bit of Bad Day at Riverbend (by Chris Van Allsburg). He has a good memory. We read that book about two years ago.

In the Laptop Lunchbox: book sandwich covered with smeared marker, jelly & peanut butter, carrots with hummus, mango, and yogurt.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bike Riding

Boogs is really enjoying bike riding. As soon as he gets home from school on sunny days, he asks to go bike riding. The other day (almost two weeks ago, I forgot these pics were in my phone) we rode to the park together. It was a nice long ride.

 Boogs was a little nervous about crossing the bridge on his bike, but he did it.
 We played at the park for about an hour before heading home.
Most of our park time was spent playing chase. We played on the playscape - up & down the slides, across the wobbly blocks, across the monkey bars, up & down the climbing wall, etc. A little girl about 7-yrs-old came over and asked me what I was doing. I told her I was playing tag with my son. She said, "Oh. My mom is watching you. I asked if she would play with me like that and she said no. She said there must be something wrong with you because you are too active." That made me sad.
 Boogs and I had a great time wearing ourselves out before heading home.
We even stopped at another park on the way home.
I am looking forward to many more family bike rides.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Story Themed Lunches

My friend Beth, Beth Winfield Photography, took some beautiful photos of snowflakes.
I showed them to Boogs and he was fascinated with them. These photos reminded me that I have never read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to Boogs. It was one of my favorite books to share in the winter with my third grade classes. Luckily, our local library had a copy for us to read. Of course, I had to make Boogs a story themed lunch to go with the book.
Snowflake Bentley is a biography picture book about Wilson Bentley's lifelong passion for photographing snowflakes and other things in nature. When Willie was a child, he loved looking at snowflakes with his microscope. He drew hundreds of pictures of the snowflakes he saw with his microscope. Not very many people could understand his passion for snow. When he was 17, in 1881, his mother and father spent their savings to buy a camera with its own microscope for Willie. It took several years for Willie to take successful pictures of snowflakes. Neighbors laughed at what Willie was doing, but that did not deter him. Willie took thousands of pictures of snowflakes throughout his lifetime. Many universities bought his photos, artist and designers were inspired by the photos. A memorial plaque in his hometown reads: For fifty years Wilson A. Bentley, a simple farmer, developed his technique of microphotography to reveal to the world the grandeur and mystery of the snowflake - its universal hexagonal shape and its infinite number of lovely designs. Bentley changed the world with his idea to photograph snowflakes.

In the ELB (new Urban color) lunchbox: ham & cheese snowflake sandwich, Pringles, cheese snowflakes, yogurt covered pretzel snowflakes, strawberry snowflakes, yogurt, and snowflake radish, carrots, and cauliflower in the salad.

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

I love this book. I saw it at my school library and knew it would pair perfectly with Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It explores what to do with an idea that might seem strange at first, or that other people may make fun of. While reading this book to Boogs, we frequently stopped and compared what the boy in this story thought of his idea and how Snowflake Bentley treated his idea of wanting to photograph the exquisite beauty of snowflakes. People thought Bentley's idea was strange and a waste of time, but he did not let that deter him from his idea. The boy in the idea book felt happier when his idea was around. He decided to give it attention, nurture it, become friends with it, and help it grow. His idea helped him to think differently, to think big, and to dream big. I loved the last page in this book: "And then, I realized what you do with an idea... You change the world." What a powerful message!

In the Laptop Lunchbox: boiled egg idea with cheese crown, sausage-n-pancake little boy (Boogs wanted breakfast for lunch so I worked with what I had), yogurt covered pretzel clouds, yogurt, spinach, tomato, broccoli, strawberries, and blueberries.

We are loving our new ELB Urban colors. This lunch has the new brown lid.
Grilled cheese sandwich, macadamia nuts, Chex Mix, blueberries, kiwi, yellow pepper, tomato, radish, and broccoli.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bike Riding & Other Stuff

Boogs has always resisted bike riding, letting us know he was perfectly fine just riding his scooter. He has had three bikes, one we bought and two were hand-me-downs from a friend as her son outgrew each of his bikes. He did not want to ride them with or without training wheels. Last week, Boogs decided he wanted to ride his bike and asked if Daddy would help his take off the training wheels and adjust the seat.

Boogs got on his bike and rode it down the street for the first time without training wheels.
He did great. Daddy rode beside him on a scooter. Boogs' bike was a little small.
We went bike shopping and bought a new bike that fit Boogs better. He loved it.
We spent the next couple of hours riding bikes until it started sprinkling.
Since then, Boogs has been riding his bike every day. I seriously did not think he would ever ride a bike.
Uh-oh, now Daddy is talking about getting motorcross bikes for some adventurous family fun. It will definitely be a while before we are ready for that.

Boogs' class had a Valentine's party last week. The mom in charge of the party, set up Minute To Win It type games for the kids to do. It was hilarious!
 They had to move a candy heart onto a design by sucking the candy on the end of a straw.
They had to stack and balance candy hearts on the end of a popsicle stick.
They had to move a cookie down their faces without using their hands.
Boogs got the cookie all the way down to the side of his mouth before it fell on the floor. It was a fun party.
 At home, Boogs and I spent some time playing with his Keva wooden planks.
We also had fun stacking up cups. I kept taking Boogs' things and trapping them in a fortress of cups. He had to remove the objects without destroying the cups. Then, he decided to build his own fortress. He asked me what I prized the most so he could trap it in the cups. I said that I prized him the most. So, he trapped himself in the cups.
 Boogs stacked four layers before the cup fortress started to fall down.
I love spending time with this goofy little boy.

Monday, February 16, 2015

New EasyLunchBoxes Colors

Today, Boogs' story themed lunch was based on the book EllRay Jakes Is A Rock Star! by Sally Warner.
EllRay wants to be popular at school. When his Dad is out of town, EllRay goes into his Dad's study and borrows several crystals to take to school. EllRay accidentally ends up giving away the crystals so his classmates will like him more. He does not understand how he ended up making such a mess. When his Dad finds out, EllRay has only two days to get all the crystals back or his Dad will go up to school. EllRay tries his best to get the crystals back but some of his "friends" will only give them back if EllRay does something else for them. Soon, EllRay finds himself going into the girl's bathroom, buying flowers for a girl on Valentine's Day, buying candy bars for another classmate, and making a Lego castle for a fishbowl. EllRay learned that giving things away, especially things that don't belong to you, is not the way to make friends or become popular. Boogs is enjoying the series of EllRay Jakes books. This is the second book in the series. As soon as Boogs finished this book, he started the next one.

In the ELB lunchbox: EllRay almond butter & jelly sandwich, candied sunflower seed crystals, cheese stars, Goldfish crackers, geode pistachios, dried apricot & blueberry crystals, and salad with radish & yellow pepper crystals. I used the new olive colored EasyLunchboxes lid because EllRay's problems began when he was green with envy and the beginning of the story.

I have loved using EasyLunchBoxes for the past several years. The three compartments make is so easy to pack and portion food for my son's lunch. EasyLunchBoxes just came out with their Urban colored lids.
Look at those great new colors - grey, brown, olive, and charcoal!

We now have all three sets - Urban, Brights, and Classic. I use these containers almost every day for Boogs and often take them for my own lunch. You can purchase them HERE.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Lunch

Story-themed lunch for Valentine's Day

Pierre In Love by Sara Pennypacker
Boogs' middle name is Pierre. I saw this book at my school library and knew I had to bring it home to read with him. Pierre is a fisherman who thinks he is not good enough to tell Catherine about his feelings for her. Catherine is an elegant dance teacher and artist who thinks Pierre is a dashing adventurer. By the end of the story, they each get the courage to proclaim their feelings. Boogs and I enjoyed this sweet story.

In the ELB lunchbox: salad with carrot & radish hearts, strawberries, mini ham & cheese Catherine sandwich, almond butter & jelly heart sandwich with cheese letters, and olives.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.