Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July Hand-print Flags

Good morning dear readers,

I hope that you are all enjoying a relaxing 4th of July weekend. Weather that be with your families, or closest friends, take some time to enjoy the outdoors.

My preschoolers and I couldn't stop talking about the upcoming fireworks. We were so excited about Independence day that we even had our own parade! One child lead the parade with the American flag and the other students followed behind making noise with various instruments. 

So much fun!

We also made some very cool and very patriotic flags to wave in celebration.

Use the child's right hand and apply blue paint to the upper right side of their palm and thumb. Paint the index finger with red and then the middle finger with white. The ring finger should then be painted red and the line should extend all the way across the palm. Then paint the child's pinky white and extend the line all the way across the palm.

Finally, press down on blue paper with fingers spread wide. Viola! Add some sparkles and a wooden rod for your very own patriotic flag!

I recommend using blue construction paper for this project. White paper will make your white stripes "vanish", and the paint won't be as vibrant on black paper.

Here's another idea for kids of any age. Make an GIANT American flag with their handprints!
We used poster board and added start stickers onto the blue handprints after the paint had dried. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!
Today we enjoyed a wonderful picnic with our church family.

Mike made balloon animals for the kids, I broke out the sidewalk chalk, we had a bouncy castle, and even flew some kites!

We were able to enjoy the company of our family and celebrate my mom's birthday too.

Mom's cake was shipped all the way from Carlo's Bakery. Yes, Carlo's the Cake Boss!
The cake was pretty good but I could have done with less icing. Beautiful and vibrate colors though. You can find the same Bada Bloom cake here.
Eat the rainbow!!

Finally, we ended the day with our pie baking contest. I spent about an hour with the judges as we evaluated each pie and gave it points for presentation and taste. So many delicious pies! I wish my stomach was bigger so I could enjoy more. 

What did you do to celebrate?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mike's Surprise Birthday Date

Friday was Mike's 24th birthday. To celebrate, I took him out for a super secret/super awesome surprise date. Wanna see how I did it?