Sunday, December 23, 2012

More fun with glitter glue

We stocked up on a bunch of crafty crap at the store the other day. I bought forty dollars worth of pine cones, glitter glue, a horrible smelling foam gingerbread house and other assorted nonsense. The plan was to keep us busy all winter. Or at least for like a couple weeks. FAIL. 



We basically exhausted all of the projects in one sitting. But really, once you start playing with glitter glue, it's hard to stop. Have I mentioned how much I love glittler glue?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Last Christmas season I heard about ornaments that you could you make from a homemade cinnamon dough. Word on the street was that they were easy to make and smelled delicious for years to come. So this year, I decided to Google the recipe and make them with Nate. Now, you would think that a craft project that called for two mainstream ingredients and just a few simple steps couldn't be screwed up. You would be wrong. Apparently, I am just that talented.


There are a bunch of different recipes, but most of them involve two ingredients: cinnamon & applesauce. You mix them up, roll out the dough and then let them harden in the oven or overnight sitting out. So easy, right?  Not if you're me. And you decide to use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. And not if you completely mess up the proportions and add too much applesauce. 




We cooked them up anyway and not-so-shockingly they came out a crumbly mess. Okay, so lessons learned. Just use cinnamon and measure correctly. Another tip? In addition to making sure that your 3 year old knows that the dough is not to be eaten, also make sure that your husband knows it too.  Although,  the bright side is that you can find out just how much your husband will lie to you about your "cooking" in an attempt to not hurt your feelings. Sweet, sweet, gagging man.


Attempt number two was much more successful. We used equal parts cinnamon and applesauce (about a cup of each, and then added another dash of cinnamon when it was a little too wet). Then we baked them for 2 hrs in a 220 degree oven. I think we got about 9 or 10 ornaments. We then decided to take out the "non" in our non-toxic ornaments by decorating them with GLITTER GLUE. Because glitter glue is awesome. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Imagination

TURNTABLES!!! have been on the top of Nate's Christmas list for the past two months. So they moved to the top of Santa's list too. And then as soon as the elves delivered, Nate started using his little wooden table in lieu of actual turntables for his Black Eyed Peas concert performances. Apparently he just needed to throw everything that was on the table onto the floor like a madman and then move it to the other side of the room. Voila! He's very resourceful. I hope he still has a use for the real thing once he gets them. 

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gentleman in training

There is something so sweet about getting flowers from the man in your life for no other reason than to say "I love you."



These are the first flowers I've ever received from the little man in my life. Daddy swears it was all Nate's idea.  Who knew my little guy could be so thoughtful? Of course, Nate does have the best role model around.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rock star in training

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Action shots


Friday, November 9, 2012

Hurricane Sandy 1, Trick-or-treating 0

We were exceptionally lucky in that we were only mildly inconvenienced by the storm (loss of utilities for a few days). But I'm still bummed about the loss of Halloween. At least Nate got to play in the rain. That's almost as good, right?


 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Clark Gardens Not-So-Spooky Walk


So it was a bit spookier than expected for our three year old. The great Jedi was a little scared. But I think ultimately, the train ride saved the day and left him feeling pretty happy. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pumpkin carving 2012

 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fun with leaves


Monday, November 5, 2012

Larry Mullen, III


 Nate's love of U2 is well documented. One of his favorite activities is performing "concerts" where he mimics the moves of his musical heroes. That was all well and good as long as he had a microphone or guitar in hand. Now he wants to be Larry. 



"Larry" is loud and  gives me a headache. And like the Terminator, he can't be stopped. Take away his drumsticks and drum? No problem. He'll improvise...

 
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween at Hicks Nursery

Clockwise from top left: Nate on the hayride; Nate playing with the fleas; Witches making s'mores (everyone knows how much witches loves their s'mores); Batman and Spiderman from the hayride; Scary mummy cow with scary pink balloon udder; Natey in the bus, a yearly tradition



Monday, October 15, 2012

Official family portrait


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Colonial Springs Pumpkin Farm

We experienced all kinds of typical fall fun at Colonial Springs Farm this weekend. Pumpkins, apples, pumpkin pie, caramel apples. It's basically all about the food for me. Nate enjoyed the cow train ride for the second year in a row, but declined our offer to go on the zip line. He preferred to stick to somersaults on the ground. He also got in a visit to the port-o-potty, because they're his new favorite thing. And who could blame the kid. Good times. 





Friday, October 12, 2012

Star Wars obsession

When Nate finds something he likes, he becomes VERY passionate about it.  And of course, we like to encourage his interests. Other parents might be trying to teach their 3 year olds to read. But in our home we have drills on the home planets of Boba Fett and Bail Organa. Good thing he won't be homeschooled.


I stumbled upon a Star Wars Encyclopedia for kids and it was the best $16 I've ever spend. Nate has spent HOURS pouring over pages and memorizing the characters.  Nate's devotion might be too much for some to handle (a direct quote from his cousin Tristan, "PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT STAR WARS!). But luckily, his best bud Jason likes Star Wars too. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Cousins: When they aren't annoying each other...


they're having the time of their life.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

First day back to school



This is from earlier in the month, before the addition of his new awesome SHARK backpack. He's loving school and I am loving the slightly longer school days (a whole 2 1/2 hours). 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Long Island Scottish Festival

We finally made it to the Long Island Scottish Festival this year. I've been dying to go for the past few years since (a) I love a festival and (b) Nate is a quarter Scottish. It was a lot of fun, but we were completely unprepared for it. Apparently it is the sort of thing where people bring coolers and canopies and set up for an all day affair. I brought some water and a boy that needed a nap. 

 
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

White Post Farms 2012

Even though it's completely overpriced, I really love White Post Farms. And it's fun to compare our pictures this year from last year. He looks so big now! 

He's still a little apprehensive when it comes to feeding the animals
Not that I blame him when they look like this
Although this guy is even creepier and Nate would have stared at him all day

Luckily the giant wooden vehicles were there to help him move on from an unfortunate slide incident minutes earlier

Oh how hilarious

And we can't come here without a train ride
Or riding with these guys
And this year, Nate discovered the bridge made the perfect stage for his U2 concerts
I hope to make measuring Dave our yearly tradition - it's so exciting to watch him grow up

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Turntables

DJ Nate has been begging for big headphones and a turntable. You know, like most kids his age. 

He was able to earn his headphones recently from one of our 5000 sticker charts. But a turntable seemed like a an awfully big prize just for peeing in the toilet. After I suggested that Nate ask Santa for the turntable and leave me alone, I remembered that my son was three and has a better imagination than I do.

 

So we improvised. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A touching moment with my three year old

As I was getting Nate dressed for bed, I said, "Hey, I want to tell you something Nathaniel. I will always love you. No matter what." His response was a big smile. He then leaned toward me...


and forcibly picked my nose.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chopsticks

Nate has been fascinated with chopsticks ever since he learned about them on Sesame Street. We saw a pair of dinosaur chopsticks at a cute little store on vacation and he had to have them. Since then, I have had to cut everything into small bites so he can use his chopsticks (including cheese sticks and toast). On the bright side, he has eaten a ton of fruit and has only hit himself in the face once.

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