Jenna’s class has a Valentine’s Day party next week, and since candy is not allowed, I wanted to include a gift item that all of the kids would like. Jenna loves art, so watercolor sets were a perfect fit. I found a batch of inexpensive watercolors at the craft store and then set to work. My first step was figuring out what the Valentine’s would say. This was much harder than I expected, and my husband and I brainstormed for quite awhile to come up with ideas. I also found a great resource for all sorts of Valentine’s puns, and two of my final messages came from this list. I especially love these because Jenna helped paint them!
This weekend we attended the grand opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. The building is amazing. It’s located right off the highway, so I’ve been watching the building develop over the past year or so. I only recently found out what it was, and once I did, I immediately wanted to join. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is one of Jason and Jenna’s favorite places to visit in the DFW area, so I had no doubt that this would hold a similar appeal.
The museum includes several exhibit halls, including sections dedicated to dinosaurs and space discovery. I hope we’ll explore these areas more as J+J get older, but for now, our main destination will likely be the Moody Family Children’s Museum. Jason and Jenna would have stayed all day if they could.
Here are a few scenes from our new favorite spot in Dallas:
View of downtown Dallas from the escalator
View from the top of the escalator
The dinosaur exhibit
The children’s museum
Jenna with model of the children’s museum
Jason in the Dallas skyline play area
Jenna’s favorite section of the children’s museum
The museum at dusk
Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It’s a subscription program that provides amazing crafts and science projects for kids each month. Each crate revolves around a theme and is designed for children ages 3 to 7. Kiwi Crate recently sent me a couple of sample crates to try, and Jenna and I couldn’t be happier with them. I think our favorite so far is this month’s theme: Farmer’s Market. The box included materials and instructions for creating fruits and vegetables, decorating an apron and playing a farmer’s market game. I think this is what I love most about their projects – they start with making and then continue on in the form of creative play.
Here are a few scenes from our recent Farmer’s Market play:
Thank you, Kiwi Crate!
Jason turns 6th today, and we celebrated this weekend with a Lego Monster birthday party. Here are a few scenes from Jason’s big day. Happy Birthday, Jason!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Johnson
For details on the activities, see this post.
With just one week until Jason’s 6th birthday party, I went into Lego overload this weekend. The theme is Lego Monster Mash, a mash-up of Lego and Halloween. Here’s a peak at the party planning, along with a few templates.
Lego eye photo booth props: PDF template
Mr. Lego Pumpkin Head
Lego Mummy Juice Boxes: PDF of the Lego eyes
Make a Lego Garland
Sources: Furry Vest / Kitty Ears / Leggings / Tail Tutorial / Make-up Whiskers / Slippers
Jenna is very specific about what she wants to be for Halloween this year. A Kitty. A White Kitty. With Whiskers.
I love homemade costumes. But since I don’t sew, ‘homemade’ mostly means ‘assembled.’ I’ve pretty much got Jenna’s costume nailed with the items above, two of which she already owns, but Jason’s costume will be more of a challenge. He’s decided on “Kai” from the Lego Ninjago video game. At first I thought this would be as simple as a trip to the party store. I’ve been to two so far, each time receiving blank stares from the staff when I describe the character: “It’s a ninja and a Lego …” Hmmm.
Today is Jason’s very first day of school. He was pretty excited about starting ‘big boy school,’ and even woke up before his Darth Vader alarm sounded. That. Never. Happens.
I knew this morning would be hectic and emotional, so I decided in advance that I wasn’t going to document every second in my usual photography-momma kind of way. But I definitely wanted to commemorate the event somehow, so this weekend I decided to start an annual tradition: back-to-school portraits. For our inaugural portrait, Jason and I went to his new school to play on the playground. I also snapped a few pics of him sitting in the empty parking lot, which ended up being my favorites. What can I say, photography momma loves stripes.
What about you, do you have any annual start of school traditions?
Back to the Fort Worth Science and History Museum this weekend…
Ready for Take-off
Through the Escape Hatch
Jenna Designs An Airplane
Jason Designs an Airplane
For Mommy: Joe’s Jeans “Stella” Flats ($80) and Zipper Jacket from Ann Taylor ($198)
For Daughter: Gap Mini Skinny Jeans ($30) and Zipper Petal Shoes from Laura Ashley ($17)