Monday, July 28, 2014

Jr. Picasso Paint Bar Session

At the fair, we won a couple gift certificates to attend the local community center's "Jr. Picasso" painting class.  It was a 1 ½ hour class and they provided everything we needed.  Emily and I went together and had some fun.  Neither of us were completely satisfied with how our paintings turned out, but they weren't bad considering that it was the first time for either of us painting other than watercolors.
This is the picture they showed online of what we were going to paint

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Seven

The final day is the wrap dress for Sarah.  I also altered her dress to be an actual wrap dress.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Six

This day brings a wrap dress for Emily.  I altered the pattern to actually be a wrap dress.  The pattern had a zipper in the back and the wrap was sewn down.

Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Five

And now, the matching shirt for Sarah to go with her tier skirt. ☺

The skirt and shirt together:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Four

My next project was a shirt for Emily to go with her tier skirt.  This is also from "Simplicity 4206:  Sewing for Dummies".

 The skirt and shirt together:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Three

Next is a matching tier skirt for Sarah in her favorite color, blue.  This is also from "Simplicity 4206:  Sewing Patterns for Dummies", but I had to make a bigger size since my pattern didn't go big enough.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day Two

The piece for today is a simple tier skirt for Emily in pink, her favorite color. ☺This is from "Simplicity 4206:  Sewing Patterns for Dummies".  It had a lot of instructions on just how to sew (since it's a 'for Dummies' pattern) that I had to skip.

Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Summer Kids Clothes Week: Day One

I started out Kids Clothes Week with a simple pair of shorts for Sarah that was already cut out.

Book Review: "The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith" by Mike Berenstain

I was provided a free paperback copy of "Keep the Faith" from Zondervan for me to review through the Z Blog Squad.

"The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith" is part of the "Living Lights" collection published by Zondervan and "Help kids learn how God wants them to live every day".

Brother and Sister Bear are playing with their friend Ferdy Factual when the subject of God comes up.  Brother and Sister are puzzled when Ferdy says he doesn't believe in God.  This leads to a discussion with their parents about why they believe in God.  They go to see Preacher Brown to find out what faith is.

My children enjoyed "The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith".  It is written by the son of the original Berenstain Bears authors, but before I saw that, I didn't even realize it was as it looks just like any of the other originals.  I liked how this book discussed Biblical subjects in a way that kids could understand them.

This book is geared for children ages 4-8 and I would recommend it for that group.

"The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith" is available in paperback.

Book Review: "Pirates on the Farm" by Denette Fretz

I was given a free hardcover copy of "Pirates on the Farm" from Zondervans to review through their ZblogSquad program.

In "Pirates on the Farm", five pirates sell their boat to buy a farm.  They don't know what they are doing and make many blunders, causing the townsfold to want to run them out of town.  Will the pirates find someone to help them and teach them what they need to know?

I thought that "Pirates on the Farm" was a cute and fun story.  It is a modern day parable to help kids learn about loving their neighbor.  The illustrations are colorful and engaging for children.  There is a list of "Seadog Definitions" in the back of the book as well as a "Parent's Letter"  that gives ideas for discussion with your child about the book.

The book is geared toward children ages 4-8 and I would recommend it for that group. 

"Pirates on the Farm" is available in Kindle version, 

  • File Size: 13944 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW3K0S6

  • Publisher: Scholastic (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545651409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545651400

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Series: The Next Door Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310723485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310723486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coopersville & Marne Railway Ride

We got a Groupon deal for tickets to ride the Coopersville & Marne Railway.   We decided to go on my birthday.

Notice my shirt?  It says "Hug Me! It's my birthday".
When we got off the train, the conductor asked if it was my birthday and then gave me a big hug!

The conductor

Every time they came to a road, they'd sound the horn.  The boys didn't like that too much!

For the first half of the trip, we had live music

The engine switching ends for the return trip

Playing games