Monday, July 30, 2012

Multiples Monday








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     Multiples are fun.  They are a conversation piece.  We meet so many people when we go out that tell us that they are a twin or know someone with multiples.  Multiples are born together and share milestones at around the same time. They can join a play group or be their own play group.  In celebration of multiples, each week we do Multiples Monday on Capri + 3.  Blogs about multiples add links to posts about their multiples (rather than a contest or their blog's homepage) and we accompany their families on adventures, all from the comfort of our own chairs. 
   If you have a blog about multiples, please link directly to one or more of your posts.  It would be great if you would grab the html code from the Multiples Monday button above and add it to your linked post (or add a text link) so that your readers can stop by and read about the adventures of other families.  If you have an extra moment, the blogs you enjoy would love to hear your feedback in the form of a blog post comment.  As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and ideas right here too.  I look forward to reading all of the great posts and seeing the adorable pictures.  Have a wonderful week.

 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Photo Shoot

  

      Professional photographers have a way of capturing moments which are forever frozen in time.  Susana Bates, who took the main photo of the babies for Capri + 3, photographed them again last week.  As a parent, I take photos of the babies all the time, but Susana reveals their personalities in ways that I cannot.  I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to do another photo shoot with her.  It is not easy to capture toddlers who just want to move about and are not old enough to do a traditional pose. 



Grayson  (photo by Susana Bates)




Capri (photo by Susana Bates)




Xayden (photo by Susana Bates)





Ryder (photo by Susana Bates)


     We still get people who approach and ask us how we can tell them apart.  In all fairness, we often dress the boys in matching clothes.  I am guessing that you would be able to tell them apart even if their outfits matched.   I hope you get the chance to capture your family memories with Susana Bates some day.  She is really wonderful.  Have you done any family photo shoots lately?  I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

 










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    Welcome to Arstsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3, a weekly linky party devoted to posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children.   It was a wonderful turnout last week of great blogs that posted fun and creative ideas.  I enjoyed reading each and every post and I feel inspired to try out the activities.  If you have a blog with posts about arts, crafts and play ideas, please add a link to one or more of your posts (not your blog's homepage or a contest).  Please use the html code from the Artsy Play Wednesday button above and add the button or a text link to your linked post.  That way your readers can come over and enjoy the celebration of ideas.

      Feel free to pin individual blog posts on Pinterest or pin Artsy Play Wednesday to have access to all of the great ideas at once.  Please spread the word to your blogging communities so that the list of ideas grows.  If you have a blog and would love a free $150 blog makeover, Rebecca Ishum of the Ishum Quads is hosting a giveaway. You can go to the contest by clicking the link.  If you have the chance, blogs who link up to Artsy Play Wednesday would love to read your comments.  Or, you are welcome, as always, to share your thoughts and ideas right here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hand as Brush...

 

      When I got out the tempera paints, I envisioned the babies making simple hand prints after I demonstrated how to do it.  They showed me that a hand print is just the beginning of the painting process.  They used their hands as paint brushes and interacted with the paint and the paper in all encompassing delight. Many of their paintings showed no signs of the hand print beginnings as the art  morphed into a whole new concept.


They had no need for a brush


as their hands splashed across the paper.  Ryder relished the painting process.


In this video, Capri celebrated her experience


and then continued her two handed painting delight.



Xayden created a dichotomy of color


and experimented with paint as a tasty treat.


Grayson enjoyed his artistry



and joined Xayden in paint as a culinary experience.


     Each day I teach the babies and the babies teach me.  I have a humble awareness that I can write the first line but not the whole script.  They are my equal writing partners in the script of every day events.  Their contributions make each activity much better than I envisioned.  I would love to read about your thoughts and experiences.  As always, comments are welcome. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Multiples Monday





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     Happy Multiples Monday.   I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  It has been in the hundreds where we live and our air conditioner has been getting a workout.  We try to get the babies out early in the day or later in the evening to beat the heat.  I enjoyed all of the wonderful posts on the last Multiples Monday.  Thank you to all who added links and to those who clicked on the links and joined the families in their adventures.

     If you have a blog about multiples, please add a link to one (or more) of your posts.  Please link directly to your post rather than your blog's homepage or a contest, that way people can still find your post months from now. It would be great if you could grab the html code from the Multiples Monday button above to add the button or a text link to your linked post. That way, your readers can enjoy the party too.  If it is hot where you live too, please grab an ice cold beverage and enjoy the journey as you travel with the families who link up today.  If you enjoy what you see and have an extra moment, I am sure the blogs who post would love to read your comments on their posts.  I always love to hear from you here too. Thank you for coming by.  Have a wonderful week.



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

 






Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 

     The first ever Artsy Play Wednesday last week had an amazing turnout of creative and inspirational posts from great blogs.  It was so much fun to read about all the great ideas for arts, crafts and play activities.  Please join in and link directly to an arts, crafts or play post (rather than your blog's homepage or a contest).   That way, when people look at this post weeks from now, they can still find your creative ideas.  Can't decide on which arts and play post to link?  No problem.  There is no limit to the amount of arts and play posts you can add.  It would be great if you would grab the html code from the Artsy Play Wednesday button above and add the button to your linked post so that your readers can stop in and enjoy the party.  Please spread the word so that more blogs can join in on the fun.  Let other parents and teachers in your life know that they can count on great ideas each week on Artsy Play Wednesday. 

     Find a comfortable chair, sit back, relax and soak in the inspirational ideas from the wonderful blogs that link up to Artsy Play Wednesday.  Many people pinned last week's post on Pinterest so they can go back any time and see the ideas.  Please do the same this week as all of the ideas are new.  You can pin the individual posts or pin the Artsy Play Wednesday post to have access to all the great posts at once.  Feel free to leave comments on any of the posts you enjoy or, as always, you are welcome to share your thoughts here.  It is time once again to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy...



 
 
 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nature's Theater



     We love to experience our local gardens each season to see what is in bloom and to drink in the fresh air. On this visit, it was a playful performance of cactus flowers.  These blooms only last a few days and we were lucky enough to be there at just the right time.


It was a celebration of beauty



and nature's magnificance



with fantastic flowers nestled against thorns



in the colorful dance of the cactus.



     After we indulged in the beauty of flowers, the babies were ready to explore on foot.  They wandered among the towering trees, picked up pine needles and experienced their surroundings with a sense of wonderment.



Capri admired a stick she found on her travels



while Grayson enjoyed the freedom of wandering through the trees.



Ryder seemed unsure of which way to go next




as Xayden passed by with a debonaire smirk.




Back in the strollers, Grayson and Capri admired the theater of the pond.




Ryder watched the show unfold with a sun flushed face




while Xayden relaxed and took it in.




The show opened with friendly ducks





followed by water lilies in full bloom.





It was a good opportunity for us to talk about little fish





compared to big fish





before a passing turtle made his debut. 


     After enjoying lunch at the garden's cafe, we headed home.  The babies missed their nap time and fell into an easy slumber on the ride.  It was a wonderful way to spend the day.  What have you been doing this summer?  I would love to hear from you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Multiples Monday


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     It has been a hot July where we live.  We have been spending time trying to keep ourselves and the babies cool.  The baby pool is getting lots of use this summer.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3.  It is a time set aside each week for blogs about multiples to add a link to a recent or favorite post.  If you have a blog about your multiples, please add a link to one of your posts (rather than your blog's homepage or a contest).  It would be great if you would grab the code above and add the Multiples Monday button (or a text link) to your linked post so that everyone can join in the fun. 

     If you enjoy reading great posts, seeing adorable pictures and gaining new ideas, you have come to the right place.  Sit back, relax and enjoy as you embark on adventures with the wonderful families who link up today. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been doing and reading all of the great posts.  If you enjoy the posts, I am sure families would love to read your blog post comments.  You are also welcome, as always, to leave comments here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Indoor Fun with Sunglasses

    

     I saw some cute sunglasses at Target for a dollar per pair. I bought some for the babies to use indoors for a change in perspective. I also bought sunglasses online with UV protection and straps to keep them on for when they are outside. I closely supervised the indoor play so they would not poke their eyes. They had a wonderful time wearing the glasses and seeing how different their playroom looked.  They loved seeing each other sporting shades.  I bring the glasses out every few days to keep it fresh. It is a great source of amusement for them and their reactions are entertaining for me too.


Capri has fun looking through the sunglasses and then taking them off.



Our glamour girl loves to play with accessories.


Xayden is Joe Cool.



Ryder is interested in how different things look with shades



while Grayson thinks it is just plain funny.


     It is amazing how much fun can be had with dollar sunglasses.  They are learning that they can see things from a different perspective by using a different lens.  The sunglasses are covered in fingerprints within seconds of taking them out, but they do not notice the difference yet.   Have you tried using sunglasses indoors?  What activities have you done lately?  I'd love to hear your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The first ever Artsy Play Wednesday

 


Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 
 

     Welcome to the first ever Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3, a weekly linky party where blogs can link to posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children.  This is a place for parents and teachers to sit back, relax and gain new ideas and inspiration. 

     If you have a blog with posts related to arts, crafts and play activities, please add some links.  There is no limit to the number of links you can add as long as they are related to the theme.  Please link to your specific post rather than your blog's homepage or a contest.  The html code for the Artsy Play Wednesday button is available above.  It would be great if you could add the button to your linked posts so that your readers can stop by and enjoy the party. 

      As always, comments are welcome.  If you stop by other blogs and have a moment, I'm sure they would love to hear your comments too.  If you are inspired by what you see and do not have time to do all of these great projects today, feel free to pin the ideas to your boards on Pinterest, or you could even pin Artsy Play Wednesday where you would have easy access to all the ideas at once.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Multiples Monday


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      I hope everyone who celebrated had a fun 4th of July.  We enjoyed a great community parade filled with creativity and imaginative costumes.  The babies wore the shorts I made for them along with their homemade appliqué t-shirts.  If you missed that post, you can click here to read about how to make cute t-shirts for yourself or your kids. 

     Starting this Wednesday, July 11th, will be the first Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.  If you have a blog, please feel free to stop  by and add a link to a post about arts and crafts or play activities for kids.  If you do not have a blog and enjoy doing fun activities, please stop by for inspiration.  It will be a place for parents and educators to find fun projects and play activities.

     Happy Multiples Monday!  It is time once again for blogs about multiples to add a link to a recent or beloved blog post so that everyone can share in their adventures and smile as they look at their cute family photos.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add a link to one of your posts (rather than your blog's homepage or a contest). It would be great if you would use the html code from the Multiples Monday button above and add the button (or a text link) to your Multiples Monday post so that everyone can come and enjoy the party.    I enjoyed reading all of the wonderful posts last week and look forward to catching up with all of your families today.  Have a great week.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July Fun



     I am a big fan of community spirit.  We were lucky enough to see a festive parade where different streets followed the theme of 'games' and dressed up in costumes and made their cars into 'floats' to match their games of choice.  It was so much fun to spend time with family enjoying the holiday weekend.  I made the babies matching outfits for the occasion.  I did a tutorial on how to make the matching t-shirts if you would like to make some using any design you like.



Getting the babies to pose is not easy these days.  This was our best shot...



In the parade, one street created a float of Angry Birds



while another made a cute Candy Land float.


Capri and Grayson watched with interest



as Scrabble was portrayed with giant letters.


Five girls did a clever hula hoop interpretation of the Olympic rings



which were followed by colorful international flags.


Then the Queen presided over the medal ceremony.



After the parade, we attempted and failed to get another posed shot of the babies.



Xayden did not mind being photographed


nor did Grayson, as long as they were free to move.

     It was a fun 4th of July.  After a busy day with the babies, we were all tired, but happy.  We listened to fireworks explode in the distance as we drifted off to sleep.  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  I would love to hear your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome. 



 
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