Sunday, December 30, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to the last Multiples Monday of 2012 on Capri + 3.  Each Monday blogs about multiples join together as a community and share their posts so that we can see their cute photos and join with them on their adventures.  I will get things started with a photo of the Sugar Snaps and then please add your links.   Uncle David gave the boys matching jammies and Santa gave them all new underwear.    Santa brought Capri a few more as she is almost potty trained during the day but her brothers did not know or care which color or style they were.  They all had fun trying them on over their jammies.
 
Xayden on the new play cell phone from Santa, Grayson, Capri and Ryder
 
     I look forward to catching up and finding out what all the families with multiples have been doing.  Please add links directly to your posts, rather than your homepage so that everyone can find them months from now. I enjoy hearing from you.  As always, comments are welcome.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

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     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play!  Each week, creative blogs join forces and add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can try wonderful new things with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with a craft I did with the Sugar Snaps and then please add your ideas. 



Recycled Wrapping Paper Thank You Cards:
You will need:
  • Wrapping paper--A great way to use wrapping paper recycled from Christmas or birthdays
  • Glue or scrap-booking glue squares or dots
  • Card stock with thank you printed on it several times
  • Plain card stock to make card
  • Standard Envelope
  • Scissors

Xayden enjoyed having grandma trace his hand for the thank you card



onto a piece of wrapping paper which he glued inside.



     Print "Thank you" several times (for multiple cards) onto a piece of card stock in a font you like.  Cut it out (or have your older child cut it out).  Fold the card stock in half vertically and trim it to fit inside of a standard envelope.  Open the folded card and place the recycled wrapping paper over the card and have your child glue it or use scrap-booking squares to secure it in place.  Trim (or have your older child) trim around the edges so that the outside of the card is covered in wrapping paper.  If it needs more embellishment  you can cut out another piece of wrapping paper with a nice design and have your child glue that in place.  Then, trace your child's hand onto the back side of a  piece of wrapping paper, cut it out and have your child glue the hand print 'signature' to the inside of the card.  The person who gave your child a gift will appreciate the personalized thank you card.  You can even recycle the paper of the one who gave the gift to the child to make the card even more personal and special.

     Now, please add links to your arts, crafts and play posts.   I look forward to seeing all of your great ideas.  Feel free to pin any of the ideas you like or you can simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back later and have access to all the creative ideas at once.  Sit back, relax and soak it in.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Happy Multiples Monday and Merry Christmas Eve to all who celebrate.   Welcome to Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples join forces as a community and add links to their posts so that we can enjoy their cute photos and tag along on their adventures.  I will get things started with some photos from Mia Z Photography, and then if you have a blog about multiples, please join in.

Capri

Grayson

Ryder

Xayden

     I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to this holiday season.  I hope everyone enjoyed a nice Hanukkah or will have a Merry Christmas (and Kwanzaa too).  I hope you enjoy happy holidays with your families.  As always, comments are welcome.



     
       

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

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     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play!  Each week, creative blogs come together and add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can find inspirational ideas to try with the children in our lives all in one place.  I will get things started with a craft I did with the Sugar Snaps and then, please join in the fun.


Salty Christmas Tree

Colored Salt, Coffee grounds and Foam Sticker Christmas Tree
You will need:
  • Salt
  • Dried coffee grounds (spread your wet coffee grounds on foil to dry for a day)
  • Green food coloring
  • Ziploc bag
  • Holiday foam stickers (I found ours at the Dollar Tree)
  • Construction paper in green and blue
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Spoons (two)
  • Small bowls (two) or you can simply use more Ziploc bags
     Pour desired amount of salt into a Ziploc bag and add a few drops of green food coloring.  Have your child squish the food coloring and salt together, rubbing it around until the salt achieves the desired shade of green.  Add more food coloring if needed.  Place colored salt into one small bowl with a spoon and coffee grounds into another small bowl with a spoon. 
Grayson enjoyed sprinkling the coffee grounds on his tree trunk.


     Fold the green paper gently in half lengthwise and cut out a tree shape.  I find it easiest to start at the top and cut graduated branches from smallest to largest ending with the trunk shape.  Alternatively, you could look for a Christmas tree free printable online and cut it out.  Have your child glue the tree shape onto the blue background paper (or you can do this after it is decorated).  Next, your child can place foam sticker ornaments all over the tree with one on the top as the tree topper. Spread glue all over the trunk of the tree and have your child sprinkle coffee grounds on the glue. Gently shake off the excess.  Then, you or your child can spread glue all around the ornaments all over the tree except for the trunk.  Your child can then sprinkle green salt all over the glue and you can gently shake off the excess and brush salt off the ornaments with your finger.   Leftover salt and coffee grounds can be used for future art projects.


     Now it is your turn.  Please add as many arts, crafts and play posts as you like.  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (or a text link) to your linked posts so that your readers can come over and enjoy the party.  Feel free to link any of the posts you enjoy or you can always pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back at your convenience and see all the ideas at once.  It is time to inspire and be inspired. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples come together and add links to their posts so that we can catch up on their lives and see their adorable photos.  I will get things started and then please add links to your posts about multiples.  This past week, we were very saddened by the news of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Tears flowed as we watched the coverage of families losing their children and mothers.  Greg tossed and turned at night and it brought up memories of his own parents whom he lost in the past year.  When he awoke on Saturday morning, he wanted to visit his parents' graves with the family and then go to the zoo as his father hoped we would some day do.  We took the Sugar Snaps and headed to the cemetery followed by a trip to the nearby zoo. They are so much bigger than they were when we took them there on Father's Day
 
Capri and Ryder admired the flowers on Nana and Papa's graves
  

and Xayden reached down to admire the flowers up close.
 
 

All the sugar snaps played around the flowers together.
 
 

Then, it was off to the zoo where they enjoyed seeing a sleepy koala
 
 

and a beautiful ostrich.
 
 

We have learned that snacks go a long way
 
 

in meltdown prevention on day trips.
 
 
 
          Please add your links.  I look forward to catching up on all of your adventures.  It would be great if you would add the Multiples Monday button to your linked posts (or a text link) so that your readers can come over and join in.  As always, comments are welcome.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Lights

  

       We took the Sugar Snaps to see a local street with amazing holiday lights.  They are too young to realize how spectacular and unusual the display was, but enjoyed it just the same.  This street does a theme all around the court and as you walk or drive a story is told.  We enjoyed seeing "Twas the night before Christmas" unfold as we walked.  There was a family with a young reader in front of us on the walk who proudly read each sign to her attentive family.

Lights were strung all the way across the street with snowflakes hanging down.


Festive signs greeted us and told the story "Twas the night before Christmas."
 

 The Sugar Snaps even got so see Elmo featured in the light display.
 


Capri looked pleased while Grayson just took it all in.
 
 

Ryder's eyes sparkled while Xayden was pretty suspicious at first.
 
 

A family of snowmen won them over.
 
 

Ships sailed on a grassy sea of blue lights.


This house was lit up from top to bottom and even fashioned their shrubs into presents.
 
 

This house created wooden figures from many children's holiday stories.
 
 

We enjoyed each moment until the end of the story when it was time to head home.
 
 
     Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge sucker for community spirit.  I get very excited about people coming together and working towards a common purpose while creating friendships and connection.  I want our children to experience being part of a community as they grow and to learn about the importance of giving back.  Has your family been to see the lights this holiday season?  I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

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     Hello and welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play!  Each Wednesday, creative blogs get together and add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired to try new things with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with a jingle bell paper plate wreath that the Sugar Snaps made this week, then please join in and add your links.
Jingle Bell Paper Plate Wreath:
You will need:
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Red pom  poms
  • jingle bells (I found them at the dollar store)
  • Green construction paper

Ryder enjoyed adding the pom poms to his wreath.


     Cut a hole in the center of the paper plate to form a wreath shape.  Cut out desired amount of holly leaves using a free printable template or you can cut the leaves free form.  Older children can cut out their own leaves.  For younger children, pour the white glue onto a paper plate and have them dip their fingers into the glue to add the leaves.  It allows them to be more involved and adds a sensory element to the experience.  Older children can use the bottle of glue to attach the leaves.  Either have your child dip the pom poms and bells into the glue (or use the bottle of glue) to add decorative touches with the pom poms and bells.

     Now it is your turn.  Please add as many direct links as you like to your arts, crafts and play posts (rather than your homepage, so that everyone can find your creative ideas later).  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button or a text link to your linked posts so that your readers can come over and join in the fun.  Feel free to pin any posts you enjoy or just pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back and try several of the ideas when you have more time. As always,  your comments are welcome.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3.  Each week, blogs about multiples come together as a community and share their posts so that we can sit back, relax and catch up on all of their adventures.  I will get things started with a comparison of last year's Santa photos and this year's Santa photos.  I would like to say, "what a difference a year makes," but in this case, you will see that a year did not change the feelings about spending quality time with Santa.
 
Xayden and Capri with Santa 2011
 
 
Xayden and Capri with Santa  and Mrs. Claus 2012
 
 
Grayson and Ryder with Santa 2011
 
 
Grayson and Ryder with Santa 2012
 
     We are thinking that maybe next year they will have a better idea of who Santa is and what he represents and be a little more deferential and charming when they sit on his lap.  One can hope... Now it is your turn.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add links directly to your posts (rather than your homepage) so that everyone can find them in the future.  I look forward to reading about what everyone has been doing.  Feel free, as always to share your thoughts as I love reading each of your comments. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday

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     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at play!  Each week, creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired to try new things with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with a Gingerbread Man craft I did with the Sugar Snaps this week and then, please add your links.


Cinnamon Gingerbread Man
You will need:
  1.  Brown construction paper
  2. Construction paper for background of a different color (if desired)
  3. Cinnamon in a shaker
  4.  Google eyes
  5.  Small pink pom pom, bead, or paper circle cut out for nose
  6. White glue
  7. Glue stick (if desired or you can use white glue)
  8. Beads, buttons, pom poms or anything else you like for the buttons
  9. Mouth cut out of red felt or red paper
     Download and print the gingerbread man template directly onto the brown construction paper and cut it out, or print it separately, trace it and cut it out.  Older children can cut their own. Have your child use the glue stick on one side of the gingerbread man and stick to the background paper.  Spread white glue all over the gingerbread man with your finger or a paintbrush.  Have your child sprinkle cinnamon all over the gingerbread man and shake off the excess.  Add glue and gingerbread man features. 
Xayden had fun sprinkling cinnamon.
     Now it is your turn.  Please add as many links as you like directly to your posts (rather than your homepage) so that everyone can find your fun ideas months from now.  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button to your linked posts so that your readers can come join in the fun.  Please feel free to pin any of the ideas you like, or just pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back at your leisure and see all of the ideas in one place.  Feel free to leave comments.  I enjoy reading each one.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3, where each week blogs about multiples join together as a community and share their posts so that we can enjoy their family photos and join in their adventures.  I will share a photo of the Sugar Snaps enjoying Thanksgiving with Uncle David and then  please add your posts.
 
     This was not a posed photo.  He was actually sitting with all four Sugar Snaps on the couch!
 
     I can't wait to find out what all of the families with multiples have been up to lately.  It is a fun start to my week to be able to smile at all the cute pictures and to be inspired by the fun things they are doing.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add links to one or more of your posts (directly, not to your homepage, so that everyone can find them months from now).  It would be great if you would add the Multiples Monday button (or a text link) to your linked posts so that your readers can come over and join in the fun.  Please feel free to leave your comments.  I enjoy reading each one.
 
 
 
 
 
    

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Two!--an Elmo Birthday Celebration

 
 
     Our babies turned two a couple of weeks ago.  It is amazing how fast time has flown.  I get email newsletters from the Baby Center and they started out calling them babies.  Then, they changed to toddlers.  The latest one I received called them 'preschoolers.'  They will always be my babies, but when I look at babies under one, ours do not look like babies any more.  I call them all my Sugar Snap Peas, and shorten it to Sugar Snap.  They have individual nicknames too, but Sugar Snap is a universal nickname that I use with all of them.  So, in light of their new age milestone, I will start to refer to them as the Sugar Snaps, rather than the babies on the blog. 
 
     The Sugar Snaps can all say, "Elmo" and love their furry red friend.  It does not matter if he is a plush toy, on a balloon or on a cake.  They say, "Elmooooo" with the same reverence.  They also believe he can hear them and see them when they wave and say 'hi' to him.  It was not a hard decision to pick Elmo as the theme for their second birthday celebration.  It was fun to see them excited and to see that the have more understanding about birthdays than they did last year.  I  had fun decorating the house in an Elmo theme.  Some of the house is still 'Elmofied' because they enjoy it.  I found two Elmo costumes at consignment sales for between $2.50 and $3.50 each and another one online for a little more and used them in the decorations. One was used on the punch bowl, another on the stairs and another peeked out from behind the couch. I made Elmo Invitations, an Elmo headband for Capri and Elmo Fedoras for the boys (tutorial here).  I also made an Elmo dust mop puppet (tutorial here) which they love to play with and hug.  
 
 
 
Their Elmo Cake was made complete with edible pictures.
 
 
 
 
     An Elmo costume and red faux fur fabric were used wrapped around a real punch bowl to make the Elmo punch bowl. I made felt goldfish using this free template with google eyes on dollar store glasses shaped like fish bowls.  I glued on the felt fish with rubber cement which made it very easy to take them off after the party. I also used the same glasses with the fish glued on and filled them with goldfish crackers.  When the party was over, I removed the felt fish and I use them as part of a sensory bin with beans and to help the Sugar Snaps learn to count.   Since there were far more adults than children, the adults enjoyed strawberry mojitos from the punch bowl.  We also had live goldfish in fish bowls throughout the house to represent Elmo's fish Dorothy. The live goldfish can be party favors for the children.  Our niece, Emma, enjoyed picking out her very own goldfish.
 
 
Elmo Fruit Salad
 
 
 
Elmo layered bean dip
 
 
 
Elmo finger Jello
 
 
     I found out that candies melt when they come into contact with Jello, so I used tiny pieces of cheese to elevate the candy eyes and m&m's.  A black food pen was used for the mouth. If this was a make and eat project for older children, this step would not be necessary as they would eat it before the candies  had time to melt.
 
 
 
     The Dollar Tree sells Elmo balloons filled with helium for just one dollar each.  I ordered them a week in advance so they would be filled for the party.  Some are still up after more than two weeks. 
 
 
 
 
     I covered a Kleenex Hand Towels box (disposable towels) with red faux fur, google eyes, an orange pom pom and black felt mouth and placed it in the bathroom.
 
 
 
 
     I put Elmo's featured on a red net circle (used for making favors) and taped it onto a balloon.  Otherwise, the balloon may have popped if I glued the features directly on to the balloon.

 

An Elmo costume makes a cute greeting wrapped around the Bannister on the stairs with a bow.
 
 
 
Grayson, sporting the Elmo Fedora eats goldfish crackers out of the goldfish bowl with Capri.
 
 
Ryder also enjoyed eating the goldfish crackers right out of the bowl.
 
 
 
     I made Capri an Elmo Tutu to go with her Elmo Headband by sewing on the felt and pom pom features. I got my inspiration for this on Pinterest, but when I tried to go to the link to credit it, a warning came up that the link was associated with malware.  If you want to see other examples of Elmo tutus you can do a search on Pinterest.  Most of the ones I saw had the skirt go all the way up to the chest, making it more of a dress than a skirt.
 
 
 
Each of the Sugar snaps got a piece of cake featuring their picture.
 
 
 
Xayden devoured his cake and had an Elmo cake face and hands.
 
 
Capri and Ryder savored their cake slowly.  Capri avoided eating her picture.
 
 
 
     It was a fun party and we appreciate the friends and family that joined in their celebration.  Guests flew as far as 350 miles and drove two hours or more to be with them.  What themes have you had for your children's parties?  I would love to read your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome.

 
 


 
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