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Family Friends Food FBI’ve been MIA for the past week and I’m so sorry about that! I decided that I wanted to take a week off from blogging and focus on my family. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and appreciate what you have, so that’s exactly what I did. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and happiness!I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and… Click To Tweet

We had a great Thanksgiving. This year I was able to help a lot because we had a huge celebration at my dads’ house with the entire family (around 40 people)! We also celebrated his 60th birthday which was a surprise. He knew the family was coming over, but he was clueless that we were also having a party for him. His girlfriend asked me to help a bit, which was nice to have a bit of control with a holiday. Usually all of the matriarchs have everything handled and we just need to make 1 dish and show up.

I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy. I have a tendency to get bored cooking mainly for the boys because well… they’re boys… they don’t like half of the food that I make! If our oldest was allowed to eat tacos every single day, he would. It’s nice to have your hard work appreciated! My husband enjoy’s cooking also, so it was great to get in the kitchen with him and cook together.I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy Click To Tweet

helping mom cookOur 2nd son helped me make my brothers gluten-free/dairy free stuffing and he had so much fun! He is so independent and didn’t want me to even get near the bowl when he was mixing. I tried to let him do everything himself, but I did need to step him and help mix.

My husband has been home for the past week and we’ve loved being able to spend every day with him. It’s so nice to see how excited our boys get when they see him walk in the door from work at night. I was so grateful that he was able to work in town and be able to help around the house. We did some much-needed deep cleaning in our living room and oldest sons bedroom. Our plan was to get all the Christmas decorations up, but that didn’t happen. I’m ok with it though, the boys and I can slowly get the decorations up this week.

We went to my moms’ house on Saturday and had Thanksgiving there with our grandma and that side of the family. It was very different from my dad’s house, we were all able to sit at the table together and pass the food around, where at my dads there was so much food that some was upstairs and some was downstairs and everyone was all over the place… which is just like his family so it worked out just fine. It was a big giant party. I was very grateful that I was able to have another Thanksgiving with my grandma, even if it wasn’t on Thanksgiving day. She makes these green beans with little white beans mixed in and some vinegar I think…. omg… I love them! I ate probably more than I should have, but they’re veggies right… it’s all good!

Christmas Pictures 2015Yesterday (Sunday) our friend Lindsay, who is also a photographer came to my mom’s house and took Christmas pictures of boys. This is a tradition that my mom has carried on since my brother and I were young. I love that she does this for us because I love any pictures, but being able to have professional pictures of our boys is so much better I think. The quality is wonderful and the poses that we come up with every year are always fun to do. The boys were troopers as usual. We used lemonade and cookies to bribe our 2-year-old when we started to lose him, and we used the pacifier for the baby when he was getting tired of being posed lol. Here’s a little sneak peek!

Overall, I’m very happy that I decided to take a little break from blogging, I love it, but I love spending time with my family more.

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

This week we wanted stick with the Thanksgiving theme since it’s only a couple of weeks away! Per usual, this is another simple craft, but it involves a little more help from mom and dad. This project is great for helping those little ones with their safety scissor skills! This was our little guys first time using safety scissors, or scissors at all, and I was amazed at how well he did! It’s also a good sensory activity since you’re putting paint on their hands,Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

What you will need:

Construction Paper – Blue and Green

Safety Scissors

Glue Stick

Cotton Balls

Acrylic Paint – Brown, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green

5 paintbrushes

Googly Eyes

 

First, you will want to hold the green paper and give your little one that safety scissors. I held the paper between the scissors so all he had to do was cut down. You could also put the paper so that some of it is hanging off the table and tape it so that it doesn’t fall off, then have them cut the end that’s off of the table. The goal is to make it look like grass.

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

Once your little one has cut the grass it’s time to glue it onto the background! I always give him full control of the glue stick, which is why this week you will notice the big discolored line between the turkeys… that was dried glue. He went a little crazy this time. I just tell myself that it gives the project character!

I just tell myself that it gives the project character! Click To Tweet

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

The fun part comes next! You get to paint their little hands! I did one at a time so that I could wipe one off before we did the other, I imagined paint all over my table otherwise. I painted the palm of his hand and thumb brown, then each finger a different color between yellow, orange, red and green. I used a different paint brush for each color so that I could move quicker, my guy isn’t very patient and I didn’t want the paint to dry. After their hands are painted help them “stamp” their hand on the paper. I found that it helped to push down on the top of his hand and each finger. (Don’t be afraid to make the paint really thick on their hand!)

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

While their hand stamps dry you can have them glue the cotton clouds onto the top of the paper! I just took some cotton balls and unrolled the ones that would unroll easily, if they didn’t then I just helped my son pull them apart so that they looked like clouds. I had him glueing them onto the paper as we were pulling them apart, just to keep the mess minimal.

Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds

The very last thing that you want to do to finish is add one googly eye to each thumb! I waited until the paint was dry to add ours. Then it’s time to show off on the refrigerator! 🙂
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