Mess Free Kids Paints {Kwik Stix Thin Stix- a review}

The Pencil Grip- Kwik Stix Tempera Paint

As any regular reader knows, we *love*The Pencil Grip, Inc., and their products! We have reviewed Kwik Stix before, but this time we are sharing our love for their Thin Stix Creativity Pack. These tempera paint sticks are quick, easy, and allow limitless creativity for your children (and you, too!).

The Creativity Pack has 24 vibrant colors, including the Kwik Stix bright and metallics-these are our favorite colors to use. You will also find, Thin Stix are non-toxic, as well as nut, egg, and gluten free! This means if you have a child that puts everything in their mouth, or “paints” their fingers, toes, and lips (like my 3 year old…), you can feel confident that they aren’t getting toxins or a common allergen in their mouth, or on their skin.

Easy, allergy and mess free art supplies- tempera paint sticks. Dry in 90 seconds, no cracks after drying, smooth, shiny finish. Fun and safe creativity!

 

What Are Thin Stix, and How We Use Them

Kwik Stix Thin Stix are a solid tempera paint, in a stick; These are mess free and 100% washable. There are NO cups, brushes, smocks, or spills! You use Kwik Stix just like you would a marker or glue stick- remove the lid, twist the paint up, and start creating. They really do dry in 90 seconds with no smudges, or sticking, and we have never had them stain our skin or clothing.

Thin Stix are much thinner than original Kwik Stix. These are taller and thinner, allowing more precision and detail on smaller surfaces, or in smaller spaces. They’re recommended for ages 3+, and trust me when I say children and adults of all ages will enjoy these paints! My children are 7, 5, 3, and 1; the baby doesn’t use them yet, because she would just eat them, but the others all love our Thin Stix.

I like that you can blend the colors before they dry, and layer them for even darker shades. The thinness of the paints in this set allows ease for writing and making details pop. The paint goes on so smoothly- in a satisfying, buttery-smooth kind of way. The metallics give just the right amount of “sparkle” to your project, and the bright colors are super neon! So much fun!

Uses

The uses for Thin Stix are really endless. My children are small, so we use them for creative fun on paper the most. It is *so* easy for this mama to whip out our art tote with all the Kwik Stix in it and let the kids go to town creating. My favorite on cold mornings is to let my kids paint and create after breakfast, before we begin our school day.

We have used Kwik Stix:

  • on plaster and paper mache projects
  • to create pictures
  • make thank you cards
  • create illustrations for homemade books and journals
  • to decorate poster board signs, banners
  • in coloring books
  • to mark answers on school work
  • marking bingo and other games
  • finger and hands print carfts
  • decorating pumpkins

You can use the Thin Stix Creativity Pack on just about any surface- if you can paint it, you can use Thin Stix on it- paper, poster board, wood, plaster, food (haha), canvas, and fabric- sometimes you may need to seal with a sealant if your project will be exposed to rain/the elements.

I really like that Thin Stix are developmentally appropriate for small children learning to hold writing/art tools, can be used at an easel, and are so easy to clean up! With 4 small children at home, a simple painting activity has to be planned in advanced with lots of room for messes- but not with Kwik Stix!

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DIY Fall Nature Banner Handicraft {nature craft}

This last week in one of our co-op classes we had SO much fun making a DIY fall nature banner. The timing was uncanny! A few weeks ago, we came across a PVC banner printing that we thought was just amazing. So when we found out that we were doing banners, I was extra excited! I wanted to share with you what we did, so you can do it at home as well!

This could be adapted for spring, Christmas, summer … any season or occasion really. I would say it is an appropriate activity for ages 2+; a 2-5 year old may need extra assistance with the mallet, obviously. My 5yo son was able to do most of the hammering himself, he did get tired once or twice, so I would hammer and give his arms a break.

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First you will need to gather supplies:

  • thin fabric such as a light, thin linen or muslin
  • leaves, buds, flowers, grasses from nature
  • rubber mallet or hammer
  • tarp or cardboard (for laying everything on before hammering)
  • 3 hole punch or knife (we use a 3 hole punch so the kids could do it, and the holes would be evenly spaced)
  • twine for stringing
  • small piece of clear tape (for taping the end of the twine so it doesn’t unravel)
  • decorative leaves/acorns/etc from craft store that you may want to add
  • hot glue gun

You can either punch your holes before or after hammering, that is up to you. We did it afterwards.

  1. gather leaves, flowers, buds, & grasses of all different colors-the brighter the better!
  2. cut fabric into neat triangles (print a triangle template the size you want). You can do this by hand if you’d like or if you’re planning to make quite a big garland, I’d recommend looking into the best fabric cutting machines for precise cuttings. It’ll be a lot quicker than cutting it free hand too.
  3. warm up your hot glue gun if adding decorations
  4. lay out your tarp or cardboard, the harder the surface the better the colors will come out of the leaves and flowers. So maybe on top of concrete or a garage floor would be good.
  5. place leaves and flowers *under* your fabric triangles
  6. use the mallet or hammer to bang away!
  7. leave the bits of leaves and petals on the fabric, once they dry they are easy to roll off
  8. using a 3 hole punch, place the triangle, top edge in, under 2 of the holes and punch on each triangle
  9. cut your twine. For 4 triangles, we cut twine 36″ long, you would need more if you do a longer banner.
  10. wrap scotch tape around one end of the twine, for weaving through the holes
  11. weave twine through the holes, then tie a knot on each end
  12. *IF* you want added decorations, hot glue them onto the banner now
  13. Hang and enjoy!

Some of the students really liked using a hammer better; it does give a lot of bang for your buck. The rubber mallet covers more area, so for smaller/younger students, the mallet made the job a bit easier/less tiring.

I want to give a shout out to our wonderful “Maker’s Space” class teacher. This is one of my favorite activities we have ever done in our homeschool! It was so enjoyable, and simple to do. I look forward to doing it at home with all my kids, another season.

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Paper Mache Kids Craft

For part of our summer homeschool activities, I wanted to do some hands on art/creating during the unbearably hot hours of summer.  We have enjoyed using for review Activa Products Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit and the ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS (a free ebook).

What It Is & How We Used It

We received the kit which contains both Rigid Wrap and CelluClay. And … if you are anything like me, you (may be?) clueless about what either of these products are really used for. So here is my breakdown:

The Rigid Wrap is plaster cloth, comes in 2 rolls that are 4″ wide each, and is used to cover just about anything you would cover in paper mache. You simply cut the cloth to strips in the size you need, place on your object/project, and add water using your fingers to smooth the surface and create!

For an object, we chose to use cardboard from a box we had on hand. Using the beautiful butterfly template from the ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook, I cut out the butterfly shape from the cardboard. Then we used the instructions and tips from page 10 of the ebook to create a butterfly!

Honestly y’all, this was so easy and fun! Because my oldest is 6, and I had a 2 and 4 year olds helping, our steps were:

  • I placed an empty dog food bag on the counter just in case we made a mess =)
  • I measured the strips
  • had a helper cut them
  • I wrapped them around the cardboard butterfly
  • then they each took turns applying water to their finger tips and rubbing the plaster cloth to a smooth finish.
  • we did front and back of the butterfly
  • to speed up drying time, we chose to microwave it for a minute or two (wow!  That really works!)
  • then we did the same thing, applying a second layer of plaster
  • speed dried in the microwave, and let it sit to finish drying

Because I don’t believe in “fixing” my kids creative projects, I let them rub it in as much or as little as they wanted/were able. They were SO proud of the finished project. I couldn’t believe how easy this was to do! It makes me look forward to creating more projects with them; there was virtually no mess (yay!) and was something we could all enjoy, even the 2 year old.

We used our tempera paint sticks to paint the butterfly for one reason: my back went out and I couldn’t reach the actual paints … =( haha (and my husband was gone, so he couldn’t get them for me). While the painting job is far from a professional, smooth finish, it was fun to do and easy for my oldest to do on her own.

The CelluClay project was also fun! If I am being completely honest, I am a terrible (I mean terrible) paper mache-er.  I did it one time in high school for a project in my Spanish class and failed the project miserably. I’ve never really been interested in trying it again.

But the CelluClay made it simple, and now that I understand the process a bit better (after having actually used the CelluClay) I can imagine the possibilities are endless for projects!

We mixed the CelluClay as instructed (which is great because it keeps in the fridge- score!).  Then we decided to make bowls.

Now, you probably shouldn’t do like *I* did, and just go creating a bowl from scratch.  It works! Because CelluClay is pretty awesome like that.

But for best results, you could need to have a template of some kinda to adhere the paper mache to (looking back on it, I’m thinking *duh*).  Anyway, we made bowls by forming the CelluClay like you would using a regular clay.  The kids used damp fingers to mold and smooth their own bowls- this was really fun and relaxing for them! I just handed them a ball of CelluClay, they did the rest!

After we were done, we placed them on a cooling rack and let them air dry for a few days. They hardened so nicely! I mean, they are really hard. I thought for sure they would crumble and fall a part- NOPE! They are enduring almost daily play by all the oldest three kids (6, 4, and 2 year olds).

I was really excited to use these products and very thankful for the free ebook that is full of project ideas, templates, and tips when creating paper mache projects. We printed out the pages we needed and kept them on hand during our work; my 6 year old read the directions for me as we went (which is why we just *had* to microwave the butterfly haha).

If you are looking for a fun, endless art activity for your school year this fall, this is a *great* product for kids (and adults) of just about any age; and better yet, you can grab it on Amazon!

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Enjoying {the gentleness of} a Charlotte Mason Education

I have been on a really big Charlotte Mason schooling kick lately.

enjoying the gentleness of charlotte mason education

I blame spring; it does this to me!  I My kids would rather be outside in nature, reading books and playing in the dirt than inside.  And who can blame them?!  This is what childhood is about, so here we are …

… all wrapped up in our Charlotte Mason education  *insert all the heart emoticons here*

But, because this is where our homeschool is headed for this season in life, I thought I’d better simplify things and organize my thoughts before I get overwhelmed and we end up doing none of it (or at the very least doing only some of it, and without any intention, or focus at all).

So, here is what we are doing for our Charlotte Mason Homeschool this spring and summer (we school year round):

  • History/Geography/Bible- continuing our beautiful Feet Early American History studies
  • Picture/Artist Study- Monet (who better to study about in spring and summer?!  We already have Linnea and her book from a spring basket gift 3 years ago)
  • Music Study- Scott Joplin He is from a part of history we will spend a bit of time on here soon, and his music?!  y’all- my feet won’t stop moving!
  • Hymn Study- this won’t be a specific hymn just yet, I don’t think.  We have 3-4 the kids are just learning all the words to via youtube tracks.  Because this is for everyone from 2 year old Ila to 6 year old Lexie, we are taking it slow and simple.  This is how we begin our days
  • Handicrafts and Art- we do so many as part of our family time anyway, but for spring and summer we will be focusing on: embroidery, gardening, whittling, setting the table correctly, clearing the table, and cooking (again, all things we already do but I will be more intentional about reading books and such about each)
  • Foreign Language- I think we may start playing with french and latin just for fun, through books.  Nothing formal
  • Nature Study- we do nature study all the time, but I can be pretty terrible about using our nature journals, so I hope to improve that!
  • Poetry-we will continue our poetry plans for the year.
  • Literature- we are reading rich literature in our history, as well as chosen read alouds, library books, and my 6.5 year old is reading the Narnia series … over, and over, and over to herself.
  • Personal Development/Habits- each of the kids have goals for development, school, and habits that I have written down in my planner for us to work on through the year. Some of these are the same as handi crafts.

What is best about studying these things is?

There are no “reports” or papers, no formal tests or pop quizzes.  We just read books, listen to music, learn poetry, look at art, and ENJOY the process.  We soak it up, remember it if it was memorable, and when we are ready, move on.

Most CM purist are probably cringing at my plans, and how I “plan” to implement them.  But I am okay with that.  It is why we homeschool- to do what works for us.

That is what learning to love learning looks like here.

 

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Waterless, Mess-Free Paint: Kwik Stix {a review}

Waterless Tempera Paint {no mess art fun!}

All parents LOVE doing art and crafts with their kids, right?!  😉  Well, okay maybe not all of us … especially when you have many children doing it at once at your kitchen table!  But, I am so excited to share with you a product our family reviewed; a product that you can really say “Yes!” to when the kids ask if they can paint today.  The Pencil Grip, Inc. kindly sent us a set of their Kwik Stix 12pk– a waterless tempera paint IN A STICK.

You read that right …  waterless paint, in a stick.  Can I just tell you how excited I was to receive these?  They also sent us a really nice pencil grip that both my children have enjoyed using (we will probably have to order more).

Kwik Stix- waterless tempera paint no mess art!

 

About Kwik Stix and What We Thought

We have enjoyed our Kwik Stix tremendously!  It is something my kids ask to use several times a week, and honestly … there is just no reason to say no.  There is no mess to clean up, it is something they can do while I get ready to run errands, hop in the shower, or while I prep meals and snacks.  I don’t need to get them cups of water (that spill … everywhere), aprons to wear, or paint brushes to be washed.  Of course there is a time and place for all of those things, but with Kwik Stix I don’t have to plan or be there to do a sweep-in clean up.  The kids can uncap their paints and go!

As you can imagine a waterless paint is great, but I really would like to emphasize the quality of this product!  I was not sure what to expect in way of quality and how well they would apply and actually work- These are beautiful, high quality paints!  They cover well and are fun to use.  They are really pretty colors and this 12 pack had a great variety of shades.  So far, we have enjoyed using them for every day art at the table, but the possibilities are endless!

They can be used on many different surfaces including poster board, paper, wood (think making chip board books), and cardboard.  I would love to use these to make a cardboard house for the kids- imagine how simple it would be to decorate.  They will make wonderful stocking stuffers, birthday gifts for friends, and “new baby” gifts for older siblings so mama can catch a break while keeping the other children occupied.  😉

We received the 12 pack, but they also have a 6 pack, a 96 pack, and neon colors (see all their options HERE).

Kwik Stix- waterless tempera paint no mess art! 2

I’ve added a video of my kids using the Kwik Stix so you can see how easily they go on, how quickly they dry, and you can even see that you can blend the colors!  I also want to try them in my journaling Bible, to see how they work there, I will let you know.

How would you use Kwik Stix in your home?

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Erin Condren Life Planner-converting to ARC disc system

Hi y’all!  I wanted to share a little something with my readers.  I am asked every now and then about my planner(s), which ones I use for what parts of my life, and how I use them.  Well, a while back I told you all about my love for the Erin Condren Life Planner.  (if you have never ordered through EC before, click this link to get $10 off your first order!  You will get it in an email).

Well, since then I have discovered SO many other ways to use my planner!  There are some fabulous groups on facebook where ladies are decorating and journaling in their planner.  It is really awesome.

I have kept a journal since I was 4; I seriously have every single journal since then.

However, during the GREATEST years of my life (being home with my babies and all our adventures), I haven’t been journaling like I used to  =/  and i don’t find time for elaborate scrapbooking like I did when I had only 1 child, either.   Which makes me really sad.

So I decided to combine BOTH worlds- planning and journaling!  (obviously, not my original idea, lots and lots of people do this…)

You can easily insert a few pages here and there, add dashboards, and even make your own covers, etc using a simple punch like this one. (I will do a tutorial on that soon!)

But because the ECLP is coil bound, it is not easy to add large sections of paper to the planner.  I wanted to add sections for journaling, my sewing projects (personal and  business), home management, and blogging. plus I like to use washi tape to decorate my weekly layouts to make it pretty and section it off a bit (video on that coming soon as well!).

So, I did a lot of reading, and researching and decided to go with the ARC disc bound system by Staples.

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Charlotte Mason Handicrafts for the young {finger knitting}

Our homeschool is a mix of the Charlotte Mason and Classical Education models.  Charlotte Mason is a literature rich, and gentle method of learning; she recommends school aged (or as they show interest and ability without frustration) children complete 3 handicraft projects per year.

My daughter loves to watch (and join) me while I sew, embroider, cut fabric, paint, construct DIY projects, etc.  This past winter while I was knitting, she asked if she could learn.  Knitting is simple enough, but using the needles with 4 year-old dexterity is the tricky part.  We did work on it together, and she did a great job, but it isn’t something she is quite ready to do alone.

Lexie is 4.5 and as I mentioned, has always shown interest in my personal crafts.  She has reached an aged where her dexterity is getting better, and she is ready to try some handicraft projects (which she loves!) she can enjoy by herself and/or with assistance.

While reading over the Simply Charlotte Mason website a while back, I printed off their list of handiworks recommended and finger knitting caught my eye.  So I youtubed how to do it. This past Saturday while snuggling during the babies’ naps, Lexie asked if she could knit.  I immediately thought of the finger knitting method, and how that would probably be a great foundation for future knitting; not to mention it would build her confidence.

So we grabbed some yarn from my yarn bag and went to work.  I turned on the youtube video I’d watched before and Lexie was so excited to learn!  I think she did a great job.  She told her daddy, “I am so, so proud of myself for learning to knit all by myself!”

Charlotte Mason Handicrafts {finger knitting}

 

Here is the video we used:

 

Do you incorporate Charlotte Mason principals into your homeschool?  What about handicrafts?

Pumpkins & Fall for Tots and Preschoolers

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Having a 4 year old that begs for learning time can be a challenge with a two year old all-boy toddler literally running around, and a 5 week old baby in the house.  So when it comes to our themed and “extra” activities, I like to try to find things they can do together.  That way if Mister doesn’t really want to participate it is okay, but he is able to if he would like.  This month we are studying pumpkins.  While Lexie is ready to learn what kind of plant a pumpkin is, and how a pumpkin grows, Mister’s activities are much simpler.

Max (2) will be learning and focusing on:

  • the letter “P”
  • the color orange & coloring pumpkins by following instructions
  • Completing a “My Pumpkin” book (color, cut, and glue) from www.ThisReadingMama.com
  • Gluing/matching pumpkin shapes (from www.1+1+1=1.com)
  • Count the Pumpkins (also from www.1+1+1=1.com)
  • P is for Pumpkin do a dot (also from www.1+1+1=1.com)
  • reading (his favorite poem) Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  • words (non sense included) that rhyme with pumpkin
  • textures of pumpkins (smooth, bumpy, etc)
  • introduce why leaves change color in the fall
  • Reading pumpkin/fall books

Lexie (4) will be learning and focusing on:

  • how pumpkins grow
  • what kind of plant pumpkins are
  • words (non sense included) that rhyme with pumpkin
  • Completing a “My Pumpkin” book (color, cut, and glue) from www.ThisReadingMama.com
  • Counting pumpkins math sheet (we will use unifix cubes to add hands on) from www.1+1+1=1.com
  • Pumpkin number match book (from www.childcareland.com)
  • Pumpkin Syllable Count and Clip (from This Reading Mama)
  • introduce why leaves change color
  • reading pumpkin/fall books

Now, obviously all of these activities aren’t solely focused on fall; many of them just include pumpkins.  But at this age especially, I am following my children’s lead as to what interests them.  Lady loooves “worksheet” type activities, cutting, pasting, assembling books, etc.  Mister … well, he is just being introduced to activities and learning time, so I am still trying to find what he loves to do.  Also, many of their activities overlap; I will modify and adjust as needed for Max.

Hopefully we will be making a trip to the pumpkin patch soon.  We spent some time playing in pumpkins last week.  This was great sensory play for tots and preschoolers- they had fun digging out the insides and sorting the seeds.  We then roasted the seeds for yummy snacks (which they ask for constantly).  I plan to use some of the roasted pumpkin seeds in granola as well.  We talked about how the pumpkins felt- were they rough, smooth, smushy, hard, etc.

Pumpkin Sensory Play {Quiet in the Chaos}

This unit has been a lot of fun so far, and I suspect it will be a lot more fun as we continue through it in the month of October.  I was hoping to get more of the activities and lapbooking done before this post went up, but life got in the way.  Hopefully I can bring you a post full of completed activities and lapbooks in the coming weeks!

Weekly Wrap Up: July 11, 2014

The last week we have finally gotten back into a routine form our travels to AR and TN. We got all the hard stuff (unloading, unpacking, laundry, etc) done the afternoon we got home and madly did it pay off! We had the rest of that week to menu plan, get groceries, pay bills, and just get things back in order. The last thing we want to do is find payday loans in Texas, United States. However, if we have too, we will.

The following week we started back on our learning time routine. We did a quick review and a lot of playing. We have spent all morning, every morning, outside playing in the back yard, playing in the pool, eating apples, and playing with the dog. It has been wonderful!

Here are a few snaps I managed to take during this week:

Lexie found a picture of blocks in the back of her Highlights magazine and she wanted to build what they were building. I helped her with a few pieces- but I was amazed at how well she would perceive what they had done. Some of these were HARD!:

building blocks {Quiet In The Chaos}

We have read more books this summer than I think we did while stuck inside last winter. Mister has really become obsessed with reading books, and of course Bug wants to (read or) be read to all the time.

reading together {Quiet In The Chaos}

 

My children *love* to be outside- we spend most of our time outside when the weather permits. Lexie had a great idea when she wanted to combine their love for books with the great outdoors!

reading in their

 

Our sweet Charlie girl:

Charlie Our Springer Spaniel {Quiet In The Chaos}

Charlie Our Springer Spaniel- 11 months old, July 2014

 

As you know, we *love* the free and fun curriculum from This Reading Mama (we use it with our AAR). Here, Lexie is working on her new sight word, “me.”

Sight Word

The week wouldn’t be complete without baking something yummy. We made (whole wheat, NO refined sugar) chocolate muffins. Lexie just had to lick the spoon. =)chocolate muffins {Quiet In The Chaos}

Last week was a lot of fun- during all this fun, we also started potty training Max. I do have some SUPER cute pictures of that, but they’re probably not appropriate for the blog. haha

Monday the painter comes to paint Lexie’s room; then the kids will start sharing a room! *so scary* Just praying they get used to each other and sleep through the night fine. Lexie wakes up needing to potty and sometimes with night terrors, so that could be a problem. After Mister’s room (aka the nursery) the nursery is painted, I can begin decorating, organizing, and playing in the nursery. YAY! Eight More weeks until baaaby!

 

Week 13 Baby Summary

Mister was officially 3 months old on December 2nd (also JTom’s birthday)!  But because of how the weeks fell, he is 13 weeks old.

Sleeping
Max has been sleeping from about 7:15pm until 5:30-6:30am.  Today (December 4th) I let him cry it out when he woke up at 5:20am.  I went in and checked on him, calmed him down, then put him back in the crib and left the room.  He cried and fussed on and off for about 30ish minutes.  But he went back to sleep until 6:50am!  So we have been CIO today.  It’s not easy, but he is getting it.  After his first nap he only cried (on and off) for 10 minutes before falling asleep.  I am keeping one arm unswaddled, because he can use that hand to soothe himself if he needs to.  (Oh yes, he is in love with his hands this week!)  If it takes him longer to relax and fall asleep, I go in after 10 minutes, pick him up until he is calm, then place him back in the crib.  I know today is pretty much going to mean very little sleep for him, but after a few days, he should be sleeping on his own.  I think he is ready; I feel that way because when I try to get him down he struggles, wiggles, and fights me.  He just can’t settle with me holding him as well anymore.  So, I think it’s time he tries to settle himself.  I will update at the end of the week on how it has gone.

*update*. It has been 3 days now and Mister is doing great with his day time sleep!  We have rough patches through the day, but overall he is putting himself to sleep with very little crying or fussing. I watch him in the monitor, and he usually is just sucking in his hand, with his eye closed, while he rolls around some until he settles.  He has been paci free for 3 days, and I think he is nursing better as a result.

Eating
He seems to be feeling better, reflux wise, so it looks like the dairy free is helping!  One week of no dairy and he is like a different boy during the day.  Looks like we have a dairy protein allergy.  (I will make another post on that later). 

Devleopment
Max is starting to try to raise his shoulders up, and he can do it pretty well.  He rolls from his tummy to back easily and Lexie LOVES to watch him do it!  He is already rocking/rolling onto is sides, and can almost make it to his tummy from his back!  Im sure this will happen before the end of the month.  I am still not sure if he is teething…  I really want to say yes because of all the chewing and drooling (oh my!) but developmentally this is when babies’ saliva glands start producing more (it was part of evolution to help break down food/breastmilk as it changes with baby’s growth.  Also to help build the stomach flora as baby grows bigger).  And since that falls right in line with baby discovering his hands and enjoying chewing … I just don’t know!  His gums have looked like he may be teething since the middle of October, and he started chewing in the middle of November … so we should have something happen by the end of this month if he is in fact teething.  They do seem to be a bit more puffy and white there at the middle bottom, than the rest of his gums.  So we will see.

Max is laughing, smiling, and starting to find his voice a lot!  He is squealing some, especially when he is tired and ready for a nap, he starts really jabbering.  He blows bubbles non stop and spit just flies every where!  Lexie thinks this is a serious problem, “He’s dwooling, Mama.  He’s dwooling!”  She is so serious!  It’s sweet.


Love Bug
Lexie has started napping again at home!  We seem to have found her sweet spot during the day for tiredness, and now that those molars are in and she is no longer scared of going poopy in the potty, things are getting back to normal.  But who knows how long that will last before we get more molars, or something else changes and throws her off for a while.  Regardless, I will take any sleep she can get!  =)

She’s enjoying gymnastics, and can do her bridge, straddle, pike and tuck. She really enjoyed the foam pit last week, and got brave enough to kick her leg up in the balance beam.  It will be interesting to see what she does this week (tomorrow, Friday).  We are doing Advent activities each day, and taking about Baby Jesus, Christmas, love, being kind, and God’s love for us.  Sue Sue has given us some really great resources to use during the month of Advent.  She has really enjoyed the Christmas stamps I got out.


She loves her daddy getting her up in the mornings, and doing her bed time routine at night.  My favorite part about her being in a toddler bed now, is climbing in bed to snuggle with her when she wakes up!  She makes me a spot, says “here, Mama, you need lovie.” and we snuggle.  It’s wonderful!  She walks around talking on her phone like a grown up (and Im never on the phone in front of her?), and loves to cook in her kitchen.  Now she wants to play with Max all the time, which is basically just them laying on the floor together.

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