Easter Eggs, 2013

posted on: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wes had a sleepover with his grandma Dee the other night and (among many other fun things, I'm sure) they colored easter eggs. When we got him back home the next morning he had an extra egg dying kit she sent home with him that they hadn't used. Now, I had already had one of the generic dissolvable tablet/vinegar/dippy standard egg dying kits at home but this one was WAY cooler. (Assuming, that is, that easter egg coloring kits are cool to begin with, but stick with me here). The best part is, NO VINEGAR! It's actually ready made dye packets you squeeze right in to the tray and it comes with little paintbrushes so the kids could paint their designs right on. Which is actually a lot easier and a lot more fun for them than the tedious soaking them in dye routine. Also, the dye that comes with this kit is bright and dries with a shiny, candy apple glaze.  If any of you with kiddos are interested, I found the kits online here. And while we may still have stained fingertips this morning, I'm never going back to the old ways. Although, next time I would get some finer tipped and more sturdy paintbrushes to use rather than the tiny plastic ones that came in the box. Either way, it was a good time. Oren was surprisingly well behaved throughout the whole process too. He was super focused on his painting as you will see in the pictures below. This was his first year dying eggs, and I am so proud of how well he did. Also, how cute is he in that little smock?

I know, right? ugh.

 and just for fun here's a picture of Wes dying eggs and wearing that same exact smock two years ago before Oren was even born. (Although barely, he came five days later). My, how the time flies.

Snowy Day

posted on: Sunday, March 24, 2013

The calendar may say it's officially spring now but it still feels far from it around here. So I figured what's a better way to spend another cold weekend in Akron than a trip to the art museum for the Ezra Jack Keats "Snowy Day" exhibit? It's one of our favorite bedtime stories, but after seeing the exhibit I realized just how important this little book has been in promoting diversity and really paving the way for an entirely new urban landscape to be represented in children's literature. I know for certain I'll be looking to expand our library with more of Keats's books here in the very near future. If you're in the Akron area this exhibit is running through the end of June. More details are right, here.

St. Paddy's Day Weekend

posted on: Monday, March 18, 2013

for the first time in what feels like FOREVER we spent a weekend doing something other than fixing up our house. we had tickets to see john mulaney friday night and oh my god, i haven't laughed that hard in ages. if his tour is coming anywhere near you, do yourself a favor and go. your insides will hurt for days afterwards but you'll still thank me later. after the show we finished off the evening with a late night slice of pecan pie at soho. okay, two slices. it was perfection. 

sunday, on the other hand, was all about the boys. wes's teacher has been having fun with his class all week in preparation for st. patrick's day. the "leprechaun" has been sneaking in to their classroom and tipping over desks and messing up the room whenever they're away. he learned a leprechaun song and we even had to make a leprechaun trap for him to take in the other day. in other words, it's been a magical and exciting week for him and i couldn't let the real st. paddy's day go by with out a little fun at home.  so we messed up the house a little, laid down some tiny green footprints and a makeshift pot of gold (chocolate) and waited for wes to find it in the morning. his reaction was priceless. it was totally worth it. i can't tell you the last time i did anything much to celebrate st. patrick's day (even though my mom's maiden name is mcguinness) but there's something about having kids that makes every holiday so much more fun. 

oh, and in case you're wondering, josh is to thank for the green food coloring in the toilet ;)

A Post Bath Photoshoot

posted on: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

this babe of mine doesn't have a clue what he does to me.

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