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Letters from Owen

“Dear Adain. I write other letters down that say Dear Noah and up here says dear tooth fairy.”

“Dear Grammie and NiNi, thanks for playin with me. I get to…(voice trails off)”
“What does it say?”
“I already told you!!”

Sorry Grammie and NiNi, I can’t translate the rest of this note.

“Dear Bailey and Dear Mama and Dear Grandma and Dear Me and Dear Grammie. Other tooth fairy take care of my teeth when my tooth falls out. See? It’s the same thing.”

I’m guessing he got the tooth fairy stuff from PBS.

Another day Owen made a smiley face.


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If I didn’t know better…

I’d say it’s summer time!

Swimming googles. Check.

Orange Pushpop from ice cream truck. Check.

Running through sprinklers. Check, check.

Throw in a couple 90+ degree days and you’d have no idea it was still May. Look out June 20th! We’re ready for you!

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Vroom! Vroom!

This idea came from Scribble Art by Mary Ann Kohl. It was a library book, but definitely one I’d like to own.
Roll of paper + Paint + Toy cars and trucks = Masterpiece. I save the styrofoam packaging from food stuff for paint pallets. Owen had a ball.

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Countdown to spring…

Only four more days to go folks and it will be official! This month we’ve enjoyed some beautiful sunny days mixed in with the cold and rain. We’ve made the most of the nice weather. We got a couple of flower beds ready and Highland Methodist Church’s softball team has started practice, which Don is thrilled about.

These pictures are from a walk around our neighborhood earlier this month. Normally Owen rides his tricycle (although he is now the proud new owner of a bike with training wheels, so we’ll keep you posted on that) or rides in the wagon. On this day he decided he wanted to “ride his horse.” It was a gift from Grammie and Owen loves it. This is was the first time he’d decided to take it beyond our yard though.

I love this sweater that was made by Owen’s NiNi. Isn’t she talented?!

Owen was proud of this pinecone he found at the Violet Bank Museum. He wanted to add it to “our pinecone collection.”

We saw a bunch of birds that let us get surprisingly close.

Owen decided to plop himself down for a break in someone’s front yard….

…. so he could “feed” his horse.

How have you been enjoying the sunshine?

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The Refridgerator Box Makeover

Months ago I found the Holy Grail of appliance boxes. Lighthouse Furniture and Appliance in Petersburg. Don’t bother going to the chains, just check out the local independent guys.

The owner of Lighthouse Appliance was curious about what I would need a refridgerator box for. I told him i had a 3 year old. He just smiled and asked me to follow him to the back of the store. There, complete with artificial flower landscaping and Dora the Explorer flag, sat a huge refridgerator box house his grandkids had decorated. They spent hours back there.

It turns out, Lighthouse SAVES there boxes just in case people (like me) want them. I could build an entire appliance box village if I wanted to. One of the older grandchildren (maybe in highschool?) took me the the warehouse, helped me find an empty box in good condition and helped me load it into the car. They are so wonderful and I hope that my next trip up there is for a dishwasher 🙂

Refridgerator Box + Bulletin Board Paper = Endless Possibilities…

Above: The inside of the door is covered with a large sheet of paper so Owen and his friends can draw. I also but of a small piece of velcro so we could change the signs on the door easily. Below: The mail box on the side of the building is just a cereal box covered in duct tape. Now I have a place for our junk mail before it hits the recycling bin.

JoJo was Owen’s first customer. I glued craft foam to a strip of cardboard to make the awning.

That first day The Box was a Grocery Store, but the next day it was a Toy Store. It will be fun to see whatelse Owen comes up with.

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Oodles of Noodles

Owen loved glueing noodles to cardboard (I cut the side off of a cereal box). The next day, after it had dried he painted it.

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Super Goop

Super Goop
2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
food coloring

Boil water in saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir — adjust the amount of food coloring until you get the color you want. Remove from heat and cool. Let your child squish away.

Owen wasn’t a huge fan of the texture so he didn’t dive in with his hands like I thought he would. But he loved “baking” with it. It’s also safe if your little one gets carried away with his/her pretend cooking and decides to sample it.

When we was done with that I put it in a ziploc baggie and he loved squishing it in the bag.


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