Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Maymount Adventure in Richmond Virginia



  Richmond is a few hours away from me so when the kids and I travel there we take advantage of the sights unique to the area.  One of my favorite places to visit although this only makes my second visit is Maymont.


  Maymont is a large estate that includes gardens, a mansion and winding trails showcasing a variety of animals.  You cross bridges, walk past streams and waterfalls and even climb stairs as you stroll the 100 acres.

There are several garden arrangements. The Japanese garden was our favorite. 


 I spy with my little eye a waterfall! It was so unexpected that it was really neat to see.

On the trail we saw the regal Bald Eagle!


American Bison were visible from the trail!


A barn showcases the transportation of the past.


The kids got a kick out of the other kids!


Maymont is definitely a must see in Richmond, VA.  In addition to all of this, they also offer activities and several special events for an additional fee throughout the year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Weekly Goals for Oct 16, 2017



  My goal this week I'm going to keep them short and sweet.  I feel like I'm getting sick and my kids are finishing up being sick so this week is going to be relaxed.

  1. This week in school we will be doing the letter G.


  2.  I dumped a lot of my pictures yesterday and with a little more blog organizing I can clear out somemore. Fingers crossed for another 100! I'm down to 1400 which is huge progress for me.

3.  I am still nursing one book but will have that and another book done by the end of the week!

4.  I wish I could set a fitness goal but since I'm under the weather I don't even want to bother.

5.  However since I am sick no time like the present to work on getting that ever so important water down. Let's shoot for 8 glasses!


6.  I am finishing up one collaboration and would like to seek out my next.

  Do you have any deadlines or goals for the week?  How many lists do you have?  I have my to do list, grocery list, meal plan, birthday list for upcoming birthdays and of course holiday lists coming at me.  It's never a dull day!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pete the Cat book and fun



  My son was recently introduced to Pete the Cat and it's catchy songs and loves the books so I decided to make something he can continually play with circling around one of his favorite books.

  He attended a kids event at the library and had fun listening to a couple stories and participating in those activities so some fun at home is a win as well.


There was a sorting buttons based on color or size and he even made a Pete the Cat hat.

For the Pete the Cat I love My White Shoes book I decided to make some shoes.  


I used foam for this craft based on what I was using them for.  Of course you could use plain paper or cardstock. I then colored everything with permanent marker.

In this book Pete has some shoes that he's strolling around in and gets dirty.



He steps on strawberries, blueberries a mud puddle and then a bucket of water (I didn't make a bucket).

I colored each shoe to indicate what was stepped in.


He stepped in strawberries.


He stepped in a pile of blueberries.


He stepped in a puddle of mud.


Lastly, he stepped in a bucket of water.

I made these with foam so that they could be play with on the window or bathtub.


The permanent marker also helps maintain the color with the water.  

Use the shoes for color identification or make more fruit for number counting. 
I did color one side on all but, you could also color one shoe two different colors and have two feet stepping on the items or he is a cat after all you could give him four feet of each color.



I also threw in a lacing activity.  Another piece of foam with several holes punched in and a piece of yarn.  My son can lace but, this will be good practice to learn how to tie.

Have you read the Pete the Cat series with or to your child?  What's your favorite Pete the Cat book?  Have you read this book?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lego Fun for Everyone



  This past weekend we were given tickets to check out Brickfest Live.  This event was in Richmond VA which is a nice ride for us.  The kids didn't know where we were going because I like to provide random surprises!

  When we walked into the Richmond Convention Center we were immediately greeted and directed to the appropriate room!

Surprise!


  They knew where they were going and now it was game time!

  Upon entering you are immediately excited at the endless Legos in sight.  The only question is where do we start?

  We checked out the giant mosaic area first.


  People were lined up on the other side of tables making prearranged tiles. Color-coded cards were used to make the specific tiles.  2 individuals were adding the completed tiles to the mosaic on the floor.

  The kids started out with making their own tiles.  They could choose to make one from a card provided or make their own design. 


After you were finishing you got to put it up on a wall along with other micro works of art!


Have you heard of MeeperBots?  


You could give the robotic cars a test drive! 


They were controlled by an app on your phone!

I think our favorite Legos were the one under the black light.  Not that everyone had a playroom with a black light but now after this show it makes a cool option to have.


Legos stimulate the imagination and creativity.  

My son thought it was so neat to see the Lego cars line up for a race.


This whole setup would be super easy to set up in the house compared to a black light. 


Legos are not just about building.  They are so versatile!  Look how they can be used to embellish! We had fun playing 9 holes of golf! 

Did I even mention how easy it was to spend hours at this event?  I never heard I'm bored, not even once!


We did skip the Lego video game section as my kids are a little younger.  This station had about 6 screens and the game looked action packed and entertaining.


 Animated Legos in a black lighted room was pretty neat.  Mom, can you make that? Um, no our Legos don't move unless you make them move.


If you can dream it you can build it. Architecture lane.  A row of famous buildings Lego style were neat and maybe the closest I will get to these landmarks.


A pool of blue just in case it's your favorite color.

Last stop before we left was to check on the giant mosaic but we had to take pictures with some groupies first.



Our day was complete and now the last stop was to see the progress of the mosaic.


It was coming along nicely!  It was neat to see how everyone was working together to make this.  My son thought it was neat as he is a Star Wars fan!

I was provided this trip for review.  All opinions were my own.

Have you checked out Brickfest Live?  I saw adults have just as much fun as the kids!  Have you seen the glow in the dark Legos before?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekend Fitness



  It's Friday and the weekend is almost here.  You have worked all week and you can't wait to take it easy on the weekend.  That's completely understandable but your workout doesn't have to be canceled.

  I knew I would have a busy weekend but I am motivated to stay active all 31 days of October so I planned ahead.  Saturday I was going to be gone but based on my plans I was going to be walking a lot so that was my fitness for the day.


It worked out great.  I would have liked 25,000 steps but we had to go to another place at 6 and it started to rain so my plans were not quite 100 % attainable.

On Sunday I knew again that my fitness routine would be interrupted so I set my alarm a little earlier for jog before my 'official' day started! 


  Most of my cardio routines are in the morning so that's nothing new to me.  It works best for me because after noon I lack motivation for the most part.  3 miles for me!  The weekend didn't slow me down!

  Well at the end of my weekend. I feel good! My fitness was not compromised based on the weekend or busy plans.

  I still managed to get a complete week of fitness done!


  1 week done 3 weeks and 3 days to go.  This is just a view of my steps.  I didn't necessarily walk or jog to get fitness but sometimes I did both. Thursday and Friday I rode my bike and those miles don't get calculated with my app. Monday I also did Yoga.

  Do you have a goal for the month?  How are you doing so far towards that? 

Friday, October 6, 2017

School with Letter D



  Moving along on our alphabet journey we have finished with the letter D. Letter  D was fun.  We played games, played with food and got outside.  We are continuing on learning sight words, reading and identifying the letter of the week when we are out and about.


D is for dog.  We don't usually walk the dog but this day we walked him. Poor dog walked miles with us.


He likes to write his letters in the sand on the sidewalk.   He will do this without any prompts from me.


He says, "I spy with my eye a letter d!"  Good job little man. No D is off limits.


Each week he gets new words.  It took us more then a week to have some words figure out.  Here he is writing: is, and, my, the and look.


He can even write dad now based on letters he knows.


Pulled out the clip cards.  Here he clips the lower case letter.  Each clip also has the letters on them.

Food fun was not skipped!


I made some yogurt d's with chocolate chips sprinkled on it and frozen for a cool treat! 

You may think I could have done more I could have played a game with him and to that statement I say...


D is for dominoes! 

Another week down! Another week of learning! He is busy with art and crafts throughout the day and I can't wait to share a project we just finished! 

We as adults are learning everyday or at least something once a week.  What did you learn or teach this week to someone?