It's Springtime. Officially. Though we have been in the throes of this lovely weather for a few days and loving and taking advantage of every minute of it. The weather has gotten the kids up and outside and spurred their creativity.
Nothing but blue skies...
The flowers that bloom in the Spring Tra La!
Ok, who left their sled out?
We love bubbles. Who doesn't? We have a bubble mixture recipe that blows all those store bought bubbles out of the bubble wands. It's quick and easy to make.
4 Tbs liquid Glycerin (available at pharmacy)
1 cup of dishwashing detergent, any brand will do
12 cups of water
Stir gently so as not to make too many bubbles
and there you go!
I pour this into jugs and keep it under the kitchen sink. We go through a good bit of this stuff!
You can also cut the recipe in half if you think you won't go through as much.
We have wands of all sized and shapes. We also use fly swatters. Fly swatters make hundreds of small bubbles and it's fun to watch them fly through the air.
Tired of blowing bubbles? Bubble painting is also fun!
The suggested way to do this is to tape some paper on to a wall or someplace outside and dip your bubble dipper into the colored bubble juice and blow onto the paper. It was a bit too busy for this method so we put the paper on the ground and leaned over and blew the bubbles onto the paper. This was fun too. If you have creative children they will adore this. I'm planning on trimming the paper to make fold over note cards that I will pair with pretty pastel envelopes, wrap them up in a bow and present the cards to the grandmothers for Mother's Day!
In 3 cups add 1/2 cup Bubble Juice solution and 6 drops of food coloring. You can create your own colors, if you wish, by mixing the food coloring. Stir gently, then insert bubble wand and start blowing onto paper!
Of course everyone needs to have lunch and it was the prefect day to light up the grill. What did the kids want? Hot dogs of course! Daddy went out and got some serious foot longs and I had all the proper accouterments! Crispy French Fries were a secret treat! A secret? I like French Fries better when they are reheated. So if we go to McDonald's or someplace where there happen to be fries with our lunch I'll get a Doggy Bag. I know it's odd but I'll toss the Fries immediately into the freezer for a "rainy day" because I really do not allow fries all that often. When I have a healthy supply I toss them onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and toss them into the oven 350 degrees, for about 15 minutes or so. Another secret? I doctor them up with Lawry's Seasoned salt. McDonald's ain't got nothing on me!
The kids show off their Prized Dogs!
And like Spring we breathed new life into some old boxes!
We keep boxes that are in good condition that have been used for gifts. We have a nice spot in the back of the basement. We decided it would be fun to paint some of them. Flowers were the theme of the day. I rescued an old piece of corrugated cardboard from the recycling bin, rolled it and turned it into a stamp. (I totally snagged this idea from Martha.)
Then we enhanced the picture with random brush strokes to resemble flowers... Isn't it pretty?
And then when Rebecca was done she painted this one!
or This one, Bring the Springtime In
, which happens to be my favorite to this day!
(For directions click on the highlighted link.)
Not to worry, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve too!
I hope you are enjoying this lovely Spring weather too!