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Vocabulary Parade…

Little Bit2 gets the BEST assignments at school these days!  What’s better than a book report that you can scalp or make your own board game?  Well, that would be dressing up as a vocabulary word for a super fun Vocabulary Parade!!

That’s right.  The students get to pick a word from their vocabulary list and then make a costume that represents that word.  I think that was my favorite part — sitting with her and brainstorming ideas for her word :D.  It was too much fun!

The word chosen: VAIN

“You’re so vain! I bet you think this song is about you…”

And it is pretty funny that when I started singing this my LB2 said her teacher “sang that SAME song to me, Mom!”

Okay, so she decided the best way to show her Vain-ness ;), would be to dress in her most fabulous dress (with her high heels, of course), fix her hair and wear a most luxurious tiara headband, and pin a bunch of awards all over herself that show how great she is.  We don’t really have a bunch of awards but I did have some blank awards that are some DIY reward ribbons.  So, LB2 sat on down and made herself some ribbons.

The big day arrived so we got her all done up and here she is being vain

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I also found the PERFECT handheld mirror at the Dollar Tree!  Like I said, Perfect 😉

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Very fun and she was so excited to show her classmates and her teacher her costume.

And, guess what!!!

She totally won a prize for Most Creative costume!!  Woot Woot!  And THAT is MY girl 🙂

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What a fantastic job she did :D!

I am such a super proud Mama right about now.

…Til Next Time

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Another Aquarium…

It’s not a secret that I love a good deal!  It’s also not a secret that I love a good deal and a good time with the family all rolled into one!

When I found out about the free admission to

http://www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores,

 I was stoked! I quickly began making the plans for our outing.  First of all, I’ll let you all know that apparently the Pine Knoll Shores & Fort Fisher aquariums both offer two free admission days a year where anyone and everyone are welcomed to hang out for FREE!  I know, right!? On Martin Luther King Jr Day and Veterans Day admission is free for all!

This year on MLK the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium also hosted a food drive for a local pantry where you could bring in any food item donations for a good cause.

So, of course, we got ourselves ready and headed out to enjoy a fun family day at the aquarium!

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Look! A fish!

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The otter exhibit was a favorite!

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They sure do like to play!

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The Nature Trail was fun too

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What fun would it be if we didn’t take all the photo ops?

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Seahorses

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Time to pet the stingrays

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And then see some sea turtles

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Awww, they’re so cute!

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Whew!  What a great and tiring day! Now time to find something to eat.  Word to the wise, the only concessions stand at this aquarium is closed during the off-season.
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And almost every restaurant nearby is also closed during the cold months as well.  Sigh.

We DID find someplace to eat and it was yummy, but we were eating and not taking pictures :).

It was a great day and we all had a lot of fun.  If you are ever in the area, you should totally check out this aquarium.  The next thing I REALLY wanna check out is the sea turtles hatching from their nests.  I KNOW it happens in our area because I’ve seen the nests but I would super love to see it happening!  I just think those little turtles are so cute.

…til next time

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Winterfest…

We decided to attend the Winter festival in our local area.  The biggest draw for the kids was the promise of snow :).  In an area of the US that does not generally get snow for Christmas, this is quite a treat.

When we first arrived, there were tables set up where the girls could write out their letters to Santa and drop them in a red and white mailbox that’s destination was “The North Pole”.  There were also Christmas cards there that the girls colored and signed and put in a camouflaged mailbox that was destined for a US Marine in Afghanistan who wouldn’t be able to be home for the holidays.  I really liked that table :).

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Next stop… Photo op with the reindeer, of course!

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And you don’t think we’d skip a chat with Santa do you??

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Then we had to check out the animals in the petting area…

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I don’t think that man was supposed to be feeding the goats popcorn.  But they really liked it.

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A Little face painting makes any day brighter 🙂

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And then it was time to bring on the SNOW!!!

Fresh snow at that 😀

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Super fun!

Last, but not least, we had to feel the ice sculpture.  Huh, who knew it would be cold?  Wow.  LOL

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The girls had a great time and I had a pretty good afternoon as well.

Til Next Time…

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Trick-or-treating…

We all love Halloween in the Sloan household (I wasn’t sure if you realized that yet so I wanted to make sure).  Trick-or-treating is SO much fun!  Even though Hubby and I don’t usually get dressed up for the trick-or-treating ritual, we still have fun watching the Little Bits get so excited.  This year was super exciting because LB3 is 2 and has been getting more and more excited with each passing day.  I wasn’t even sure that she realized what the excitement was over exactly, but she was a pro!  This was one proud Mama :D!

Before we could head out, there were preparations to be made.  The princess had to put on her dress and tiara (along with all of her jewelry) and Frankie Stein had to be made up.  She wanted a before and after pick “for the blog” LOL.  So here they are.

BEFORE: my sweet little bit2

AFTER: a sassy Frankie Stein (that’s the daughter of Frankenstein for those

of you who have NO IDEA what or who Monster High is — I was right there with ya)

I’m especially proud of my neck bolts, so make sure you pay extra attention to those ;)!

Before we left for our candy collection, we had to set up the candy bowls for the other Trick-or-treaters…

We want NO tricks at this house!

The cutest princess and Frankie Stein trick-or-treating at the first house (just look at that excitement!)

The pic is kind of blurry, but I had to post this pic of Daddy with his princess 😀

She says, “Oh Mom!” — I say “What?!”

Lb3 struggling to get that treat sack open. LOL.  Don’t worry… she got it :D.

One of the last houses of the night.  We ended up with lots of candy in the LB’s treat sacks, not too much candy left in the candy bowls (thanks goodness!), and two very tired parents.  It was SO much fun :).

Hope you all had a blast with your little goblins and monsters!

Til Next time…

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt…

Every year around this time, jack-o-lanterns are popping up everywhere!

From the scary ones to the super cute ones, we at the Sloan household LOVE getting into the festivities of the season!

This year, just like all the years past, we jumped into the car and headed to a local church where we always purchase our pumpkins.  Unlike all the years of the past, we waited until the weekend before Halloween (things have been super busy this year for us) to make our annual run to the pumpkin patch.  We arrived very cheerful (even though the weather was anything but) and began checking out the pumpkins — or lack thereof.

We waited too late *sigh*

The only pumpkins left were super huge pumpkins and itty bitty baby pumpkins.

We searched high and low…

for just the right one…

When all of a sudden LB3 exclaimed “I found it!”

She put it in the wagon and since none of the rest of us could find just the right one for ourselves, we paid for her pumpkin and loaded back into the car.

We thought and thought and thought, trying to figure out where we would go to get our pumpkins!

And decided that a quick trip to the ice cream shop would help us think better.

That is one big bowl of ice cream!

It helped us to decide to go home and come up with a new plan for another day.

We ended up trying Food Lion and they were all out by the time we got there.  Back to the drawing board.  Oh well, at least it was a fun outing — and as LB2 said “at least we got ice cream”!  LOL

Til next time…

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Halloween “stuff”… A skeleton and a scarecrow

I love this time of year!

The weather is turning cooler (time to pull out all my cute and comfy boots!), the leaves are falling, and everyone is gearing up for Halloween!  You know what that means… pumpkins, skeletons and costumes! My kids especially love it when we start pulling out all of our Halloween decorations.  Each year when it’s time to put all the Halloween “stuff” away, I make sure to go check out all the after holiday sales.  So, every year we have new “stuff” to dig through and get excited about without having to actually go out and buy new stuff at “new stuff” prices.  Aaaaaahhhhhh, I DO love a deal!

We also love to make our own decorations.  The kids really like to get creative when making anything so it’s always fun when we start getting out our crafty supplies to make something new.

A couple of years ago, Little Bit 1 (he was little once upon a time) and I built a skeleton out of PVC pipe with a little help from my Dad.  I saw a “tutorial” in a magazine (although I can’t remember which one) and it sounded pretty easy.  I had my Dad cut white PVC pipe  to the lengths we needed, then we just put the “skeleton’s” body together with elbow joints.  Once all that was together, we used an old Sunny D jug to make the “skull”.  We just painted it white, let it dry and painted on eyes, and mouth with black.

Our skeleton on the left and our scarecrow on the right

Since we love to make some interesting decorations, when we went to the Fall Festival at BrookGreen Gardens this year and they said we could make our own scarecrow (pictured with our skeleton), we jumped at the chance!

LB2 decided her name should be Sparkles.

Once we had a name, it was time to draw Sparkles’ face:

Here are the two littlest bits drawing on a face for Sparkles.

Then we had to pick out clothes and the stakes and put her together.

Add some straw and moss for hair with a few zip ties and wah-lah

Sparkles was born!

The girls were really excited (even though they went to play in the hay stacks while my Mom and I put the whole thing together!) especially when we got to take Sparkle’s home with us.

Now I just have to figure out how I’m going to store Sparkles.  Hmmmm.

Til Next time…

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Costumes of the past…

Halloween is officially upon us.  Well, I suppose it HAS been upon us for a couple weeks now but I feel like I’ve been in some weird state of denial LOL.

 All those spooky decorations and Halloween candy trying to jump into my grocery cart (I swear, it literally tries to JUMP into my cart!) has only one thing to say:  It’s that time of year again!!  Get ready, get set and… get spooky!

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year.  I like the weather (even though it’s cold enough for a coat in the morning and warm enough for shorts by mid-afternoon), I like the fall festival’s, the decorations you see all over and, of course, all the yummy recipes you get to make this time of year.

I especially like to see all the creative, scary, sweet, and awesome costumes out there when Trick-or-Treaters start ringing my doorbell.

 I tend to get a bit nostalgic these days and lately I’ve been thinking back on all the Halloween’s of the past.  I couldn’t remember all the many costumes my family has worn, but I did find a few pics from the past few years.  So I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did …

LB3’s first costume when she was still in my belly — My lil punkin 😀

LB2 – as a super cute kitty

and LB1 – ummm, slasher??? (this was the first year he decided the scarier, the better

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My cheerleader and my ladybug!

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LB1 – a Spy, I think

Dad as a werewolf

2011

LB3 – Supergirl!

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LB2 – My Little Pony (Rainbow Dash to be exact)

LB1 – decided he was too cool this year to dress up.  He DID stay home while we trick-or-treated to hand out candy.

This year, my kids have decided they wanted to be things that didn’t require any sewing on my part — huh, go figure.  I tried to nudge the little bits into letting me sew SOMETHING for them, and I even thought about making LB3 another princess dress (since that is what she will be this Halloween), but I ultimately decided against it since she already has about a billion princess dresses in the dress-up bin.

LB2 has changed her mind so many times that it’s almost difficult to keep up with all the ideas she’s had just in this month alone!  First she wanted to be a princess like her sister, then that changed to a spider princess (your guess is as good as mine), then on to a snake princess (I have no idea what THAT would look like either), only to be changed again to a vampire and now she has FINALLY decided (her words) on being one of the girls from Monster High.  I just decided to buy her the accessories for that one since, again, I really have no idea and we’re running out of time to make something.  I guess we’ll see what happens and I’ll make sure to let you all know what we come up with.

LB1 has decided to make his own costume 🙂 which I think is awesome.  I will definitely post pictures of that.  He has also changed his mind several times since the beginning of October and has gone from Spiderman, to The Punisher and then some type of thing where he started making a costume out of recycled soup cans (don’t ask because I don’t know), and now he’s decided to be a character that he’s made up himself.  I’m not sure what that person will be or look like, but I’m excited to see his vision come to life :D.  He’s pretty creative when it comes to this type of thing, so I think it’ll be pretty awesome when he gets done with it.  I’ll keep you posted on that too:D.

So that’s where we stand so far on the Halloween costumes.

Til next time…

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Just for fun…

Since my last post was all about Easter and the fun things we did this year, I started reminiscing about last year.  So, I decided to post a few pics of the Easter dresses I made last year along with a few other fun things we did for the Holiday.

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I found the tutorial and pattern for this dress online and for LB number 3, I went strictly by the pattern (in order to get it right).  For LB numer 2, I only tweaked it a little bit just so she’d feel a little bit different (and a bit more “big girl”) in her dress.  They were both thrilled to be in the same fabric and  almost the same dress.

I also made some rosettes from scraps I had leftover of the purple fabric and put them on the girls’ dresses along with some hairbows (LB3 wouldn’t wear them so they’re not shown) and I added a loop onto a couple of the rosettes to slide it onto a headband for LB2 — she loves being my model.

The link to the dress pattern is http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2011/01/party-dress-printable-pattern-and.html

We also decided it’d be fun to make some jellybean cookies.  Basically, this just consisted of a roll of sugar cookie being smushed together with some chopped up jellybeans.  Yum!

BB1 really enjoyed his

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        LB2 and LB3 really chowed 

down on their jellybean

cookies.

I think they were a

success.

Ultimately, we had a great time last year and this year.  We love to make any day a crafty day whether it be with the hot glue gun, the sewing machine or baking something yummy! Hope you all enjoyed my trip down memory lane… I know I did 🙂

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