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Sesame Magic – Opening Day at Sesame Place

May 6, 2013
Maybe it was because it was Opening day, or maybe it was because I worry in my heart that Big Girl is going to look at me one day soon and be like “Mom, I’m all grown out of this stuff now,” but everything seemed extra-magical and special that Saturday at Sesame Place.
A little girl, maybe 4 years old sat next to me before the evening parade. She had a new Abby Caddaby plushy from one of the gift shops that she was very happy to show me (probably because I was wearing my Abby visor and puffs.) She asked, “Do you think she’s real?” I answered, “Of course I do, she’s right in your hands! And we’ll see her in the parade!” I swear that little girl was planted there to have that conversation with me. Sesame magic has always been really-real to me.

(She was a chatty little one, she engaged all of us.)

On the long drive home, I thought more about Sesame magic and how it might seem to my girls.  When I was 5, my favorite Sesame Street bit was Bert, doing the “er-er-pigeon”.  How could he dance like that, how could see his shoes?  How does that work?  Like how it is that no matter how crowded the park is, what part of the line we are in, this girl gets whatever horse she wants every. single. time.

…how a couple years ago the girls decided they wanted to catch an Abby poof that launches from one of the floats in the parade and since then, we’ve caught at least one for each girl every time we’ve visited.  This time we caught three, and shared one with our little friend.  She was speechless, for a second.

This time it seemed like the staff at Sesame Place was extra magical, too.  The girl at Ernie’s bed bounce played tag with the big kids when it was their turn.  It was cool to give the kids a little structure and focus instead of aimlessly bouncing (which is fine, too, but you know…).

(I think Little Girl took this pic, it was on their camera)

A whole gang of workers played Red Light Green Light and Duck Duck Goose before the evening parade – it was WONDERFUL.  Rather than just sitting and asking every 32 seconds when the parade would start, everybody got a chance to stay busy.  The time went by quickly.

The girls were lucky enough to be chosen to dance in the parade too.  I SWEAR there is no trick to this, they just get picked.  Like, fairly often.  There must be something about them that catches the dancers’ eyes.

There’s a link here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlNQstRP7ig

There was a bit of a free-for-all when some streamers popped out into the crowd towards the end, lots of little kids ran into the parade path.  The dancers motioned to hold back the floats and everyone got back to their parents.  Big and Little Girl hadn’t moved from our spot, they know after all this time not step into the parade.  The “kid” that chose them to dance saw them standing there once the parade started up again and handed them a scoop of the streamers.  A simple gesture, but I think that was magic to my girls.

That look on Big Girl’s face, I want that magic forever.

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Cupcake Birthdays and School Valentines

January 11, 2013

Coming up we have a certain girl turning 8 years old, and Valentines Day.  Nearly-8-year-old-girl is having a small birthday party with her friends at home in a few weeks.  She chose a decorate-your-own-cupcakes party.  Yay, easy!!  (Or so I thought.)  We were talking about activities and favors – I suggested aprons w the attendee’s names on them instead of treat bags, but I got shot down.  Treat bags are in, treat bags are cool.  And not to toot my own horn, but I stuff pretty nice treat bags.

*toot* *toot*

So ok, yay!  Cupcake theme, goodie bags, we can pull this idea out again:

Uh, no.  Nearly-8-year-old-girl put the kaibosh on that.  It’s been  done, that’s so my-sister’s-6th-birthday-treat-bags.  This child is NOT a repeater.  So the search continues….  or begins.  All suggestions welcome.

All suggestions are welcome for this, too:  School Valentines.  Last year we (“we” = “I”) made paperclip bookmarks for 1st grade

and the ever-famous “kid holding a lollipop picture” for kindergarten.

No one wants bookmarks this year (that’s kinda a relief, that was a lot of work!), and little girl wants the lollipop picture again.  That’s a fine idea to me, she only has one kid in her class from last year, so there will only be one repeater.  The lollipops were 10 for a dollar at Walmart, so it’s not terribly expensive, either.

So now we’re looking for some cupcake-8-year-old-birthday ideas and one set of super cool and crafty Valentines.  I’m a little off pinterest right now, I feel like there’s too much junk to weed through these days.  I guess it’s back to google and any ideas you’ve got for me!

Lucky Charms….

March 16, 2012

I picked all the marshmallows out of the cereal.  The girls begged for it this a.m. and didn’t even notice that there were no marshmallows in it.  Hilarious, and true.  But I wonder if they’re even gonna care that I made them tiny treat jars.

They do love the personalized spoons we made for big girl’s birthday… and they were sitting on the counter at picture time. =D

i am still sticking to the no-carbs thing (it’s like i don’t even know who i am!), cuz i did not even nibble *1* marshmallow.  crazy!! i know!!

They better enjoy them in the morning, or mama’s gonna have marshmallow breath.  I can only be so good…

Valentine Crafts

February 9, 2012

I just wrote a post on my work’s blog that’ll be published this weekend about keeping crafting simple.  I wish I could take my own advice, cuz today I have lost my mind.  I was looking for ideas for the girls to make their class Valentine’s and found all kinds of other things, too!  Like using chalkboard paint on $1 boxes of chocolate from the drug store:

and wrapping tootsie roll banks with paper to make them a little more festive:

ridiculous how easy they are to make, and adorable, too!

I think Big Girl might like to make bookmarks for her friends as Valentine’s, first grade is all about reading.  I made a couple of prototypes that I’ll give to my girls as Valentine’s.  The class ones will be made with smaller clips.

I think my girls are going to love ALL the treats I’ve made today!

I put a few sets of magnets in my etsy shop  too that are a little on the Valentine-y side but work for anyone who likes pink, or hearts, or polka dots, or strawberries or cherries or lots of other things:

Lots of treats for everyone!

conversation hearts – part 2

February 10, 2011

you’ll have to wait for the glamourshots tomorrow when the sun is up, but you know me, i can’t wait to at least show you a little…

i shared just a few with the girls.  this project kept them busy for an hour and they would’ve gone longer, but i wanted to use the markers…

i’m thinking about making postcard sized squares and having them create pictures for family and friends – maybe like a birthday card, or a little piece of artwork that can go on a little wooden easle… how aawesome would that be?!?!  that’s awesome with 2 A’s! =D (but not til i have a new mixer…)

how sweet are these??

Handmade Homemade Conversation Hearts

February 9, 2011

or: RIP, my hand mixer.  *sniffle*

This is part 1 of 2, because i am impatient and can’t actually finish the project before posting the whole thing…  ANYWAY, you need:

  • 1 packet (1/4 oz, or 2 tsp) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
  • Assorted flavoring extracts of your choice
  • Assorted food colors of your choice
  • Heart-shaped cutters
  • Food coloring markers

Put the corn syrup, gelatin, and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the gelatin is well-distributed. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, so the gelatin dissolves, and stir well.

Pour the gelatin mixture into a large bowl.  Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and turn the mixer to low, mixing until the sugar is incorporated.  (Here is where things went south for my hand mixer.  You really need a standup mixer w a paddle for this)

Once the sugar is mixed in, add another cup of sugar, again mixing on low until it liquefies. Continue to add the remaining powdered sugar, one cup at a time, pausing in between additions to allow the sugar to mix in, until the full two pounds of powdered sugar is added. Periodically, stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. The candy will progress from a thin, watery liquid to a very stiff dough. (When your mixer starts smoking, you’re almost there!) =D

Once all of the sugar is incorporated, dust a work surface (counter or large cutting board) with powdered sugar and scrape the candy out onto the work surface. The candy will be very sticky and stiff. Generously dust the top of the ball of candy with powdered sugar, and begin to knead the candy like bread dough: fold the ball of dough over onto itself, then use the heel of your hand to push it down. Give the candy a quarter-turn, and repeat the process, dusting it with more powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent it from sticking to the board or your hands. Knead until the candy is satiny and not sticky.

TADA!

Decide how many colors/flavors of conversation hearts you want to make, and divide the candy dough into that many portions. To flavor and color the candy, take one of the balls and flatten it into a palm-sized disc. Add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract to the center of the disc, and fold it over on itself.  Your hands will look and smell lovely.  Probably for days.

clockwise from top – pink=vanilla, purple=rootbeer, green=spearmint, orange=tangerine

Dust your work surface and a rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out one of the candy balls to your desired thickness.

Use heart-shaped cutters to cut hearts out of the rolled candy, and transfer the hearts to a baking sheet. Once you have cut out your hearts, you can re-roll the scraps to get more shapes out of the candy. I rolled out each color 2x, then I was like ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, there was still a lot left, but I was growing bored.  Repeat with remaining candy balls.

and dearlord, the sugar was e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

Allow your hearts to air-dry for at least 24 hours before you write on them. This step is VERY important, because the extra moisture in the hearts will cause the ink to run if you do not let them dry properly.  So that’s where we are…  they started drying out pretty quickly, but I will leave them to do their thing overnight.  Stay tuned for part 2.

casual monday-sunday.

November 23, 2010

the day started out with such great potential.  we were right on schedule, we had a plan.  then something unexpected happened.  nothing terrible, but something not-too-super-great and something that added a lot of work to my life.  and hunting down papers and people and people with papers and screwdrivers.  this put a crimp in my day.  a 4 hour crimp.  it turned in to the kind of day where i look up and it’s suddenly 4p.m. and i haven’t planned dinner.  hunny knows about these days, cuz i call him and say “if you stop and get a chicken on the way home, we will have chicken to eat.”  otherwise, it’s a bowl of cheerios.  tonight, there was chicken. =)

we live a VERY casual life around here.  if i’m home, i’m wearing jammie pants.  i figure i’m climbing around on the floor with the girls and doing laundry and standing around… why not be comfortable?  i do shower daily and wear clean jammie pants, but sometimes i feel like i have to say something to hunny like “i really did get dressed today.”  then once he’s home and can tell that i really WAS pulled together at some point during the day, i pull my hair back.  i’ve been growing it out for a few months now, and i can do a little more than just swipe it up on the top of my head.  today was a day i didn’t even change out of my jeans til just now at 7p.m., a rarity.  but i did just swipe my hair back:

seck-say!  here’s hoping there aren’t too many more days like this coming up!