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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

24 Jan

The word juxtaposition is defined as “the act or instance of placing side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.”  As soon as I saw today’s photo challenge I knew I had to participate, because my home is full of INSANE juxtaposition.

Having a boy and girl so close in age means that they do play a lot together, and their toys, so boyish and so girlish, meld together in sometimes strange ways.  Just this afternoon, for instance, the three of us were playing with Maddie’s Barbies, when suddenly Charlie ninja-kicked my princess Barbie in the face with Skipper, and suddenly we are playing ninja-Barbie.

Here are some other examples of this going on around my house:

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

 

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

 

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

 

Maddie loves to take Charlie's superhero figures and make them "friends" with her Barbies.

Maddie loves to take Charlie’s superhero figures and make them “friends” with her Barbies.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone's room.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone’s room.

 

A football player resting in Maddie's dollhouse.

A football player resting in Maddie’s dollhouse.

 

Our day is full of juxtaposition: ups and downs, laughter and tears, hugs and hitting.  With a 3-year old girl and a 4-year old boy with totally different personalities, you never know what you’re going to get, but it is interesting, to say the least.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/photo-challenge-juxtaposition/

 

 

 

 

It’s a Jammie Day!

22 Jan

That’s right, it’s jammie day at the Watkins’ house.  This is what we call it when we go the entire day in our pajamas (Well, the kids do at least.  It is a little after 2, and I do have clothes on now, much to Charlie’s disappointment!).  Charlie and Maddie love jammie days, and want every day to be jammie day, so they were really excited when I agreed to skip story time today and have a jammie day.

And it really is a great day for a jammie day, with it being so cold outside.

What do you do on a jammie day, you ask?

Lots of playing!  The kids have played with stickers, Legos, their doctor kit, and have dressed up in lots of superhero outfits.

Lots of playing! The kids have played with stickers, Legos, their doctor kit, and have dressed up in lots of superhero outfits.

We've read lots of books.

We’ve read lots of books.

And we made these wonderful strawberry cookies!

And we made these wonderful strawberry cookies!

We have tons of strawberries from my  mom’s recent trip to Florida.  These cookies are so good, so here’s the recipe if you want to try it out.  Don’t make them too far ahead of time, though-they are best when they are fresh.

Strawberry Cookies

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar and 2 tbs white sugar

1/ 2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 1/4 cup self-rising flour

1 cup strawberries, cut up

1. Mix your strawberries with the 2 tbs. sugar and set aside

2. Mix the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together.

3.  Add the vanilla and egg and mix well.

4.  Add the flour and mix well.

5.  Gently stir in the strawberries.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for a13-15 minutes until brown.  This makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Do you and your kids ever have a jammie day?  What do you like to do on a day like this?

Jumping in the Leaves

5 Nov

It’s turning cooler, the days are shorter, and honestly my first instinct is to hibernate in the house!  However, with 2 kids, I just can’t do that.  They need to be outside, even if it is cool.  They need to run and play and breathe in the fresh air, and I do, too.  Some days, like today, I have to make us go outside, and I am always glad when I do.

We went out today, raked up a pile of leaves, and destroyed it!  Then we did it again and again.  I will probably be sore tomorrow from all of the raking, but it will definitely be worth it.

This is my favorite picture from the day:

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Isn’t that deep belly laugh just the best?

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

25 Sep

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is about lines, so I decided to take the camera to the park today to get some pics of the kids on the monkey bars, which is full of great lines!

Here’s what I came up with:

These monkey bars at the park have always been a bit daunting to me.  Aren’t they every mother’s worst nightmare?  I mean, why do they put them in parks?  And paint them RED to attract the children?  It is a broken arm waiting to happen.

But over time I have softened towards the monkey bars, and the kids love them now.  I do try to stand under Maddie so at least she would have a semi-soft landing, but I think next summer I can let her climb freely.

Watch me be the one to fall off and break my arm.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/lines-patterns/

Pirates, Pullen Park, and the Pope

19 Sep

Whew!  I am exhausted, but usually that means it has been a really good day, so I am really, really exhausted!

The kids and I headed to Raleigh this morning to spend the day with Jill and Addison.  We dressed the kids like pirates and headed to Krispy Kreme for our free doughnuts in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We left with 3 dozen FREE doughnuts! Is that awesome or what?

Jill and I didn't dress like pirates, but we did say "Ahoy, matey" for our free doughnut!

Jill and I didn’t dress like pirates, but we did say “Ahoy, matey” for our free doughnut!

Maddie enjoying a free doughnut. She made the cutest pirate ever.

Maddie enjoying a free doughnut. She made the cutest pirate ever.

Charlie was practicing saying "Aaaaaarrrgghhh!" It's hard to do with a mouthful of free doughnut!

Charlie was practicing saying “Aaaaaarrrgghhh!” It’s hard to do with a mouthful of free doughnut!

Addison the sweet little baby pirate.  She wore an eye patch for a few minutes-long enough to get a free dozen doughnuts!

Addison the sweet little baby pirate. She wore an eye patch for a few minutes-long enough to get a free dozen doughnuts!

Did I mention that we got free doughnuts?  That somehow made them even tastier.

After that, we journeyed on to Pullen Park.  We had a picnic lunch and spent a wonderful day playing on the wonderful playground there, then rode the train before we left.

I have so many great pictures from our time spent here.  It is really hard for me to choose which ones to share!

Charlie and Maddie on their doughnut sugar-high!  Good thing we were at the park where they could run!

Charlie and Maddie on their doughnut sugar-high! Good thing we were at the park where they could run!

I got some really pretty pics of the Madster in her tutu.

I got some really pretty pics of the Madster in her tutu.

She's trying to escape!

She’s trying to escape!

Charlie loved climbing on the spider web.

Charlie loved climbing on the spider web.

Addison loves posing for the camera!  She was very patient while her cousins played on the big kid stuff.

Addison loves posing for the camera! She was very patient while her cousins played on the big kid stuff.

There were so many things to do here!

There were so many things to do here!

Love that face.

Love that face.

All of us on the train.  This was a great way to end the day.

All of us on the train. This was a great way to end the day.

Now, I know you are wondering, what does the Pope have to do with any of this?  Well, while were were having lunch, Amanda Lamb, a reporter from WRAL, came up to us to see if we would be willing to answer any questions concerning the Pope’s comments this morning.

Well, of course I had something to say!

And, honestly, I have much more to say on this topic, but I’ll save that for another post!

Tomorrow’s Friday, ya’ll!  Have a great one.

 

Ghosts and Bats

16 Sep

I know that I have already posted something today, but I just had to go ahead and tell you guys about this!  Plus, I promised on Instagram that I would tell you how to make these bats tonight, and a certain someone (not to name names, but Josh) is waiting with anticipation!

Aren't they cute?

Aren’t they cute? Maddie had to add a little pink to hers, of course!

These bats were SO easy to make.  The hardest part was cutting the egg cartons apart, but the job would be much easier with a pair of kitchen shears, I think.  I got the idea from http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/meggcarton-bat.htm.  We used sequins for some of the eyes and I just happened to have some glittery foam triangles (leftover from last year’s Halloween pumpkin craft) that worked perfectly for the teeth.

The kids had a great time painting the egg cartons!  Charlie had a friend over today, and it kept them occupied for awhile!

Charlie and John were serious about their bats.

Charlie and John were serious about their bats.

We also made some ghosts today.  Remember the ghosts we used to make with the lollipops and kleenex? I used cotton balls and some scraps of fabric and ribbon that I had sitting around.  They turned out really cute and much prettier and more colorful than the kleenex version!

1. Place a cotton ball in the middle of a square of fabric-I used white but you can use any color.

1. Place a cotton ball in the middle of a square of fabric-I used white but you can use any color.

2-Pull the fabric around the cotton ball.  Add another piece of fabric or a piece of tulle.

2-Pull the fabric around the cotton ball. Add another piece of fabric or a piece of tulle.

3-Secure it with a piece of ribbon around the ghosts neck.

3-Secure it with a piece of ribbon around the ghost’s neck.

 

The kids made a couple of the ghosts, but honestly weren’t too interested in this little project!  I did enjoy myself, though.

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I really like this one.

I really like this one.

 

Maddie and I walked through the woods and found the perfect sticks to use for our Halloween tree!  Isn’t it great?

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I do think it needs something else.  Maybe some orange lights?

 

Marbles Kids’ Museum!

23 Aug

We had a great time at Marbles Kids’ Museum today with Casey and Emma.  I especially liked being in a city, even though it was for a short time and we didn’t actually go anywhere but the museum.  I was like, “Look at the buildings, Charlie! Look out Maddie’s window!” Sometimes it is nice getting out of Bonlee…

Here’s some pics from our day!

Emma enjoying a grilled cheese for lunch. They had really good sweet potato fries!

Emma enjoying a grilled cheese for lunch. They had really good sweet potato fries!

We spent a little time in the "creek" outside of the museum.  It reminded Casey of Tijuana!:)

We spent a little time in the “creek” outside of the museum. It reminded Casey of Tijuana!:)

The Splash exhibit was my favorite part of the museum!

The Splash exhibit was my favorite part of the museum!

"Swimming" around!

“Swimming” around!

Maddie in front of the fountain.

Maddie in front of the fountain.

Charlie loved pushing the boat up and down this "river."

Charlie loved pushing the boat up and down this “river.”

Maddie steering the pirate ship.

Maddie steering the pirate ship.

Charlie doing some investigating.

Charlie doing some investigating.

Maddie playing on the farm. I don't think she would do too well on a real farm!

Maddie playing on the farm. I don’t think she would do too well on a real farm!

We had a great day!  Now the kids are in bed and Casey and I are enjoying a well-deserved movie night.

Have a good night, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Day With Our Story Time Friends

22 Aug

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  Is everyone ready for the weekend?!

We have a busy, busy few days ahead of us, but I am really looking forward to them.  Tomorrow we are taking a road trip to Marbles Kids’ Museum in Raleigh, then Saturday we have a birthday party and a church pool party to attend, and then on Sunday we have our normal Sunday stuff.

Time is passing so quickly, but I am really looking forward to fall.  I am trying to speed it up a bit and invited our friends from story time over for a weenie roast after story time, but it was too hot to build a fire, so we ended up just cooking hotdogs on the stove! Maybe in a few weeks we can try again…

We had a great time anyway.  I am so thankful for the friends I have made at the library.  I began going to story time when Charlie was about 18 months old and I was about 7 months pregnant with Maddie.  I didn’t have many friends who had young children, and I definitely didn’t have any stay-at-home mom friends, so I started going to story time more for myself than for Charlie, and it has been such a blessing to me.

The women at story time are quite a mix!  We are different religions and races, we educate our children differently, we all have different backgrounds, and we are all from different places, but we are all moms of small kids and that is all that matters.  We just need each other!

Here are some pics of the kids playing this afternoon:

Emery is so sweet!

Emery is so sweet!

The Madster loves the big girl swing.

The Madster loves the big girl swing.

Kadeen-love that face!

Kadeen-love that face!

Idris started Kindergarten this week!  We will miss him!

Idris started Kindergarten this week! We will miss him!

Loxme is cute and tough!  She and Maddie are arch-rivals!

Loxme is cute and tough! She and Maddie are arch-rivals!

Evan showed Charlie how to use the new swing set!

Evan showed Charlie how to use the new swing set!

John and Chris.  We miss Emily, who also started Kindergarten this week.  Maddie just can't understand where she is.  She asks about her at least every 10 minutes!

John and Chris. We miss Emily, who also started Kindergarten this week. Maddie just can’t understand where she is. She asks about her at least every 10 minutes!

The boys playing with an albino tree frog.

The boys playing with an albino tree frog.

It is so great seeing all of the kids growing up together, and seeing all of us moms growing up together, too! Love those ladies!

 

Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

Our Weekend and Calendars for Preschoolers (and a little adventure in Candy Land)

19 Aug

What a nice, rainy day we are having here!  Even though I would love to be able to start a fire in our fire pit this afternoon and roast the HUGE marshmallows and hotdogs we bought today, I know there will be plenty of time for that this fall.

We had a great weekend as well.  The kids and I got to spend Friday night in Mt. Airy and went to VBS at my dad’s church, which was a lot of fun.  While we were gone, Jason was busy assembling the kids new (to us) swing set so they could be surprised by it when we got home.  They haven’t been able to enjoy it too much yet because of all of the rain we have been getting, but they have loved it the few minutes they have been able to play on it.

I just love this peaceful picture of Maddie that I took Saturday afternoon.  She was worn out after our traveling and playing a little in the rain on the swing set!

Maddie fell asleep in the chair while she was watching Silly Songs-too precious!

Maddie fell asleep in the chair while she was watching Silly Songs-too precious!

Charlie and I just finished up an exciting game of Candy Land.

A cozy rainy day game on the couch.

A cozy rainy day game on the couch.

You will notice that we are not sitting on the couch.  That is because Charlie refuses to play a normal game of Candy Land.  He turns all of the pieces into superheroes (I always have to play with the yellow man, called “Cheese Guy.”). He plays with the red and blue men (Batman and Superman).  We hold them on the game cards and fly them all over the house.  Every so often we return to the game board to fight with Lord Licorice, the evil bad guy.

Here is Charlie playing Candy Land.  The heroes are in the Bat Cave.

Charlie playing Candy Land.

Charlie playing Candy Land.

 

I am starting to do some preschool stuff with Charlie.  This morning we made our calendars for the week.

Charlie's calendar-he's a busy boy!

Charlie’s calendar-he’s a busy boy!

Maddie made a calendar, too!

Maddie made a calendar, too!

 

I added a spot for a weekly Bible verse for the kids to memorize and also added a place to put their chores.  They are really excited about doing chores right now.  I wonder how long that will last?

Click here for a template of the calendar: Weekly Calendar Template

These websites have great suggestions of Bible verses for children to memorize: http://www.ministry-to-children.com/easy-bible-verses/, http://www.tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2011/01/50-most-important-bible-verses-to/.

And here is a great list of suggested chores for your kids according to their age: http://www.parentingsquad.com/43-chores-young-children-can-do.

I am hoping that this helps Charlie learn his days of the week, memorize some scripture, start doing some chores, and just shows him about planning, and Maddie might pick up a little, too.

Enjoy!

Our Post-VBS Chill-Out

12 Aug

Well, VBS is over!  It was a great weekend with my church family and we had so much fun with all of the kids who joined us.  One thing I love about VBS is getting to spend so much time with people that I enjoy being around.  Here’s a couple of pics from the weekend:

Some of the kids during our finale worship service yesterday.  We had really great music this year!

Some of the kids during our finale worship service yesterday. We had really great music this year!

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The congregation built these huge cornstalks as part of the service. They were a lot of fun!

Here's how Maddie participated in the finale. She thought now would be a good time to practice her cat impersonation.  She actually crawled up to me while I was standing up leading the kids in a song and said, "Meow."  Isn't her outfit cute, though?

Here’s how Maddie participated in the finale. She thought this would be a good time to practice her cat impersonation. She actually crawled up to me while I was standing up leading the kids in a song and said, “Meow.” Also, note that she has on someone else’s shoes. Isn’t her outfit cute, though?

Anyway, VBS is over and I feel like I have nothing to do!  I woke up thinking about VBS, then realized that I don’t have to think about it anymore!  So the kids and I have been just enjoying our freedom today.

Maddie and I sat in bed for an hour and a half this morning!  Can you believe that?  It was wonderful.

After Charlie finally woke up, we went to the park and walked and met some friends to play.  It was very hot, but very wonderful.  I didn’t have the camera with me, but you can see some pics from our morning on our Instagram pics on the side of the blog.

The we came home and we are doing WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO!!!!!  It is so awesome!!!!

Charlie has spent a good deal of his day spraying all of the animals with his sprayer bottle. Who knew that spray bottle would be such a worthy investment?

Charlie has spent a good deal of his day spraying all of the animals with his sprayer bottle. Who knew that spray bottle would be such a worthy investment?

We have also enjoyed the kiddie pool today.

We have also enjoyed the kiddie pool today.

The kitty's have also gotten a lot of attention today.

The kitty’s have also gotten a lot of attention today.

We had a wonderful time planning for VBS this year, but it sure is nice to not have anything to worry about for awhile!  Don’t worry, I’m sure something will pop up!