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Our Easter Weekend, Part One

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This weekend was packed with lots of fun and craziness. We were on the go almost constantly and by Sunday night, poor Zoey was just absolutely exhausted from all of the excitement.

Here’s how it started:

Saturday started out with swimming lessons, which Zoey LOVED. Her favorite part? Jumping off the side of the pool at the YWCA into Greg’s arms in the water. She would have done that for the entire class if we had let her.

Although she continues to be unsure about whether or not to like pool noodles, she really enjoys the singing games that we always do for half of the class after a couple of drills. And her teachers, Emily and Rachael? BEST teachers EVER. If we could hire them to be babysitters we would. Zoey adores them and even when she’s telling Greg and I that she doesn’t want to do something, Emily or Rachael just have to smile at her and she complies.

After swimming lessons, we took Zoey to lunch at MacDonalds–her special treat for being such a good girl in swimming lessons.

Then we went to the grocery store for a few things. Miss Zoey insisted on pushing the cart all by herself–which means her arms were extended all the way above her head so she could grip the handle of the cart. And yeah, she couldn’t see where she was going. I stood at the end of the cart and gently guided it around obstacles like shelves and people. When Zoey asked my why I was holding onto the cart, I told her that it was so I didn’t get lost (otherwise she would have tried to make me let go and then she would have run the cart into the nearest wall).

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DIY: Tye Dyed Easter Eggs

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If you know me even a little bit, you probably know that I tend to come up with these crazy, way-too-big-and-yet-brilliant ideas (typically centered around crafts). And most of the time, I actually try them out, which is why I was able to make pinwheel flowers and a pennant banner for Zoey’s first birthday, a tutu for Halloween (not for me) and homemade Christmas gifts two years ago. It’s also why I learned to crochet and scrapbook. But that doesn’t mean I always finish my big projects, which is why I have a TON of scrapbooks that need journaling, Zoey’s blanket is only halfway done and I have a HUGE list of crafts on pinterest that I haven’t even tried yet (brilliant ideas to come, right?).

All of that being said, a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about coloring Easter eggs with Zoey and Greg. Then I got a couple of parenting magazines in the mail and started playing around on pinterest and I saw all of these awesome egg coloring ideas that are so different from the usual dunk them in a cup of dye. And I thought, Hey! Why couldn’t I try a bunch of them for this little dog-and-pony-show blog? That’s how my latest grandiose idea was born.

But I didn’t expect to run short on time, so I had to pare my egg coloring ideas down to just a couple and one of them I present to you now: tye dyed eggs.

I have to give credit where credit is due: I found this idea on pinterest, but it originally came from www.housingaforest.com.

Here we go:

DSC01585What you’ll need:

White eggs–any size

Push pin

Toothpick

Sharpie markers in different colors

Rubbing alcohol

Bowl

Some type of dropper (we used an old baby medicine syringe/dropper)

Instructions:

1. Gently, poke a hole on each side of the raw egg. To do this, we used a push pin.

2. Use the toothpick to make the hole on the bottom of the egg just a tiny bit bigger than the hole on the top:

DSC015893. Reach your toothpick into the larger hole and move it around a bit–this scrambles the yolk and makes it easier to get it out of the egg.

4. Hold the egg over an empty bowl with the larger hole facing the bowl and gently blow into the smaller top hole. You’ll see egg yolk start to come out after a couple breaths. Keep blowing until all of the yolk is out of the egg and into the bowl. Discard or make scrambled eggs.

5. Once the egg is cleaned out, start coloring the shell with Sharpie markers. If you’re doing this with kids, make sure they know not to push down too hard on the egg with the marker or squeeze the egg.

DSC015976. After you’ve colored your eggs, put the rubbing alcohol into your dropper and slowly drip it over each egg. The colors will run and start to blend in really awesome ways.

7. Let dry and then display:

DSC01603Some things to note: the original instructions from the source I used hard-boiled the eggs first, but also warned that once you color on the shells, the eggs should not be eaten because there is a chance the Sharpie marker could have bled through the shell and onto the egg. We fixed this problem by blowing out the eggs first. Also, the more color on each egg, the prettier it becomes when the colors blend.

Our Halloween 2012 (In Pictures)

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Halloween morning, I dropped Zoey off at my mom’s house to spend the day. Zoey’s BFF was home sick, so it ended up being a special Grandma/Zoey day. I had sent popcorn for a snack and a special Dora the Explorer Halloween book for them to read together. And while they were putting up Halloween decorations at my mom’s house, I went to Walmart to buy some frilly socks to complete Zoey’s Minnie Mouse costume–which she was so excited about wearing up until it was actually time to put it on.

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Zac’s Football Game

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So, this past Friday night, Greg, Zoey and I went to not only my niece Keagan’s soccer game (read about it here), but also my nephew Zac’s football game. Zac has been playing football since he was just a little kid and now he’s on the varsity team for Tully, his high school.

Zac is number 52

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Our Trip To Strong National Museum of Play, Part Two

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If you haven’t read about part one of our trip, you might want to click here.

So when we left off, Zoey was taking the miniature Wegmans by storm–rocking out the grocery shopping and pretending to be a cashier at the register.

But there was SO much more to see and she was unstoppable, which is great because that’s EXACTLY what that type of museum is for. Greg and I basically followed her around to see what she’d discover next.

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