Geocaching in Medina

We went geocaching with friends today before they took my daughter for the afternoon/evening. We had great success and found all 3 caches that were in the park! The containers were nicely filled and the kids liked picking out their treasures. Afterwards, my son and I headed out for some Mexican food and shopping. He bought his sister a whoopie cushion in preparation for April Fool’s Day 🙂

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Around the House

Yet another post trying to catch up. Just stuff from around the house…

Katamari is back and we all love the new PS3 version.
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Tangrams from a “Tangram of the Day” Calendar.
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Marble runs.
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“Scratch” characters, this time many “types” of Kirby.
Electric
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Ice
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Fire
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SpongeBob
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Girl (She throws lipstick)
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My daughter has learned to blow up balloons.
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Whiteboard Drawing
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Money

Tonight was all about the money, LOL.

We started out playing a money game about adding change.
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That quickly turned into conversations about money.

That led to sorting and wrapping coins. The kids guessed we had over $100. We did. After they pitched in some of their own money, we had almost $160.
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Then came the spending money. They each bought a new Lego set and got to work building.
My daughter picked an “Atlantis” set:
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My son chose a “Star Wars” set;
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Pictures of the final set will be added when it is done 🙂

Nice Weather

It was so nice out today that after gymnastics we headed to the park to play and enjoy it.
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On the trail to find a geocache, we found a spider on the ice!

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Almost there.

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We found it!
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I put in some trinkets and took out 2 cards which appeared to be about national parks, but turned out to be religious propaganda. Doh! At least the pictures are pretty.

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After that, the kids played some more.

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My Daughter Spent the Night At A Friend’s House

It is the first time she has ever spent the night somewhere without us other than at her grandparents’ houses.
She had a great time and didn’t want to leave when we came to pick her up. I think it was a late night for her friend’s mom though, as my daughter stayed up and chatted until the wee hours trying to get comfy enough to sleep.

Before the sleepover, we all went out to eat at the Winking Lizard and the kids tried their hands at this claw game. I love the “Play Until You Win” deal!

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We also went out and attempted to find some geocaches at a nearby park, only to fail miserably…I later found out I needed to change the settings on my GPS and update it to find certain caches.

Such is life.

Game Pieces Turned into a New Game

While cleaning out rarely peeked in bits of our house this weekend, I came across a bag full of “Trivial Pursuit” pieces. I added them to our collection of dice, thinking we might use them for something in the future. Apparently, the future is now 🙂

My daughter found them and decided we needed to play a game with them. Here are the rules.
1. Dump all the bits out and put the empty round containers in the middle of the floor.
2. Roll a die and put that many of one color into that color’s round holder.
3. If you complete a color, you “win” that holder.
4. The person with the most holders at the end wins.

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We played again and again.
Then my son came and played too.

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Easy Pillow Cover/ Remote Control Holder

This is one of the easiest projects I have seen in a long time… easy enough that I immediately pulled an old shirt out of the closet and stitched one up.

All you do is cut the front and the back off an old shirt and sew them all the way around in a square shape with right sides together. There isn’t any need to leave a gap to turn it right-side out as there are buttons which create a way to do just that.

Cut, sew, turn right-side out, stuff with old pillow. Enjoy 🙂

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He got lonely.

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Little Big Planet

My son has been playing “Little Big Planet” lately and learning how to create his own levels which he can share over the internet. His first board was really basic. It was a bunch of drawings made by using the different sticker parts he earned through playing other players’ boards. Here are some screen shots:

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The monster with the word on his head is a Golem. We just read about them in his “Mythical Monsters” book and I think he was taken with the story of them being made of clay and then brought to life by writing a word on their forehead.
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After playing it for a bit and learning how to use tools like winches, springs, and sound effect speakers, his latest efforts are much more interesting. The game has tutorials to watch and then a level to complete in order to earn the right to use each part. I think it is fantastic!

Toys

I have been slacking and not updating for awhile, so here is yet another batch of photos with little commentary…

Dinosaur play set:
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Zoobs. The creations are a scorpion and a king:
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These last toys were scored on a trip to the thrift store where the mission was to find sheets to make pajama pants.
Barbies:
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K’Nex Guys:
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Sleepover and Spore

My son had a friend over to spend the night and got him totally hooked on Spore. This game is really cool! Basically, you start out as a cell and as you eat, you get to add body parts and get larger. You choose to be either a carnivore or an herbivore and to put your focus on offense or defense by which body parts you choose. As the game progresses, you are given missions to do such as find a mate, make friends with other creatures, and battle enemies. If you have created different species using the “Spore Creature Creator”, these other species populate the lands you visit.

Both of our kids have been playing and enjoying it.

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