Monday, August 22, 2011

Some Colorful Scoop

I've been a creative mess lately.  I think Pinterest is seeping into my blood.

Our latest project.....crayon molds.

I honestly can't believe that I've been a mother for 10+ years and have never done this.

*Take old crayons.

*Peel the paper off.  (This will keep kids busy for more time than you'd think.)

*Place crayons in a greased muffin tin.

*Heat in the oven at 225 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until the wax melts.  (Bigger crayons take more time.)

*Pop them out.

Recycled crayons!  Our kids went nuts over these.

Aren't they pretty?  They make me happy.

Now, I will proceed to obsess over finding interesting muffin tins or baking molds to create different shapes.  I love a new project.

Moving on.

Coco recently sent Jack 2 New Yorker cartoon shirts

Isn't this one fitting? 

"I feel there's a lot of pressure to be good."


And, don't worry.  I wasn't at all offended that Coco immediately thought of one of my kids when she saw this.

She also bought one for John Robert, Sara's newby.  It has a drawing of bebes in the hospital nursery with a bubble over one's head saying, "OMG.  I just got born."


I braved Legoland on Saturday (of all days) with 5 kids and 2 double strollers.  Surprisingly, we did not get kicked out of the park.


Punkin Cailyn.  Carter and I argue over who gets to hold her.  She is so cuddly and sweet and perfect. 

(Her parents laugh when I say that.  I have no idea why.)

The crew.  Thank God for Carter.  He is such an amazing help.

Upon arriving home, Blake took over and I snuck off to a movie. 

He hosted his own movie showing in the back yard.  Hung a sheet from the patio and used the projector for Gnomeo and Juliet.

How cool is that?! 

The kids had their own little outdoor theater.

We did this in Colorado years ago, but inside.  Still fun.

There were snacks.

So much fun.

Busy week ahead.

Our friends are packing this week for a move across town, so I'm watching Rylee and Cailyn just about every day.  It should be crazy, but entertaining for sure.

Planning a Disney getaway for next week with an overnight stay and 2 days of fun.  Been missing our favorite parks!  Anxious to see what California Adventure has added since we were there in June.  Our passes have been blocked out for the summer. 

I can't wait to go again.

Loving all the back-to-school posts.  Best of luck to all the kids and teachers, too!


Dee Stephens said...

I've seen WHATEVER doing the outdoor theater. Can't wait to have kids to do fun things like that!!

donatelli98 said...

All I can say is you are nuts taking 5 kids to Legoland! I can barely stand taking my two!!

The Soladay Family said...

Don't you remember when my kids made the crayon heart molds for Valentine's day a few years ago. They are so fun!

If the shoe FITZ said...

Ive seen the crayon molds in different shapes used for bday party favors. Like train crayons wrapped in a cute baggie.

Nicky said...

I love these crayon molds! I cant wait try them out with the nieces and nephews. Thanks for the awesome idea.

You know what might make cute molds? Those mini bundt cake pans you see around in animal shapes.

Quinn, Allison, Rylee and Cailyn McNamara said...

such fun pics! my girlies had fun looking at all of them and telling me about each picture and what they were doing. you're a life saver, in case i haven't already told you (:

Kristen said...

Well it's now official. I am beyond jealous of your parenting skills and your husband. Peroid the end.

Well not entirely the end because I plan to keep blabbing. That pic of Jack on your sidebar?? I hope he wore that tie on the first day of school. He looks so fantastic. He makes me smile.

I am making a mental note of this crayon project. Target has super fun muffin tins in shapes- pumpkins for Halloween, crabs lobsters sea creatures for summer, flowers, etc. At least they do here. Check it out. I can always send you some if your Target doesn't have them.

And the sheet in the backyard idea? Father of the Year. I am nominating him. He deserves a prize. Cash, possibly alcohol or both.

M.R. said...

what a great idea for the crayons!! and I am dying to go to legoland- it looks like so much fun!

Jodee said...

You get Mother of the Year award -- for recycled crayons and taking five punks to Legoland. I am pretty sure I couldn't even handle two!

merrilee said...

I am SOOOO copying the crayon idea--thanks. You are one brave mama to take 5 to Legoland.....I will barely take my 2 on my own. Those little girls are too cute!

Kittie Flyn said...

your photos always make me smile! and your many of your updates make me laugh. what a 'colorful' life you have! :)

The Lenzers said...

love the tshirts from coco! can't believe you took all those kiddos to LL on a weekend. you are nuts my friend. we do the crayon thing, but taking off the wrappers....geez!