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Making Bouncy Balls

One weekend when Nate was gone hunting the kids and I made bouncy balls. It was a simple project I found on Pinterest. The recipe is here.

The project went very smooth because I had it all set up and organized before the kids were allowed to enter the kitchen!

They rolled and squished and smothered their little globs of yuck unti they started to stick together and become a ball.

Finally, they were done and could play with their new bouncy balls!


Mason The Elf

We are having an Elfing good time around here. Seriously, Elfing spectacular. We adopted an Elf on The Shelf from Target The North Pole. The Elf is quite ridiculous actually but it’s a really fun idea. There is a ton of useful and education information on where to hide the Elf for maximum entertainment for the parents kids. For the record, our elf is naughty but does not make gigantic messes that I would have to clean up anyway. The biggest mess Mason has made is tossing a 1/4 of a bag of leftover marshmallows from the camping season. This mama is not a dummy, I knew my kids would eat those marshmallows faster than a dyson could suck them up, and they did. Elfing Crazy I tell you.

To get the Elfing party started the kids woke up on Thanksgiving day to the Elf sitting on the table with a letter and the book – in a Mason jar – hence, the name Mason. He was in the jar because I knew my kids would handle him like no other before I even considered waking up. They would possibly, even fight and rip him into three uneven pieces. That would be an Elfing shame. The letter was as follows:

Dearest Dorcheus Children,
I am an elf sent from Santa in the North Pole to report your behavior before Christmas. I help Santa decide if you will be on the Nice list or the Naughty list. You have all had some very sweet moments.
Jaylean I love your singing voice. Javien I like how you can be so helpful for your mom and dad and teachers at school. Kobe I like how you help your mom out so much.
You also have a few things to work on if you want Santa to stop at your house this year! My lovely Jaylean you need to watch yourself! Your mother and father love you very much I hope that you will be more careful in how you treat them. My sweet Javien my word you can scream loud, my elfing ears were about to pop off! I hope that you will practice some of your calming down tools to help get better control over that. Santa does not like it when children scream at their parents. Oh happy little Kobe, you must be better about listening to your mom and dad. They tell you to do things for a reason you know.
I will be sticking around until Christmas reporting back to Santa every night, so you better watch out and you surely better not shout at your mom and dad. Please never ever touch me. I will lose my magic!
Now take this book I have left for you to your mom or dad and they will read it. Make sure you listen carefully. Elves are under very strict orders from Santa and you must follow each rule perfectly.
Your Elfing Friend
PS: You may talk to me all you want, and I can pass on some tidbits to Santa you know. But remember you must NEVER touch me.

Since the initiation of Mason into our family. He has shown up on the clock, in Mama’s shoe on the TV, in the Christmas tree with the children’s undies hanging all over it, in Kobe’s piggy bank, on the aerogarden surrounded by herbs and gum, riding on Javien’s stuffed horse on top of the refrigerator, magnetically hanging on the front door with his own little wish list, flying the little people airplane from the ceiling fan, and sitting on the mirror holding the incriminating marshmallow.

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Kobe touched him yesterday. So his magic has drained and he did not move last night. What a sad Elfing day. Kobe will beg him for forgiveness and he will move again tonight, I have a feeling.


I was getting ready to change the baby’s diaper one day and Kobe strategically placed himself where it would make me laugh…

So I did what any mom would do. I diapered him up and made him laugh!

Kobe, Fall, Leaves, and Yellow Rain Boots


I just really appreciate being able to stay home with Kobe. This little guy is one of a kind. He is so smart, kind, and loving. He makes sure I smile every single day and laugh until my belly hurts nearly every day. My life is better with him in it. I love you Kobe!

This Is Halloween!

Another Epic Halloween for Our Fab Five! This year Halloween fell on a school night – but we made the best of the evening and had a blast with the kids and their super cute costumes! We went out in our local Historic District and it was awesome-ness. One house was decorated and we had to go through the house around to the out the back side door. We could hear the teenagers screaming as they were going through so we were a bit concerned about the scare factor! They did a great job of tailoring it to the kids age and did not scare our kids at all! Well ok Jaylean was a tad frightened but I think she was actually more overwhelmed than scared pretty much the whole night.

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Kobe is a balla!

There is no denying the fact that Kobe has some major athletic skills. He is a balla. When the day comes that he puts some serious effort to it he will be unstoppable on the court.

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Kids Art on Canvas!

After creating my own masterpiece I needed something to balance out my living room wall. I wanted the kids to do a little project that was more formal than the everyday scribblings happy little pictures they hang in the art gallery. {Bob Ross is the bomb!} I digress, what I am trying to say is I combined a little of this and a little of that and the kids created some really quite cool artwork. On 12×12 canvas I drew a bare bones tree with my brown paint pen. The tree was on the straight and narrow for Javien, a little bit on the rebellious side for Jaylean, and all kinds of happy and crazy for Kobe. Fitting – yes. Then one color at a time they used the same five colors I chose for my original masterpiece and they decorated their bare bones tree with fingerprints. They turned out beautiful! I love them!

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