Pottery Wheel

I purchased this pottery wheel on sale at Walmart and my boys love it. It is probably a little too old for them but whatever keeps them entertained and happy. I like to help do everything so I cut the packages open and let them take it out and set it up like the picture on the box. I like to read the instructions before we start, and this makes them antsy but they played with all the tools while they waited. The box said we need 4D batteries so once we found those we were good to go.

Once 4D batteries were found we were able to set up everything. Thankfully we found exactly what we needed if not there would have been two very upset boys in the house. I made the clay a uniform texture by wedging the clay, pushed it down and out with the heels of my hands several times. When the clay was ready and free of air pockets I let the boys take over and just told them what to do.

  1. make the clay into a ball
  2. wet your hands and your ball of clay
  3. place the ball of clay in the middle of the plate
  4. make a hole in the center of the ball to make a bowl (I helped a little here)
  5. place the red tool (pottery guide) around the bowl of clay                                                            (Tip: First coat the pottery guide with water/clay mixture (we forgot to do this part)
  6. turn pottery wheel on and put hands in clay form a deeper hole

I think everything was pretty good considering this was our first time trying the pottery wheel out, we forgot to coat pottery guide to help remove the bowl but it was still fun! They liked to watch the wheel spin even when we weren’t using it and they enjoyed playing with the clay because it made their hands dirty. Overall this was a great buy and best of all there was enough clay to do it about 10 more times. The boys loved everything about the pottery wheel!

Reddot workout gloves

My husband has been a Police officer for 5 years and was promoted to a k9 handler two years ago. As a k9 officer, he not only uses his  k9 for drug detection but has continued to help patrol out as well.  Being attached to patrol for his five years, he is required to chase individuals and subdue people on a regular basis. So, working out is not just a hobby, it is a necessity with the line of work he is in.

 

My husband works out at least 4 to 5 times a week. Our local gym gives us a daily workout with a combination of running, bench press, prowlers, cleans, and deadlifts. Even though the workout is pretty intense, my husband usually works out again once we are home. The workout at home usually involves several reps utilizing dumbbells. He enjoys weightlifting (a lot!) and tries to improve his max every week but hates the calluses he gets on his hands. For this reason, we decided to try these Reddot workout gloves to prevent them from forming.

          

 

These gloves are awesome, they fit great, and last more than just a few workouts! The wrist brace can be adjusted depending on the width you need. They are lightweight, you can’t even tell they are on which is perfect because we’ve tried other workout gloves and they tend to be a little too bulky and roll up during the workout. Another thing that he loves about these gloves is the finger area includes tabs that make it easy to take off especially when his hands are sweaty. Overall these gloves are great for weightlifting and have done their job in preventing any further calluses from forming. Out of the many different brands that my husband has tried, his favorite by far is the Reddot workout 025gloves. Check them out herehttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077YB7BJN

 

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Arts and crafts day!

I have two boys, one who is 4 years old and the other who is about to be 2 years old next month. My boys are very active and are always looking for something to get into. Well, today it is 27 degrees outside (which is foreign to us Texas folks!) and the boys are itching to get into something. To top it off it has now begun to sleet and my car doors are frozen shut. This pretty much eliminated any road trips to our local Chuck E Cheese or any backyard games. So, without any other options, today is an arts and crafts day.  We have participated in a few crafts today already but the boys seemed to enjoy Fluffy Paint the most. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share this with other mothers out there that may be dealing with an icy cold day!

 

 

 

To begin, we started our day by making fluffy paint to color our coloring sheets. The kids loved to help get everything ready, which was a fun challenge in itself with their attention span! We started by getting all the necessary supplies which are listed below.

Supplies:

3 cups

glue

shaving cream

food coloring

craft sticks

I began by having Charlie about poor about 3 blobs of glue into each cup. When that was completed he put shaving cream on top of the glue and let Ivan pour a few drops of food coloring in each cup. I gave them each a cup to mix all the ingredients with by utilizing a craft stick. I assisted by mixing the other cup because the boys would fight if one got to do two and the other only did one. Once mixed, we had to add a few more drops of food coloring in each cup because it looked a little too light in color. Once we found the right mixture it turned out perfect! This was our first time making Fluffy Paint, and they both enjoyed gathering the supplies and painting with it. The fun continued for about 30 min to an hour or so and neither moved from the table. It is almost impossible to keep these two still for this long so I have to give a lot of credit to Fluffy Paint.

 

My Son’s first hunting trip!

My son always overhears my husband talking with others about hunting and how much fun it is being in the duck blind. Well, one day my son randomly said: “I want to go hunting with you, daddy.” Without skipping a beat Poppy (his grandfather) and my husband said, “Let’s GO”!! I think Poppy and Daddy had been patiently waiting for this day. At four years old it was time to introduce Charlie to hunting and get him hooked as much as they are! With the new addition, Poppy and Daddy had to make some last-minute adjustments to their duck blind so they took Charlie along to help with the chore. This adjustment to the duck blind was a great opportunity to see how Charlie would like being in the duck blind surrounded by water. Well turns out, Charlie loved being in the duck blind and couldn’t wait to go hunting the next morning.

Let the shopping begin!

It was forecasted to be a cold windy morning on the day of the hunt. So being the mamma bear that I am, I couldn’t let Charlie go outdoors with only a few layers of clothing! Knowing that I needed to invest in some hunting attire, we all loaded into the vehicle and made a visit to our local Walmart. With only the need of hunting gear on my mind, we made a visit to the hunting section of Walmart. My first stop was searching for proper ear protection. My husband advised me that there would be a lot of shooting inside the duck blind. Knowing this, I wanted to make sure that Charlie’s ears were well protected. While observing all of the options, I considered ear plugs but finally decided on ear muffs. I chose the ear muffs because I felt that earplugs could fall out easily (especially with a four-year-old) and Charlie wouldn’t be able to put them back in himself. The earmuffs that I selected covered Charlie’s whole ear and were nice and snug on him. There was no chance of the ear muffs accidentally falling off and his hearing was well protected.

Once I was happy with my ear muff selection, my next stop was the kids’ clothing section for camo clothing. After a few minutes of searching, I found some awesome warm-ups that actually came in Charlie’s size. The top came in camo, however, I was unable to locate a camo bottom. After searching for several minutes, I had to settle for a pair of light green pants. I continued searching and also found a camo hoodie that fit Charlie perfectly.
My last stop was finding proper shoes for the hunt. Knowing that water was involved, I decided on camo rain boots that Charlie picked out. Charlie was so excited about selecting the boots all by himself. With arms full of “huntin stuff” (as Charlie calls it) he ran for the nearest checkout line. I purchased the gear and off to the house we were. Charlie was now set for his first duck hunt!

Hunt Day!

The morning of the hunt Charlie jumped out of bed with about 3-4 hours of sleep. You would have thought it was Christmas morning with all of the excitement and lack of sleep. Charlie dressed himself (which is a challenge in itself) and was waiting patiently for Daddy who apparently was taking too long! Charlie must have said “Hurry up Daddy” about ten times that morning.  With about five layers of clothing (seriously) and a few snacks in Charlie’s pocket, out the door, they went. After only a few hours they returned with what they harvested. Charlie was smiling ear to ear and could not tell me about his experience fast enough. Charlie told me how much fun he had, explained the duck blind, and how he pointed out the ducks to Poppy and Daddy.

Now, this hunt happened a week ago and Charlie still talks about it on average about twice a day. There is no doubt that Charlie had an amazing time and wishes to do it again. I know that Poppy and Daddy had a great time with Charlie on this hunt and will be taking him back soon. They both enjoy teaching Charlie everything they know and explain to him why they are doing it. Although I’m not much of a hunter, I believe this experience is a great thing for all involved. Plus I love seeing the excitement in Charlie and my husband. I really appreciate that Charlie has great role models in his life and they both are very patient with him as he loves to ‘help’ which in fact probably slows them down but they still make him feel like he is very important and was needed in that project!

Our mini vacation!

This past week we had the opportunity to visit The Great Wolf Lodge for the first time, my boys are one and four, and they absolutely loved this place! I would have to say their favorite thing to do was visit the indoor waterpark, which was 85 degree at all time, this worked out well for us since we decided to go in December. This waterpark was made specifically for kids, my oldest enjoyed climbing the treehouse and coming down the two waterslides only to do it all over again! I would have to say my youngest enjoyed the Cub Paw Pool, it was perfect for his age, he could walk in on his own and play at all the stations. It was only 18 inches deep so if he would fall he could get right back up, no worries of getting stuck underwater. They had waterslides for the older kids/adults too! Mine and my husbands favorite were “the toilet bowl one” as he called it, you would slide down into a funnel that would swirl you around until it pulled you into a small hole, then you would slide the rest of the way down. There is one more huge plus for this water park, it is only open to guest staying at the lodge, so as soon as you walked up the stairs you were able to ride the slide.

 

Storytime would probably come in second! All the children staying at the loge would meet in the lobby and would enjoy ‘snow’ for about 30 minutes, then they would bring out Willy, their mascot, and have a staff member read a book and do a dance with the kids. My oldest son enjoyed the dance, he even danced a little which is not normal for him, he is usually shy when it comes to dancing and singing but they got him up and moving!! I would defiantly recommend this place for a family vacation or a birthday party.

 

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