Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Robot fun

It doesn't take much more than the following to have a little fun: 

cardboard boxes
dryer vents (not neccessary but a fun addition)
silver duct tape

Don't be afraid to break our your robot dance moves and maybe teach the kiddos the sprinkler.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Black hole in your bucket?

Tonight was a particularly rough night for my kindergartner. (and subsequently for the rest of us as well) He was struggling through playtime, through homework, through dinner having meltdown after meltdown.  At one point when he was informed he hadn't behaved nicely enough to put up his dinosaur decals he threw his self on the floor.  

"Mooooaaammmmmmuh!?! You're emptying my buuuuuhhhhckuuuut!"

His teacher uses the bucket analogy to teach kindness in the classroom.  Awesome!  Love the idea of saying nice things to your friends to make them feel good and remembering not to say mean things because you might take drops out of your friends' buckets.  All "hippy dippy S#!%" according to my husband but I eat this stuff up.  

Problem: this little turd bucket is throwing himself on the floor because I've drained his bucket!?! Seriously kid?

"You need to be responsible for filling your own bucket."

"Nnnuuuhoooo! You have to do nice things to fill my buuuuhhhckuuutttt!"

"Well I think there's something wrong with your bucket. I've been filling it all night. I told you I liked your drawing, I taught you how to use a pick axe, I gave you ice cream for completing level 2 of your homework. But your bucket is still empty. I think it has a hole, or a leak."

"It duuuuuuhhhhhhs!!!! My bucket has a black hole."

"You're in control of that black hole dude. You've got to close it up. It's sucking in all of the positive drops in your bucket."

I started talking about happy things.  Eventually so did he.  We spent the next fifteen minutes talking about happy things. Our trip to the pumpkin patch the day before, the fact that I got to walk an otter at work, how his brother had helped him mine some gems in the backyard.  At the end of those fifteen minutes he said, "Tell me one more good thing about your day! It'll fill both our buckets!"

So I told him about the shipment of elk, deer, pig, and cow meat we got for the tigers at work and how excited the tigers were to get those goodies.  I looked at his little face with only 20 minutes before was beat read and angry....sure enough, buckets were overflowing.  I had a first step on the moon type moment.  I had taught my little a lesson.  Filling other people's buckets could fill your own bucket and thinking happy thoughts is amazing rocket fuel to send you soaring through the milky way and away from the black holes.  It took 20 minutes and a LOT of deep breaths, but I did it. 

For my husband's sake I also did a little bucket check of my own and looked around in my galaxy making sure there were no black holes in my bucket.

Lot's of time life feels like rocket sciences.  It's okay though just fill your buckets with happy thoughts and try

avoid the black holes.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Briggs is 1!

 When we were pregnant with Briggs we ran our list of names by Evin.  He got really excited about one of them: Rayson.  Eventually we realized it was because he wanted to name his baby brother Race Car..... Race Car stuck all the way until he was a year old.  So of course his party had a race car theme.  

Photo booths are all the rage, here was our twist. 

 Karl made an awesome hot wheels track.  

We ordered these blow up tires on amazon for less than $30 and got 12 of them!

The food spread!

The cake!

Briggs even had his own cake.   The monkey candle has made an appearance on Lisa, Karl, and Evin's cakes.  

Homemade playdough for the favor win!

Add friends and you get a TON of fun!

Cake face!  

Can't wait to see what life holds for this speedy kid!