Wednesday, 29 February 2012

just for fun

Nate and Asher "sing" with Opa (my Dad)

Riley and Brenna - apparently there is something FASCINATING under the Foosball table

It's my goal to get a pic of Pierce's face - one where he's not screaming!

Sadie gives Riley's lizard "Tooneypace" a ride on Asher's RC Car
Sadie and Ashlyn decorate their snowmen

Owen, Riley, and I have a tradition of hiding the House Hippo around our living room - the person who finds it gets to hide it again, and so on.  Asher found the House Hippo this time, hidden in the bookshelf!  Way to go, Asher!!!

...this moment...

Dino Egg Digging

I made "dino treasure eggs" for the kids to have on their ProD day here at the centre.  1 cup dried used coffee grounds, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/4 cup sand (don't quote me on this, though), mix with water, form into ball, stick prize inside and roll again, bake for 3 hours at 150.  I thought it would take them a good 20 minutes of carefully excavating, scraping, and digging to get the prize (fancy rings 'cause I couldn't find any dinos small enough to fit!) - took them 2 minutes, tops!  But they had fun!!

Check it out! New walls, yeeaahhh!!!!

And soon.......NEW FLOORS!!!!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The ongoing saga of a girl and her daycare.......water damage, renovations, and licensing, oh my!

Well, as many of you know, we've had a bit of a kafuffle at the centre.  And by "kafuffle" I mean a pipe that was slowly leaking for 2 weeks and (YAY!) caused a LOT of damage to the daycare floor and several walls!  Thankfully we caught it before any more damage could be done!  Behold the carnage:

But the good news is that our home is fully licensed for UPSTAIRS as well, and thus UPSTAIRS ADVENTURE TIME has begun!!  Licensing itself came today (cause of course they did!!! Why wouldn't they come now?) and I am thrilled to announce that Puddles and Mud Childcare (despite all the above problems) has passed with flying colours, so YAY US!!!!! 



Blocks, Building, Duckies!

Markers, Stickers, Paper!

Ponies and Petshops!

The Library Couch

Outside Time, lots of outside time!

Hanging out in the Bear Cave!

The restoration company is here as I type and the flooring is all being torn up and the kids are beside themselves with excitement!!!!

A few hours have now passed and the floor is gone!  The fans are on until at least Friday!  My poor poor beautiful daycare is all icky now.  But on the positive note, just think of how wonderful it's going to look when it's all cleaned up and better!! And I'm going to clear out sooooo much stuff!!!  Hooray for optimism!!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

It's MO WILLEMS Week!!!

For those of you who might not happen to be as fanatical about children's books as I am, Mo Willems is a wonderful, stupendous, amazingly talented author and illustrator of what I would be safe to call my favourite children's books of all time!  I have so very many Mo Willems books, so very very very many:

Some Mo crafts:
Drawing Knuffle Bunny and Piggie

Sadie and Aubrey drew The Pigeon

My friend Tara was wonderful enough to let us borrow her Mo dvds!  I possibly may have blatantly stolen borrowed them before poor Tara even got the plastic wrapping off!  T, you'll get them back as soon as this week is over, promise!  THANKS!!

Aubrey draws "The Pigeon"

Sadie colours her Pigeon

Gerald and Piggie!

Aubrey reads "We Are In a Book"

Sadie reads "The Pigeon Wants A Puppy!"

The Pigeon (incidentally, Mo lists the Pigeon's birthday as April 1st, which just also happens to be mine and Ashley's wedding anniversary - I like the think that gives me an extra special connection to the bird!)

Friday, 3 February 2012

this moment

Did I mention we made Superhero capes today?  Sparkly Superhero capes?