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And the countdown begins

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Yes, we’re taking our daughter to Disney World for the first time this November. It will be right before her 3rd birthday. We will literally be coming back from vacation the day before her birthday. I’m looking forward to it, but I think my hubby isn’t prepared. When I was little, my family went to Disney World at least once a year, if not twice, up until I was about 8 years old. (We have family in Florida.) After that, we went every few years. I went twice on my own in my 20’s and I still loved it. There is something magical about going to Disney World. I think it’s even more special when you’re a little girl. All the princesses, castles, fairy tales, etc. It makes it seem like anything is possible. Sure, as adults we know it’s all a bit silly, but as a kid…it’s amazing. I want Kayla to be able to have the wonderful experiences that I did going to Disney World as a kid. No, we’re not going to be able to afford to get down there every year, but I am hoping to be able to go down there every 3-4 years until she doesn’t want to go anymore. We’re possibly considering trying for another baby next year, so we wanted to do our first Disney trip now before we have to put it off for a few more years. I really have no desire to be pregnant at Disney World, or there with an infant. I also know that once my sister’s family goes there this summer, and my nephew comes back with all his stories, Kayla will want to go too. We’re trying to plan smart and go at a time when it will be less crowded and the weather will be cooler. My sister, however, is going around 4th of July. I wish her all the luck in the world because that is a ROUGH time to go. I don’t envy her. I am perfectly content going in November. It will be an incredible experience being able to take my own daughter there as a special birthday gift. Let the countdown begin!

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Gobble Gobble – Making Turkey Crafts

Yesterday, Kayla and Alex made foam turkeys.  I bought one of those pre-cut packages from Michael’s to keep things simple.  It’s nice because it comes with everything you need, and all the little pieces are basically stickers that they just attach to the turkey.  I thought both kids did really well with putting the stickers in the general area of where they should go.  The project was cute and they were very proud of their creations.  Once they were done, I punched a hole in the top of their turkey and attached a pipe-cleaner so they could hang up their art work.  Kayla’s is hanging in our kitchen from one of our cabinet doors.  Alex took his home to show his mom (my sister).  I’m sure they hung it up in their living room somewhere.

*Note:  Yes, there is a Christmas tree in the background of the pictures.  Please accept it (get over it), and move on.  Thanks!

Alex working on his turkey.

Working on their turkeys.

Alex showing me his cool turkey.

Kayla holding animal crackers in her hands while she decides whether she’s done working on her turkey. She needed a snack before she could finish.

Kayla’s finished turkey hanging up in our kitchen.

This is such a cute craft project for young kids, and it’s a decoration we can keep for years to come.  I like to write their name and date it was done on the back so they will always know when they made these projects.  With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, I’m not sure how many projects we will be able to fit in, but I am hoping to make a “giving thanks” turkey next week with Kayla.  Each feather on the turkey says something you are thankful for this year.  I think it will be a wonderful way to start teaching Kayla what Thanksgiving is all about.  What types of projects do you do with your kids for Thanksgiving?

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies back in August and we loved them.  I am planning to make them either tonight or tomorrow morning to get us in the mood for Halloween.  Just the smell of them makes you think of Fall.  🙂


Check out the link below to my other blog to get the recipe.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

via Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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More Fall and Halloween Activities

Here are some more pictures of various activities we’ve been doing over the past few weeks.  I’ve kept the kids busy with do a dot art, lacing projects, and coloring.  They have been really good sports about not going down to the basement to be in our “classroom.”  I really need to get them back down to our space again, but right now it’s been easier to give them projects to do in the living room so I am close to the kitchen while I’m cooking.

Do a dot art projects. Kayla is doing great with these, but she loses interest fast. I make sure to have a few pictures for them to do at a time.

Alex does a wonderful job with these, but sometimes he decides to just start decorating the pages however he wants. As long as he also does the dots, I really don’t care if he wants to add additional dots.

Do a dot art projects.


Alex working on his pumpkin.


Showing off his pumpkin. Great job!


Kayla working on her pumpkin.


More do a dot art work.


Lacing form squares.


Alex wasn’t sure he wanted to do this at first, but then he started to get into it.


The kids wearing their lacing project as necklaces.


Lacing animals.


This lacing set is a Melissa and Doug set. Kayla and my nephew seem to like it. Kayla likes to do the dog and the horse ones most of the time.


Kayla working on a coloring page.


Alex doing some coloring.


I think I’m going to have the kids do one or two more Halloween activities/projects tomorrow, and possibly our Halloween matching game.  After that, we’ll be moving onto our Thanksgiving and Christmas projects.  I like Halloween just fine, but I am excited to move onto Christmas projects soon.  What are some of your favorite holidays oriented activities/projects that you like to do with your kids?  I would love to get some new ideas.












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