Today was a lovely relaxing day at home - a little laundry and cleaning up and the rest of the day spent doing things outside. Abigail did some work on the deck and also had some craft time there:
They each did a 'popcorn art' craft - where you colour in the picture and then place it in a warm oven for a few minutes - and the pictures 'pop' in the heat and all puff up:
We checked our plants, did some weeding and watering. I love having the tubs on the deck - so easy to look after and so much fun! The peas and radishes are doing well and need to be thinned out. Sam's sunflowers are doing fabulously!
I decided to give a new craft a try - turning an old magazine into an art journal. I used an old 'Better Homes and Gardens' magazine, and modpodged three pages at a time together. I then gessoed the cover and pages I had created. I also started working on two pages in this journal. It is going to be a Summer journal - with summery colours and pictures, quotes, poems etc all about Summer:
Dark clouds appeared around us, but seemed to avoid our house completely - although we were sad not to get a storm, it was also nice to be outside all day!
I found a craft kit for growing dinosaurs from these little pods - so the children shared them out, and grew them in jars of water on the deck:
We decided to have one of our poetry teas. Abigail baked us some egg-free oatmeal raison cookies and we munched on those and had a cup of tea each out on the deck - and we took it in turns to read poems to each other all about Summer :)
On wednesday I picked up some wooden pegs and today Abby and sam made peg dolls each and used fabric to create clothes and yarn to create hair:
This morning we found this fabulous invitation on our porch - a birthday party invitation for Sam and Abby for next week - it is an amazing invitation - a message / pirate map scrolled up and placed like a message in a bottle - the bottle has a little sand and some seashells in it!!!
Another page from the altered magazine/ art journal I am working on for Summer:
We had a yummy lasagna and salad for supper, and then for dessert we had smores on the fire outside. Susannah had a party in the park today after exams, and she had supplied the smores ingredients - she came home with plenty left, so we used them up tonight. Abby and Sam played in the pool and the slip and slide while Susannah and I read by the fire. They are LOVING our evening fires!! Sam really does get so excited about them:
I fell asleep in the sunshine today and had a nap for 1 1/2 hours - and it was probably the best sleep I have had in a LONG time!! Must be the fresh air!! I am a little bit red from being in the sun though! Yikes! Oh well - I am pleased to have some colour on my skin again after winter. Loving how fast I am tanning this year. Oh wow I love Summer!!