Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Crafts

MC and I have had fun this year making several Thanksgiving crafts. The first thing we made was a turkey hand print "hat". This was supposed to be made out of card stock, but all we had was foam sheets, so we made it work.

I found several little sticker craft kits at Michael's, so we decorated a scarecrow and made a cornucopia.

 And she made this paper plate turkey at her parents' morning out program.

Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

Since I am not a huge fan of reading holiday books year round, I usually check out seasonal books from our local library. We read them for a few weeks, and by the time I'm tired of them, they're due back at the library!  

However, this year I didn't find many Thanksgiving library books available that were age appropriate for MC, so I purchased a few to add to our home library.

I also didn't have a lot of luck when I googled for recommendations for Thanksgiving books for the preschool age range, so I thought I'd post the ones we've been reading this year in case anyone else is looking for holiday books.

For us Thanksgiving is a holiday where family and friends gather around a table full of good food and that is where this book starts. I like that the book includes different families and that it doesn't focus on the 1st Thanksgiving but about child-appropriate things to be thankful for -- parents who love them no matter their actions, for books, bright sunny days, hot chocolate, friends, etc!

Berenstain Bears books are kind of hit-or-miss for me, and some of them are a little dated. But we have really enjoyed this one! This one is a lift-the-flap book where the Berenstain family looks all around for Mr. Turkey and also find other seasonally-appropriate things (leaves falling off trees, geese flying south for winter).

We really love Fancy Nancy at our house, and this Thanksgiving version does not disappoint. My sister gave MC the first FN book, and we've since checked out all of the ones from our library. When I saw the Thanksgiving one, I knew MC would love it. FN is up to all her usual tricks in this book - using (and explaining) some big words and throwing in a little French for good measure.

This is our first Pete the Cat book, and it is also a lift-the-flap book. This one has the most historical information about the 1st Thanksgiving, told as Pete stars in his school's Thanksgiving play. (According to the Amazon reviews, people didn't like this book because it's not "typical" Pete the Cat. That wasn't an issue for us, since we weren't already Pete fans, but just FYI.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Conversations at 3.25

We're taking a walk outside...

MC: Uh oh, I dropped a piece of granola.
LA: That's okay, a bird or squirrel will get it.
MC: Or a monkey!


She's having a drink of water before bed. BD thinks she is finished and tries to take the cup from her...

BD: Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were finished.
MC: Don't take the cup from my hands before I'm finished! That's SO WUDE!!


I've had to turn down several irrational 3 yr old requests in a row...

MC: You always say no! You say no to everything! You are being so dramatic! You are making me sad! You should say yes to everything! *WAHHHHH!!!!*


Sunday, November 22, 2015

NC State Fair 2015

Last month we took MC to the NC State Fair for the 4th year in a row! We've taken her every year since she was born. It has become a fun little tradition for our family. This year BD's mom was visiting, so she also got to experience the fair with us.

Our first stop was the extensive flower and garden show. There are a lot of cool things to explore and look at in this section. And bonus points because it's shady and usually uncrowded. This year there were a ton of these painted cut-out photo props. MC was being a garden snail in this one.

Green frog made out of recycled tires.

The next stop we made was the Agriculture building to see all the livestock and produce. It was super crowded in there, so I didn't get any pictures of the enormous pumpkins, but I think this year's winner was around 1500 pounds. 

Next we watched the pig races. This was a first for MC; we haven't watched this event since before she was born. It is usually pigs, goats, and ducks, but the ducks had to stay home this year because of concerns about the avian flu.

We had great front row seats, but it was a little loud and overwhelming for MC, so we didn't stay for the whole show. BD held her up at the back of the crowd to watch a little more before we left.

Our next stop was the carousel; this is always MC's favorite part of the fair. This year we also rode the Ferris wheel, and she loved that ride too, so I imagine it will be added to our state fair "must do" list for the upcoming years. 

We ended the day with a fried candy bar and some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. I didn't get any hand-cut fries this year because we didn't find the booth until right as we were leaving; I won't make that mistake again next year!

Check out the posts about our previous years at the fair:

NC State Fair 2014

NC State Fair 2013

NC State Fair 2012

NC State Fair 2010

NC State Fair 2007

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Halloween 2015

MC wanted to dress up as a frog for Halloween this year. I am somewhat crafty but can't sew, so when she rejected all of the pre-made costumes I showed her online, I was a little worried about how we were going to pull off a frog costume.

Luckily I found a seller on Etsy that had a knitted girly frog hat. We paired that with a green t-shirt and tutu, and voila! We had a froggie!

The photographer that took our family pictures earlier this year had a food drive this fall at her home studio. We donated food for the local food bank, and she took some pictures of MC in her Halloween costume. MC was way more interested in all of Ms. Alyson's interesting pets (turtles, rabbits, dogs) than in taking pictures, but we did get a couple of good pictures. Plus, Ms. Alyson had all of the donated food stacked up in her house, so it was a great visual representation for MC of how we can help those in need in our community. 

Our neighborhood is not great for trick-or-treating - the lots are big and the driveways are long so little legs can't make it to many houses before getting tired, so we had plans with friends to t-o-t in their neighborhood.

We have one little neighborhood friend that doesn't like to t-o-t but invited all of his neighborhood friends to stop by his house so he could hand out candy and see everyone's costumes. We met up with our next door neighbor to walk over together.

MC and R, who was dressed as Rapunzel. (And their random matching dragon toys.)

And then we headed over to our friends' house to eat pizza and head out for t-o-t once it got dark. Our friend's mom loves to carve pumpkins, so I got a shot of the girls in their costumes with her cool owl carved pumpkin.

MC and E, who was dressed as a Renaissance princess.

This was MC's first experience with t-o-t'ing, so we spent a lot of time talking about it and what to expect. We practiced that she was going to ring the door bell and say "Trick or Treat, give me something good to eat!" and get candy for her bucket and then say "Thank you, Happy Halloween!"

While we were out t-o-t'ing, she was a little hesitant about ringing the doorbell and didn't want to say anything, but E is a little more outgoing and was happy to take over those jobs! They had a great time and walked quite a long way collecting candy for their buckets. By the end of the evening, their buckets were full of candy and the girls were a tricky combination of tired and hyped on sugar, so Halloween 2015 was a success!