Home Again…

Sadly, we arrived home yesterday morning.  The atmosphere in the truck was as cloudy and damp as the weather outside.

With every wonderful adventure comes an equally, adverse reaction to going home.

We are all waiting with anticipation for the day when home is where ever we have the trailer set up and we are all together.

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Last Friday morning, I sat down with my coffee and turned on my computer, only to be greeted with a dark, blank screen, but today I finally have my lifeline to the world back up and running!  I have a lot to catch up on!

Here’s a quick recap of our past week…

The Sunday before last, we left Wompatuck and made our way south to Shady Acres in Carver.  I was really happy to have my own shower back and our full 30 Amps!  The kids were excited about the playground, pool and their friends they hadn’t seen since Mother’s Day weekend.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of swimming to be had since it was so cold and rainy most days.  Even on the sunny days the pool was frigid, and body numbing but they didn’t let that stop them.

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The Little Monkey broke out in hives again, something that hasn’t happened since last fall but we think we’ve figured it out!  It seems to be related to Mosquitoes.  He had one bite him on the cheek and soon after his whole face was covered in hives.  He must be really sensitive to them.  It was sad to see his little face looking like that again, but at least we have an idea now as to what causes it.

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One of the events at the campground was a chili cook off!  I spent Friday evening cooking up a chili to submit and ended up coming in third place.  The kids had so much fun trying all the different types and took their votes seriously (the Professor didn’t even vote for me!).

It was all great fun!  The Professor really enjoyed the corn too!  As did Jack when the Monkey passed his on…

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He chewed on that cob all evening and even went back to it the next morning.  He’s really enjoying being a camping dog…though he still has some things he needs to work out.

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It didn’t take him long to realize that wasn’t the best place to hang out in.

Sunday was Father’s Day and we wanted to make it really special for Daddy.  He does so much for all of us, he deserved to have a nice day!

We managed to buy him a Kindle Fire without him even knowing.  It’s nice to be able to surprise him…it doesn’t happen very often.

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Even though he still gives me butterflies in my stomach….

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this is why I really love him!

He is an amazing father to our children.

He has endless patience and is kind and loving!  He’s always willing to play with them and really enjoys spending time with them.

I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful Daddy for our little ones!

Yard Sale…

This past weekend we decided to have a last minute yard sale.  We’ve never had a yard sale before so it was a whole new thing for us and probably not something I’d ever do again.  Usually I just give anything I don’t need anymore away to someone who could use it.  Since most of the things we were getting rid of were baby items and everyone we know is past that stage or not there yet,  we just couldn’t seem to get rid of anything.  So we decided to try the yard sale.

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It didn’t go as well as we had hoped.

We had tables of beautiful children’s clothes, all of them clean and in perfect condition, little bikes that were hardly used and other kids stuff but most people were looking for antiques and free stuff so they could resell it.  I was disappointed to see so many people with the attitude that we owed them because they were taking our “junk”, only it wasn’t junk, it was just things we didn’t need anymore.  Out of the vast amount of rude people we were exposed to this weekend, there were a few we were delighted to meet.

We met one woman with her three adorable children who ended up buying our Schwinn bike trailer. Our kids loved that thing but now with two older children, I can just put the Monkey in a bike seat.  I was so glad to see her buy it and even charged her less because I knew she’d use it!

Then there was a man who stopped by and bought a few things, but it was his company that made him memorable.  He was funny and friendly and had us laughing with all his stories about his travels, kids and grandchildren.

There were a few others who were nice, (one guy even paid us twice as much as we were charging because he felt like he was ripping us off), but definitely not enough to ever do another yard sale!

At the end of it all, with a yard full of stuff we will never use again, we decided to try selling it online.  That turned out to be much better!  Things were selling instantly!  So we managed to get rid of a lot more stuff that way, even if it took a little more work (I made Daddy meet up with everyone at the strip plaza that’s right next to the police station!)

Meanwhile…Nana J, was super kind to take the kids during all of this.  She took them to the park and played with them.

I’m still hearing about the bubbles they were blowing in the gazebo!

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She then brought them home and pushed the Monkey on his swing where he fell fast asleep! (Doesn’t he look like a little tourist in that outfit?)

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He was exhausted! We all were…it was a long, hot weekend and everyone had worked (or played so hard).

Everyone that is…except Jack.  He spent his time lounging in the sun!

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The Lost Tooth Club…

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Last night the Tooth Fairy visited our house yet again, but it was far from her usual routine visit.

What was so special you ask?

This visit was to collect a tooth from the Princess.

The loss of her first tooth is bitter sweet like so many other mile stones reached – a reminder that my little girl is growing up.

She’s blossoming into a beautiful, intelligent, well adjusted girl and I’m just so proud of her!

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When I woke up yesterday, the Princess can running into my room to show me she lost her tooth.  She went into great detail about how she pulled it out once it was really wiggly.  Apparently there was a little blood involved, but she told me not to worry…it was just a tiny bit.

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We put the tooth into the Tooth Pillow that Nanny bought for them long before anyone had a loose a tooth.  The Princess has been looking forward to her time with the pillow.

This morning was met with even more excitement than the previous!

My little Princess was so excited to find the toothbrush, toothpaste, note and $5 bill that the Tooth Fairy had left her.

The note smelled like mint and had glitter on it just like the one her brother received a couple years back!

I quickly reminded her that $5 is only for the first tooth, all other teeth are only worth $1.

She was fine with that.

She was just so happy to be part of the Lost Tooth Club that I think she’d give away her teeth for free.

Face Painting…

I’m always looking for something fun and creative to do with my 3 favourite little ones.  A couple weeks ago, I had this idea to get some face paints.

What kid doesn’t like face paints?

I told the kids that if they did their very best on all their school work, I would paint their little faces.

Of course they did their very best…

and we’ve been having face painting fun ever since.

I’ve even painted other little kids faces who have made their way to our campsite to let me know they like my work!  Our site was very popular this weekend.

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There have been a lot of masks, butterflies and glitter…

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and Super Heroes…some I’ve never even heard of (Blue Beetle? Huh?).

It’s so easy to do and the kids love it so much.  We’re all having a blast coming up with original and some not so original idea’s…and seeing how they turn out, even if they aren’t perfect. The little Monkey was totally impressed with his Eeyore face, especially since Eeyore is his favourite stuffy  who goes everywhere with him.

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The paints are hypo-allergenic and non toxic (that’s always good, right?) and they’re super easy to clean – even the black comes off completely with just a wet cloth.

It’s refreshing to find something fun and exciting that the kids enjoy but is still super easy to clean up!

So if you are looking for something fun, silly, creative and easy to clean…think about face paints!

Mother’s Weekend…

It’s that time of year again where mothers around the world are shown how much they are loved through random acts of love.

For some it’s breakfast in bed, or little works of art lovingly created with gobs of glue and copious amounts of glitter, or little home made coupon books filled with free hugs and kisses.

Whatever the way it’s celebrated,

one day is just not enough for me, which is why we decided to do a Mother’s Weekend this year.

A camping Mother’s Weekend of course!

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A weekend filled with fun digging in the dirt, playing at the playground and lots and lots of face painting.

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A weekend of reading books, singing songs and lots and lots of snuggling.

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I love being able to use the Mother’s Day card all weekend…

I say things like “No arguing…it’s Mother’s Weekend!”

Or…”Come here and give me hug…it’s Mother’s Weekend!”

The kids love it also.

They say things like, we have another surprise for you and hand me dandelion.

Or they run up behind me and give me a big hug and kiss and say “It’s because it’s Mother’s Day and we love you!”

So yes, Mother’s Day is too short.

It should be Mother’s Weekend because it’s just too wonderful of a holiday to be just one day.

But Does It Work?

Between Pinterest and Facebook I get so many tips on crafts, cleaning, DIY projects, cooking and healthy eating just to name a few.  They all sound very cool but I often wonder if they really work.  Lately I’ve been trying things out just to see what happens.  Some have work, some haven’t but either way, I thought it would be fun to share those results with you.

A while back I came across a tip to use Goo Gone on my stainless steel for a perfect shine.

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With three sets of small fingers in the house, all my stainless steel appliances are constantly smudged.  If that wasn’t enough, I’m one of those people who tape things to the fridge all the time and as it turns out, stainless steel is not scotch tape friendly.

So this is what my fridge looked like…

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Note the thoroughly taped star charts that are on there!

It wasn’t just the tape either, there were stains that wouldn’t come off and I had tried all different types of polishes and home remedies.

I figured if the Goo Gone could clean my fridge, it could probably clean any stainless appliance out there.

So I took on the challenge!

First I soaked the spots with Goo Gone…

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Then I rubbed it gently but firmly with an old, clean face cloth which I decided to use because it has texture but it’s soft.  I didn’t want to scratch the surface.

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It took a bit of rubbing and some patience but within 30 mins the Goo Gone managed to do what no other polish or cleaner could do.  I gave it a little shine with a polishing pad.

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I think the results are pretty impressive!

Thank you, to whoever thought this one up!  Now if I could just find a way to get the appliances to polish themselves!

The Mummy Returns…

It has been 2 months since my last post.  I never intended to take a break but I needed one.

The long, long winter had taken it’s toll on me and I just didn’t feel like doing anything for a while.  Since then the weather has warmed and brighten and so has my mood.

During the past two months we managed to keep ourselves extremely busy in the Honestly household with lots of activities and even a new furry little friend.

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There’s been a lot of talk about getting a puppy recently, something I’ve tried to avoid until the Milk Monkey was out of diapers.  Then I met I Jack.  He won me over instantly with his sweet little personality and his warm, cuddly ways.

He’s been a wonderful addition to our family.

The Princess has finally started gymnastics!

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She’s wanted to join for a while now but for some reason or another we just didn’t sign her up.  We tried to get information from one of the gyms around here but we could never get through to them and they never returned our calls or emails.  In the meantime a new gym opened and just recently we stopped by to check it out.  As it turns out they have a home school class.  We signed the princess up, even though she was the only one in the class in hopes that other home schooled children would show.

They did!

Last week there were two other girls and the Princess had so much fun.  Even more exciting is that because of this gymnastics class we have finally found a home school group that we want to join!  I’ve come to realize over the years that what some people might call procrastination is actually just me listening to that still small voice.  Too often, I’ve waited to fully pursue something, only to wake up one day and aggressively search out that very same thing.  In turn, leading to open doors of opportunities  that I could never have arranged on my own.  This was definitely one of those times and I am grateful for it.

In my last post I had just started a quilt for my dear Nanny.  I managed to finish it in time and give it to her at Easter.  Here’s a peak for now…

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I will post more on this another time.

I’m so glad spring is here and the camping season is about to begin.  I’m thankful for the sun, and the fresh cool air.  I’m looking forward to all the summer adventures that are in our future!!

Homemade Bath Finger Paints…

The other day someone posted a picture on my Facebook page that had a recipe for bathtub finger paints.

It was the perfect thing to spice up our uneventful evening!

I gathered all the ingredients and the kids and got busy.

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I had some egg cartons that I thought would work well as little containers.  I decided to mix up four colours for each child so they could all have a try.  It didn’t go so well at first..

The Official Recipe

1 tbsp of cornstarch

4-6 pumps of baby shampoo

2-3 drops of food colouring

1-2 teaspoons of water

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Our recipe was more like:

1 tbsp of cornstarch in each egg cup

1 medium squirt of children’s shampoo

Realized it wasn’t going to work mixing it in the little egg cartons.

Dumped it all into a bowl, and added a really, really big squirt of shampoo,

then added some water until it seemed like a nice consistency.

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At that point I poured them into the little egg cups and let the kids choose their colours (I chose the Monkey’s).

We ended up putting way too much food colouring in.  We only had the gel type so drops were more like squirts.  It was still ok, even with all the dye it only left marks on the kids, not on the tub.

The paints were great!  Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the little Monkey who was completely into it.

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They didn’t look as fancy as the picture on Facebook, but they worked really well.  We will definitely do this often.  In fact, there was some of the pre-dyed mix left in the bowl so I left it out overnight to see what would happen.  I was surprised to see it stayed the same.  I’m going to look for some containers so that next time I can mix up a big batch and store them for quick and easy bath time fun!

The only downside to the paint was a very upset little guy who didn’t want the fun to end!

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A Little About The Professor….

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After a year of writing about the Little Professor, he decided he had a few things he wanted to say himself.  The following is what he wrote:

Hi, I am the Professor.  I am 7 years old.  I feel glad because I’m the first child.

I like being the first child because:

  • I don’t have to nap anymore.
  • I am the biggest.
  • I get to ride big kid rides.
  • I have my own bed.
  • I have my own computer.
  • I have my own 3DDS.

And here are some things I don’t like:

  • The Princess bugging me, as only a little sister can.
  • Not getting my way because I let the younger ones get their way.

Sometimes I don’t get as much attention as the Milk Monkey does, but I don’t mind, he’s my baby brother.

So again, I like being me.