Happy Halloween! – DIY Monster Game

I found the idea off of Pinterest but I used what craft items I had in the house plus a bunch of plastic balls from our daughter’s ball pit stash.

It took me a few days and lots of paper and glue to put it together but our daughter is happy with it. I added a return tunnel to the front for easy access to the balls and a little door just for fun.

His eyes are drawn on plastic balls with paint pens. His teeth and the leaves on the “pumpkin” and “apple” balls were cut from foam sticker sheets.

I’m quite sorry I didn’t make instructions to this. As usual, I winged it.

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Our Artsy Fartsy Pumpkins

We had fun decorating our pumpkins last weekend. They are all different and quite Artsy Fartsy.

Our son was the only one who felt like carving. He said it’s ofΒ  the name of game he plays online called “Among Us”. Our daughter happily painted her pumpkin face. My husband drew his pumpkin face with a sharpie. As for myself, it gave me a reason to bring out the paints and brushes. I went all out on the ocean theme.

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Kindergarten Workspace

Our daughter starts Kindergarten tomorrow. Although she is starting school from home we are quite excited for her. Here’s the little workspace we made for her to help create a zone with little distraction. We have just a few more things to add like the month and the day sections and we still need to create some weather cards. We also left space for reminders (Post-it notes).

This board will also help to buffer the noise from her online class. My husband sometimes works from home and our son also has his high school classes online. It’ll be interesting to see how these online classes will work out with everyone home. Keeping an open mind that it’ll all work out and hoping the kids will be able to return to their schools soon.

http://www.calendar-to-print.com/2020-calendars.html

Here are some of the supplies we repurposed for this project. Disclaimer: The 6-pack beverages were consumed by “Mommy” and “Daddy” over the Summer and not by the child. Off topic: What were some of your favorite Summer drinks? *Wink*

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Roadtrip Part 1 – Snoqualmie Falls and Iron Horse Tunnel

This past weekend we were able to take some time for a family roadtrip to Snoqualmie before all the craziness of (home) school started. Our first stop was Snoqualmie Falls, WA. It is such a beautiful sight. Our two youngest have never been and it’s such a short and easy walk from the parking lot to see it. It’s definitely a “must see” stop on I-90.

If you want to get in a little more exercise there is a trail down to a lower view point you can hike down about .70 mile (1.4 miles roundtrip). My husband and I did this about 2 years ago. It was fun and easy going down the trail but coming back up was a feat for someone that doesn’t get much exercise. We chose to skip it on this trip.

Our next stop was to the Iron Horse Tunnel. It was so much larger than I thought it would be. It was literally cool. Dress warm if you do choose to visit.

We only walked in about 100 yards. It gets eerily dark the further you go in. Definitely not for those afraid of the dark. Even with a flashlight I felt like I needed to look at every nook and cranny to make sure there wasn’t anything waiting for us.

I do have to admit. It would be neat to bike ride through it. It’s a little more than 2 miles long and it’s very well maintained. Be prepared with good lighting and light, reflective clothing whether you are walking or biking in the tunnel.

Snoqualmie Falls

Iron Horse Tunnel

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Happy Friday!

This is an older photo that I took a few years of a lighthouse at Point No Point in Hansville, WA.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Tomatoes – FOTD August 26

Not a flower but we did watch this grow from flowers. Our tomatoes have been slow to ripen this year. I think we’ll get to pick this red one today. This is an unusually big cherry tomato. So we’ve been keeping our eye on it.

Cee’s FOTD Photo Challenge

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Clear Creek Trail (Photos) – Silverdale, WA

It’s been a few years since we’ve been to any part of the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale, WA. It’s great system of trails to get some exercise in. There are almost 8 miles of trails. This Saturday we just walked a small portion of it and it was just enough.

The part of the trail we were on was a little newer than the rest of the system. Lot’s of blackberry bushes and scotch broom. I imagine once all the trees are grown it’ll be a much more serene and relaxing place to walk through.

Garter snake in the grass.

We didn’t get to see many birds out but we did see a garter snake in the grass and several dragonflies.

A beautiful dragonfly hanging on to some dead branches.

There were many families on bike rides and a several people out for a walk by themselves and others with their dogs. We also saw a few people blackberry picking. It’s a wonderful place for families and individuals to get out and about. Especially those trying to get out while the weather is still nice.

Clear Creek Trail

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Let’s Get Motivated Photo #11

This another picture from Obstruction Point Trail on Hurricane Ridge, WA.

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Berry Picking – FOTD August 18

During our camping trip in Sequim, WA over the weekend we decided to pay another visit to Graymarsh Berry Farm. This time their Blackberries and Blueberries were ready for picking. We decided to hand pick blackberries for the experience and purchase already picked blueberries. It’s always a fun time gathering the best of the beautifully ripened berries. The blackberries we picked were from thornless bushes. I didn’t know there was such a thing as thornless blackberry bushes. Learned something new!

I was able to also get a few shots of their small garden of sunflowers.

Cee’s FOTD Photo Challenge

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“LOVE” Painting Kid Craft

Here’s a fun activity for a kid’s craft. You just need a canvas, painter’s tape, paint brushes and whatever paint medium you want your child to use. Washable kids paint work great but we chose to use acrylic paints since I already have a lot of it on hand. Our daughter loved this project!

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