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My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. […]
My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. I found this awesome Ninja Hello Kitty cake on The Cakerator, and based the party decorations off of that. We did a Ninja training theme for the party, with the games being Sensei Says, a Focus Skills portion that included balancing balloons, and of course, an obstacle course (which included a rope swing, climbing through a tunnel, and climbing through our playset). At the end, all Ninjas in training received as a party prize folded paper ninja stars. Overall, it was super fun, and my son had a great time!
The birthday banner! I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, the font was pretty awesome. The dragons I printed from some clip art, and the Ninja Hello Kitties I cut out of black construction paper. The red background was a paper tablecloth we hung on the wall.
Ninja Hello Kitty is FIERCE!
I found this awesome vegan shop called Violet Sweet Shoppe near University Village who created this Ninja Hello Kitty cake for us. I have to admit, fondant Ninja Hello Kitty was *almost* too cute to eat.
The owner even made individual fondant ninja throwing stars for each of the cupcakes. HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY?!
We decorated the backyard as well with some red and black paper lanterns. I folded all the papers in half, then drew lines for where to cut the lantern slits. It was a really easy craft the boys did themselves, and my husband helped them hang it up with crepe paper.
Ninja station! Masks, throwing stars, and focus paddles!
I made the ninja masks out of felt, and sewed an elastic hairband so the kids could put it on themselves (a package of 6 for $1 at the dollar store!) I made half the masks Ninja Hello Kitty masks, and the other half regular Ninja masks for the party ninjas to choose amongst. It also served as a very handy take home party favor.
The other party favor we had were ninja stars, which we folded the night before. Upon completion of the Ninja Obstacle Course, each ninja-in-training received their choice of two ninja stars as a job well done!
We had quite the rainbow to choose from, so everyone was happy. I figured since they were made of paper, they would make the least amount of damage when being thrown.
One of the other ninja training courses was the “focus skills” portion. All the kids had to balance a balloon on a plate. For the younger kids, I put a big paper plate taped to a long bamboo skewer, and they just had to hold their balloon on their plate without it falling off. For the older kids, I taped a smaller, cake sized plate to a popsicle stick. For them, they had to count how many times they could bounce a balloon up and down without the balloon falling. Fun for all age groups! (shout out to G.McKinley for the awesome picture!)
We also played a game of “Sensei Says” (like Simon Says), since all good ninjas need to have good listening skills. (shout out to M. Madigan for providing the upcoming awesome pictures!)
Then came the grand finale that everyone was waiting for – Ninja Obstacle Course! The kids first had to swing across the rope swing.
Then, they had to be agile and quick and jump over the logs.
Finally, they climbed through a tunnel, did some monkey bars, and slide down the slide of our play set. The obstacle course was pretty much the highlight of the party, the kids continued to go around and do their favorite part of the course over and over again.
At the end of the day, my son enjoyed his Ninja Hello Kitty party and obstacle course very much, and I’m glad that we were able to fulfill his birthday party dream for him. Plus, he sincerely enjoyed his cupcake.
What, does he have something on his face?
Happy Fifth Birthday, my fierce Ninja Hello Kitty boy!
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My youngest is starting kindergarten soon (when did this happen?). To help prepare him, I was looking through my old pictures to when his brother was starting kindergarten, and ran across these pictures of peacock fingerpainting. Look at how little they are, I believe they are five and two here, and having so much fun. […]
My youngest is starting kindergarten soon (when did this happen?). To help prepare him, I was looking through my old pictures to when his brother was starting kindergarten, and ran across these pictures of peacock fingerpainting. Look at how little they are, I believe they are five and two here, and having so much fun. This was a simple craft, with a little more supervision needed by the toddler (he was much more prone to fingerpaint himself. Part of the painting process, I believe). The end result is beautiful, and so pretty! I hope you enjoy our P is for Peacock picture craft.
What You’ll Need:
To Make the Peacock:
P is for Precision. My oldest carefully placing thumbprint “eyes” on his peacock tail.
P is for Painting. My youngest is two here, and really loved this craft. We helped him paint the peacock body, but he went to town with the handprints for the peacock body.
P is for Passion. He *really* got into the painting process.
P is for Play. Fun and games, and they get some learning in the process as well.
P is for Peacock. The finished peacock made by my oldest. We framed it and gave it to the grandparents as a gift. He was super proud he made it himself.
P is for Picture. The finished peacock made by youngest. Not as detailed, but he was also very proud of his finished art piece!
And in the end, P is for Pleased and Happy boys!
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I’m excited to share this post with Tales of an Unlikely Mother today! She’s a very funny blogger who has twin girls the same age as my youngest, so we often commiserate. 🙂 Go and check out her blog, and “Like” her facebook! School normally starts up around here after Labor Day. With the beginning […]
I’m excited to share this post with Tales of an Unlikely Mother today! She’s a very funny blogger who has twin girls the same age as my youngest, so we often commiserate. 🙂 Go and check out her blog, and “Like” her facebook!
School normally starts up around here after Labor Day. With the beginning of school, begins also the morning struggle of getting my boys ready and out the door on time in the morning. I have two kids going to two different school, so it took everything I had to keep my sanity from reminding them of the same things every. single. day. They could recite whole episodes of Curious George, but not remember to brush their teeth in the morning without a reminder. Times two! Fortunately, I instituted a morning chart routine a couple of years ago when my oldest started kindergarten, and it’s really streamlined our whole morning process. Now, instead of me getting frustrated that, yet again, I’m reminding him to go pee and brush his teeth, I just redirect him to check out his morning chart, and he can look and cross off what he needs to do. It’s been a sanity saver, and let’s me make a cup of coffee in the morning so I can get going with my day.
The second thing which also helps in our household is a chore chart. I downloaded a template and laminated the different chores and velcroed it to the chart. I love it because there are things that need to be done such as feeding the pets, practicing spelling, not fighting with their brother, etc. that isn’t necessarily a chore that I want to reward. The template has a “morning”, “afternoon”, and also a “to earn” column. In our household, I give out chore coupons for completed chores in the “To Earn” column. One coupons = one quarter OR 30 minutes of screen time. Each boy gets their own chore chart to complete, with age appropriate chores. It really helps gives them a sense of responsibility, and also gives me a chance to redirect them to being helpful (and in the older son’s case, making sure his homework is completed, he has practiced his soccer skills or tae kwon do poomses). In the long run, kids who *want* to be helpful get to be, things get done, and sanity gets saved. It’s a win, win for everyone!
Template for Chore Chart (.PDF File)
This is the responsibility chart I have for both my kiddos. It’s SO helpful in the morning because I can just tell them, “Go look at your chart!” instead of nagging at them in the morning. The step-by-step tutorial I found on Spoonful.com here. To make your own you will need: corrugated cardboard, paper, bamboo skewers, and a straw.
My older son’s chart reads: wake up, go pee, brush teeth/puffer, eat breakfast, get dressed, pack back pack (includes homework AND lunch). This is simple stuff that needs to be done every day! My younger son has pictures since he can’t read yet.
Here is the chore chart I have for both my boys, I downloaded the template from Home School Creations (it’s a .PDF file, free to download!). I laminated mine, and then put velcro on the backside. I like this template because it has morning, afternoon, and also a “to earn” column, because I want my boys to have automatic things to do that aren’t just for money (such as feeding their pets). It also has pictures AND words so both kids can look at it and understand what it asks.
What the velcro looks like, it’s very easy to adjust around. When the boys are done with a chore, they put it “upside down” on the chore chart to let me know that it’s been finished (easily done with velcro).
Some of the different chore squares the printable template came with! It also came with some blank ones where you can make your own.
In our househole, one chore in the “to earn” column equals one chore coupon. The value is 25 cents OR 30 minutes of screen time, whichever they want.
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If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family. A few months ago I ran across this […]
If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family. A few months ago I ran across this great blog post called “10 Tips for Raising Outdoors Loving Kids”, which really resonated with me. The blog itself, The Big Outside, is choke full is GREAT tips for introducing and keeping your kids of ALL ages (from infant on up!) interested in outdoor travels and recreation! I would definitely recommend it, as it’s now one of my favorite new blogs. My husband and I love living in the Pacific Northwest, and are grateful for all the wonderful outdoor and nature opportunities we’re able to provide for the boys.
Recently, we took our first family canoe camping trip to Diablo Lake up in the North Cascades. My husband had gone last year with some other dads and their kids, and my boys had enjoyed it so much, they wanted me to come up as well. Correction: my youngest enjoyed it so much he pretty much asked about going back every single time we talked about family camping, so we planned it out. It took a bit of planning since we were staying at a backcountry campsite, which was only accessible by boat. Which meant we had to pack everything in and out by kayak or canoe. Overall though, it was a SUPER fun, a great trip, and even I, the person who isn’t thrilled with camping, had a really nice time. I would definitely recommend going up there and spending some time on the water, and just hiking around the North Cascades. The boys even got to become Junior Rangers from the Forest Service, which was one of their highlights. 🙂 And most important of all, we got to create some great family memories!
This is Thunder Point, our camp site.
The astonishing view from our camp site. Diablo Lake is this shade of green due to some sort of mineral composition from the glacier run off. It’s really this green in real life. It is unreal. I spent so much time just staring at it.
There was a trail right next to our campsite to the top of the little hill. My little adventurers!
When we were there, it was super windy. The boys had a blast trying to outshout the wind.
We are so incredibly lucky to live in such a gorgeous area.
We tried for a family portrait, you can see from my hair how windy it was up there. My youngest was not for the family portrait.
We canoed to nearby Ross Dam and hiked up to the top of the dam.
Dad and kiddos hiking up the trail.
On the top of Ross Dam. You can see Ross Lake on the right, and see how it is much more blue it is than Diablo Lake.
Canoeing! Our youngest was in front of of me in the canoe, he loves being in the boat. That mountain is actually named Sourdough Mountain.
The canoe master.
Don’t let the pictures fool you, this was during the more serene waters. It got pretty choppy shortly after this and there were white caps forming when the wind picked up. I put the camera away and rowed for dear life. 🙂
This is the view from the top of Ross Dam, the channel you see below is where we canoed through.
Chilling at the camp site.
My kids were a little sad we didn’t bring any “toys” since we had to pack light for the canoe. So we made our own boats (which really floated!) out of driftwood and vines, and sails from leaves! We even kept them and took them home with us.
Happy little camper!
Happy big(ger) camper!
We had to tie the canoe on top of the dock because the wind kept hitting and bumping it around.
My view of paradise.
I think these faces say it all. North Cascades canoe camping, it may be an annual family tradition from now on! 🙂
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If your kids are anything like mine, they like to collect things like rocks. (And sticks. Sometimes I get a surprise and it’s something that’s alive such as a worm or beetle. Or baby spiders, although that is totally another post once I recover from the trauma). Then, when you try to tell them that […]
If your kids are anything like mine, they like to collect things like rocks. (And sticks. Sometimes I get a surprise and it’s something that’s alive such as a worm or beetle. Or baby spiders, although that is totally another post once I recover from the trauma). Then, when you try to tell them that their “treasures” belong outside the house, you get tears and lots and lots of wailing. Here’s a simple craft you can do to occupy them, decorate up their “treasure” rocks, plus it’s actually pretty fun. As an added bonus, I even convinced mine that the pretty rocks can stay outside and not clutter up their rooms, or be used as projectiles for sibling battles. My boys love rock painting, we do it several times a year, for all holidays, rainy day activities, or even just for fun on a sunshiney day.
What You’ll Need:
Start off with some clean and DRY rocks
Our painting set up. I have box lids for the actual rock painting, just so there’s not accidental floor paintage
Then, get your paint. I set mine out in paper plates for my boys.
Then, let them paint!
Here’s what dot painting with a pencil end looks like as well.
Some of our finished creations.
My oldest was super proud of his Captain America shield rock.
We even glittered some rocks to make them look like real “treasures”
In rock land, Hello Kitty and Batman live side by side in peace
We painted some to look like caterpillers and bugs
And my youngest loves all things ladybugs. Happy crafting!
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