Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sunday School Lesson in
Every Day Life
Ben and I laugh at how the boys apply the lessons they learn in Sunday School. Tonight the boys were playing on a toy we have in our basement. Ethan was sitting on it, and as expected, pesky little brother Luke pushed his way on pushing Ethan off. This made Ethan mad. Trying to diffuse the situation, I said to Ethan that maybe he needed to wait and give Luke a turn. Ethan responded with much
frustration and disgust:
"I waited 40 days and 40 nights and he still won't get down!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

About those really cool chunky crayons... Apparently Kate thinks they are edible. The BEST crayons EVER!! We can't keep these out of her mouth - I keep catching her with RED, GREEN, BLUE teeth!! YUMMY!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Making NEW from the OLD
The boys were coloring yesterday morning with these little broken crayons they could hardly hold on to. I had seen somewhere how to make these great chunky crayons. So we gave it a try!
Step one: peel off the paper
I resorted to running a razor blade down the length of each little crayon
which let the paper just peel off in one piece
Step 2: line a muffin pan with foil liners or find one at a thrift store to devote to melting crayons down and skip the liners. You can also use candy or soap molds to make fun little shapes - I'll be keeping an eye out for some molds at thrift stores and garage sales for sure now!Step 3: Break and sort the crayons. We sorted the colors to make some pretty combos.
Step 4: Bake @ 200 degrees in the oven and watch as they melt into your new crayons. The boys liked this part. It took a good 20-25 minutes.
Step 5: Let the new crayons harden and pop them out of the liners. After we unveiled them, they sat for a few hours before the boys used them to make sure they were nice and hard.
Step 6: Smooth off all the "sharp" edges - mommy's job because it makes a huge mess!

Our new crayons!!