Here is a peek into some of our themed fun this last week…
Make it Monday:
On Make it Monday, we decided to do a little tie-dying. This is a craft that all my kids can get into, as it involves a sufficient amount of mess to make it fun and you have a cool shirt to show for your efforts at the end of it!
On Monday afternoon we pulled out the supplies.
After choosing a design, Rusty and Tyler went to work securing their shirts with rubber bands and picking their colors.
The set we had on hand had a great mix of color choices!
The boys picked their colors and began dying their shirts.
We also picked up a pack of onesies so these two proud uncles could create a matching piece for their niece or nephew to be!
While we worked we failed to take notice of the white bulldog under the table. Winnie happily sat in the shade, enjoying the cool drips from above. We had no idea she was down there until she emerged sporting some colorful new markings.
She somehow gave herself two expressive, blue eyebrows and a generous sprinkle of freckles…
None of which are coming off anytime soon!
For our “Foodie Tuesday” fun, we decided to try out cake decorating. This is a hobby that both Grace and Molly have enjoyed playing around with, but one that the boys have yet to explore. I thought it would be a creative outlet that would appeal to my teenage boys since they get to eat their efforts in the end!
I baked 4 small cakes earlier in the day and let them cool in preparation of our cake decorating party.
Cake decorating supplies were pulled from the cabinet.
When Toby got home from work we gathered in the dining room to decorate our cakes while dinner cooked.
We chose which tips we wanted to use and began mixing our icing colors.
It was fun to see everyone’s creativity emerge as they began putting icing to cake.
The finished results were charming…and delicious!~
Wet Wednesday was our slip-n-slide day!
Tyler has been itching to slip and to slide since we played slip-n-slide kickball as a family a few weeks ago, so we pulled out the roll of plastic, the hose, and some dish soap and let him slip-and-slide to his heart’s delight!
Take a Trip Thursday:
For our first “Take a Trip Thursday” of the summer, we stayed close to home and headed over to Moraine lake for the day. Tyler’s friend, Jonathan, joined us. This was Tyler’s first time seeing anyone outside the immediate family since March. He has been itching to hang with friends, especially Jonathan, who he considers his best friend.
We stopped at GetGo for picnic supplies,
And enjoyed a day of fishing and swimming lakeside.
It was a beautiful day to be outdoors!
On the way home we made a stop at The Snowman for some cold treats.
Family Fun Friday:
On Friday the boys and I decided to do something wild and fun. Tyler has been begging to dye his hair for years. After a hard few w at Patchwork Farm, I felt the need for some silliness and novelty trumped all else, so we headed to Walmart to pick out hair dye. It seemed to me if the boys were ever to sport purple or blue hair, now was the time. Currently we have no upcoming family photos, no huge life events, or any outside activities. We headed into Walmart donning our face masks. This was Tyler’s first time venturing into a store, which was part of why I said yes to his hair dye request. We have been worried about his increasing anxiety since lockdown began. We noticed that despite things slowly opening up around us, he has no desire to leave the house. His fear of Covid-19 is slowly becoming a more concerning hyper-focused phobia. Feeling that getting Tyler into a public space would allow us to”rip off the bandaid” and face his fears head-on before they became debilitating, was extra incentive to let him dye his hair a crazy color.
It worked. His desire to color his hair trumped his fear of being in public. I explained that he would have to enter Walmart so that he could pick the color he wants. We talked through his fears, came up with safety protocols to address his concerns and then bravely ventured in. It worked like a charm and I saw a visible lightening as he moved past the fear and dread associated with that first step back into society.
We arrived home after Rusty and Tyler picked their shades. Rusty chose silver hair color, hoping for something fun without it being too crazy.
Tyler went with Cherry Red. His color gave me pause when the box warned that it should not be rinsed out in the sink or tub due to staining…but we bravely pushed on.
First we colored, then we rinsed…and rinsed, and rinsed, and rinsed!
Rusty’s change was minimal. I think he wished he had picked a more daring color after seeing how little the silver tinted his hair.
Tyler’s was a bit bolder. He loved his finished look and I love that he faced his fears!