Friday, August 30, 2013

Squirrel Feeder

I decided to try one of the easiest craft projects of all with Noah: a simple bird feeder made by spreading peanut butter on a toilet paper roll and rolling it in bird seed. I set it all up and let him help me cover the roll in bird seed.

Once it was all covered, we ran a thin ribbon through the tube and hung it from a tree in the backyard.

I did question how exactly the birds were supposed to get to it, but I figured we would give it a couple of days and then modify it somehow if needed. The next morning, I looked out the window and saw this guy enjoying a peanut butter bird seed breakfast.

He hung on like this for a while until he figured out how to pull the tube over toward the branch so he could eat more comfortably.  The little guy kept eating until he had pretty much cleaned the whole thing off. I guess we inadvertently made a squirrel feeder instead of a bird feeder. At least someone enjoyed it.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Noah has a birthday coming up and we wanted to do a couple of special things with him. One of those things was taking him to see Planes. He loved Cars and he always points out airplanes when he sees them outside. We thought he would love the movie. We weren't sure if he would want to sit through the whole thing but figured we would give it a shot. We took snacks and drinks and he did really well. He sat quietly through the whole thing and seemed to enjoy it. I think we may have to buy this one when it comes out on DVD.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ready to Roll

Noah got this little strider bike last year for his birthday. He's not quite able to hold himself up on it yet, but he loves for one of us to push him around on it. He points to it in the garage and says "I ride" until one of us picks it up for him. If only it had some sort of handle on the back for us to hold on to. Bending over to hold the handlebars gets old really quickly.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fizzy Fun

I honestly don't know what moms did with their children before Pinterest. I found yet another fun idea to try with Noah, and this one was another big hit.

You fill a pan with baking soda and use a dropper of some sort to drop colored vinegar into it. It fizzes and makes lots of tin bubble.

Noah thought this was a lot of fun. He'd squirt the whole thing out in one place and say "Woooowwww!" We did this over and over. I had to encourage him to spread out the vinegar over the entire pan rather than putting it in the same place over and over to create a rainbow colored puddle. He had a blast and when I finally pulled the pan away, he kept asking for more. This was a cheap activity that I think we will be repeating in the future.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Things Daddy Finds

Taylor always calls to let me know he's on his way home from work. One day recently, he told me he was bringing me a surprise. I got excited. When he got home and I saw the surprise, I was less excited. This is what he brought home.

Google tells me this is a Hercules Beetle. It looks rather scary and we tried not to let Noah get too close to the pincers on its head. He was pretty fascinated by it and wanted to touch it's hard back. We had our fun admiring it for a while and then released it into the pine straw to be free and buggy again.