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stART ~ The Rain Train December 11, 2011

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I guess this is a busy time of year.  We did this stART project a while ago and I’m just getting it posted now.  We didn’t even get to do a stART project this past week.  We’ll get back on track, I’m sure.  If you know my boy there is one thing he LOVES and that is hands down TRAINS.  For this stART activity, I picked out a train book and project. 



The book I found at the library was called “The Rain Train” by Elena de Roo.  This is a very rhythmic, sing-song book.  If you ever need to teach a lesson about onomatopoeia – this is your book!  It is full of so many sound words such as pitter-pat, pitter-pat, pittery-pat-pat, ca-shish, and shhhhhh.  It follows a train chugging through the night in the rain.  The kids visit all different kinds of cars such as the passenger car, dining car and sleeper car. 


I got our project idea from Little Page Turners. (She has so many great ideas – check out her blog) We made a shape train together.  Anytime Will gets to use a glue stick, he’s a happy guy!  I pre-cut the shapes and Will glued them into place using the blog example.  Last, we added our own touch to the project and glued stretched out cotton balls to make the steam coming from the train.  It was a great lesson in learning the shapes and following directions. 




For more stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventures!



Pic-bits September 30, 2011

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{this moment}

Joining Soule Mama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



Thomas Cake (probably the one and only) May 27, 2011

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Will requested a train cake for his 3rd birthday.  Last year I really wanted to do a form cake (is that what they’re called?), but tackled the flat decorated cake instead.  This year I was up for the challenge of tackling the BIG one.  Thanks to the gal that writes this blog http://thomasthetankenginecake.blogspot.com/ I was able to get a step-by-step tutorial that was awesome!  I was very happy with the final result, but there was a lot of crankiness involved to get to the final product (just ask my husband).  I believe I said a number of times, “If I EVER get one of these wild ideas again, just tell me NO, NO, NO!”  All the hours of work were worth it to see how excited Will was about his Thomas Cake.  He even requested that I make a Gordon Cake next year…..maybe 365 days in between will be enough time to erase the complexity of the project in my mind.

Will with his cake at his party!

Here are some pictures documenting the train building process.

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Ribbon Memo Board – Trains of course! May 26, 2011

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I have been searching stores for a ribbon memo board that would work in Will’s room.  There just are not any cute boards out there for boys.  Of course I had it in my head that it needed to be a train theme as well, so that narrowed my options even more.  Being a crafty person I thought, “I can make one of those things!”  I dialed up my friend, “Google”, and found some step-by-step instructions to make my own train themed memo board.  Well, I do have to say that Chris helped – he operated the staple gun!  I think our team-effort turned out pretty okay!

Here are the supplies I started with:

Supplies: 14 x 14 canvas, quilting batting, material, ribbon, decorative brads

1)  It was very quick and easy to make.  I think it took us less than an hour — 45 minutes maybe.  Just cut the quilt batting to the size of your canvas and the material a couple of inches larger.


2) Fold tightly over the canvas and staple to the side of the canvas.  Be sure to make smooth corners by folding them in an almost triangular shape (see photos).


3) Next stretch the ribbon from corner to corner making an “X” on the front.  Staple the ribbon in place on back of the board.


4) Lastly, push a decorative brad through the center of each ribbon cross, batting and canvas.  Secure it to the canvas in back. 

Now I”m ready to find a place to hang it in Will’s room. 


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