Posts Tagged ‘boys



28
Jul
12

Turning 6 in Narnia

The biggest Schmitzlet turned 6 recently. His birthday was welcomed with all of our traditions, including a mama made birthday shirt and the wearing of his birthday crown. The celebration also included a Narnia themed party; at his request we donned pajamas and ate breakfast for dinner in Narnia. We converted the house with a simple painting hung on the inside of our storm door to look like a wardrobe door (This was probably the least effective of our decorations, but the boys helped with the painting and their inclusion was much more important than the end result.) and a simple hanging rod holding coats on hangers just inside the door. The coats gave way to Christmas trees, fabric “snow” on the floor, and a lamp post. The boys also helped me make a banner with stenciled lions, and I crafted Cair Paravel, based on the illustration in the original book, out of cake.

We created another butterfly net similar to the one he gave his brother for him, and I also made him an apron and chef hat. Our friends and family stitched up some handmade love for him as well. He was thrilled to get a dinosaur tail just like one the middle boy received for his birthday in May, and one of his aunts made him the worlds most adorable stuffed lion. The boys have spent much time playing a game they call “whack with dinosaur tails”, and the lion was instantly adopted as his nighttime companion.

Party goers were invited to make a crown and given a naturally hand dyed play scarf as a favor. They dined on scrambled eggs with toppings like grated cheese, avocado, and salsa, bacon, homemade carrot muffins and fruit; each item specially selected by the birthday boy.

The big guy’s 6th birthday was magical. I really enjoyed getting ready for a party in Narnia, and I hope I get to do it again sometime in the future! For now, I want my 6 year old to know that he is even more magical. He is intense, creative, dramatic, persistent and vibrant, and he challenges me to be the best parent I possible can each and every day. It is truly an adventure to live with this boy; his imagination is bigger than our home. It is not possible to keep up with him these days, and I resign myself to the sidelines much of the time, left to watch him explore, discover, create and learn. I am amazed every day as I observe him encounter this world, and I pray, pray, pray for him without ceasing.

29
Jun
12

The Chicken Birthday

A certain boy around here turned 4 on May 2. He donned his crown (briefly) and celebrated with his shirt and chickens. Chickens? Yep, we threw a chicken themed birthday party for him complete with a chicken cake, a mama made wool felt stuffed chicken, wooden eggs (that he insists on sleeping with every night) from his uncle in California, and a wool felt “crack-able” egg from some friends. His big brother helped me make him a butterfly net, and while the basement flooded the day of his party (which ended with a tornado warning), he had a fabulous time. We made wool felt chicken masks as a craft and favor in one. I really wish I had both more and better pictures, but the day was so hairy I didn’t even know where my camera was!

Did you know that 4 year old boys can have crushes? I didn’t. I was SO wrong; this one is completely smitten with a particular young lady, a bit younger than he is, at our church. I can’t blame him; she’s adorable. I don’t envy him the future battle, though; she has two big brothers! He was over the moon that she and part of her family were able to attend his big celebration. He even made a special chicken mask just for her and had me tie a bow on it to present it to her. Now, everything he makes is for her. Wasn’t that all supposed to be for his mama still? 😉

 

09
Apr
12

Amazing Easter

We LOVE Easter at our house. Our adoration is certainly led by our faith, but I’ve always felt that it is much easier for us to keep this holiday simple. Today was perfect. We started out with cinnamon swirl pancakes, then headed to church. We gave the boys their Easter baskets, which were filled with needed new umbrellas, sidewalk chalk, garden transplanters, and chocolates. Then we took them outback to unveil the garden bed frames hubby had built for each of them; we spent the rest of the day outside digging up sod, filling with top soil, and planting seeds in their brand new raised beds. There was even an altered egg hunt where they looked for seeds instead of eggs. The weather was perfect, and I managed to throw a simple pork loin roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes in the oven and a pot of homemade apple sauce on the stove in the midst of all of the gardening. Apparently the day was WAY too good; we had trouble getting all 3 of them tucked snugly into bed tonight. Mama and daddy, however, are exhausted. We do SO hope you had a happy Easter too!

The biggest boy does his rabbit impression.

06
Apr
12

The Ice Scientists

The big boys (all boys?) are quite taken with ice and water. They’ve conducted all kinds of ice related experiments; most of what they have learned involves floating and melting. I love that they learn so much around here by doing. I love even more that they called themselves “ice biologists” for a while; it became a teachable moment where we discussed whether or not ice was a living thing and how we know if things are alive. Ah, learning at home; it can be messy but they are learning so very much!

04
Apr
12

Doing the Rain Dance

I was making a meal the other day when I heard my boys, all of them, shed their shoes and escape the front door to do this:

 




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