Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rainy & Sick Day = Raining Rainbow's

We skipped gymnastics today and due to the obnoxious amount of rain we were also stuck inside.  No outdoor playtime today :(  I headed on over to pinterest and looked at my rainy day activities board and picked something to do.  The first thing I found was raining rainbows which just seemed perfect for today.  It's pinned from the Crafty Crow blog and she had a nice rectangular glass vase but we had to make due with a standard vase.  Still Ava really enjoyed it and it brought some laughter and smiles to an otherwise dreary day.

The supplies: glass container filled with water, shaving cream, and food coloring with water.
 Mix some food coloring with water.  I used this small muffin pan.
 Once they are all mixed it looked like this.  The back is actually blue and purple but for some reason they look the same here.
 We didn't have shave foam so I put some gel in this little bowl.
 Then I let Ava mix it with her finger to make it more foamy.  She liked this part.
 Then we scooped it onto the top of the water.  I spread it around to make sure there were no spaces.
 Then I gave Ava the medicine dropper (you can use a spoon if you don't have one) and let her get to work.

 and it's raining a rainbow!!!!

 Eventually the water gets a bit murky and the colors aren't so vivid.  This was after about five minutes of adding colors.
 Ava liked the way the top of the shaving cream looked.

After this we moved onto mini volcanoes.  I have about half of those photos uploaded so I'll be back later with a post on that.  

Speaking of rainbows though.  Ava was having a rough afternoon.  She is at that stage of her cold when everything is draining and she is pretty much over the whole cold thing in general.  She keeps asking to just feel better which makes me feel awful.  I have tried to explain that in a few days she will feel better but let's face it to a three year old that is a lifetime.  She is doing better but it's a slow progress.  So she was having a fussy moment of exhaustion where she was just miserable.  I offered to use her face crayons that we have leftover from halloween to draw her a cat face, hearts, something to brighten her mood.  Sometimes I draw a rainbow on her belly and tell her she has carebear powers :)  Well wouldn't you know today she asked if she could draw on my belly too.  So I appeased her.......I mean you can't tell a pitiful sick child no.  You just can't.

So here she is making rainbows on my belly :)

I also now have a cat face, an octopus on my forehead, and a portrait of myself on my forehead.  It's somewhat itchy and kind of annoying but I'm afraid to attempt to wipe it off.  I'm afraid I will break my little Picasso's heart. 

Ok now I have to run and get dinner out of the oven.  I hope you enjoy this little bit of our day and if you have a little one at home I encourage you to give the raining rainbow a try on the next rainy day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sick days

A cold has been circling thru the house and hit Ava a few days ago.  Poor thing has had so many things going on lately to make her not feel well.  She hasn't gotten much sleep and showers have become a twice daily routine to try to help her find some comfort.  Tomorrow I'm thinking we will be skipping gymnastics which sucks because she loves it so much but it's for the best.

I know we have been lucky with Ava as far as colds go.  She had one stomach virus and has had two colds...this being her second.  I've learned how to handle the eczema, allergies, and sleep issues but colds are a new ballgame.  Sunday was Ava's worse day by far because she just slept and slept and just wanted to lay in bed.  Yesterday and today were pretty nice weather wise so I did get her outside to get some fresh air.  I knew getting her outside would help her feel better as long as she didn't overdue it.

After messing with my camera settings a bit.  Something has been off on the coloring of my SOOC images even though I know my settings were right.  I figured it out and took my camera out with us so I could take some pictures of her.

I took these after I got my camera working right.  She is in a phase where she likes me to take random photos of her and she has to look at each one before I can take another.  I was taking pictures of my Dad today and she was instructing him to smile and then making me show her each one.  Ahhh my little photag in the making.

Then we went outside so she could ride her bike, gather rocks for a later activity, slide, and spread some more corn for the deer.

We got her a big girl bike last week because she majorly outgrew her tricycle over the last few months and with warmer days approaching she was in need of an upgrade.  We are trying to get her to master the idea of a break and once it's a bit warmer we will have to take those training wheels off and see how she does.

 Matching bell
 Ahhh those darn runny noses.

 Gathering her rocks

 Playing on the slide

 The trees are starting to bud.

 Our rock collection
 Cleaning them
 This is what the rocks are for.  Aaron got this for Ava and I for Valentines Day.  I love how well he knows us.  We get to do it together and it will be around for longer than just a week.  Love it!!!!
 Our clean-ish rocks
 This stuff was so cool.  We added water to it and it just kept expanding. 


 She got to mix it with her hands which was messy so of course it was fun.
 Then she scooped the dirt into the pot

 We added the bulbs.  Don't they look like weird onions?!?!
 Added more dirt

 Then our rocks
 and found it a home
 We had extra so we added some much needed soil to our neglected aloe plant.
 much better
 Then in true Ava style she put on a show for me.

 blurry Ava.

I need to get out to the craft store for supplies to finish my DIY BB blocks but it will have to wait until Ava is a bit better.  Then I promise to have a blog post about them.

For now that's about all that's going on with us.  Now I have to run because my little sicky wants to play.