WIP Wednesday

WIP (work in progress) Wednesdays are about sharing what I am currently working on and gathering inspiration from you and others with a need to craft. Please feel free to share links of what you have been working on in the comments. Happy crafting!

 

Seasonal Gnomes

Seasonal Gnomes

So this is more of a “work completed” post, but I am just so proud and even happier to be DONE. I feel like they took forever. But that probably has more to do with the fact that I made 7 sets of these for a swap for children’s manipulatives. They are seasonal gnomes for helping young children understand the different seasons and the cycles of the year. We will use ours on our Nature Table. In the photo above they are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn.

What have you been working on?

Celebrating Independence Day

We were excited to celebrate July 4th with friends this year. I knew it was going to be a long day, so we opted to have a quiet morning at home to conserve energy for later. Better said than done! Gracie has so much energy these days she is literally bouncing off the walls! The dogs keep running away from her because her energy right now is so frantic that she is having trouble controlling her body with them and is being too rough. Of course when they run away from her she thinks it is a game and chases after them which freaks them out even more! There is a lot of deep breathing going on in our house these days.

Once we got ourselves up and moving in the morning we got to work making food for our picnic dinner with friends. We made potato salad and Gracie helped by cutting the hard boiled eggs with our egg slicer. We also made a gluten free flag cake using King Arthur Flour GF yellow cake mix. I love their mixes because they are so tasty you would hardly know they were GF! Grace is learning how to crack eggs so she helped by cracking the eggs on the side of the bowl and then giving them to me to break open. She also helped to pour the milk into the mixing bowl while I held the beaters. She got a little bored with helping at one point so I set her up outside with some finger paints while finished up in the kitchen.

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Afterwards, I went ahead and gave Gracie her bath that she would normally take before bedtime, hoping that it would calm her down so she might take an early nap. It calmed her down for awhile but no nap was had. Around 4pm we headed to the park where we were going to be meeting friends and parked the car then walked to Pack Square where the city celebrations were taking place. It was a good mile walk and I wasn’t sure how Gracie would handle it but she did great!

Asheville Castle

I forgot to take a pic of the whole scene but this is the top of one of bounce houses in front of City Hall. There is little in life that Gracie loves more than a bounce house. We stayed and played for about 2 hours.

Bouncy Slide

Around 6pm we started our long walk back to the park and Gracie and I sang “Let It Go” over and over on the walk back. I love hearing her sing! I also taught her “Skip to My Lou” – well, at least as much as I can remember. When we got to the park, I got our dinner on the grill and Gracie joined her friends on the playground. We sat and played and ate while waiting for night to fall so the real fun could begin!

Flag and Park

Friends

Grace at Bat

Grace at Bat

Flag Cake

Flag Cake

Just as it was starting to get dark, a firetruck drove up because the fireworks were being set off on the other side of the park. The firemen were so gracious and let the kids climb all over the truck and even turned on the flashing lights for them.

Fireman Grace

Evening Swinging

Just as the fireworks were getting started, Gracie began running out of steam and curled up in my lap and fell asleep! She slept through the whole show! Oh well. I think she still had a great day. I hope you all had a fun day, too!

Fireworks

Fireworks

This Moment

A single moment from this week that I want to savor and remember. A single image – no words, just memories. A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama.

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