Wow, it’s been so long since I visited and so much has happened. Sorry to everyone about the break. I got a lovely note from Samantha on twitter who requested Up and Ratatouille and I’ve finished off all the movies so I am posting Up today.
For this movie night my son turned had just turned seven, his official birthday, not the Hobbit party! And now he is eight! How did that happen? I swear I just brought him home from the hospital a few days ago! We did Up for our movie night (his choice). I looked for grape pop in bottles but I had no luck so we did a birthday cake covered with smarties for the snack.
For the craft, we did a canvas with a blue background and a little tiny house painted on and my son held the baby as he blobbed his fingers in a rainbow of colours to make the balloons. The colours in the photo are not reproducing that well here.
It was a very quiet birthday, I called it his “do whatever you want day” (I got the idea from his aunt). We had his favourite pizza for dinner and he played chess, lego and wii. His grandfather came and gave him walkie talkies for the park at Disney. He also got a copy of Spiderwick and some Ninjago Lego from us. Happy Birthday darling boy!
My son and I also made a dozen of these Ellie badges for all of my family on the trip, in memory of my mum. I just laser printed a bunch of grape pop logos and applied them with Mod Podge to bottle caps we had tapped two little holes in with a hammer and nail. We did a few coats to keep them from getting scuffed and then we just threaded a medium safety pin into each one. Here is a link to the video of the trip, the music goes perfectly with this post.
A little extra fun, a gingerbread house we decorated in the house colours. Much fun was had by all kids eating it and playing with the balloons afterwards.
Our Wall-E night was a bit action-packed so we will be watching the movie this weekend instead. I had intended to do it this past weekend but it was the new baby’s 6 month birthday. We had a nice little party with my sister and her family and we gave him solids for the first time (Gerber Baby Rice Cereal Starter) but he had an allergic reaction to it and broke out in hives and his eyes swelled shut. It was terrifying! After 1.25 mL of child’s benadryl and an hour of cuddling he was almost back to normal. It’s actually relevant to the movie night because even the plain rice cereal baby food is full of extra additives and ingredients you just don’t need. We switched to Healthy Times Organic Baby Rice Cereal today and he had no problems at all.
Anyway, for the snack we did Wall-e cookies. I found a cute recipe here but I simplified it a little and skipped the white icing and just made the eyes and rivets with some chocolate icing and cinnamon hearts. I used my favourite shortbread recipe from here and they still looked pretty cute (Recipe below).
Wall-E Cookies Ingredients: 500 mL butter, softened
250 mL white sugar
10 mL vanilla extract
1 L all-purpose flour
Method 1. For the cookies, preheat oven to 180˚C. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well. Flour counter and rolling pin, roll out dough and cut out eye shapes from the template pieces. Place on baking tray and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
2. Working with one cookie eye at a time, ice an iris with chocolate icing using a piping bag. Add three rivets to the eye piece. Place a cinnamon heart in the centre of each iris.
3. Use more of the icing to attach each completed pair of WALL-E eyes to the top of pretzel.
For the activity, first the kids and I planted some seeds and raspberry bushes in the garden that they picked out. We had gone for a tree but they were all pretty pricy. Next year, when we are in our forever home.
Then, we picked the garbage off the grass around our house and my son made a sign that said “Happy Earth Day! Don’t Litter Please”. While he was doing that, my daughter was working on researching the oil sands and writing a letter to Steven Harper and our MP asking him to cancel the plans for the Enbridge pipeline. Here is a link to info about it at the greenpeace website. Hope everyone has a great evening!
The next movie night we had was A Bug’s Life! This night wasn’t quite as easy to find everything at the dollar store but it was still very inexpensive, quick and simple.
For the snack, we did the offering pile the ants leave for the grass-hoppers. I went to Home Outfitters and got a little leaf shaped bowl for a couple of dollars and filled it with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries and sunflower seeds. Because of my daughter’s allergies, the only soy, nut-free sunflower seeds we have been able to find are the “Spitz” brand of seeds so if you are in the same boat, give yourself some time to hull them (like an hour!).
For the craft (which I found inspiration for here), you’ll need water colour paint and paper, brushes, white glue and a butterfly shaped punch. I got the punch at Michael’s and it was a bit pricey but if you go in with one of their 50% off coupons it should be fine. I’d recommend getting the larger punch too, more expensive but a little less fiddly and they would probably look more like butterflies from a distance. Everything else you can find at the dollar store. To do the craft, get your child to paint two pages, a background and foreground in different or contrasting colours. Then they punch the butterfly shapes out of the foreground paper. They fold the butterflies in half a bit to stand up better and then glue to the background with a tiny daub of white glue. The original site suggested a canvas with acrylics as the background, and hot glue to attach the butterflies but this was just easier and quicker for us. My daughter loved hers, now I just need to go and and get a shadow box frame for it for her room!