Since tonight is the anniversary of Paul Revere's famous midnight run, I knew I wanted the lesson and activity to be based around that. I completely LOVE this era in American History and was so excited to teach the children about that famous night in a really fun way.
After reading the story, we picked the houses we wanted to ding dong ditch these packages to.
So I thought it would be fun to drop off English candy to our friends' homes to help celebrate the occasion.
I just added the candy to a cello bag and added a paper topper that read, "THE BRITISH ARE COMING..." and then I printed out the poem, Paul Revere's Ride, rolled it up in patriotic paper and tied it to the back of the bag topper.
Then it was time to hit the road!
Dan and the boys jumped on their skateboards and started ding dong ditching and leaving the treat bags at our friends' houses while Scarlet, KK and I waited in car.
They had SO much fun and were only caught once- and that was just lousy timing-- the Dad opened his front door to go to his car right when the boys stepped onto the porch! I think they scared him to death! lol
I started receiving some texts later on in the night thanking me for the fun treats. I asked Dan how they knew it was us and he said, "Um duh... do you think anyone else out there is celebrating the ride of Paul Revere?" I think the man may have a point!
So I wanted to make Keiran something fun for Earth Day and this is what I came up with! I'm kinda in love with how it turned out! It's not often I get to sew for my guys, so when I do, I'm especially excited about it!
The "YO" is especially fitting for KK since his FAVORITE food is yogurt and at least 5 times a day you'll hear him approach someone saying in his slowest, saddest voice-- YO... YO... YO...
Okay, so wanna try this yourself? Here is the tutorial:
So I headed back to Walmart for more of the $6 Dresses and while there, I saw this $5 hoodie for Keiran. I immediately knew that this was going to be the canvas for KK's Earth Day outfit! I mean, how can you beat the price?!?!?!
I went home and designed the logo for the back of the hoodie and here is what I came up with:
Excuse the crudeness of my pattern. I have never claimed to be a master pattern maker! But, hey... it works!!!! :)
1- Print out the Y & O pattern and then cut them out.
2- Iron Wonder Under onto the back of fabric. Trace pattern onto Wonder Under.
3- Cut out pieces.
4- Iron Stabilizer onto the inside back of the hoodie.
5&6- Using chalk, draw a circle on front side of hoodie. Layer 2 strands of embroidery floss together and sew around the circle. Then sew the peace sign inside. DON'T worry about straight or even lines!!!
7&8- Remove paper backing from cut out pattern pieces. Iron to the back of hoodie. Sew around the pieces using a straight stitch and then go over that stitch with a zig zag stitch. Make sure to make the stitches uneven and rough looking.
This was super fun to make and really easy since it was supposed to look rough and unfinished!
Stay tuned for another Earth Day fashion tutorial for girls and possibly a fun gift to drop off at a neighbor's house!!!
One of Scarlet's favorite days of the year... the District Chorus Performance! It is held at the huge civic arts theatre and all the schools from our area perform the songs they have been working on all year.
This year the elementary schools performed songs from Mary Poppins-- SO FUN!!!
My parents and I look forward to this day every year (I would like to include Dan in this statement, but I'm thinking it might be a lie) and we are never disappointed! We LOVE to watch our girl sing-- what she lacks in natural ability, she makes up for in enthusiasm!!! :)
I happen to come from a mother who is slightly obsessed by the stuff. No, not Red Vines or any of the other "fake" licorice. The hardcore, black, tough as nails, bitter stuff. I believe the stuff she likes may not even be recreational... I think she's into the "black tar heroine" of licorices actually. Why do I think that? Oh, only because she's not able to buy it in just any store. She has to go to "specialty places". That's right- there are "specialty licorice dealers". Just when you thought you knew everything about licorice, huh?!
Now, while I LOVE black licorice, I'm not into the hardcore stuff.
I do LOVE the salty kind though! YUM!
I also LOVE Licorice Allsorts.
Oh, and Pontefract Cakes... delish!!!
I love black licorice pipes, and laces and wheels too!
HATE black jellybeans though. yuck! shudder shudder
Okay, now onto red licorice...
I HEART Red Vines. LOVE them!
Twizzlers... um, gross!
Oh, one more thing in closing-- a delicious tip! My mom's FAVORITE treat is to eat black licorice with a green apple. It sounds weird, but the combo of the two is divine! So, next time you are eating black licorice, grab a Granny Smith apple and prepare to snack on a most delicious combo of flavors. I swear! Try it!
Hope your Licorice Day was as fun as ours... you celebrated it, right?! :)