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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cyanotype (Sun Paper Art) Toddler Art

One of my favorite things to do with Parker is walk around our neighborhood to collect things. He collects leaves, flowers and bugs. I collect Pokemon. It's great! So I bought some sun paper and we used the leaves, grass and flowers that Parker collected to create cyanotype prints. Follow along as I walk you through our creative process. 

Materials Needed
Plexiglass the size of your SunArt Paper (the paper I linked above comes with plexiglass)
Cardboard
Tray
Water

Instructions
Step 1: Collect some treasures from nature and arrange them as desired on top of your sun paper. I used pins to secure everything in place because I didn't have plexiglass. Next time we do this project, I will definitely use plexiglass to secure everything in place. Learn from my rookie mistake! This step should be done in a room with little light. 


Step 2: Take your paper outside and let it sit in the sun for 2-5 minutes. 


Step 3: Remove everything on the paper. It will look something like this. Kinda spooky.


Step 4: Completely soak paper in water bath for 1 minute. When you remove it from the water, it will look something like this. Cool right?


Step 5: Lay the paper flat to dry. Once it's dry, frame it and decorate your home. I decided to add it to my bedside shelf. It looks very sophisticated for kid art!


I hope you enjoyed this art project as much as we did. I still have a few packs of sun paper and want to repeat this project with feathers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Preschool Backpacks for Boys

I CAN'T BELIEVE PARKER IS STARTING PRESCHOOL SOON. Yes, I meant to write that in all caps. My baby is turning into a bona fide little boy. We're a little over a month now from the beginning of preschool so I've started doing research on things I think Parks will need. Today's post is dedicated to all the cool/functional/well-designed toddler backpacks I've been able to find online. What do you think of this round up? Which one would you pick?

Stay tuned for posts on lunch bags/lunch systems and first day of school outfits and photo ideas.


Preschool Backpacks

Friday, July 8, 2016

Raise Good Humans

I know this blog is supposed to be about happy kids and fun times but it's hard to blog cutesy things when so much violence and hate is raging around me. The recent shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights really have me down. I'm down because both murders were unnecessary, because the value of black lives (and the lives of other minorities) mean so little, because our government refuses to work together to pass stronger gun control laws. I'm down because I am raising my child in a world where preschoolers have to practice gun drills and the thought is so horrifying that I've joked with my friends about starting a commune to shelter our kids from all of this hate. 


Last night as I was putting Parker down for bed I told him, "Remember to always love people. Love them despite of skin color. Love them even if they are different from you." The world is a scary place and it's easy to feel helpless when so many acts of violence are happening around us. The one thing I can do is try to love others and to teach Parker to do the same. Maybe if we can raise enough good humans we can change the world for our kids. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Fatherhood - an endless series of of trips to Target. 


Tuan,

You are such an amazing hands-on dad. I know it can be difficult dealing with our threenager at times but you do an incredible job of it. I love you and couldn't ask for a better partner in crime. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! ❤️

Mary

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Touch a Truck San Diego 2016 Event Review

On Sunday we took Parker to Touch a Truck and had a fun time getting up close and personal with some of his favorite vehicles. There were excavators, a dump truck, a firetruck, an ambulance, laser tag and so much more. They even had one of the Mercy Air helicopters land in a field for all the kids to see. Tickets were a little spendy but all the money went to Max's Ring of Fire which raises money for kids cancer research so I had no problem handing over the green. I would recommend this event for anyone with a truck loving kid like mine. 

Side note: As an event pro, I can say that this event was well organized. There were a ton of volunteers on hand to help kids get in and out of trucks and the marketing and branding was well thought out. If anyone from Touch a Truck is reading this post I just want to say thank you for what you do and for putting on a great event. I can't wait to come again next year!

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If you follow me on IG @parkerproject, you know we are always stopping to check out construction trucks parked around town. This was the first time Parker had a chance to sit in a seat and push all the buttons and levers. Here he is in a mini excavator. Mind blown.

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Climbing into the cab of a dump truck with Tuan's help. This is very much a hands on experience for kids and parents. Wear comfy clothes and expect to be climbing in and out of trucks with your kiddo.

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Superheroes and Star Wars characters were also on hand for photo ops.

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Here comes the helicopter! After it landed, the kids were able to get up close to check it out.

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What is it with kids and garbage trucks? Parker was excited to sit in the cab of the garbage truck. He also explored the flaps, arm and trashcan and wanted to climb in the back to see the compacter. Checking out the compacter did not happen. Ewww.

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My shy guy was thrilled about seeing Captain America and the girl Captain America but he didn't want to pose for pictures. Instead he followed them around at a distance like a crazed stalker the entire time we were there. 

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"Mom, I peed in the toilet potty just like a construction guy." I keep telling him it's called a porta potty but he calls them toilet potties.

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We met up with our friends for a snow cone break at the Kona Ice truck. There were a number of food trucks vendors at the event serving everything from BBQ to pizza and lots of places to sit and eat.

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Look at Mr. Grumpy not wanting to take a picture with me. We were trying to get him to sit in the bucket of the big excavator for a photo op but he was not having it.

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Picking up hooks on the back of a flatbed truck.

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The back of a UPS truck. I told Tuan he needs to volunteer for a FEDEX truck to be at the event next year so we can score some free tickets.

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The kids were able to honk the horns in many of the trucks. If you don't like noise, this is event is not for you.

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This was the highlight of Parker's day. He was able to sit in the cab of a BIG excavator.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Everyday I wake up and I'm grateful that I get to be Parker's mom. It's not always easy but it's always FUN especially now that he is so good at communicating and making jokes. Little man makes me laugh every day with the things he says, reminds me constantly that I am beautiful and shows me that he cares by helping me with all my medications every morning and night. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas! I hope you are feeling a small slice of of the happiness and love I'm feeling in my heart today and everyday.  


[Putting the FUN in funny everyday]

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Look, Mom! I'm a Baby

We have this large photo of baby Parker hanging on the wall in our bedroom. This morning Parks decided he wanted to recreate the photo. The end result is below. Ha! This kid. His sense of humor is fantastic.

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