Friday, November 21, 2008

It all started with a truck in the toilet...

That's when I knew if I didn't get this kid outside I would lose my mind we had been inside too long! So, it was cold...and MOMMY HATES TO BE COLD...but we headed outside to play. We took a rake and got to work! (It wasn't dark...the picture just turned out that way) We grabbed a couple rakes and hit Mommy with them got to work.
Then after Mommy came to after being hit by a rake one too many times my little guy had decided our work was through we headed inside for craft time! Time to make the DOUGH! Salt dough, that is!
4 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. warm tap water
VOILA!!
My little SENSORY KID was loving the dry ingredients...kinda like sand...which he used to hate. But, I was trying to get him out of my hair entranced in something that was not going to turn into an INDOOR SNOW STORM!
When the "flurries" started, I quickly added the warm water to cut down on the mess I was trying to NOT have to deal with...I had to start dinner!
Oh yeah....that's a lot LESS MESSY!! What was I thinking? Sometimes my art teacher past doesn't mesh with my mom-of-a-too-busy-toddler present. A little more flour and a little help kneading and it is all good! Loads of fun! Ahhhhh...time forMommy to have a moment to just think....what was I going to think about? Oh yeah, right, dinner! Now, I can start dinner and watch from afar and not be bothered. Unless, of course, your name is Montegue J. Cat! Then it is your DUTY to bother my while my hands are dripping with cold, raw chicken juice *gags*! Finally, when the salt dough project turned into a full-body sport, I decided it was time to call it quits and get him involved in something else... Thanks to PAMPERED CHEF and their bowl and collander set WITH LIDS, I had a nice and easy way to clean up but have our supplies on hand for another time...like in 45 seconds when he gets bored with cars and trucks... I didn't care that he was onto something else! I was just glad he wasn't asking to go outside again thrilled that we had some fun hands-on playtime! We were warm and cozy, him playing with his cars and me finishing up a vat of CHICKEN CORN NOODLE SOUP... until he saw what was floating down from the Heaven's above! We could actually WATCH the SNOW STORM coming in!! As much as I hated that there was snow on its way...this was kinda cool!

And SNOWFLAKES taste WAY better than CHICKEN CORN NOODLE SOUP...if you're 3!!

13 comments:

SgtSudsWife said...

He is so freakin cute and he looked like he was havin tons of fun.

Hope you didn't get to many bruises from the rakes. As long as they have fun huh?

The pics of that snowstorm coming in are just awesome to look at. Thanks for sharing with us!

MaBunny said...

Wow, what cute pics, especially of the little one, and the cat. How is your dog doing? I guess I didn't read what happened to her... please let me know as she is a cutie too!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Ahhhhhh my OCDness inside me is going CRAZY!!!!! LOLOLOL Love you!

Brandi said...

Love those craft times with the toddler! Thanks for the dough recipe! I plan on putting it to good use with the granddaughter!

~Issy said...

I would love to think that i would be brave enough to let my Emma play in salt dough. Really. Maybe i can put her in the tub with it and that would work? ;)

LOVED your photos...your little one is just too dang cute. Even when he looks like he is flinging salt dough, lol...

manuelsmommy said...

The picture of the snowstorm is beautiful! Thanks for the dough recipe, that will really come in handy as the cold weather approaches (or should I say, it's already here) and I have an antsy almost-three-year-old on my hands. Thanks again! :)

Anonymous said...

Very cute kid, very cute post. It made me smile :) I live in PA, too. I miss having toddlers, but teens are fun, too. I'm going to give your dough recipe to my tween so she can make Native American bowls to put in her shoebox longhouse (report and project due Tuesday.) Thanks for the idea!

Debbie Yost said...

I'm such a failure as a mom. I would have plopped him in front of Noggin.

Shellie said...

Sounds like a delightful day, there.

Martha said...

What a sweetheart! He looks like he was having so much fun! I hate raw chicken too! The soup sounds good! Aren't clouds awesome! I say that about thunderstorms and hurricanes here in FL, some of the cloud formations are just amazaing!

Theresa said...

We passed by the M-town exit Friday night while you were doing all this, on our way to Shiremanstown. It was too cold to go to Candy Lane on Sat. so we went to Bass Pro instead. Oh and we also made the same salt dough ornaments.

PS, raw chicken gags me too.

Happy Thanksgiving. Love T

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

I tried the dough recipe today and maybe I did something wrong, but it was really sticky...so much that it barely came off our fingers, so it wasn't much good for using our cookie cutters with.

I didn't have a lot of extra flour to add to help thicken it up, but we managed to have some fun with it anyway. (Although my daughter did keep asking me "why doesn't it look the dough in the picture on your blog, Mommy? lol)

Thanks for the suggestion on something new to help pass the time. It was a lifesaver since its been raining here off and on for the past 3 days, so we were kinda stuck inside.

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Debbie said...

He is just adorable! Great idea to do the dough. When my 6yr old daughter was three (also a sensory kid), we used to do Shaving cream Art on her kiddie table. Smear a nice layer of inexpensive shaving cream on the table and let them "draw" away! Kind of a "clean" but yet messy art project. It helped her draw letters without having to hold a pencil or crayon and it smells good too!