Sleepovers and Salt Dough  

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 2009: 12 months old

Our modem went out last week and we just got it replaced today! YAY for the ability to connect once again with the outside world ;P Over the weekend we had Bella and Skylar over for a sleepover and I was inspired by my cousin, Jennifer's, family blog to make Salt Dough ornaments as a craft to entertain my young niece and nephew and as a reason to play with dough. The recipe is very simple, anyone can do it, and my crafty niece loved it. Marking this the best sleepover ever.


1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup Water

bake at 250 for about 2 hours.

I made two batches. One batch was used for them to make whatever sculptures they wanted with whatever tools they could think up... they were pleased to use a rolling pin for this project
And the other batch we cut out circles for ornaments (if I had cool cookie cutters we would have used them for sure, but I don't yet) but they were fine, especially Bella, with the option of painting their own images on them. We did the sculpting and baking at night, and then the kids had a pajama toy party playing with Bailey and taking great pride in acting like little baby sitters catering to her every need. Needless to say Bailey had a wonderful time climbing all over her cousins, imitating their every move, and showing off her toys.
The next morning we got up and made a big breakfast, that was compared to Uncle Earl's breakfast feast, Earl will always be associated with a big delicious breakfast in their brains ;D Bella became number one in Bailey's book, because she eagerly pushed her around the house in her favorite toy, the Winnie the pooh train. Ever since she was gifted this from her Nanny and Poppy it has become a nightly routine for Bailey and I to walk about 20 laps around the house in this thing and she never grows tired of it. When I take her out she cries until I distract her with something else. But fortunately for Bella, she is also a kid, who doesn't easily get tired of things so she wore Bailey out in that thing! It was really easy getting her down for a nap later.They made some kind of game out of it where Bailey was a police officer and Skylar raced around with one of her walkers as the outlaw, then they would trade off LOL. Once I got Bailey down for nap we painted our ornaments from the night before as a quiet activity, made lunch, and baked cookies.

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