Sunday, April 17, 2011

Run for Wells Fundraiser

Our family is participating in the Walk-With-Water Challenge in the Run for Wells fundraiser on May 28, 2011. The fundraiser is put on by Hope International and the money raised will go to help the people of Gewada in southern Ethiopia in their efforts to cap a mountain spring to bring clean water to their village.

We will be walking 3K as a family while carrying 11L (25lbs) of water. The staggering truth is that it is common for young children to carry 25lbs of water for hours a day for their families – instead of being in school. As you know, the country of Ethiopia is close to our hearts and we’d love it if you’d consider sponsoring us.

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More food fun

Another idea from the below mentioned book - pudding or applesauce through a straw. So fun! Especially when the kids got these fun straws for Christmas. Samara isn't a big fan of applesauce so she just had water in a cup . . . which is just as cool when you're using fun straws!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I recently purchased the book, "The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder". I originally bought it to learn more about activites I can do with Samara but there are so many fun things in it that all my kids enjoy. Here's what is said about the book: Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE (Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy) to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.


WARNING: If you're not comfortable with kids playing with food, don't read the rest of this blog post.


The first activity we did from the book was with spaghetti noodles. I cooked up a package of spaghetti and we made all kinds of things with it. It was so fun and relatively un-messy. Here are a few of our creations: