Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WW: Game {Linky}

Isaak made a game that no one wanted to play. They didn't want to play it because it was homemade by a 7 year old and confusing.

I finally agreed to play with him.

It involved Yoda that had to stomp through the matching numbers he had set up.  Once Yoda reached the dragon he grabbed weapons in the upper corner to attack him. The dragon, which was me had to fly in the air, and throw the circle bombs on Yoda. He kept changing the rules on how many times Yoda had to hit the dragon with the weapons to win.


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Wild Republic Switch-A-Rooz Giveaway

I'm really excited to show you Wild Republic Switch-A-Rooz™.

My boys think the Wild Republic Switch-A-Rooz we got is so cool! 

They are wrapping it up to be a special gift for their cousin Edison. It's the perfect size for small hands!

It's a stuffed animal that has 2 sides. Ours is a lion and monkey. Their names are Boomer and Roary.

You can tuck the one you don't want to show in the underside of the stuffed animal.

When it's not tucked in it looks like this:

It's great for role playing stories, and switching the decor on your bedding. 

These characters look just like your favorite wild animals, with realistic coloring and life-like features. Fantasy Switch-A-Rooz characters have colorful coats of fur and large glittery eyes to bring their magical qualities to life. Each realistic Switch-A-Rooz character has a unique inner strength and a BFF to help them take on challenges in the Land of Rooz. Their website brings the characters to life with their coloring sheets, activity pages and play ideas.

They have 24 different Switch-A-Rooz, which equal 48 different characters! They are all the same price $14.99, which is a great deal because it's 2 stuffed animals in 1.

Win Your Our Choice of a Switch-A-Roo. 
2 winners!
Open to the US. 

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US Art Supply 12ml Acrylic Tube Artist Paint Set Review

I love new art supplies. Especially when school is about to start. I plan to use US Art Supply 12ml Acrylic Tube Artist Paint in the classroom for demos.

This is a 12 color set:
  1. Titanium White
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Yellow Ochre
  4. Vermillion
  5. Crimson
  6. Hooker's Green
  7. Viridian
  8. Ultramarine Blue
  9. Cobalt Blue
  10. Burnt Sienna
  11. Raw Umber
  12. Lamp Black
The tubes are small, so this set is great for beginners, or sample painting. You can get a lot of variety in color without spending a fortune on paint. It's the perfect size for me to do demos in the classroom. I like smaller tubes because I go through the tubes before the paint dries out.

If you are a serious painter, that goes through a lot of paint than get bigger tubes. 

The paint is heavy bodied. I can tell it's not cheap paint. Cheap paint has water, or white added to the colors, which make them chalky looking.

Made in the US or China?

The company where these paints are sold out of is called U.S. Art Supply.
On the back of the box it says, "Made in China".  
I wish it was made in the U.S.  


$19.99 and on sale for $6.96.  

This is the final outcome of a small painting I did using the paint:

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I took some vacation time from work. We're just doing things close to home. Sort of like a staycation. I have plenty of fun things planned. The boys won't have any camps for 3 weeks. The rest of the summer is pretty full of different camps for them. I took time off for child care mostly. There's a few house projects we need to work on as well.

Travis got a call a few weeks ago. It was a lab that is in the same building he worked at for 12 years. Now that his old boss is gone, they want him to come work for them. A week from Monday he's going to be working for them 4 days a week. I think it will be good because it's so close to home. We can carpool, he can ride his bike to and from work, and when the boys start school he can take and pick them up (they are ok with that). The other lab he's worked at during the summer just wasn't stable enough. The owner there said he could come in 2 to 3 days a week. He was only going in 2 days. He'd go in around 8:30, but come home around 4. It wasn't even full days. It was good for the summer, but not good long term. 

A lot has been happening. I have a ton to blog about. Maybe I'll post here and there, but since I'm on "vacation" I may take a bit a blogging break. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hives All Weekend

Isaak started getting hives on Thursday. Travis called the doctor and they said to give him meds for the itching, and to just wait it out.

That's what we did. There was just 1 problem, he was scheduled to get 3 teeth out on Friday. We were on the phone with the doctor's office again Thursday night. I emailed them pictures. They said to do what we were already doing: Oatmeal baths, hydrocodone cream, and benadryl.

The dentist office saw him anyhow. He tried being so strong, but broke down crying when he got the shots. Travis said he tasted blood in his own mouth just by watching Isaak. With one tooth came some bone. Ouch!

His hives kind of faded in his face Friday morning.

By the time I got home that afternoon Isaak's hives were back with a vengeance, they were all over, and he was very pale.

Travis wanted to go out Friday night. He took Mica with him. I felt it was best t hat Isaak stayed home. I knew Isaak's hives weren't contagious. I wanted him to stay home because he looked horrible, and he was drugged up.

Isaak said, "I just hate these dots on me. They make me ugly!" I said, "They'll go away soon enough Isaak."
On Saturday his hives did get better, then worse again. His mouth felt pretty good. I took him to a store similar to Whole Foods, but local, to see if they'd have anything for hives. Isaak told them, "I just look awful. It's like I'm a giraffe with these spots all over me."
On Sunday Isaak again was great during the day, and broke out in hives in the evening. 
I'm happy to say that as of today, he didn't have any hives. We'll have to see how he does with day camp in a few weeks. Ekkk! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kaneko Play

We have a special exhibit in Omaha called Kaneko Play.

PLAY will be on view at KANEKO from May 30 to August 16, 2015.
Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Public Gallery Hours
Closed Monday
Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Travis took the boys there last week. They had a blast!

If you do make sure you have socks for your kids.

Be prepared that it does have dark lighting. The pictures he took are not the best, but it gives you an idea of how fun it is there.

Boy number 1 and boy number 2 standing by a Kaneko sculpture. 

I'm not sure what one would call this, but whatever it is, it's fun!

They have these molds of faces that kids can come up and draw their own face on. Our boys drew these.

A giant sphere maze.

Hard foam loungers.

Kid stilts. Isaak actually did better than Mica with these.

I was pretty impressed with this! It's most certainly fun. I know Fat Brain Toys was in on helping them put it together. I think they change thing about the display weekly. 

They have night events to, so be sure to check out their website if you plan on taking your kids to Kaneko Play!


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