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I love my kids more than life, but I'm also a pretty introverted person, and interacting with small loud people all day long takes a lot out of me.  I thrive on silence, and I depend on quiet to fuel my creativity.  I need consistent time on my own to recharge.  

 
 
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Saturday was a cool, rainy day, and both the kids were cranky with runny noses and sore throats.  I spent the morning exclusively with the kids, trying to ease their moods.  While Dooter napped, I set up a big painting activity for Yummy (I'm sure Dooter would have loved smearing his hands in the goopy paint, but I am not ready for a rainbow carpet).  

 
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Pretend cooking with real ingredients has been a popular and recurring acitivity in our household ever since I saw a post on PlayCreateExplore last year.  Yummy gets into a phase with it, asking to "do cooking" every day several times for about a week, then we both forget about it for a month or so until she remembers and gets back into again.  

 
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As previously mentioned in this post, a lot of "treasure" is collected around this place.  There is always a beautiful (to Yummy) rock or stick or leaf that begs to be collected, and they usually end up in a pile on the deck or in the house.  So once thosetreasure bags are filled up, we need a place to empty out the choicest pieces.  We tried making a bowl out of baking soda clay, but it crumbled and broke into pieces when it dried.  When I saw a tutorial from Simple Daisy for doily bowls , I knew it would make a perfect place to display our natural collections.  I love doilies and use them in all sorts of DIY projects: furniture re-upholstery, lamp shades, clothing upcycling, etc.  They are super cheap at thrift shops.  

 
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Happy Canada Day!  On this hot and sunny holiday Monday we are enjoying an icy AND edible red and white sensory bin.  Yummy helped me put this quick bin together: some fruit punch flavoured ice cubes in fun shapes, frozen raspberries and strawberries, and a bag of cubed ice.