Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easter 2017

I love to celebrate Easter, but I don't love to have it be a commercial type of celebration.  We don't do the Easter bunny or Easter Baskets.  We do color eggs and have a celebration of spring.  I made the kids Chocolate Eggs filled with either peanut butter or caramel.

We did a nighttime Easter egg hunt that was lots of fun. Everyone brought filled eggs for their kids to hunt with flashlights.  We had cookies and visited. It was lots of fun.  I didn't think to get out the camera and take any pictures.

We had fun coloring eggs together. We did have a couple mishaps of spilled coloring, but it all cleaned up alright.

I love cooking a nice dinner on Easter. The kids look forward to Easter dinner.  We had ham, rolls, cheese potatoes, deviled eggs and green beans.

First Waite family bridge building contest

A few weeks ago Matthew was in charge of the activity for Family Home Evening.  He comes up with good activities.  We have played some great games that he has designed himself.  This time he organized a bridge building contest.  We worked in pairs.  He gave each of an allowance to buy K'nex pieces to build a bridge together.  When we were done we tested the bridges to see which design would hold the most JENGA blocks.  Everyone's bridge held at least 66 blocks.  Matthew and Joshua, Emma and Lydia's bridges held the most. It was fun to watch the kids work together and come up with their ideas. Neil, MaryAnne and I had to adjust our design because it was too wide to hold a JENGA block.  Emma thought through her bridge and decided it would hold more if she changed the direction of one piece.  They are definitely thinkers and they have their dad's math mind to figure things out.  It was a fun activity and didn't get too competitive.

Here are some pictures of the future bridge engineers:

The crash at the end

Sunday, April 16, 2017

String Art fun

I have been wanting to make a string art of Texas for awhile.  Neil and I did it together for date night a few weeks ago.  We did it at home.  MaryAnne and Lydia came in and saw what we were doing. They thought it looked like lots of fun and wanted to do one too.  You use a board, put nails around the outside of your design and then run strings between the nails to make the art.  It was pretty cool and not too hard.  MaryAnne made a heart.  I helped Lydia do an Easter picture.  We enjoyed doing it together.

Here are the pictures:

Rain Gutter Regatta

This year instead of doing the Pinewood derby our pack did a Rain Gutter Regatta. Dallin and Josh were both a little disappointed that they didn't get to build cars.  I liked that it was all done at Cub Scouts and the boys were able to do it by themselves.  They made their boats out of pool noodles, popsicle sticks and paper.  The boys provided the wind power by blowing through straws. They also made newspaper hats to wear. Dallin decided that his boat went faster backwards.  The wind was a bit of an obstacle for one side of the racers, it hurt more than it helped.  It was a fun activity.