Creativity

DIY christmas advent calendar

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Originally I was planning to just get the trains or cars advent calendars on the market, but he already has so many toy cars and trains; I decided to use his existing toys and give them the Christmas makeover.

Here is our homemade Christmas tree parking lot advent calendar! All his toy cars were wrapped with Xmas trees and parked on No.1-24 parking space.

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Each tree were also written the numbers on the bottom. I would love my boss to experience all the Christmas traditions, so i drew small cards with different Xmas themes for each day and put them in the pocket of the parking space.

After he pulled out and read the card,  the car could be driven out the parking lot and slide down to our big Xmas tree. There was a big box with daily activity things under the tree. Ryker loved the whole process so much and couldn’t wait to play with the next day car. It’s nice to see he play with his old toys more  and learn about the history of Christmas with him every day.

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On the first day the theme was gingerbread man; we read the book about ginger bear , visited a gingerbread house exhibition ( all made by elementary students), and made our own gingerbread house. On the second day it’s all about the ice skating… I will post all of our Christmas tradition activities soon. It’s really the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂

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Creativity

Give Thanks with bear hug!

hugbear5Thanksgiving is the time for us to think about give thanks for the people who are nice to us. This year I made these hug chocolate polar bear for my boss, so he can gave thanks to his friends, his teachers, and all the adults who were nice to him.

I drew the bear, then printed and cut them with my die cut machine. ( Feel free to download the bear template here.) I put a piece of Ryker’s old artwork behind the heart, and wrote the thank you note on the bear. The bear’s body was 2 inch wide, so it fitted perfectly with the Ghirardelli chocolate square. I put gift tapes behind bear’s hand to secure the chocolate, and then added the red and Shute strings for the holiday spirit.

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Ryker was excited to bring these to the school and gave to his teacher and kid’s moms. It’s a great way for my slow-to-warm-up boss to say thank you to adults. I also encouraged him to give thanks to strangers that also are nice to us. It’s important for me to teach Ryker to show the grateful behavior to friends and strangers. We will continue giving this hug bears during the whole holiday season and even in the whole new 2017.

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Creativity

Weather Discovery Globes

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The weather has been changing dramatically since October. One day was sunny; another day was windy, and the next day was non-stop raining. We decided to make these weather discovery globes to observe and recreate the look of different weather.

We also fund a great interactive weather book, called “Maisy’s wonderful weather book.” Based on the book, we created: sun, wind, cloud, rain,snow, and rainbow.

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Handmade train T-shirt and Cap for my little train lover

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Like many 2-3 year old boys, my boss is obsessing with trains, especially Thomas the train. Except for the train toys, I don’t really want to get him any Thomas accessories or outfit. I am sorry to be a selfish mom, but the design is too cartoonish, and I can’t stand my boss wearing it! He was envying when he saw someone wearing the Thomas or other train T-shirt, so I decided to start making train design outfit for him.Continue reading

Celebration, Creativity

Tailored costume for my boss

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A white Horse, Thomas the train and a zoo keeper are my boss’s favorite characters, but Thomas the train is still the no. 1 coolest thing in his world.  Since the only Thomas costume I can buy in the market is a super ugly vest, I decided to make my own. There are a lot of tutorials of making Thomas costume; I based on this one from littleredwindow to create my first homemade costume! ( I am sure more to make before he becomes a teenager ><)Continue reading

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Friendship halloween T-shirt

Halloween is around the corner, but Ryker doesn’t like the theme so much. He is afraid of bats, spiders, or any other spooky decorations. The only thing we can put outside the door is a petite green pumpkin with a tiny black cat sticker.

He also didn’t want to wear any Halloween outfit from the clothing stores, but I still wanted him to have the halloween spirit while we go to the pumpkin patches or other related events. ( oh yes, I made his costume too, but I need something more wearable). I decided to make his own shirt. Wa-lah! Here is the design I made with all the elements my boss likes, and it’s simple and modern. I also made one for his best friend, so he will even more want to wear it! We called them friendship halloween Tops. 🙂

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The Love Gifts from me to my boss

Ryker went to a wonderful nursery preschool  in our neighborhood. We started  the preschool since he was 18 month. Now he is at 2s’ class( twice a week), and parents work one day and drop kids off the other day.  After letting him and other kids familiar with the teacher, parents and the environment,  parents started dropping off kids in October.

Ryker is a slower-to- warm- up kid, so I waited a little bit longer to drop him off. We have been talking about this and read stories about the first day at school. This Tuesday was the day I decided to drop him off for the half of the class. I was so worried since I never left him to someone else except his daddy. I wanted to make gifts for his first day and physically showed him that mommy always with him in his heart and always comes back.

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DIY Holiday Wreath

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My boss and I liked to find natural treasures in our neighbor. Last week we picked up some pine cones and other beautiful seeds ,and decided to make a wreath to celebrate new season. We haven’t tried the method of salad spinner art, so I think it should be a fun way to color the pine cones and seeds. Ryker was amazed by how the color turned out and had so much fun to spin them all.

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