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Crafty Lass and Lady

Day 15:

Today was a craft day. Penny and Sarah and Penny did some painting. Here are the pics.

Hooray Painting

Hooray Painting

Mommy Helping Out

Mommy Helping Out

Jack O' Lantern and Gourds I

Jack O’ Lantern and Gourds I

Jack O' Lantern and Gourds II

Jack O’ Lantern and Gourds II

Sarah and I are a bit worn out today, thus the small post today. Hopefully we will be better tomorrow when we make some Pumpkin Candy Pretzels.


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P is for Penny

Day 8:

Sometimes living with a 3 year-old can drive you crazy. “Mommy Play with me,” “Daddy play with me.” All. Day. Long. You just want to scream and be left alone for just one minute. So what can you do? Well, we are still learning. You can bite the bullet, suck it up and play with them (this can work, but you can’t do it all the time. I mean how many pretend dinners can a grown man eat?). You can ignore them (doesn’t work, not recommended) Or you can avert their pleas with a special treat. Not candy, but rather a fun activity that you don’t do that often. That’s what I did tonight.

When I planned this month a few weeks ago I scheduled today to do a small craft that I found. Just a simple construction paper P with pumpkins glued to it that I found at No Time for Flash Cards. It would be quick, easy and fun hopefully. After all Penny loves the letter P (for obvious reasons) and she loves crafts. I mainly planned it for today because we needed a break from food. So I had no way of knowing that Penny was going to stress me out with her neediness the last few days. I had been playing with her for the last couple of days and I needed a break. Unfortunately I kind of ignored her yesterday and today I felt guilty about it. So when I got home from work and she wanted to play I suggested we do the craft. She loved the idea.

So I grabbed a green foam sheet, cut out a P and drew some pumpkins. Penny did a remarkable job drawing a line in the shape of the P.

Coloring the Pumpkins

Coloring the Pumpkins

We then cut out the pumpkin shapes and glued them on.

Looking sharp.

Looking sharp.

Gooey Glue.

Gooey Glue.

The Final Results.

P is for Pumpkin


I had fun and so did Penny. And afterwards? She was a little less demanding. Sometimes all a kid needs is a little diversion. Something different from the norm. Will it work all the time? Probably not. Will I be frustrated and stressed again when she is needy? Of course I will. But tonight, tonight was alright.


We are moving tomorrow’s Pumpkin Pie to later in the month and replacing it with Pumpkin Chocolate Salt Caramel Cupcakes. We will keep a few and donate the rest to the Garfield Heights Harvest event this weekend. Thursday we are adding Pumpkin to Macaroni and Cheese. Will it work out?






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Sunday Craft

Remaining dry overnight is the last step our daughter Penny needs to overcome to be finally free of diapers. OK, so right now she doesn’t seem to mind too much, but we are looking forward to the day we don’t need them anymore. To that end we set up a chart that logs the days where she wakes up dry. She gets a sticker for everyday dry, and once filled she gets a reward. We were on our second chart. She got a toy for the first one. This second one we promised here a trip to the movie theater. It’s bribery, yes, but it works for the most part.

We finally filled up the second chart so we headed to the theater Sunday morning to see Disney’s Planes . Unfortunately, somehow a mistake was made and we got the showtime wrong. The first show was not at 10:30, but rather at 12:30. Crying ensued. We promised to come back that evening after Sarah worked, but a reasonable solution for adults is not so reasonable to a 3-year old. What to do to ease the pain of a broken heart?

Luckily there was a craft store nearby. I suggested that we head inside to look for something to do to pass the afternoon. This worked as Penny then ran as fast as she could to the store. We looked around looking for something that was both fun and easy enough for a young one. We ultimately decided on suncatchers to paint. We got a puppy for Penny and a Halloween owl for myself.

After lunch, a nap and Sarah’s departure for work we got started. Here is Penny ready to go with a little help from current favorite stuffed animal Lamby.

Crafting with Lamby

Getting started

Penny of course started with blue as it is her favorite color. We put Lamby to the side as he was mostly painting himself rather than the suncatcher.

Over the Shoulder

Painting the Catcher

Penny loves painting and this was a good craft for us.

Hey Dad

Smiley Craft

Here’s the final results. Penny picked out the wing color of my owl and helped paint it. I helped her with the Puppy’s ear.

FInished Product

My Owl

Penny's Dog

She wants to make a suncatcher for all her cousins now. She is so sweet and generous.


We did end up catching Planes that evening. Penny loved it, though there were some parts where she cried that were not her “favorite parts.”

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