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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Collecting fall leaves one minute, and swimming the next

Odd fall weather we're having. The girls carved pumpkins wearing tank tops and sunscreen, and now it's so hot again that Ree said "We might as well go swimming, mama." So we did. Yesterday, and then again today. We were the only ones at the pool, but I'm thinking that's because folks were giving more credence to the calendar than the thermometer. I know I've never been swimming in November before. Here are a few pics taken with my purse camera. Ree is in the yellow and orange goggles and Ro is in the pink and purple ones. The girls wanted to make sure I told daddy what they'd been up to, they were so excited. So TubaDad, here's what we did while you were at work yesterday and today. IMG_4401LR IMG_4420LR IMG_4421LR IMG_4431LR IMG_4432LR IMG_4440LR IMG_4441LR IMG_4444LR IMG_4452LR IMG_4465LR IMG_4476LR That last picture cracks me up, they were kicking so hard that the water looks like churned ice. They've been doing a lot of swimming without the vests, but I don't have many pictures of that because I am busybusybusy when they're swimming wild and free. Oh, and we're collecting leaves because I told the girls we could make some fall garlands with them. Should have looked up some instructions before I mentioned it -- is it even possible? Guess I'll have to go Google it. If you have any other neat decorating ideas/projects that the kids could help with, please share. Because I'm thinking that if the weather continues like this, the only way it'll look like fall around here is with some nice, festive decorating.

22 comments:

  1. OK M3 - you can have them make a Christmas tree on felt with buttons and beads and crystals. You can frame it and hang it each Christmas. It is a fun project and quite pretty. Email me and I'll send you the photo of my tree done the same way.

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  2. As I'm sitting here in NJ with my wood burning stove on, those picture make me chiiiiilly! They do make cute little swimmers though :)

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  3. How wonderful to have your own "private" pool and such a big one! Great idea, Ree!

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  4. Fall leaves make nice placemats: Get some of the transparent heavy plastic with adhesive on one side (there must be a name for this stuff), cut to size (two pieces per placemat), lay out leaves in a pretty pattern on one side, press the other side down, and voila!

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  5. Very fun having the entire pool to yourselves. Good luck with the Autumn decorations. You could always glue the leaves onto streamers to make the garland...says the totally non-crafty friend. Good luck.

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  6. Wow. E.n.v.i.o.u.s is all I can say. It was 42 degrees here in the Great Lakes region for a high today. Tomorrow's forecast = snow!

    Enjoy the warm spell ;-)

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  7. Swimming in November!!! Wow!! We are from the hot and sticky South but have never been swimming in November!! Come the first of March, however, the kids WILL be swimming, blue lips and all!! LOL!!

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  8. Anonymous11/03/2009

    how about good olf fashioned leaf rubbings....choose different shaped leaves, put them under paper and rub over with crayons of different colors, then you can have fall colored leaves forever! or...take wax paper (2 sheets) arrange leaves and sprinkle crayon shavings on top of one sheet top withthe second and iron together, the crayon shavings along with the wax paper melt sealing the art and dry together, we would use these as placemats

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  9. I feel a little guilty saying this 'cause EVERYBODY seems to love the fall but give me summer anyday of the year.

    Thank you . I basked in the pictures of your twinados frolicking in the warm water.

    :)

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  10. Wowee, these days T is only doing that inside at swimming lessons in the 90+ degree water.

    Cute and brave!

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  11. Where did you find a pool that is open? All of our outdoor pools close in August at latest September and we can wear shorts on Christmas some years. (in San Antonio)

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  12. Anonymous11/03/2009

    The following are some of my favorite sites for kid/family craft ideas. And all the lists of links they have on the sides... you will be up all night! Have fun!

    Trish (Aubrey and Summer's Mama)

    http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/
    http://belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/
    http://deepspacesparkle.blogspot.com/

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  13. Omega Mom - The product you're thinking of is called Double Tack by Grafix.

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  14. I have no fall decorating ideas because I'm not the least bit creative BUT...I wanted to tell you that my 18 month old started crying during Shawn the Sheep this morning. Ro and Ree were right! There must be something CREEPY about that show!

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  15. As usual, the twinados are just the cutest.
    You are soooo lucky they are your daughters and they are soooo lucky you are their MOM.

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  16. How in the world did you get those pix with your purse camera? Mine are so bad and I can never get an action shot. I was thinking I'd have to get a "real" camera.
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    Also, one of my friends at work said she's been laminating Thanksgiving and Christmas artwork from her daughter for years, and then they always bring them all out every year. I thought that was a good idea. (Her daughter is in high school now but they still bring out the old artwork.) I thought that was a cute idea.

    Jamie S

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  17. Actually, I think it was Halloween and Christmas art.
    Jamie

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  18. Soooo jealous. It's sunny, but 47 in Indy today. We are officially layering for frosty mornings and warmer afternoons.

    Sorry, the only thing we do with leaves is jump in them. My favorite fall craft is to have Sara trace her hand, and continue all the way down her upper arm on brown paper. It's an apple tree! We cut it out, glue it to white paper, and decorate our apple trees, or fall trees, or whatever!

    Best,

    Indiana Lori

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  19. Such cute pics! Maybe you could use the leaves as the tail feathers of a turkey? I remember making turkeys out of my handprint as a kid and perhaps you could use the leaves to decorate the fingers (i.e. tail feathers)

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  20. Aussie Jo11/04/2009

    Hey M3 just so you know we are having cold need the fire on nights here in good Ol South Australia in November when we SHOULD be swimming.. must be the hole in the ozone layer playing havoc with the world.

    love the pics

    aussie Jo

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  21. I am very jealous of the warm swimming weather. But then again, we got no swimming weather here this "summer" because of all the rain.

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  22. That is weird for Nov, eh?! Our weather is warming up beeeautifully! LOVE IT!

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