Monday, January 24, 2011

Drive-In Movie Party

We have reached the half-way mark for school this year, so we decided, with our friends (my party planning assistant) to throw the children a party. With it being winter, snowy, and cold, something indoors that is meant to be outside was chosen as the theme. Not sure how we were going to do it, we kept it to our two families and just played it by ear.

We started out by having 1 box for each child big enough to be a car. For us getting boxes was easy since Jonathon has boxes shipped full of stuff to the house a couple times a week. But if you don't have boxes readily available, you can always get some at your local appliance store. We then got out the markers, stickers, plastic lids from juice bottles, yogurt contai ners etc. for head lights, and let them decorate their boxes. We also had round paper plates for them to use as wheels and then got out some fun stuff like boas, pearls, ribbon, construction paper to make flames for the boy's cars, toilet paper rolls for the mufflers, and canning rings for lights too. Oh, we also had styrofoam bowls for stearing wheels too. And don't forget the hot glue gun! Those cars go through a lot before the show actually starts.

Ahead of time I made a theater sign and snack stand. For both of these I used cardboard boxes. Then I put my thinking cap on to turn them into the real thing....or at least something similar. : ) Paint, white poster board, gold star stickers, and some decorative lights turns a boring piece of cardboard into the movie's welcome sign.

The snack stand was a little more involved. I had to see what kind of box I could use and then how I needed to deconstruct and construct it into a stand. The red shelves on the outside, holding the candy, were just cardboard that I cut and slid through a slot on the wall of the stand, to the back and taped down so it would hold securely. Then I painted it to stick out a little. And with making the top look like a curtain or awning helped it look more realistic. And paint changes everything! One note though, I taped the snack stand together and on all the places that I painted over the tape, the paint began to flake right off. So, after we got the stand in place for the party, I touched it up with paint, then cleaned up all the flaked mess on the floor.

To count this as school, obviously the children did quite a bit of art in creating their cars, but then they also worked the stand as cashier and had to count out their money and see how much they needed to purchase their snacks. It was fun and realistic practice in counting money.

For the food boxes we used small postal shipping boxes. They were the perfect size. You can get them at your post office or even shoe boxes would work too. Casie found the plastic popcorn containers at Target, and I'm sure will use them again. When having this party you don't have to go all out with all the snacks from a real movie theater, but we decided we would. You could also just get smaller things of candy too, but we compromised with smaller pops.
Time for the movie to start. Our The Brothers' Theater was in the basement so the children drove their cars on down. They had so much fun!

We clipped their food boxes on their cars with clothes pins, but you could also use those big paper holder things that you flip the tabs down after you put it on the paper. Sorry, I don't know the name of those things, and my description isn't very good either. : )

And make sure to pick a good quality movie. It makes the event more fun and the adults will want to join in too. That's what makes these times more memorable for children...when their parent's are truly a part. You'll make memories for a lifetime with simple and fun ideas such as this!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Love of Books

Believe it or not, my children don't always get along (insert chuckle here). It seems that lately I have been capturing some really sweet moments between them. One tonight that a camera just couldn't relay clearly was Benaiah pitching this tiny little baseball to Josiah who was swinging with a book. Benaiah would stand with his legs bent a little, ready for the ball to be hit. It was so cute, and they both played so nice together. Rarely happens, but does some and is precious when I catch a glimpse. : )

Here the boys have fallen asleep on my bed. Benaiah has decided that he really likes to sleep with Josiah. Most nights he climbs up in bed with him, soon to be kicked out again.

Our children love books! The library is a priceless place that we visit weekly. I noticed Diella reading one of the library books with Benaiah sitting on the pile of books and listening to her. And the book he has in his hands, a tractor book that has become one of his favorites.

Now he is going to read a chapter book. Potty training is coming along quite nicely, but he hasn't mastered reading quite yet. : )

Alegra and Benaiah reading together. Until he noticed me with the camera.....

Must get the camera.....
With winter here and snow on the ground, we find ourselves reading more. We have enjoyed the snow too, but prefer just staying in by the fire. Work has been busy for Jonathon this winter. I am so blessed to have a husband and dad to my children that provides for us and works so hard. The Father has truly blessed us, and we are thankful!
No other new news. Alegra will be having a birthday next week-9! Doesn't seem real that she has been a part of our family for 9 years. Time doesn't stand still. Hopefully, I will have time to post one just on her for her birthday. It seems like we are busy, busy around here. I have some parties that I am planning for, the children's school lessons take a lot of time, regular house duties, and doing massages some keep me hopping. I love it all, but sure would like to find some time to get Benaiah's scrapbook going. He will be 2 in May and I have his birth story done, but that's it. I guess it is true that the more children one has, the less pictures they take or in my case the less scrapbooking gets done for them. One of these days....