Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Oxley Nature Center...a great place to take your kiddo's!!

I recently took Presley to Oxley Nature Center. I had no idea this place existed until my photography teacher told us about it in class. They offer FREE activities for kids of all ages, They also have different walks each month. I really want to do the butterfly walk and the wildflower walk next month. You can check them out HERE. It's something fun and it's free, how can you beat it? 

Presley went to his first Natural Babies class and it's for kids ages 1-5. This class is $2 a person or you can buy a year membership for only $15! We went ahead and got the membership because we will be going to more of the fun activities. Your donation helps with not only the Nature Center but also all of the wonderful volunteers their so it's worth it. I had no idea we had such a gorgeous nature center so close to home. It's literally next to the zoo.

At the class we went to the instructor talked about Animal Homes and showed the kids all different types of animal homes. Presley got to pick a few out and bring them to me to "show me". It was so sticking' cute! Even though he's 19 months, I know he enjoyed it and he definitely loved when the teacher started reading her book. He sat in a chair like a big boy and did really good. He really loves reading these days. The kids also got to color a picture and find all of the animals living in their homes. I helped P with that, LOL. He did color though. He's quite the Picasso :) 

Here are some pictures from my horrible phone camera:

This was when he picked the wasp nest to show me LOL (it was in a clear case)

He was so excited when he brought me the the wasp nest!

He was such a BIG boy. He also loved the tree stump as you can tell...

Preshy :) Listening to the story!

He had enough and needed to get up, so he decided to go over to the teacher and point at all the animals she was reading about. 

After the story we got to go outside and feed the turtles! Presley threw turtle food and also some biscuits! 

He was SO excited when he saw the turtles. I love how he is really starting to understand things more. 

See he really was excited! Pointing at the turtles LOL

After that we headed towards Fox trail and found a real animal home!

It's not lived in anymore, but it used to be a gopher hole

Oh and he got to color a picture too! Momma helped him find all the animals hiding in their homes! :)

 Presley's masterpiece :)

Thanks for a great morning Oxley!

If you have kids, I highly recommend taking them here! It was a blast and we will be back next week!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fun activities for kids to get you in the BOO-HA-HA spirit!

Halloween is my second favorite time of year to decorate, first being CHRISTMAS of course!
I have to say the $1 section at Target has been a weakness of mine...especially for fun Halloween decor.  I saw a random cute foot painted in candy corn colors on Pinterest and it gave me the idea for Presley's 2nd Halloween plate! If you're wondering what that is, it's just a plate that I use to capture parsley's foot prints each year. Eventually I'm going to have a fun plate wall above our piano but not until it gets moved. Who knows when that will ever happen because it's extremely heavy. Last year Presley's feet were little ghosts and this year we did candy corn.

Here is a before & after pic from my horrible phone camera ha ha:

Here is the finished product! So fun!

Okay now for the next activity that I am super excited about. Maybe it's because tonight I get to feel like a little kid again and go knock on 2 neighbors doors and RUN away. Seriously.

We love our neighborhood so much and everyone is always having little cookouts and we're all getting to know each other. There's kids outside playing all the time and P already has friends his age, it's just too cute. 

I decided to start a "You've Been Booed" this year in our neighborhood. What is it? Well it's super easy and fun! I found this adorable FREE printable online that I am using. You can find it HERE. Anna and Blue Paperie has adorable idea's all the time on their website!

It already has all the directions typed out and everything. Literally all you have to do is print 2 copies and get 2 "treat" bags ready! You pick 2 neighbors to start it and once it's getting dark you run to their houses, put the sign on their doors, leave the directions and treat bags by the door and RUN!!!!!!!!

They have 2 days to pick the next 2 neighbors and so on and so forth...
Everyone knows who has been booed because they will have a sign on their door or in their window.

I think this is a fun idea for anyone, kids or no kids. If you want to get to know your neighbors better, why not start something fun?! If kids do get involved they will LOVE it! Presley is still a little small to understand but his face lights up none the less :)

I know the houses I'm doing tonight and here's their treats! Thanks to the target $1 section ha ha. 

Who's gonna be the next person to start "You've Been Booed"?!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll...Yummo!

I am the first to admit I am NOT a baker. I usually do things wrong and whatever I'm making ends up tasting gross. This recipe actually made me feel like I can actually conquer baking! It was actually easy and tasted YUMMY! My husband loved it and so did his cosign Ricky and his wife Jessica! I found the recipe on Pinterest HERE. I promise if you even remotely like pumpkin, you will LOVE this recipe!

Here's what you need:

Cake:1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 eggs, 2/3 cup mashed (canned) pumpkin, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15 X 10-inch jelly roll pan. Cut wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan and leave an inch overhang on each of the short ends of the pan. Lightly grease the wax paper and sides of the jelly roll pan.

Mix the sugar, flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, eggs and pumpkin in a large bowl. Once mixed, pour mixture over the waxed paper. Sprinkle the walnuts, if using, on top of the mixture.

 Bake for 14-15 minutes until edges pull away from the sides of the pan and center is done. Lay a large dishtowel on the counter top (it is best to use a dishtowel without any texture – a tea towel or similar towel works best). Spread a thick dusting of powdered sugar all over the towel. 

When the cake comes out of the oven, turn the pan upside down on the powdered sugar-laden towel so the wax paper is on the top. Gently peel off the wax paper, being careful not to tear the roll. 

Starting at one of the short ends, roll the pumpkin cake up with the towel to cool. 

While the roll is cooling, mix the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together until it is light and creamy. Once the roll is cool, unroll and with an offset spatula, carefully spread filling in an even layer over the cake. 

Roll it up without the towel and place in the refrigerator (covered with plastic wrap or wax paper) for about an hour before serving.


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