Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day and freezer paper

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there! And especially to ours!

Today we had a great time going out to breakfast at Waffle House, followed by a trip to Stone Mountain. The original idea was to bring sandwiches and have a picnic, but seeing as we ate breakfast at 11:30, no one was hungry for lunch. Stone Mountain has lots of fun things to do, but when you are limited by six little legs and a period of pleasantness that ends by 3 pm at the very latest, you have to prioritize.

The first thing we did was take a ride on the trolley. Everyone enjoyed that.

Then we played a round of miniature golf. Everyone except Hattie got at least 1 hole-in-one, and Charlotte and I got two each! Hattie started to lose interest about halfway through, which was when we realized that golf was the last thing we were going to do.

On the way home we drove through Dairy Queen (fortunately Hattie was asleep, so we didn't have to deal with any issues there), and then past the little house we lived in when Tim and I got married, for a trip down memory lane.

When we got home, I finished up the most excellent freezer paper stencil craft, which is sweeping the craft blogs and which is so perfectly explained here by angry chicken.

We started it yesterday, after a quick stop at Old Navy for some inexpensive 100% cotton shirts. The kids picked out what they wanted on their shirts, and I cut out the stencils (instead of making dinner, thank you Tim for your patience -- we had to eat fish sticks sandwiches and canned green beans last night) and painted them yesterday.

Hattie selected an elephant,

Charlotte wanted a mermaid (Tim said he couldn't see it initially, so she's underwater sitting on a rock, looking up, and that's her hair swirling above her; original here),

and Nate picked out a saber-toothed tiger.

Truly a wonderful craft. You haven't seen the last of these from me! Ironing the freezer paper on the inside as well really makes it work perfectly. One thing to note for next time -- don't get impatient and peel the stencil off before the paint is good and dry, since it makes the edges fuzzy.

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