Averie LOVES to make cookies alongside of me. Often I don’t have enough time to make extra cookies or icing, but I try to make it a point to make blank circles whenever possible so that she can play while I work. I had been asked to make some Scooby Doo themed cookies for a friend of mine, and since it’s Averie’s favorite show, I knew she would want to participate too!
Averie Decorating her Scooby Doo Cookies
I think she did a pretty darn good job in the end. It’s definitely amazing to see her decorating skills improve over time. She’s going to be one amazing cookie decorator if she keeps this up!
Averie’s Scooby Doo Cookies
I almost think hers turned out better than mine!
Scooby Doo Cookies
I had help working on party hats tonight! Normally I would not have busted into the button stash to make tie ends for hats… But Averie wanted to help, and although she’s a smart kid, she’s not quite able to tie knots yet!
So we used buttons, she would thread them and pick out a button and the. I would tie it on. Somewhere she has already learned that if you’re having a hard time getting the buttons threaded that you can lick the end of the string and it works better!
We managed to get 20 hats threaded! Did we use a lot of pretty buttons that will never actually be seen by people since they are on the inside of hats?
Was it worth it to have a helper?
We’ve done gingerbread houses the last couple of years… this year was no exception. Especially since I found a perfect house for Aaron on Black Friday and was tipped off on the perfect house for Averie from a friend’s Facebook posts:
I assembled everything during nap time — it was just easier that way, but once naptime was over — the decorating commenced – and took the better part of an hour!
I have a thing for having lots of choices, so the amount of candy that was available to choose from bordered on ridiculous…
And the final products:
Every year I forget how absolutely MISERABLE premade royal icing tastes. It’s disgusting… if my cookie royal icing tasted like that – I wouldn’t ever bother making them. Blech! Good news is that we don’t eat our houses, they sit on top of the TV looking pretty and then magically disappear one day… so on the upside I don’t have to endure tasting the icky royal icing again!
Averie still had a canvas left from her birthday party, so as I was cleaning up the craft area in the basement, I tried to think of something for her to do. Aaron had snagged me a BUNCH of sticker paper, and it was sitting in a neat stack, right next to my cricut. It’s almost like it was a sign!
I used the storybook cartridge and cut out her name to fit on the canvas. Averie also picked out a butterfly from the breast cancer awareness cartridge that we had. We got the stickers on and handed her two simple colors of paint so it would match her bedroom, and so it didn’t get all muddy and brown!
Averie had a blast painting. She gets excited anytime the art supplies come out, and even more excited when she gets to hang out in the basement.
The sticker paper stayed down pretty well — I imagine that if you used vinyl or something a little stickier that it would stay down better. We had a few spots where she managed to slide some paint under the sticker – but I think it just added character. It looks perfect to me!!
I couldn’t get a ‘normal’ picture of her after — it’s getting harder and harder to get her to just sit still and smile. I think maybe she’s just out of practice. I’m going to have to bust out the camera a little more often I think!!
We still have more canvases left, and I’m thinking we might repeat this and make some three smaller 8×10 canvases that say ‘Peace’, ‘Love’, and ‘Hope’ on them or something along those lines to hang up in the house this winter!
Tonight Aaron had to try to get the van fixed when he got home from work, so it was a Mommy/Averie night. I haven’t yet heard how successful the van fixing was, but I’m sure I’ll find out shortly…
In preschool this week, Averie is learning about Noah. We came home tonight and after she helped me prep the dough for some sugar cookies (look for an update later this week), we read over her preschool paper about Noah and the ark. Her preschool paper noted that rainbows were gifts from God. Averie proceeded to tell me how she was there when Noah built the ark, and that she was the rainbow because she was a gift from God. How do you argue with that??!!
We had some dinner and then she watched Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella. I always forget how entertaining Veggie Tales can be even for the adults. This one was of based off of the Indiana Jones Movie, and it was pretty hilarious. Some of the jokes and spoofs got a few giggles out of me anyway.
When that was over, she was a ball of energy, so we needed a project. It needed to be quick, easy and most of all – NOT MESSY! I have enough of a mess to clean up without adding more to the pile, and I’m only one person tonight – so it wasn’t an option to make a huge mess and then have Daddy to clean up. (Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that… …or would I?)
We went from the ark to a pirate ship… and I was the pirate. “Pirate Mommy” hid her treasure (coins) and taped them to her board and covered them with a piece of paper. Then “Averie the Treasure Hunter” had to use her treasure hunting tools (crayons) to find the treasure on the map (a piece of paper covering the coins). We did go outside and get a leaf or two to put on the map too, had to make it a little more difficult to find the treasures!
I think we went through about 5 rounds of this before I had to get her moving towards bed.
She enjoyed herself, and she took her little people pirate ship with her to bed for quiet playtime. No more than 10 minutes later she was passed out. Perfect end to the night tonight!!