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Up Late

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IMG 1425Guess who arrived tonight… And guess who is up past her bedtime chomping on a slice of watermelon while showing Manmaw our {blossom-covered} garden…

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The Little Things…

Today’s backyard discovery…
IMG 1161IMG 1165IMG 1164I absolutely adore how magical the little things are when seen through Gracen’s eyes.

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They’re Growing!

Our grassheads are officially sprouting their first few hairs!  They’ve taken a little longer to grow than usual (we went a little overboard with the seeds and they’re hard to keep moist), but we’re finally seeing some progress!  
IMG 0186We took them out to the solarium this morning so that Gracen could take a better look…

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Upon careful inspection, this is what we noticed…

IMG 0197‘Mama’ has a few hairs growing from the top of her head (and a few growing out from behind her eyes too – oops!)

IMG 0198Poor ‘Papa’ only has one single tiny hair growing atop his head…

IMG 0200And ‘Bubba’ has little hairs growing all around her head and all over her face too!

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Poor Bradley…  Lately it seems as though his days off have been rainy, cold, and windy and today was no exception…  What can you do?  Embrace it with a family crafternoon!  And that’s just what we did.  We covered our kitchen floor in plastic, gathered our materials, and made one of my teacher favourites – grassheads!  I think I’ve made these with my students ever single year.  So far, every class, whether it was Grade Four or Kindergarten, loved them.  Hopefully Grae does too.  Here’s what we did…IMG 9440

We got started by gathering our supplies –  a nylon sock, grass seed, soil, empty yogurt container, jute, googly eyes, a red permanent marker, scissors, a spoon, and a glue gun.

IMG 9442Tip:  Don’t put the nylon sock over your head robber-style.  It may scare the socks off your little one.

IMG 9445Lesson learned and ready to go.  Put the toe of your nylon sock into your container and roll the top portion over the container.  The toe should be dangling just above the base of the container.
IMG 9446Scoop a few spoonfuls of grass seed into the toe of your nylon.

IMG 9449Make sure all of the seeds get down to the very bottom of the sock (otherwise your grasshead will be a grassface also).

IMG 9453Fill the sock with soil, pushing it down every now and then to create a nice round head shape.

IMG 9461When your head is the shape and size you desire, make a knot as close to the soil as possible in order to keep the contents of your grasshead nice and tight.

IMG 9465Next, using a permanent marker, draw your grasshead’s mouth.  Remember that the nylon’s toe will be the top of your grasshead’s head, and the knot will be the bottom.

IMG 9469Next, pinch a little bit of soil, along with the nylon, up from the centre of the face to create a nose.  Tie it off with some jute.  (An elastic or pipe cleaner works just as well for this job.)

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Your grasshead should now look like this.  If you want to give him ears, this is the best time to do it.  Use the same method as you did to create his nose, but this time on the sides of his head.

IMG 9473Now choose some googly eyes.

IMG 9475Put eyes into a couple of dabs of hot glue and apply pressure to ensure they’re secured well.

IMG 9482Voila!  You have a hair-less grasshead!

IMG 9487If you’re feeling silly, you can celebrate with a grasshead kiss.

IMG 9496Bathtime!  But first, chop off the excess nylon leaving about 3 inches of nylon dangling from your knot.  This will serve as a straw of sorts later, helping your grasshead slurp up water from its jar.  Fill a sink with lukewarm water and fully submerge your grasshead for about 1 minute.  Afterwards, gently squeeze the excess water out of the grasshead, being sure to keep the seeds at the top.  This is a good time to mold your grasshead a little if you wish.

IMG 9504Fill a cup or jar with lukewarm water, place the grasshead’s ‘tail’ in the jar, and rest the head on the rim of the jar.  Add water as needed and watch your grasshead grow a wild head of hair!  Once the grass hair has really come in, you can cut and style it as you wish.  Mohawk anyone?

I’ve never tried it, but several of my students’ parents have told me that come late spring / early summer, they set their child’s grasshead in a little well in the garden, the roots took, and the grasshead lasted until fall.  Might be interesting to try… We could have a garden supervisor of sorts.

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iPhoneography // G’s Pumpkin Patch

This afternoon we put the finishing touches on our garden beds…  We’ve got zucchini, spaghetti squash, peas, beets, spinach, lettuce, beans, edamame, carrots, strawberries, dill, rosemary, chives, cilantro, basil, citronella, sunflowers, nasturtiums and a black thumb to man the show after Grandma Charlotte departs tomorrow morning (wish me luck).  But the best part?  This little outdoor-loving munchkin has her very own pumpkin patch  along our fence.  Today she planted the seeds and throughout the spring and summer, she’ll shower them with water and love in hopes of a bright orange pumpkin come Halloween…

IMG 3051IMG 3053IMG 3050If anyone can make it happen, it’s definitely this magical little girl.  ♥

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iPhoneography // Mini Gardener

IMG 3005Cruisin’ through Home Depot…

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‘What should I do with this big rock?’

IMG 3015‘Meet Mama worm.’IMG 3019
‘Here’s the Papa!’

IMG 3021Miss G’s worm family.

IMG 3024Tired of yard work.  Taking the Kia for a spin instead.

IMG 3027And tickled pink about it.

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iPhoneography // Gardening

IMG 2988With the help of Grandma Charlotte and Uncle Brett, we got started on our garden this morning…

IMG 2989Gracen was designated the official worm collector of the team.

IMG 2990Of course Miss G wasn’t scared in the least.  In fact, each was declared a ‘mama’, ‘papa’, or ‘bubba’ and she was quite distraught when we released them back into the soil.

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