..............on Saturday to receive 2 things in the mail. I had been anticipating both of these packages, so it was cool to receive both on the same day. Unfortunately, I was very busy that day and evening packing for our trip, so I am not getting around to posting about it until now. We arrived home at around 6:30 p.m. tonight. And we had a good trip. I am going to share more about the trip a little later in this post.
First...........the packages. One was from Colonial Crafts..........my order of the wool blend felt. Doesn't it look inviting? And now do you understand the terrible pun in the title of the blog? I'm sorry, I couldn't resist!
You can bet that I am going to dig into this tonight when the boys are in bed. Expect a post tomorrow showing what I make tonight with a comparison of sewing with the wool blend versus the acrylic felt. By the way, I am seriously thinking of organizing a felt food swap. Let me know if you would be interested (I am taking a casual poll) and if there is enough interest, I will try to get that organized in the next week or so.
The other package was from Jo. It was a bunch of Japanese goodies that I won a while back in a little contest on her blog. I will thoroughly photograph it soon to share.
I wanted to end this blog by sharing a few things I did to organize my road trip with the boys. Our trip to visit my friend, Beth, was about 5 hours (including 1 potty stop and 1 lunch stop) on the way over and only 4 hours (just one potty stop) on the way back. We do not have a DVD player in our van, so I was determined to have a successful road trip with my 6 and 3 year old boys without using electronics. Let me say, however, that if we did have a DVD player in the van, we would have used it for sure!! :0)
The day before the trip (Saturday) I went shopping and bought some things that I wrapped up so the boys could open some surprises on the trip. I also prepared snacks to take along. When I was out shopping on Saturday, I found some great little lap desks for $6.99 at Hobby Lobby and bought one for each boy (crossing my fingers that they would fit over the car seat and booster seat---they did!). I also printed out some Road Trip Bingo sheets from Mom's Minivan. This is a great site with lots of free printables and ideas for travel with children.
We started the trip with both boys getting a lap desk (pictured at right) with a clipboard that held the Road Trip Bingo board from Mom's Minivan. My 6 year old also had a sheet clipped behind with a list of the 50 states so he could check off all the license plates we saw. I printed that sheet from Mom's Minivan too. I had to tell him which license plates I saw, because we were going too fast (oops!) for him to see and read them. He enjoyed doing this and by the time we got to Beth's we had seen plates from 25 states and Mexico! Both boys liked the Road Trip Bingo (I just had my big boy tell the little one which ones to color when he saw them). My big boy used a pencil and made a small X at the bottom when he saw one of the pictures. That way he could keep track if he saw more than one bridge, for example. My little boy just colored on top of the pictures with his purple crayon. I was really surprised how long this little activity entertained them. And I wished I had printed more of these, because I think she has more than one version on the site.
After our potty stop on the way over, the boys each opened a magnet playset. We will save these just for road trips so they won't get old. They played with these for a while, not as long as the Road Trip Bingo, however.
At left is our big tub of trail mix. My friend, Beth, (who we were visiting) made a big batch of this for her kids when they came to visit us last summer. It is a great thing to have in the car. We will definitely do this for all long road trips in the future. I took along paper cups so we could just dip a cup and munch. On the right you can see that the cups fit perfectly into the little holes in the lap desks. I kept the tub open on the driver's seat so I could reach over and refill cups as needed since I was travelling without the hubby. We had lots of this to share with Beth's children on our visit as well as plenty for the trip back with lots of leftovers!! I also took along bottled water, rice cakes, and granola snacks. The trail mix was the biggest hit.
Even though I had packed several "surprises", we made it all the way to our destination using only the Road Trip Bingo and magnetic playsets (and one Hot Wheels car). On the way back (today), my oldest son opened the Crayola drawing set pictured on the left below. I had one for my little boy too, but he was napping at the time.
My little boy opened one new Hot Wheels car on the way over, and this kept him busy for the last 30 minutes. On the way home today, he was much fussier and crabby. He opened two more Hot Wheels cars on the trip home. I also had 2 View masters in my "surprise" bag, and had bought 2 new sets of reels on sale at Target. They unwrapped and looked at these on the way home today.
I have a few things we didn't use on this trip. I plan to save them for our next little trip in August. At the Dollar Spot in Target, I found little 4-packs of chubby highlighter markers and some fun notebooks. I bought 2 notebooks and 2 marker packs and wrapped them for each boy. Additionally, I have a wrapped set of wooden lacing cards we didn't open. I had also made an activity we didn't use, although I'm not sure it would have worked like I planned. I will try to describe it here. I had read somewhere (maybe on a blog) that if you get a piece of sandpaper, the child can use little pieces of yarn on it to make shapes, form letters, etc. So I found some sandpaper at Hobby Lobby and taped it to some cardboard I had to make it sturdy. Then I cut little pieces of yarn and put them into baggies; one board and one baggie for each boy. We didn't get these out. I realized when trying it out before the trip that my sandpaper probably wasn't "rough" enough for the yarn to really stick. But we may try this on the next trip.
OK..............that's all for this post. Did you miss me??? I missed doing the blog and reading your comments. So it's fun to be back.