Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With This Fun Game

Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With This Simple Game

A lot is happening in those little growing bodies! For most 3-5 year old children their growth spurts happen rapidly and can create some frustrations when it comes to fine motor skills. Developing hand eye coordination through simple yet fun games is a way to help them as they grow. 

I've created a handmade game perfect for helping hone those fine motor skills! Oh, and did I mention you can use this game to help them with color recognition skills at the same time! 

This brightly colored felt fishing game comes with four felt fish in different colors. Each fish has one soft velcro "eye" instead of the traditional magnet eye most games have. The wooden fishing pole has a short leather line with a felt hook that has the rough side of the velcro. Since velcro sticks to felt (and the soft velcro eye) your child can use the fishing pole and hook to catch as many felt fish as they desire. 

When we play this game at home I like to call out a color and see if my little one can catch that color fish first. It is a great way to occupy your child while helping them as they grow!

Find these great games in my etsy shop here!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Instant Picture Camera
instax mini 70

If your are looking for a modern twist on the old Polaroid look no further! The Fujifilm Instax Camera might be just what you are looking for! Want a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card that you could use to purchase this sweet little camera? Well there is a give-away happening now over at the great blog MADE . The giveaway began on 3/21/16 and end 4/30/16. You can receive 2 total entries (ways to enter are listed on the website blog). Good luck!

disclosure I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Two Months Old!

Josh is now 2 months old - can you believe it! Here are some pics of our little guy along with a great picture of all the kids in their pj's relaxing in the morning. Josh is staring to smile and almost giggle. He is a lot of fun and everyone is really enjoying him.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Introducing .....Josh Allen Evans

We are so proud to announce the arrival of our newest bundle of joy! Josh Allen Evans was born on Tuesday February 12 at 7:15 pm. He weighed 8lbs and measured 20 1/2 " long. After two long days of labor it was all worth it when he arrived. Here are some pics of Josh and our family:

Daddy Daughter Dance 2013

Gary took the girls to the annual daddy daughter dance along with the Knolls, Vandekerkoffs & Noahs. All the girls looked lovely all dressed up. The girls got to do crafts, make-n-takes, eat doughnuts and dance til they dropped! Here are some pics of the night:

Rian, Avaree, Gillian, Kami & Jillian

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our Poor Stapler

Who knew this could happen to office supplies..... (message left by the kids) Glad is isn't getting too smelly!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Baby #4 Ultrasound Pics

So I'm way behind posting these but since we haven't actually had the baby yet I think I have some wiggle room here. Earlier this month we had our first ultrasound done for baby #4. We DID NOT find out what the baby's gender is - this will be a surprise to all until the baby is born. We love these kinds of surprises!! The kids came with us to see the baby. The girls knew what to expect since they have "been there, done that" before. Poor Drew however was so confused - he thought the doctor was going to take the baby out for a bit and then put it back in. He was bored after five  minutes until he discovered the "jelly" spread over my stomach. Every once in awhile I felt a little finger playing with the jelly along the side of my stomach.

So anyway here are some pics of our little #4:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Late Summer Fun

There is a great park in Jenison, a small town close to Grand Rapids where we try to take the kids at least once a year. The entire playground is constructed from wood in the shape of a large ship (we think it is a pirate ship!). There are tons of places throughout the structure to explore, hide or climb. Even the grownups can't resist a little play time on the pirate ship! Here are some pics of the kids finding great adventures within the ship (hidden tire swing under the hull - yes sir!!) Enjoy!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day (here is what the kids made for Gary for his office)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Baby Birds

A little while ago the kids found a birds nest in our swing set clubhouse. After the discovery they began checking the next regularly to see if any eggs had been laid. Sure enough a few weeks after our discovery the kids found two robin blue eggs in the little nest. They were excited! The girls researched robin eggs and how long it would take for the eggs to hatch. They learned that it took about 12-14 days for the eggs to hatch then after that the baby birds would live in the nest for over 4 weeks. They decided as a "team" to leave the clubhouse (which includes climbing wall and slide) alone until the baby birds flew the coop.

One afternoon while busying myself around the house I heard an ear piercing scream from the backyard from the kids. Scared someone was hurt (aka Drew), I raced to the backyard to find all three kids with huge smiles shrieking "the eggs hatched". Kami quickly grabbed the camera and cautiously ventured into the clubhouse to record what she found. Here is a video of the findings.(1st video shows newly hatched birds - 2nd & 3rd video shows little bit older baby birds)