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It’s been five days since school officially ended.  It feels more like two weeks – this is a good sign.  We’ve done so much as a family and are looking forward to more fun things to do. 

Seeing that W loves animals and both Z and V are older and have a different appreciation for the zoo, we reinstated the zoo membership.  It has been so great since we are close to the zoo and we love the splash island.  Some days we just go to the water park and then go home.  Some days we visit the animals.  It all depends on weather. 

Before I forget, we’ve also been enjoying sleeping lately.  M has been successful in sleep training W.  It has been 6 nights that she’s been sleeping through the night.  When she cries out, M just talks to her on the monitor and tells her to lie down and go back to sleep. The best part is when she wakes up she is happy.  She just talks to herself and does not get up and call out or cry.  In fact this morning, she fell back asleep after 20 min or so of talking to herself.  M and I got to shower and get ready. 

And where were Z and V the entire time?  Well, yesterday we got back into working with Perler beads.  Cyclops took me an hour and a half to make last night.  So when they woke up this morning, they went downstairs and got to work.  Instead of coming to our room and waking us up they chose to work quietly downstairs.  We feel blessed.  

Yesterday, they were both sitting on the floor in their room singing the chorus to the song Unsteady by X Ambassadors.  It was so cute.  M and I were giggling to ourselves listening to them. And it was all because we watched World of Dance with FikShun.  

In less than a week, we will be flying to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a week of all inclusive vacation. I can’t wait.  It will be so nice to just relax and play with the kids and not worry about chores at all. 

We’re currently on our way to MakerEd TO, happening down at the Lower House of the York School.  M is presenting with his colleague on how to choose the right bots for your classroom. 

The kids are at daycare so we are in a maker date.  So excited!!!


Look What We Made!

About three weeks ago I went to Home Depot to return something. It was a mounting strips pack that cost me $7.90. It was meant to hold objects up to 1kg on a wall but it wasn’t even sticky. I learned that they take returns with no questions asked if you’re unsatisfied with the product.  I was so happy. 

While browsing around the store, I came across a shopping cart fillled with empty 3M boxes.  They felt very sturdy and had dimensions that could easily lend to different interesting projects.  Immediately I thought of making a light pendant with one. 

It turned out pretty good considering I did it on the fly. The next time I make one, I would measure and cut differently so that I could evenly space out the cutouts.  

The other thing I immediately thought of was a stuffy apartment. We have a few small stuffed animals and I pictured eight little doors that lead to eight little homes.  I saw some ideas on Pinterest way back while browsing for ideas on diy advent calendars. 

It’s still in its initial stages and requires more finishing touches. I’m thinking of painting it white and stamping it with a brick pattern.  We were able to shingle the roof the house with some circles cut out from a used gift bag.  

What have you made with used cardboard that’s cool?