Happy Earth Day

The boys had some crazy early waking hours this morning so besides a few meltdowns we managed to have lots of fun appreciating the Earth!

We started our day at a local library story time for toddlers… celebrating Earth Day too… they focused on the wind and the clouds.

The kids did a neat little craft using shaving cream mixed with Elmer’s Glue to create a puffy, cloud-like paint.

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We returned a stack of books and picked out a few more – a book on recycling and “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.

After the process of putting kiddos back in car seats – we drove around the corner to get out again – stopping off at a local cupcakery to share a cupcake! MeMa had gifted us with a free monthly cupcake gift certificate and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to bring Jeffrey for the month of April. It was a yummy Cookies n’ Cream one!

He does have a little hat hair here…

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Once home we had some lunch… yes, yes, I know… we probably should have eaten the cupcake after. Some days you’ve got to switch things up a bit though!

I read Jeffrey his new library book, “Recycle Every Day.” It was the perfect book for his age and as we were reading it I even got an idea from it!

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First we went out and I showed Jeffrey how we recycle here at home…

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He even helped recycle a box… (as I’m sure you can tell – we went on a Costco shopping trip yesterday – they had lots of good deals!)

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Then, as the book suggested, we grabbed a baked beans can to decorate for a pen holder, or in Jeff’s case a marker holder.

For his age I’m pretty impressed with his drawings…

DSC_1560He drew Daddy, Mommy, Auntie Na, MeMa, Uppa, Boo, Caillou and his sister Rosie (sorry to those relatives who were replaced by Caillou!).

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Once he was finished drawing, we trimmed it up and taped it around his recycled can, for a new and improved marker holder!

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This isn’t the best lighting… but I had to show you he was smug about his creation!

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Phew… this is a long post!

Along with Earth Day it was National Jelly Bean Day! We still have Gourmet Jelly Beans from Christmas so I figured it was a perfect time for some practice garbage sorting.

I wrapped 3 little cups with paper and labeled them – Paper, plastic and glass (he can’t read so the labeling was probably unnecessary now that I think of it!).

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I gave him a variety of jelly beans – blues and purples to represent paper; reds, pinks and oranges to represent plastic; and greens and yellows for glass!

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Then I had him sort them into the right recycle bins. He thought that was pretty fun!

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We spent the afternoon outside enjoying the “Earth” – then made a quick run to a different library to pick up some books on hold (we may have a slight library addiction!).

Following a quick dinner of One Pan Chicken Pasta Lemon Alfredo – we ended our evening watching “The Lorax” (the old version) – all about saving the environment… we tried reading the book but it was a little long.

Oh! And our bedtime story was “The Giving Tree!”

I say that was a successful day indeed! And sorry for the lack of Jack pictures! He really was with us!

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