Sugar the Elf

19 Nov Elf after surgery




Elf after



Hello blog followers! Its been a long time since I’ve posted and much has happened since my last post. I’m writing to you from the sunny south this time and have enjoyed my time here (sunshine’s always a good thing in my book). Decided on reviving my long neglected blog with Elf on a Shelf this year.

I’ve considered having an elf visit a home for quite some time and this year I’m in luck! Sugar the Elf will be visiting the charges I care for and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this process. It’s not official that his name will be Sugar but I’ll call him that for now until he has his official name.

I’m excited to be sharing my adventures with you from this very fun and busy household. As always, I appreciate comments on what you’d like to see here.

I’ve scoured the internet for the best ideas on everything elf and look forward to sharing a full post with you the week after Thanksgiving on how I worked through the process of getting him ready for his month visit. I’ve ‘hacked’ him, or as I like to say given him surgery, thought of tons of ideas, have a long list of to-do’s, written a rough draft of a letter from Santa (no joke, at least enough for 2 Christmas seasons thanks to Pinterest). Leave comments below on what you’d like to see in this post and I’ll do my best to include what you’d like to see. What would be the most fun and helpful for you to prepare your Elf visit? Here is Sugar before ‘surgery’

elf before

Elf before ‘hack’

I’m excited to be back and look forward to hearing from you all. What’s new in your lives? Have you ever done Elf on the shelf? If you have I’d love links/comments to your favorite ideas!

Thanksgiving is one week away, can you believe it?! Where did 2015 go?

Nanny G


“That is why I love you all the way to 64!”

20 May

Mack is learning what numbers mean and today while putting sunscreen on his face he worried about me getting sunscreen in his eyes (hasn’t happened yet but seriously why are children suddenly so squirrely when you apply sunscreen? Is it the anticipation of going outside to play perhaps?). I let him know I would be careful and that if he held still it would make it easier for me to not get it into his eyes. That’s when he proclaimed “That’s why I love you all the way to 64!” Well, I’m not sure exactly what that means, but his tone of voice and big smile let me know that this meant quite a bit!

The boys have grown so much over the past year. Year, did I just say that? I sure did, can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly! They have grown up so much and continue to amaze me each day.

We had so much fun this week. We made paper bag puppets, checked out some fun books, and gave mom her mother’s day gift. All these will be posts for a later time in more detail but for now I wanted to get some of my thoughts down.

Little one is not so little any more. His favorite word it “no!” and “right now!’ Gentle reminders of ‘more please’ rather than ‘right now!’ are a daily occurrence. He is becoming independent and learning just how powerful words are.

Here is a sneak peek at a puppet we made. Find out what he and his friends are in the next post

What am I?

What am I?

Hope you have sunshine where you are!

Nanny G

“Hey little lady, can you get my frisbee?”

21 Mar

Oh, kids. They truly say the most interesting things at times don’t they?! Hence the reason my days are so full of fun, smiles, and laughter, and sometimes challenges (which I enjoy, as there is never a dull moment with two busy boys!)

The title of this post is what Mack said atop his play structure to the “little lady” up on her  balcony from a home behind us. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud! Tried to get it again naturally on video, but to no avail. Etched in my memory for sure :)  Thankfully the “little lady” from next door did not hear his plea (although at some point I am sure we will have our frisbee back).

It has been months since I have written on this blog and g-ma kindly reminded me of this a few weeks back. Now that I have a decent sized screen, compared to the 10.1 inch netbook I was using previously, I hope I am more consistent in my posts for g-ma, aunties, uncles, mom, dad, and all you wonderful followers. :)

Much has happened in the past few months. Little One, is not so little any more. He is climbing, and saying many new words. Also amazing me daily with his comprehension of more complex things.

Both boys are great lovers of books and are always thrilled going together for a trip to the library. This has been a joy of mine to see their love of books, for it is in books that we learn and new worlds open up to us.

Machine books

Will be back again by early next week with some new updates!

take care,

Nanny G

p.s. For the record, she was a little lady. Adorable for sure, but not sure she would want to be told she was little.


“Look at prikes peak”

30 Oct

Today I had a lovely time with the boys at the park. Mack pipes up while I was pushing him in the swing. “Look at prikes peak, its beautiful.” (Incase you are new here and were wondering, he is 5 years old.) Took me a moment to realize he meant pikes peak. He noted that there was snow up on the mountain (although what he was pointing to was not pikes peak, I believe). The sun was out and it was about 68 today, big change from the snow we had last week.

Today we made two batches of play dough and a volcano with the leftover play dough we made priorly. (Post to come soon of the volcano fun!) Mack enjoyed pouring the vinegar into the volcano and watch the lava come down the sides.

Little one enjoyed the park as well. He squealed with delight and the excitement he felt could hardly be contained in his little body, when he saw a train go by at the park. He was pointing and dancing and then looking at me as if to say, do you see that?! He also delighted and noticed each airplane that went overhead.

Mack also received a new pair of shoes today. To say he is a shoe fanatic is an understatement. Doesn’t matter whose they are, it’s always ‘shoe, shoe’ and he tries them on. He very much enjoyed walking in his new shoes.

There was a moment this evening that we explored in the yard together. He discovered a small bit of water in a container in the yard and enjoyed putting leaves and grass in it. Always makes me stop and see the wonder in the small things when a child does this.

It was a lovely sunny day here in Colorado, with a beautiful sunset.

Nanny G

Kool-aide twist

28 Oct

I have seen and done the shaving cream and paint idea with Mack several times. Have never tried it with Little One because he is still putting things in his mouth. Plus, I have never liked the smell of shaving cream. (If anyone has found one that smells decent, please let me know!)

Came up with my own twist to this one that even little one can do. You will need Kool-aide (non sweetened) and whipping cream. I just purchased the already made kind in the squirt can but one could make their own as well. Simply squirt little piles of whipped cream  and sprinkle with kool-aide.

This worked great for Little One. He was a little leery of the idea initially but then really had some fun with it! As observed from prior behavior he did try the mixture. Didn’t care too much for it though :) I am guessing the kool-aide has a bitter flavor to it.




Think outside the box,

Nanny G


Wacky Wednesday-Pipe Cleaners

25 Oct

Last week I left you with the challenge of pipe cleaners. What did you come up with, can’t wait to see!

Here is what Mack, Little one and I came up with

Create a design and blow bubbles with them

Get a colander and let them have some fun!

This kept them preoccupied for about 30 minutes the first time :)

Also there were enough pipes and holes that they shared splendidly!

Noticed when doing this the difference between the two kids. Mack holds the pipe cleaners towards the bottom and Little one holds them towards the top. Little one is learning he has better control when holding them towards the bottom. Fun to watch his eye hand coordination at work as well as his brain :)

Mack came up with the idea to make arches with them!

We also made the shapes of flowers and animals, which I didn’t take pictures of.

I am certain there are many more ideas and as we come up with more, I will add them!

Hope that was as much fun for you as it was for us!

What ideas did you come up with this week? Appreciate if you leave your ideas in the comments below to share with all of us!

This weeks challenge

Find two opportunities for RAC’s (random acts of kindness). Purchase someones coffee, leave a random encouraging note, open the door for someone. Be creative and see what you come up with!


Nanny G

As a side note: Some of these ideas I spotted on Pinterest. The links did not work when I clicked them.

Trip Tuesday-Park

25 Oct

We went to one of our favorite parks and the trip was a success. Sure there wern’t huge moments of amazement but an uneventful trip to the park with an 18mo old and 5 year old is a success in my book!

There is a fun red tunnel slide on the hillside and ample room to run in the grass and on various equipment. This time we took the little scooters (for lack of a better term I use the word scooter. the kiddos can sit on them and use their feet to make the device go). This proved a hit because the sidewalks are slightly elevated and Mack was able to get some speed going but yet be safe by not having to steep of a hill. This kept him busy most of our stay there.

Little one enjoyed watching his brother, chasing after him and screeching with delight, but absolutely refused to ride his scooter. He also enjoyed climbing the stairs to the jungle gym as well as sliding down the slide. It was a short visit to the park, 30 minutes in all. Both were happy and didn’t give a big fuss when leaving as we were going home to meet mom and dad!


Have you gone on a fun outing lately (please share in the comments below!)?

be active,

Nanny G

“There is a baby sleeping and it is, like my brother”

25 Oct


I hear pitter patter of little feet going past the room I am in towards the bathroom. Mack’s little voice pipes up (in all seriousness)”And actually, would you please be quiet? Because there is a baby sleeping and it is, like, my bother.” I burst out laughing (best laugh I have had in weeks) as I am rocking his brother to sleep. There is no way I could have contained this laughter, you would be laughing as well if you could have heard the tone of his voice as he said it. He was speaking to the man working on the tile and as the older brother wanted to make sure this gentleman understood his brother was sleeping. This sure made my job easier!

Earlier that morning we were playing in the playroom and Mack was having a challenging time sharing with his brother. Here is the conversation that ensued:

Me: ‘Sometimes we have to share our space and things even when we don’t want to. But, there are times we can have things to ourselves. When your brother is sleeping is a great time you can have your things to yourself.’

A bit of time passes…

Me: ‘I am the oldest in my family and I shared sometimes, even when I didn’t want to.’

A thoughtful look comes across Mack’s face and he earnestly asks

Mack: ‘Sarah, did you get Fruster..ratted sometimes?”

Me: ‘Yes, sometimes I did get frustrated’

I really enjoy how Mack is putting things together that he knows such as that I would get frustrated just like him. Also the bigger words he is using in context are enjoyable to hear.

We also painted pumpkins today. Mack has been pretty adamant about doing things on his own without me so I assumed this might be the case and gave him his paints and pumpkin. It was his pumpkin and if he wanted to share he would let me know. He was painting along and then suddenly said “Actually, I would like you to paint with me” I gladly obliged.

We then looked at some pictures of pumpkins with faces and he determined that some of them looked scary. I had the idea to paint an example on paper of what we could do to the next pumpkin. He was more than happy to paint a happy face with me on the next pumpkin. Here is our two-sided boy-girl pumpkin.

Little one continues using new sounds and is really trying to communicate the word banana. I had given him some banana on his tray and set the rest on the counter. He points his little index finger at the counter and says ‘blah, blah.’  That same day as daddy was leaving for work instead of saying the usual ‘da da,’ he pipes up ‘daddy, daddy.’ He is becoming more toddler like every day. Looking back on pictures of him his baby face has certainly gone away and he very much looks more like a toddler.

Make good memories and savor them!

Nanny G

p.s. had some technical difficulities with my posts recently. Appreciate your patience with me uploading them :)

Elephant Toothpaste

25 Oct

One activity we did recently was something called Elephant toothpaste. When we initially did this project it seemed like it wasn’t going to work, then it took off and did. Mack enjoyed putting his hands in it when it came out (be forewarned that if you do this you may end up with smurf hands…well, he did as we used blue!).

[ Note to self: This will be a great project to do with him when he is older as it is a great science experiment. I certainly will need to do some research to figure out exactly what the lesson will be :)]

For this project you will need:

  • 1 t yeast
  • 2 T. warm water
  • 1/2 c. hydrogen peroxide (6% or more. I found mine at Sally’s beauty supply (20 volume clear developer). The one you find in the first-aide section of most stores is less than 6%. For more ideas on where to purchase the peroxide, visit the original site here)
  • dish soap
  • food coloring
  • 2 liter soda bottle
  • funnel
  • Tray
  • Small bowl

Dissolve yeast and warm water in the bowl.

Put bottle in middle of tray. Add hydrogen peroxide, a few squirts of dish soap, and a few drops of food coloring to bottle (after making this several times we found that adding the food coloring so that it goes down sides of the bottle, worked best for a colorful display!).

Place the funnel in the top of the bottle and pour yeast mixture into the bottle.

Remove funnel and watch the magic begin! This is a project that is sure to delight time and again!

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I found the original idea on pinterest through this website.

Did you do this project? My readers and I would enjoy hearing of your experience! Share in the comments below :)

What new science projects have you done lately?

Do something creative today,

Nanny G

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday! & Thank YOU!

17 Oct

Before I get into the wackieness (wait, is that even a word? my spell check says it isn’t. oh well, I’m rolling with it.) of today, I wanted to give a shout out to my readers! Yesterday was my biggest blog reading day to date and I have YOU to thank! It was a fun surprise to open up my stats and discover so many had read my blogs material. Your reading support helps keep me motivated to write these fun posts. I welcome comments and suggestions on what you are enjoying or would enjoy reading on this blog.

You ready for this wackieness?!  Today is the first of  many wacky Wednesdays to come. If you recall from my previous post, these will be days for a challenge. The challenges will be varied, but always something fun and creative. So, put on your thinking caps…ready set go!

This weeks challenge comes to you from a nearly undisturbed pile of color…

Wait, did I hear a chuckle?! Don’t be fooled, there are many things  pipe-cleaners can be used for.  :)   Mack, Little One, and I have already come up with several ideas.

The challenge (hear the drum roll):

Come up with as many child centered ideas on what pipe cleaners can be created into/used for.

Have a fun week with this challenge. Don’t forget to put the ideas you came up with in next weeks challenge comments.

And as always, leaving a comment below is always appreciated!

Be creative,

Nanny G


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