Last week was my busiest week on the blog since I started it and it’s because I was actually on vacation. I was sad that I had to set my alarm for an appointment first thing Monday morning, but let me tell you, as the day got rolling I got more and more pumped about the blog.

For those of you who don’t know, along with having this blog, I work full-time as well.  So to actually have time to take pictures and spend time brainstorming and writing was an absolute treat.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like my job, but I love blogging just a bit more.

Our original plan was to spend Monday prepping and head out to my parent’s cottage on Tuesday after lunch.  Sometime after lunch on Tuesday, we hopped into the car, hopped onto the highway and Violet immediately threw up.  So we immediately got off the highway and headed back home.  No worries, we’d try again the next day.

The next day started and Violet was still sick.  No worries we’d try again the next day.  I sound like I’m on repeat now.  Finally, Thursday morning everyone was happy and healthy so we actually were able to head out Thursday morning after breakfast.

I love bringing the girls up to the cottage.  The fresh air is so good for them and it completely tires them out.  The last couple of times we’ve been up there Rosie has passed right out as soon as her head hit the pillow at bedtime.

This time around my mom had a great project for her and Violet to work on and it was a lot of fun for the girls!  This is what you’ll need:

Small to medium sized tarp
Utility Knife
Larges Plates/Platters (1 square & 1 circle)
Duct Tape (Various colours) OR Spray Paint (Various colours)
Rope
16 sponges (Various colours)
Zip ties
Bucket

  • Cut out 5 shapes in the tarp using a utility knife and the plates as stencils.  Our tarp had 2 circles, 2 squares and a diamond.  The shapes were cut out close to each corner and one in the centre.
  • Tape around the cut edges.  As you can see from our pics, we used electrical tape and it didn’t stick very well.  Duct tape would work great, spray painting the edges of the cutouts would work best.
  • Cut sponges in strips.  Ours were about 1.5 inches wide.  Take 4 different coloured sponge strips and over lap one over another in a criss cross pattern.  Tie the sponges together at the centre using a zip tie.  We made 5 of these.
  • Hang the tarp up with rope between 2 trees, posts or whatever you can.  Fill the bucket up with water, get the sponges wet and let the game begin!

Cutting Shapes with WM

Shape Taping with WM

Sponge Assembly with WM

Finished Sponge with WM

Rosie in the Bucket with WM

Nothing But Air with WM

Our girls are still pretty small so we just let them have fun getting soaked and trying to get the sponges through a shape.  You might have noticed I tried to get them to stand behind a line, that lasted 2 seconds!   For older kids, you could assign points to different shapes and play up to a certain score.

Between playing this game, sidewalk chalk colouring, bubbles and straight up running up and down the big hill (not sure why this is fun, but it is!), those kids were pooped and had a great time at the cottage.  And alas, my vacation is over and I am back to work, dreaming of the next time I can take a week off!