our friend totoro

We got Lucy a russian dwarf hamster for Christmas. I was a bit nervous because I hadn't taken care of a hamster since I was 12, Josh is squeamish about rodents and I was dreading cleaning a stinky cage. But after having our little munchkin for a few weeks all my fears were for not. She doesn't smell at all. She is so sweet and lets all the kids hold her and never bites. She is so sweet and cute that Josh has even attempted holding her 4 times. It doesn't last long -lol- but he thinks she is really cute. We named her Totoro because she is the exact colored of our favorite Japanese cartoon character (we are a little obsessed). 

cute little hands

 our sweet pudgy little girl

listening to M.I.A

I turned on M.I.A's song Paper Planes
And this is what happened...
you can listen while you look at the picts:)

Lucy's favorite dance move.
Elly wasn't really in a dance mood.
But Lucy was definitely in a dance mood.
Atticus ran in and I wish I could have captured his fast little moves on video!!!!
She started floor swimming after this
Then the jumping began
All 3 together
Elly started to get into it:)
Then came the mop
the boy
then jumping WITH the mop
Lucy wanted me to dance so she  could take some picts

while we were snowed in

This Blizzard was crazy and we were stuck in the house for 2 days-minus going out to play- we couldn't drive anywhere due to the streets not being plowed and snow continuing to fall.
I have been wanting to make art work for our house with the kids, but haven't had the time or $ to get all the supplies and make it happen. But I had 3 small canvas' from the art store just sitting around, so I thought us being stuck inside was the perfect opportunity to practice. 
I have had some stencils from pottery barn since Elly was 2 years old. I used the star stencil to put stars along the top trim of her bedroom wall when she was 2:) I also have some Lotta Jansdotter stencils that I have plans for as our new home slowly comes together. So I got these out for the girls to use. Elly used the tree stencil.
Lucy used the flower stencil. 

After tracing the outline in pencil we lightly erased the pencil so it wasn't so dark and she colored in the flowers with a fabric paint pen! Then we did the line of circles stencil over in darker pink paint. 
 Elly painted her trees in fabric paint and cut out a paper tree to place in the middle. 
 Then she cut out paper hearts and painted them with little designs.
 Lucy wanted the Lotta elephant- so I cut it out of grey paper for her and she painted to 2 green dots with the stencil.
 Atticus drew with fluorescent orange fabric pen then painted over it in black.
 There finished products. Atticus Elly Lucy
 Atticus wanted to paint with black some more

 The girls painting a vase with a Lotta stencil
 The mess