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Continuing on with our dino-rific  theme this week, I put together an easy bin with left over sand from yesterdays bin and added fossils, skeletons, and paint brushes for my little paleontologists to uncover hidden history. The large lumps are dinosaur eggs made with the leftover coffee dough from our volcano yesterday. They were really easy to put together, just mold the dough around a dino figure and bake it for 20 minutes to harden it. You can also air dry it if you have the time. 

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We had a very dino-rific long weekend over here! It was entirely by chance that we went to the Natural History Museum on Saturday and then  decided to do the local dino park on Monday.  Both exhibits were amazing, the Museum had quite a few assembled skeletons to view and the park had dozens of life sized replicas so we've seen the dinos inside and out now!

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Water beads have to be one of our favorite sensory materials, they're so therapeutic to play with! If you haven't seen these little gems before, they begin as hard, tiny balls. Then, after soaking in water for a day or so they grow to the size of a marble and are squishy, wiggly balls of fun! They come in an array of colors, some even glow! Needless to say, there are so many things you can do with these babies! This week we've been enjoying a water sensory bin, something I never thought I would allow indoors, but it has gone surprisingly well. I only filled the bin with an inch of water a small layer of water beads, and a few accessories. The kids have been hooked however, sometimes simple is best!

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There are so many incredible day trips in the area surrounding the KMC, we are surrounded by eight countries, live just 30 minutes from the French boarder, and there are a handful of large, historic cities within a two three hour radius just in Germany alone. We've been knocking them off the bucket list, Trier and Heidelberg last month, and hopefully Frankfurt and Cologne during our four day weekend coming up.

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Very few homes in Germany have air conditioning, and ours is no exception, so the way we manage the temperature is to open and close our rolladens throughout the day depending on which direction the sun is shining in. We also have the typical German windows which can crack open at the top or open fully to the side. All of this works fairly well to keep the house cool, but the one problem we've found is that our windows don't have screens on them which leads to all sorts of unintended critters joining us.

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It's the last couple weeks of summer here, everyone is getting set to head back to school soon, hopefully including my kid(s). We're not sure on how the whole German kindergarten thing is going to play out yet, but we should have more answers this week as it starts up. I wanted to do one last super summer sensory bin before the season comes to a close, so when I saw Play Create Explore's ice cream dough I knew I had found a winner!

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The best part of waking up is Folgers in your... sensory bin... Okay the rhyme falls short, but we have been having a lot of fun playing with our coffee bin lately! My house has never smelled better and the kids have been enjoying learning about flowers, bugs and construction! I love when I can set up one activity and keep it fresh for a few days with new accessories, it's almost too easy!

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We will be participating in the Baby Expo at Regency Court on Sunday, August 11th from 1-3 p.m. Please come out and say hello! Mollie and I will be there; we'd love to meet you!

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Things have been really hard over here lately, grieving from afar for my home church community, dealing with a pre-PMSing three year old, and an unsleeping, aggressive 20 month old has been taking its toll. Jon and I are exhausted, and yet life must go on... I almost feel guilty being so stressed out with my children while there are others who no longer have their babies to hold...

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Well, it turns out that we're not the best travel planners... The USO trip that we had been planning to take this weekend is sold out. Bummer. But, while we may be poor planners this week, we're instead choosing to be spontaneous! The location is still TBD, but we'll be driving and shopping and eating out, and that means we'll still need plenty of tricks to entertain the kids!

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Keeping up with our kids and travel theme this week, I was thinking about bringing along one of our quiet time bins. I originally made them up for Aurora to play with during Gray's naptime. She has gradually begun to give up the good ole afternoon nap, so when I saw April's post on Holistic Homemaking I thought that they would work great for our family.

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We have been experiencing a major heatwave here in Germany these past few weeks. With no air conditioning in our home (or anywhere else in the country) we've been a little obsessed with keeping cool, so we figured what better theme for our sensory bin than the arctic! We played with this bin for several days and ended up remaking it with new materials because it was so much fun!

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I don't think any group of friends will every compare to the amazing tribe of women (and Lionel!) that I left back in Hawaii. Hickam AFB was our first duty station and what could have been an intense transition for a new Air Force family with a two week old baby was instead more like an extended vacation where we doubled the size of our extended family! Our Hawaiian friends have truly become a part of our "ohana" and will always have an open invitation in our home.

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When it comes to dressing newborns, simple is best. Sure, there are some really adorable "shoes" out there and some irresistible diaper covers...but let's get real, babies poop, pee, and spit up all over those sweet expensive un-necessities. Having just had a baby myself, I know they like to be warm and snug in a comfy outfit. Just because an outfit is practical doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the 'cuteness factor'.

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