the olive tree

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

DIY chalk paint for the driveway!

This activity is such a simple and east boredom buster!!! We have made and used this at least 10 times in the last few weeks! 

You only need a handful of ingredients, ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry!

You'll need: 

food dye

That's it! You could get exact measurements...or you could just mix until its a paint like consistency. That's what I did! If you are worried about staining your concrete I would water this down a tad bit more and go easy on the dye. I haven't had any issues with this permanently staining our if we use a really dark doesn't wash off right away...but it does after a good rain storm or the hose. To be on the safe side, I tend to take the hose to the dark colored paint when we are finished for the day. 

You can take this activity one step further and create a lesson to show how mixed colors can create another color. RED + BLUE = PURPLE! 


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

baseball + Iowa + state signs.

This summer, in June to be exact, we road tripped it to Iowa for Jude's very first out of town baseball tournament. The Iowa...was the first time I've ever driven on a road read that correct. The hubs was fighting off and injury and was unable to take the drivers since I was the only other person in the car who had a license, I got stuck with the task. I was going pretty good until...the entire car fell asleep on me...what the what? How, rude? I managed. We made it safely and while my eyes got heavy and there was no one to talk to for 2.5 hours...I survived my first road trip while being the driver. I think I'll stick to the passengers seat + playing DJ. 

We stayed a local Hotel and on the first night the baseball team + dads + some mamas went to the local minor league baseball game. I opted to hang with my girls at the hotel. The little girls were already going to be forced to go to more games than they I thought I'd spare them one more. We ordered Papa Johns + swam in the pool...we ate poolside...laughed...and explored the was sweet memories made! 

The Diamond Kings killed it that weekend in game of baseball...they knocked out the number one team in IOWA! Mr. Jude played a huge roll in that...he had not ONE...not TWO...not THREE...but FOUR amazing ( and diving ) catches in center field!! I was so proud. We all were. They were on the road to win first place...but the weather had other plans. We waited around for almost two hours waiting for the rain to ease up...but it never did...sad day. The ended up calling the tournament and we all went home. 

On the way home we stopped at a rest stop...and what did we see...a MISSOURI state sign!!!! Yes, I know we live in Missouri but we had yet to find a safe one to take a picture by! But on that hot humid day in Jude that changed...and we were able to cross another state sign off out list. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

summer day. (recap)

This summer we spent one of our last days together, exploring the Arboretum + Botanical Garden. We've lived in Kansas City for a long time and we've never been!

This August we changed that...of course I brought my good camera and I forced my children to take pictures! Flowers + photos + sunshine...bliss. We explored trails and bridges...learned about plants and flowers...played games with old wood blocks.

Later that afternoon the clouds started to move in and we ended up trapped in an old train caboose with the rain pouring down on us. It was quite dreamy, really. I was all alone for a while in one else would come in with me because they saw a wasp...that's ok...I was at the perfect angle to capture some sweet moments with my lens.

The rain pealed out and because of the heat the sidewalks were cutting of was so sweet to watch my children dance and play in this little piece of magic.

We ended the dat with hunger pains + and a trip to Scheel's so the littles could ride the Ferris was a glorious summer day. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

recap. {J U N E 12, 2018}

I'm way behind on this thing called blogging. I don't want the precious memories to get lost in the business of if I haven't blog about a recap 3 months later...then that's what I'll do! 

Birthday recap. My birthday recap. 35. holy did that happen...I feel like I was in high school just yesterday...except I don't...cause man body is revolting against me these days. 

For my 35th birthday...I choose a glorious day filled with goats. Man, I love goats. They are quite possibly the cutest thing on the planet...add Lyla loving and holding these goats hostage and you have double portion of cuteness! We fed these darling little creatures bottles...if you've never done this...I highly recommend you put bottle feeding baby goats on your bucket won't disappoint. 

After goats, we walked + talked, indulged in ice cream, played at the park, and finished our day with Five Guys. And if that wasn't enough we washed our day away with homemade summer fruit cake...I ate myself really.

35th...was off to a great start! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

let your light shine.

I adore the Shine Your Light Devotional by Shelia Walsh. It is one of my favorite books to pull bible lessons from.

Your word is lamp unto to my feet and light unto my path. // Psalm 119:105

We used this scripture to discuss how we as Christians can be a light to other. We used the devotion The Bible is Our Lamp to guide our lesson. We discussed how we can be a light to others. What would happen if there was no light. My favorite part about bible lessons at home is just hearing what my children get out of scripture, what they think the meaning is, how t hey can apply it to their lives.

We also made our own candle light using construction paper and craft sticks. At that end we wrote Psalm 119:105 the candle stick part to help memorize the scripture. 

Do you ever teach bible lessons at home or at Sunday school?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

learn at home.

This is a very simple activity that can be done at home with items you have laying around the house. 

Color sorting. 

Or sorting of any kind, really.

Matching and sorting are early stages of math for toddlers + preschoolers! 

Recognizing groups and sorting requires logical thinking...logical thinking becomes important later on in life when it comes to decision making. We all want our little ones to grow to become excellent decision makers.  

Happy sorting.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


B R O W N I E S! .
You’ll need: 
1/2 cup of @hilanddairy  butter // 1 cup of sugar // 2 eggs // 1 teaspoon vanilla // 1/3 cup of cocoa // 1/2 cup of flour // 1/4 teaspoon of salt // 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda // optional but highly recommend 1/2 cup of chocolate chips added to the batter before baking + Hiland Dairy vanilla ice cream to scoop onto the warm brownie once it’s done baking. 

Mix ingredients + bake  @350 for 25-35 mins.