SciFi Mama

Adventures in raising a geeky child

Tooth Fairy Origami September 19, 2012

Filed under: Paige,pics — scifimama @ 7:14 pm

Our tooth fairy got a bit bored last week waiting for Paige to fall asleep. The result was two $1 bills being folded into a chain. That went over pretty well. Then the tooth fairy got lazy with the second tooth of the week and just folded them in half. Paige said it looked like an alligator mouth. With the third lost tooth she was anxious to see what the tooth fairy would make.

Crap! Time to enlist the tooth fairy’s helper. Most people know him as Ryan. Ryan has also helped make the tooth-money exchange for us. He stays up late and Paige has been waking up to try to catch sight of the tooth fairy. He can wait her out better than we can. He’s also much better at origami than we are. He’s the one who started this with the money chain. I didn’t get a picture of that before Paige unfolded it to see how much money she got. I did get a picture of the latest though. Ryan made a flying bird (pull the tail and the wings flap) and a butterfly. He’s tapped out on origami, he broke out his dollar bill origami book to practice for the next tooth.



Onesie Cupcakes October 11, 2011

Filed under: crafts,Mommy,pics — scifimama @ 9:20 pm

I’m a rather, shall we say, frugal person. So when I came across the most adorable adaption of gourmet cupcakes I about flipped. They were super cute, and would be perfect for the baby shower I was invited to later that month. But, they were $40, plus shipping, and I wasn’t paying that. I found a somewhat tutorial with a list of items. I gathered up my supplies and started.

4 Onesies (I like to use 3-6 month size)

4 receiving blankets

4 coffee filters

curling ribbon

cupcake box

ribbon to decorate box

Start by measuring the height of your cupcake box; mine was 4 inches. Fold a receiving blanket to 1/2 inch shorter than the box. Pick a onesie and fold it so that it fits into the blanket, sticking up that extra 1/2 inch allowance you left. Line up the left edge of the blanket and the butt side of the onesie.

From here, you simply roll them together tightly.

Once you get to the end set the whole thing into a coffee filter. You may want to put a bit of tape on it to hold in place. That wasn’t necessary on the first set I made, but the second set I had to do it. (It could have been the difference in the brands on items I used.) Tie a length of curling ribbon around the center of the coffee filter, making a simple bow.

The onesie looks a bit like icing sticking up on the top of a cupcake at this point. Continue like this until you’ve made all 4 onesie cupcakes. The package of onesies I bought actually had 5 in the pack. I used the last one to put in the bottom of the box for color. You could use a onesie or tissue paper to give that peek of color underneath the other cupcakes.

How you match up the onesies and blankets is all personal preference. I tried to put the brighter colors with the blankets that were more white. If the pattern was similar and one had more bold colors I tried to pair those. How you pair them is up to your personal taste.

To finish off the gourmet cupcake look I decorated the top of the box. I used a wide ribbon to close the box, adding more curling ribbon and a flower to the top. Definitely check out your local Dollar Tree for the ribbon and flower. That’s where I got mine, all matching and the ribbon already curled for me.

The recipient definitely liked her special cupcakes. Everyone at the baby shower thought it was the cutest idea. One of my coworkers overheard me talking about it and asked me to make one for her as well. She said it was the hit of the shower she attended.


First day of school August 16, 2011

Filed under: Family,Paige,parenting,pics,school — scifimama @ 5:06 am

Monday Paige started school.  She was so excited to go to kindergarten finally and be at big girl school.  She had her uniform all picked out and ready to go so she would look her prettiest.  We went last week to meet her teacher and get acquainted with her classroom.  Her teacher, Ms W, is wonderful!  She’s been teaching school for 20 years; mostly kindergarten and first grade.  Ms W told us she missed most of last year due to an illness which has given her a new outlook.  Ms W was beyond excited to get back the grade she wanted.  Her illness? Colon cancer.  I don’t think we could have asked for a better teacher.  Before I go much further, I’ll appease the family and post a few pics.

Here’s a few stats for the first day of school.

The required first day sign.

Family picture.

Daddy walking her to class.

Yes, the backpack is almost as big as she is.  It’s mostly empty though, there’s only a lunchbox in there and the red go home folder.


Paige is going to learn a lot this year.  There’s the usual reading, math, listening that she will learn.  But there’s also tolerance and patience.  As much as we are free thinking parents, Paige has not been exposed to special needs kids.  Not that we’ve been trying to avoid anyone or keep her sheltered, only that there’s none in our daycare and we don’t know anyone with a special needs child.  Her class has a special needs child in it.  The little girl has an assistant who sits in the class with her to help out as needed.  Paige has already mentioned a couple of times that the girl doesn’t sit down, has special scissors, and a lady to help her stay in her chair.  We’re trying to teach Paige how to be friends with her and everyone else in class.

The first day of school was declared a success, with Paige wanting to go back.  If she keeps this attitude up, the school year could be decent.


Teacher Gift August 8, 2011

Filed under: crafts,Mommy,pics,school — scifimama @ 5:16 am

I’ve been working on a gift for Paige’s new teacher. I didn’t want to do anything super over the top, but I did want to do a little something. At the bottom of our school supply list was a teacher wish list. I’m sure everyone else probably got the same thing. It’s common for teachers to ask for a few extra items that they need for the class in hopes that parents will bring in some of the items. Most of the requested items were already on Paige’s supply list already so I picked up an extra here and there as I shopped. Money is tight for us just like it is for most people that I know. I wanted a cute and fun way to give the teacher the things she had asked for. And here it is, my back to school bouquet.

I found the jar at Old Time Pottery on sale for $1.50. I picked up the school supplies from Walmart once they put out the back to school section. It took 2 boxes of 24 crayons, 2 glue sticks (packaged together in 1 package), 1 bottle of school glue, 1 small hand sanitizer, a pair of safety scissors, and a package of water colors. And here’s where I really got creative. I wanted a good way to hold everything in place yet still be movable for adjustments. I used red aquarium rocks. (Slight digression here, but hey, it’s my blog, right? Anyway, I recently found a tutorial for dying rice. I’ll probably try that next.) The sticks? Bamboo skewers for grilling. I put the sharp ends down into the gravel so no one would get hurt.

I started by lining the jar with crayons. This took most of the 2 packs I bought. I put the jar on it’s side and lined as many as I could, then started putting in the gravel. I found putting it in a measuring cup and pouring it in worked the best. Once I finished placing all the crayons I filled the gravel up to the top of the crayons.

With that done I started preparing the “flowers” for my bouquet. Out came my trusty glue gun. Using hot glue will keep the supplies attached to the skewer securely, but will still allow the teacher to take them apart with no permanent damage to the items. I gave it a more finished look by tying rick rack in coordinating colors on each “flower.” You could use whatever ribbon you have on hand. I had this left over from last years end of school gifts.

This was a quick and easy craft that I think will go over well with Paige’s new teacher. I will also take in a pack of computer paper that was on the wish list; it was just too large to put on a skewer. I posted a picture of it on Facebook the other day and a teacher friend said she really liked it. I’m hoping the bribe, er I mean gift, is a hit with the teacher.


Cloth napkins July 12, 2011

Filed under: Green,pics — scifimama @ 7:04 pm

Continuing my efforts to be more green I’ve switched us to cloth napkins. Sitting down to dinner one night I realized that the majority of our paper towel usage is each night at dinner. Then my brain wondered around to how much I spend on paper towels and how quickly we go through a roll, leading into how many paper towels go into the trash can. I spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how many cloth napkins I would need and how it would affect my laundry.

If I were going to cloth napkins to be more green, I wouldn’t want to add an extra load to my laundry. Our washer and dryer are old and not very energy efficient. I don’t want to add to my carbon footprint, I’m trying to reduce it. I finally decided that the amount of napkins we need would easily fit into another load of laundry I would already be washing.

Paige and I hit up the local Old Time Pottery for some fun, cheap napkins. We picked up 4 new sets. When added to the ones Ronnie had from assorted restaurants and catering we have more than enough for the week. In fact we have enough to put one in my lunchbox everyday as well.


I’ve been taking things slow on what to change.  I want to make permanent changes which means changing my habits not just making a lot of changes at one time.  A lot of changes at once won’t stick; at least not with me.  This takes me up to using my own reusable shopping bags, taking a lunch bag each day, using reusable containers & utensils in my lunch bag, taking my own cup to Starbucks and McAlisters, mixing my own laundry detergent and now using cloth napkins.  Overall, I think it’s a good start.






It’s Tattoo Time! June 15, 2011

Filed under: Mommy,pics — scifimama @ 5:02 am

I’ve been planning my new tattoo for a couple of years.  I knew what I wanted, but I had to think about it for a while.  I mean, this is something I’ll be looking at for the rest of my life; I had to make sure I wouldn’t hate it in a couple of months.  After about two years of wanting it, I knew it was sticking around.  When Ronnie left to go out of town I grabbed my friend Kristi and off we went to the tattoo parlor.  Don’t worry about Ronnie, it wasn’t an absolute surprise.  He knew I was planning on getting it, and what, just not the exact date and time.  Kristi was also kind enough to text him pictures and updates throughout the process.  Of course, I didn’t know at the time he was sitting down to dinner and drinks with the VP of the company who was also getting the updates on the status of my tattoo.

The design is called a triquetra.  Many will recognize it as a type of Celtic knot.  It dates back to Germanic paganism and is still being used today.  It’s meant to show someone or something that is threefold, with the circle representing the unity of all these things.  It’s most commonly thought to have referred to Land, Sea and Sky.  More modern times has it symbolizing Body, Mind and Soul or Mother, Father, Child.  Many Christians see it as Father, Son, Holy Ghost.  I go with more of the first two theories on what it symbolizes.

Another place you may recognize the design is from the TV show Charmed.  On Charmed it was used to symbolize the three sister witches, and was on the cover of their Book of Shadows.  Since Paige’s name came from that show, it seemed a good fitting to me to use the design.  The only addition I had to make was to add Paige to the side.  No matter what she will always be my child, so adding her name was an easy decision, especially since the tattoo represents her.  If we ever have another girl her name will be Piper and I’ll add her name to the other side.  Plenty of room.

Location?  It’s on my lower back by my left hip.  Did it hurt?  Yup, sure did.  Honestly, the area went numb quickly.  I did have a slight problem with endorphins dropping my sugar levels like a rock though.  That resulted in some slight throwing up of dinner.  While I sat in the room looking all paler than normal Kristi went to get me a Coke.  Once I drank some of that I was good to go for the rest of the tattoo.  It took about 45 minutes to do the entire design including her name.  I’ve had it for a week and a half now and it’s healed nicely.  I’ve gone through the scaley phase and it’s all smooth and pretty.  I think the artist did a great job on it and I’m completely in love with it.  Ronnie’s reaction?  Probably not as priceless as the VP of his company’s reaction.  That guy was shocked I got one!  Ronnie’s fine with it.  He knew it was something I wanted and was going to do.  As long as it’s not on his body (he’s even more terrified of needles than I am) he thinks it’s great.


Audubon Zoo March 22, 2011

Filed under: Daddy,Family,fun,Mommy,Paige,pics — scifimama @ 4:28 am

We took a weekend trip to New Orleans last weekend.  We went to visit family and see the zoo before it got too hot.  Having family who lives in New Orleans makes trips like this very possible.  Hotel Aunt Connie has all the comforts of home; probably because it’s my sister in law’s house.  We booked our stay and off we went.

The zoo was fun.  The high Saturday got up to the upper 70’s.  By mid afternoon it was already warm enough for the animals to be rather lazy about moving or to go indoors to their air conditioned habitats.  Our first stop was the restrooms where I found this hanging in the stall.

That started my day off with a laugh.  And yes, I really did get out the camera to snap a picture.  When else would I have the chance?  We saw all the usual animals you would expect: elephants, giraffes, lions and monkeys.  Paige got to love on a baby elephant.

Paige & Mommy even wrestled an aligator!

All of the statues around the park is one of my favorite things about the Audubon Zoo.  A zoo is a zoo.  I know that probably sounds callous, but zoos showcase different types of animals for us to see.  Yes, each zoo has different animals based on the area.  The Indianapolis Zoo gave me my very first real life peek at a polar bear.  What sets a zoo apart, at least for me, is what they have around the zoo.  Are the grounds pretty?  Not just the habitat, but the people trails as well.  Yes, Audubon Zoo has beautiful grounds.  I enjoy all of the extras that make the zoo more fun.  And for me, playing on the statues is one of the best.  The other great part is Monkey Hill.

Monkey Hill is the highest area of New Orleans.  It’s a whopping 20 feet tall.  You read that correctly, 20 feet.  I don’t know exactly where that puts it in relation to sea level.  But, since New Orleans as a whole is roughly 7 feet below sea level, that would place Monkey Hill at 13 feet above sea level.  Not high according to most people.  It was build to give New Orleans kids the chance to experience a hill.  There’s a serious lack of hills in a city that sits below sea level.  In recent years it’s been expanded with a water play area, a tree house, and a pride of lion statues.  Our favorite part?  Rolling down the hill.  Paige & Daddy had a blast.

We spent the day wondering around the zoo seeing things and having fun.  Audubon Zoo is a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it.  If you get the chance go early in the spring, as in the next couple of weeks, or wait until the fall.  One fact we found interesting is that the zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras, and the second Friday of Jazz Fest.  No idea why that particular Friday.



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