Dinosaur week – fossil cookies

fossil cookies | Adventures with the Nortons

Today, we made fossil and dinosaur cookies. We used this ginger cookie recipe, a dinosaur sandwich cutter, raisin eyes, and toy dinosaurs. Christopher had fun!

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One of the finished cookies:

fossil cookies | Adventures with the Nortons

I hung up a string on which to hang Christopher’s finished artwork so he could look at it. That definitely got him more excited about making pictures! Soon as he finishes one, he points to the string and tells me to put it up. He also had me hang up some dinosaur flash cards. I got a pack at Target for $1 recently and gave him 5 different ones of dinosaurs he might recognize. He can now identify the t-rex, the triceratops, the stegosaurus, and the pteranodon. He loves pteranodons from Dinosaur Train.

Here’s a picture of the string after I hung it up the other night. Now it’s full, with pictures overlapping.

display string | Adventures with the Nortons


Dinosaur week – free resources

dinosaur theme resources | Adventures with the Nortons

Here’s a list of resources I used for dinosaur-themed activity ideas and printables. We didn’t get around to doing everything, and some things I’m intentionally going to do later. I’ve pinned a lot of these, plus more, on my dinosaur Pinterest board.

Printables and Crafts:


My dinosaur week posts:

Dinosaur week – making fossils

I decided to start doing some preschool activities with Christopher this year. He’s 2 and a half, so he’s on the younger side, but I think some structured activities would be good for him, and he seems to enjoying learning new things. I’m picking a theme a week and loosely structuring activities for the week. It will be mostly fun stuff, incorporating things like the alphabet and numbers. He can already mostly count to 10, though he usually misses the number 9, and doesn’t fully understand yet how to apply the counting to objects. I like the Montessori approach for young children. I want to always be encouraging the boys to learn more, but without putting unnecessary pressure on them. I think if opportunities are available to learn, they’ll soak up so much. Christopher amazes us with things he already knows.

We were going to start preschool last week, but I was sick, so we started today. We’re starting with a dinosaur theme, because Christopher loves dinosaurs. I picked a bunch of activities and found some good printables, and will decide how much to do each day based off how things are going. Today, he’s been coloring some Dinosaur Train pages I printed. Then we made fossils using this recipe from Sense of Wonder. We used a couple of dinosaurs from Dollar Tree and some dinosaur erasers from Target. Christopher had a lot of fun. His favorite part seemed to be using the spatula to put the fossils in the pan.

Tomorrow, the fossils are going into a dinosaur-themed sensory bin. I’m sure Christopher will have a blast with that!

I’m going to be posting more this week and we do more dinosaur activities, and will post a list of resources I’m using. Meanwhile, here’s my dinosaur board and my preschool board on Pinterest.

Cast #3!

Friday, July 19, Luke got his third cast. He also turned 15 months. Things went great while we were there. He woke up quickly from the anesthesia, ate well, and was ready to go home soon after. We picked up Christopher from the house of some friends, and headed home.

Luke slept badly that night, tossing and turning a lot, and he seemed to be having stomach pain. The next day, his reflux got bad, and he just couldn’t get comfortable. After a few days of stomach problems and him barely sleeping, I realized the band across his stomach felt tighter than on the previous casts. I took him back in to Children’s Hospital, and they loosened up the cast around his stomach. Thankfully it was just a quick 5-minutes fix. The stomach problems went away and he’s been doing great since then! The x-ray results from cast #3 look wonderful. His spine is so much straighter, with the degree of curve still below 10.

The next step is to have him molded for a brace. They’ll put a cast on him, then cut it off to use as a mold. Then they’ll put him in another cast that he’ll wear for a few weeks while the brace is made. The tentative date for that casting is September 10. So hopefully less than 2 more months of casts! There are a couple of major benefits to moving to a brace. #1) We can take it off for a bit each day so he can play, bathe, etc. #2) Less stink! We’ll be able to switch out and wash the shirt that goes underneath, as well as give Luke full baths again, so he won’t have to smell like sweaty feet anymore. With the summer heat, he gets sweaty, and the cast gets pretty smelly. The shirt underneath is supposed to help with that, so hopefully being able to wash and change the shirt with the brace will make a difference.

In other news, we’re fixing our house up to sell so we can move closer to work, church, and friends. As much as we love it up where we are, the strain of being so far from everything is costing us more than it’s worth at this point in life. I’m really looking forward to being closer in to town, as well as not having a fixer-upper house anymore! The house is a lot more work than it appeared originally. We’re looking into getting an apartment for a while, which will be a nice break from having to fix things ourselves. I will really miss all the wildlife though!