Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I loved making the name art in Photoshop so I did it for our last name. Those name things were a little addicting. I colored it in and put it in a dollar store frame. The "r" was Target store clearance from a couple years back. I don't think I ever displayed it before.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Note from Chuckles - I love you - See after School
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Chuckles and Big E with Tissue Hat
Directions for tissue paper flowers found here.
I also have had a chance to read The Blind Side and see the movie. I know I must be the last person to see the movie. The book was somewhat a hard read for me as reading about football was hard. This is one time the movie I thought was a great addition to the book. I admit I did skim some of the detailed football logistics in the book.I think that seeing football, the visual, is what makes the movie better for this part. The book goes more in depth of Micheal Other story but the movie did an excellent job of summarizing. I love Sandra Bullock in this movie.
In addition, I also saw the movie Eat, Love, Pray with Book Club and I had really mixed feelings. The movie seemed to suck the soul out of the book, the spirituality out. I think I agree with my friend, Carol that it was too neat. The loose ends are never wrapped up like that. Life is messy. I think the book was better. Our book club was 50/50 on the book. Here was our review.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Worked on Day 3 of the Lego Study. #1 Son didn't expend much energy on the activity. Chuckles was all over the activity. We made our own mosaics. #1 Son did his name which I won't show here. Chuckles on the other hand made a person on a skateboard with a sun. Later he added the Danish Flag from Day 1 activities.
Later #1 Son brought me an article in Nintendo Power Magazine about Sean Kenney, artist and LEGO master. He had built a big Nintendo DSi. This Lego replicate of the DSi stands over 6 and half feet tall and weighs something like 250 lbs. The study directs you to view some of his art work featured at the zoo in Philadelphia. So, #1 Son really had been listening/participating.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
***I guess this is technically day 3 of the strike and day 2 of missing school
This morning came too early (5:45 am). You know it will be a long day when you have trouble making coffee. It took me three tries. It is truly a sign, a sad one at that. Once I got my coffee life got better. Nothing earth shattering happened today. It was a good day. MY chores got done. My children played and maybe learned a little something. That is good enough for me.
I have a lot of worries about school starting. I have one child who has anxiety and not starting school is really increasing his anxiety Being in limbo is sure not helping. His anxiety is adding to my anxiety. It just is a vicious circle. I know it will pass. This is life and teaching him to be flexible is part of it. I have to trust it is going to all work out. I just hope school starts sooner than later.
We crafted. The Diva and I made this apple banner out of construction paper.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
With some unplanned down time this afternoon for the two man wrecking crew, I decided to copy Baker's Dozen and check out this Lego Unit Study. It was all laid out for us by "Walking the Way". I simply downloaded the PDF and followed the links. We made Lego Denmark flags. We read about the inventor of Lego's. It was pretty fascinating. Hey, I learned something, too. Did you realize the original Lego's were made out of wood? #1 Son worked mainly on the activity sheets. We didn't make the taxi from the directions provided on the link. But rather #1 Son made an alien taxi and Chuckles a limo. Chuck and I had a spelling discussion about words Taxi and Limo. They seemed excited to do this. They are looking forward to Day 2 of Lego Unit Study the activities as it appears that tomorrow is a strike day, too. At least my kids are learning something.
***I was reminded too, that kids had certain expectations about school too. They are having a hard time wrapping their heads around the concept of what a strike is. We discussed what a contract is. Does anyone have some kind of suggestion how to discuss this with kids in terms they understand?
Lastly, I hated a little today. Sorry Lord. The Coach teaching the little girls to shriek during soccer . I had to say something. You are right up against my fence and you make more noise than the other 3 other teams practicing combined. Teach them to yell not shriek. SERIOUSLY. I am so use to the school noise but the SHRIEKING is wrong, wrong, wrong. Dear Soccer parent I know I live next to a school but technically I was there way before the school. You are playing next to some houses. Use some manners. I am sure your girls can engage in normal yelling. I am definitely(100%) they need no help in the Shriek department. Your team is practicing in the buffer zone between the school and my property and NOT a field. FIND A REAL FIELD!
Today is officially back to school for us. But our Teachers are striking so even though this the official start we won't be going. Thought I would give you just a little flashback of all our previous 1st Day's of School. You know a stroll down memory lane. I can't believe I have a 2nd grader and a 7th grader. I will post with an official back to school photo when they actually go.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Chuckles(green), Big E (black), #1 Son (gray)