We went to the ballet! It’s been such a long time – almost a year since we were last at a ballet show and it was great to go again!
I am totally loving this new app on my phone. It is called Project Life and it makes it so easy to create pages like the one you see above. Then you can print them out an put them in an album – it takes no time at all and looks totally great!
Today I felt like a good mom! This was the snack that the kids had waiting for them when they got home.
It took approximately 10 minutes for them to devour this entire plate of veges.
I am always on the look out for a cute easy project for my students. I teach knitting after school once a week for an hour and a half. This session my students are all between the ages of 8 and 10. It is hard for them to sit still and knit for the entire time so I try to break it up in the middle with an easy fun craft. This past week we made God’s Eyes. I used to make them all the time as a kid, but now a days kids don’t have the time to sit and just chill.
My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.
Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.
Each one turned out differently.
Very muted colors – such a nice effect.
They all experimented with color changes.
I love the look with the variegated yarn.
A 4-side and a 6-sided God’s Eye.
Each student made one of each.
Another very pretty God’s Eye with variegated yarn.
We had so much fun!!
This week we had some oranges that were past their prime. I looked online at allrecipes.com and picked one that sounded good.
Whole Orange Cake Recipe.
Interestingly enough, all the kids loved this cake, but my husband and I were not too fond of it. I’ll have to try a different one to see if I can discover one that we all like.
Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it was a really nice and relaxing day.
Special Belgium Waffles
It started out with breakfast. All of them worked together to get breakfast on the table – what a delicious meal it was!
The crew! I was missing the oldest – but she called so all was good.
Alphabet waffles :o)
Even Kate got in on the action.
A boy and his dog.
Alphabet cookies for dessert.
The dude playing with my hairclips.
The entire day was amazing. I got some things done that I needed to do, but overall was able to just sit back and relax. I enjoyed this Mother’s Day VERY much!
About a month ago I shared one of our new pets – an alligator lizard. Our 17 year old daughter rescued him from being eaten by our cats. His tail had fallen off and he was very lethargic. We were not quite sure he was going to make it. Well…
He is doing fabulously! He eats about 4 crickets and 4 meal worms each day (making him the most expensive pet we own). If you look closely, you can see that he is shedding yet again – this makes the third time since we got him – he is growing fast!
Something I don’t do very well is spend one-on-one time with each of my kids. I know that they crave it and I know that it’s very important to make the effort, but sometimes with our weekends full of activities, time can be very short!
Mini-golf with the 10 year old.
We had a really great time!
Kate & Oski
My dog’s best friend is Oski. They are both 6 year old yellow labs from the same breeder, but different litters (they are actually 7 weeks apart). Mine, Kate, is the older of the two. They are fast friends (as are their owners)!
Two of my kids play the cello and recently had their recital. I love these recitals!!
This recital was really special. The kids’ teacher had them play a trio with her – what a treat that was!
J-10 years-4th grade.
J was so nervous, but he rallied and played his pieces really well.
E-13 years-7th grade
E was calm and collected the whole time. I guess that’s what comes of experience. All the kids at the recital played very well and it was a pleasure to listen to them.
Two of us organize noon art at our local elementary school for students in the first through fifth grades. We usually reach about 150 to 200 students each time and it is such a fantastic blast! I love providing unstructured art projects and find out what they can come up with. Recently we placed fabric, masking tape and staplers on the tables – check out what they came up with:
We had 9 tables of supplies laid out.
Fabric, masking tape and staplers.
This was just the beginning.
More kept coming and coming.
The tables were so full, kids moved to the blacktop.
Bag with handles.
She decided to embellish the whole thing in tape.
Look at this flap!
It folds over to close.
Using lots of staples.
Handle made of tape.
Front totally covered in masking tape.
The back covered as well with a different design.
As you can see, we had a really good time! I can’t wait for the next one!