Two family reunions in two states in two weeks. After hurrying home to get to a fiddle performance, we're still digesting all the fun we had on our trip. While we're restarting school and preparing for another fiddle performance tomorrow night, I'll leave you with a bit of silliness from our adventure.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I love the idea of sketching and painting outdoors.
The kids also thought going to the park to do a little art sounded fun.
So, off we went.
The last day of our school year.
My quick sharpie sketch
Cool morning in the shade
...for me, that is.
The kids provided a few quick outputs with little focus and detail.
They really just wanted to enjoy the outdoors, catch guppies, untangle fishing lines, watch heron, and run through the wildflowers.
It was their last day of school after all!
We wrapped up the art session quickly, then simply enjoyed being at the park and lake.
Lesson learned: Next time we paint en plein air, we'll start somewhere less distracting--our yard, neighborhood walking trail. When we take a nature hike somewhere more novel, I'll have the kids bring their camera and snap their favorite shots of something they can sketch and paint later when they'll be more likely to focus on the task and concentrate on details.
We've had better success bringing nature indoors for art.
Now, time to start planning for next school year.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I don't think he likes when I call it the finger puppet sling!
This little DIY has been contagious.
The other three kids have also made sling shots. I figure it won't be long before another 10-15 kids on the block have made their own weapons.
It could get very dangerous around here.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
It's been five years so far since Joe joined
Fr. Danny's Dream Team our parish building committee to start planning for our new sanctuary.
After looking like this about 10 months ago...
As the only structural engineer on the building committee, Joe walks these grounds frequently, meets with contract engineers weekly, and reviews materials test reports repeatedly.
He's been very fortunate to be a part of this process with such a well-rounded and competent team. Although time-consuming, it's been a very gratifying experience, especially now that parishioners can begin to see the fruits of their labors.
We're hoping it's finished by the dedication ceremony, October 27. Otherwise, I guess we'll have to play Tiddlywinks with the bishop who is scheduled to celebrate with us!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
It's been kinda nice finishing up most of our activities for the year.
A couple of weeks ago, the kids ended their violin group lessons with a recital.
Last weekend (Mother's Day) they had their individual recitals in both violin and piano.
I really slacked off by the time we got to the piano recital--this is all I got!
Hooray!!! We've finished the season!!!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
He was fed up with either having to rely on me to turn on/off his ceiling fan...or having to climb down from the top bunk to do it himself.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We are, however, enthusiastic caretakers of other people's animals.
It's the perfect remedy for kids who think they'd like a houseful of little critters!
Currently, we are housing a couple of guinea pigs; a 20-gallon tank full of fish; 2 little bunnies; and the frequently-visiting, ever-loitering neighbor cat...not to mention the jar of fruit flies (science).