Tuesday, February 23, 2010

There's just something . .

about a clean microwave that makes me so happy!


: )

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The New Recruit

I think we have a future fire fighter here!

Excuse me, Waiter?

 . . . there's a fly in my water barrel.

At 10:42 yesterday morning, a local 8-year-old hero risked patience and sanity by rescuing a drowning insect with a large spoon.  Unfortunately, it was too late for the insect, who died before resuscitation efforts could begin.  The water has been purified of the insect's remains.  Burial services were held immediately following the rescue.  Photographs were requested by the hero, and to commemorate her efforts we are happy to publish them.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Livia's Weekend Project

Livia's latest project at school was to create a "shoebox habitat" of her choosing.  She wanted to do a coral reef, so after some research we found some plants and animals she wanted to include:  clown fish, anemones, coral, a puffer fish, a sea turtle.  Putting these together required

  1.  One trip to Michael's 
  2. (Two coupons--yaay!)
  3. Three (+) hours on Saturday (-ish--I really didn't keep track of the time)
  4. Four darling fish (two clown fish, one puffer, one yellow tang . . . oh crap, we did schooling jack fish too . . . but there's a lot of them, so total fish is 24)
  5. Five sea plants (one plumose anemone, one sea anemone, one cauliflower coral, one red coral, and one brain coral--I learned a lot this weekend!)
  6. Six sides of the box covered (dark blue outside, light blue inside, cellophane covering the front and sides, questionnaire and research paper on the back)
  7. Seven animals total (four fish plus an octopus, a camouflaged sea horse (can you find him?) and a sea turtle swimming up by the top of the water)
  8. Lots of paint, pipe cleaners, feather boas, Crayola's Model Magic (new fave!), construction paper, sharpies, and guess what the sand is??? bread crumbs!
and the finished project looks like this:

you can see the sea horse and the clown fish better here:

Fun, huh?  Livia and I had a blast putting it all together, but I'll tell you this--
I can wait a while for the next project!

Thoughts for Today

In our RS lesson today our new RSP shared this poem.  I just wanted to post it and thank all of you that I call friends--I am so blessed to have you in my life!  Thank you, thank you!  Sophia often asks me how many friends I have ("Do you have one friend or five friends, Mom?"), and I am so grateful to have more than one hand-worth.  I hope I continue the "breath of kindness" on my end.  You are all wonderful and fabulous and I love you!


Oh, the comfort--the inexpressible comfort
Of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words--but pouring them
All right out--just as they are--
Chaff and grain together--
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them--
Keep what is worth keeping--
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.

Dinah Craik

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sophia's Nursery Rhymes

Sophia wanted to perform for the family, so this is what she did:

"One little piggy sitting on the market, eating his curds and whey.  Then he didn't go away and his house did and he didn't go away and his dad came and carried them away."

That's great, Sophia!  "Yup."  Do you have any others you'd like to share?

"Little Miss Muffet sat on her puffet eating her curds and whey.  Along came a spider (pause) hickory dickory dock.  The mouse ran up the clock.  The clock fell down, the mouse ran down, hickory dickory dock."

And you thought only Fractured Fairy Tales could do that.

Ode to Alicia

At family dinner a few weeks ago, my cute sister Alicia was telling us a story.  To be honest, I can't remember much of it but I did start taking notes after I was laughing so hard my gut hurt and tears were rolling down my face.  So in honor of that festive occasion, here are some funny quotes from my funny sister!

"I'm like, Superwoman catching all these . . ."

"Then we got a concussion from it hitting us in the head, like five times."

"What were we supposed to do?  I mean, we were popcorn-less!"

"She had no defense except for the popcorn."

We love you Peash!

: )