Sunday, March 23, 2008

Egg Decorating

Last night we did a little Easter Egg decorating. The girls were so different about decorating. Jooge took lots of time, did one color for each egg, carefully adorned them with stickers or crayon drawings, you know, like an almost five year-old might. Avery had all of her eggs dyed in about three minutes. Then, she went back for second, third, fourth colorings, dunking an egg in a color, reaching in, grabbing it out, splashing it into another mug of color, grabbing it again, slamming it into her egg box, humming the whole time. Her hand was as colorful as her eggs. Her eggs also turned out looking strangely REAL in their hues, what with all the layers of colors and cracks a'plenty.

Now we have nearly three dozen hard boiled eggs to consume in the next five days. Happy Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Aiming My Lense Upward

I have this obsession with taking pictures of branches. They always grab my eye and what results is a wide array of perfect, beautiful forms.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Never a Dull Moment Around Here

Though temporarily parked, these boots traipsed through a field yesterday and provided us with great adventure. We collected hazelnuts, dandelions, sticks, and came back and then out came paper (totally unplanned but it worked!) and drew them. It was one of those times when we just went outside to explore, rare, but easy to do. I need to do it more. I probably will, now that I'm reading this book.
In other news, we have had a constant rotation of visitors each weekend. Last weekend my husband's mom, sister and niece were here. Jooge LOVED LOVED LOVED playing with her cousin, an 11 year old.

Before that it was my brother and his fiance, and a weekend of family time. I got to play my first game of Guitar Hero "shralping" it up in front of the screen. Pictured here is my mom shralping.

Last weekend we attended a fabulous St. Patty's Day parade. Our preschool did a float and threw lots of candy at the crowds. Holy cow. The kids on the sidelines of parades these days with their bags full of candy! Out of control!

And this weekend? We have absolutely nothing planned. It will be very good to recharge and reclaim our space, to prepare for the fun to come, and most importantly to don our boots so we can find a field somewhere and explore. Happy Spring Break!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Keepin' it Real Monday

As I drove my Wee Bairn home from preschool today the gold of the arches called me their way and the next thing we knew we were tucking into happy meals and a fish filet and a shamrock shake. For those who've forgotten what that is, it's a McDonald's shake you get in the month of March that is green and mint flavored and really quite yummy.

May the luck 'o the little people leave gold in all your nooks and crannies. Our crannies? Filled with cholesterol thank you very much.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Fancy That, a Hat!

I just made my first hat, over a two-three month time frame. The hardest part about hats for me is the initial first two rows. For some reason my fingers really fumble with that. This hat fits me or the Jooge, whomever might be in the mood for blue. I used one skein of a woolywash yarn. The creative projects these days seem few and far between, but what joy they bring to a busy mom's world.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Tall Girls

Suddenly my girls are looking taller to me. You know how it is, you've been looking at them every day and suddenly you really look and all that growing registers to your eyes and it's time to gasp and stop everything and watch them closely so that nothing is missed. Avery is a good three inches taller since she turned two and Julia is about two and a half inches taller since she turned four.