Jul 7, 2014

Liberty Kids!

I was so excited to see this was on sale on Amazon. Not sure how long it will last, but it's only $5 right now. This is going to tie in perfectly with our US HISTORY emphasis this year in Classical Conversations, Cycle 3. NOT that I EVER let my children watch the TELEVISION.

(affiliate link)

Oct 26, 2013

Some Summer Fun

Ah, the chilly air is finally here. It's strange, but I don't feel like myself most of the year here in the desert. I'm a scarf, old Doc Martens, jeans, long stripey socks kind of girl. Coffee is best hot. And chocolatey. Most of that doesn't work in the middle of summer, in the middle of the desert.

I think I'm livin' in the wrong climate, folks.

Here are a few pix from our summer.

Hey kids, this substance is called 'water'.

More monsoon shenanigans.

Look what we got from our neighbor!

We said goodbye to a tree in the front yard. Poor tree.

Found a new nature trail!

I hiking, Mama! I wike it!

"What, ain't you never seen someone fill a tire before?"
And in the background,
"I not pwaying wif da air compwessor, Mama. I just wooking."

We got some backyard chickadoodles. Super cuties!

Argh argh argh! Playdate with Grandma V.

I climb rocks.

Jul 25, 2013

Creative Sunday

Some really cool artsy friends of ours came through town. What a blessing they are. Plus really talented. They encouraged us to spend time doing art - so we did. Our first Creative Sunday was last week.

It was fun, messy, and slightly scatter-brained - as we have kids.

And loads of them.

And they're loud.

I'm hoping to make this a family rhythm. I'm personally working on a project for our church website. I'm hoping it ends up looking more like an explosion than an edelweiss flower (as in the thumbnail sketch).

Jun 24, 2013

Summer School | Art | Henri Rousseau

Finally got into the swing of our summer schedule. Only took me half the summer! Okay granted, we did VBS and swimming lessons have been kicking our bums. But still.

Here we are doing our second art project of the summer - inspired by Henri Rousseau. He was a pretty fantastic painter - of jungle scenes! Even though many art critics in his day didn't think much of his work, he did.

I love it when people are confident like that. Not the "I'm so awesome (even though I'm kind of a jerk about it)" kind of confidence but the "just know what I like and I like my art" kind of confidence. 

We ventured outside in the sweltering desert for some leaves to make these prints. Which turned out to be harder than I thought, considering most the plants around us look like ... um... cactus.

All you need: paper, green paint(s), plate/flat bowl, brayer (it's a foamy paint roller, basically).

Pretty fantastic.

#2 kid went right ahead and drew some animals in her jungle scene. #1 kid is planning to draw some monkeys (with help from here) and glue them in later.