Finally, some sun and a bit of warm weather-just in time for Easter and April. Feels so good!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
large faces and painted with tempera on pizza box cardboard.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Church in the morning, cantata in the afternoon.
Palm branches had a symbolic meaning from ancient times of triumph and victory as in war, and the word "hosannah" meant "save us now." The people saw Jesus as an earthly king and one who would save them from the Romans. However, Jesus rode in on a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace. I asked the kids if they would rather have a horse or donkey (we live in a farming community, and they were definite about the superiority of horses!) Horses were symbols of war and power. By riding a donkey, Jesus was showing that he was not a powerful earthly king but a king who came to die for us.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Large square paper
Markers or colored pencils
After copying the two hearts on each page, students placed evenly space dots around the edge of each heart with pencils. The small heart can be centered or off-side for different results.
We used washable markers, which did smear a bit. Some kids liked the smearing and incorporated it into their design. Colored pencils might be a good option to eliminate this.
The possibilities for color play, patterns and design are great with this project. It might also be fun to try this on colored paper with plain white or one colored lines.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
L. produced great results when Mrs. B-H's art class drew out of National Geographic.
Friday, March 22, 2013
I took some of the tiny painted (pseudo) Russian Nesting Dolls on our spring break to give to Karen and her good buddies when we went out for a girls' supper. Seeing that we are all over 50 now, (!) I thought a meditation on the shape of our lives at this stage was in order, so I wrote a little essay to read when I gave them out.
It's What's Inside That Counts
So your shape is a little more on the babuska side now. You know that’s just so all your accumulated awesomeness still fits comfortably inside you.
Over the years your shape has changed, inside and out. Remember: It’s what’s inside that counts.
*All those meals you planned and made-They count.
*All the time on the phone and miles in the car and hours on committees and managing other people’s social schedules-They count.
*All the noses wiped, pants changed, socks picked up, groceries bought, beds made, dishes done, pets fed and trained and taken to the vet, all the floors and stools and houses cleaned-They count.
* All the banquets attended, dresses shopped for, suits pressed and cleaned and all those spousal needs met-They count.
* All the birthdays planned, relatives hosted, cards and gifts sent, healthcare obtained, relationships soothed-They count.
*All the school forms filled out and signed, all the college paperwork attended to, all the bills paid, all the household money managed-They count.
*All the wash done… and done… and done….It counts.
The young, skinny, beautiful you (the one with hip bones and energy) is still in there. She is the past you, the young you, the earnest and not-so-experienced you. She’s just been wrapped in all the sacrificial hours of loving service you have given to others over the years. Remember that she is older, yes, but also wiser. Remember that, like a Russian Nesting Doll…It’s what’s inside that counts.
After visiting Marshall and Piper, the girls and I had a small "spring break" at my friend Karen's in Stillwater. We have known each other since 1979 and are always glad to see each other. Husband was in Washington, DC on soybean business.
We spent one day shopping and lunching in charming downtown Stillwater. We met Karen's mom for lunch, then we checked out a couple of knitting shops including Karen's "home" shop. What a cool place! M. plopped down and pulled out her knitting and made herself comfortable. Karen helped her start a new shawl with pretty green yarn that M. bought at the yarn store.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A little sibling bonding.
A stop at Lego land and snacks before going home.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|Curly girl, just for fun|
|Silly girls with fake moustaches and Friend Ann.|
|Little Baker (M.) made an apple pie, just because she loves to cook. Yum!|
|Tiny birds in the front yard brighten our days with their antics. Thousands of photos shot of them.|
|Chili supper, talking and silly fun with H. friends.|
|Bugs Bunny bonding before bed. New golden dragon watched Looney Tunes dragon.|