Friday, February 17, 2017

a.r.t. In elle's class

Today I taught an art lesson to Elle's second grade class. They don't have an art teacher at Chisholm so they have a curriculum they use that's brings in parents 4 or 5 times a year to teach a lesson. The teachers then have a special plan time together. All of the lessons focus on an artist. Today I taught about Henri Matisse and we specifically focused on his painting "Goldfish."


I found this wonderful interactive website called Matisse for kids and was able to use this to introduce Matisse and what his artwork was famous for. Here's the link:

After learning that Matisse loved bright colors that are complementary, and patterns, line, and form the class made a goldfish of their own. We used tissue paper instead of paint. This helped to talk about how later in life Matisse had difficulty painting and would make collages with paper.

Then we finished up with color goldfish crackers for a snack!

The mom who was supposed to be my helper couldn't make it so I asked our sitter, Ally, to come and help. It's good practice for her since she's a teacher candidate at OC, and Elle loved having her come!

Reese found the lesson so entertaining!

It was a good experience overall, and I got to know some of her classmates better. Probably the funniest part was how many of Elle's friends came up to her and said how much Reese looks just like her.

Monday, February 6, 2017

current state of the house

We've had to rearrange a bit upstairs to make room for baby brother. Or Reese's "Baby Boy" as she's been calling him. She'll pat my tummy and say "you've got my baby boy in your tummy." 

Anyway, Reese got a new bed that Chris made like the two other loft beds. That wouldn't fit in the room that the girls shared, so they've moved to the spare bedroom. We were going to slide the crib into Todd's room, but it wouldn't fit with his bed and dresser so they're moving to what the girl's room was. The boys room is now the spare/guest room.

You know those tile puzzles where you can't move one piece before you move another? That's what it's been like. One tile, or piece at a time. Below are some pics of the mess we've gotten ourselves into. It's now moved around more, but there's still work to do. I will post final pictures soon I hope!

Reese's new bed:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

in the past 6 months...

A lot has happened since that trip to the cabin in the last post. The biggest thing is that we're having another baby due June 19th!

If you look close you can see the profile of Baby Boy! Todd is so excited to have a brother. He's been very sweet praying for him, and asking to be the first one to hold him. He can't wait to share a room, but we'll see once the baby's actually here. Now it's just time to find a one syllable, double letter name. Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

colorado 2016

First thing first, we sold the Waco house on our way out of the state.

Then we hit the road for Colorado.

Some of the kids favorite activities were digging in the dirt, driving the jeep, playing on their beds behind the curtains in the cabin, and climbing kid mountain. Elle was so proud of herself for getting to the "princess chair" by herself. That's the part of the mountain that Aunt Elaine would play on when she was a little girl. Todd was so brave and went all the way to the top by himself. Reese got some time to drive the jeep this year too. She'll be ready to go next year.

We took the kids up to the top of the reservoir and to the flumes to show them what their Great-Grandad helped design, and the reason we get to enjoy the cabin each year.

We went on a couple of little hikes. We've got to condition them so nothing too long.

We celebrated the 4th with the annual parade. This year Chris, Elle and Todd rode on the fire truck. They loved getting all the candy too! Chris also got a chance to preach at church on Sunday. He did a wonderful job!

Monday, July 25, 2016

legos all day

Summer 2016 will be known as the summer of legos. If we're home, all the kids do from the time they get up until they go to bed is play legos. They mix and match from each other's stash, and even discovered that the little legos will connect to the Duplos to make more creations. It's been a great activity on long car trips. We discovered a cheaper and more fun activity was to go to the Lego Store and fill up a cup with whatever colors and shapes they want. I treasure these times of their shared interests... but not stepping on the legos that don't get put away.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

memphis 2016

We had the weekend open between Chris' conference and mine so we took the kids to Memphis. We hadn't been there since Todd was six months old. We drove over Friday afternoon, and really only had time to check into the hotel and then do something quick. We wanted to squeeze in as much as possible. We had never been inside the pyramid while we lived there. We found out that they had the Bass Pro there now, which has several live fish displays and alligators, and decided that would be cheap entertainment. The kids loved it!

The next morning we ran to the zoo before it got hot and our other plans. They had added a new hippo camp, and the kids were really into it since they are obsessed with Lion Guard. We love the Memphis Zoo all around! We hit the main exhibits, and things we don't have at our zoo. I couldn't believe the picture that one of my students made when I taught her in Kindergarten was still there. Very faded, but still there! Once it got too hot we took a quick wade in the Nile.

After the zoo we met the Lewises at Huey's. Loved seeing them and getting to go to a local place to eat. At the end of the meal you of course must shoot your toothpick in the ceiling!

We went back to the hotel for a swim in the pool, and that evening took in a Redbirds game. I really love that stadium, especially after the sun went down and it cooled off a bit. The bigs scored a free hat. That night they had a fireworks show, which was oddly a tribute to Prince. The fireworks were great, some of the best I'd ever seen, but Todd fussed the whole way through like we were torturing him.

Sunday morning we got to go to the White Station church and had the lunch with the Blands. It was wonderful to visit with them again. This was the only shot we got that day. We must make a trip back there again, but much sooner. Except not during the Muggy! I forgot how humid it could be! Did we ever go outside during the summer while we lived there?