And the month is over! I can't believe how quickly it flew by! I am ready for spring....and I promise to do a better job of blogging daily instead of rushing through on the last day of the month!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Birthday cake preparations have begun...cutting ice cream cones in half is tricky business. I used a serrated knife and sawed them on the mold seam and that seemed to work well. Tomorrow I will decorate the cake.
Our school celebrated cultural diversity on the 24th as a part of Black History month. Speakers from assorted countries came and spoke to the students. This gentleman was my classes favorite. He is Pakistani and spent the majority of his time discussing arrangend marriages in his country and the rebellions that occur. He even said that "dating" as we understand it in the US is frowned upon by the older generation. He also spoke a bit on the rights of women in his part of the country as far as being advanced from the rest of his country.
Today was my 20th science fair. I have this down to a science. (no pun intended) People often ask about the amount of work that goes into the fair and they question if I get paid extra. I take that as a compliment.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
My son's pre-school raised over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Some of the children were allowed to take their donations to the local radio station. My son's class raised $1100, a bunch of budding entrepeneurs.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Today's assignment was to photograph something I like to do....hmmmm!
I apparently inherited the gift of quilting from my paternal grandmother. I can remember sorting scraps for her while waiting on the school bus and "helping" her cut out pieces for her quilts. I was never allowed to actually quilt though. My stitches weren't small enough. Another fond memory is of me and a couple of cousins lying in the floor looking up at the ceiling light through a quilt still in a frame. What a kalediscope of colors!
This particular quilt is a sampler because it has log cabin blocks, pine tree blocks, and bear paw blocks(not pictured).
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Daily Shoot assignment for today is beauty. I have chosen an atypical version as I am sick of snow pictures. My little guy is learning to read and write and is soooo excited. In this picture he is reading "Put Me in the Zoo" by Robert Lopshire. He can pick out sight words and sound out many others. Learning is beautiful, don't you think?
Monday, February 8, 2010
To watch his woods fill with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
He gives his harness bells a shake
Sunday, February 7, 2010
There's my kid watching his first Super Bowl Game. We aren't big football fans at my house but I took the little guy to a friend's super bowl party. He made friends with the man in the ball cap and ate with him. When he finished eating, he was bored by the game and joined the older kids upstairs for some sword fighting, some Wii, and some time on the drumset. I am proud of him for how quickly he made friends.
I don't know what the crows were scolding about this morning but they were certainly loud! About 7 of them in the oaks in the front yard outside my bedroom window were cawing very loudly. I noticed the buds on the oak silhoutted against the blue blue sky. Please let spring get here quickly!
The second is a picture of the kids playing basketball. This was my son's very first basketball game and he was totally captivated. The only negative reaction he had was "those guys in the striped shirt blow the whistle too loud." I agree.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
February 2, 2010: Groundhog Day
Originally uploaded by arholder2003
The groundhog saw his shadow today which here in America means there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Had he not seen his shadow then spring would be just around the corner. (whatever that means.) I have never understood this celebration/tradition because if I look at my calendar it is always 6 more weeks until spring and really 6 weeks isn't that long a time.
Though this year I think I have come to the realization that if I had to live with all the white stuff in the photo to the left and deal with the temperatures that go with it. I would be looking for something, anything to indicate that spring is "around the corner." But alas, that is probably wishful thinking as the "Farmer's Almanac" indicates more snow and cold for us during the month of February.
Monday, February 1, 2010
February 1, 2010: 1st snowman
Originally uploaded by arholder2003
Just the other day I was commenting about how a child's firsts get farther and farther apart. The abundant snow fall we received Jan 28th and 29th was not good for building snowmen until today. After the snow had begun melting, it packed together nicely to build a snowman, my little guy's very first. Grapes for eyes, a strawberry for a nose, and mango for a mouth, some tree branches for arms and other head appendages makes this a true original; none like it for miles around. I need to remember to ask the snowman's name. I wonder what the little guy will call it.