Sunday, January 29, 2012

I was Pinspired!

I have to admit, this whole Pinterest craze has sucked me right in. I love looking through all of the ideas and gathering fun ideas. I have never been a crafty sort of gal, but darn it anyway! I just knew that I could do something. One thing that caught me eye was a whole website that I found linked to Pinterest which had beautiful stuff that was made out of those free paint swatches that are displayed at all home improvement departments. Beautiful colors. simple. free. I was bound and determined to make something happen this weekend.
I felt like a thief and a poser as I plucked the colors that I wanted off of the rainbow palette at Home Depot yesterday. I kept wondering, are they on to me? Or do I look like a lady who really wants to test out 45 different color combinations for a bedroom at my house?
I decided to make a banner of hearts out of Valentine colors, since it's the next holiday coming up. Not only was it fun, I actually like my final product and have it hanging in the living room. Hot glue gun, string and color swatches doesn't even come close to what one of my friends can do with banners....but it's a start. What shall I make next? Oh, and Autumn, you might just have to include me at your next craft night. There's a new banner-making-lady in town!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

White boys can jump!

Ballers, Shot-Callers.
Yesterday the boys had their first basketball game. They are playing on a youth league that is part of their after school program. It was unlike any basketball game experience that I had ever been to. If it doesn't do them in, it will definitely make them tougher. This game was some serious basketball for second and third graders.
Nobody messes with Nate!Chris taking charge in the air.
I'm thinking that maybe last year's above-the-knee black soccer shorts won't fly for the basketball look. I think that I will be heading to Sports Authority this weekend.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oh, the memories.

Hey don't laugh. I probably had about 25 kids needing my attention and about 3 minutes to throw this beautiful painted tile together. Lovely, huh?
Today was a fun day. I had a substitute teaching job back at the school where I taught for 7 years before having the boys and leaving my career behind. It was fun to see some old familiar faces of people who are still there, and to see that the Spanish Dual Immersion program that I helped to get going from the ground up is still going strong 8 years later.
I was taken aback as I dropped the students off at their music class and found a legacy project that every student and teacher did back in 2000 (remember, after Y2K?). Right there was my tile along with so many other students and teachers who were such a big part of my life back then.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Happy Birthday, Harry! Today Harry had his 7th birthday. We treated him right with some new toys, and his first ever can of Fancy Feast cat food. (gag) Before he got to the good stuff we lit a candle for him and sang the birthday song.
Oops! A singed whisker.
Nom-Nom.....gravy flavor!
Another fun thing from this weekend was Nate's robot called "2 Cool". He told us on Friday that his class would be making robots in class, or they had the option of making them at home over the weekend. Dan jumped to the occasion to help with this project, and they went to SCRAP bright and early Saturday morning to get some robot materials. The grand total for all robot parts at SCRAP was $4.75 He really is too cool.
Chris and Mama playing around.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 has arrived!

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman
We kept our tradition of burning our yule-log(s) that is made of last year's Christmas tree.
We also (along with our friends who rang in the new year with us) each wrote a regret, disappointment, or other thought and attached it underneath the twine. Into the fire it all went, as we bid them adieu with aspirations of better things to come, and no more fretting over things of the past.
New year, fresh beginnings.
Fresh cut collard greens.

Hard and uncooked black eyed peas.
About 8 hours later we had a delicious southern meal to bring good luck our way in 2012.
Enough already!
Between Christmas, New Years, the boys on Winter break for 2 weeks, lots of friends and family in-and-out, etc., Harry is ready to get back to his old routine.
Here's to hope for good things in 2012!Link