Sunday, November 30, 2008

Joseph's Head

I got around to doing Joseph's head this weekend while Ken was hard at work on our kitchen floor (which is very close to being complete!) I am so lucky to have such a handy husband. :D


And here is the whole big head gallery to date.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Our Last First Lost Tooth!

A few weeks after Libby lost her first tooth, Caroline has lost her first tooth. That's our last first tooth in the family!
Just like Libby though, the big tooth came in BEHIND the baby tooth, so there is no gap.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another big giant head picture....

I finished Caroline's painting the other day. I used a lower value on the posterization and the photo was a lower resolution. The result was that Caroline's was much easier, but the results are very different.


Here is the original photograph that I used...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Capitol

I teach a class at our co-op for Joseph's age group. Actually, it is two classes in one. Half of the time we are doing a literature unit (The Whipping Boy) and the other half we are doing American Government.
Today, we talked about Capitols and looked at pictures of the capitols in Washinton and Austin then I had the kids make postcards of whichever one they wanted. Joseph's has some major detail!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The kids are reading The BFG, by Roald Dahl for school right now and loving it. Today, we made Frobscottle (the drink of giants) for them to drink. The initial reaction was "OOOOOH GROSS!! I'M NOT DRINKING THAT", but they love it.
Roald Dahl describes Frobscottle as:
And oh gosh, how delicious it was! It was sweet and refreshing. It tasted of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour. And the bubbles were wonderful

The recipe for Frobscottle, should you want to try it, is:

1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of Sprite (we used Ginger Ale)
1 T. Raspberry sauce (we used a Triple Berry ice cream topping and I used more than the recipe called for)
1 tsp. Vanilla

We put it in the blender and added ice.
Joseph also decided we needed to add green food coloring since it was supposed to be pale green.

Letters to the new president

Joseph and Caroline wrote letters to our new president-elect today for National Handwriting Day.

Joseph's reads:

Dear Mr. Obama,
I think you should send the soldiers back home.
Joseph R. Davis
P.S. I can't wait 'till you write back.

Caroline's says:
Dear President Obama,
Help the world! You can do it, we can help.
Caroline Davis

(Apparently, Caroline's world can be fixed by Home Depot.)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I painted a picture today

Alex showed me how to do a technique that he learned at school.
Here is the photo:

and here is my painting (the upper right hand corner is not finished yet because hair is a pain in the butt!)

The picture is 24x30".

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, Monday.....

No pictures memory card is missing (Alex is still looking for it).

Today marked the day that the official "Take Flight" curriculum started at Scottish Rite for Libby. The last nine weeks they have been working on phonemic awareness. Her homework up until now has been only to read to her for 15 minutes per day.
Now, though, she has to practice her cursive handwriting, do her RAP (which has nothing to do with the music genre ;)) and practice her sight words (but they have a different term for them). Today, she practiced writing lowercase p's and b's in cursive. She is very proud of herself for learning cursive before Joseph. ;)

Oh, on the way to SR this morning, Joseph vomited out of the blue with no warning. Luckily, we were earlier than usual so we had time to stop at Target at Cityplace and buy a new tshirt and blue jeans. Joseph's comment, "I never knew that something so cute could come from something so gross." (He liked his new Madagascar 2 tshirt.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pioneer Dresses

I will post more about what we did today later on, but I wanted to share these little dresses that I made last night for the girls. They were SO simple! Ken and I went out to dinner, ran some errands and then I came home and made them.
The girls love them and they got TONS of compliments today.
Miss Madeline Peasant Dress



Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Nasher today

Head with Blue Shadow, originally uploaded by Chris Inside.

Can I just tell you how much fun it is to have a 6,7 and 8 year old?! This morning, Ken had to leave REALLY early (6:30 maybe?) to attend some scout training all day long. When the kids got up, they asked what we were going to do today and I had nothing. I checked some of my email newsletters to see what events were scheduled for today and remembered that the Nasher Sculpture Center has free admission on the First Saturday. The kids got dressed and we headed down...totally spur of the moment.
The Nasher had all kinds of things for the kids today. They had a Scavenger Hunt (which was a huge hit with my guys especially since it involved a prize when your turned it in at the end), activities, demonstrations and it was a gorgeous day!
The kids RAVED about the museum. We haven't been in a really long time and I guess it was all "new" again. Joseph loved Lichtenstein's "Head with blue shadow".
The girls declared the four Picasso pieces (2 sculpture and 2 paintings) their favorites.
It was really fun to take them today. They had thoughtful things to say about the art and really enjoyed going.

Trick or Treating

We went over to the Eades Family's new neighborhood to ToT with them this year. Here is our annual picture with all of them!

and one of the Gypsy, General and Pirate


I took some pictures of the girls this afternoon while they still look 'put together'.

This one really got Libby's eye color (which I have never successfully captured before!)

and a close-up of Caroline (who has a loose tooth!)




Halloween at the Heritage Farmstead

The kids had a great day!
Friday afternoon we had a class at the Heritage Farmstead about the history of Halloween. Joseph told the class all about the Celtic history of Halloween (courtesy of Brainpop).
When we got there though, Joseph thought he would try out making gravel angels.


Listening to instructions about making a Celtic noisemaker.

Caroline making noise her own way (along with every other kid there)

Joseph and his best buddy Cameron doing the Victorian Apple Fortune Telling Game

Then they went into the house and listened to a 1920's Halloween radio show which they said was "boring". ;)

Halloween at co-op

My friend Chera took this picture of the girls and I at co-op on Thursday. I was dressed up all day long (we had Scottish Rite first and then co-op). My feet were completely freaking out about being in real shoes for an entire day. I couldn't dress up on Halloween. Not until Birkenstock makes Victorian boots!