Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Picture A Day: December 15, 2011

A cold, blustery day is a good day for a morning at the theater. AH and his good friend, EW, at the history theatre to see their production of A Civil War Christmas

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Making Gifts

Austen and I decided to use up our old crayons by making molded crayons for his little cousins this Christmas.  Here is the mold we used.  It's a Wilson mold in the shape of snowflakes.

We unwrapped and broke up the crayons.

We sprayed the mold with a candle release spray that we got at Micheal's Craft Store. Then we filled the mold with the broken pieces and popped the tray in the oven. We left the crayons in the 180 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes.

AH with the mold before it went into the oven.

After cooling for a short time, we just flipped the pan over and out they popped!
Here's our finished product.  I think they look great!
 AH and I packaged the crayons in cellophane bags and tied them with ribbon

 It was a fun, quick and easy project to do on a dreary day!

A Picture A Day: December 13, 2011

AH and I made molded crayons as gifts to the little ones in our lives.  Here he packages the crayons.
For instructions and more pictures click here

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Picture A Day: December 2, 2011

AH turns 14 on Sunday.  Tonight he will celebrate with his old public school friends.  He made the dessert pizza for his party.  Happy birthday to a wonderful son!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Picture A Day: December 1, 2011

Hansel and Gretel, an opera by Humperdink, was performed today for the 100th Anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra Young People's Concerts. 

Independence and Responsibility

I needed to get to the dentist because of a lost filling, but the soonest they could get me in was a morning appointment.  I don't schedule appointments in the morning since that is when we do school type work.  But pain is a great motivator.   I took the morning they offered instead of waiting a month and a half for an afternoon appointment.  When the day came, I left AH a to-do list and figured he would do some of the activities, but not all of them.  When I got home every item on the list was checked off and he was making himself an early lunch!  Apparently Mom needs a reminder now and again that AH is growing up into a responsible young man. He is obviously ready for more independence in his work and can take on more responsibility around the house and in his life. Knowing where the line between too much responsibility and too little is very hard for me...especially with my youngest. 
I guess I learned the biggest lesson that day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Picture A Day: November 22, 2011

AH and his group of buddies work on a project for Art Club.  
This month's artist is Akira Yoshizawa.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Picture A Day: November 18, 2011

Valerie, the book club lady, leads the group in a discussion of marine life for the book, Keeper.  AH is in a chair at left

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Picture A Day: November 15, 2011

Today we met Vince Parker.  He told us all about his experiences as a tail gunner on a B-17 during WWII.

Our group poses with Mr. Parker

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Picture A Day: October 23, 2011

 AN and AN's fiance, MB, were over to celebrate their 26th birthdays at our house!  Of course they each got their own brownie pan!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Picture A Day: October 2, 2011

Our dear friend and Godmother to my husband turned 90 this year.  Our family threw her a party at my Father-in-law's home.  The birthday girl is the one with the cake! AH was a sharp dressed man in his white suit!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Picture A Day: September 27, 2011

In the car on the way to Art Club.

A few minutes later at Art Club learning about Jackson Pollack.

September 23, 2011
Book Club.  At 10:17 AM we were driving.

10:17 AM September 20, 2011
Homeschooling at our local coffee shop! AH works on math.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Picture A Day

For 8th grade, AH wanted to document his year a little differently.  He proposed taking a photo at precisely 10:17 AM each day for the entire year.  Since I know myself I asked if we could just do weekdays, since weekends tend to be busy and I'm not exactly known for my consistency! So I added a page to my blog and started posting the pictures each day.  I realized I wouldn't be able to fit the entire year of pictures on one page since additional pages on blogger don't work like the home page with separate posts. So I've started another blog called A Picture A Day and linked it as a second page on Blue Skies.  I don't think it'll show up in Blue Skies' feeds, though.  Just a FYI that I may be posting, but you may not see it.  I think this will be a fun little aside for AH.  He is very good at reminding me to get my camera each day at around 10 am!  I will most likely post the day's picture that evening while I work on my computer.  Enjoy AH's project!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Picture A Day: September 7 and 8, 2011

10:17 AM September 8, 2011
AH is listening to Story of the World while referencing his Encyclopedia of World History

10:17 AM September 7, 2011
Listening to Story of the World in our 3 season porch.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Our Great Western Adventure

Part 1: Texas, continued
A movie on a hot day.  This is the biggest movie theater complex I have ever seen!

The following sequence is for DEN:

Even the dogs are in on the fun!

playing torpedo