While A and B were in Birmingham this weekend, J and I worked on a canvas to go in our completed study. J was so excited to help with this! Especially because it was a massive canvas. Much cooler than small-ish canvas, he told me.
We started by building the grass for the background. Lots of different colors of green…
Then we started creating bluebonnets by dotting on sections of the grass with our fingers using different shades of blue: And this was our completed bluebonnets before J went to bed: I went back after he went to bed and added a bit more dimension to the bluebonnets and the picture, and then hung it when it was nearly dry to surprise J in the morning:
This was such a fun and dramatic looking finish to the project! In addition it was fairly cost effective since you are mainly using a shade of green and blue and then adding white to it.
For J’s 100 day of school project they brought in 100 of a small item of their choosing (J chose marshmallows):
And dressed like they were 100 years old:
He’s such a ham! He picked out the item ideas himself and then I rounded them up.
After little cups of dye sat out on a tool bench in our kitchen for a week, the were finally crystals and we got to see the finished product!
It involved rinsing the crystals:
And then setting them out to dry:
We displayed them all out for awhile and then let A pick one to keep long term in his room. This is the one he picked:
For Christmas A had several Lego sets on his list. However, I have not seen him actually put together a Lego set on his own in about a year. He likes the idea of the set, but then he just ends up playing with his box of random Legos and making his own creations. After doing some searching I got an idea and we got him these items instead of a set:
I have to say I was a little nervous that he would be upset because J got a Lego set and he got the items above instead. However, he LOVED it. And after seeing this:
And his finished creation:
Which was inspired by the Lego ideas book, I knew we’d picked the right present. Excited to see what he builds next!
While A was at basketball camp in July, J and I began working on a canvas project for my office wall. I’m constantly on the look-out for art and prints to liven up my office (not that the concrete blocks are nice…reminds me of my house when we lived overseas. HA!). I decided it would be fun to take on a project with J to make a dual canvas. Here is a little more about what we did…
Back to school treats for the boys:
Back to school treats for their teachers:
Back to school A (first day of second grade!):
Back to school J (First day of pre-K!):
A began cub scouts this summer! He officially starts in the Fall, but we had the opportunity to participate in some of the cub scout events during the summer. This was his first competition type event, where he made and sailed a boat. Here is a little bit more about the raingutter regatta…
On a slow afternoon I was looking for something for the boys to do, besides play electronics (they’d already done that), run around yelling outside (too hot), or complain that they are booooorrrrreeeeeddd:
One of the branches of our local library is still one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a bit smaller than our main library, however, it’s going to get much bigger in the next few years. It’s where the boys have gone to story time, learned the love of checking out and returning books, and always know their favorite librarian will be there to check in on what’s new with them. On one particular visit, I was discussing with our librarian how A is looking for some new series of books to read. She of course had a few ideas….
A is currently in the middle of writing and illustrating several items including his own book entitled “Allen visits the City”, Minecraft Supplement Manuals, and math and letter pages. He loves art and office supplies like J loves stuffed animals. Here are some of his very favorites:
Target’s Kid Made Modern has a unique line of papers, pencils, and crafting items. A really loves Mr. Sketch and Crayola’s metallic markers because they are bold and bright colors and they don’t fade easily. Most of his books have fancy edges and are stapled, so those are essentials of his book creating. I love his creativity and seriousness about both writing and illustrating!