Thursday, October 29, 2015

Art Thursday -- October 29th

"ZOOOOOM! Wildstyle, baby!"
Oz colored this picture, and I was really impressed with it.  Usually he only uses two colors (one for each hand), and scribbles.  Not with this one, though.  "Wildstyle, baby!" is the catchphrase of the Team Hotwheels guy that Oz likes, and the topic of the fight that led to the husband's computer taking the fall.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What-What?! Week of October 25th

So, this week's big disaster:
That is the husband's computer and associated electronics and papers strewn over the floor.  My two youngest kids got into a heated argument over cartoon characters, when Oz, who had been sitting at the computer playing video games, decided to beat his opinion into his brother.  Oz became entangled in the cords of the computer, and pulled the whole lot off.  The electronics were not unscathed, but they are entirely functional, so it could have been worse.  No children were hurt.

In other news, Saffron got her early birthday present, a loft bed:
(Husband for scale)
It is very tall, with plenty of space underneath.  In the future, we plan on getting Saffron a desk and a small dresser to put under there.  She's gunning for a giant doll house right now, though.  We'll see if that happens.

On account of this, the both boys are now in the bunk bed:
Corey is very excited, especially considering that we had originally told him that he'd have to wait until he was six to go up top.  Oz is less excited, but he has told us that the real bed is much more comfortable than his toddler bed, so he doesn't dislike it at all.

Yesterday, I took Saffron to a Girl Scout disaster preparedness event put on by the Red Cross and partially (or fully?) funded by Disney.  They mainly discussed earthquake and fire safety, and provided booklets with more information about other emergencies.  The other thing that each girl got was a pillowcase to hold disaster preparedness items, which is emblazoned a list of all the things you should have in there.  The girls were allowed to color them:

Saffron didn't quite get enough time to finish her pillowcase, but I'm pretty sure that I have some markers that will work for it here at home.  If nothing else, I have about a million permanent markers.

Later today, we'll be celebrating Saffron's birthday, which we're really excited about.  She's turning eight, which is both wonderful and slightly terrifying.  Photos from that will be posted next week.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Art Thursday -- October 22nd

"Living in the Cold"
A brightly dressed Inuit/Eskimo person and their decorated house.
I just recently found out that some people normally called Inuit would actually rather be called Eskimo, because some tribes identify as Inuit, and others as Eskimo.  So now maybe I'll just call them "native peoples who live in cold climates" to avoid the issue all together.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

What-What?! Week of October 18th

So, recently I've taken to not writing my blog post until Sunday morning, rather than a day in advance.  This is nice because it gives me more time on Saturday to do things, but not so great because I've been sleeping in until 10:30 or later on Sundays.  This week, I've really been dragging and needed the sleep.  I feel SO much better now.

Anyway, so this past week, we had friends over and made the last Lowe's Build and Grow project, which is a haunted bird house:
We haven't put them up outside yet, but we will.  Possibly on the back fence or something.

I also made "quicksand" with the kids (a mix of water and cornstarch, along with food coloring), which was a lot of fun, but extremely messy.
Mixing in the poor creatures who fell in.

Saffron opted to use all ponies.

The huge mess.
 Yesterday morning, the husband and I took the kids to the thrift store to shop for costume clothes and pajamas.  Had to buy PJs for the kids, since they've outgrown last year's.  Corwin actually cried earlier in the week, because he was so disappointed about the selection of pajamas in our house.  We also bought books, like we always do, including the Lego Star Wars visual dictionary, which is a pretty serious thing:
 


Oh, yeah, and we also have a massive mushroom in our backyard:


Okies, that's all for this week.  I'm gonna go grab breakfast, and by breakfast, I mean lunch. :P

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What-What?! Week of October 11th

Sorry this is so late in the day.  I slept a lot, and it was refreshing. :P

Earlier in the week, the kids did a craft where they made themselves a little town to play with:
Cereal boxes opened up, and the kids are coloring on the blank side.  We then taped them up.
The finished product.
It's a bit hard to read, but the stores we had in our town included a Toy Store, a restaurant for vampires called Vampire Drink (how creepy is that?!  Thanks, Corey), a Pet Shop, and a Mall.

They had a really great time playing with them, so great that they killed a dinosaur:

I was able to fix it.

Not too much else goin' on.  The husband worked almost 50 hours this week, so that's a goodly amount of overtime, though I hate him being gone so much.  I made (another) apple pie.  It's delicious.

Next week, I'm going to do a big post on Corey's Lego creations.  I seem to have collected a lot of pictures and videos of things he's made.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

What-What?! Week of October 4th

And it's October!  I have Halloween stuff up already, though there will be lots more.  We have our own house and yard this year, so we're talking about doing some serious decorating, which the kids are up for, of course.  Later this month, it will be Saffron's eighth birthday, which is pretty frightening itself.  We also have a Lowe's Build and Grow event and a Girl Scout event planned, so there's lots to look forward to.

The Arlington Viking Fest

One of the tents at the event.  This one had books, chain mail, swords and shields out.
So, the excitement for this weekend was the Arlington Viking Fest.  We found out about it sort of late in the week, but actually canceled our prior plans so we could go (which was okay, because the people we had plans with also wanted to go!).

We watched a shield wall demonstration, a jewelers, spinners and weavers, wood carvers, all in Viking garb.  Saffron actually got to try her hand at weaving:
No, she didn't do all of that on the loom, but she did do a good five or so lines.
While we were watching her do that, the boys played with runes:

And the kids stuck their heads into holes:
Saffron's face might be too sweet for a Viking...
While her brother's heads might be a bit too small...
 

The kids now want to make our own wooden spoons, and Saffron wants to learn how to weave.  So I guess those are upcoming projects.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Art Thursday -- October 1st

"Rainbow at the Hobbit House"
A little girl and her underground hobbit house.  I like the color palette here.