Thursday, February 26, 2009

United States Art

Having Emlyn home "sick" has been interesting. She's not acting sick at all but the doctor says she has flu. Whatever. The kids have been very creative. Here's what they were doing the other day with the United States puzzle.

Bonus: Which state was turned into a car? Emmy didn't label it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Imaginary Friend Batman

Denali: I don't want to pick up my game!
Mommy: It's time for bed. You can play your game tomorrow.
Denali: Tomorrow I won't have time because I'm going to my imaginary friend Batman's birthday party!
Mommy: Maybe you can take the game to the party and play it there. Maybe Batman hasn't planned all his games yet.
Denali: I think he's going to say no.
Mommy: You won't know unless you ask him.
Denali: Okay. Sigh. Picks up imaginary phone and holds it to his ear. He says it's okay!
Mommy: Great! Then you can pick it up and take it to the party tomorrow!
Denali: Okay! That will be great!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Today I:
hauled and placed about 35 of the limestone blocks (35-50 pounds apiece)
pickaxed a line about 10 feet long
cleaned and reorganized the garage
helped Joel dig holes and plant two trees (fig and cedar elm)
carried and emptied 4 bags mulch
put all the tools away
moved the old bricks to the garage
raked leaves
completely ignored the kids (well mostly)
did I mention I cleaned and reorganized the garage? Of course I forgot to take before pictures. I am not in the habit of doing that yet.

I am not sore except a little in my lower back. I am VERY exhausted though.

We are really close to being done with all of our goals for the garden this year and ready to just do maintenance.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Quilt Top: Finished

A favorite view

I saw this picture that one of my kids took and was amazed at how well it captures what I hope is the spirit of our house.

You can see my new yellow walls, two or three of my aprons, and a slice of the outdoors filtered through some paper snowflakes. It makes my heart happy to look at this picture.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quilt Stages 2 and 3

For the second stage of the quilt we took the pieces and matched the colors up so that no same fabric would be in one block twice. I think we ended up with 2 or 3 repeats in a couple blocks, but not many.

Then I assembled the blocks, and then we had to arrange them so that no two same fabrics would be too close together. The kids were enthusiastic about this part.

Here's what it will look like. I'm assembling it and then I will be really close to done.

Pet Worm Care

Emlyn has had a pet worm for about a year now. Turns out pet worms are very easy to care for, even for a 6 year old. You put the worm (found in the backyard) in some dirt in a plastic box, with holes cut in the lid. Every once in a while (like every 3 mos) you add a little water and a little plant matter.

Our worm actually had babies! Evidently worms lay the babies in the compacted dirt at the bottom of the box and make a bunch of itty bitty worms. It's all very cute.

I highly recommend them. They are very resilient. The scientific way Emlyn looks for her "Wormy" is by shaking the box and the dirt around until she finds it.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Break

I'm going to be pretty scarce in the computer world for the next month. For various reasons I have decided to go on an "information fast" where my only input will be from the Bible. I will still check email and perhaps post on my blog but will not be reading others' blogs or Facebook, LiveJournal, etc. Hopefully I can refocus and learn some great stuff.