Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What we've been up to

1. Snow removal. Sunday we had another doozy of a snowstorm. Monday we spent a good part of the morning clearing our driveway, our steps, and Alain's steps.

At one point when I was slicing into the snow with the shovel trying to find the steps in the mounds of drifted snow, Mark bundled Joel up and sent him out to play. When I saw him, I said, "Wow, Joel, look at all this snow."
Joel said, "Are you diggin' it?"
I said, "Yeah, I'm diggin' it!"
2. Drawing. With the colder weather comes more time for the arts. The kids break out their pencils and sketchbooks and inspiration (usually sports pictures from the newspaper or a magazine)
Here's Bob Sanders by Sam
And this is Hockey Game by Jack
3. School projects. Sam had a presentation on the sun due Tuesday. That means that a lot of Monday was spent working on this (because we like to get things done ahead of time around here). He had to give a 2-3 minute speech, submit his written text, and present a poster.
Enough time has not passed since I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning finishing a science project for me to appreciate this stage of my children's lives.
4. Reorganizing. I spent most of Saturday cleaning and organizing the storage room where we keep the kids' toys. After I got everything sorted out and back into the right boxes, the kids and Mark took pictures of the contents (which were creatively staged so as to smile more) so that I can paste them on the fronts of the containers. That way even Joel can know what is inside and hopefully be better at putting things away. I'll let you know if it works.
5. Cookie baking (and eating). When I was a girl, we made sugar cookies and painted them with egg yolk paint every year. I just have to do this with my kids too, or it just feels like something is missing. They are never too enthused with the painting, but Lea had fun doing this yesterday during her English class with me. Isn't she the cutest thing? Almost makes me wish for a daughter.
6. Sewing. I made these aprons Tuesday night. Two ladies in our church will have their birthdays after Christmas so a few of us went out for breakfast this morning to help them celebrate. I wanted a personal handmade gift to give, so I found a pattern for this reversible half-apron and had a ball making them. I was so excited to give them, but part of me wanted to keep them for myself. I will definitely be making another one soon. One thing that made this all so fun was that I went to the fabric store yesterday to get the material for the blue apron, and all the fabric was either 70% or 90% off. What a steal! I got 7 yards for the ridiculously low price of $6. I was a happy girl!