Today was "family fun night" at one library. One of the guys brought his ukelele and sung bug songs for the kids. Then they made bugs out of plastic wear and pipe cleaners.
Before the kids could search for treasures, they had to make a chest! EJ is putting his stickers on, then we folded it up.
THEN he decided to color it all brown, like a real treasure chest:
Today we were going to go to the library to watch a marionette puppet show about good ol' Rumpel. When we got there, the only parking spot available was "carpool only". They had a sign displayed, announcing more parking somewhere else--that turned out to be several blocks down on the OTHER side of a main highway. Um, no thank you! So we went to the park instead.
The library website said that the show will be again this afternoon, but it will be at an elementary school smack in the middle of 3 bad areas. I figure, if people send their little kids to school there, it shouldn't be that bad, right? But hubby says no, and I know he's just looking out for us. :-) Maybe we'll go bowling this afternoon instead.
I have found out that I love to do tie dye. It's so much fun, not knowing exactly what the result will look like. Last week, the downtown library had a teen activity--tie dying t-shirts. I managed to convince the lady in charge that I wasn't going to abandon my 7 year old, so she let us come too. (I have realized this summer that most parents view the library activities as 30 minutes to an hour of free babysitting time. I don't.)
Instead of paint, we used rubber bands and sharpies. It was cool.
First of all, the flower EJ got from the library was a petunia. The lady at the library kept calling them peonies, but I looked it up on the internet, and they were really petunias. EJ chose a purple one, so for the first week or so at home, his flower looked like this:
Today, all the organizations around our fair city got together and offered free admittance to anyone who was a member of any organization. Since we have a year long pass to the McWane Science Center, we got free admission to all of them! They organized it so that each "activity" overlapped by 15 minutes, so we couldn't go to two in a row. However, it worked out fine because that gave us more time to explore the venue we were at. Just me and EJ today; my poor husband had to work. :-(
Our first stop was the Botanical Gardens, where the "Embellishments" played a myriad of songs. They opened with:
If you notice, the bells are not arranged from lowest to highest. After they played, I asked the director about this, and she said people don't ask that kind of question if they haven't played before. I told her about going to Nationals several times in high school, and the fact that we have handbells at our church, but our director has completely dropped the ball about that. She asked if I would please audition for them! Of course I said yes! I'm so excited to maybe play handbells again!
I don't normally enjoy historical fiction, but I'm beginning to think it's because I've been reading the wrong part of history. Or the wrong authors. Either way, I just finished this book, and I enjoyed it immensely.
It was a very captivating story, and in my heart, I felt Elizabeth's pain keenly whenever her husband said words to hurt her feelings. I was inspired to think about what life would feel like if I were blind, or had a child who was blind. I was grateful that the modern medicine of today meant that more babies lived than died. And I regret to announce that I didn't know my history well enough to recognize the story of the tinker-turned-preacher who wrote and preached in England until I read the author's note at the end.
This book is the story of John and Elizabeth Bunyun. Jody Hedlund wrote two pages of true life things about the Bunyun's that she included in the story--which was all of the plot and the people's names. In the book, however, their last name was Costin. Seriously, how was I to know?
That is the title of the romantic suspense novel I just finished, and contrary to its name, the "heroine" did NOT fully disclose anything. It's hard to say too much without giving away some of the spoilers, but I'll do my best.
My friend told me about Lowe's' Build n Grow program, so I signed EJ up for it. This past Sunday, the kids built the Pizza Planet car from Toy Story. Since it was a building thing, I stayed home to read/nap and Daddy took EJ.
Ya' gotta love the "no pain, no gain" expression!
Okay, I know I said the story of the peonies would be next, but I decided to wait until after the wheelbarrow was painted, and I still haven't taken a picture of the actual peony, which I'm not entirely certain is a peony. So, that will have to wait. In the mean time, EJ made two puppets!
This is the library man, explaining the kinds of puppets the kids could make. There was the glove kind, where you move the mouth with your thumb, and the gingerbread kind, where your thumb and pinky are the hands. Of course, EJ wanted to do one of both.
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.