Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Home Run Derby - a family tradition

We spent the day in Boone yesterday with the collegians. Sarah had her Gospel Choir Concert, which was awesome as always. We enjoyed the beautiful spring weather at Valle Cruces Park playing a mean game of Home Run Derby . My family is a tad competitive - don't know where that comes from!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Birthday Mom

This past Wednesday was my oldest son's 24th birthday. He is in Iraq, so we weren't able to talk to him, but we did post birthday wishes on his Facebook, and hopefully he'll see that sometime this week. He isn't able to get on the computer very often, and he doesn't yet have a global cell phone. We had also sent him some birthday goodies in a care package that he should have received in time.
Well, my friend Eve did the sweetest thing. She stopped by unexpectedly with a bouquet of flowers for the birthday Mom! She knew that I was missing my boy on his birthday, and she said that she used to give her mother-in-law flowers as a "thank you" on her husband's birthday! Such a sweet thought! So she acted on her impulse and brought me flowers, and made my day. Thanks, Eve.

More Art Class

Here are our latest "art class" projects.

A couple of weeks ago we did some torn paper collages, with insects as our theme. I was a bit surprised at how challenging this was for the boys since it involved ripping and tearing...but tearing paper in a CONTROLLED manner was the difficult part! We looked at pictures of various kinds of insects. Then the boys were instructed to tear construction paper to form the various parts of the insect's body - they had to fill the whole page. Pieces were glued down onto black construction paper with glue stick.

This past week, we made "construction paper clay" - I have a TON of construction paper so I've been looking for creative ways to use it up - and make sculptures of turtles ( and a lizard ) . Again, we looked at pictures first for inspiration. The boys had fun with this one as it did involve making a mess!

They are still drying here.

Construction paper clay

2 cups of construction paper torn into 1" pieces ( 1 color )
4 cups of water

Place paper bits and water in a blender, and process until you have a pulpy mixture. Pour into a strainer over the sink. Squeeze out the excess water, and place pulp into a bowl.

Mix together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup flour in a small bowl. Add to the paper pulp and mix together with your hands until well-incorporated, forming a soft modeling "clay"

This makes an orange-sized ball of "clay - if you'd like more, repeat the process, maybe with a different color paper. I used a piece of cardboard covered with foil as the base for our sculptures, so the clay wouldn't stick as it dries.... You could use a plastic tray or something like that.

Clay will take a couple of days to air dry and harden.

Have you ever heard of Laminin?

Watch this video, and you'll never forget it?

Monday, April 20, 2009

International Day

On Friday evening, we participated in an International Fair with 4 other families in our support group. Although we were small in number, it was still a worthwhile and enjoyable activity to be part of and I'm glad I decided to sign us up! Each family chose a country to learn about and create a display for. We also brought food representing our country for a potluck supper.
We chose Ethiopia for a couple of reasons. First, my daughter Sarah is traveling there for a month this summer to work with orphaned and destitute children. Second, we know several families who have adopted children from Ethiopia, and figured we could borrow some cool stuff for our display table!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter

We had a very nice Easter holiday. Last Tuesday night we enjoyed a Passover Seder demonstration at our church, given by Mr. Sheldon Alexander, a Jewish believer who came to know Jesus Christ when he was a young man in TX and was invited to attend a Passover Seder hosted by Jews for Jesus. Now he enjoys sharing the Passover traditional meal with Christians and showing how the elements so beautifully point to Jesus Christ as Savior.

We decorated sugar cookies on Saturday.

My 21-year-old daughter requested Resurrection Rolls, which are a family tradition. ( marshmallow dipped in butter / cinnamon sugar, rolled up in crescent roll - marshmallow melts and leaves the roll hollow, like Jesus's empty tomb!)

On Easter morning, my children STILL enjoy searching for their Easter baskets ( which the girls helped hide the night before ) and candy, which are hidden throughout the house. ( they are are 10, 15, 19, and 21 )

We are still decorating eggs with wax and dye.... didn't get them done before Sunday.

These family traditions are all fun, but the reason that we can enjoy all this expressed in this beautiful worship song. Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!