Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Parties

 Kim rented out the Grange Hall for a Homeschool party. Here are some of the kids playing on the stage.

 The kids getting ready to play a Mummy Toilet paper game.

 Izzie and her royal court.

 Due to a bit of miscommunication, the party was scheduled right during lunch hours but for some reason, I was the only one to actually bring a lunch item to share. So the kids had a lot of sugar. Which led to the Wicked Witch of the West melting down. Luckily it was right at the end of the party anyway, and we were able to help clean up and make an exit to get some real food in our tummies.

 The girls really wanted me to dress up, but I hadn't planned on it. So at the very last possible minute I threw together this "pirate" costume. They were happy, so that's all that matters, right?

 Maddie making deviled eggs. They wanted to learn how, so we got to work.

 Izzie taking her turn filling the eggs.

 I've never made meringues before, but I had several egg whites in the fridge leftover from making vanilla ice cream to take to the pumpkin carving dinner we had the other night. So I decided to try and make them. I'm so glad I looked at the recipe in time to see that they take hours and hours to bake. And because it was a rainy humid day, they took even longer than that. They weren't perfect, but they tasted good and they all got eaten!

 On our way to our second Halloween party a few days after the first.

ACE Homeschool Group.

No trick or treater photos because I was sick in bed on Halloween and it was POURING. We are used to rain up here in Portland, but it was torrential downpours. The girls ended up watching a movie, dressing up and handing out candy instead, to the five or so families that braved the rain!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Halloween Costumes

Every since last Halloween Izzie has said that this Halloween she was going to wear a ballgown. She's designed and described it to me about half a million times. So, I really wanted to make her wish come true. We searched for a pattern that closely matched her vision, because even though, I'm a pretty good seamstress, I still benefit from the use of a pattern. Next came picking out fabrics. I took Izzie to the fabric store with me and we walked up and down the aisles until we came to this pink Chinese brocade with golden accents. She fell in love. Luckily, it was in the budget that I set so we figured out how much yardage we needed and made our purchases. This was a difficult dress to sew, but I had fun learning how to do it and even making mistakes along the way. I'm proud of how it came out and I love how excited Izzie was to see it. 

Maddie decided she wanted to be the Wicked Witch of the West. At first she wanted a very basic costume, but then decided to pick one that was a bit more elaborate. I love the sleeves, the cape and the back of this dress. I didn't get a photo of the back, but it's made with a bunch of eyelets that are laced up. I made Izzie's hat, but I bought Maddie's.

 Maddie also picked out her fabrics, a faux crushed green and black velvet and this awesome spider material.

 This was before our Homeschool Halloween Party. I bought green face paint, but she decided she was going to save that for just Halloween night.

 At one point they said Izzie was Glinda the Good Witch.

So, I know that was a lot of photos of basically the same thing, but I worked HARD on these customs and I want them to be remembered!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin Carving

After reading a bit about Leonardo DiVinci the girls did some art projects in his style. One thing he was known for is deconstructing objects or inventions and drawing all the parts. So I had the girls bring me one of their more elaborate Lego Minifigs and do just that. Here is Izzie's. 

And this is Maddie's. 

 This is a sleeping Ripley Pug. Because he's so cute in this photo.

 One of my friends invited us over for supper and some pumpkin carving and we had a grand ole time. She and I sat in the kitchen cooking while the dad's helped the kids carve pumpkins. It was such a fun evening!

I love this tree on my street. Each year the leaves look like fire before they all fall to the ground.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Art days

 We made a little house for Latin and labeled the walls, windows and doors.

We were doing a Japanse Unit and for part of that we took a look at Japanese art and proverbs. We decided it'd be nice to make little cards to send to Grandma and Grandpa to cheer them up after Nanny's passing. Izzie sat down and by studying this picture:

She drew this one: 
I was pretty impressed. 
Maddie liked this drawing of a mountain with a waterfall that appeared to be floating in the mists. So she made this card with a volcano, a waterfall mountain and a mountain with a walking trail spiraling around it. The photo sort of changed the color on the foil paper she used to create the art. She also helped pick out the proverb to add to the card.

 Maddie's proverb.

 The girl scouts had a fieldtrip to the Portland Art Museum. I was excited to be one of the adult volunteers.
 The docent was awesome and completely captivating to the girls. In the American Indian room, she showed them how to weave beads.

 Then the kids got to try to do some beading themselves.

 Looking at ancient vases in the Asian Art room.

 Driving home from dinner one night Izzie spotted a double rainbow that stretched across the entire sky. It was pretty awesome!

 Izzie working on a Story chain. We were discussing Setting, Characters, Beginning, Middle, Problems and End.
 Big turnout for Storytime at Heather's new house.

 Maddie trying on her witch costume, it's almost done!

 I bought the girls some bounce balls for energy and for posture during school. They've been one of the best purchases of the year!

The porch looks so much better now that the pond aka swamp aka sludge is now filled in with rocks.

 Maddie working on another still life for drawing class.

 Izzie's view. She likes to work big.

 Maddie likes to work in small spaces with details.

 Two of the new dresses I bought the girls off Amazon. Size 14/16! Put a brick on these kids they keep growing and growing!

Izzie and Maddie sitting at their new "chairs" I got one for me too!