Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

 Maddie and Izzie baking some cupcakes for our Valentine's Day Party. I sat outside the kitchen so that I wouldn't take over but was available if they had any questions. They got their nifty aprons and measuring spoons from Lady Clara and Gator.

 pics with mom while the cupcakes cool...

 Valentine's Party at ACE.

 Maddie with her Bunnies and Izzie with her Kitties.

 I think Izzie's waiting for something in the microwave. I thought it was a funny picture so I took it without her noticing.

 Family Game night. Ticket to Ride.

 For Valentine's Day I woke up early with John JUST so I could give him big kisses on his head for work. I waited an entire year for this because Valentine's day was on a weekend when I originally had the idea.

 Valentine's Pic! (Yeah, okay, really showing off my curls. I'm totally digging this Curly Girl Method.)
 Maddie and Izzie got chocolate heart mazes for valentines from us.

 And I made them some pink drink from a Dr. Suess cookbook.

 The girls helped me design this card for Daddy.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Projects Galore

 In science we were discussing forces and talking about how structural engineers need to study forces so they can design bridges that hold the weight of cars. The project was to make a bridge that could support pennies only using one piece of paper. The goal was to see how many pennies you could do before it crashed. Izzie wanted to be able to support a toy car so we weighed the car and she worked until the pennies equaled the car and then checked.

 Maddie lost interest when she found out there was a one sheet of paper limitation, but she ended up designing a crazy structural bridge. She got close to 200 pennies (thank goodness my piggy bank was full!) She could have had more but the bridge wasn't big enough. It ended up being a really great project.

 Learning about different shading techniques in art.

 An owl came to visit our backyard!


 I bought this fabric to make Maddie a dress but then was very terrified to actually cut it! I ended up doing pretty okay job, it's one of Maddie's favorite dresses, but matching up the pattern pieces was hard!

 My new curl regime starting to produce ringlets! So cool.


 So the PNW is known for rain. But this January we've gotten an insane, record breaking amounts of rain. This day it came down so hard and fast we had flooding. Partly the ground is so saturated the water has nowhere to go. So when we had a deluge the streets flooded, but luckily it went down fairly quickly.

This was a street...

Monday, January 30, 2017

End of January wrap up

 When Maddie is having a hard morning, sometimes her bunny collection can make things all better.

 Girls showing me a lego house they made.

 A lego minifig shelf I made out of a shadow box and some balsa wood.

 Esperanza came over for a play/dinner date.

 A curl explosion, on my way out to my January Mom's Night Out.

 Lego WeDo 2.0

 Exploring different kinds of forces in Science. These little cardboard hoppers you lay flat and the force on the rubberband makes them bounce up into the sky.

 Of course, Maddie, drew a bunny on her hopper.

 In art class, we were studying murals. So we walked around downtown Vancouver a bit and studied some of the murals our city has.

 Then the girls each had the opportunity to create their own mural. We never quite finished this project. Maddie likes to work in small detail and while she liked this project, it wasn't her favorite.

 Izzie playing guitar at her first music recital.

 Maddie playing piano. Her teacher, Ms. Rachel sat on stage with her for emotional support.

 Sick kiddo. Winter. Sigh.

Starting a new curl regime...