Oct 31, 2011

Birthday and Halloween

Chloe's Chuck E. Cheese dreams finally came true. And we wore purple to celebrate her favorite color. She now has an almost all purple wardrobe, and if you find something purple in the house, you can bet it's Chloe's.

She always runs to this ride first.

Grandma teaching Chloe how to shoot things- hehe


Papaw made sure Colin got in on the fun.

When it was time to meet Chuck E. Chloe was ready instead of scared.
She gave him a high-five. The place was packed, but our host did a good job of
keeping us on track.

Crowned by the mouse.

Chloe got to hear her name extra loud among the chaos since the little girl at the next table was also named Chloe.

I thought for sure Chloe wouldn't want to go in the ticket blaster, but when the host said Hannah could go in with her, and we watched someone else do it first, she was ready.

It was so funny to watch them in there. Chloe was super calm and concentrated getting all those tickets! The host actually said he'd never seen a 3 yr. old follow all the directions and not scoop tickets off the floor drop them all.

Present time! Chloe got so many perfect gifts.
Thanks to everyone for making her day special!
(And thanks to Melody for helping with last minute party favors!)

On Chloe's actual birthday, Dax and Hannah made ribs. Dax is reaching to turn off the smoke alarm : )

Chloe was excited to get several fun things. At the last minute, I found this little lamp for their room. She's been asking for one.

In other activities, we went to a nature preserve with some friends. Colin was so tiny in those tall woods.

His favorite past times are pointing in general directions and chatting about some mysterious subject.. and throwing things. I'll get a picture of the latter sometime, I'm sure.

At the end of the nature trail is a surprise playground.

Hannah's school had a pumpkin party and parade, so costumes were in order.
She wanted to be a princess, so we just used her dress-up clothes. Chloe couldn't resist being Tinkerbell.

It was also her day to share an object that begins with F. Granny would have been proud we took her "Feelings" Puzzle.

The costume parade!! Is there anything cuter? Of course I couldn't stop smiling.
I've got a video I'll post another time. Hannah just loved it and was waving to the crowd.

Saturday, we went to a kid's Halloween party. It's no secret I'm not fond of the scary elements of Halloween, not because they are scary, but I just don't think it's fun to treat death like a joke..and other reasons. However, I continually find myself on the fence. The activities we've participated in involve pumpkins, happy costumes, tasty treats, and at the very scariest- cute spiders. As far as trick-or-treating, I only have fond memories, so I'm not sure what we'll do in the future. Obviously we won't be able to avoid the things I feel aren't good to teach them. So many will differ from my opinions, I'm sure, but until those future days come, we're enjoying the lighthearted fun. Sorry for my little soapbox there! In the meantime, don't you love our Cat in the Hat costumes? We sang the theme song and quoted the beginning of the cartoon show all the way to the party. We also had a great time dying Colin's hair tuft blue.

Here was our party host! Haha. He did this all afternoon.

This party was planned to the nines! Every detail was so cute!
They painted pumpkins here.

This was just 1 of three perfect tables of treats!

I liked their mantle, too.

Some other guests : Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion

Princess riding her unicorn.


Dad and strawberry look like twins.

Candy corn relay.

The relay kind of lost its way pretty soon, so some of the parents (who were also teachers) were calling it "Task Completion."

I was the only adult with a costume, but I couldn't resist complimenting the Things 1,2, and 3 after one of my students' parents offered up the costume. Jessica counted for wearing the hat. : )

Oct 23, 2011

Artfully Yours

Well, my beloved painting class has come to a close, so I'm here to bring you the results : )
I did this painting over 3 weeks of class and a few hours at home. It's been in my mind for quite a while to paint something for Colin's room since I've searched stores and online for wall art and haven't found anything. He already has a couple of rocketships in his room, circus-like curtains, and a rug featuring a road to all different places in the world. So since his room's theme seems to be "Adventure" that's what the painting is about.

I wanted it to be whimsical, so I made swirly, chunky clouds. I also wanted it to be an aerial view.
Quilts introduce the fair in the valley below, and if you look closely, you can see little Colin running toward his adventure. There's a maize maze, candy shaped concession stands, a train coming out of the mountain, a little midway, rollercoaster, circus, ampitheater, and racetrack.

The main feature was always going to be someone waving out of a hot air balloon, so that went in early. There's a large lake with tiny beach umbrellas and sailboats. Little patches of puff paint forest are all around, too.

Here's how it looks in his room!

The last class was supposed to be snacks and critique, and since my family was in town for Chloe's birthday, Melody came along!! We ended up doing some painting after Dax brought up the paints to class, and had a great time with everyone.

Melody's sweet seahorse.

The water cup I used for all my paintings was my "subject."

The class! We started off with about 9 people, but gradually it dwindled to a loyal few. I really had fun with these people, and I hope our suggestions of meeting outside of class for a few landscape paintings will pan out. Mary, the teacher, is in the middle. Her artist's name is Stangeblossom. How good do you have to be before you can come up with an artist's name? ...hmmm

After each class, Strangeblossom, gave a painting of her own away, usually one she completed in class. I had to leave early for a concert one night, but was excited to learn I had won one! I thought it was appropriate considering I love Mt. Dew : )

I decided to use a scrap paint canvas like she did, but all I came up with were two M&Ms. This was a gift to Melody, but either she thought I was joking or she secretly didn't want it because it's still at my house for some reason.. hehe

Melody took some beautiful photos while she was here.

Back to my own photos. Colin loves this spot in the front yard.

Colin and Papaw spent some great time together this weekend.

Chloe was super excited about Grandma and Papaw's presents. She got a purple outfit- her wardrobe is quickly turning all purple! That will be a fun memory when she's older. She also got a few books she and Hannah have been anxious to get. They love "Seek and Find" books. They have a green and yellow. Now they have a blue and red and they were ecstatic! I'll post the video when we load it on the computer.

This one is really sweet.

Melody took this one as well- one of my favorites.

We took over the streets of the Fairview neighborhood heading to visit Nana's house.

Once there, Melody and I tried to take a few un-beautiful photos. I call this one- "A study in contrast" - discuss.

Melody couldn't take any ugly photos. I ended up taking this one of a deck post I thought was pretty cool.

Nana is starting a rose garden in the backyard. I'd say this one is a great start!

I'll be back soon with plenty of Chuck E. Cheese excitement.