Saturday, June 25, 2011

Miah's Birthday Week


Miah's birthday week started with Rohan digging in his belly button. It ended that way too. He's got a thing for his belly button right now. He kind of stays plugged into it, like thumb sucking.

Now on to the birthday girl!
On my tenth birthday, I received Kirsten, the American Girl Doll. My grandpa made her a bed and a trunk. My grandma made several outfits for her. All this has been waiting in our basement for just the right moment. This spring, Miah read the Kirsten books. She's also been playing more with dolls. I thought Miah's ninth birthday was just the right moment.


She really liked the hat with cherries, because she remembered it from one of the stories.


She changed the clothes right away.


Then went up to her room and got everything situated.




She's hardly put her down at all since Monday.


Tuesday we had dress rehearsal for the play we've been working on with friends. The kids are doing The Bremen Town Musicians. Miah is the farmer's wife in the first scene and the chief robber in the second scene. Larkin is the rooster, and Zahana and Rohan are horses. After practice we had watermelon, and everybody sang "Happy Birthday" to Miah.






Miah wanted to celebrate her birthday in Kentucky with her cousins this year. We had a fairy tale theme. The little lanterns were Miah's idea, and she made most of them. My sister was a big help in getting everything ready.




Presents.




Games.
The Lily Pad Crossing.




Pin the Horn on the Unicorn.






Tiny fairy cakes. (A great big thank you to my friend who helped with the cupcakes. Everybody went on and on about the delicious frosting. :)


A happy birthday girl.


Food. I do have to say that those beautiful purple carrots were from our garden, and truly, the party would not have been the same without them. :) Or the cutey little sandwiches my sister made.


Cream cheese snails (made by my sister) and tomato/cheese stick toadstools.


My sister got a big kick out of that fruit tray. I made the entire thing before I remembered that I actually wasn't going to make a fruit tray. I had bought skewers and was going to make fairy wands with pineapple stars on top. But I chopped up the pineapple, so that idea was out the window, and my sister kept laughing at me. I really don't think I'm that old. I just stayed up too late getting ready for the party. And besides, she's going to be old pretty soon too.


Birthday girl liked it anyway.


Rohan kept going back for the little snails.


So we just gave him the whole tray.


My sister's poodle and my mom's flowers.


My sister's birthday was this week too (see, told you she was getting old) so I painted a silk scarf for her.


Since she likes India, I used a kolam design.


I had a little trouble with the gutta dissolving too soon, but it didn't end up being as bad as I was afraid it would be.


Leaving my parents' house, we saw this beautiful sight.


Miah, I love you, my sweet sweet girl. Happy Birthday!! x ♥ o

"Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:14,16,17

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Math


In between the fun and the friends and the family, we've been working on math around here. I bought a couple new math games to keep the math going through the summer without being dreadful. I found this one, Totally Tut, through Ordinary Life Magic. They always have great game ideas over there. After playing the regular way with the big kids, I played a modified version with Zahana. She knows her numbers at least through ten, so we would each draw a tile, and whoever drew the larger number would get to add it to her pyramid. To help her understand the concept, I lined up other tiles to show her which number had the greater value. She caught on quick and we moved on to the teens. It's fun watching Zahana learn.


Rohan doesn't know his numbers yet, so I would draw a tile and he would find a match and we put them on the pyramid 1-10.


Besides games, Miah and Larkin have been working hard through some workbooks. We also do some flashcards to help them get faster with their math facts. They're really thrilled about this part.


We're using Compass Drawings and Geometric Patterns from Churches and Cathedrals for fun geometry. Miah has really enjoyed making her own compass drawings for a while now, so this is right up her alley.


Meanwhile, Zahana and Rohan traced different sized circles.


Animal Logic


Fjords


The Rooster Game


And my favorite, Sumoku. I thought the kids might think this one is a little too much like work, but nope. They love it. Playing by the rules or just making number/color patterns.










Friday, June 17, 2011

Bokeh

Today's Photo Challenge was Bokeh. The kiddos were playing with the hose out front. I thought that would be a good opportunity.










Obviously, at this point, I have no idea what bokeh is. I thought it was . . . glare . . . or something.


I skipped the action photo challenge a couple days ago, so I submitted this one late.


So now I'm realizing that I don't know what I'm doing, so I try a little research. I saw those really cool heart bokeh's and tried some instructions out.

Uh. That would be a fail. More reading, and Oh! Basically, bokeh is blur. Cool blur, of course.

Look! Blur! I mean . . . Bokeh!






Miah insisted this "rainbow" one was one of the best. I don't know what exactly that is. Maybe a combo of bokeh and glare.


Don't you love it when I post 1400 pictures of one weed?










OK. Time for a more interesting subject. This one gets to be my "Eyes" picture for tomorrow. (Because I spent way too much time on this today.)






Ding. We have a winner.

I look at my pictures and really have no idea what other people (real photographers) would think is good. So I picked the one I liked the best. I think it was the pretty little girl that won me over.

But I couldn't stop. More bokeh! More bokeh!




Oooh look! Those fuzzy circles in the background! Yay!








That was fun. :)