ShoeWould someone please inform Mark that shoes are not supposed to be wider than your waist?

Mark needed some new shoes, so Allan and I thought we would surprise him with a new pair. He really dislikes shoe shopping!  I knew that he wore Allan’s shoes, so when I found some shoes, I asked Allan to try them on.  They fit, so we brought them home.

Size 9 shoes did not fit Mark!  He needed to return both pair of shoes and get size 10’s.

Dandelion Jewelry

DandalionOn Friday, I taught Andrea two different ways to make dandelion chains.  There are tons of dandelions this year, so she has been having fun creating different jewelry.

On Saturday, she gathered a huge handful of dandelions and then sat quietly working while the boys worked on the grass. She wore some herself and then gave some to Megan who loved having a crown and matching bouquet.Dandelion chain

Oma’s Butterfly

GlueToday, while we studied John Audubon in history,  the kids decided to create their own masterpieces. Megan wanted to make a butterfly. She picked out paper and after getting the butterfly cut out, Andrea helped a little to decorate it. Megan has used glue once or twice, but she was introduced to purple glitter today. She thought that was great!Oma's butterfly

When she was finished, she wanted to send it to Oma.  Oma and Opa are in Swaziland working for a few months.  We took a picture for her and sent it special delivery to Oma and Opa.



Original tulip
Original Tulip

The kids have been wanting to learn how to edit their pictures. We use The Gimp, and I really like it. It has been a challenge to learn the different functions, but as I practice, it gets easier.

Watercolor Tulip

For their first lesson, we attempted to change photographs to look more like a painting.  They all know the basic idea and had fun playing with different settings to get the picture they wanted.

I experimented with using different techniques for mine. Of all the pictures that I tried, this is my favorite. I won’t use this effect often, but it was fun experimenting with it.