April 29: Saying Thank you

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The little boy and I worked on some Thank you notes for his friends today. We didn’t finish, due to the fact that he was getting too involved in making each one, and got tired before the end. We have a kit for making Thank you cards (strongly recommended), which includes cards, envelopes, and stickers of animals and things you’d want to say, like Thank you, You are the best, etc. He made flying racoons and flying carrots, a screaming bear afraid of a carrot, and other things that made us laugh out loud. I mostly stuffed envelopes when he was finished, but I was feeling creative nonetheless. So much so that I didn’t take almost any pictures of the cards: I forgot!

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April 28: Other people’s projects

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J. had his last birthday party for this year, at the Children’s Museum. I took a dreamy photo of O. in great lighting

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and J. and I made Eric Carle-inspired collages in their art room, but I was humbled by a gift that J’s friend and his mom made: a canjo!

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In comparison, all my creative efforts seem silly. We are such amateurs! I am awed by this thing. We are now learning how to play it.

April 27: Procession of the species

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Ah, the beautiful people of Olympia! Every year the city organizes a procession of the species. It seems like the whole city participates in preparing the event, a huge celebration that also includes an art walk, sidewalk vendors, chalk drawing, and who knows what else. I always feel blessed to be able to witness it in all its community spirit, creativity, and beauty.

I took a lot of pictures at the procession today. The costumes were fantastic, but for some reason I was more interested in the people themselves, all beautiful and full of life. Especially those gorgeous hippie kids. Here are some of the highlights:

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Just these two dandelions alone would have made my day.

And, yes, we brought the piggie mask:

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No more processions for a while!

April 26: Mask in action

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The completed mask made it to the first procession of the weekend.

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As is usually the case whenever we show off some of the stuff we have made ourselves, people were impressed. I have no picture of the procession because it was small and not very exciting.

Instead, I took some time to write some crafting intentions on our new whiteboard poster. I am planning on asking the family to add ideas. My newest interest is felting: I got a book from the library, and leads for buying wool. Now all I have to do it find time and energy to do it! (J’s been felting at school, so he can teach me).

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What else should we add to the list?

April 25: Piggy mask part 2

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The mask is almost done, colored with crayons to leave the impression that a child made it (no, actually I was too lazy to paint it; but it turned out that coloring is a very relaxing activity). Now it’s dad’s turn to mount it on cardboard and we will be in business for the procession tomorrow night. It’s supposed to be a lovely day, and I am excited. I am also feeling like a semi-professional angry-bird-drawer. Note that it’s a marketable skill…

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April 24: Piggies

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The April festivities are not done yet. We have two animal processions to look forward to, one at J’s school on Friday, and the other in Olympia on Saturday. The latter is one of my favorite events of all. At J’s school, kids should dress as an endangered species, so naturally, J. asked for a piggy mask. After all, the piggies are endangered by the angry birds.

Now, seriously, I don’t understand the appeal of angry birds. I would like my child to be thoughtful and sensitive and ask me to make him a sea turtle costume. But he is who he is as he often reminds me, and so tonight we sat at the dinner table, he with his new activity book, drawing monsters, being calm for the first time in days; and I drawing a piggy with birds and piggies on its face, by special request. Of course I am not done. Who has time to finish such a project in one day? But I need to be done tomorrow, so I know what I will be doing at our weekly coffee shop outing tomorrow.

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April 23: The lost art of writing letters

April 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

Today, tired from the weekend, the semester (me), misbehaving (J.) and who knows what else, we did a quick project. J. started writing a letter to his aunt a while ago, and finished it today. It is written on hot pink paper, starts with the words Dear Ant, and is written in gold and silver. He drew a Sun too. I helped pack it up in an envelope, all with  a pink origami heart I made for good measure. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a pink letter and pink heart in the mail?

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April 22: Birthday photos

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Finally edited (minimally, as usual) are the photos from the birthday. I like them not because I did a great job as a photographer (I realized that my strength is in taking pictures of small objects from close distances), but because they convey the energy of sugared up six-year-olds celebrating on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.

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The self-proclaimed king before the festivities

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I love this one, because everything is blurred except for timid N. unsure of whether to strike

 

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Balancing on the beam

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And almost putting their noses into the cake and laughing about it

Oh, it wasn’t  all as idyllic as it looks, but wouldn’t it be great if it had been? Can we just say that it was?

 

April 21: A birthday gift

April 22, 2013 § 2 Comments

J. had his birthday party. I took many pictures, most of them not good, and I haven’t edited them yet. I want to honor one little girl’s hard work and creativity instead. J’s best friend embroidered a pillow for him, and we all love it beyond words.

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April 20: Birthday poster

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The birthday poster is done! I have made one every year for the past 5 years. They take up a lot of room, but it’s so great to have a visual reminder of what your child looked like and what s/he did at a certain age. J. helped a bit this year, but he is never as excited about them as I am.

Here is to his sixth year:

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