Thursday, February 26, 2009

Only One or Two Years Later

The kids didn't have school on Monday, so we invited our friends Lauren & Minji over to play. Kaleb, Noe, and Gavin had fun playing with Minji while I taught Lauren the basics of scrapbooking. It inspired me to finally finish the above lay-out. I made the pages at a scrapbook class in February 2008, all I had to do was add the pictures and the little details. The pictures however are from February 2007! Can you tell I don't scrap very often anymore? I have a lot of catching up to do even though I don't scrap our snapshots anymore.

That's why I started blogging, so each year I could make a blurb book of our family history. Now I need to get over to my other blog and finish up 2008, so I can make a blurb book for last year!
Being the huge fan of Harry Potter that I am, I picked up "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" this week. It was a fun little read. Now I want to add "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and "Quidditch Through the Ages" to my collection. I'll also be curious about the mini-prequel set to come out later on about an adventure James Potter and Sirius Black had together.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Welcome to Inkworld!

I loved Cornelia Funke's "The Thief Lord" and was excited to start the Inkheart Trilogy. They did not disappoint! Inkheart is a fantastic tale of characters from a book joining our world. Of course, when you finish it you'll want to continue the trilogy, but this book could stand alone.

Sequels tend to disappoint me, but not Inkspell. I think I liked it even better than Inkheart! I love escaping into books, and since that happens in this story it was a fun twist. However, this book does not stand alone you have to read the next one.

Unfortunately, I haven't read Inkdeath yet. We got the first two in paper back as stocking stuffers for Christmas, so I don't want to buy this one in hard cover. The school library has it, which is great, but of course it's checked out. I'm on the waiting list though and hope I'll get my turn with it before we move. If not I might just have to buy it in hard cover because I don't think I can wait for it to come out in paper back.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Creative Kids

This week I've been organizing more of our office. I wonder if I'll ever be finished! It has been the catch-all of our papers, pictures, memorabilia, art projects (& crap) for the past 3 1/2 years, and was seriously neglected. As I've been going through stuff I've found some of the kids' art projects from school. They're so cute, but we just won't be able to keep all of them, so I snapped a few pictures to remember them. (There will be more pictures added to this post as I continue going through stuff!)
The above picture is of the Mice the kids made to celebrate Chinese New Year last year. Kaleb's is the big daddy mouse, and Noe made a mommy with 2 babies.

They also made some clay earths. (Kaleb's has the flag, Noe's is the other).

Noe's life-size Macaroni Penguin from her Animal Expert project.

Kaleb's fossil print from their Dinosaur unit.

*I hope all of my children will love creating their own works of art all through out their lives!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Slow and Steady?

I just feel like a snail these days S L O W L Y trudging along. There are all these things I want to do, but I just can't seem to get them done. I worked on several things on my to-do list: organized more of the office, traded the Chinese New Year decorations for Valentine's Day ones, started reading "Inkheart," but I didn't finish any projects. I really wanted to scrapbook this week, but with all of the normal errands/activities plus the miscellaneous ones that always get thrown in it just didn't happen. Gavin and I spent a fun day at a modeling shoot yesterday with 6 other kids on a nature farm. You can see pictures from it on my other blog. Hopefully, next week I'll have a finished project for this blog.