Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Another successful Halloween is in the books. This was the year that both my girls wanted to be something a little scarier...Kate, especially, who has also extended this to her choice of books. I made my life easier this year by taking them individually to get their costumes so I could focus solely on what each girl wanted instead of ping-ponging back and forth as they dithered and compared and fought over who found what first.

Kate had her heart set on being a vampire but all the girl costumes were either too trampy or too itchy (or both). She tried them all on and summarily took them immediately off. She then wandered over to the "boy" aisle and found what she wanted. Her question: "Why do all the girl costumes have to be so uncomfortable and scratchy and the boys get to wear soft shirts and pants?"  Why indeed. Just wait until you start looking at women's shoes honey....
Lucy didn't know what she wanted to be so we wandered the aisles for a while until her eyes fell upon the Zombie Hunter.

As for me, I found the scariest costume in the whole store:
On Halloween day, I had a substitute job in music at their school that morning so I threw on a wig and a hat for the occasion.
Their school has afternoon parties and a parade on the day of Halloween and I was signed up to bring snacks for Lucy's homeroom. I hurried home, put on some witch makeup and recreated the pumpkin fruit head from last year.
The moms in charge of crafts and games.
I ended up going back and forth between Lucy's and Kate's homerooms, taking pictures in both. This is Kate's homeroom teacher, Ms. Michels. She teaches English/Science to both Kate and Lucy, just at different times.

Back to Lucy's homeroom for the group photo.

Wang lao shi, Lucy's homeroom teacher (and both girls' Chinese/math teacher).
 Jessica enlisted the help of Sophia (who is in middle school this year) to help make slime as a craft.
Parade time!

Principal Johnson.
Making slime.
Kate worked on a craft project in her room.
After school, they donned long underwear and we set about embellishing their costumes with scary face paint before heading over to the soccer field for pizza and games followed by trick-or-treating. They looked fierce!

The Youth Committee provided pizza, hot cider and water as well as games for the hour before official trick-or-treating started.

A neighbor set up his haunted house again, this time nearer the food and games so more people would participate. 

At 5:30 we headed out to fill our buckets with candy.

Maya, one of their babysitters, went to a few houses with us before heading out with her friends.
 Lucy wasn't too sure about Mateo's costume!

We got home just before 7pm, ate some candy and a ham sandwich before heading upstairs for showers and bed.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Book Writing

Both girls have been working on writing this month. They spent a great deal of time writing, revising, editing and rewriting a story at school. Then they had to draw pictures to go with the story and lastly, they had to upload the pictures and record the story, focusing on showing emotion and reading with emphasis where it was called for. Lucy chose to write about our trip to the Air and Water Show this year:
Air and Water Show story from Lisa on Vimeo.

Kate focused on our trip to DC a few years ago, but only on the actual drive from here to there:
Road Trip Story from Lisa on Vimeo.

Scrolling through their book creator, I found a few other gems they had done on their own time at home...

Lucy wrote about her soccer games:
Soccer story from Lisa on Vimeo.

Kate took an interesting view of our home:
Kate's upside down world from Lisa on Vimeo.

And then I found this:
Kate's book I love my Mom from Lisa on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Extra sunflowers

Makes for very happy chipmunks!

It didn't take long for the squirrels to show up and take over.

Within a day, all 4 extra sunflowers had been stripped bare and carried off to their lairs.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Kate's ensemble practice

Kate had her first ensemble flute practice this weekend. She's is performing in a few weeks in a Christmas recital as part of a group--a first for her. She will be the youngest by about 4-5 years but has been practicing nearly every day to be ready.
This is the first time this group has practiced together. First is Jolly ol' St. Nickolaus:
Kate ensemble practice 1 from Lisa on Vimeo.

Deck the Halls:
Kate ensemble practice 2 from Lisa on Vimeo.

O Come All Ye Faithful:
Kate ensemble practice 3 from Lisa on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Lucy's Halloween Piano recital

Lucy had her first recital since moving from Chicago over a year ago. We started her with a new teacher just a couple of months ago so she would have more performing experience. It has made her much more motivated to practice as well!

Since it was a Halloween recital, all performers came in their costumes. Lucy dressed as a Zombie Killer this year! We arrived a bit early so she could practice and warm up.

Game face.

 Her new teacher, Ms. Cho.
She played "Forest Drums".

Lucy's Halloween piano recital from Lisa on Vimeo.


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