Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Year of the Pig

The girls' school held a nice Chinese New Year program for the parents last week. The classes performed separately so Lucy's went first and then I saw the entire program again with Kate's class. Even though all the songs were the same, there were (obviously) different performers which kept it entertaining.

Here's Lucy's class getting set up.

One of their best friends, Riko, performed a Chinese song on her violin. This girl has some serious talent.

Next up was Kate's class. She was performing a flute solo so she got set up beforehand.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Doggie Style

This is what you wear when it's 18 degrees out and time for a walk.
Got to protect those paws from all the salt and ice!
The lake is frozen and gorgeous.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Winter Science challenge Part Deux

So the first experiment with balloons and cold weather was a complete bust. But! The girls came home from a friend's birthday party on Saturday with balloons filled with helium. We decided to try the challenge again and it worked! The differences were the thickness and type of balloon material as well as helium vs. carbon monoxide. It was also considerably warmer (although still well below freezing).

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tea for Six

For Christmas, I gave the girls a book of coupons that they could redeem with either Len or me. Kate cashed in two of hers already. One was to make a dessert together so we did that a couple of weeks ago...we made an orange bread...and took half of it to a friend's house.  She also redeemed this one:
Since she invited so many friends over, I came up with a craft so they would have something to do other than destroy the house after eating a bunch of small sweets! Kate and I talked about what we could do and settled on teacup dioramas. We went to the local thrift stores and found 6 different teacups with saucers, several bunches of fake greenery and flowers which we cut down to size, a bag colored rocks and some little tchotchkes like fairies, mushrooms, and small animals. We filled in with dollar store extras and leftover crafts from our basement and viola! This kept them busy for almost 90 minutes.

Kate set the table and helped me make the sandwiches just as it started to snow. Each girl got to choose her teacup which she could use for her drink. We then washed them up to use for the dioramas.
They chose their tea of choice before settling down.

Cream cheese with cucumber and smoked salmon spread sandwiches. We also made open faced  cookie butter with chocolate sunflower seed sandwiches.
Thank goodness for Trader Joes and their frozen desserts!
Hummus and cucumber and turkey with mustard sandwiches.

Yum Yum!
Teacups and saucers washed, they are ready to start crafting.

Ella's mom brought Korean snacks which they descended upon midway through crafting.

The finished teacups! Lucy made a nest for her birds and eggs.
Ella made a water feature in her garden.

 Riko and her butterfly garden.
Ayanna made a beach scene with her teacup.
Claire's garden was overflowing with greenery!
Now that's what I like to see! Thank you Ella!
Kate also focused on warmer climes when designing her beach scene.
 I love how they turned out.


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