Just what I need!! Poppytalk's Spring Colour's Week. To see bursts of spring colors will be a welcome change of pace from the drab greys and browns that spring has delivered to us thus far. I love color photo challenges, just to go to the photo pool at Flickr and see all the beautiful hues of the same color is so uplifting. Green is the easiest for me. It's my favorite color...and there was lots of green to be found at our visit to the farm over the weekend...
Saturday...found this funny puzzle at the thrift store. After completing it the boys set in to bend their little bodies to make each letter of the alphabet in the same way as the pictures. I never knew that at one time we did not officially have the J or the U in the alphabet.
Sunday...when mom says "time to clean up", this is what I find.
Monday...snow is gradually melting, but we still need to park a good cars length away from the curb.
Tuesday...loving all the sun shine at the preschool.
Wednesday...here's what we made at the preschool. I like to encourage children to make things to bring to their nature tables at home. These were inspired by Lisa's and Twig and Toadstools. Thursday...favorite new game.
Friday...made it to the farm.
I'm planning on playing along with Poppytalk's Spring Colors week starting tomorrow (actually today already). I had fun finding color all over the farm and can't wait to see what is waiting on my camera when I download my photos. Is anyone else playing along? Let me know if you are...I'd love to see your photos too. Monday is green.
Spring break is officially over...we all head back to school in the morning. It wasn't much of a spring break...the boys were sick and we stayed in a lot...more than is probably good for us. But the discouraging temperatures (like we usually have in January) kept us indoors. Good thing we got some sunshine to lift our spirits. Here is what spring break looked like in our home last week.
Saturday...noticing shadows...which means there is sun...yay. (Butterfly window art by Peanut)
Sunday...they've physically outgrown their baby towels, but they still like to use them. "Woof, woof...quack, quack" they call out to one another. I have to enjoy these moments now, because I realize it won't be long before they both ditch them.
Monday...fevers + first cancelled playdate of the week = craft time. Nothing like a bouquet of (egg carton) flowers to let some spring into the house.
Tuesday...a good dose of vitamin C.
Wednesday...still sick...more craft time (more on this project later).
Thursday...we watched this woodpecker go at it for a good half hour...
Friday...fruit day...the boxes are the best part...well, maybe the mangoes are.
The boys are healthy once again...just in time to go back to school. Hope you had a great weekend! xx
Saturday...seeing that Minnehaha Creek is no longer frozen...I can feel spring is in the air
Sunday...another sure sign of spring is the roads are a mess! Potholes seemed to have appeared everywhere after a tough winter
Monday...a yearly tradition at my preschool...I hunt for small baskets at thrift stores to use for planting our wheat berries...they should be nice and green by the first day of spring
Tuesday...yuk...another sure sign of spring is seeing what gets uncovered after the snow begins to melt...often dirt and sand and salt that was used on the roads...sometimes newspapers, animal waste and garbage
Wednesday...spring is...umbrella season (whether it's raining or not)
Thursday...do you winter your geraniums? Every autumn I cut off any remaining blooms and bring the pots to a quiet corner in the basement to rest. I've kept the same ten plants for well over seven years. They look kind of sickly now, but I cut off all the dead foliage, give them a good drink of water and place them in a warm window and before you know it, the dormant roots come alive again.
Friday...Julen's plant from school (look back on Monday's photo) has really taken off
As it happens, I'm posting on our first day of spring here...Happy Spring friends!!! xx
I've had a nice run so far of challenging myself to taking a photo a day for a year. I love downloading the photos and just seeing what caught my eye on any particular day. Here's what last week brought me...
Saturday-big birthday surprises from my boys. My sweetheart planned an unexpected get away, just the two of us. We really needed it...a reconnect without the boys. It's obvious we don't go out enough. Sushi, music, dancing, TALKING! It was wonderful. On top of our little escape, he gave me this beautiful coat. (Check it out on their website here)
Sunday-breathtaking sunset...and I've really missed the sun. I loved how it illuminated the buildings downtown as seen here from across the lake near my house.
Monday-one of my girlfriends forgot this canvas at my house. She painted small dots in a circular pattern without the use of any guide lines. I'm impressed at how perfect the circles are. She left it draped over a chair in my living room and the odd combination of patterns (rattan chair, reed window shade and brick fireplace) caught my eye.
Tuesday-noticed that my flowers and fruit match.
Wednesday-learned a new stitch that I LOVE! It must have a name, but I have no idea what it is. It took me a while to work it out and have Anna to thank for setting me straight...I got all bunched up in the beginning. It looks like weaving on one side and seed stitch on the other. Hey you knitters! any ideas of what this is called? It is very pretty.
Thursday-a belated birthday gift. Hand made that morning...amazing and melt in your mouth delicious. For you locals, it's here.
Friday-a surprise in the mail. I won a blog giveaway at Tiny Apartment Crafts and was just so delighted to find this package waiting for me.
To see what beautiful treasures Gabrielle sent to me, go to this post here. While you are there, I insist you take a good look at her site...she does gorgeous and detailed handwork that makes my heart beat a lot faster. I especially can't get her felt succulents out of my mind. She even teaches you how she makes her leaves here. I could go on and on about all her lovely work, but you should just go take a look for yourself.
Friday-Julen outed me to the very kind and very adorable cashier at Trader Joe's that it was my birthday...a moment later (like Robin Hood) another man appears with a bouquet of flowers for "the birthday girl" (*blush*). Thank you Trader Joe's!! You sure know how to make this customer feel special.
I had a lovely and busy fun-filled birthday weekend. So many surprises to share!
Sunday-a fifty degree change in the temperatures in one week...we had no choice but to get those ice dams off the roof before it all melted into the basement.
Monday-I feel so completely blessed that I was able to find a temporary replacement at my preschool while my partner is recovering from surgery. Not only is Anna a dear friend of mine, but she has jumped into the role of preschool teacher with such ease I think she may have a new calling. She readily pours love into "my children" and they have adopted her as well. She further impressed me by showing up at Monday's Valentine party with handmade gifts for the kids. (and Tuesday she brought something new!) "You Rock"...I love that. Anna is the one who truly rocks.
Tuesday-It's so good to have the sun around again.
Wednesday-I have a deep love for grapefuit and can never seem to get enough.
Thursday-More sun...I love how these flowers pick up the light. We made these last December following Cassi's tutorial. (ugh...my windows could use a good cleaning)
Friday-We have friends visiting from Barcelona...they always spoil us with treats.
Tuesday-I made up the last of the (Berlin's Whimsy's recipe for) homemade ginger ale from Julen's party. It is SO delicious, but doesn't go quite as well in this super cold winter as it will when it warms up. I think this will be my drink of choice this summer. (I put a wedge of crystalized ginger on the side.)
Wednesday-this sight warms my heart...I love seeing Peanut reading to Julen.
Thursday-getting my wool hearts stitched up. This is a tradition I started the first year we opened the preschool...and I plan to continue. After our Valentine's Day party, I send each child home with a small wool heart...a little bit of love in their pocket. Six finished, twelve to go.
Thank you all for your warm comments and thoughts of love for my friend who had a double mastectomy earlier this week. The surgery very well and she is recovering and resting at home now. She has taught me so much about courage as she has faced her cancer and I respect and admire her strength through all of this.