Another project Rachel asked me to do. It was fun to make, but it also made me realize why I no longer work with deadlines. Too many little people to have many deadlines, but it was nice to help a friend. This was part of an advertising campaign and so I wanted to make things nice and sturdy with all the traveling that will happen. The tags are tied right to the buttons and you just flip the star over exposing the number (or the other way around).
For the lettering, I used Basic Grey stickers outlined the letters and then used a sharpie to fill in the color. I was suprised how easy it was to get the shading on the canvas and I love that I could wrap the letters around the sides.
I used punches for the stars and it was fun to involve Fred in the project. She helped trace and cut out the tags, punch stars, and ink edges. I always love working on projects with my children.
All products are can be found on the Basic Grey website. These canvases are really fun.
Arnold took these photos while in NYC a few months ago (Thanks N!). I loved finding the disk (sorry I forgot about it sweetie) and viewing the items and places she thought were interesting. Here are a few:
I loved that she noticed the old building amidst the skyscrapers. She and Munch had a great time together, they saw "Wicked", did baptisms in the Manhattan Temple, and ate delicious food. It was a quick trip and most of their time was spent watching tennis.
It's a good thing she took the zoom lens because they were pretty high up. Apparently on some of the other courts they were very close, but she didn't take pictures then.
My favorite quote from the trip was when Munch looked around on the subway and whispered to Arnorld how awesome that it was that there were no white people on their car. She said she felt right at home. It made us really giggle conisdering Munch is our most "white" child.
Gus needed some images for an assignment in art. She grabbed the camera and started shooting. It was fun to see the resulting images and talk to her about the particulars of of her photo shoot. She is such a wonderful daughter and I'm so thankful to be able to love her.
Her babies are nearly full grown, the roosters are becoming noisy, and they all go running to the fence when they hear Gus coming. They can tell it's her as she is exiting the garage, they get more excited the closer she gets. Dash and Brick ask every day how many eggs she has gathered. There were only 4 yesterday and for some reason they needed to express their concern to me as if I could fix the problem. When I could not they wondered what I could do? Love these little men.
A few items from our poster this year:
1. The Atonement of Jesus Christ
3. good friends
4. singing, good health
6. trees and flowers
7. cameras and rockets
8. hot chocolate
9. legos, super heroes, Dora
10. pajama day and read-a-thons
We got a few extraneous drawings this year from Brick and Dash, but having 6 cameras is not a bad thing right? One thing I love about the poster is that the simple things that we take for granted from day to day are recorded in the children's handwriting. It helps us remember and focus on what we are grateful for and to whom we owe everything.
"We need to be more grateful. It's one of the marks of strong character, to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings that are ours. We need more of that spirit in our homes, in our daily associations, in church, everywhere. It's so easy to cultivate the spirit of appreciation." (Ezra Taft Benson, "All This and the Gospel Too," New Era, Nov. 1991, 4)
I've received a few requests to for a smaller missionary (fit in your scriptures) version. All the elements are on two pages with the shapes being about 4 inches each. Just print, cut out, and go. I have included the download link here as well as over on the main English page.
The universal kit will be available tomorrow.
Here is a link to the main missionary version language page. I don't have every language available, but there are a few.
Yes, we are sick again. Someone is always sick around here, except maybe Tank he never seems to be sick.
John came home last night and asked Munch how she was doing, who tends to get a bit irrational and weepy when she is sick. Her response as she was choking back the tears was, "Well Dad, I'm a singer that cannot sing!" She has had to cancel 3 performances the last few days and it makes her feels so bad to let people down.
A lot of TV watching happens when we are sick, probably not the best option, but it's a survival mechanism. A friend recently sent this text, after I said that I was doomed to always have someone sick with the number of children we have.
I had to call our pediatrician and take Gus in when she started to develop a really strange painful rash, which is not good in our family because we get really uncommon illnesses. Not sure why but it happens. No matter how busy he is our pediatrician always finds a spot for us when we say "strange rash" and it was.
On top of the cold she also has a chemical burn and hives on her elbows, arms, and hands to the cleaning products used on her desks at school. Poor thing. Of course she has loved telling everyone she is allergic to school.
(PS. Gus you can fix all my spelling mistakes when you get home.)
One of my favorite things to hear is when she walks in the door from school, "Really mom, did you not proofread your post?" Apparently if she has some extra time, one of her teachers lets her get on the computer.
No one is ever sick enough to not kiss, even if it is a bit forceful. I did notice Brick giving a similar kiss to one of the little girls are preschool the other day, before we all got sick (I try responsibly to keep my children home when we are sick). However she didn't have the same reaction as Loaf and followed him around afterward. When I asked if she was his girl friend he rolled his eyes and said, "Mom, I HAVE three."
The boys were happy to oblige when Loafa asked for a "san kiss". She loves getting sandwich kisses.