Wednesday, April 29, 2009
i just took this snapshot of the visitors to your blog, girls! green ones are people who are online right now and red is the one who joined most recently. that person was in dublin, ireland! where else have your visitors come from, can you tell? countries? or at least continents? and in the US, perhaps states? i know this map is tiny, but i think it's pretty exciting!
1) Addie on the point
2) Addie climbing up
3)Aiden and Tryllen
on the rock wall
4) Skipping off to the point
5) The ice just went off the lake yesterday
We venture to the Park
Join us as we enjoy a break in the gloomy Spring weather.
This park is on Lake Bemidji across from the college.
It was remodeled just over a year ago. They turned a shady (both from the sun and due to the characters who hung out here), slightly scary place into a wonderful gathering grounds for families, college students and residence of town alike.
We have really enjoyed stopping by this park for a quick play, or longer. We have even had cook outs with friends here, and the kids have come here for birthday parties.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
for a long time, our best and favorite books were all charlie and lola. it's a UK series by lauren child and features cool mixed-media/cartoon characters called charlie and lola. every book begins with, "i have this little sister lola, she is small and very funny..." and all of the books are told by lola's big brother, charlie, but they're really mostly about lola.
the illustrations are good, the text is interestingly placed on the pages and the stories are super cute. there's even a really cool one about fair trade and this new one called "look after your planet."
sabin hasn't even seen that one yet, so when i get home (i'm in oslo for the next few days, working), i'll have to show her. it's a BBC series as well as a bunch of books, but i believe it started as books. and now sabin can read these herself, tho' they're something we've been reading and enjoying together for several years.
- george's marvelous medicine
- the twits
- the witches
- the enormous crocodile
- matilde (we're about halfway through this one)
- the BFG
- charlie and the chocolate factory
- james and the giant peach
Saturday, April 25, 2009
S. E. Schlosser
Now I hear tell that Paul Bunyan was born in Bangor, Maine. It took five giant storks to deliver Paul to his parents. His first bed was a lumber wagon pulled by a team of horses. His father had to drive the wagon up to the top of Maine and back whenever he wanted to rock the baby to sleep.
Paul Bunyan and Babe his Big Blue Ox
Statue Information found here
Paul Bunyan story - Bemidji Style here
Friday, April 24, 2009
This was Addie's outfit for yesterday. She started the day out with her mini jean jacket (from the last outfit) over the top of this. However, by the end of the day it was near 80 degrees Fahrenheit and she was able to go in her shirt-sleeves (and bare feet).
With the warm temperatures yesterday we started to notice another one of Addie's favorite things - Butterflies (although I believe this to be a moth).
We hope you enjoyed the weekend with your sisters. We will try to bring Buller somewhere local and fabulous for your learning experience. See you Monday.
last year at almost exactly this time, we all went to barcelona together and this is one of my favorite pictures of sabin and her big sisters, even tho' it's almost a year old:
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We opted for jumping off something
(a trailer used for the dock business)
with homemade raspeberry jam -
raspberries from our garden
Then we did our yearly Earth Day walk
through the ditch to pick up garbage.
We live on a dirt road in the country -
however people that drive this road can be quite gross!
Addie had cold lunch today. She had a summer sausage sandwhich on a ww bun
canned peaches, a granola bar, and for a treat organic Annie's fruit snacks
(they are bunny shaped)
Addie's mom made snack baggies for her chips/pretzels/crackers
and sandwhich wraps out of cotton material and oil cloth
in an effort to eliminate some of our lunch waste.
We love how well they work!
The sandwich wrap even serves as a placemat!
a zip-loc with carrots, cucumber and cherry tomatoes (the adjacent melon was breakfast). she's also gotten a brownie along for the past couple of days, but they're gone now. she takes an apple as well. when we get back to normal practice next week, we'll tell you what our usual lunch is like. but for now we'll just say that the danes do sandwiches a bit differently.
when i picked up sabin at her after-school program today, she was working on a card for her big (half) sister mathilde's confirmation, which is on saturday. had to snap a picture or two because the light was so great. this is why we always have at least one camera on us at all times.
outfit today was one you've seen before (dark grey dress and leggings), so we'll wait 'til tomorrow when we've got something a bit more springy to share.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
(minus one sequins after a night of sleeping in the new loft)
Addie made quick work of making him feel at home. she took him out into the first Spring rain to show him the yard (since we figure outside is where he feels the most at home)
Although lizards tend to prefer dry warm environments Buller seems to be adapting well.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
She does her best, but life just has so many interesting possibilities, which often land her in trouble with the teacher and her parents. No matter how mixed-up things get, one thing's for sure --- you'll have a good laugh reading about Junie's adventures in kindergarten and first grade. And, by the way --- that's Junie "B." --- as she will firmly remind you, if you happen to forget.
Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows
Rachel Walker and Kirsty Tate meet on their way to Rainspell Island for holidays and quickly become friends. While searching for the end of a rainbow they discover an old, black pot. Inside the pot is Ruby the red rainbow fairy. Ruby explains that evil Jack Frost has cast her and her rainbow sisters from fairyland in anger that they forgot to invite him to the midsummer ball. Ruby turns Rachel and Kirsty into fairies and takes them to fairyland to meet the king and queen and receive instructions on how to rescue the other six fairies.
So begins book one of the series. (from reviewstream.com)
at our house, we have a tradition for taking jump shots. it's not a long tradition, but it's a tradition just the same. it started with some very creative people at some workshops that i held around the world during the course of 2007. at every workshop, we had the whole group do a jump shot. here's an example of one of the best ones:
here we had our own personal professional photographer (who used to be a BBC producer) take the shot, but what we usually did is set the camera (or a number of cameras) to take a series of rapid-fire shots, then put it on a timer and run back into the picture. check out the height some of us got (i'm in the middle and a little to the left in a green shirt). when it's just kids in the shot, an adult usually takes the shots on a rapid fire setting, like i did with this one of sabin above or my sister did with the one of sabin and her cousins at navy pier from the other day.
since you guys are a whole crew all in one, you should really try it. i think you'll find it's pretty addictive. and you'll be amazed to see how high you can jump!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Quick note on the fashion choice of the day.
I love this shirt and actually bought something off the rack. It fades from a turquoise blue down to a sunshine yellow. This is paired with the traditional blue jeans.
We will make it Spring one way or another - even if that means wearing sunshine yellow.
Pants - Target
Shirt - Walmart
A quick addition of pictures - this shirt was a lot easier to take a pic of off from my little wiggle worm..... I love this shirt, I would wear this shirt!
However, there was only a single letter in the mailbox from a friend in Idaho.
We anticipate his arrival tomorrow.
The way our mail travels he is
probably hanging around Fargo, ND right now.
(is it a he or a she?)
Where is Buller?
top: white t-shirt from miss whatever, singapore
pants: grey velour genie pants by bombi bitt (you saw these last week)
jacket: grey velour jacket by bombi bitt (you saw this last week)
shoes: those red converse all-stars (you see these every time. sorta.)
bag on the floor: years ago, the gap
purple backpack: by jeva--all of the kids have these for their school bag.
it's middle ages week this week, so not "real" school. sabin's working in the café. today they made homemade buns. tomorrow: cake.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This is "Tori". She is a Pomeranian. She is our dog. We got her after our Dachshund was hit by a car. A lady from dad's work gave her to us two years ago because she had too many dogs. She barks a lot at the neighbor dogs. She likes to play a lot and I like to play fetch with her.
This is "Kitty Lou" . He is old. My mom and dad have had him since before they had kids. [he is 10.5 years old]. Lou stays away from us all unless he wants to be petted.
Some days I like having all these pets and sometimes I don't. I like Tori better then the cats.