Friday, November 29, 2013

I Am Thankful For...

  • God
  • All the food God gave us
  • All the fun God gives us
  • The energy I have
  • My memory...because then I can remember fun times & happy times & kisses
  • Being healthy
  • Having a mom
* "I am thankful for..." list dictated by Lina, age 5 1/2 (on Thanksgiving, 11/28/13)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hootenanny Thanksgiving Food Drive & Disco Party

Lina made fast friends (as she always does) with three girls she met at the Hootenanny Thanksgiving Food Drive and Disco Party this weekend. She danced for over an hour (non-stop) and then we made our way home in the evening with the empty suitcase (which had been filled with canned goods we donated).

She was so happy to dance at this disco party and enjoy new friendships...but it was most important that we bring the food. Three awesome young boys there helped take the cans out of the suitcase and stack them with the other donated canned goods.

It's getting dark early now (and it's quite chilly), so I could have made excuses to not drag a heavy suitcase onto a bus...but Lina persuaded me to bring her to this event in Park Slope; she said "this is food for the hungry, starving people...we need to help."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nature paintings...a break from planning the move

I wanted us to use up the leftover paint (Crayola and Alex Toys) that we had stored in the hallway closet. So, we took a break from sorting through our belongings (to decide what to throw out, give away or pack) to have a fun painting session. We reused the Melissa & Doug wood puzzle boards as a nice surface to now paint upon.

Lina called this "A Nature Picture"...and she was especially proud of creating "seashells in the sky" by dabbing the jumbo brush to create that particular shape and texture. She also made trees with various fruits on them.

This is a cropped detail of my underwater painting. Lina liked that I made strokes that looked like pink jellyfish. It was quite relaxing to spend some time painting, even if it was with washable children's paint and too wide little kid brushes.

We have lots of amazing children's activities planned through the holidays, as well as a move that we are in the process of organizing, but I will try to post on the blog when I get a chance. Cheers!