Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Usual Suspects

Snow White and Jango Fett.

With the usual suspects--our neighborhood gang. We all began our evening with a party at Bruce and Carol's house.

Here they are--two of my favorite people on the planet. And, oh look! She just won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes!

I know you wish your friends dressed as Frankenstein and his Bride and chased your children around at a party.

We're just lucky that way.

Apparently a lampshade and hairspray can do wonders.

Velma, Fred, Daphne and Scooby were on hand to capture the spooks.

Who invited the lawn gnome?

Trick or treat.

There's no place I would rather be than on this street. Life is good. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Can't See the Forest for the--Robot?

While waiting for Ian's parent teacher conference to begin yesterday evening, Nathan and I were admiring the artwork posted outside Ian's kindergarten classroom.

The assignment was simple:
1. Draw and color an autumn tree and its background.
2. Decorate tree with torn bits of colorful construction paper.

Imagine 24 beautiful trees, each one growing almost to the top of its sheet of 18 inch tall construction paper.

Only one student's project was completely unique. His tree was barely visible--a mere 3 inches tall and placed in the bottom corner. Oh, he'd followed the assignment instructions, but with a wonderfully creative twist: in the background, a HUGE four-legged robot was rising behind the tree, taking up the remaining 15 inches of paper. People were peeking out of the windows, black clouds of smoke were rising overhead, and maniacal villains were lurking beside the tree.

Nathan and I were delighted by Ian's lone robot in a forest of kindergarten trees.

Ian's right brained, crazy creative, fun, quirky-ness has followed him into kindergarten. And when I think of the emotions we endured at the start of this year! OH my soul. Kindergarten Open House, first quarter, and parent teacher conference are now behind us. He has excelled. Thank you, Jesus.

Open House photos (sorry I don't have any photos of the robot. YET.) . . .

He was so proud.

Grandma, Grandpa, Mum, Papa, Hoo-Hoo (great grandma), mom, dad and Lilly all attended.

Here you see Ian's hand on the right and his great-grandmother's hand on the left. Beautiful.

Lately, I feel I am just starting to learn who Ian really is. It's taken almost six years to really get him. But, I suppose even grown-ups still surprise their parents now and then. Think so, John and Ruth?

Bye Bye, Baby

September 29 . . .
When I heard her calling that morning, I sent Nathan in with the camera. I knew it would be the last morning she would wake up in her baby bed:

Later that day, we set up her big girl bed.

September 30 . . .
In the end, it had to be Isabel from Serena & Lily. It just had to be. It wasn't on the original list, but when I found it, I fell in love (a close friend is sister-in-law to THE Serena--friends in high places, right?):

Buttery yellow silk with crisp white embroidery. Ooh la la.

These Dwell Studio pink sheets from were economical and a perfect match.

Good morning, Sunshine.

Scared Silly

We are still here.

Up to our usual silliness.

What are you up to these days?

I miss updating Yeebird. Something happened when Ian started kindergarten. Like, someone spun the great big wheel of my life and I am still waiting to see where it stops. There is so much to tell you (no huge updates, just regular everyday "stuff"). So much life happens in one month.

I'll start just by wishing you a Happy Halloween. Stop by again soon.