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Monday, July 28, 2008

VISITORS FROM MARS-JUST JOKING



#17 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD...FRIENDS

Sunday, Willie bo Dillie took baby Cai Ocean to DC to visit his father and family. Zay was camping with friends and it was just Zarian and I enjoying some R&R.

I made us some fresh Parsley tea and sat on the porch soaking up the sounds of squirrels, birds and the pages turning in the book that I just dove into-BTW it is called the "Read Aloud Handbook" and IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! read it if you get the chance, the statistics are mind blowing of students that had parents read aloud to them in childhood.

ANYHOO... my friends Ryan and Ronda (my BFF from
LOVE IS KIND) came to play "cowboys" with Zarian since his latest fashion is cowboy boots and a vest that is 30 years old (belonged to my bro @ 5 years old) and a 3-6 month old cowboy hat that belonged to Cai. (He makes it fit)...





Ryan was adorned with the latest Goodwill find-A COWBOY HAT





We had a grand ole time-




NUMBER 18 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD: FRIENDS THAT COOK :)


RYAN COOKED HAPPY PLATE BURRITOS laced with all the toppings (my favorite-the magnificant avocado)






...AND HE MADE ME A HEMP NECKLACE TO BEHOLD THE PRECIOUS HAND BLOWN GLASS PENDANT THAT IZAYAH PICKED OUT AND BROUGHT BACK TO ME FROM HIS ANNUAL ALL-GOOD FESTIVAL TRIP WITH UNCLE ROBBIE



NUMBER 19 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD-GIFTS FROM FRIENDS AND # 20- GIFTS FROM LITTLE BOYS




RONDA, ZARIAN & I PAINTED...
NUMBER 21 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROMTHE LORD-

PAINT


22-CANVASS


23-WOOD

HER CANVAS SAYS: Lord, turn my eyes away from worthless things, preserve my life according to YOUR word

SHE IS PUTTING IT IN HER BATHROOM SO SHE CAN START THE DAY OFF RIGHT BY READING THIS WORD

It has a Mimosa Tree inside of a moon with some stars and dried flowers around the edges

NUMBER 24 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD-MIMOSA TREES




MY CANVAS SAYS: TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, FOR YOU ARE STANDING ON HOLY GROUND EXODUS 3:5







It has a "bare feet" picture and a moon with an Olive Tree inside. Not sure where it is going to be hung yet.




I also did a painting on a block of wood for the kids bedroom of a caterpillar that says:


"HOW DOES ONE BECOME A BUTTERFLY? YOU MUST WANT TO FLY SO MUCH THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP BEING A CATERPILLAR"

NUMBER 25-INSPIRING QUOTES






RYAN PAINTED A TATTOO ON ZARIAN'S BACK OF A SUN





We listened to music, cooked, hung out, painted, ate, took a walk and for dessert we picked FRESH BLACKBERRIES












some were a little sour but most were sweet and the sun shining was sweeter












NUMBER 26-WALKS









IT IS TOUCHING THE WAY ZARIAN IS LOOKING UP AT HIS BEST COWBOY FRIEND IN THE NEXT PIC



NUMBER 27 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS: BLACKBERRIES!!








ZARIAN INTRODUCED RYAN & RONDA ROO TO OUR NEWEST ADDITION-6 KITTENS





NUMBER 28-NEWBORN KITTENS!!!










SO ALL 'N ALL, OUR DAY WAS "EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING"

We ended this special heart warming day with some lovin' hugs





of course, I know you are expecting it... yup-YOU GUESSED IT...MY NUMBER 30 ON THE LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD IS ARMS TO HUG WITH

BEAN ART, # 15 & #16 ON MY LIST OF 1,000 GIFTS


#15-BEANS

I was trying to think of a quick project over the weekend and remembered from my childhood the wonderful things made with some beans and glue.

We just used a big circle for the "seeds" of the sunflower, some construction paper for the petals and some glue and VOILA! a sunflower is born.







Art was also born, along with some coordination using scissors, the art of learning to clean up glue drips from pants, carpet and body parts, Cai learned the age-old lesson of the taste of Elmers Glue (of course not as part of the lesson-smile), patience and counting-we counted the beans.

So, all 'n all, we had art, math, science, home economics and tons of fun!!


16 ON MY LIST OF 1000 GIFTS FROM THE LORD - SWEET POTATOES

PS: ANOTHER THING FROM MY CHILDHOOD THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS CUT SWEET POTATOES AND GROW SWEET POTATO VINES-BEAUTIFUL-BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER THEM WHILE @ THE FOOD STORE...SO...IN THE MEANTIME, I WILL POST A PICTURE OF MY LITTLE POTATO HEADS






NATURE JOURNAL-# 14 OF 1000 GIFTS LIST IS LILIES




Okay, So we are starting a Nature Journal and I will have posts on this blog to show some of the goodies we are learning.

I am teaching Zarian the various parts of the flower (leaves, petals, stigmas, anthers, stems).

A wonderful learning experience for us unfolded as the Lily unfolded-and I was able to get some shots of it.

It amazes me still that from nothing comes something, and in that something, comes the most beautiful, graceful, alluring, charming elegant gift...THE LILY






So, Lilies are # 14 on my "attitude gratitude" list of 1000 gifts from the Lord

And a wonderful entry into our Nature Journal...

LILIES:



closed...








opening...




opening...









OPEN!...






So, what is it Lord that you whisper into your divine creation to make it unfold daily?







"AND WHY DO YOU WORRY ABOUT CLOTHES? SEE HOW THE LILIES OF THE FIELD GROW. THEY DO NOT LABOR OR SPIN. YET I TELL YOU THAT NOT EVEN SOLOMON IN ALL HIS SPLENDOR WAS DRESSED LIKE ONE OF THESE. IF THAT IS HOW GOD CLOTHES THE GRASS OF THE FIELD, WHICH IS HERE TODAY AND TOMORROW THROWN INTO THE FIRE, WILL HE NOT MUCH MORE CLOTHE YOU, O YOU OF LITTLE FAITH?"






MATTHEW 6:28




Oh, yes-what a wonderful reminder, these lilies...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

ART CLASS-BUBBLE PAINTING



I read somewhere (when I figure out where, I will link to it) that you can make circles on your art projects by blowing bubbles through paint and letting them POP onto the paper or canvas.






So, today for art class we tried it and LOVED it!!!

You just put some paint and bubbles into a cup and mix around.


Dip your blower into the mixture and BLOW onto the paper.

Doing it outside will save on the messy clean up, or blue circles all over your walls and carpet but if you do it in the winter or colder weather, just place the paper in a big cardboard box and blow into the box-that will save a lot of clean up time.

It's fun to mix red and blue and make purple bubbles as Zarian will tell ya!

Then of course you if you run out of professional bubbles, you can just use dish soap and water.

We tried this and it was a little more runny so we just added more paint. Then of course, the more paint you have left after bubble paint blowing, the more you need to be prepared for the paint brush to come out and not waste a drop.

Zarian did this and added some smears and flicks of the paint brush to totally make his masterpiece complete. AND CAI OCEAN JUST SUCKED THE END OF THE BRUSH WHILE WE WEREN'T LOOKING (smile) but his turned out perfect tooo!

THE END RESULTS ARE MASTERPIECES!!