Thursday, January 30, 2014

Outside at Last!

We got 4" of snow today and temperatures in the 20s all day. It was the perfect day to play outside! 25 has never seemed so warm before. Sora and her 3 year old friend played outside for an hour - making snow angels, shoveling, pretending to plow with their bodies, and mostly eating snow.

I also got to fiddle with the SLR camera and find the perfect snow setting (the top photo is a little dark). After dinner, Sora spent an hour skating outside with the 7th grade girls here at camp. She was in heaven! She also identified Orion before I did and told me her theory that she has 3 lives and she is now in her second life (the first life was a shy life, the second life she talks to other people and says hi, it sounds like the third life is even more social). She talked to every kid who would listen and made quite a few new friends. She also skated like a camp - she was running around on her skates like a madman with very few tears! Tonight was the first night of kids in camp for the winter season so hopefully there will be many more evenings like this one.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stir Crazy

The temperatures here have been below crazy cold. School has been cancelled 4 days this month because of the cold and 1 day for snow (3 of these days happen to mean that Sora's dance class was canceled too). So, needless to say, we have spent a LOT of time inside lately. I think Sora and I are both going crazy. Here are a few pictures of our indoor life:
We have spent a lot of time in summer clothes snuggling under blankets.
 Sora has put together a lot of puzzles.
 We've done a lot of preschool projects. This week, we're studying China in preparation for Chinese New Year on Friday. Here Sora is constructing an abacus.
 We have played a lot of games.
We have tried a lot of random crafty variations (like painting with cars) to take away the winter blues. Luckily, Sora's birthday is coming up very soon and we'll have some new distractions!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Children's Museum

We got a membership to the local kid's museum in the fall which we have tried to take full advantage of. We're in town every Friday, and I love being able to go for an hour and just do a few things and not feel like we're not getting our money's worth!

This past Friday we had to pick up Kyle from his week long conference (we also picked up our car from it's two week long vacation at the shop - it was a day of reunions). Sora and I headed to the museum before getting Kyle.

They had a "box city" set up that Sora was excited to help decorate.

Sora also ran the flower shop - arranging bouquets, selling flowers and playing in the "dirt".
Sora made a custom wood fired pizza at the restaurant.
We also took turns running the cash register at the grocery store.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Flash Back: Paper Making

When we lived in California, I spent a lot of time doing crafty reusing / upcycling projects. Making paper was one of my favorites. We are studying Japan this week, so it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Sora to the art of paper making! She loved it - anything that involves using and squeezing a sponge is a big hit.

 Admiring the finished project (although still wet).
 Winking over a job well done.
Once the paper was dry, Sora wrote love notes to various people on her paper. I was lucky enough to receive one.

 And on another note, here is a recent masterpiece to brighten any day. I especially love the flowers!