All Girls School

Summer Fun (photo update)
June 30, 2008, 1:46 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, girlies, just for fun, mimi, summer


Swimming Lessons
June 26, 2008, 10:18 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, girlies, mimi, sports, summer, swimming

Bubba and Mimi are in swimming lessons right now. They do them in a family’s backyard pool with two college-aged boys teaching. These boys are so laid back and calm with the kids and the girls are loving it.

Here’s Mimi “cheating” by picking the shark up with her toes.

Poor Baby doesn’t get to do lessons this year, but so far she’s been placated by wearing her swimsuit and snacking during the lesson.

They have learned so so much in these small lessons. Bubba’s crawl stroke is so much better and more controlled than when she started. She’s also starting to turn her head to breathe instead of lifting her head straight up. We’ve been toying around the idea of joining swim team and the progress she has made this week alone is leading me to think that it would be a good fit. Mimi is swimming with her face in the water, floating and kicking at the same time. She goes under completely to retrieve objects and jumps off of the side with abandon. These are big leaps from where she was last week.

Sew and Show
June 25, 2008, 7:23 am
Filed under: Bubba, sewing, tv

Bubba finished her current sewing project with our friend yesterday. It’s a reversible sun hat. She has decided that purple and blue are her current favorite colors. They had a little money leftover from purchasing fabric, so she chose some buttons to accent with. It fits her head perfectly.

here’s a slightly blurry shot of her on side 1

Side 2

Just for fun

Slightly fuzzy closeup of her careful stitching

When I picked her up from our friend’s house, she told me that the girls have already decided what the next 3 projects will be: slippers, pajama pants and a teddy bear. They want to do it as a series of slumber party items. Our friend said she’d give us a call, as she needs to do some research on making slippers. I love that she opens her home and devotes her time to sewing with Bubba and her friend. It’s such a great experience for them. Plus, our friend’s daughter loves having the bigger girls over to play. I need to come up with a reciprocal project to do with her daughter. It will probably be a day of beauty making bath salts and maybe fizzy bath bombs. I already have most of the ingredients and all of these girls would love yummy beauty stuff.

On a side note, Bubba’s latest tv love is Hell’s Kitchen. Last night she went to the basement to watch it and then I let her watch an old episode on the computer. She came upstairs with a roster that she’s been crossing the people off of as they are eliminated. I thought it was too cute that she had drawn the show’s logo, too.

Summer Solstice!
June 21, 2008, 8:12 am
Filed under: summer

Happy Summer Solstice! We plan to spend this day outside as much as possible. I think we’re going to start with a trip to the farmer’s market and follow it up with parks, pools, sprinklers, picnics and maybe a party tonight. Pretty much, if it screams “summer”, we’ll be doing it. Any friends reading this, you are all welcomed over tonight to sit outside and enjoy the longest day of the year.

Here’s what the Farmer’s Almanac says about our town for today…

Current Moon Phase

Next Full Moon

July 18
Full Buck Moon


6:07 A.M.


8:56 P.M.

June 21
93 Days until Autumn

The Sun

The 173rd
day of

Sewing, Singing and Winning
June 19, 2008, 9:42 pm
Filed under: art, baby, Bubba, guitar, mimi, sewing

Today Bubba had her second sewing class with our friend. This time they’re working on sun hats. Unfortunately, they didn’t have time to complete them today so I have to wait until next Tuesday until I get to see it. The only thing that I’ve been told is that it will be reversible, she chose pink and purple fabric, and they had money left over so the girls picked out some fun buttons to add as accents. I’m thrilled that she’s learning to sew at a young age. I didn’t learn until I was in middle school and I have no patience for it, so I hate taking the time to cut out the patterns and fabric and iron it and sew it carefully and all that stuff. My pieces all look ok from a great distance. But Bubba on the other hand, relishes every step. Using a hot iron is a grown-up treat for her. She is so steady and slow with the foot pedal that her lines and all careful and fairly straight. I should take a lesson from her.

She is progressing well with her guitar lessons, too. The girl that practices after her saw us at the library and said, “Your daughter is doing really good at her guitar lessons”. So that’s how I know. She was given two new chords to add to her practicing.

Last weekend there was a Sidewalk Chalk festival downtown. We each signed up for a square to color. Baby and I told them that we would share a square. She and I drew a huge tree and a grassy field and flowers. Bubba started and elaborate quilt-like drawing, but started getting hot and thirsty and hungry and stopped. Mimi kept changing her mind about what she was drawing and ended up frustrated at the whole project. Fast forward to two days ago, I get a phone call saying that Baby won the contest for her age division. We were invited down to the new local art gallery for the opening of this show and to be presented her prize. We went down there and looked at the amazing and brutally honest exhibit. Then Baby got her gift bag. It was full of art supplies, a rubber duck and coupons for free food around town. She was especially happy about the rubber duck.

Now ask me how many photos I have of any of these things. none. Go me!

The Show
June 15, 2008, 8:42 pm
Filed under: art, Bubba, party, photography

The photo show was a lot of fun. We put up all of the photos on the displays that my father-in-law made for my sister-in-law’s senior art show. They worked perfectly. We had a good turn out of friends and family.

Dad broke out his R2-D2 cooler for the event. A man that works with him came and played in the backyard. He was wonderful.

Here are the photos from the show.

Texture Series

Shape Series

Line Series

Color Series

Warm Colors

Complimentary Colors

Secondary Colors

Primary Colors

Free Choice Series

Self Portrait

We are excited to do this project again next year. I think next time we will work on capturing concepts with photography instead of doing any more elements of design. We’ll be covering those more thoroughly in our year-long art curriculum, so there’s not going to be any need to repeat them. Plus, I think she will embrace the whole experience more if she’s able to really express herself creatively without the constraints of “assignments”.

Damn Dog
June 12, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: garden

The dog dug up all of my blueberries. They are dead. I want to cry over it. They were so pretty and full of leaves and blossoms. I kind of want to kill him. a lot. Next year I will plant them and surround them with barbed wire. I am so so sad that we won’t be eating any berries off the bushes this year.