Thursday, June 04, 2009


Yep! I know don't fall over! It is true you are seeing 2 in a row! I figure while I am at it why not throw in a double feature! We just got back from a really great trip to San Diego. There was PLENTAY! of fun all around! Some of the highlights were,we got to stay with Derek (Darins brother) Taryn his wife and their cute family. They are amazing hosts, I felt like I was at a 5star resort!!! ;) Ok on to more highlights... There was the beach, where we ate lunch, rented beach cruisers and ever so carefully tried not to run over or fall over on the amazingly wild and large memorial day crowds! We saw dolphins swimming, Julia got to wear a snake, lots of sand, and did I mention the crowds! Me, Taryn and the girls got to take a trip into LA where we visited the American Girl store and of course had tea and lunch with the dolls. Disneyland was the final adventure, eating at the Blue Bayouand riding pirates was my highlight, ( I just want to reach out and grab that Capt. Jack!!!) Hayden rode on Splash Mountain by his very own self! It scared the daylights out of me! but he held on tight knuckles white and thought it was AWESOME!!! Our favorite had to be the new Toy Story ride in California Adventure, it was a day of magic fer sure! :) Darin enjoyed his jaunts with Derek to the ocean to go kayaking and fishing, he even caught a thresher shark on one of his first casts! (That did not sound like fun to me.) On our last day in San Diego with the creativity of Aunt Taryn we took the girls in these fun skirts to the beach and snapped away! They thought it was great, the onlookers thought it was a photo shoot!
I think they turned out pretty dang cute, and my camera sucks! Enjoy!

Horray for Art!

Soooo.... I forgot how to blog, it has been a while. Thought it would be fun to display some of my ever so very large project that kinda took over my life this school year. At Julia and Vivs school there is a PTA/grant funded program that is called Focus on Art, or FOA. During the school year I present to each class a particular featured artist and then a parent volunteer follows up with an art project that highlights that artists style, technique or medium. I also, put up a bulletin board that changed every month highlighting an artist that we had learned about. If the students could remember the artists name and three facts about them, they earned a prize! Oh! I am good! :) And finally, I got this crazy idea that for our final project we needed to have an art auction! it wasn't easy and it was certainly time consuming. However, it all came together in the end. We had a real true live auctioneer, auctioneer paddles included! And of course, some really great student art! the students had fun and so did the Teachers. All and all, we learned a lot and had fun doing it. Thank Heavens for Art! and THANK HEAVENS its summer!