Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recycled Wreathe

Can you guess what this fabulous wreathe is made out of?  

It's made out of plastic bags.  Even though I have a million environmentally friendly grocery bags, I tend to forget to get them to the store.  Last time I got them as far as the front seat but never quite made it inside the store.  It'll have to be this year's resolution.  Anyway, I saw a wreathe similar to this and decided that I could easily make it.  I've taken a shine recently to white wreathes and this one is nice and fluffy.  I took the bags and cut the back side of them without the printing with my pinking sheers.  Then I cut the bag in half and then in strips about an inch wide.  I did not measure but eyeballed the whole thing.  Then I took a metal wire frame and looped the bag stripes on top of themselves.  This wreathe form had 4 wire strips so I was looping for awhile.  It took me about a bag a wire section so approximately 16 bags for the large wreathe form.  Throw on a bow and you are good to go.  It was a bit time intensive but a good sitting in front of the TV project and use for an item you would recycle anyway.  The only thing I actually paid for was the wire wreathe form.  

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Phoebe's Christmas Quilt

Because we all fight over the one flannel quilt that I made a few years ago, I had the great plan to make the kids their own flannel quilt for living room snuggling.  I bought the flannel last summer but never got around to the actual construction until this December.  Needless to say, I didn't have enough time to finish the quilts.  With all the toys the kids got, they didn't seem to mind that their quilts were unfinished.  However, a week of Christmas vacation is giving me plenty of time to finish up all the little Christmas projects that were left undone.  Who says that Christmas has to completely stop when Christmas arrives?

Here is a picture of Phoebe's Lot of Dots Christmas Quilt:

Elliot's quilt is almost the same with the same poka dotted squares but a different sashing.  I'll post a picture as soon as I get it done....  which hopefully will be this week. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Teacher Gifts

This years teacher gifts were these:
I used the super simple pattern from here that was highlighted in the Fall issue of Quilts and More magagzine.  They used it for a Halloween design but I thought that the small bags fit perfectly for little teacher gifts.  The bag makes a little lined tote that stands up by itself.  The neat thing about the pattern is that when you cut out the fabric it creates two opposite bags.  Once I was going and figured out the pattern, each bag took me about 15 minutes or so.  The only addition that I made was that when I cut out the bags I took a once inch square out of the bottom to make the square bottom easier to match up.  I find doing this easier than trying to fold in corners afterwards.  The end result is the same but I find making the notch in the bottom before sewing rather than easier. 

My goal was to only use fabrics that I already had for this.  I didn't buy any new fabric or ribbon.  Since they are small, you can use as little as two fat quarters to complete two bags.  This is a great little project. 

Aren't these flower ones so cute!

I loaded the bags with powdered hot cider, a candycane, three layer peppermint bark (recipe you can find on Soulemama's blog- see sidebar), and saltine brittle.  They were really cute and a lot easier than they look.  

Really, you could make these bags for any occassion.  They would be great for Easter gifts.  I think if I tinkered with the dimensions, they would make a perfect lunch bag also. 


Monday, December 13, 2010

Still Sewing

Sewed 15 bags so far.  Most of them for Jan for her kniting.  I also have done most of the top of a flannel lap quilt for one of the kids.  Now I have to put on a border and do some simple quilting and then another one..... before Christmas.  I have a few othere things to do as well.  Thus, the lack of blogging.  Pictures will be coming soon.  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sewing, sewing, sewing

I feel like this star.  All blurry and frantic. 
I'm in the middle of crafting for Christmas this year.  I was basically glued to my sewing machine since Friday night.  I think I sewed 10 simple bags this weekend.  Mostly because Jan asked for bags for knitting projects.  I'll post a picture soon....  I'm also going to do some sort of project lable for the bags on some luggage tags I have.  Something like:  Project, yarn, instructions, etc....

Am I doing Ali Edward's December Daily this year?  I am not.  With NaNoWriMo, I just could NOT tackle it in Novemember.

I have on my list to make each kid a flannel quilt for snuggling in the living room.  I'm feeling a little anxious about the list.  I'll either make it or revise.  I do this every year and every year, I survive.


Monday, November 29, 2010

NaNoWriMo Success

I have completed my 50,000 words for they year and I am a NaNoWriMo WINNER!!!!  My high school students are completely confused about what being a winner means.  They keep asking, "what do you win?"  I tell them a certificate and the knowledge that I've won.  They look at me like I am confused.  The best prize I've won was Elliot making the family give me a round of applause.  

Here is a some info about my YA novel that I posted on my NaNoWriMo writing page (it looks like you can scroll down to get the whole thing):

Synopsis: Changing Shape
Addy returns to her hometown where she learns that she has inherited not just a family farm but also some unique abilities. Addy learns that the woods not the frightening place that she thought and that things are not always as they seem. Addy's biggest challenges come when she has to figure out the high school social scene.
Excerpt: Changing Shape
The liquid seemed like water at first, cool to my parched tongue. I took a big gulp and swallowed longing for the water like a man in the desert. It was only after my third gulp that I noticed the aftertaste. There was just the slightest medicinal aftertaste that I hadn’t noticed when I was dying of thirst.
My first thought was that I had been given that date rape drug: how gullible, how stupid, how teenage girl. And yet, I wasn’t feeling lethargic or out of it. If anything, I was feeling tingly and alive. I could feel every spark of the fire. I could feel the muscle, bone, and blood in Nate’s arm around me. I could feel each member of the circle linkedto the next like a necklace of pearls; I could feel both the necklace and each individual pearl as something organic, living, and breathing. I was beginning to feel drunk on life. Nate looked at me with those endless brown eyes and I laughed.
“Did you drug me?” I asked afraid of what he was going to say. I didn’t feel drugged but I didn’t feel normal either.
“Let’s just say we un-drugged you.”
“What does that mean?”
“Just watch,” he said and pointed to the fire.
At first, I thought the fire seemed to be dancing with reddish light. Then, I realized that it wasn’t the fire dancing but someone dancing in the fire. A person, a real live human person, was inside the fire. The knowledge hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Nate, get the fire department, ambulance, someone now, please. That person is being burned alive. I can’t….” I tried to move closer to the fire but it was too hot.
Nate laughed at me and I looked at him in horror. How could he be so cruel? Someone was being burned alive and we were sitting here watching. What kind of sick people were they?
I glanced back and I notice that the figure was not writhing in pain as I first thought but doing a sort of dance that involved a lightening fast transformation that seemed to allow the person in the fire to remain unburned. The figure, a boy named Jason that I had vaguely known from elementary school emerged from the fire laughing, ran up the rise, and threw himself in the pool. The pool sizzled for a second as if a boiling object had been placed in it, like Jason for instance, and then settled. Jason came out of the pool buck naked to a thundering applause of every one present. He raised his hands in a victory pose and someone handed him a towel (for which I was thankful).
While Jason was drying off, all heads swiveled to see another figure, a girl this time, in the fire. Her dance was infinitely more graceful than Jason’s and I could almost catch a number of faces that she transformed into. It looked like she transformed into a mother, brother, grandmother, and then repeated the process until she turned into what looked like herself and again ran out of the fire and into the pool to emerge to a thundering applause.
The process continued with three more kids doing the exact same thing. No one looked to have been harmed in the process. The energy around the circle continued as each person put their own spin on the fire walking.

I am done NaNoWriMo for the year and I did it!  Yea haw!  Now I'm on to Christmas crafting. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

scratch that, Christamas 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama (link to: GameStop (link to: giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What is your holiday wish for your family?  
That we all enjoy each other (and that the kids don't fight with each other) and that we can share the holilday with my brother and his girlfriend who weren't here last year because they were in Hungary.  Basically that we can have a fun time reconnecting.
2. What is your Christmas morning tradition?
Actually, one of our more cool traditions comes on Christams Eve when we eat Maine lobster (my parents live in Maine).  Then on Christmas morning, I make sticky buns.  We first open stockings and then eat breaksfast.  One person serves as "Santa" and we each get one present at a time.  We "ooh" and "ahh" each present and it takes about two hours to open presents.  I LOVE that we really appreciate each one and how they have thought about the person getting the gift even the funny, gag ones.
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
Actually, I would ask for a Canon Rebel that I have been eyeing for years.  I have a point and shoot and I sold my film camera because film is so expensive.  I would love to be able to take picutes like I did in college.  
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
I make about 75% of the gifts the I give.  It can be intense but I love making things by hand. I think a lot about the people I am making the gift for.   I also cook a lot too.  I decorate with what I find.  And I TRY, TRY, TRY not to go to the mall because that is a money sucker.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
My mother still loves word games like Scrabble. We played board games and occassionally played card games with friends.   My brother and I played Mario Brothers but I was horrible at it. My brother and I were AMAZING at hide and seek.
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
We still leave Santa cookies and milk on Christmas Eve.  We make the cookies together so that Santa will have something special for all his work. 
7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip?
I'm not sure we would go because we are homebodies during this time of year.  Although, I am dying to go to Quebec for the New Years (although I hear it is horribly cold).  I just can't picture taking a 6 and 3 year old away for the holiday. 
8. Check out GameStop (link to: and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?
a. Wii yoga
b. Wii bowling
c. Something for the kids- there is so much that I can't decide.  Something for a 6 year old. 

Fill out this form on your blog for a chance to win...  (I don't win anything but it's always worth a try.)


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tooth Fairy Pillow

So, I decided that the window of time to make the tooth pillow was limited since Elliot's tooth is getting awfully wiggly.  It took only about an hour or so to create. (It would have taken me less time if I hadn't had to tear out some stitches.)  Here he is:

Pretty darn cute, aye?  I thought the mustache was a nice touch myself.  We had some eyes left over from Jan's foray into arigumi (knitted or crocheted figures).  El it still interested in making the pillow into a police officer tooth but I just couldn't get myself to put on the belt and hat.  Maybe I'll break down and do it.  We'll see.  The mouth serves as the pocket for the tooth.  The pattern suggests that you glue the mouth part but I was worried that I would lose the tooth inside the pillow so I ended up stitching it.  I also like that you can hang the pillow from the door handle because El is a little afraid of monsters in the dark and that includes Santa Clause.  I imagine that the tooth fairy might also be a little bit scary for El.  To quote one of my favorite pun like poems, "Bravery runs in my family."  Get it?  Get it?  Bravery RUNS....

The link to the pattern is below if you are interested in making it.  It was super easy.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

this weekend- writing and future project

 This weekend I wrote about 6,000 words on my NaNoWriMo novel.  That's A LOT for one weekend.  On the 50,000 word goal, I have written 21,200ish (I'm forgetting the final number).  So, this is about half.  My novel is slogging along and I'm having that middle of the novel panic where you feel that everything you write is absolute crap and that you might as well just throw it in the trash.  It happens the same way every year (and this is my third year) and somehow I just have to keep writing and it gets done.  Yes, it will most likely need some HUGE revising but you can't revise what you can't see.  You gotta start with something.

On another note, Elliot is just about ready to lose his two front teeth.  I really, really, really wanted to make him a little pillow for the tooth fairy like this  tooth fairy pillow from the blog mmmcrafts.  This person does AMAZING things and has great tutorials so check 'em out.  I am going to attempt this this week if I find time.  I've told El that he needs to keep that tooth in for a little while longer.  Wish me luck on the time table.  Actually if you click the links for the one with the skirt, it is too cute and I'm sure I'll try to make one with the skirt for Phoebe.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Believe it or not...

Rosy Crafting while I watch
I am actually too tired to craft.  I did one layout but I'm dead tired...  I'm even too tired to write. I never thought I would say those two things but this is beyond caffiene.  This is the grammie jammies tired.  And so I'll watch my friend Rosy finish her layout and then go to bed.  (BTW, it's only 10:50.  Sad, so sad.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Still Writing...

Yup, up to 12,000 words and my story is taking me places I didn't think it would to a funeral.  Who knew?

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Why have I not been posting lately?  Why, you ask.  It's not just that life has gotten extra crazy lately because it has.  I've had a tons and tons of school work lately, plus Elliot joined a soccer team, Jan and I have taken up yoga..again, and the school quarter is ending which means everything needs to be done NOW, and not tomorrow or the next day.  However, what is taking up a lot of time is writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Whenever I am not doing all the other things that I have to do as a teacher, working mother, and community member, I am staring at the computer screen and trying to come up with something fairly interesting to write.  In fact, I was supposed to write 1,667 words a day but I'm terribly behind.

This year I am extending my novel from last year.  So, each year you are instructed to write 50,000 words which is approximately 160 double spaced pages over the course of a month.  This year, I am adding to the 50,000 words I wrote last year and finishing the novel I started.  I sometimes have trouble finishing projects (which you would know if you have read this blog for any length of time or if you know me).  I have about 5,000 right now.  For some reason, I am finding this much harder than starting fresh.  It's not that I am worrying a lot about the continunity- I can always fix that later, but I have to work within this structure I already set up.  It's feeling a big clunky.  I've ended up doing a lot of staring at the computer screen waiting for the next set of words to arrive.

Well, wish me luck.  I'm only a week in and have 90% of the project left to go.  There may be some late writing nights coming up.

Friday, November 5, 2010

This Moment

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.  

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I should be...

I should be:
* grading English 10 essays that are WAY over due for being graded
* upping my word count for NaNoWriMo since it started yesterday
* cleaning up the house because my mother-in-law is coming over to babysit the kids so that Jan and I can go to Yoga
* perparing myself for my second week of Yoga

But I'm not doing any of those things.  Instead, I'm going to share with you some of the pictures of our Halloween.
We had a Russina spy, Anakin Skywalker, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy (me), and a rubic cube.  We were going for a Peter Pan thing but not everyone got on board. 
Both Phoebe and Elliot refused to touch pumpkin guts so they were the little dictators designers who gave Auntie Sue and I direction while we did the actual carving.  
Trick or Treating

It was so cold that Tinkerbell got a little cold and refused to leave the stroller.  We wrapped her up and like any good queen she yelled "Trick or Treat" from the stroller.   You'd be amazed at how many people actually fell for this technique and put candy in the bag that Auntie Sue was holding for her.  Oh man, what a princess!

Friday, October 29, 2010

This Moment

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

11 days and counting....

In exactly 11 days the insanity called NaNoWriMo starts.  What does NaNoWriMo stand for?  National Novel Writing Month.  Yup, a novel in a month.  CRAZY!!! INSANE!!! BIZARRE!!!!  In one month, if you stay to the schedule, you too can have a 50,000 word novel (riddled with spelling mistakes, misplaced modifiers, and dangling plot lines- no one said that it would be a good novel).  The idea is that the only thing that stops you from writing a novel is a deadline.  It's not a bad theory if you ask me.  So, for the last two years, I have written a novel each November.  Well, last year's is only a half novel really and this year I will be writing part II (which isn't officially cheating....).

How do we do this crazy venture? ( "We" meaning my writing buddies and I and a ton of other people around the world.)  We write approximately 1,665 words a day (or sometimes 5,000 in a weekend), meet for coffee at the local Borders, drink more coffee, get up at 4 am, ignore our dishes, children, laundry, eat lots of take-out, and become bonded with our computers.  That's right, it can be done.  I am living proof.  Although my first novel still sits in an "old sock drawer" and the second is half finished.  Oh yeah, and the other one is half finished too. (I gotta issues with completing stuff, ok.)  Signing up is free if you are into it.  There is on-line support when you want to waste time not writing, which is cool.  Feel free to try it if you dare.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Robots, Witches, and Vampires Mini Book

I teach an English 11 media literarcy course.  I gave them an assignment to talk about their own media interests or obsessions over the years.  They had to list a bunch of memories and then write paragraphs that talked more in depth about these forms of media.  I decided last week that I would do the assignment with them.  As an English teacher, sometimes we pile on work but forget how time consuming it really is.  I needed this reality check as I spent all Sunday putting this together.  

So, I decided to do a mini-book about the books, movies, and TV shows that I've loved over the years.  What I noticed after the first few entries is that there was a lot of Science fiction and fantasy in the mix.  I decided to do a mini-book about my relationship to the two genres.  It was a fun way to focus the assignment since (as one student so nicely pointed out) I've liven longer and have a lot more media memories than the 17 year olds that I work with.  Those kids are just so nice sometimes. 

We talked about titles that were a little more exciting than "My media Memories".  Here was my title:  "Robots, Witches, and Vampires".  For this book, I used all items that I already had including recycled paper from the NaNoWriMo mailer (more about that organization later), Halloween cutouts, and lots of "boy" paper that I had been saving for Elliot. 
My inside title page.  

I did smaller pages (about a half page) for my lists of media I liked by genre (sci fi, fantasy, and then vampires). 

Star Wars 1979...... Need I say more?

Dr. Who- Where's the Tardis?

My all-time favorite writer Madeline L'Engle.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED her books.  

Battlestar Galatica- If you ever watched the TV show, you'll get the toaster reference. 

Magic inside page

A classic vampire

This page might need a little "Edward" cutout but it does have the lovely Quiluette stamp I bought off etsy. 

This was so much fun!  Sometimes it is good just to play along!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Quinoa Salad with Apples and Walnuts

I have to admit here that I am terribly lame.  One of my students from last year was experimenting with being a vegetarian (along with a cousin who was vegan) and asked me for some recipes.  I promised her that I would bring some in for her and I am so lame that I forgot. (I am not a vegetarian but cook about 90% vegetarian because Jan is.  I eat meat when we go out.)  So, here in public I need to ask Laura to forgive me.  I am thinking that I'll include a vegetarian recipe once a week to make up for my lameness.  Here you go Laura (she especially asked for a recipe with Quinoa):

Quinoa Salad with Apples and Walnuts

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 Tbls. honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tea salt
3 Tbls. olive oil
1 cup peeled, diced apple
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup scallions
1/2 cup toasted and coarsely chopped walnuts
salt and pepper to taste

1.  In a med. saucepan, combine quinoa and water, then bring them to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.  It will take about 15 minutes.  Transfer the quinoa into a large bowl, stir, and let cool.
2.  In a small bowl, wisk together the honey, lemon juice, and salt. Gradually wisk in the oil until blended.
3.  Add the apple, scallions, raisins, and walnuts to the quinoa and toss the ingredients well.  Add the dressing and toss once more to coat the salad.  Season it with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve at room temperature.
4.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Friday, October 15, 2010

This Moment

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. From Soulemama- see sidebar for link to her fabulous blog. 
*** *** *** 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quite Contrary

Where do scrapbooking companies get the names for thier lines?  This one is called "Quite Contrary" and fits Phoebe perfectly.  Is she sometimes "contrary"?  Absolutely.  Does she remind me of pink and green with lots of pattern?  Absolutely.  Every year at CKC, I pick out a line of paper for Phoebe and another for Elliot.  This is what I chose for Phoebe and it fits her perfectly.  I loved working with this paper.  It is double sided and both sides are fantastic.  Sometimes with paper, you can tell the less dominant side- not with Mind's eye.  And the paper is a nice weight- a thick cardstock.  The embellishments just came together because of the mutiple pinks and greens in the line. Lovin' it, just lovin' it!

Hee Haw for Halloween

I enjoy the idea of Halloween but the actual execution is always so difficult for me.  I'm teaching full time trying to think about an up-coming holiday.  However, Elliot really really wanted to decorate for Halloween.  For the last few years, I've been buying one or two things that we decorate with and then putting them in a bucket in the basement.  So this year, we picked up a few things and managed to make a display in both the living room and the dining room.  Here are the pictures (all items were purchased at local stores like Micheal's, the Dollar Store, Target, and JoAnn's Fabrics):
Here is the dining room display.  The kids have yet to realize that the nice candy dish has candy corn in it.  It's an experiment to see how long it takes.  Hmmm....  I give it two hours. Also, Elliot made the sock bat in his daycare class two years ago.  It's fabulous so I keep storing it from year to year.  The bats Elliot and I made last night (see close up below). The candy bags I made for the kids last year with a Debbi Mum fabric panel.  

Here are those bats.  They are super easy.  Cut out two bat outlines out of cardstock.  Then, paint closepins with black spray paint.  Hot glue the bats onto the closepin in the center and then a dot on each wing.  We used jems for the eyes this year (last time we just punched holes but the jems were much more fun).  I had thought we would use the small jems for eyes but Elliot liked the big ones and they looked great.  It reminds me that when working with kids, you gotta let go of control! 

A pumpkin for each of us. 

Here's the living room display.  Elliot loves the purple cat (really, who wouldn't).

Because my kids are young, we focus on the fun aspects of the holiday rather than the scary.  Elliot is on the edge between the two but really, her frightens easily.  I'm not fond of the more gruesome parts of the holiday.  For example a kid once trick or treated my door with a mask that had some sort of mechanism that dripped blood down the face.  It was gruesome and awful.  Those are parts of the holiday that I dislike.  How do we protect our children from that?  I'm really not sure but if you have any ideas, I would love to hear them.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque for dinner

Finally, it was cool enough today to pull out some of my standard fall recipes and begin to think about fall cooking.  This is my favorite time of year to cook.  It's cool, the vegetables are abundant, and the flavors are earthy and intense. Here is the recipe for the soup of day in the Dater- Roberts house.

(Vegetarian, but not vegan) Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque for the Crockpot

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cut into 1" chunks
1 med. onion
1 can or box of veggie broth
3 medium apples, peeled, de-seeded, and cut into 1" chunks
1/2 tea ginger
1/4-1/2 tea salt
1 cup sour cream

1.  Mix all ingredients EXCEPT sour cream in the crockpot
2.  Cover and  cook on high for 3-5 hours (until both the squash and apples are soft when pierced).
3.  When cooked, use either a blender wand in the crockpot to puree the contents or blend in blender in batches.  Blend until the whole pot is smooth and uniform.
4.  Stir in sour cream.  Cook on low for another 15 min or until heated enought to eat.  Do not overheat because the sour cream will start to break down if over cooked.
5. Adjust salt if needed. Eat

Friday, October 1, 2010

This moment

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. From Soulemama- see sidebar for link to her fabulous blog. 
*** *** *** 

Monday, September 27, 2010


Cousins!  What could be better than fresh air in the fall with your cousin?  Nothing better!

Friday, September 24, 2010

This moment

This moment

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. From Soulemama- see sidebar for link to her fabulous blog. 
*** *** *** 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fairy Houses

We went to the Fairy Houses in Portsmouth on Sunday and had a lovely time.  Phoebe dressed up in her brand new Tinkerbell costume and seeing some of the little fairy houses was magical. This is the only picture I can get on the blog because of a camera snafu but you get the idea.  So much fun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pumpkins Dropping From the Sky...

Yup, we just made it to the Annual Sanford Pumpkin Drop in Sanford, Maine.  Elliot and I were running from the car to the sound of WWI airplane engines and we just made it to see the airplanes fly over the lake.  They were attempting to drop pumpkins at a target but were only mildly successful.  Imagine trying to open a window in a airplane and judge when to release a pumpkin 100 feet below you?  Why did we use airplanes in WWI anyway?  However, neither Elliot or I cared particularly if those pumpkins hit the target.  It was a rush to see the airplanes and the pumpkins made such a cheerful splash when they hit the water.  Really, what fantastically great entertainment.

The two biggest fans. 

Really, fantastic entertainment.  Tomorrow- fairy houses in Portsmouth, NH.