January 31, 2015


Filed under: family outing — liese4 @ 8:14 pm

We got up early and headed up to Boulder for a GILLS club meeting. Grace and I got dropped at the dive shop while the rest of the crew hung out at Barnes and Noble. We thought this meeting was going to pair kids up with a marine biologist, but it turned out to be a meeting for shark conservation and shark studies.

So, Grace got some hands-on learning about sharks. This activity was cute, they strapped a shark to a metal detector and used it to show how sharks use electroreceptors to find fish.

Grace didn’t mind that the meeting focused on sharks, but we were happy to hear that they are starting another club that is marine biology focused and not just shark focused.

We also found out about on-line marine biology education and some other stuff that will come in handy.

We had an adventure for lunch. We stopped in at the original Pizzeria Locale and were enjoying our salads when- WHAM! CRASH! The ceiling across the room crashed onto two tables and gravel and cement came pouring out. A few seconds later more gravel and cement poured out and we realized that the construction crew that was working next door must have been working on the roof, pouring the stuff on there and there must have been a hole that went right above the restaurants ceiling. No one was sitting in that area, thank goodness, and one of the waiters ran outside to tell the crew to stop what they were doing. Pictures were taken, the crew came in and cleaned up and no other patrons were allowed in. It was crazy, I am so glad that it wasn’t 30 minutes later, there would have been people sitting there for sure.

We had no more excitement on the way home and we chilled out until Bethany got picked up for a sleepover. Joel came home and told us about his ski trip (he’s been with friends the past 9 days.) He had one crash on the slopes, someone ran into him from behind, and apparently he was knocked out and hurt his leg. He woke up and made it down the mountain, but didn’t ski any more after that. His leg looked fine to me, so maybe he just sprained it. I’m glad that I didn’t know about it when it happened, he was in Tahoe and worrying about it wouldn’t have done me any good. Just glad that he made it home in one piece.

Hoping for a nice calm day at home tomorrow.

January 30, 2015

Fun Friday

Filed under: HS group,museum — liese4 @ 4:18 pm

After school we went to the Arvada center to check out the Pop art exhibit. Upstairs there was repetition art from Phil Bender and across the hall wooden art and other mediums by Sean O’ Meallie. This is ‘Rollin’ pins’.

This is ‘Chinese Checker Board Boxes’ and (‘Monopoly Boards’ is on the back wall.)

The girls were amazed that this one is considered art – ‘Gum Painting #2′ (which means that there was also a #1.)

I thought ‘Balloon Man Running’ was cute and very intricate seeing that it is a wood piece.

We met up with some friends and went through the main gallery to see famous and contemporary art pieces. We knew this artist right away (Kym Bloom), we’ve seen her Chiclet art in a gallery on Santa Fe, she usually works smaller pieces with bigger Chiclets, but we liked these.

The girls were fascinated by the works of Scott Blake, he used barcodes to create the art, then hooked up a scanner to a screen or projector. You could scan the codes on Marilyn’s face and see clips from movies she was in.

The Warhol art was even cooler, scan a code and it highlighted a can of soup that was virtually poured into a bowl – very cool.

What is Pop art? Something repeated, something simple, something colorful, like these umbrellas by Margaret Kasahara.

Something recognizable, repeated or layered onto like the Sinclair sign (Craig Cleveland) or the Cream of Wheat guy (Floyd Tunson.)

This piece was neat, ‘Comic Relief-HA’ by Roland Bernier.

We decided to go out for dinner, La Sandia, where I had a colorful and tasty fish dish. I did my evening workout at the gym and we got to bed early since we had to be in Boulder by 9 tomorrow.

January 28, 2015

NIA, school, cooking and youth group

Filed under: recipes,School Stuff — liese4 @ 9:56 am

I had a good NIA class, it was the last day of the routine that focused on the spine and posture, next week we start something new. We jumped into school when I got home, math, reading, vocabulary and making sure that Bethany stays a few weeks ahead so that she isn’t behind when we get back from the cruise. Speaking of that, 30 days to go. Hannah wants a down-to-the-minute itinerary for the days at sea, but I told her that we will plan those things when we get the list of what’s going on the next day (she doesn’t want to miss any of the kids activities.)

Bethany passed up her driving time for time to write, then it was time to get Hannah to the library for the Sticky Fingers cooking. Today they were making vegetable bourguignon (the cooking class is vegetarian) and a fruit frappe. Hannah got to chop onion, garlic, zucchini and carrots, mix vinegar and grape juice and help stir the skillet when everything was dumped in. The chef taught them how to count in French and taught them a few French words. The frappe was grape juice, grapes, bananas and ice. Hannah ate her portion of the dish, but didn’t go back for seconds, she did get some more of the frappe though (she loves smoothies.)

Back at home I stirred the BBQ chicken in the crockpot, made asparagus for myself and Hannah made 3 potato mice (twice baked potatoes with decorations.) She also made dessert – layered strawberry surprise.

Potato mice

4 medium baking potatoes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 oz butter
5 tbsp milk
2 1/2 oz grated Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to season

To decorate

4 small Cherry tomatoes
4 Radishes
Spring onions

Wash the potatoes and pat dry. Prick them all over with a fork and put on a baking tray. Brush them over with the oil. Bake the potatoes in an oven preheated to 400°F oven for about an hour until they are soft. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut the tops off and carefully scoop out the soft potato centers. Mash the soft centers with the butter, milk, three quarters of the cheese, salt and pepper. Then pop the mixture back into the potato jackets. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the potatoes and cook under the grill for a few minutes until golden. Make a nose and whiskers with half a tomato held in place with a cocktail stick and chives tucked behind. Finish decorating with raisin eyes, radish ears and spring onion tails.

Strawberry surprise

3 spongecakes (like you use for strawberry shortcake)
4-6 strawberries chopped up
3 scoops of strawberry ice cream (we put fresh mashed strawberries into vanilla ice cream and made our own. )
3 mint leaves

Crumble the spongecake. Layer the cake, strawberries and ice cream in a sundae cup or wide glass, repeat until you run out of room (or ingredients.) Top with a mint leaf.

Bethany got dropped at youth group, the rest of us went shopping for pants at Wal-mart and then stopped by the bookstore to read. Even though I was tired, James and I went to the gym for our evening workout. I don’t like going late, but I have a better chance of getting machine 19 if we go after 8:30.

Tomorrow is a stay home and school day with a driving lesson and morning and evening workouts.

January 27, 2015

Chaplin and cheese

Filed under: lecture,recipes — liese4 @ 4:44 pm

This morning we went to Longmont to hear a lecture on Charlie Chaplin and the silent movie industry. Things we already knew – he wasn’t born here, his most famous character was the tramp, he started UA with Pickford and Fairbanks, he was banned from the US for some reason, ‘The Tramp’ was filmed in Niles CA.

Things we didn’t know that we found out during the lecture – he was born in London, his real name was Charles Spencer, he was married 4 times and had 11 children, he was not a Communist, but did associate with travelers who were connected to Communism and this led to his being banned from entering the US in the early 50′s and his exile from America, he never became a US citizen (hence the exile), Hoover personally saw to it that Chaplin did not enter the US when coming back from London (and Chaplin’s wife renounced her US citizenship and became a British citizen after that), he made one color movie and saw movies as a way to have control over what you produced and how you conveyed messages to the masses. As to the film industry, this was facilitated by electric lights. Not only lights to project film, but lights that lit up outdoor places like Coney island. These places became entertainment attractions and spawned Nickelodeons. Edison’s Kinetoscope


gave way to the Mutoscope


and then people started using those inventions to make film projectors. There is a mutoscope in the penny arcade in Manitou Springs. The reason that filmmakers ended up in California (besides the sunny weather) was because of the monopoly of Edison’s Motion picture patent co. Edison claimed that filmmakers were using his property to make movies, sued them and stopped production. To get away from the overbearing eye of Edison more and more filmmakers moved to Cuba and CA to practice their craft (the long arm of the law was slow enough that anyone who thought they might get in trouble heard about it well in advance and could book it to Mexico until the heat died down.) Silent films gave way to ‘talkies’ and black and white grew into color, but the people who started the ball rolling back in the early 1900′s were true craftsmen of the movies.

Here is a documentary on ‘Modern Times.’ If you watch the factory line scene, you’ll be reminded of the ‘I Love Lucy’ candy factory scene – in fact Mrs. Ball credited Chaplin for inspiring that scene.

We have a list of silent movies to watch now, some have Chaplin and some were just suggested as good movies of the time.

Since we were in Longmont, we had lunch at the Cheese shop.

Look at that lovely food: quiche Lorraine, berries and brie with balsamic and a Greek salad.

Hannah had a caprese sandwich, Grace had the brie, apple, walnut sandwich and Bethany had a turkey panini. Hannah said her chocolate cake was delish, Bethany had tiramusi and Grace had a blueberry scone (and I had cheese.)

This is the thing that finishes off a glass of absinthe, it looked cool.

Back at home Hannah made her ‘Saturn’s rings’ slushie.



Freeze drink mixes in ice cube trays (we used Vitamin water – 0 cal.) Put 4 cubes in a baggie, repeat with other colors, smash, pour layers into glass, enjoy.

January 26, 2015


Filed under: park day,recipes — liese4 @ 3:31 pm

I had a good NIA class, we did a bit of school, then we headed to the park for a 71 degree park day. The kids played and brought this goose wing back over to show us.

I’ll admit that it was pretty cool looking, but taking it home was not an option. I like the way they cut out shapes in the cement wall that leads up to the playground.

Back at home Hannah made her raspberry swirl cheesecake.


1 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp cold water
2 1/2 C fresh raspberries
2/3 C powdered sugar
16 oz cream cheese
1 C sugar
1 2/3 C whipping cream
graham cracker pie crust

For raspberry puree
Simmer raspberries and powdered sugar for 3 min, then sieve. Mix cornstarch and water and stir into puree. Simmer until thick, then let cool.

For cheesecake
Mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Whip cream until stiff, then fold into mixture.
Spread 2/3 of mix into graham cracker crust, spoon about 2/3 of the raspberry puree onto the cheesecake and swirl into cheesecake. Spoon on the remaining cheesecake mix and drizzle top with remaining puree.
Put in fridge for 2 hours to overnight.

We went to the gym after dinner and then watched some Bugs Bunny cartoons.

January 25, 2015


Filed under: weekend — liese4 @ 8:43 am

Saturday went by fast. James and I went to the gym then I took Hannah to a cooking class at WF, unfortunately someone there mixed up the calendar and there was a birthday party instead of cooking. So, we used the time to run errands: go by the library and pick up a 3-D printed item, go by the other WF and get their cooking calendar, go by Michael’s and return a broken frame, go by our library and return/pick up books. When we were headed home we passed up James and the girls walking up to Chipotle, so we turned around and picked them up and went there for lunch. Back at home the afternoon flew by and it was time to go to a friend’s birthday party. We dropped the girls off and went to Bonefish grill for dinner. I had a caesar salad, grilled chicken with goat cheese, artichoke hearts and spinach, broccoli and couscous. I did eat some of the bang bang shrimp (that have flour in them) and my stomach did hurt a bit afterward. Our plan was to walk the mall, but just as we showed up I got a call that Grace was flushed and having breathing problems. She was given a Benadryl and we went right over to pick them up. Our friends just moved into a new apartment and I’m sure that whatever the apartment used to clean the carpets upset Grace’s lungs. She seemed fine though, so after visiting with Moms and Dads we headed back to the mall to walk around. I was too tired and full to go back to the gym that night, missing out on my twice a day gym goal – but I don’t think it will kill me.

Sunday we went to early church because we had volunteered to lead the 10:45 2′s and 3′s room. Our seminary intern was speaking this morning, here are my notes as a poem (he was talking about how life is hard, but we are meant to be a reflection of the Creator nonetheless.)

But life,
is also an opportunity.

Each orange tipped dawn
is a chance to:
breathe newness,
seek peace,
go where called,
find your purpose,
reflect the Creator.

Give meaning to this
wisp of a moment
in time and space,


After lunch at home James, Grace, Hannah and I (Bethany was at a youth event) headed over to the Platte river to walk the trail to Bufflehead lake and the bird blind. It was a nice sunny day and look at these cool clouds!

Here is the view from the bird blind.

We rested a bit when we got back home and then went to the gym. After dinner we went food shopping and Hannah got items to make 4 desserts and 1 side dish this week (next time I’ll make her choose more sides rather than desserts.)

This week: NIA, park day, lecture on Charlie Chaplin, cheese shop, cooking class, youth group, swimming, Pop art at the Arvada center, marine biology day at the dive shop in Boulder.

January 24, 2015


Filed under: co-ops — liese4 @ 2:57 pm

Here’s my HS group’s co-op list for session 1, mine are **


02 M Play Stations FUN 2:30p
03 TU Pizza Party at PizzaDoodle 11:00 – ?
04 W Mathletics Club 1PM
06 F Princess and Pirate Party 10:00-12:00
07 SA Beginning Parkour 4:15-6pm
09 M Madhubani paintings 1pm**
10 TU Kids in the Kitchen 11am
11 W CGH Valentine’s Party 2-4pm
12 TH Heart & Circulatory system for Preschoolers 1:00pm
13 F Tubing in Keystone 10am
16 M Ice Skating at Southwest Rink, 1pm
17 TU US Mint Tour 3:30 PM
18 W Craft Hope finger puppets 1-3 pm
19 TH Cafe 180 and Shopping 1pm**
20 F Platte River Nature Center 1pm
22 SU Light Painting Photography 3-5pm
25 W Fine Motor Skills Games and Activities 10 AM
27 F Service At The Jeffco Action Center, 10-12 PM


03 TU Reader’s Theater 4:00-6:00
04 W Super Smash Brothers Wii u Tournament 1:30pm
05 F Big Time Tramploline Fun Center 10am
08 SU Learn to Knit 2:30-4:30
11 TH PreK-1st EARTH! 2pm
13 F Skate City Homeschool Skate 12pm
15 SU Middle Eastern dinner and cultural night 4pm
16 M Springtime Books & Crafts, 2pm
17 TU Saint Patrick’s Day Party for Littles 10:00 – 12:00
18 W Swimming at the Link 1pm
19 TH Introduction to Belly Dancing 11:30 am
21 SA Monica Kadillak: Cuban Cuisine Cooking, Adults 3p
24 TU Geology Museum 10:30 am
27 F X-Treme Challenge Arena Super Ninja Training! 11am
27 F Big Hero 6 Movie Night, Parents Night Out 6:00-9:00
31 TU Nature Walk & Bird Observation @ S. Platte Park 1pm


02 TH Charlotte’s Web 11:30-1 pm
03 F GrowHaus Tour DD/Teens 10 am
03 F Minecraft LAN Party 4pm
07 TU Impasto painting 1:30pm**
10 F Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 11 – 12:30pm
13 M Kickball and Cooperative games 12:30 to 3 pm
16 TH Fondue party 5:30 p.m.
17 F Mini Cross Bows 1pm
20 M Mythical creatures 1:30 pm**
21 TU Fiske Planetarium Lab, Show and Live talk 1pm
23 TH Swasher Games with Renaissance Adventures 1:30
24 F Nature Scavenger Hunt and Pot Luck 11:30-2:30 PM
26 SU All about the bees 1:30
29 W Build a Bridge (and get over it) 1:00-4:00
30 TH Swasher Games back up date 1:30-2:30


01 F Scary Movie Night/Warm Bodies 4pm
06 W Garden of the Gods Hike/Scavenger Hunt 11 AM
07 TH Aquatic Critters 1-2:45pm
08 F CO Wolf & Wildlife Feeding Tour 4p
10 SU Aquaponics, Worms and Bees 10:30 am – 12pm
11 M Exploring Chatfield Botanic Gardens 10 – 11:30am
12 TU Putter’s Pride Mini Golf 1:00 P.M.
13 W What is Street Art 10a
14 TH Robotics tour 1pm**
15 F Nature Games 1-3pm
16 SA Origami “Balloons” and Samurai Hats 1pm
18 M Street Art of Denver Tour 10a
20 W Spring Pet Fair 1:30pm
21 TH GPS Systems and Satellites 1pm
27 W What’s Wild Nature Program for PreK- K, 10am-11am

January 23, 2015

Fun Friday

Filed under: driving,hike — liese4 @ 4:34 pm

But first, we had to have a funeral for Cutie.

She died last night, it was sad, Hannah cried. We buried her in the front yard and went to Petco to get a new betta. Meet Midnight, a male veiltail betta.

We did school, ate lunch and drove to Lair O’ the Bear for a snowy hike.

The creek was frozen over in places, Bethany took these pics while standing on the creek.

We took the Creek side trail until it merged into the Bear creek trail.

We didn’t recognize this spot.

Here’s what it looks like in the summer (you have to cross the small crick on stepping stones.)

Someone had made a snowman cairn on the rock.

It was good to get out in the crisp air; since you didn’t go, here is the creek murmuring over and under the ice.

I dropped the girls at the house and Bethany drove a loop from Children’s hospital to Flyn’ B, under the freeway, onto County line, merging on that road, turning right and going over the freeway and then merging again after the freeway. We need to work on merging (and I need to make a ‘student driver’ sign!) She drove that twice, then headed home. I’d say it went well.

James and I have dinner at a friend’s house, the girls have TV dinners and the recipe for banh mi and I guess we’re going to the gym after dinner.

January 22, 2015

Snow pics, school, cooking and Grandma

Filed under: grandma,homeschooling — liese4 @ 5:51 pm

Here are some snow pics I took this morning.

My favorite one.

Bethany had two unit tests, one in Bio and one in Geography. Grace spent the morning putting her 1,000 piece puzzle together. She got it on New Year’s Eve and I think she might finish it tonight. Hannah had some math to do and reading, then she went upstairs to paint. After lunch Hannah got working on her video for the STEM contest. Her idea: a cookbook for young kids that can’t read. The recipes show pictures of the items needed and the measuring cups are color coded. She shows how to make one of the recipes, a smoothie, and the idea for stickers of the food items in the back of the book (so kids can make their own recipes.) Enjoy the video.

When that was done, the girls made the rest of the eggnog cookies and we went over to Grandmas place to have cookies with her and chat. We sat in the kitchen and talked about Bethany driving, Grace’s puzzle and Hannah’s cooking video. Then we went by the store to pick up TV dinners for the girls for tomorrow (James and I are having dinner at a friends house.) Hannah took her recipe book and picked up the ingredients for a banh mi sandwich, she wanted that instead of a TV dinner.

Tonight, gym and I did go to the gym this morning too. We’re having oven roasted garlic chicken, garlic quinoa and snap peas for dinner.

January 21, 2015

Snow, driving and cooking

Filed under: driving,library — liese4 @ 10:18 pm

It was snowing when I left for NIA class and I woke up late, so I missed one song. We were working on the spine and posture. Back at home the girls were watching Dr. Who when Bethany’s counselor called. She just wanted to chat and must have asked Bethany what she was doing – Bethany replied, ‘watching Dr. Who’ and I sighed. We started right after that, and got done after lunch. Since it was snowing it was perfect for Bethany to practice snow driving, especially because the parking lot wasn’t plowed. After turns and practicing reverse I let her drive home which involved making a right turn on a somewhat busy street, going through an intersection with a stoplight and making a left hand turn onto our street. She did great, although she did pull into the driveway on a diagonal, but I made her reverse and straighten out.

Hannah had a cooking class at the library, so we headed over there. They were making pad thai and sparkling ginger lime drink.

Hannah got to measure, mix, stir, mince garlic and shred cilantro.

The teacher put the ingredients in the skillet and showed them how to saute the onion and garlic and add the rest of the ingredients (half the kids were chopping, half the kids were dong what Hannah did.)

Since there weren’t very many kids there everyone got seconds and thirds of the pad thai, Hannah gave it a thumbs up.

She also picked up 4 more cook books, one on raw foods, one on lunches from around the world and two random cook books.

Back at home Hannah made dinner (beef stroganoff with a side of couscous with spinach) and I made fish for myself. When James got home we went to the mall and walked a mile there, then the girls made cookies at home while James and I went to the gym. Tonight I listened to Air one radio and worked up a sweat.

Tomorrow we film Hannah’s invention and I HAVE to bathe Maisy, she is a mess.

January 20, 2015

First time

Filed under: Uncategorized — liese4 @ 7:22 pm

After school I took Bethany for her first driving lesson in my van. We went to the parking lot at Redstone and drove the end loops, drove to the other parking lot where she encountered a bus turning in, turned and parked. I think it went well. I think we’ll do another parking lot and then take a route down county line to Fly’n B, back to Lucent and then right toward home.

Hannah is busy working on a project for a K12 STEM contest, as soon as she’s done I’ll put the video of her invention on here. Her idea is for a cook book for kids where the measuring items are color coded and the recipes show only pictures.

I did not want to go to the gym this morning, but I did anyway. Maybe one week of morning gym session on T, Th, F, Sa, Su will make it feel like I’m supposed to be doing it. On the good side, NIA class is tomorrow morning and that IS a good thing.

January 19, 2015

Park day

Filed under: park day — liese4 @ 10:56 am

I didn’t choose to make a park day today because it was a holiday, I chose it because today was supposed to be the warmest day of the week. But, because it was a holiday the park was packed.

Hannah delivered her Kirby cross stitch to her friend and I finished mine.

Jenn brought her pug baby to the park, he’s already sold and has the cutest ‘tongue sticking out of his mouth’ expression.

We played at the park until the clouds rolled in, then ran some errands and then went home.

Bethany did some school today, Grace and Hannah were off. Everyone ate leftovers from Saltgrass dinner, but I made pork stir fry for me. James and I went to the gym and when I handed my card to the lady she said, ‘number 19?’ Yep, that’s the one machine that I do every night and starting tomorrow on non-NIA mornings. Down 15 pounds, need 27 more pounds to meet my birthday goal.


Filed under: weekend — liese4 @ 10:31 am

I had to grab the CD for the message from church because we were working in the 2′s room. We had 3 of the quietest children ever and one that cried for 5 minutes and then was quiet the rest of the time. I was wondering what happened to the rambunctious twin boys who were quite the escape artists, they got older and went into the next room. Bethany was in that room today and said that yes, they were in there and yes, they are still rambunctious – but not as good at escaping that room as they were ours (because we have a half door that opens and the kids crawl through, the other room has a full door.) After picking up MORE books at the library and going to the bank so Bethany could cash a check (also the first time she showed someone her permit as ID) we went home and had lunch.

James picked up Grandma and brought her over for muffins and coffee, she was in a ‘well, I think I might go home’ mood (she means TX.) As soon as she got super whiny about it we told her it was time to go home. We have to treat her like a toddler and when she exhibits moaning and whining about going home, trying to guilt us, we just tell her it’s time to go back to her house, thanks for the visit. This usually turns her chipper on the way back, thank you for picking me up, thank you for the coffee, etc. She also didn’t have one of her hearing aids in, so it was difficult to talk to her, we had to keep repeating over and over. She ‘loses’ them every so often, I think just to make us speak louder. She wants us to come over every weekend and during the week, James has tried doing one week without the family and one week with (so we don’t have to get her out and into the car every weekend.) She does not realize the trouble it is to cart her to and from the car, lift her wheelchair up the steps, take her to the bathroom in our non-handicap home, it’s a lot of work. In fact, she almost fell out of the wheelchair as James was hoisting her up the stairs this time, so now I need to be in the back lifting the chair too. She’s not happy when we bring her to the house and she’s not happy when we visit at her home, but she doesn’t realize how much better her living situation is here vs. her rat/cockroach/maggot infested house back in TX, with expired food, no shower facilities, feral cats biting her, a wooden porch falling apart, etc. Oh, those were the good old days….

We decided to eat out after we dropped her off. Since we’ve been dieting we haven’t eaten out at a restaurant – so not only have we saved calories, we’ve saved money. I was very good at dinner, water, steak, asparagus, salad and a glass of wine. Thank goodness they didn’t put the bread on the table, it’s so good there (Saltgrass.) Then we dropped Bethany at bowling with her youth group and went home to watch The Muppet Show.

This week – Nia, gym, park day, cooking at the library, youth group, hike and birthday party.

January 17, 2015

Party time!

Filed under: b-day,library — liese4 @ 8:14 pm

Hannah was the one who noticed that the party was on the 16th and Bethany is 16, I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. We got a DJ party at the rec center, they had the place decorated with polka dot table cloths, balloons, banners, candy and glow sticks on the tables, pizza, pop and cake.


Bethany had her play list and the other kids got to request some songs too. There were 4 boys from the homeschool group, the rest were girls from youth group and the homeschool group. The boys were funny, one of them refused to go in until his bud showed up. Meanwhile another boy showed up, went into the room, and came right back out and said, ‘Hey, you need to get in there, I’m the only boy!’ Finally, all four of them walked in and went straight to the patio – which served them well until a gaggle of girls walked out there and trapped them. The girls were dancing and kicking balloons all over the place, we stopped for cake and then the music started back up.


When it was time to open presents Bethany opened the one from us first. It was just a letter that said – We will be going to the Rock and Worship Roadshow concert, you will be going onstage where the artists and audience will sing Happy Birthday to you, then you will be going backstage for cake with the artists and finally, we get to stay in a hotel for the night. Everyone thought that was cool. She also got Gamestop gift cards, Target gift cards, an Amazon gift card, a Starbucks gift card, Dr. Who earrings, journals, t-shirt, a stuffed animal and more. She had a lot of fun dancing and singing to her favorite songs, so I think it was a good party. My camera ran out of batteries and the only video I got is out of focus, so…better luck next time.

We had 6 girls come over after the party and 5 stayed the night. In the morning the requested chocolate chip pancakes, sausages and OJ were served, then they hung out around the house chatting until 12. When everyone was gone we headed to the library for a craft – button canvas art. We weren’t sure what that meant, turns out it meant that we had a canvas, buttons, glue and paint and we could make whatever we wanted. Hannah’s started out as a tree, but then she found the glitter paint.

Grace is going to outline her waves to make them stand out more.

Bethany’s was very glittery after we found some white glitter to pour on the paint.

Here’s mine, I’m going to go around the tree with black to outline it better.

That was a cute craft, thank you library!

January 16, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — liese4 @ 4:42 pm

These are the mittens that I finished last night, I made them out of a sweater. I also got some arm warmers out of the deal. This was my first time making these, next time I will stitch them inside out.

Hannah decided to wear her pirate moustache for school. Pretty sure that in ‘real school’ this wouldn’t fly.

Bethany made this for English –

After school we went to the ortho, then back home to wait for some guests to arrive. We’re taking them to the rec center for Bethany’s sweet 16 DJ dance party. It should be cool, we have an awesome play list, cake, pizza, coke and lots of teens coming, and a sleepover after that, so…sigh, long night ahead.

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