Tuesday, March 31, 2009
If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one. Mother Teresa
April 1, bloggers are getting together for a very worthwhile cause: fighting hunger. Times are tougher than ever. Unemployment and underemployment have devastated our country, and charitable contributions are dwindling.
Please give to your local food bank. This link can help you find a food bank in your community. For those of you in the Seattle area, my family supports Community Lunch on Capitol Hill; please consider donating to this most worthy cause.
Another option is to make a direct contribution to Feeding America through their secure website. Even as little as $1 will provide 10 pounds of food and grocery items.
Many thanks to Meg from Pigtown Design and Chris from Easy and Elegant Life for coordinating April Food Day.
Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone. - Gertrude Stein
This past week I've been the lucky recipient of some wonderful gestures of friendship from blogging friends. Jamie drew a delightful "cat" version of me. I received these lovely trees in the mail from Paige - thank you so much!
You may remember Patricia drew an illustration as a gift for me and my family. Yesterday I received the original artwork, along with presents for the family, in the mail. Cal promptly got to work making a fingerprint Santa from his gift, Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Drawing Book. (If you haven't seen Ed Emberley's drawing books, they are a fun resource for children.)
Thank you so very much, my friends!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Things were moving slowly here this weekend. Alexi was on call working at the hospital. This was our first Saturday without hockey in months, as the season ended last week; baseball practice was rained out. We did some indoor camping. Eating at the campground (tables above made out of blocks - note Bicycle the bear has his own table too - were made to surprise me while I made lunch). Lots of playing, stories, and art. Interrupted here and there by a walk to the beach, and a little baking.
How about you? How was your weekend?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I'm feeling quiet and sleepy today. Confession: five years behind the masses, we just started watching LOST from the beginning. (We are a no-TV family, except for special events like hockey tournaments. Becky had a facebook update about it that piqued my curiosity; I ordered season 1 from Netflix.) And I'm staying up far too late watching just one more episode, and scaring myself silly.
So I'm looking forward to this afternoon, when the obligations of the day are fulfilled. I'm reveling in these slightly warmer, longer days. Cal and Abbott will play with their diggers and balls; I will sit on the bench of our deck and close my eyes, and let the sun and sounds stream in.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Flat Stanley, a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board, is the main character in a book series by Jeff Brown. For one of his many adventures, he is sent in the mail to visit someone. For decades, first graders across the US have made their own Flat Stanleys, and mailed him to a host. The host takes him places, takes vacation photos, and returns him safely home. I posted recently about making Flat Stanleys with a group of first grade moms from Abbott's school. At the time, I thought the post would only be interesting to the other mothers with whom I did the project; I ended up getting lots of comments and emails about people's experiences with Flat Stanley. Many thanks to everyone who sent photos of the Stanley they hosted! Abbott's Stanley is currently on vacation at Grandma's in Minnesota; we're looking forward to seeing more of his adventures, and the adventures of the Stanleys of his classmates, on their return to Seattle.
The Stanley pictured above and below belongs to blogger Brooke Reynolds' nephew Jamie, who lives in Maryland. These photos of him were taken at the beach in Southern California. If you look carefully, you'll notice he got a bit of a sunburn from his day at the beach.
Alaskan blogger friend Ina sent me this photo of Stanley at the opening ceremonies for the Iditarod:
The following two Stanley photos are from Things That Inspire. The map shows where this Stanley traveled - Georgia, Florida and Colorado:
Sledding in Colorado:
The photos below were taken by Tania Lance, when she hosted her cousin's son's Stanley while living in Paris:
Rachel and David DeBusk hosted the Stanley below: " We saw an art show and 14/48 (RIP) on Saturday night, had a leisurely coffee with the NYT on Sunday morning, and a movie and popcorn at Cineplex Odeon to finish off the weekend. He's an easy going guy you just want to do fun stuff with. We loved every minute."
The following Stanley is in the snow near Mt. Rainier. This Stanley belongs to Sawyer Baugh, age 7; the photos were taken by Doug Baugh. "Flat Stanley is currently in the British Virgin Islands then he goes to visit our cousins in Australia followed by a visit to another cousin in St. Louis."
Stanley on vacation in Chicago from an anonymous contributor:
According to this source, Keith Olberman's show said that there was a Flat Stanley on US Airways flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A bit of green for my lovely friend Patricia on her St. Patrick's Day birthday: hellebore that grows in front of our house.
Music for the occasion, via Jamie:
Interesting reading about today's history:
St. Patrick Was A Slave
And a most excellent soda bread for the occasion:
Irish Soda Bread
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Today I'm wishing my sister a happy, happy birthday and sending lots of love her way! In the photo above, I'm with her when, according to the back of the photo, she is nine days old.
Here we are with dolls made for us by our maternal Grandmother. Note the matching outfits - all sewn by our mother. And how about my hair?
Matching again! I still buy matching outfits for Abbott and Cal and they still like it - fingers crossed it'll be a while before they refuse to wear them.
Me with my sister and brother:
I hope, my dear sister, you're happy and spoiled today. Let's all have some cake to celebrate!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I spent some time over the weekend finding our Easter books. Our favorites:
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes - a story about a kind and clever bunny; a feminist tale from 1939!
The Truth About Easter Rabbits - describes the many Easter Rabbits that live all around the world, and how they decorate and deliver Easter eggs.
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown - a giant Golden Book first published in 1947; a sweet story about wonder, imagination, surprise, and friendship.
A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor - a simple and sweet Easter story.
The Easter Rabbit's Parade by Lois Lenski - farm animals all contribute to a surprise for the girl who takes care of them. Sweet story, beautiful illustrations.
If you have any favorites I haven't mentioned, I'd love to hear about them in the comments.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Today is International Women's Day. In honor of it, here are some interesting links for your perusal:
UN International Women's Day - information for children
International Women's Day
National Women's Hall of Fame
Women in World History
300 Women Who Changed the World
And feel free to share about your favorite woman leader in the comments section.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Abbott is thrilled to be participating in a kids artist trading card swap. In his group, there are five other six year olds; three in the US and two in the UK. Over 900 children worldwide are participating in the swap. Predictably, he wanted to know why he could only make and receive five. We mailed his cards last week, and so far have received one card from Skipton, UK.