Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thoughts from the new 8 year old in the Family

I'm happy when...we get to go to a fair (like the Nova and Nativity fairs).

I like to think about...my birthday.

I like to read..."Kate and the Beanstalk".

Tell me about your room...Well, it has a green wall; and red covers; a bunk bed; it has flowers, fish, really pretty curtains and a pink carpet with flowers. And it has chimes in it that when you ding them make a pretty sound, and they are really colorful.

If I could plan my summer, I would go to the Bell Museum. I would go to the Mill City Museum. I would swim at the brotherhood pool. I would keep the bunnies away from my pumpkin. I would make a kite. I would hula-hoop. I would go to a movie theater. I would go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and I would go somewhere with mom.

Happy Birthday, Kate!

The pictures above are not of the 8 year old Kate, but maybe a 3 year old Kate. I am awed by how much Izzy looks like she did at that age.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Field Trip to the MIA

This afternoon, after patiently waiting for Pieta to wake from her long morning nap, the girls and I toured the Minneapolis Institute of Art. We could have spent a lot more time there as the girls all really enjoyed it. Isabel found a small screen showing a cartoon story about the British and their love for tea. Kate ooohed and ahhhhed at the ancient Chinese sculptures. Maddie like the American colonial paintings and the short film we watched documenting a New Ireland ritual honoring the dead. We learned that New Ireland is part of New Guinnea. Needless to say, the girls were not impressed with the Monet and Van Gogh paintings we saw. I told them they would probably appreciate them more as they learned about the painters and the techniques they used.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sacagawea Visits Nova

Sacagawea or "Bird Woman" as her name translates, made a surprise appearance in Mr. Long's third grade classroom last Friday. She was clad in brown clothing and her prize possession, a blue beaded belt. On her back was tied her little son, Pomp (as William Clark has nicknamed him). Sacagawea was one of many famous individuals of American history who showed up that afternoon to share their story and invite us to read and enjoy their boards and artifacts detailing their life. I was especially impressed with Maddie's, I mean with Sacagawea's, presentation to her class and their parents. She was poised, calm (even though she admitted later to much nervousness), and audible as she shared her 2.5 page report of her life. Well done!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pixar's Up!

We needed to leave the house for most of the day last Saturday due to excessive noise and dust from the concrete saw, so I treated the girls to lunch at Snuffy's and a matinee at Highland Theater. This is anther great film by Pixar; a fun family friendly movie. I laughed. I cried. Maddie and Kate did too.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Baby Sower for Baby Ferber