Thursday, September 28, 2006

"Liv"in la Vida Loca

Here's our innovative Livie getting into her usual mischief!

She scoots the step stool from clear across the house, from the bathroom.....

She sets it just so, so that she can access the freezer.....

Mission accomplished! ICE CREAM FOR ALL!


Not sure how to spell the "nu, nu, nu, nu,nu,nu,nu, batmaaaann" song words, but here's Olivia in her latest cape, Batman! She just loves dressing up as superheroes. I found this cape and the local FAll arts and crafts show last Thursday. When you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she says "A SUPERHERO!" She just might be.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.....

Friday, we went to a Weather Unit study Pt 2 at our friend Dawn's house. A few weeks ago we learned about clouds and rain precipitation with some fun activities which included making clouds out of shaving cream, reading a funny story about a town where food rained from the sky, pretended we were rain droplets. Friday, we made tornados in jars, created lightning using foil plates, static, and pencils, and talked about warm air and cold air, and displayed it using balloons on a parachute. What a fun way to learn about weather. Our friends from a hs group invited us, and my girls have really enjoyed it, and made some new friends (as well as I).

Olivia Di Vinci

This week we had some fun painting on the patio. I pulled out a big roll of paper, put some paint on some paper plates, got out some brushes, and sponge shapes and let them go for it. Olivia always ends up with more paint on her body then on the paper. She even fell on her butt and got paint all over her diaper. She loves to paint her hands. Not just to do finger paint, she just likes having the paint on her. I think she wants to be a famous painter like her big sister, Violet. Violet will be having her debut art showing next Friday at our friend, her art teacher, Spramani's house. They will be showing all of the kids from her weekly art classes art work. Will be exciting!

What do you do with a Scurvy Pirate?

Tuesday was Talk like a Pirate Day. We went to one of our local libraries and saw the Jack Straws, a trio of pirates playing pirate songs. The girls really enjoyed watching them play and clapped along to the songs. They were given pirate hats and stickers for guessing answers to different pirate/sea trivia, (they would give them out just for trying, as most were 3 and under (it was during a school day). Afterwards, we went inside, it was a very nice library with a great children's section. Olivia enjoyed doing some puzzles, looking at some books, and playing with a giant stuffed Curious George. Violet picked up a lot of cd-rom games some of which were; The road to Ancient Egypt, The Magic School Bus in Concert, Mulan, couple of Carmen San Diego's, Barbie Horse Adventures, as well as Maia of Thebes 1463 BC (historical fiction) and an Arthurs game for Olivia.
BTW, did any of you get to see Wife Swap last Monday, with Mad Sally, the Pirate mom who swapped with an "rigidly ordered, controlled and controlling family" mom. It was a lot of fun to watch. I really enjoyed the Pirate family, they were such a fun spirited, close knit family. It was good to watch. My family's been saying "aaaarrrr" all week. Read Mad Sally's account of the show here. I really admire her for when she says "I'm talking about having the courage to show the world who you really are, and never apologizing for it" and "When you bow to external standards, you're giving the outside world control over how you feel about yourself".

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Favorite TV Characters-My First MEME

Waya tagged me to do this meme on 10 Top Favorite TV Characters. I have to admit I mostly watch Reality tv these days. They are just plain fun to watch, because they are real people. Even though I did notice script writers in the credits on a reality show once (forget which one), perhaps it was for the host???? Anyway, had to reflect back a little and came up with these.......(in no particular order)

Gilligan (Gilligan’s Island) Bob Denver. He was just so hilarious! Didn’t have to say a word and was very funny!

Lucy (I love Lucy) Lucille Ball. Another great actress who didn’t need to say a word either to be funny. Loved her!

Curious George. Just started watching the series with my kids. Glad they get to enjoy him too! He is just so full of life and has a Love of Learning (the unschooler in me loves this!)

Peg (Married with Children) Katie Segal. I loved her dry sarcasm and how she put her husband in his place.

Samantha Stevens (Bewitched) Elizabeth Montgomery I always wanted to be able to do magic like her, just wiggle my nose and make something appear (or disappear)

Jeannie (I dream of Jeannie) Barbara Eden. Also, the magic and she was beautiful and exotic.

Susan Partridge (The Partridge Family) Susay Dey. Wanted to be her, Loved her hippyness and coolness, and all the boys loved her
I hope this is a joke, but I found it rather funny:

Oprah Winfrey (Oprah), okay not a character, but she is one of my favorite people on tv. She is truly one of Maslow’’s Self Actualized People.

Running out of people, but I’ve like David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in XFiles, Sexy-X-Man!

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie in Sex in the City, so sophisticated, sexy, independent, (so not me except that I love shoes!)

Okay, here's the part I get to tag some friends so I'm tagging: Amanda, Cynthia, & to throw in a male's perspective, and because I think he's funny, Kent. Looking forward to seeing all of yours!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Beauty is - MSO

Beauty is....

My daughters' smiles

One mature, yet still childish toothy grin full of a good sense of humor

One mischievous little grin, head tilted, forehead low to one side, saying "watch out world, I'm coming full speed!"

Beauty is....

My daughters' eyes

Laughter twinkles in her big brown eyes. An old soul who's aware of the world around her, yet still full of questions, eager to learn.

The other's big round brown eyes, full of love and confidence.

Beauty is....

My daughters' spirit

One compassionate, sensitive, dramatic, silly, appreciates the arts, enjoys a good story.

One fiesty, energetic, curious, independent, thoughtful, inventive, playful and full of passion.

Beauty is....

My daughters' love

Trusting, affectionate, warm, forgiving. Love for me, for their daddy, for one another, and for family and friends that are in their lives.

Beauty is....

My family.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Helping with the grout

I'm so lucky I have such a handy husband. Not only was he an electrician by trade for many years, but he can do about anything he sets his mind to around the house. The latest being retiling our shower. We bought about a 30 yr old house down here in San Diego, and it has given him plenty of opportunities to do "projects" around the house. Even though he gets a little frustrated at times, if something is broken and needs repair, as opposed to just upgrading something and making it look nicer, I think he really enjoys most of what he does. He's just like a little boy showing off his artwork, when he comes into the room, "honey, come look at this and tell me what you think?" I praise it, and really am quite proud of all that he can do. Especially, when you hear other women complain about what there husbands can't or won't do around the house. Here you see Violet helping him grout the shower pan earlier this week. All it needs is the shower door now.

Today, we went to the local thrift stores in pursuit of props and outfits for an American Girl Play that Violet would like to direct and play in with her friends. It happens to be a play we picked up at a thrift store some time ago. We ended up finding a velvet Renaissance dress, and knights outfit for Olivia, with a shield and some books as well. I found a really great Mexican tin & tile mirror and a wooden elephant mirror for the girls room (which is safari themed). I recently stumbled on this $99 Thrift Challenge at Apron Thrift Girl's blog. I really love her blog, as I love to go "junkin" as an old friend used to call it, going to yard sales, thrift stores, rummage sales. She has mostly a vintage style in her blog, but it's really fun to check out what other people find and what kind of deals that they get. I mostly get things to go in the house, garden stuff, books. Being that we're unschoolers, I'm always on the lookout for books the kids will like, reference type books, games, dress-up, anything they might find of interest, and they really enjoy coming as well. They learn the value of things, and bring their own money (sometimes). I like what Apron Thrift Girl says about being eco-chic, comsuming less, recycling and reusing, and try to apply those principles to my life as well, and make my children aware of recycling, and appreciating "used" items.
You can check out my other cool finds on my Flicker account, just click on the Flicker pictures on the right.

Monday, September 04, 2006

And the fun never stops

Violet has been wanting to make a house for her American Girl doll for awhile now. Dan bought the wood, but has been very busy with home improvement projects, the latest being retiling our shower. Violet loves to browse the AG catalogs, and windowshop on eBay for AG stuff. She found this teepee in the catalog, which by the way costs $60(way overpriced IMO), so we decided to make one instead. She called dad while he was out at Lowe's picking up more grout, and asked him to pick up some 36" dowel rods. When he got home, he cut some plywood into a circle and drilled some holes for the dowels. We then fitted the dowels into the holes and pulled them together with a plastic tie, which I covered with some hemp twine. We then cut some leftover painter's canvas drop clothes, and Violet and Olivia painted some Native American symbols on it, which we had looked up on the internet. Olivia assisted with a red hand print. We had found a little blanket at the thrift store the other day, and she decorated it with some gourds and drums and feathers.

Friday, September 01, 2006


I stopped by the library this week to drop off some books and movies that were 1 day late. ( thought they were due today!) The library would only be open a few more minutes, but just enough time for the girls to have a quick look in the children's area. Ironically, the first book Livie picks up is "Red Train". It is a rather large board book teaching numbers, colors, and animals. It was a brightly colored, fun to look at book. "Train" happened to be the theme for this week's MamaSaysOm. We didn't have enough time to sit and read it, so we checked it out. Violet picked up another Royal Diaries book (which are historical ficion books), this one being about a Princess in Korea, A.D. 595, called Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars. Other books we picked up were Louisa May Alcott's (author of Little Women) 'The Brownie and the Princess & other stories', and 'Claire and the Unicorn happy ever after', by B. G. Hennessy.
My girls and I all really enjoy reading. I think the girls both developed a love of reading from us reading to them since infancy. They also have a nanna who loves to read to them frequently. Every night we sit down and read at least 2 books each (or a chapter or two of the chapter books we might be reading). It usually leads to more like 5 or 6 books, with them still wanting "more! more!" I try to make the books come alive by speaking like the characters, showing enthusiasm (even though I'm half asleep sometimes), and emotions that the character might be feeling. We often "act out" the books in the afternoons, pretending we're pirates, or Hercules, or princesses.
Even though I don't get to read many books that "I" want to read as much (unless I stay up really late at night!), I really enjoy reading to the girls and seeing their enthusiasm and love of learning occuring. They learn so much from the books that we read, and develop interests for further explorations.
Violet & I just finished reading Marley & Me, by John Grogan. It was a heartwarming story about a big goofy yellow labrador named Marley, and his family that we both thoroughly enjoyed. I won't say too much, as I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, but we both recommend it, especially to animal lovers. Check out his blog after reading it. Very interesting to see how writing this story affected his life and those who read his book (see the many comments and stories that people shared).