Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I'm going to start doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that I or the boys like. I'll see how long I can keep it up.

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. It may or may not include words. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

This Saturday I'm embedding something new I came across. It's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer by Moonbot Studios. The visuals are really cool. I love how the music works with the trailer!

The illustrator is William Joyce. He did illustrations for the book Rolie Polie Olie. I just got done with a children's book illustration assignment in my class this week. I love William Joyce's illustrations. 

Rollie-Pollie Ollie!!!

This short film developed for the iPad app, is an interactive book that won an Oscar. It's inspired by Hurricane Katrina, “The Wizard of Oz”. Here's a view of the actual short:

Raindrops on Roses

A lot of people are freaking out in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri because of the nasty storms.

Right now it's raining, thundering a hailing outside my window.

Mica's been asking about tornado's off and on all day. He and Isaak play tornado's. They swirl around, chase each other and scream, "You're the tornado!" The tornado is always the "BAD" guy.

Since the weather is supposed to get bad, we went out and about this morning. I had Gymbucks at Gymboree, so I got a few shirts on sale there.

Then we went to Hobby Lobby. I love that they have coupons just about every week for 40% off one single item. I got some Velcro to make some of these:

Reusable Lunch Containers - Step 3
Reusable Lunch Containers - Step 4 

If I can get it to work, I'll blog my steps.

Right now we're watching the original Karate Kid. Do you like the older Karate Kid or the newer one better? I like both.

Oh I'm going to start doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that I or the boys like. I'll see how long I can keep it up.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

There Are Good People in This World

There are bad people to!

Life's been a little up and down lately. At least I feel like it is.

Last week one of my students came to me crying because her Grandma was hit by a car when she was walking. She had a blood clot in her brain. She ended up passing away. My student was sad that her Grandmother passed, but she also felt for the person that hit her Grandmother. She knew he didn't mean to hit her Grandmother. Just that single act of forgiveness made me want to cry.

Then I heard about a blogger who lost her son. Someone shot him. I can't even imagine the pain she's going though! She lost another son just a few years ago from suicide. I've been thinking about her everyday. Her son was not even a year younger than me. Anyhow I love her blogging skills. She makes me laugh, brings my spirits up. Now her world has crashed underneath her.

Then I just learned tonight that a high school student is missing. Her mom works at our local Y. We go there three sometimes four times a week. How scary! They may never see their daughter again!

On with the good. There is good. I truly believe that with every bad there has to be a good happening somewhere.

Last week a local design agency had on Facebook that they were giving away the money from their ad profits to someone that needed the money. It was a local person that they wanted to help out. I thought about my sister's family. Here she has had to quit her job to take care of my nephew Emerson. He's a lot of work! Much more then a baby that has no problems at all. Emerson's odds for living were very low. Only 10% of Trisomy 18 babies make it past the age of 1 year. Here he's going to turn a year old on June 23! We all pitch in with what we can. I emailed Emerson's story into Secret Penguin the local design agency. I mentioned how they don't need diapers, my sister uses cloth ones. They don't need formula, my sister has pumped this whole time to give him Momma milk. They could use some restaurant gift cards. Time is what they need. A lot of times they just have sandwiches for dinner because they just don't have time to cook. Emerson is up for another surgery soon. This time to take his adenoids out. Then he has to get his jaw hardware out at the end of May. Secret Penguin talked to a restaurant; they designed their look. They own Roja Grill and Blue Susi. The owner donated a $50 gift card to my sister's family. The owner had a sister that past away of Trisomy 18. Secret Penguin is handing over their profits to people who need money once a month from their ads posted on Facebook.

I also watched a very moving flick that is inspiring. This again is about doing good for people. This little boy had it in his heart to make people happy. The problem was is that no one would come and share his happiness. Finally one person did and launched a Facebook invite and created press for people to show up to play this kid's game. I won't reveal the rest. It's creative, fun and inspirational. A must watch!
Let it buffer for a few minutes before watching.

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WW: Pinwheel {Linky}

I never understood the obsession of Pinwheels, but kids do love them.

Is it a Pinwheel or Slinky? I never realized Slinky made Pinwheels to!

In case you didn't read this. Our oldest son caught us being the Easter Bunny. I covered things oh so smoothly!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter With the Extended Family

I wish I would have taken photos of the cheese/veggie tray I made! I spent awhile on it. It was cute. Oh well. Maybe I'll make the same thing next year.

The boys were bouncing off the walls all morning. They just couldn't wait to get over to Great Aunt Sam's house! I wouldn't let them eat very much candy. Mica's tummy hurt the night before. They already had coffee cake, which was loaded with sugar as well.

I knew there would be a hunt at Great Aunt Sam's house as well.

 Isaak wouldn't look up for a second!

Here's cousin Emerson during the hunt. He didn't hunt much. He just sat there and looked cool in the sunglasses I reviewed.

Aunt Terra helped the boys dye eggs.

We were explaining to Great Aunt Marsha that Isaak gives looks! Look that the photo above. Perfect example of one of Isaak's looks!

The boys got these planes from their hunt. They wouldn't fly well, but they kept trying and carried them around all over. Later on they got taken away by Daddy. Isaak and Mica were fighting with them like they were swords. BOYS!

Mica lost his 2nd front tooth on Friday. I sang a few times, "All I want for Easter is my two front teeth..."


We have our own hunt. Isaak wanted to grab random eggs he saw. Mica knew there were rules attached. A hunt that makes them think. If you want to read about how we were caught go here.

On the coffee table were:
  • A few special eggs.
  • Spanish DVDs from Boca Beth. I won one on Facebook and it took her 1 week to get back to me, so she sent me another DVD. :) Mica has no foreign language at his elementary level. I wanted to get something to help with a language. They say they learn that stuff best when they are little. I'll be reviewing the DVDs on here.
  • Melissa and Doug garden tools I got for posting their ad at Christmas time. Two trowels, two cultivators and a rake they have to share.
So the hunt was on. This is what they do when I tell them to hold their baskets up. HA HA!

The boys had clues that lead them all over the house and on the front porch. Then the last thing they got were these cute ukeleles that were not that much money. Now if they get lessons they will be a lot of money. We'll see. Mica's came with a book on how to play. We'll kind of play it by ear before we decide about lessons.

There was candy, but I only let them have a few. Mica's tummy hurt the night before.


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