Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Underwater Basket Weaving

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This one I made for my Mother for Christmas (yup, our yard in December)

Well, not really underwater.  I have taken up basket weaving.  It is a craft that I learned while here in Okinawa.  We joke that we don't usually see a Japanese woman under the age of 50 using the baskets, but those of us that have started weaving are totally hooked.  It is something different for most of us.  So far all of the bags I have made have been about the same size.  I usually figure they will be used as a church bag.  It can hold scriptures, lesson binder, I-pad, and a few other things.

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One for my Mother-In-Law

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One for my Sister

I am currently trying to decide on a bag for another sister and doing 5 Easter baskets for the 5 monkeys.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Boys and Valentines

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This year Grahm asked to give a special Valentine to a classmate.  If he had asked me I would have vetoed that immediately without giving it any thought.  He is only in second grade.  I guess that is why kids have 2 parents.  When the question was asked they were grocery shopping and Jason allowed him to bring home a heart shaped box of chocolates.  I was not over joyed at the thought of my second grader giving special Valentines out or how I would feel if that was my daughter.  Then the questions silently came into my mind, what is the right age?  When should a boy start to learn the art of wooing a girl?
With my varied experiences in dating, I would answer the last one - that my second grader should have started years ago.  So, if you have a second grade daughter receiving special valentines please don't freak out or be upset.  Let the boys learn how to do it right.

After that, I set out to do what I could to encourage my 5th grader to give one out as well.  He warmed up to the idea and the next time we were at the store he wanted to pick out a heart shaped box of chocolates.  Now, that I was on board I decided that he need tips on how to pick the right chocolates and not end up giving yucky crap.  Hopefully, I will have boys that will know how to gift well!

Speaking of good gifters, Jason has recently purchased some great pieces of furniture for me.  However, he thought he still need to do something great for me.  He ordered pizza (the gift of no cooking with my tired back and legs!) and he gave me 12 Ichigo Daifuku.  This is my absolute new favorite.  It can make a bad day great.  And he brought home 007!  Awesome Valentine.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Modern Aged Kiddos

Today as I was winding up doing some mindless time wasting Internet surfing- a.k.a - facebook, pinterest and e-mail, my 5 year old starts telling me what to google.  She wants me to google Monster High Doll Princess, to see if there any princesses.

 Its a different world!

5/6 people know a google..... That's pretty good... If your a kid and you know it... Raise your hand,... 1 OUT OF 1!!!  (Kid History - Babysitting Episode)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Elephants for Nursery?

So, lately I have been debating about using elephants in the baby's bedroom.  I still have about 6 months before he will have a room, but trying to decide what to do.

I like the circus, but circus elephants make me sad.  I don't think Dumbo is a happy movie.  I also think elephants have a tendency to look very sad.  They can look powerful and majestic, too.  I just can't decide.  If any ones has any ideas on baby boy rooms, let me know.  My colors are Grey and white with a pop of something - to be decided.

Here are some fun pictures of elephant items from pinterest.