There's more of a story than a great picture for today. Delaney came running in from school yesterday in a panic telling me she needed to get together with a classmate for a project that was due today. I'll skip over the part where I gave her a hard time for waiting until the last minute and get on to the part that is good.
KC is out of town so it was all me tonight. I got Macy started on her homework and helped Delaney get in contact with her partner. As it turned out, as long as they collaborated on it, they could do it separately. They had been assigned a Shel Silverstein poem for which they had a few different activities they could do. They chose to make posters. Her partner made one of the house and Delaney was given the task of making the title.
I've made my share of posters over the years and learned the hard way how to do (and not to do) lettering. Thankfully, I had a stockpile of poster board and Delaney was in an extremely receptive mood. She allowed me to guide her through the process! First I asked her how big she wanted the letters. She showed me a rough estimate so I suggested we measure it out in whole inches to make it easier. She agreed without any reservations.
Next, we decided how far down the page to make it and drew in the horizontal guide lines. I held the ruler for her and she did the rest. I even suggested she draw the lines a little lighter to make them easier to erase at the end and she took that suggestion so well she implemented it immediately! These are not things that happen frequently when she and I work together on a project. Normally it rapidly devolves into a crying/screaming match from which there is no recovering.
Delaney knew what she wanted the lettering to look like so I helped her sketch out the first word on a piece of scratch paper. I was floored by this point. Normally, the mere mention of getting scratch paper is enough to send her into a tizzy but here's where it gets REALLY good!
By this point, it was after 5:00 and I had to get Macy over to the gym. I told Delaney I'd help her when I got back. Her initial reaction was what I expected, "I can't do it without you!" But I told her she already had a sketch and she is such a good artist I knew she could do this. Although, I figured there's no way she was going to do it on her own. Either way, I had to leave with Macy.
Let me back up just a smidge, yesterday the gym had tryouts but we don't know the results yet so until we do, it's kind of like the girls are still being evaluated. Anything they do until the results are posted may count toward that evaluation since the coaches collaborate about what they've seen from each girl. Add onto that the fact that many of the coaches left this morning for FL to learn the new compulsory routines and many of the other coaches hadn't worked with Macy much. I wanted Macy to have a good day at practice today to solidify her good impression that she made at tryouts but she was adamant that I stay for a few minutes to watch her on tumble track even though she knew I needed to get back to help Delaney.
OK, so now I have a kid who I believe needs my help at home and one who quite likely will fall apart at the gym. I chose to stay at the gym because I could stay up all night working on the poster if need be and there was no way for me to undo any damage a meltdown could have done. Normally, I wouldn't have cared so much but I felt there was too much riding on this week's performance and with KC out of town, we are all out of sorts.
By the time I got home, I was expecting the house to be torn up and Delaney in a quivering mass of tears next to a poster board that had been torn up into 54 pieces. Imagine my surprise and delight when I walked in to a house filled with the sounds of Taylor Swift and a smiling Delaney who had finished drawing the lettering and had started coloring it in! She told me she had to erase the "s" several times and had started to get upset but told herself that she could do it. She persevered and I think it came out splendid! The best part is that she does too!
I was so proud of her that I offered to help her color it in. Not something I would have done if she hadn't been doing a great job on her own or had required me to basically do the whole thing for her. I told her as much and explained to her that she showed me a level of maturity I hadn't seen from her yet. I was so very proud of her and as you can see, she did a FANTASIC job!
Since we are going to be gone for a few weeks and the next production is going to take immense amounts of planning, there won't be a big movie at the end of the summer this year. We are practicing our techniques and planning our shots (and by our I mean, KC and Eyal) but it was necessary for the Dayan/Oppenheimer family to spend the day up at the lake with us to get an idea of where to start. Tubing was a good place!
Guy and Delaney were up for a bit more of a ride than Macy and Shiri though so the exciting shots are of them.
The younger 2 did get in the action however.
And here's a preview of one of the shots we are working on for the movie:
We kicked off the summer like any good American family; at the lake. The kids were determined to do EVERYTHING in one day as though we won't have all summer to do it. Ahhh the enthusiasm.
Swimming off the dock
Ice cream at the marina
Driving and riding on the boat
This morning as I was walking the dog, I noticed a tiny little turtle on the path. The girls have been asking to get a turtle on and off. I had one in a little bowl when I was growing up and I thought, "What the heck! It'll make them so happy!" We have blood worms for the beta already and I was pretty certain turtles could eat them. I needed to go to the pet store to get food for Floyd today anyway so I would pick up a little bowl for the thing too.
Just to make sure that blood worms were a viable food source, I checked on-line. The girls wish I hadn't. What I found out is that if we wanted to keep this little guy healthy, he really needed a lot more than we used to give them; namely a 20 gallon tank, a heat source, a water filter and pump, special rocks, a plethora of different kinds of food. All in all it would have cost us upwards of $300 for this thing. NOPE! Not doing that! When did keeping a pet turtle become a major financial investment!?!?!
I learned a few hours later that today just happened to be Turtle Day! I thought that was pretty strange!
I did keep him in a plastic container with some water and a rock for the day until the girls got home just so they could see him. He crawled up their arms, Macy dropped him on the floor and we let him go in our back yard in the stream. Macy named him Midnight and we wish him well.
I don't normally go with KC and the girls to Crema in the morning. I'd rather sleep. Today was special though. Kevin and Regina have sold the business and today was their last day. While it's not the place for me that it is for KC and Delaney, but I feel some loyalty to it so we all dragged ourselves out of bed for one last farewell.
This was my favorite picture of the day. Delaney settled down to do her homework and I snagged her reading her book. The light was nice and soft coming in through the window. I added a soft vignette in LR and boosted the contrast slightly but that's about it.
It wouldn't be a trip to NC for my mother without brunch at La Farm. As a belated Mother's Day treat we got the children off to school and brought my mother over to eat. KC had to run off to work but my mother and I snuck next door to Adore for a little shopping spree. A great day with my mom. I don't get a chance for many of those so I grab it when I can!
Before bed, the girls had a chance to snuggle with their Ahhmah and read with her on her iPad. Memories we cherish.
A few months ago, I changed my e-mail address. What, you may ask, does that have to do with a piano recital? Well, as it turns out, everything.
At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Cook sent home a schedule with Delaney the listed her recital as Sat, May 18th. My mother was planning on coming down but then her tea party had to be changed to the 18th to accommodate the speaker so she was going to have to miss it. We were sad but understood.
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Mrs. Cook informing us that the recital was going to be on Sun, the 19th at 7:00pm instead! My mother was excited that she would be able to make it after all. We kept it a surprise for the girls until I went to the airport to pick her up. What a happy day!
We all converged on the church just before 7:00. I noticed that the parking lot was extremely full. As we walked in, the church was full of people and there was a bell choir and an orchestra! I thought it was a bit strange but figured maybe Mrs. Cook had combined with some other local teachers for a bigger production this year. We spotted her in the audience so we figured we were in the correct spot. After a few minutes, she came over to me and whispered in my ear that the recital had been moved to 1:00 pm to accomodate this, which was actually a church service. She says she sent me an e-mail but I know I never received it. All I can think is that she must have sent it to my old address.
We all thought that Delaney was going to burst out into tears but she handled it well. My mother, bless her, suggested we go home, have a private recital and follow it up with the traditional ice cream celebration. That did the trick!
We all filed back to our house, we set up her keyboard in the living room and we had our own showing. As it turns out, it was better than the actual recital because we didn't have to sit through an entire hour of everyone else's kids stumbling through pieces we didn't recognize with the added bonus of getting to hear Macy perform on her guitar as well! The one thing I regret is that we missed Mrs. Cook's star pupil's performance. I've been looking forward to Ben's recital since we heard him play in December. Unfortunately for us, he is a senior this year so it was our last opportunity to hear him. Bummer but we did get ice cream at Skinny Dip and as we know, ice cream fixes EVERYTHING!
I planted some annuals in my front bed this morning so I needed to water them. I got out the hose and it was just too tempting to resist.
For weeks, the girls have been asking for a sleep-over with the Ayscues. Rachael and I decided we would get together for dinner and she was OK having them stay the night. I'm not going to turn down a night off!
After dinner we sat to talk for a few minutes and Macy and Maggie entertained us with a little fashion show/dance review. It was.... shall we say, unique! But they had fun and were so darn cute!
Yeah, ignore the fact that there's a TV in the background this was family fun, not Fashion Week in Paris!
This is about the 3rd time in the past few weeks where I have completely forgotten my camera. After an entire year of lugging it around, I have gotten lax and I need to step it up! I was dismayed when I realized this today but fortunately, the camera on the iPhone 5 is much better than the one on my old 3. These are not gallery quality pics but I was able to capture the essence of the day.
I also found out something that amazed me, LR4 has a lens correction profile for the iPhone 5! Cool!
We've been waiting for DJ's Berry Patch to open up for PYO for weeks. The cold weather in late April delayed their opening so we finally got a chance to get over there today before the girls had to go back to school. DJ's is literally at the back of our neighborhood. I like supporting local companies and this has the added benefit that they don't use pesticides or herbicides.
Once we got our 2 buckets of berries home, I made muffins. I found a new recipe that used yogurt instead of all that oil. They were very yummy!
The girls helped by chopping up the berries. I used slightly more than the recipe called for but you can never have too many strawberries in your muffins!
The result wasn't exactly pretty. I don't know why they all tend to lean over like that. It may have something to do with the convection oven but it happens every time. I don't really care though since I'm just going to eat it, not serve it to the queen.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun