It is the end of monthTWO of my instagram photo challenge fun. I played along with all 31 pics for March with some lovely gals and Chantelle at FatMumSlim.
The prompts for March were as follows - in case you were wondering.
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Easter 2012. Nice horse.
Easter 2011. Nice bike.
60 years old.
60+ memories from friends & family, near & far. (that tend to be about beer & general debauchery...)
Thank you to everyone who contributed. This photo says it all.
Happy birthday daddio. xo
** This is not an original idea. Holly's post over at Nothing but Bonfires about 60-year-memories has been pinned like wildfire. I've had it saved for a year now, just waiting.
My dad turned 60 this week. Andrea and I planned a classy affair for him Saturday at the Walkerville Brewery. The beer was flowing, the pizzas were delicious and the laughs were contagious.
The theme? Seinfeld. If you know my dad at all, most of his daily activities and stories reference an episode. His birthday party planners paid homage.
Art Vandelay business cards.
A large BRO.
A festivus pole (Bagels, no!).
Airing of Grievances forms (found here).
No extra squares to spare in the bathroom.
Kenny Rogers Roasters (rubber) chicken.
Black & White cookies (two races of flavour living side-by-side)
Marble Rye & a babka.
Refuse eclairs (half-eaten in a garbage).
Junior Mints & Juji Fruits & Pez
A handglued fusilli Jerry.
Pretzels & no-double-dipping dips.
A big salad (with tomatoes like volleyballs!) & poppy seed dressing.
Muffin tops (and stumps for the homeless).
Snickers (cut up with a knife & fork).
Advertisements for Rochelle, Rochelle, Del Boca Vista, Little Jerry's fighting debut, the soup Nazi & Kramerica Industries.
Donations to the Human Fund.
And no Lindsay party is complete without a handful of buttons (I was in the pool!, They're real and they're spectacular!, Serenity Now!, Anti-dentite, Giddy-up! and Master of my DOMAIN.)
We also had some trivia cards, a Kramer poster, some books, a pillow set up for under-the-table naps and Seinfeld episodes playing on the projector.
I hope you enjoyed it daddio! xoxo.
*If you would like to hold your own Seinfeld-themed or Festivus party, and would like to use my printables - let me know!
What? It is completely normal that I am sitting in a drawer ripping up paper. Don't you think? (Me, circa 1983)
It's just as normal as putting on a winter hat and bib and reading a novel in a tunnel (Eli, circa 2013).
St Patrick's Day 2011 and 2012 and 2013.
Our yearly tradition (click!) of enjoying a Guinness, music and lunch at the Hawg's was thwarted by Winter hours. Since the pub was closed today, we had our yearly beer at the Bruce.
And because I thought our photo shoot was superRAD, I thought I'd post a couple more. Happy St. Patty's day!
With a lot of Country musak around these parts (including my husband blaring Willie Nelson), I've been seeking something else.
If you haven't yet played around with this super-rad app/site - then run (don't walk) and try it. Rob has been listening to it for quite sometime and my sister has shared some playlists with me. It is a live streaming of music. The Consierge (pictured above) suggests playlists for the time of day, mood and activity you may be embarking on. I, however, am drawn to the pre-made playlists. Here are some gems that make my heart skip a beat.
90210 Slumber Party: Relive your bright and summer California-in-the-90s memories with these musical guests and soundtrack highlights.
Sparkle & Shine: Cleaning with Showtunes: No reason not to feel like a star when sweeping the dust away. Let the stars of Broadway lend a hand with some heart-felt bounce from the footlights of the great white way.
Acoustic Bedtime: Here's a batch of acoustic cuts by some of the best singer-songwriters around, from the 60s to present, to help you enter dreamland with ease.
Yummy Yummy Sugar Sugar: Late 60s bubblegum, with a touch of breezy AM pop and a few Saturday morning favourites added in for good measure.
Blogged 50: We read all teh music blogs so you don't have to.
Canuck Folk: Perhaps it's the vast countryside, the towering mountains, or the epic prairies, but Canada has long inspired singer-songwriters to weave gorgeous music with beautiful verse. Enjoy some of our legendary troubadours as well as the new generation who are carrying on the tradition.
Other playlists that I am sampling: Kids Favourite Disney Covers, Dawson's Creek, Coffee Shop Sway, la musique de French, Songs to raise your kids to, The Ultimate Les Mis, Mr. Sandman, Classic Canadians, Movie Musicals.
Oh, the playlists of my life.
Oh hey guys! I'm staying at a new house this week. I went in the car, on a bus and on an airplane to get here. And I don't have to wear my boots. It must be far away. Daddy and Gramps and uncle Doug have been getting into their tight clothes and taking their big bicycles somewhere all morning. I've been spending some quality time with Mommo, Cata and the fresh air.
Here are my favourite things on my trip...
I get to spend countless hours outside running, jumping and rolling around in the yard in the gardens and grass. I've made trails under a hedge for Thomas and the Batmobile and held many conversations with sticks. I've also been taking some great naps, blowing lots of bubbles, climbing trees, stairs and giant rocks. I've been riding moose and bikes.
The best part of trip. I saw Woody* in real life! I cried his name a few times, but he didn't answer.
[*Editors note: Eli did not see Woody. He saw a tall, skinny man wearing a large cowboy hat and boots. He did yell "Hi Woody!" a number of times over and over again. That part is true.]
I jumped on the instagram wagon. Behind the pack. No, we didn't get iphones, but I did install the app on my pink ipad. Of course, I had to jump right into a photo project. Chantelle at FatMumSlim posts monthly photo challenges with very simple (or very complicated?) themes each day. I played along with all 28 pics for Feb with my rad friends @elphabaly and @joelenemurphy and the people trending #FMSphotoaday.
The prompts for February were as follows - in case you were wondering.
You should follow me on instagram and play along with the photo challenges. I am @mmewright. (but don't forget, I'm a n00b.)
[NB: At first I thought that I found a new blogger to love, but then quickly realized that I have rekindled a love for an old blogger from the past. I started reading Chantelle's letters to Lacey long before Eli was born, thinking that I'd totally do that for my future babies. It didn't happen, and then I forgot about it. I am glad to have re-found this blog!]
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It's March Break and we are in Fredericksburg, Texas. My mom and I are tag-alongs on a week-long bike training camp of sorts called Hell Week*. The weather has been a balmy 75F something and I've been strolling the streets alone taking photos of things and making lists and drawing pictures. My mom keeps volunteering to stay home while Eli naps or play with him in the garden, so I am soaking in Lindsay time.
Although the town is relatively small and we clearly in gun-lovin' country (ex. signs with guns for the garden saying "We don't call 911." or bullets-turned-christmas ornaments or "carry and conceal" handbags on sale), there are some lovely art shops and neat architecture. I plan to walk into town again tomorrow morning to scope out the stationary shop, the fabric shop, the chocolate shop (again) and the vintage book shop.
Last night we sampled some chocolate-dipped bacon from the Lone Star candy shop. Perhaps tonight we'll sample the chocolate-dipped dill pickle or jalepeno pepper (although both look rather reminiscent of fecal). Maybe we'll settle for the chocolate-dipped twinkie or oreo or bugs instead.
* If you would like some more witty banter about the cycling and the food and beer consumption of this trip, please show my dad some love over on his blog - http://cycletooth.wordpress.com/
Nice cloth diapers 1983.
(and Andrea is sporting a nice hat and sock ensemble, if you ask me.)
Today marks a very special birthday of a very special little gal I know (two!). When her birthday hits, it means dancing and sweets and super photo-ops. It also means that Eli's birthday is in just two short days (two!).
I decided to put all of my hand-lettering practice to the test, and wrote a quote that describes this wee girl's mama quite nicely - and I thought it was fitting for her birthday. It turned out pretty nice, if you ask me.
Happy birthday little L. (and happy birthaversary to her fabulous parents)
Today we wrote some math (thomas) valentines. Here are some of my favourites translated. These kids are hilarious.
"Dear Area - You fill my heart with love and make me feel all warm and cozy inside. Love, Rectangle"
"Dear Mode - You are beautiful and smart. You'll always be my favourite. Love, a data set."
"Dear 536 - Things are not working out. We need to break up and go our own ways. I've found someone new. From, Division"
"Dear numbers, I love you in my life. Our love keeps growing and growing. Love, ascending pattern."
"Dear addition - We belong together and will be together forever. You are my match. Love, subtraction."
These valentines were part of some voice trait learning. We've been talking about adding voice to our writing with some quick-write mini lessons. One of the ways we can add voice is to change the point of view of the author. Above is a picture of my hallway bulletin board devoted to the voice trait. Included with the valentines are some "Show, don't tell" paragraphs and some voice-embedded opinion grocery lists. I also put some self-portrait collages - because if they aren't full of voice, I don't know what is.
Someone somewhere (on Pinterest) made a twitter board. Then someone else copied. Then I thought it was cool - being an "on-and-off" tweeter myself, so I copied too.
It's been up since September. Each kid has a username (mine is @madammie) and I usually write something like "What is your favourite genre of book? Why?" or "What is your opinion about finding the perimeter of polygons?" or "How are you feeling today?" under my name, and throughout the day (or week) students add their tweets. I'm a bit too nerdy for my own good.
You might also recognize the kids flying with the balloons which have their "hopes and dreams" for the year from Pinterest. Come on in... let's learn about things!