Monday, December 17, 2012

Little Artists

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I thought it would be a perfect project for my girls.

I didn't take any in process pictures because I was "supervising" Clara, who has a tendency to color/paint anything but paper. But this was so much fun!

The set up was a little labor intensive. I put masking tape on the heavy paper in the form of their names. Getting the spacing right was tricky. And figuring out curvy letters. Admittedly, this would be easier with a short, angular name (like Lily or Ava, my new cute nieces!).  But the result was totally worth it.

 The girls love painting so I just let them at it (mostly). At first Eleanor just painted the tape because she is a little obsessed with spelling her name. Then I told her she needed to paint the white around it. It helped that Clara finished first and Ellie could see what was going on when I started pulling off her letters. That got Ellie super excited and she then become obsessed with filling in all the white spots.

The end result was fantastic! Eleanor was very proud and immediately wanted to hang it up on her door. I don't know where she got the idea, but she's been dying to hang up her name on her door.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Dance Recital

Holy hysterical! When we got there Ellie freaked out at the idea of putting on her costume (which consisted of a carrot pinned on her leotard and two tufts of tulle pinned in her hair), and then just generally didn't want  to do it. But we found her friend Zohie, who held her hand so she walked out with her-sans costume. So the best way to spot her in the following pictures, and requisite video, is to look for the blondie without any pink in her hair.  They danced to some Japanese song the teacher referred to simply as "The bunny dance" and then Winter Wonderland. This was all at the bases' Festival of Trees celebration (at which our ward had a tree that I was in charge of and it turned out quite lovely if I do say so myself).
In the end, she really enjoyed herself. She loves going to her ballet class, even if she has a hard time focusing half the time. And she loves to come home and dance around the house.  She's my girl!

 Find the earless bunny
     Now try and follow the earless bunny around the stage...

A Very Little Randomness

We have been busy being silly at our house. Here is the proof.

Silly with markers. Another reminder that silence always means trouble.

Silly fish poses


Silly dress up

Awesome autumn leaves crowns...

...with silly faces.

Not so silly, but ridiculously awesome. Eleanor wrote her name all by herself.

Silly sleeping sweetheart