Monday, April 21, 2014


Easter was a pretty quiet affair at our house. Ellie and Kohlton decorated eggs the night before. We had the traditional egg dyeing kit, one that also included very fine glitter and another for creating golden eggs by painting them.
Remmie had scrambled eggs for breakfast for a few days. It seemed silly to waste the eggs, but none of us wanted eggs cooked with a bit of spit from blowing them out.
The painted eggs were not as pretty as the ones on the package, of course, but I really enjoyed working with them.
(found at Curbly)
I had planned on doodling on a few, but I ran out of energy to do it. Maybe that will happen next year.
I am also smitten with these rabbits that I found through Pinterest.
(Really fun handmade animals found at Brichopas About Toys)
On Easter Sunday we had brunch at my mother's house and watched part of the epic "King of Kings."
Monday afternoon I hosted an Easter Egg hunt for Ellie and Kohlton since Kohlton could not join us on Sunday.I had glittered eggs for Ellie, camouflage eggs for Kohlton, a few larger eggs for bigger candy, a gold egg and a silver egg. I stuffed them with jelly beans (regular and Jolly Rancher flavored,)fizzy sour candies, gummy cola bottles, chocolate truffles, a coupon for a local amusement park 2 for 1 (I had two of those), free Chick-fil-a sandwich cards, 2 movie tickets (so that they can do dinner and a movie date)and two Nerf water guns for the big prizes.

And of course, I have a fun video:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Christy Graduates and a Story About Ethan in Eureka

It has been a crazy week, and not just for me, but most of the people I know. Perhaps it was the blood mood on Monday. Part of it for me was the plethora of meetings I had this week. I was in so many meetings that it felt like actually teaching was the side gig. but that is enough of that.

The highlight of the week was Christy's graduation on Wednesday. She and her family had moved from New Mexico to Denver to be part of the school when she was three years old. Wednesday's graduation was the capstone of a long, fun, crazy, dramatic and lovely journey for Christy. She was the only one graduating this year, so the show was all for Christy. Bruce and Larr gave speeches.
Even though I have heard my husband give speeches for years. Even though I listen to each speech many times in order to help him perfect it, I am still drawn up in the magic of his speaking. I love to watch the emotion move across his face. I love to hear the rhythm he will add to the live performance. It is truly magical. Part of me is very sorry that Ellie will not get a chance to see what speech she would write for him. That speech is delivered by the thesis panel chairman, which cannot be your own father.
Missa, Christy's sister, is the president of the school so she had the joy of awarding Christy her diploma.
The school gives each graduate a few gifts. There is a silver coin and a special book. She also received a fountain pen and a ticket for a train journey so that Christy can go on an adventure. She also received an Underwood 5 typewriter from the Cure family. Christy mentioned that she wants to write a novel on a typewriter, so Aaron got her the iconic one.
There was also a casual reception that evening.

Out in California Ethan continues to have adventures. They are currently in Eureka where the crew of the Lady Washington was approached by a woman who wanted to honor her dead husband who was a sailor by hosting a party for them. She arranged for the shindig to take place at a mansion in the Redwoods. She also arranged for a group of her friends to shuttle the crew from the boat to the party. There was a first class BBQ, lots of interesting people and good times. Ethan continues to have a wonderful, interesting and educational time on the Lady Washington.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Working Christy's Graduation Celebration Slide Show + Meatloaf Recipe

I've spent the last couple of days working on the slide show for Christy's graduation celebration. How lucky Ellie and Christy are to have such a long lasting friendship.
Here's to celebrating a wonderful girl who has grown into a great young lady. It will be fun to see where life takes her next.

Traditional Meatloaf
via: Brittany's Pantry

1 lb ground chuck or sirloin
1 egg
1/3 c quick cooking oats
1 small onion, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 c your favorite barbecue sauce, plus more to glaze the top
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a shallow, oblong baking dish with foil and set aside. In a medium bowl, gently mix all the above ingredients together until well combined. If mixture seems dry, add 1 T of cold water or a bit more barbecue sauce. Don’t squeeze and overwork the meat or it will bake up tough. Place the mixture in the lined dish and gently shape into a ‘loaf’, pressing on it until it is a bit more flat, allowing it to cook faster. Pour a good amount of barbecue sauce over top and spread it all over with the back of a spoon. Let bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven and the fat content of the meat. It will be caramelized and brown and the juices bubbling out will be clear. Remove and set aside to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paper Blossoms

Last week the folks at Two Hands Paperie put our a call for people to help them make paper blossoms for a new window display. I had to respond, of course. I never miss an opportunity to be creative with other people.
It was super fun! They had been inspired by an article in an issue of Kinfolk magazine that came out last spring. They kept it in mind until it was the right season. The people at Peerless Transparent Watercolor were also kind enough to donate some of their great watercolor color sheet for the project. They had also pre-cut a huge stack of special Sumi paper to be folded into the forms that would make the flowers.
Mia explained how to fold the flowers and we set to work.
It took about folding 10 of them to get the hang of it; the folds were very different from the other origami I had done in the past. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to cut them out just right. Next up, we used pieces of the Peerless colorsheets to create colored dipping waters to dye the paper.
With so many of us helping, we had a ton of flowers in no time. We left them on the table so that they would be dry by the morning when the people at Two Hands would begin to flower the branches that had fallen out of a tree during a recent windstorm.
As a token of thanks for helping, Mia created little kits for each of us to take home. It housed squares of paper and a nice selection of the Peerless colorsheets. I picked up some more of the paper and the special waterbrush so that I could make some of my own. I started making the flowers last night. Now I have to find the perfect branch.

In typical Mia fashion, she had used some of the same blossoms to make a new pajaki. (I still have not made one of my own, even though I have created some flowers for it, maybe I will make a spring one.)

In other news, Ethan is now on the Lady Washington and is currently the engineers mate, though he may also become the bosman's mate soon. The engineer works with the mechanics of the ship, while the bosman deals with things like the rope rigging, painting, fixing the sails - keeping the boat in good shape.

His trip back to San Fransico on the train ended up being a great choice for him. It was restful, interesting and fun. By the time Ethan returned to the boat, they had one or two nights left before they headed out. On the first Saturday of the month the Barclutha (a ship in Fisherman's wharf) host a sea shanty singing party that goes on all day and well into the evening. Ethan sang his heart out, introducing them to a new song once the adult hour (11 p.m.) had arrived. One of Ethan's shipmate also shared a new sea shanty that he had written. Ethan loved, "Barnacle Bill" best, though the real version of the song is not for young company. Here is a funny version of it. The song is traditionally done in two parts in a call and response manner.