Dawn asked if we were interested in hosting their Flat Stanley.
To which of course I said "Yes!"
I then showed my children some of the project, and asked them if they were interested in making and sending and playing with a (or each their own) Flat Stanley. "Yes." again. So we've checked out Flat Stanley from the library, and will get started on making ours, if the children are interested (double-checking, don't you know). Maybe today? Trev may not be interested in the "doll" aspect so much, but I think the travelling and learning things about the world stuff will interest him. And I figure we can put little dots up on a national geographic map of where Stan has been.
(And if my children do decide this is something they like, we'll be begging you to host our Stanley, my lovely bloggy friends who live all over the world. Maybe we'll do some sort of Flat Stanley link-up or something.)
Lots of trips to the library. 'Seems like either Eric or I have gone every day, lately. Lots of stuff on hold, lots of goodliness.
- L is for LollyGag (Tara mentioned this close to a year ago on her blog.) For my logophile, Trevelyn
- Time for Kids : Big Book of Why
- The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas. again. Love this. I just need to buy it.
- Bridges : Amazing Structures to Design, Build, and Test
- Even More Children's Miscellany : Smart, Silly, and Strange Information That's Essential To Know
- Poetry For Young People by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems (This one comes from SuzyQ - thanks so much.)
- Dinosaurs Eye To Eye
- Does It Really Take Seven Years To Digest Gum and Other Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask (it's on our list for Trev - he loves these sorts of nonfiction books. My friend Julie recently reminded me of the book - and mentioned a few others. Thank you, Julie!)
- The Usborne Book of Science Experiments
- Look-Alikes Christmas (a seeking, observing book)
- The Mysterious Benedict Society (this one comes from Brianna)
- Mermaid Cookbook by Barbara Beery
- Pink Princess Cupcakes by Barbara Beery
- Skyscrapers : Super Structures to Design and Build (I mentioned this one the other day, but Trev is fascinated with skyscrapers, so I'm putting it here again)
- Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself
Music. Music has been a big part of our days.
When she isn't drawing and painting, these last couple of days, Maddie is creating music
and giving concerts
and doing theater.
And she plays here.
Weaving. I'm craving textures at the moment. (Which accounts for all the clay, as well.)
I'm certain it's because we're on the other side of winter, and I'm feeling cut off from the earth. I noticed it this time last year, too - I needed to take off my gloves when outside and touch things. I needed to be stripped of the layers, and lie skin to earth.
I want to weave baskets in streams of sunlight (that one is credited to Suzy, too) and I want to make potholders and I want to weave with with my children with cloth and raffia and feathers and corded paper and jute. While listening to poetry and stories and beautiful music.
We picked up a doll form not too long ago and have decided that her time has come. Maddie gave her life just yesterday.
After contemplation over the last while, we have decided that the perfect hair for her is our own dyed and spun wool. We don't have enough, so we'll be spinning often over the next few days, I think. Maybe while listening to poetry and stories and beautiful music, hmm?
Because they make my son laugh and smile.
I'm further inspired by the Sparklifying of our home.
It's that Harmony thing, you know. I like things swaying and singing beautifully. Have to match the outer surroundings with the inner intentions.
And now it's time to move on to all that Goodliness.
All is well here.