This summer, we were lucky enough to care for three monarch caterpillars (one we raised from an egg!) in our home. On Friday, our last butterfly emerged, and we sent her off into the wind. But not before she sat on Eva's fingers for several minutes, gently flapping her wings. Eva said, "I think she's thanking me for taking such good care of her!"
Every time I look at our pictures from the zoo last weekend, I crack up. Because would you look at my daughter? Sunglasses, hat, pants pulled up to her armpits, map perpetually clutched in her little hand. She's the youngest middle-aged tourist ever.
Happy weekend, everyone! Make it count...September's coming!
The kiddos and I have been slowly making these monster pillows together this summer. Yesterday, we woke to a gray rainy morning, so we decided it was the perfect time to finish them up. Eva and Sully handled the stuffing while I took care of the stitching, and they've been snuggling (Eva) and drop kicking (Sully) them ever since. Multi-purpose!
Yesterday, Eva noticed the illustrations in one of Sully's current favorite books combine photographs and paintings to make one picture. She was very curious about how a person makes a picture like that, so I reminded her of the collages she's made in the past with images cut from magazines. I explained that she could make her own picture by first gluing a photograph to paper and then drawing in some details around it. Then I handed her a magazine and a pair of scissors...
Woah boy was she into this project. Eva found a picture of a dog in a party hat, then a picture of a gigantic cupcake for him to eat, and she was off and running. She worked a solid 20 minutes on her picture, start to finish, and she would have kept going on another one if it hadn't been lunchtime. She is so excited over what she made...we may have a new mixed media artist on our hands!
(A puppy at a table with a giant cupcake sitting on it, surrounded by balloons. It's a party!)