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School Traditions: Gingerbread Houses and Manners Party

It was one of those days that took three trips from the car to the school! Definitely a driving and not a walking day. BB had her third grade gingerbread house building project, and BJ had the fifth grade manners party. Between the gingerbread pieces and food for the party, our hands were very full.

Here's BB's finished house, on "Snowy Street." The room smelled fabulous!

BB's Turn for Making Gingerbread

Here we are again: third grade gingerbread! Ever since BJ made his gingerbread, she's been eagerly waiting for her turn! We invited our favorite baking friends over again (BJ made his with A, and so of course BB wanted to make hers with A's sister, B). The girls had a great time and worked very well together. Mixing by hand was their favorite part.

Adventures with Pop-Pop and Giki

My parents took the kids off on an adventure -- and we weren't invited! They went to Safari West for an overnight stay. What a wonderful time they had, trekking about and even getting to feed the animals!

Thanks, Pop-Pop and Giki, for such a great adventure!



Must be October

Must be October -- time for Halloween preparations and pumpkin patch visits!

In related news, BB and I went to the Dia de los Muertos celebrations at the San Jose Museum of Art. So much calaveras creativity going on!

Ren Faire 2015

I'm glad we found time to go to the Ren Faire this year. As usual, we had a very good time. BB got a replica of Hermione's wand for her Halloween costume -- and then got to try it out on stage with the magician!

S didn't want to dress up this year, so it was just me and the kids in garb.

Yarn Bombing with the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

I've always wanted to help with a yarn bombing event -- and now I can say I have! BB and I helped create the Yarn Bombing at SJMQT, and we had so much fun.

It's serious work getting everything just right. Here we are installing a yarn tag on a parking meter. It was a treat to pick from so many great donated textiles. I think this was our favorite bomb:

Chalk Art Festival

This year our school participated officially in the local Chalk Art Festival. What a great day! I was very happy with our collaborative "Under the Sea" chalk art square. The kids worked hard and were quite proud of the result.



Back to School

Whoosh -- here we are, back to school again!

BJ is in fifth grade, and BB is in third grade. I'll be teaching K-5 art this year. Hold on, because it's going to be one heckuva ride!

Last Day of Summer Vacation

We celebrated the last day of summer vacation with a trip to Petroglyph pottery and Powell's Sweet Shoppe. Sugar and creativity is always a winning combination, right?

BJ painted a plate (and then read comics while BB and I finished up).


BB painted a dragon.

Ah, Summer

Hard to believe this time next month we'll be back in the thick of things. It's been a very low-key summer over here. No camps for the kids, just family camping trips. Our annual trip to Big Basin was fun as usual (in spite of nightly rodent visitors in the tent cabin).

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