Saturday, February 27, 2010

Exploring Art

While Eamon was taking a class at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Aine and Benton explored the Scottsdale Mall as we walked from the museum to the Scottsdale Public Library.  There are many outdoor pieces of art to discover.  They liked climbing on this piece.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


We ordered a Praying Mantis egg sac to study. Eamon and Aine waited patiently for it to hatch. Finally on April 4 we were treated to baby praying mantises. Four babies hatched, and we released them into our backyard.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Everyone loves to play board games in our house. Today we played a bit of Hi-Ho Cherry-o and Battleship.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Water Colors

We have been receiving a lot of rain lately. This has pushed our normal outdoor activities inside. There has been a lot of creativity associated with our time indoors. Today the kids pulled out the water colors and created masterpieces.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Trip to the Gardens

While Aine was in a class about pollinators in the desert, Eamon, Benton and I enjoyed an afternoon at the Desert Botanical Gardens.   We explored the wildflower gardens, 

succulent and cacti gardens 


and many puddles.
All in all it was a delightful day.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Sweater

I knit Aine a sweater vest for her birthday. I was so pleased about the design and yarn. I was using stash yarn (Peace Fleece) and a free pattern. I finished by the weekend of her birthday celebration with family. I took her to pick out a button. She chose a shimmery red button. THis did not even come close to matching the purple with navy trim vest, but I acquiesced as it is her vest. She tried it on after I sewed on the button. The verdict...

Scratchy! She hates it and refuses to wear it. I even tried washing it to soften the fibers. Nope. It is sitting in the top of her closet unworn. Of well, it may be a bit of time before she receives any more handknits.