Friday, May 26, 2017

Kids' Art From the Whole Schoolyear

We used to be so good at scanning and documenting art periodically. Well, life has caught up with us and since we haven't even finished documenting our travels of last summer and it's summer again... you get the picture... Buckle up... 

I'll start with Caleb's since he only has one paper (both sides). Most of his artwork gets cut up immediately into tiny pieces (he's super into cutting right now). He's also obsessed with letters, so you can see his art is very geometric/letter based. 
Caleb's Captions: "Something looks like Os" (top). "That looks like Os, too! - Where are the other pictures I drawed?" I said: "you cut them all up. These are the only ones you didn't cut." His response: "Awww. I will go draw another picture you can put on your computer."

I also LOVE when my kids get along (the dream of every parent). This past year, Celia drew an entire activity book for Sabrina to complete. It was awesome. Here is a selection of three of the completed pages:

Now Sabrina's work from her Kindergarten year. Here is her artwork from the year, captioned by her:
It's a rainbow that I drew at school with me under it. 

That's Ariel, Flounder (on the right) and Sebastian (bottom left corner).

That's a shining star.

That's Tweek and Sandy in Octonauts. Sandy is Tweek's friend turtle.

That's me and Celia jumping on the trampoline at Nana and Papa's house. Those dotted things are raspberries. I drew that at art. 

That's a birdhouse with a bluebird on top of it.

That's Rapunzel and Pascal.

That's Ariel again.

That's me on a sled bumping into a Christmas tree. I used stencils to draw this.

That's an owl sitting on a branch and I used stencils with this.

These are two flags: The Big Dipper, the Alaska flag and that's the red, white, and blue flag of the United States.

That's a Christmas tree.

That's Buttercup, a fairy. She's a buttercup fairy.

That's Holly, the Christmas fairy. 

That's Caleb me, and Mommy. 

That's my shirt design. At school, we were supposed to make a shirt about where our people in our family were born. At the top is what I like to do here: going bike-riding, flying on an airplane and fishing.

That's a story about foxes. "Once there was a fox. She only had a husband. One day, she had kits, all girls. She named them Kady, Emma, and Sabrina and lived happily ever after. The End." Everybody admits that I'm the best drawer in the class.

This is me as a dinosaur called the Sabrinaasaurus. I'm a flier. 

That's Olaf, a penguin controlling a flying airplane. Celia, a mouse, and a snake. There's Caleb jumping on a trampoline and Daddy, Mommy, me, and a seal. 

This is a book called "Fairies and Elves"
This is a water fairy and a sun fairy.

These are an animal fairy and a tinker fairy.

That's a fast-flier and a hunter.

These are the elves. That's a fire elf, Asari - I couldn't get the whole thing on it. That's an air elf, Aria. 

That's a water elf named Nida and an Earth elf named Farin. 

Now we're moving on to Celia's art for the year. She just finished up 3rd grade and these are captioned by her as well:
We were studying different kinds of legs at school and we watched this video of a lion walking and then we had to draw Quadruped leg bones. It was fun to draw them. 

Like I said, we were studying legs at school and we had to draw a picture of biped leg bones and I kinda messed up on the foot, but it still looks fine. I kind of drew a few of the bones in the wrong spot.

At school we had to write an elf story and draw a picture of an elf and I chose to name mine Violet and I think I went a bit overboard designing the planet they live on--basically their world. You see some of their world farther down (called Elfius a few pictures down). The writing below also goes with the picture. You can see that it's the back of the picture. 

This is my "We-Go Hero" self. The We-Go Heroes is something that my Trusty side of the family made up and it's getting very big and old. Well, maybe not. It is technically a bunch of superheroes where everybody gets to make up what their powers are, what their superhero name is... all that stuff. My We-Go Hero name is Summer Party. You can maybe read the words but if you can't, some of my powers are: camouflaging myself, shooting glitter and temporarily blinding people. 

This is Elfius, the home of the Elves.

These are the kinds of elves. There are also specialty elves which are very rare. And the season specialties are below. 

These are the season specialty elves. They are sisters and, as you can see, they are very playful. Most specialties have pets that they were found with. 

This is basically Violet's timeline. 

This is not quite done and you might see that there's something weird on the bottom, but we have no idea what that is. This is an unfinished picture of my family. The girl is me and the boy is Caleb.

This is something that we did in school. We made them in art and they were supposed to have a 3-D effect. 

This is basically a script from a play that we were supposed to do on Christmas but we never got around to doing. I wrote it. It is supposed to be the nativity scene with a few tweaks. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower

Email from June 28:

We headed straight for the Musee D'Orsey this morning and ate croissants in line. This line was only 20 minutes, so it wasn't too bad. The painting of the girls playing the piano wasn't there this time, though maybe we missed it. For being a much smaller gallery, it's sort of confusing and hard to tell which rooms you've already seen without walking into them all again (which we sort of attempted to do). My favorite part of this museum is, of course, the building that houses it. But again, the crowds were crazy and it was hard to really even experience the backside of the clock tower. Alas. We did see everything there (we think). And overall it's still a more pleasant museum experience than the Louvre. It also covers a time period of art that isn't very well covered by the Louvre.

From there we headed back to the hotel to pack up and check out but keep our bags at the hotel. We rode bikes from the hotel to the Pantheon which took quite a while because they're on opposite ends of town and we had a bit of a tricky time finding the Pantheon. Mainly because of all the one way roads. We would get to a road where we planned to turn and it would need one way the wrong way. So we would go to the next, and it would also go the wrong way. So we go one more, and it's also the wrong way! Eventually we made it there. Hugo, Dumas, Voltaire and many others are buried beneath Foucault's pendulum.

At this point, it was around 4pm and we had only had one croissant each and I was dying, so we bought some bignets off a street vendor and ate them on the Metro on the way to Rue de Grenelle (the place a friend of ours said to eat). There really weren't many cafés there, but we found one. I had a Croque-Madame and Tom had an "Ocean Salad" (with seafood in it, obviously).

We biked from there to the Trocodero to see the Eiffel Tower up close and saw hilarious professional engagement and wedding pictures being taken with the Eiffel tower in the background (again, with a giant football hanging in the middle of it... how romantic).

We took pictures and then took the Metro to the Arc d'Triomphe. There was some military gathering happening under the arch, so we couldn't walk under it, but we walked the loop around it on the opposite side of the street and took pictures. We then walked down the Champs E'Lysee stopping in Sephora to smell all of the "perfumes les enfants" (kid perfumes - a tradition of mine). I remember finding Mulan perfume the first time we went to Paris. This time they had Hello Kitty, Frozen, Playmobile Gene (?), Star Wars, Spiderman, and some Japanese character I didn't know. Our favorite kids fragrance was Star Wars.

Around 8:30pm, we got our bags at the hotel, walked to the airport bus stop, rode to the airport, walked to the hotel shuttle, packed on the shuttle bus to the hotel (Parisians really pack in the metro and busses!), and got here after 10pm. Because we have "status" (thanks to our credit card), we have lounge access, so we went and got the complimentary pastries and fruit and brought them back to our room. Then we're off on our long journey home! We love you all. Thank you for taking such great care of our kids while we've been away. I'm worried they won't even want to see us! :)

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