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Monday, June 6, 2011

Creative Patrick Man

The front of Patrick's Project
So...while I've been working on some fun, scrappy and often therapeutic art (see my other blog), Patrick has enjoyed working with me ...side by side and usually elbow to elbow...on his own projects.  He's added a number of pages to the family scrapbooks and some unique decor to his walls.  His latest and greatest project appears to be a book of some sort...not really sure, as he just calls it his "project".  He's been adding to it each day, but made it very well known that TODAY was THE DAY for it to debut online...so here you are:
An inside view..

He's not shy about using a WIDE variety of embellishments and techniques.  Here we have stamping, ribbons, punches, paper piecing, torn paper, stickers, stickles...just WOW.
The back
He chose the bright blue poster board on a recent trip to Dollar Tree with Mrs. Ashley.  Over the last week or so, he's been turning it into whatever his unique artistic vision for this blue paper may be.  Of course, he's already added on to it since I took the pics 5 minutes ago...

UPDATE:  Project BLUE has now been joined by Project GREEN and Project RED.  When Patrick clears those for publication, I'll let you know. ;-)

Abbey's Big Break

Dark link on the left lower bone is the break.
Did I mention that Abbey decided to take Sprink Break seriously?  Yup.  Ended our lovely week off with a trip to the Emergency Room.  Miss Missy broke her left ulna right near her elbow.  And to the inevitable question...err..."freak trampoline incident" involving big brother Matthew and a ridiculously high bounce.  It looked pretty 'til she landed.  On a pancaked Matthew, who carried a big bruise on his butt from her wrist as she tried to slow her progress.  Thank God they both landed on the mat and not on the ground!!

Abbs refused to let me take pics at the inital visit to the ER, but the X-ray tech was kind enough to give Abbey prints to take to school.

Nice BIG pink cast...complete with signatures!
We waited 3 days for the swelling to go down enough that they could put a cast on it.  Her cast was almost as big as she is, though it helped a great deal that it was PINK! 

Maybe if I don't look, it'll go away?

Amazing how quickly they can heal...in just 3 weeks, the cast came off and Girly is all set to get back into the action...

She was really worried about the saw they were going to use to cut off the cast.  Nice nurse had no clue how upset Abbey was about this...at first...but check out the cutie baby smile under that hand...

A few goofy faces later and she's rarin' to go!

Funny face on a silly girl!
Ready to get back in the action!

The best (funniest?) part of the cast removal?  Her Easter tattoos were intact beneath the cast!  She got to enjoy them all over again!

Valley Literacy Night: Featuring Ben & Matthew

Budding poets Ben & Matthew were both selected to read their original poems during a fundraiser for Valley at the local Barnes & Noble.

Despite a serious bout of the Nervous Neds, Ben did a terrific job! Especially when it turned out that he was the very first to step up to the mike for the evening.

A wee bit difficult to hear, so here is the text of Ben's poem, the result of a class assignment to write a poem entitled "The Important Thing About____ is":

The Important Thing About P.E.

by Ben Bolingbroke

The important thing about P.E. is that you run.

I love to jog, jump, and play in P.E.

I also like to play King Caesar and Capture the Football.

I also love to play Hoop Tag and I love Field Day.

But, the important thing about P.E. is that you run.

Matthew led the Nikirkskiland contingent--and proudly represented the 5th grade boys!--and stepped boldly up to the mike...sadly, his video won't load...but here's a picture of him doing his thing:

And here's the text of his poem:

In the Year of 12
by Matthew Bolingbroke
In the year of 12
There was a long siege
Led by King Richard
They all looked up at their liege
But then he was hit by a crossbow bolt
The Knights were full of fear
Richard lay on his bed
And said his knights should hear
He blessed the man who shot him
He layed down on his bed…dead
He must then have felt
Who a true king is
They played to a standing room only crowd and were rewarded for their efforts with a selection from the chapter book section.  Matthew chose the new Rick Riordan book, The Throne of Fire.  Ben's choice?  A new Captain Underpants. (what else?)

It was a fun evening for all...and hopefully, profitable for Valley!