Monday, May 1, 2017

Fish Puppets

So happy with the office right now.  I know it's a little thing, but we took these rocks from the Neverland set, kept the foliage on them, and then used the foam-carving tool to make deep enough holes to insert our fish puppets from "Under the Sea."  We carved these, painted them, and used rubber bands to create the elastic jaws that stay closed until you pull the ring dangling beneath each mouth - that goes around your index finger, the one you use to hold the puppet in the first place.  These were remarkable in their design, considering we had little to no idea how to go about them in the first place.  Yet they worked, and they were really popular.

This display towers behind Daddy's desk, one that shows a bit of our creativity and effort.  We did these by hand, and they turned out really well, even looking back a few years now.  The office is coming along nicely - all we have to do is cut out all these binder covers we've been working on lately.  It's up to sixty-three series, I believe, and that may have been mentioned here before lately.  I don't remember.  It's a lot though, as each of those represents a minimum of five messages, averaging probably about seven messages per series.  Multiply that out, and Daddy has written about four hundred and forty one messages thus far. And there's still more to go.  Some time soon, I'll have a listing of the different series here.  There's a lot of them.  Time adds things up very quickly.

Today was ballet and jazz, and an absolutely wonderful evening to sit outside in the car waiting for Madison as Daddy read a book.  It's the same book I've been working on for a while, one Mommy got me a few months ago.  But there hasn't been as much time to read lately.  Today solved a bit of that, as I certainly got a lot read, just sitting there in the shade, feeling a breeze blow through the open car windows.  It was perfectly restful.

Earlier in the day, Daddy was delivering some of Grandma's stuff to donation centers, and picking up more bags of mulch while out.  We put out another sixteen bags of mulch today, although we're not done yet.  Daddy did more battle against those vile saw briers, and won easily this time, due to the moist soil.  It was sprinkling rain this morning, with occasional downpours as well.  Daddy cleared out a bit, but still has plans to clear out more to make an easy access route to our blueberry bushes.  Can't wait for that!

Madison's spare time was dedicated to sea turtle research today.  She's chosen that theme with her science project, and therefore has been looking up sea turtles, mate.  She's been randomly spouting out sea turtle facts for anyone willing to hear.  Speaking of "willing to hear," she also has been practicing her piano, although not as much today.  She's made a lot of progress, and will play directly for Mrs. Pam tomorrow.  She seems to be doing well there with the notes, and now it's just a matter of getting the rhythm and timing correct.  We've got more time to practice, and more rewards of course.

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