Sunday, August 31, 2008
He is nice and bright green, and I love the little golden spots on his charysalis. We know he is healthy because of the nice green color. We have had charysalis' die before, and they, at first turn dull, and then brownish in color.
I do need to show you Gracie's charysalis, Anjolina. She has also been a charysalis for 3 days and is doing just fine.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Mix the food coloring and rubbing alcohol together in a container with a secure lid. Add the rice to this. (I was surprised to find that the food coloring DID NOT stain the plastic Gladware container that I used.)
Make sure the lid is on very tight, and shake, shake, shake. Shake until all the rice is colored.
Place the rice on a cookie sheet to dry. This took a couple hours.We then mixed up some blue. The colors came out more vibrant than I thought they would. Daddy even took a few minutes before soccer practice to help Kimberly shake, shake, shake.
It took quite a bit of practice to pour carefully enough to just fill the shotglass without overflowing it. They had to move slowly not to spill the rice. Kim and Luke achieved this more often than Grace, who is 6 years old, compared to the 2 and 3 year old.
There you have it.... Toddler School fun....family style!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I asked the kids what they thought would be fun to do for her birthday! They recognized how important flowers and animals were to Tasha, in her books, and in her everyday life.
It was also very evident that she was someone who loved the outdoors.
So, following is our day we spent to remember Tasha Tudor.
These pictures remind be of the beautiful pictures Tasha painted of children doing seemingly regular things. (I just wish we had the Victorian clothing to wear as we were enjoying this special day.)
After gathering our flowers, Amy, Laura, and Danny prepared a wonderful picnic lunch that was enjoyed out under a maple tree.
It was so easy though, that maybe it should become a regular occurrence.
Thank you, Grandma, for loaning us a teapot and cups. Kim was puzzled by the fine art of tea drinking. She asked for a straw! Tasha also loved dolls and toys. Notice who Gracie shared tea with.
I am a little embarrassed to admit, this was our first tea party, ever.
Gracie said as we were picking flowers this morning, "Wouldn't it be great is it was Tasha Tudor's birthday everyday!!"
Not a very safe spot, especially since 12 people cram around this table every day to eat. He also looked a little strange after his escape ordeal.
Here he is. Danger! Danger! Danger!
Laura posted a plea to the family to remember that he is down here.
This morning I decided he was dead, so I told the kids we would remove him from the house this afternoon. Literally minutes later, one of the kids called to everyone, "He is changing!!"
Alex the Great is all his beautiful green glory.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Gracie's caterpillar, Anjolina, is two days younger than Alex the Great, but she has also "made a j" today! Hopefully we will get a butterfly!