A night of painting

Earlier this month, I signed up for a class at Young at Art that was different than others they had offered in the past.  It was a party celebrating a local author and her first published book.  One of my best friends and I decided to sign up and we had a great evening.  We got to meet the author and get her new book autographed, paint a canvas inspired by the cover of the book and got to sample some yummy wine!  It was a bit out of the ordinary for a weeknight but that is part of what made it so fun!

Here is my canvas at the beginning of the night.  When I looked at the finished product I was a little worried about how I was going to get there but with great instruction and a glass of wine, it turned out not half bad!

I might have made a bit of a mess of myself.

I already read the book we got and will include that in my month wrap-up.  I will say I didn’t love it.  I feel a bit bad saying that but it’s true.

One of my favorite finds of the evening was the wine that I sampled.  I am not a huge wine fan and don’t know a lot about it so I always feel a bit weird when put in a situation like wine tasting but the lady doing the serving was really quite laid back.  I actually enjoyed the wine so much that I bought a bottle to bring home and it made a lovely addition to a steak dinner we had later that week.

 All in all it was a fun night. A little uncomfortable at times, but fun.  All day before the class, I was feeling like I didn’t want to go.  There were all kinds of reasons I was thinking up about why I should stay home instead but I sucked it up and went.  And I am glad I did!

I like your face.

Being a mom is by the far the toughest job.  Many things have been written about how hard motherhood is and an equal amount has probably been written on how much moms love being moms.  I am raising my hand to be counted.

Taelin has always been a funny kid when it has come to turning a year older.  Every year, sometimes on her actually birthday, she makes some kind of declaration about what is going to be different now that she is turning a year older.  It started when she was 3 and she decided that she wasn’t going to wait for me to get out of bed but that she could just get up when she wanted to.  We didn’t have any kind of rule about that, waiting in bed, but before that she would always call “Mama…Mama…” until I got myself out of bed and went to her room. The change at 3 ended up resulting in a few terrifying instances of waking up by being poked in the eye or with her lurking over my face but she had decided and made it so. Continue Reading

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Young at Art

Yesterday, I had an almost completely full class at Young at Art!  I read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae  which is an adorable, rhyming book.  Gerald, the giraffe, is told by all the other animals at the jungle dance that he can’t dance.  That is, until he runs into a cricket that convinces him that he just needs to find the music that works for him.  In the end, Gerald proves all those animals that were laughing at him wrong that he can dance just fine!

The kids loved this book and were so excited to paint their own giraffe. We did some blending of colors and for the spots, we used our fingers!

These are some good looking giraffes!

My other class this month is next week on Tuesday!  If you are interested in registering, check it out here!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We certainly had more than our fair share of April showers last month.  I don’t have any numbers to back it up, but I have to believe that we broke some kind of record for consecutive days of rain. We had a little break in the weather last weekend and so we decided to hit up the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest.  It was great to be outside and have it actually feel like spring.

Besides just looking at the tulips, they have a lot of activities and photo opportunities.  This one might be one of my favorites. 

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The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges. -Nancy Byrd Turner

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Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day. I try to get as many books as I can from the library but I decided that it really was my responsibility to go to my favorite little local book store The Book Bin and pick up a few books. Browsing in a book store is a quick way for me to find some instant happiness. Continue Reading