project life/365 – week 25

Happy 4th of JulyWeek 25-1

Coronado has the best parade. So patriotic.Week 25-2 Week 25-3 Week 25-4

I cry every year as the Pearl Harbor survivors parade by and every year they are fewer and fewer.Week 25-50

A patriotic Storm Trooper?Week 25-6

Getting Harry’s scooter decorated.Week 25-8

Bubbles.Week 25-9 Week 25-10

The scooter and helmet ready for the kids parade at the block party.Week 25-13 Week 25-51Week 25-16

Harry’s hand painting station.Week 25-17

And yes he won the watermelon spitting contest. I sure am a proud mama.Week 25-18

First time with sparklers.Week 25-11 Week 25-12

You sunk my battleship.Week 25-19

Rivals of Catan. (It was a game week.)Week 25-20

Sleeping in on lazy summer days.Week 25-21

project life/365 – week 24

Summer is off and running.

A game my son created at tech camp – “Lava Monster”.Week 24-1

Belt testing in Karate. Paying respects to those that came before.Week 24-25

The new belt.Week 24-3

Meet the newest ember of Harry’s Rainbow Loom Dragon family – Cloudjumper.Week 24-4

Cat sitting.Week 24-5

Surf Camp. ( I rented a 500mm lens and it was so worth it.)Week 24-6 Week 24-7 Week 24-8 Week 24-9 Week 24-10 Week 24-11 Week 24-12

Hang Ten Dude.Week 24-13 Week 24-14 Week 24-20 Week 24-16 Week 24-21

road trip finale

Don’t ask.Road Trip Day 3-20

Surviving on iced coffee from Starbucks.Road Trip Day 3-2

The Giant Prospector of Washoe Valley.Road Trip Day 3-3

Thank goodness there is a candy store right next door. So many decisions.Road Trip Day 3-4

Every flavor of salt water taffy you could ever imagine.Road Trip Day 3-5

Must have that one.Road Trip Day 3-6

Jumping across the Giant Poker Chips of Reno.Road Trip Day 3-7

Touching the Blarney Stone of Reno.Road Trip Day 3-8

Crossing beneath the infamous Reno sign.Road Trip Day 3-9

Before we left, Harry wanted to rock climb the wall next to the Reno sign that reaches to the clouds. Warming up.Road Trip Day 3-10

Starting the ascent.Road Trip Day 3-11

And up.Road Trip Day 3-12 Road Trip Day 3-13

Landing on the first leg of the journey.Road Trip Day 3-14

That tiny purple speck is Harry about 1/2 way up the second leg. People were cheering from across the street. He climbed vertically about 115′ (that is 140′ from street level). Crazy!Road Trip Day 3-15

Resting on the giant bike lock.Road Trip Day 3-16

Some sore fingers after that adventure, but all smiles. I am so impressed he got as far as he did, there is no way I could ever do that.Road Trip Day 3-17

 

What a great way to end the trip. Then, it was time for the long drive home.

road trip (cont…)

Pastries, coffee and Rubik’s for breakfast at the famous Erick Schat’s Bakery.Road Trip Day 2-1

There was a crazy bird who attacked anyone who walked by. Road Trip Day 2-2

Stopping for a little fishing.Road Trip Day 2-4 Road Trip Day 2-3Road Trip Day 2-5

The fish weren’t biting so we moved on and had a picnic at Mammoth Lakes. Harry decided to try his hand a whittling.Road Trip Day 2-6

And a game of Giant Jenga.Road Trip Day 2-8 Road Trip Day 2-9

The Upside down house in Lee Vining. Road Trip Day 2-10

And a brilliantly placed park next door.Road Trip Day 2-11 Road Trip Day 2-12

Sunset over Lake Tahoe.Road Trip Day 2-13

Harry has an obsession with flames/ lit candles at restaurants.Road Trip Day 2-14

He always has to blow them out. Always.Road Trip Day 2-15

Jumping at the Lake.Road Trip Day 2-16

Goodnight.Road Trip Day 2-17

road trip

We decided to make an adventure of our long road trip from San Diego to Reno. I found this brilliant website – Roadside America – the Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions. (They also have an app.) Our fun stops broke up our trip in just the right ways, allowing time to stretch, catching a slice of Americana, seeing areas/people we might never have seen, random art and oddities and so much more. Off we go….

The car is packed.Road Trip-1

The Muffler Man.Road Trip-2

Grape Day Park.Road Trip-3

The road trip driver.Road Trip-4

Big Gumby and Pokey.roadtrip-33

Living Ghost Town in Randsburg. We met some really neat people here.Road Trip-7 Road Trip-8 Road Trip-9 Road Trip-10 Road Trip-11 Road Trip-12 Road Trip-13 Road Trip-14 Road Trip-15 Road Trip-16 Road Trip-17 Road Trip-18 Road Trip-19

The UniRoyal Gal.roadtrip-34

The Give/Take Sculpture in Olancha.Road Trip-22 Road Trip-23 Road Trip-24

Harry gave a few Rainbow Loom bracelets he made. He looked in the take canister but decided not to take anything.roadtrip-35

“Be kind not right.”Road Trip-27 Road Trip-28 Road Trip-29

Pit stop.Road Trip-30

Nightmare rock is not so scary.Road Trip-31

A stop in Bishop.Road Trip-32

And day one is complete.

 

 

cubes – fourth of july style

Fourth of July cubes-1

Wondering what to do with all those Fourth of July photos?  Cubes are a great way to go. These cubes incorporate Fourth Of July’s over several years.

You might also add photos of:

  • fireworks
  • flags
  • details on bikes
  • parades
  • food
  • clothing/hats
  • traditions

You can pick up 2″ blocks at Michael’s, print some photos, find some red,white and blue paper, and adhere it all the blocks. Quick, easy and a fun decoration to add your summer decor.

 

 

inspire.create.discover.learn

Summer Fun-1Summer is here. School is out. It’s time to relax a little.

But with summer comes the “I’m bored.”  Several years ago, I created a book/binder for my son filled with ideas, inspiration, how-to’s, anything that came to mind to stop the words “I’m bored” ever being uttered out of his precious mouth. The book was a huge success so I decided to update and expand it.

Summer Fun-29

My goal was not to tell him what to do, but rather to inspire him to make, to do, to try, etc.

Here are some possible ideas to include:

1. Reminding them about toys/kits that are in their closet.

2. Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for projects/art  – zentangles, cork art, recycled art, string art, paint techniques, duct tape creations, rainbow loom creatures, fuse beads
(perler beads) patterns, bubbles

3. Websites with great projects:

4. Try new things –  make a comic, play in Garage Band, Art RageSketch Up, Scratch Programming, learn Adobe Photoshop, Khan Academy, Geocaching, learn coding at www.code.org, learn to play solitaire, Pokemon or Magic the Gathering, a random act of kindness

5. Learn – about an animal, a place you want to go, a time in history, Harry Potter spells

There are so many ideas you can put in a book like this – it is limitless.

Here is a little of what Harry’s Book of Summer Fun looks like:

A list of 100 Ideas:Summer Fun-3 Summer Fun-4 Summer Fun-5 Summer Fun-6

Added tabs for items with more information or photos.Summer Fun-7 Summer Fun-31 Summer Fun-8

How to make a Zentangle. (doodling)Summer Fun-9

pattern examples.Summer Fun-12

 

Inspiration.Summer Fun-13

More inspiration.Summer Fun-11

Something a little different with doodling.Summer Fun-10

Examples of what to do with old trash and broken branches.Summer Fun-14 Summer Fun-15

Science experiments.Summer Fun-16

Reminding my son about the cool stuff in his closet.Summer Fun-17

Yes, even Minecraft but with challenges!!Summer Fun-18

String Art.Summer Fun-19

Fuse beads (Perler Beads).Summer Fun-20

Pet Rock.Summer Fun-21

Admitting the embarrassing amount of corks my son insists on collecting.Summer Fun-22

Combining recycled objects and robots.Summer Fun-23

Paint ideas.Summer Fun-24

Duct Tape.Summer Fun-25

Shadow Puppets.Summer Fun-27

A shadow box with Lego guys.Summer Fun-28

And here is Harry already creating from his new book. He has already admitted there is no way that there is enough time to create, discover, learn all the fun stuff in the next 3 months.Summer Fun-30

 

Enjoy summer!!!