Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Moab 2014

So, we went on a last minute trip to Moab this week. The reason for the trip was the passing of Ian's paternal Grandmother, Marlene Bailey. While we were there we took advantage of the fact that a whole lot of Ian's family lives in or near Moab, so we had an informal family reunion. It was really great. Marlene's death was a relief. She was injured during hip replacement surgery four and half years ago. She was in a complete coma for a long time and never fully came out of the coma or regained her ability to care for herself. It was sad that such a loving family person passed away, but nice to know that she isn't struggling anymore. During our Moab trip we had the good fortune to stay at Ian's cousin Dustin's house. Dustin and his cute little family are on a trip to Disney world for his son's wish for Make-a-Wish, so they couldn't make it back for the funeral. Also at Dustin's house was cousin Lacy and her honey Ephraim. I just want to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome and at home, even though we haven't been down to Moab in four long years. Enjoy many pictures of our lovely trip:

This is Marlene at my baby shower for Aven, a little over 5 years ago. I really enjoyed the time i was able to spend with her.
On a hike to Corona Arch with the fam.

Etta's first big hike went well! She had a brief run-in with some barbed wire, but otherwise came out unscathed.

Daddy is the best horse ever!

With Patty Grandma.

Aven saw this cairn on the trail and immediately said "look! it's a pirate ship!" That's my creative little thinker!

Corona arch.

L-R: Ephraim, Lacy, and their dog Lucas, Joe, Amber, Pearl, Dennis, Me, Aven, Ian, Christine, Etta, and Brance
Love :)
My girls and I.

Brance with "his" girls.

Shooting some hoops.

Family barbecue.

Cousin trinity and Aven posing.

Throwing rocks into a mud puddle with cousins is the BEST fun!

Grandpa Sug and Ian. Sug is almost 90 and used to be as tall as Ian.

Eating frozen yogurt the cool way.

I literally kept Etta entertained during the last hour of the drive home by crunching up graham crackers with my front teeth and blowing the crumbs at her. Literally non-stop laughter. Anyone who have ever been stuck in a car with a wiggly baby for any extended period knows that laughter is a million times better that crying, even if it means spitting cracker crumbs in your kid's face.

Thanks Bailey clan for a great time, hopefully we'll be back soon, but just for fun and not a funeral!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chalk Art Festival 2014

I recently held the annual chalk art festival at the middle school I am lucky enough to teach at. The theme of the year was "Art Parody". My advanced art students were organized into groups of 2-4 students and each group chose a famous painting and created a parody of that painting on a small piece of paper and then used the grid drawing method to create a large version on the pavement on chalk art day. I think that most of them turned out to be absolutely amazing! Enjoy:

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seraut becomes A Sunday Afternoon with The Regular Show.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo becomes Mona Merida

Golconda by Rene Magritte becomes A Big Fat Mess

The Last Supper by Leonardo becomes The Movie Monster Meal

Marilyn by Andy Warhol becomes Sully

Triple Self Portrait by Norman Rockwell becomes Self Portrait of the Inner Demon

American Gothic by Grant Wood becomes American Gnomes

Nighhawks by Edward Hopper becomes Night Incredibles

Son of Man by Rene Magritte becomes Sponge of Bob

The Scream by Edvard Munch becomes Run Fo Yo Life is Godzira (I know, SO offensive, but they wrote that before I could stop them. It's middle school, what can I say?)

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh becomes Starry Night of the Fire Goddess

Detail of the Sistine Madonna by Raphael becomes Detail of the Sistine Mice

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Aven Turns 5!!!

Below you will find a whole lot of pictures of Aven's 5th birthday party:

Three friends welcoming a fabulous surprise.

This one is just too damn cute!

The fabulous surprise: Rapunzel came to the party!

Rapunzel painted everyone's faces.

She is such a poser!

Etta did not love the face painting process.

Playing duck-duck-goose.

We were graced with the magic of a brand new human- thanks for coming Guadalupe!

Story time!

Aven was officially crowned a princess!

The whole crowd.

Aven and Rapunzel

I couldn't help sharing this one. That is some major stink eye!

After Rapunzel left to go row-boating with Eugene Aven opened presents . . .

. . . and had cupcakes made in ice cream cones. It was a FABULOUS party!