February 28, 2013

The Princess Sticker Man

Lillian and Nathaniel have become sources of endless amusement for one another these days. After returning from a birthday party with a book full of princess stickers, Lillian disappeared into her room with her brother. A short while later they emerged and declared Nathaniel to be "The Princess Sticker Man" as he is now covered with stickers. As school came back in session this week, Nathaniel really wanted to go to school with Lillian, and hijacked her backpack, which was once again a source of great hilarity.


Paper Bag Tree Sculpture

Lillian has declared this paper bag tree sculpture decorated with plum blossoms to be her most beautiful art project yet, she had a little help from mother nature on this one, but it sure is pretty.


February 25, 2013

The Paper Person

Lillian had the whole week off of school this past week, she spent lots of time sewing with her Grammy and practicing her monkey bars skills at the park. One day she got out her scissors and tape and started cutting out orange paper for a "sculpture" we weren't sure where she was going with it, but the results were pretty impressive. The person had a nose and lops that stuck out, braided hair going down her back, and eventually clothes and a purse. She also only has one eyebrow, we're not sure if that was a creative choice or an oversight.


February 16, 2013

Hidden Villa

It had been a few months since we had last visited one of our favorite spots Hidden Villa. This was our first visit since Nathaniel started walking, and he had a blast toddling around and exploring every nook and cranny of the kid sized farm. He had no fear running with the chickens and squealing in delight as the scurried away. His sister met a little boy who proudly showed her where she was on the map. Good fun for a sunny winter day.


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The past few yeats we have celebrated Mardi Gras with a family friendly fete. We mad a big pot of gumbo and Hurricanes for the grown-ups our friends provided the rest, including a King Cake that was flown in from New Orleans for the occasion. We certainly fulfilled our goal of fattening everyone up for those observing lent.

Contrary to popular belief most of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a family friendly affair, and local kids enjoy viewing the parades from ladders and collecting mountains of trinkets thrown off the floats. Our kids have a great time playing with all the beads and dablons collected during our years in New Orleans. We hope to take them there to experience Mardi Gras when they are a little older.