Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner Joy!

Kathrynn made turkey place settings for everyone, and then we made other pictures to decorate the table. It was so much fun making our table festive and beautiful! :)





























































Mimi and Kathrynn watched some post thanksgiving dinner Noggin. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Toledo!

Toledo, here we come for 4 days of fun and non stop eating!


Kathrynn and Papa baby doll all strapped in for the trip!!!











Let the playing begin!!!! Starting w/ the doll house, then moving on to uncles weight set :), games Clue and Chess and cards, reading and arts and crafts. :)
The weight seat transforms into a train, then a horse! :D I included all those shots, because kathrynn literally spent hours doing different activities in his weight area over the 4 days. :)
There was also a trip to the park, where kathrynn made a "trap" for a squirrel, which then became a volcano. :)













































Happenings and what nots :)

I have some pictures i'd like to post from before thanksgiving- it was such a busy week that i didn't upload/post them!







The chess is still going strong! This game ended in a draw.






We went to the library for Story hour and craft time, and then Skye and Kathrynn played together. :)


















































Our homeschool group has formed a kind of theater class- the first class was held that afternoon.














and working on the set......


can't wait until next week! :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
We're in Toledo visiting my folks, brother and 94 yo grandmother. :)
Its been a busy week, hence the lake of blog posts, but i'll be making a post soon enough with some great pictures from this last week. Until then, here is a great post i just read from Christine Kane.
Enjoy!!!
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Why Gratitude Makes You Happy and Wealthy- Christine Kane

Gratitude is more than being thankful one day a year. Gratitude is a practice. For some, it's a way of life.

Why do some people swear by this practice? Why do these people seem to live happier and more abundant lives than everyone else?

Because gratitude is about presence.

It's about waking up in this moment and being here - really being here - and noticing what's around you. Most people are so busy thinking about the next thing, or about their horrid past, that they don't wake up and look around at their present moment - the only moment there is.

Because gratitude is about honoring your life.

Do you ever compare your life with someone else's? Do you ever wish your life were better and more like [Insert Famous Person's Name]? Sometimes we can lose ourselves in wondering how we "measure up" to some standard set by our families or by the media. Comparison is the mind killer. And the antidote is gratitude.

Gratitude requires you to validate your own life. (And you really don't have any other life, do you?) It forces you to say YES to the gift that is you. The choices you've made and the changes you've gone through - they have brought you here. Even if here is a place that needs a little adjustment, that's okay. There are always gifts in any present moment.

Because gratitude is about attracting.

It's difficult to attract abundance and joy if you are constantly saying "no" to what IS. You say no each time you focus on the future or past, or when you criticize something that is in your present moment.

Attraction is about saying Yes. When you say Yes, you shift.

Gratitude says, "Yes, I love this!" And then more of this is attracted, because the this is what you're focusing on.

Because gratitude is about choice.

How you translate any situation is the situation. What you choose to see is the truth (for you).

This isn't proposing that you live in denial or phoniness. It's reminding you that your translation of any life situation is your own choice. We've all heard stories of people who have ignored others' translations of their talent, their projects, their art, their looks, their lives. These people chose their own translations and succeeded. You always have a choice when it comes to how you look at things. Choose to choose gratitude.

Because gratitude is about wisdom.

I think people believe they're being smart if they criticize, complain, and focus on the problems of the world around them.

Smart? Maybe.

Clever? Sure.

But not wise.

It is wise to look for and find the knowing place in your heart. It is wise to choose joy. It is wise to honor your riches. It is wise to focus on and grow the blessings of your life.

Because gratitude is about recognition.

Use your power of focus to hone in on beauty and on what makes your heart sing. Recognize the spirit in your life. It's all around you waiting to be noticed. In the words of Franz Kafka, "It will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

Because gratitude is about receptivity.

Gratitude makes you receptive. It makes you concave. It makes you a vessel, waiting to be filled.

I carry a tiny notebook with me everywhere I go. In it, I write down song ideas. I write down quotes I hear. I write down ideas for stage stories. As I do that, I become more receptive, and more ideas and songs come to me. It's a tool that says to my subconscious, "Send more my way!" And the subconscious always responds.

Gratitude is the same way. It says, "I am receptive! Send more!" And more arrives.

Because gratitude is about creativity.

Creativity is really all about attention. (So is genius.)

When I write a song, I build a relationship with that song. I spend time with it. I get to know it. I pay attention to it. Artists do the same thing with drawings. They spend time in rapt attention and the drawing is born.

Gratitude is how we Live Creative. It is a creative act to notice and pay attention to the moments of your life. Some days it's an enormous act of creativity to find things for which to be thankful.

Start today.

And have a Thanksgiving of presence, creativity, and gratitude!




Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her 'LiveCreative' weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fabulous day with our friends :)

We had a wonderful day playing with our friends Kt and Skye yesterday at their house. Kt was wonderful enough to go into Skye's loft to play stuffed animal games with the girls.






















Oh-oh, looks like Kt needs to take a break.....








Time to do some dress up..... Princess Kathrynn and Spidey Skye!





































After some bootylitious dancing , it was time to take a break, chill out, and eat some ice. :P



Then the girls put on some finger puppet plays. Skye's show is on the left, and Kathrynn's is on the right. :)


















Awwww I couldn't resist putting in this super sweet picture of Skye and her Mama. :)


We ended the day eating super yummy sushi. We ate our sushi while the girl drew pictures for each other. :)


Thanks friends for a great day!!!! :)

Gaming Joy

I've been writing about how kathrynn has been crazy busy drawing pictures. Our house is now covered with various pictures from the last few days, as well as props and drawings for a play she's been planning for the last week. ;)
Here is a picture she drew yesterday of the Gray hulk (super hero buffs will understand why he's not green), spider man, and Iron man. :P
But even artists need a break! :)
Here are Wes and Kathrynn playing Super Mario Cart.....




Creative Joy continues!

Kathrynn seems be going through a rather abundant period of creative wizardry! She is really into drawing pictures of all kinds, and her latest most recent obsession has been planning out performances- usually plays.

All this week we have been working on a play she wants to put on with the involvement of friends. It has really been a learning process for me, as I have done my best to support and partner with Kathrynn to really help her tap into this wonderful creativity she is feeling, all the while balance out the various realities that she can not anticipate or understand. :)

We have gone through multiple levels of the planning stages, each involving wonderful conversations between the two of us. After much deliberation, and amazing amounts of flexibility on her behalf, we found a wonderful outlet for the performance of her play at our friend Yonit's house, where we went today.

Here are the main characters of her play:
A sunflower, a mouse, a butterfly, and a rabbit. :) Coincidentally, this is also the name of the play. :)


Kathrynn drew a picture of the main characters. (((Jazmine, our cat, is in the window watching the performance. :D ))))


Kathrynn's joy of this whole process has been in the strategy or creation of the "set-up" of the play- she's been really into designing set props, locations for the actors, where the audience will be sitting, tickets for the performance, and costumes. The details of the actual play have been insignificant to her. In fact, when we showed up at our friends house, we explained the characters of her play, and when her friends wanted to know what the story was, we explained that there was none as of yet!!! This was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to have great ownership of the play, and the girls were very excited to give body and soul to the play. :)

Here are some pictures of the play, and a brief video clip. It was so wonderful to see and be a part of this process!

Here is the main stage of the play.... The girls had a fun time decorating!

Enter in the characters:
Kathrynn as the mouse,
Talya as the rabit,
Mitzi as the butterfly,
and their bear as the
sunflower :)
















video





All in all , I think the play lasted about an hour, and morphed through various story plots which I'm not sure anyone could keep track of. :) The kids had a great time, and Yonit and I got to catch up a little bit. And little 1.5 year old Ilani got to watch a bunch of creative genius' at work. :)