Apr 19, 2010

Tate's art show debut

Last week we found out a piece of artwork Tate had completed had been chosen and submitted to the YWCA Cultural Diversity Art Show.  She was so excited.  Her art teacher had chosen ten pieces to submit from her elementary school which is one of the largest in the county.  What an honor! So Saturday was the art show at Meredith College in Raleigh.  We headed downtown to the show and quickly found her piece which is below. It is a cityscape with rainbow people added in to symbolize diversity.  It also has some basketweaving in the background. Her teacher is amazing.  They are learned so many different techniques over her years there.

Look at her posing. I thought it was so cute. Each of the 60 participants got a cash prize.  She held strong and fast to her money which you will notice is in her hand. Ironically Matt Calleri's artwork was right next to hers so we got to see friends too.

It was a great experience for her and now I think I should look for an art camp for the summer.  She really enjoys it.  We have entered the art contest through the PTA the last three years.  She has either won or gotten an honorable mention two of those years. I think some of Uncle Neil is rubbing off...we have a budding artist!

Apr 13, 2010

Almost Caught

So here are two versions of Easter Eve...

The Easter bunny waited for the baby bunnies to fall asleep and then filled the baskets with bathing suits, flip flops, princess dry erase boards, and candy galore.  The last thing the bunny needed to do is lay the trail of eggs expected by her bunnies from their baskets to their bedrooms. All would have been well except the bunny had to go back one more time to make sure the number of eggs in each trail was equal...we would not want the bunny to be called unfair.  About three steps from the top of the stairs with three eggs in her hand, the bunny was confronted with a stumbling wobbly Tate coming out of her bedroom and heading toward the bathroom. The bunny freaked.  Eyes doubled in size as she watched baby bunny stumble into the bathroom. The bunny ran down the hall.  Tate had appeared not to see.  After the bunny's heart stopped pounding out of her chest, she returned to lay the last of the eggs and make sure Tate was asleep. Did the bunny actually make it by unnoticed when only inches from a child?

After gathering eggs and searching through her basket for all the hidden treasure, Tate said, "Mom, I saw two eggs last night coming out of my room when I went to the bathroom." Heart begins pounding again. "Only two?" I said. She said she was worried the Easter Bunny was still there and would run away if he knew she was awake so she kept her eyes straight ahead and went right to bed again. Paige then added that she had woken up to and heard something but stayed in her room.

The bunny survived for another year.

The questions are plentiful about how he and all the other holiday visitors get into the house, is the Easter bunny an animal or a person dressed in a suit, why did you put KC in your bedroom (so he would not bat your eggs down the stairs), etc.  I am amazed that they take my answers so seriously and that I am able to come up with them on the fly.....how many more Easters do I have?