Fun in the snow.
Fun in the snow.
One of my favorite traditions is your yearly picture in your great grandmothers clothes. Each year we take your picture in Great – Grandma Howard’s swimsuit and Great – Grandma Miller’s wedding dress. You can check out the past years here.
Jan. 24, 2015 – age 9
Last year we didn’t take the pictures until May!
May 2014 – age 8
great – grandma miller’s wedding dress
May 2014 – age 8
great grandma howard’s swimsuit
Saturday afternoon playdate.
More ice fishing fun with Papa.
Your 9 year old check up at the doctor.
I may or may not have drove around the lake for half an hour trying to find you guys just for my picture of the day:-)
I love you so much my little valentine!
~You both helped write our grocery list.~
After church we headed to grandma and grandpa’s house in Red Wing. With some unseasonably warmer weather you both enjoyed more great snowboarding. This time dad groomed a path with grandpa’s snowmobile.
This is one way to get back up the hill.
Here is a step by step of how we made the Eiffel Tower Canvas.
Paint (We used acrylic)
Mastic (Tile Grout)
Mod Podge or Matte Medium
First, I found a picture of the Eiffel Tower that I liked. After I printed it out I traced the outline on the canvas. You could use any shape or object that you like.
Next I started applying Mastic (tile grout) that I got from our local home improvement store to add texture.
My idea was to have the kids decorate the inside of the Eiffel Tower with scrapbook paper so I just textured the outside which will later be painted.
To frame the tower I traced the outline with the grout using a cake decorating bag.
You need at least 24 hours for the grout to harden.
Before the birthday party I pre-ripped little strips of scrapbooking paper for the girls to pick from. To apply the paper to the canvas you first need to do a layer of mod podge directly to the canvas. After arranging the paper strips where you want them on the canvas you should apply another coat of mod podge as a top layer.
Finally, the last step is to paint the textured canvas.
Ooh la la!
I love how they all turned out!
Your birthday week celebrations finally came to an end with your friend party at our house. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the Paris theme and making the Eiffel Tower canvas.
You truly have such a great group of friends.
I love how everyone’s turned out!
We enjoyed the day off at Christie Mountain with your schools “ski day”.
You started with some snowboarding lessons and finished the day tubing with your friends.
I can remember as a kid my dad loved to wrap presents with extra items to disguise the actual present. I vaguely remember him wrapping a brick once with something small just to surprise my mom.
But this present disguise that Grandma Swany did for you was pretty awesome. She secretly slipped an American Girl Gift Card into the kleenex box so at first you thought it was just kleenex! Ha!
Your 9th year of life was another great one. We have enjoyed seeing how you love learning how to do things by watching YouTube videos. You have learned a lot about doing your hair, cooking, and making things.
It was a tough year with gymnastics. You broke your elbow in April, but fought through the pain and the tight muscles to get back to competing. You competed in level 5 and it went great. You realized though that at this moment gymnastics is something that you want to take a break from. That’s ok. You can always go back to it.
With Kenny at school this year, you have been a lot of help. You have stuck up for him after his seizure and we know that you are always helping him with his coat and school stuff. Your servant heart makes us so proud.
We love you and we look forward to what your 10th year of life will bring.
Dad (and Mom)
Here are the highlights from the family party.
The whole family got in on the “Just Dance” fun.
After lunch Dad, Grandma and Grandpa Fish, and I brought cupcakes for you to share with your class. Thanks for letting us come!