2021 Hopes

January 1, 2021 What a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s! Happy New Year! We start a new blog and album for what is hopefully a reset and a better year.
January 1, 2021 Crafting for their dolls
January 1, 2021 Sous vide with torch sear, end result
January 2, 2021 Making doll clothes out of an undershirt and learning to sew. Each girl made their own tube dress or skirt for their doll. Albert made the mermaid gown for little Elsa.
January 2, 2021 Seagulls and Sunsets: I took maybe 100 pictures and ended up with 19 that I really liked, but rather than subject you to all of those, here are three interesting ones. Gravelly Point, VA.January
January 2, 2021 Back to Gravelly Point by Curie request. Curie wanted to climb trees and go to the beach, and Elia wanted to chase seagulls, Albert and Elia got pretty muddy running through the field.
January 3, 2021 Getting back on schedule after winter break
January 4, 2021 This is how the girls went down to the basement to get Curie’s nightgown.
January 5, 2021 Apologies about the poor photo, almost forgot to take it! The girls were more than happy to pose before going to sleep.
January 6, 2021 I didn’t post this yesterday but we did take the picture.
January 7, 2021 I had a different picture, but the girls asked me to post this one, where they comforted each other and worked on coping skills after yesterday’s events. They did say they looked cuter in this one. 🙂 Taken with Night Sight with the lights off on the Pixel 4.
January 8, 2021 Sleepy girls
January 9, 2021 Dyke Marsh
January 9, 2021 Parents
January 9, 2021 Climbing trees
January 9, 2021 Interestingly, the girls were throwing rocks and the seagulls thought we were feeding them so came over. National Harbor and the Gaylord in the background. Dyke Marsh.
January 9, 2021 Seagulls against the Wilson Bridge, and National Harbor in the background.
January 9, 2021 Candied lemon peel inspired by Suephy and using her recipe. After the girls saw what Suephy was making, they also wanted it. Curie and Erin liked it, Elia not so much.
January 10, 2021 Hanging out on a Sunday
January 10, 2021 Our real picture for the day
January 11, 2021 What gets you through is your own, these are ours
January 12, 2021 Black and white.
January 13. 2021 Playing with Auntie Julie
January 14, 2021 Getting ready for bed
January 15, 2021 Watching TV before playing Bomberman and Let’s Sing!
January 16, 2021 Total Eclipse of the Heart, enough said
January 17, 2021 Back to Dyke Marsh, but to the Wildlife Preserve path, totally worth it. Park at Belle Haven parking, and go past the bike path by the marina. It leads to a boardwalk on the water. We took the wagon for the girls which was good so they didn’t get too tired. We played on the beaches on the way back and had a great time.
January 17, 2021 On the way back the girls decided to write “Hope” in the sand with pebbles in light of the upcoming inauguration.
January 17, 2021 Dyke Marsh Wildlife preserve at the end of the hike someone left a “hope” rock on the boardwalk. On our return the girls decided to write hope in the sand with pebbles after we talked about the inauguration so that someone else could find it. It was cloudy, but when the sun peeked through it was beautiful. the picture with the ducks is for Erin’s phone background.
January 18, 2021 Getting ready for bed, intentional face plant into the pillow before bed.
January 19, 2021 Curie made this with supervision. Curie skimmed the pork bones in the soup to clear it, blanched the Shanghai tips, poached the shrimp, and plated. Chinese pork and shrimp noodle soup. Oh, Curie plated one Albert plated there other. Whose is whose?
January 19, 2021 Sister selfie
January 20, 2021 Clowning around
January 21, 2021 Bedtime

Right at bedtime, somehow we forgot to sleep
Rollicking peals of laughter stretching from our heads to our feet
Big sister with chuckles and then a suddenly a grin
And a guffaw from little sister, and then the giggles begin

We’re supposed to be asleep, tomorrow is a school day
We’re supposed to be asleep, but a little something says play
And I can’t let it stop, once again the tickling starts
I never want it to stop, as laughter fills our hearts,

It’s past our bedtime, and we lie breathless in bed.
Tonight is a school night, but there is happiness in our heads
And soon the breathing slows and we yawn and close our eyes
And tomorrow is another day, each moment a new surprise.

January 21, 2021 Plating contest. It was time for bed and Curie wanted an apple. We were watching a cooking show and we spontaneously had a plating contest. Whose is whose? It was such a good time and the best part of our day, hence the poem in the other post. Erin was the judge.

COVID Christmas By curie

Bonnie and her cat Whiskers were helping Bonnie’s Mom and Dad set up for Christmas and Bonnie’s mom  said” It’s time to put the ornaments up” after they put up the ornaments Bonnie says “What if  Santa has the virus?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           And Bonnie’s mom says “Oh no what if he does I don’t want him in our house’’and then the dad says “I have a solution we should write a letter to Santa”.

So they decided to write a letter to Santa so they all sat down with the tools and started to write this is what they wrote.Santa please don’t come into our house if you have the virus and if you do then please put the presents outside the door. They put the letter on the chimney.

On Christmas Eve when Santa came he saw the letter and respected their wishes so he put the presents outside the garage and on Christmas day Bonnie woke up and woke up her father and they went outside with Whiskers and found the presents.

The end

Crafting July 2020

July 11-12, 2020 This is the product of buying googly eyes, pipe cleaners, construction paper and clothes pins. And what you notice is this: age makes you think inside the box. The dragonfly is Albert’s and very cute, but very… predictable. Look at Elia and Curie’s work when imagination has not yet been reined in by society. Albert did weave the dustpan that Elia asked for help with to match Curie’s broom, but the rest? A bottle family by Elia, her foot staring at us, Curie’s Christmas tree and the sheet of a thousand eyes? Clearly they see better than we do with their imaginations.

Elia’s Painting

May 28, 2020 Sometimes you see modern art where you say a six year old could do that, what happens when your six year old does something that you don’t think you can do? Oh yes that is an Anker box.

Chengineering May 2020

May 16, 2020 Chengineering with Duplo
May 25, 2020 Time between Elia and Albert today meant more Chengineering. Megablox and Kapla. For those of you who don’t know what Kapla is, (it is not a “good day to die” in Klingon), they are identically cut blocks that you can make crazy things out of if you work out the physics. If you recall when Curie was little there is a picture of a Kapla tower taller than she was, now we have one taller than Elia. The bridge was much harder though and Elia did learn some of the physics around it.