Happy Monday, dear readers! I apologize for my absence last week. As I posted on Facebook, I lost my camera charger for about a week. I know I use Instagram or a tablet once in a while, but the photos are never that great. While I did find it eventually (behind the computer desk), by that point I was finding it difficult to muster much enthusiasm for anything. I've had a rough week. Not because of any one great event, or anything horrible and dark worth discussing. I'm just having a crisis of confidence, and as I refuse to be that sad-sack soul who whines and cries all over the internet, begging for validation, it seemed a good time for a break. Make sense?
But it is Monday, Presidents' Day here in the States. The girls are home from school, enjoying a short week. Tomorrow is a teachers' Inservice Day, then Wednesday through Friday, the school lets out early for conferences. I'm excited, because I'm working the Scholastic Book Fair again this Wednesday!
Last week, Big Sis was busy with her third grade show. While she didn't have any solos or monologues, her enrichment group opened the show with a little scene. Big Sis's class wore tap shoes for their songs (from Annie and Bye, Bye Birdy), and my little dancer was chosen by the dance teacher for a special tap number, made up of some of the stronger dancers in their grade. I've heard from so many people about how much she stood out. I think out of tap, ballet, jazz, and modern, tap is where her joy is now. She loves modern, but it's new to her, and she's still learning. She's a very confident tap dancer, though, and knows how to smile and sell it. I was so proud of her! In one month, it will be time for Little Sis's first grade show. (At our performing arts magnets, big shows are put on by the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.) I've heard she might be playing Amelia Earhart. She has the costume, you know.
Anyhoo, the third grade show was Thursday, then on Friday the 13th, they had their Valentine's Day parties. Our Valentines were beyond simple. The girls cut hearts out of card stock. Little Sis wrote "Happy Valentines Day" on hers, to varying degrees of spelling success (see below). Big Sis wrote "Love is in the air," and taped balloons to hers. We had leftover balloons after we made her Valentine box, seen in the top photo. If you follow me on Pinterest, I have a "Hearts, Shamrocks, and Bunnies" board. I pinned lots of fun ideas for Valentine's this year, then went with a few of them. (Big Sis's box was inspired by this one here.) The only thing I had to buy for their boxes were the balloons. Everything else was made with leftover stashes of craft supplies, along with a coffee can (the hot air balloon) and a Rice Krispies box (the owl).
Valentine's Day has recently been declared "International Book Giving Day," and that's awesome, but I must admit, we did not give any books for Valentine's Day this year. No one can make me feel guilty for that. I worked in a book store for eleven years, with a nice employee discount, and since losing that job, I frequent my indie store down the street. I also love used book stores and Better World Books, and soon, I'll be supporting our school via the Book Fair, so really, we have books a-plenty.
Mr. B chose the girls' Valentine's Day gift. We were watching old commercials on one of the public domain Roku channels, when the girls saw this:
They were so excited. They thought Rock Em Sock Em Robots looked like the coolest thing ever. When Mr. B saw the box at the grocery store, he couldn't resist.
Mr. B and I didn't do anything for Valentine's Day ourselves. I'm not really a fan of grown-up Valentine's Day. I like the kids' version better.
I really do have books and stuff to blog about, so stay tuned! I'm back!