Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Our kitchen, one year ago.
The past week has been quite a whirlwind! We are finally finishing up the last repairs after last year's infamous "kitchen flood."
This time last week, a crew of workers were sanding and refinishing our floors. I stayed away as much as possible, but the fine dust still made me wheezy. By Thursday, we were finally allowed to move our furniture back in place, but the house still smelled like varnish so we found every excuse to get out.
Luckily, we had a lot going on, so there have been plenty of opportunities to be away. For one thing, Dude had to race the world's coolest Pinewood Derby car, the Emerald Arrow!
Isn't she a beauty?
Dude worked really hard on this car! Sure, he would have enjoyed having one of those big ol' trophies, but he was pleased with the car's performance: his car was in the top twenty, 19th out of our very large pack. And Dude is already thinking of ideas for next year!
This is the pop-up card Dude made for his uncle, who provided the power tools, awesome workshop, and Eagle Scout expertise this year.
Thanks, Uncle J!
Meanwhile, Super was busy earning her yellow belt in karate. She just started lessons in the fall and is having a great time with it. Congratulations, Super!
Super took this photo of "our" Flicker.
We found some time to get back to our German language studies; we hadn't done any since before Christmas. One night recently (as a stalling tactic before bed) the kids started speaking German and I was really amazed at how much they remember! (But I made them go to bed anyway.)
Since they were in a "German" frame of mind, I printed some Enchanted Learning pages and let the kids fill in any words they chose from our German books. As a result, they were practicing lots of animal names, like Meerschweinchen (Guinea pig.)
Such a big word for such a cute little guy!
We also found time for a bit of math practice:
Division Facts Tips and Tricks from Carson Dellosa
And spelling practice:
Check out Jimmie's Collage for more fantastic spelling ideas!
And we are absolutely loving Pianimals so far! Thanks to Anna-Marie for the recommendation!
We have a lot of work ahead of us putting our dishes, etc. back in our kitchen, but we're very happy that the repairs are all done, and it's nice to be home. Especially now that it doesn't smell like varnish.
Hope you had a great week, too!