Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

May in Spy Garden

Bright white moth

Bright white moth

A big fat skink

A big fat skink

Love in a mist about to bloom

Love in a mist about to bloom

Neon weaving (by the Spy)

Neon weaving (by the Spy)

Yellow wonder wild strawberries (these are smaller than regular strawberries but much more flavorful)

Yellow wonder wild strawberries (these are smaller than regular strawberries but much more flavorful)

Me and Baby (the resemblance is uncanny!)

Me and Baby (the resemblance is uncanny!)

Red polka dots (some type of fungus or bug eggs?)

Red polka dots (some type of fungus or bug eggs?)

I added two big lilac plants to the garden; the smell is heavenly!

I added two big lilac plants to the garden; the smell is heavenly!

I heart ladybugs!

I heart ladybugs!

Pitching

Pitching

Wind up

Wind up

Wind up

And another

Like a pro!

Like a pro!

Baby's class had a presentation on their "Animal Project"

Baby’s class had a presentation on their “Animal Project”

Part of her homemade camo gear (used to hide in the forest to spot animals!)

Part of her homemade camo gear (used to hide in the forest to spot animals!)

Art in the classroom

Art in the classroom (the Forest)

Baby and her bestie on the playground

Baby and her bestie on the playground

Loads of strawberries in the school garden

Loads of strawberries in the school garden

And check out this cool composting set-up; complete with instructions!

And check out this cool composting set-up; complete with instructions!

All the new editions in the garden made possible by Gateway Greening!

Kid-made wind chimes/bird deterrents

Kid-made wind chimes/bird deterrents

Lots of native wildflowers on the playground

Lots of native wildflowers on the playground

Turtle-saving (from the road)

Turtle-saving (from the road)

Very red lettuce

Very red lettuce

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is much easier (in my experience) to grow than cabbage and you can eat the leaves just like cabbage or kale

Kohlrabi is much easier (in my experience) to grow than cabbage and you can eat the leaves just like cabbage or kale

We did a good job of checking the asparagus patch regularly and getting a good harvest this year. Now just a few spears here and there still popping up

We did a good job of checking the asparagus patch regularly and getting a good harvest this year. Now just a few spears here and there still popping up

Dexie chased this guy up a tree

Dexie chased this guy up a tree

Groundhog, far from the ground!

Groundhog, far from the ground!

And look who's back! Tonguey II (I believe this is the male; haven't seen the female yet; she is even bigger!)

And look who’s back! Tonguey II (I believe this is the male; haven’t seen the female yet; she is even bigger!)

Good climber (and good camouflage)

Good climber (and good camouflage)

The garden in some golden light

The garden in some golden light

Happy weekend all!

The Jewel Box

Baby painting still life of tomatoes and the Spy making a crack-proof thing around an egg.

Baby painting still life of tomatoes and the Spy making a crack-proof thing around an egg.

Using straws and tape (and about a 60 minute time limit) try and build something that will protect an egg from dropping to the ground.

Egg Drop Batting Practice

Egg Drop Batting Practice

You can also use paper and bubble wrap (in addition to straws and tape).

The Spy and his friend

The Spy and his friend

Yolk

Yolk

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

Hahahaaa

Hahahaaa

Belgian White Carrot Seed Head

Belgian White Carrot Seed Head

Delice de la Table (melon; like cantaloupe)

Delice de la Table (melon; like cantaloupe)

Rouge Vif d'Etampes

Rouge Vif d’Etampes

7.30.14

7.30.14

Yellow Blooms on Red Romaine seed heads (and nasturtium in the background)

Yellow Blooms on Red Romaine seed heads (and nasturtium in the background)

Love in a mist (nigella) seed pods drying out and feverfew in the background

Love in a mist (nigella) seed pods drying out and feverfew in the background

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Red romaine blossoms (nasturtiums in the background)

Red romaine blossoms (nasturtiums in the background)

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Red Romaine and Nasturtiums (and the garden living room)

Red Romaine and Nasturtiums (and the garden living room)

Harlequin Marigold

Harlequin Marigold

Rouge Vif d'Etampes pumpkin

Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin

Dexie

Dexie

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Red

Red

Balloons

Balloons

Daniel Boone Bridge

Daniel Boone Bridge

Missouri River

Missouri River

Horses in Fog

Horses in Fog

Fog in Missouri River Valley

Fog in Missouri River Valley

Baby at School

Baby at School

Forest School

Forest School

And in other cool structures…

The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box

Blooms at the Jewel Box

Blooms at the Jewel Box

Built in 1936

Built in 1936

Awesomest green house: we need a (smaller) version!

Awesome green house: we need a (smaller) version!

Pretty Jewel Box

Pretty Jewel Box

Vacation Bible School 2014

This past week we had Vacation Bible School at church every evening 6-8PM.

The theme was "Let's Build an Ark"

The theme was “Let’s Build an Ark”

Hence the construction tape and animal masks.

Hence the construction tape and animal masks.

This was my class.

This was my class.

Pre-K Class

Pre-K Class

Each evening we sang songs, had a 30 minute class where we learned some stories from the Bible, then had snack…

played outside,

played outside,

and then did a craft. A very full two hours (and a very busy week)!

Animals for the Ark

Animals for the Ark

The Spy helping to build the model ark. That guy who is helping is 90 years young!

The Spy helping to build the model ark. That guy who is helping is 90 years young!

Ark Workshop

Ark Workshop

Painting

Painting

Our pastor reading the Bible to the kids

Our pastor reading the Bible to the kids

Fini

Fini

God keeps his promises

God keeps his promises

…never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11

A rainbow is a sign of God’s promise never to destroy the earth with a flood again (Genesis 9:12-17). The caveat: with a flood. Hahhaha;)

On the last night the kids sang the songs they learned to the parents:

Singing

Singing

“Once when the world was very, very bad

God made it rain, rain, rain, rain rain” *

*excerpt from one of the world’s most catchy VBS songs. Haha

We have a tradition at our VBS where there is a water balloon fight on the last night.

There were about seven big bins full of water balloons!

There were about seven big bins full of water balloons!

Ready...

Ready…

Go!

Go!

Quite congruent with the flood-theme!

Splash Action

Splash Action

For the elders (and photographers! haha)

For the elders (and photographers! haha)

Baby

Baby