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Pinterest strikes again!

Seriously, I might be obsessed at this point.

This month’s school project was to turn an item (or items) from the recycling box into something else.

In other words, upcycle the recycle!

We dug out some tin cans and got to painting…

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I thought we could turn them into wind chimes. A rainbow window chime.

We gathered string and bottle caps. We punched holes in the caps and cans. We tried and tried to tie the cans together to make anything that would resemble a wind chime. And when that went to hell in a hand basket I went on Pinterest.

And saw this awesomeness pinned. A tin-can lantern? Yeah we can!

The holes required a little more than a hammer and nail, so we enlisted dad’s help because while he says I don’t know how to use the power tools really it’s just that he doesn’t like to share his toys

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And then gave it a new paint job with something more durable to the elements (Chrome!)….

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Let it dry and …..

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Awesmazing.

Too bad we don’t get marks in SK because this totally deserves an A+

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As per usual I waited until the last possible minute to complete a project or two….

Today is the boy’s very last day of junior kindergarten (insert major sad face here!).

He’s actually kinda sad about the whole matter because he really likes going to school despite having to follow rules and do work and all that stuff. I have a feeling he’ll be asking every other day if he “gets to go to school today?” And when I say no he’ll be sad until I can distract him with swimming or …swimming it’s summer, the pool is really the only place I want to hang out!

Leaving things until the last minute greatly diminishes the options I have for making things as well. Since I had only 6 hours or so, minimal options and somewhat limited materials, I decided to make pillows small ones.

The boy helped pick the materials and sort of coloured in the butterfly and bubble letters that I drew, then I did my part sewing and stuffing.

This is what we came up with….
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Today is the boy’s sharing day in JK. This month they are sharing favourite nursery rhymes and are to recite their personal favourites to the class. Sounds very cute except that there is no way my son’s limited vocabulary and pronunciation will ever allow that to happen. The note he brought home mentioned the kids could bring props……so I made him one.

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The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout….
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Down came the rain and washed the spider out….
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Out came the sun and dried up all the rain….
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So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again….
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And he does it with style…

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I’m not going to cry…

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I’m not going to cry…

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Okay, I may have cried a little on the inside…

But on the outside I am very happy my boy had such a good first day of school!

This past Saturday I went to a reunion of sorts. It was a bunch of grade school friends who probably hadn’t all been in the same room for at least 10 years. At the same time that is. It was nice. Catching up on all the news, learning something new and retelling stories about what we knew of the ones that weren’t there. “So and so lives here now, and this person just got married, did you hear about so and so? when did that happen?”

There was a torrent of information, laughter, kids and food!

So much food. In all fairness there was supposed to be a bigger crowd and better weather but I think we did alright.  One of the kids was in the pool regardless that she could have stood outside and gotten just as wet but swimming in the rain is more fun I guess.  Most of the crowd has children and most were in attendance. A bunch of little mini-mes running around.

It’s an odd feeling being back in a room after such a long time with so many people who were so much a part of your life. Part of me felt like I didn’t belong. Part of me was frustrated that I was attending by myself as usual because my husband was working as usualIsn’t that point of getting married? so you never have to go to these reunion things by yourself? Will they like me? OMG it’s high school all over again. I’m to old for this.

It helps to see the humor in life and accept the life you are living. The regrets, accomplishments, the risks and success and when you really get down to it how much have we changed? Okay, we’ve changed a lot but the basics are still there. All the memories, good and bad, from years of school together. But perhaps that is why everyone feels a little uncomfortable? Knowing what we know about each other even if it was so long ago.

and because I am feeling so reminiscent and nostalgic I thought it required some musical accompaniment. I may have grown out of my fondness for them but this one is for my girls (the original 4 and all the others that loved them so)

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