Thursday, April 24, 2014

To the Pool!

     Hi all!  Today, even though it was cloudy, it was really hot, so after Elizabeth and I had finished all our school, Mom suggested that we go to the neighborhood pool, and of course we agreed!  My sister and I pulled on our swimsuits, slapped on some sunscreen, and jumped in the car.
 "For the first time in forever I can finally go to the pool!" I sang happily.
"Are you singing 'For the First Time in Forever'?" Elizabeth asked, ducking her head as my hand narrowly avoided smacking her face.  "And you know that we just went swimming a month ago?"
"Yea, but it's more sentimental." I replied.
"We're at the pool, girls." Mom announced.
 Quickly, Elizabeth and I laid down our towels on the hot cement.
 "Shall  we swim?" my sister asked.
"Let's go!" I said, jumping into the water.
"How does it feel?"
 "A little cold at first, but nice once you get used to it." I replied, swimming on my back.
 Popping back out, I told Elizabeth to hurry up and get in.
"I am coming, Chrissa." she replied, sounding a little annoyed and pulling off her cover-up.
 "Isn't it great?" I commented.
"Yes, it is." she agreed.  We had lots of fun swimming.  First, we played a 'copy jump' game, where one of us would make up a interesting jump in to the water, and the other person copies it, and then we switch.  

After that, I kind of started water fight, because I was showing Elizabeth how when I swept my arm through the water, I looked like Elsa.  When I showed her, though, I sprayed her with water in the face.  Laughing, Elizabeth did the move back, and pretty soon we were flinging lots of water at each other and getting really soaked.  It was so fun!
 After we had swam for about an hour and a half, the sun came out, so we laid on our towels to dry off, ...
 ... and then headed home.
 The first thing I said when I walked in the door was
"I'm hungry.  Can I have some popcorn?"
"Sure, Chrissa.  Elizabeth, would you like some as well?" Mom wondered, pulling out a microwave bag of popcorn.
"That would be wonderful, Mother.  Thank you!"
We sat down and enjoyed the warm treat.  I can't wait until summer, when I can do this kind of thing every day!
Is is warm enough to swim where you live?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

 Hello, lovely readers!  Today, April twenty-second, as some of you may know, is Earth day.  In honor of that, I created a collage of Chrissa and I in each of the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  I think my favorite of the four is Summer, but I like each one in turn; it's hard to pick just one!
What is your favorite season, and why?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a wonderful Easter.  Today, there was only one service at our church (there's normally two), so that gave Elizabeth and I a little more time to get ready.  After breakfast of delicious French Puffs, we headed out the door.
 When we got home, Mom immediately went into the kitchen and put the ham in the oven.  We have a tradition of making "green eggs and ham" (like the Dr. Seuss book) for Easter.  Mom has this cute little egg mold that she uses to make green Jello eggs.
 "May Chrissa and I open our Easter baskets?" Elizabeth asked Dad.
 "Ya, can we?" I added.
"You can bring them in here," he replied, "but let's wait for your mother."
"Yay!" I shouted.  Not wasting any time, I ran into the kitchen.
 Reaching on the table, I grabbed my green basket and headed back for the living room.
 "Let's go, Elizabeth!"
 "I am coming." she laughed, following me back.  Mom joined us with her camera, and insisted Elizabeth and I wait until she got a picture of us with our baskets.
 Here's Elizabeth,
 and here's me.  As soon as the photos were finished, Elizabeth and I looked at everything in our baskets.
Elizabeth got eye-covers, beads, a necklace and earring set, a little bottle of perfume, green yarn, and some candy.
 I got game cards, a large hair clip, a twine headband, a stuffed wiener dog, a lamb whistle, gumballs, and Pop Bursts.
 Hey- I need your help deciding what to name this cute wiener dog!  Comment below and tell me what you think I should name him.
How do you celebrate Easter? and What should I name the wiener dog?

Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Dutch Braid

 Hello, lovely readers!  Chrissa and I have been very busy these last weeks, so I am glad to be able to post today.  As suggested in the title, I shall be teaching you how to a wrap-around Dutch braid.
 You will need:

  • A hairbrush
  • A hairband
  • And optionally, a squirt bottle.  (Whenever I do hair, the water from a squirt bottle helps hold the hair in place.)

Are you ready?  Let us begin.
 1. Take a small section of hair from either the right or the left.  In Chrissa's hair, I am starting on the right.
 2. Divide this section into three smaller sections.   In Dutch braiding, you cross the hair strands under instead of over, just so you know.
3. Take section one (S1), and cross it under section two (S2). 
 4. Pull section three (S3) under S1, as pictured above.  Now we will begin pulling little sections of hair into the braid.
5. Take a small bit of hair next to S2 and pull it along with S2 under S3.
 6. Continue to take small sections of hair as you braid under.
 7. When you reach the hair in the neck (or base) area, pull the braid up a little and ...
 ... continue to braid under.
 8. When you have no more hair to pull, just braid normally.
 9. Secure the braid with a hairband.
 10.  You are done!
Chrissa and I hope that you found this helpful!
Do you like Dutch braiding?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Showers and Spring Flowers

 Hi all!  I bet you have heard that saying "April showers bring spring flowers".  Or was it May flowers?
 Anyway, there was an April shower going on outside our house, so I decided to do a little drawing.
 I set up paper, an easel, crayons, and colored pencils.
 "What kind of flower should I draw?" I wondered aloud, staring at the black page.
 "I know!"
 "One, two, three, four, five pedals." I said as I drew them on my paper.
 "Now for some grass!"
 "And some clouds ..."  I slowly colored my picture.  
 After all, hast makes wast!
 Are you ready to see my "masterpiece"? (He - he)
 I'm not an amazing artist like my friend Saige, but it's fun to draw anyway.  I think I'm better a photography. ;^)
Do you like drawing?