Our Year Of Living (Beautifully) Without WalMart

Thursday, September 3, 2009

another day another TWO! owls....




i have begun to use the sewing machine on the owls. i still handstitch the eyes and the hole at the bottom after i have turned them inside out and filled them.

it's much easier and FASTER....

these are for....

my great neice alyssa....


and my neice marissa....

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

survey sent home from bastian's teacher....filled out by me...ready to turn in tomorrow....panic attack (bastian's) avoided....

I guess it is unofficially Bastian Week...i used to not blog about him much and it seems that lately that is all i do. ha.

His teacher sent home a survey to be filled out...i planned to chill out and write it this weekend. Not so...needs to be turned in by friday or bastian will get DETENTION (!!!!!) emphasis his....so here it is....

in bold are the "questions" in "regular" are my answers....

In a million words or less tell me about your child. Feel free to use the back of the paper, if necessary. (it's like she knew me ha)

My Child:

1)Is motivated when.....people believe in him and are up front and honest with him. Strangely, I wanted to write "when he is challenged or when someone is negative about something, he likes to prove them wrong." Sebastian likes to be one of the brightest and will almost always give above and beyond what is expected of him. He reads in his spare time, for instance, and spends hours doing activities that enrich his mind. He has an abundance of hobbies and interests.

2) Has strengths, gifts, talents, and abilities that include....
Sebastian is wise. We have always spoken to him in a very clear, direct way and have been very thourough with explaining the world around him. It is my opinion that he is intellectually gifted because of the way we have raised him to be quite openminded and able to hold his own in his thoughts, beliefs, and actions. He is extremely well-read and quite capable of expressing himself and his sometimes strong opinions.

3) Is successful when....
Sebastian seems to be a very successful kid in general. He believes in himself very deeply. He is bright and witty and really enjoys engaging people and situations that challenge him and reward him.

4) Has difficulty with...
handwriting!- because he is "sloppy" and gets ahead of himself and does things perhaps too quickly. He has trouble with neatness and tidiness in general (as have his father and i) He has difficulty understanding how people can be cruel and thoughtless.

5) Enjoys activities that allow her/him to be....
challenged and kept occupied. He likes to be both imaginative AND book-smart. He likes to be rewarded and recognized. He enjoys building things, either with legos or building or craft supplies and enjoys writing and creating his own enjoyments.

6) Something you may not know about my child is...
that Sebastian has been through a LOT. Between the ages of 5-8, he experienced his father's and my divorce, his father's death, a new stepfather, two new siblings, and a cross-country move. He has come through it pretty well adjusted, in my opinion, and wiser for the experience.

7)One last thing I would like to tell you is....
Sebastian has been raised by two very unorthodox parents and an artistic stepfather. He is very aware of the world at large, politics, art, and culture. He is very well-traveled and has been to almost half of the states in this country and experienced the world and people around him with a very realistic and hands-on approach.
Sebastian has over ten grandparents/great grandparents/and even a great-great grandmother who is 93 years old and in three very distinctly different geographical locations in the country. Here in ohio, in the mountains of colorado and by the sea in texas. He has been able, through the multi-generational way he has been raised (one of his best friends in the world is his 75 year old great grandfather) to absorb lots of old fashioned and even for his place as a child in the modern world-historical- interests and pastimes, that i don't think a lot of kids are raised with these days. This has enriched him greatly.
He is a good boy all around. He doesn't have much interest in peer pressure or conformity.
He is very aware of politics and history and has a very keen sense of social justice.
I could go on and on. I am very proud of Sebastian and love him for the baby he was, the boy i have seen grow, the young adult he is becoming, and the well-rounded man i work everyday to help him grow to become.
He is a great help and influence to his younger brother and sister and a treasure to have as a son.
Thank you for this chance to express what i think and feel about him. I hope you enjoy having him in your class.

shhhhhhh don't tell bashie....



but, his owl is done! :)
i am pleased with it. they are getting MUCH easier to do. this one was a breeze. the backing and front are a dark green corduroy. the wings are from a pair of tweed pants i had (that i also made pants for fred from)and i did a new thing where i only did two "layers" of eyes. just a tiny corner to cut to make life easier...and still just as "owly" if not more.
i decided that once bastian's was done, i was going to start bagging the owls up to put in the solstice closet, to await the holiday (they are starting to overtake my backroom haha....) and when i gathered them all together i was stunned that i had indeed made all four so far....(and of what it will be like when i get all the others done with their many colors and wing patterns....exciting!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

twas the night before fifth grade.........


and all through the house....momma and bashie did the BACK TO SCHOOL TIDY SHINDIG at the very very last minute (afternoon)...

bastian has a very neat room, filled with all sorts of wonderful things for a ten year old boy, if i may say so myself. he has many interests and it is wonderful to watch him grow and learn and utilize the world around him.

i don't blog about bastian nearly enough, will work harder at that. but he is a pretty independent soul so i don't fret much with him and do little kiddie things like i do with the babies. but no less is the love i have in my heart for my firstborn....

ok! so here is bastian's room! (left to right in a circle. ha)

he has this roll-top desk that was his father's. a great heirloom. one he will be using a lot this year and in the coming years, i imagine. his dad used to do his BUSINESS at this desk. it is a cool, cool desk. today i thoroughly organized it and put things in their rightful places to have a great study area. i am especially pleased with what i did on the top "shelf" (what is that word?)...
i had some cool planters that i got at a yard sale (with a handful of other stuff for a dollar!) and bastian's favorite color is green. so i put his pencils (sharpened and all with erasers...a feat! ha!) in one of them and his pens (all tested!) in another. then i put his scissors in a jar with his erasers...then i spaced them with his collections of marbles, stones, and seashells....gorgeous!

beside his desk is a little space where he has his bean bag chair (that he got at a rummage sale for $2), his spare blanket for cozying up (in front of a good movie or reading a good book)...in the camoflauge bag is his metal detector (very top of the line, from papa jake...)on the wall are his lightup moon phases moon thingie (awesome gift from uncle david and aunt iris), and a collage of old american currency that he got when we took grandma mae and grandpa jake to the garst museum. papa bought the frame :)...

then the A/V corner...ha. he has a television, that was our old tv, we are borrowing his that was his dads because it is bigger, for the family. his dvd/vcr combo is broken. we need to get another.(but no hurry, but i guess before winter would be nice) the bureau was his dad's. it was sebastian's when he was a baby, then his dad had it, now he has it back. in those drawers are *a junk drawer *dvds *favorite vhs movies * not favorite vhs movies. he has a computer (windows 2000, wassup) that he got for xmas a couple years ago. (what a thrill!) he also has a nutracker "collection", the tall one is a pirate (for his dad...i get him one pirate thing every xmas, as a tribute....) it is his tree topper as well....two alarm clocks. one is for the cd player and radio. note the papa gandalf....also the penny holder on the wall was his dad's that they completed together. it has a penny from each year 1950-2000 along with a timeline of things that happened that year. it's rad. the plaques are his prizes from the coin show he showed at in march.

then in the other corner is his BOXES OF STUFF....hey, nobody's perfect and this is the best i can do without shelving! :) but at least today they are ORGANIZED! it's the small victories, folks! note the compound bow on the wall (from grandpa), dad's canteen, and greenday and obama posters....awesome kid, man.

bastian's bed.....he used to have a futon bunk bed. it was his one true desire in life. we got it. it squeaked and we never worked out how to use the top and he never used it as a futon. he has always liked to sleep on mattresses on the floor so this is his setup now...(and it is COMFY!) green sheet, green faux down comforter, tony stewart throw, old beat-up pillow that he has written on and everything! teddies...
bulletin board (his BIG birthday present this past birthday---that is what he WANTED)
pictures of his dad and dad's family, and OF COURSE the SURRENDER THE BOOTY flag!

THE BOOKSHELF!!!! grandma mae made the bookshelf years ago. she gave it to me. i gave it to bastian. it is so friggin awesome....wish i could take better darn pictures. he has such GREAT books....also some of his postcard collection, his picture box, various journals, just neat neat stuff... sitting beside are his set of encyclopedias (these were young married bobby's and mine...so cool) and BIG RED DICTIONARY that was a wedding gift from grandma mae....

HOGWARTS
bastian is building "hogwarts" (harry potter's school....just sayin') out of legos. from his own imagination. it is soooo awesome and so amazing what a kid can do with time and imagination and freeplay....

there he is...that's my beauty! i love him....i am sure he will have a great year this year at school and in everything he does!