I made a wreath! I don’t think I’ve ever made a wreath before. I am not very crafty, but I think that’s because I never have time to get supplies, much less do projects. But I have time now! I know it’s not perfect (expectant pause), but I’m honestly pleased with it.

I used a grapevine wreath and added sprigs of spruce, hydrangeas, and ranunculus, then laboriously assembled the bow and stuck that one as well.

Apparently the way to do this is to attach each bloom (or whatever) separately. I did the hydrangeas in little groups of three or four, but everything else was piece by piece. It took about an hour and 3 glue sticks (I bought a hot glue gun for this!). It’s a wee bit small on our giant 9-foot door, but that’s fine. What’s next!

Henry’s art

A few weeks ago we found out that Henry’s artwork had been selected to hang in the Quick Arts Center, which is the Bonaventure arts building. The reception was tonight so we were thrilled to go. An added bonus was how many friends we saw! Both friends of the kids, and my friends too. It was fun to celebrate so many young artists together. The show was a juried show for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. It included all the kids in the area, so not just the Olean schools. It was really cool to see so many different interpretations of the assigned pieces. After the show we checked out all the galleries (and I panicked over Grant wanting to touch everything), then we saw the lighting of the big tree in the atrium. And then! Then it was time for the interactive show. It was a one-woman (Mrs Claus) show that was interactive. Grant even invited himself on stage when my dad went up! He was dubbed Rudolph.

Aloha, Hawaii!

Today we head home, and tomorrow afternoon we will get home (if everything goes according to plan). It’s a brutal trip, but it’s been worth it to spend so much time in paradise.

Something really special that happened was that the twins got a special certificate and some buttons from the kids club at Aulani. They were very polite and patient (they needed special meals that took longer to prepare), and Henry even cleaned up after himself at dinner.