Claire's school had a "pumpkin pageant" last week. Kids were encouraged to decorate real pumpkins and display them in the hall in front of their classrooms. Claire was super excited to participate. She quickly came up with the idea of making a pumpkin snowman. She made this sketch with all her ideas.
She searched the refrigerator and found "golden raisins" and "chocolate raisins" -- so those got incorporated. She is quite familiar with my button box, so she was confident they would be included. She even dug her gloves out of the hall closet in preparation.
We found three appropriately sized pumpkins and I picked up some white spray paint. We have a "snow man kit" that includes a felt hat and scarf, so those were perfect.
Here is Claire with her creation!
Isn't it cute?! Those arms are crepe myrtle branches -- don't those seed pods make funky hands?! We actually had to buy a bag of carrots to make that nose. I usually only have baby carrots on hand. (Since we had that whole bag of carrots, I made carrot cake later in the week. I must say, usually I pass right by any dessert that does not include chocolate, but the carrot cake was delicious!)
The music, art and gym teachers, plus the librarian came around and picked one winner from each grade level. And Claire won for the second grade! She was so thrilled! And we'll all enjoy the $5 gift certificate she won to the local ice cream shop.
Have you heard about the new RED campaign to fight AIDS in Africa? I've seen lots of advertisments and Oprah spent a whole day shopping with Bono and promoting the program. It sounds wonderful and I love the red t-shirts emblazoned with words like INSPI(RED), CENTE(RED), ASSU(RED) and UNCENSO(RED). So how come when I passed by a Gap store at the mall the only shirts they had from the campaign said HAMME(RED) and BO(RED)? I consider this an enormously ignorant and irresponsible design choice on the part of the marketing team. What is cool about being hammered? (A euphomism for extremely drunk.) And what is cool about being bored? Sure, we all get bored sometimes, but if you are wearing it on your t-shirt, you are a miserable pool of apathy. I could go on and on about t-shirts that are printed with irresponsible and offensive phrases, but to find them in the context of this amazing campaign to make our world a better place is very disappointing.