The return of the "Things" and more...

Monday, March 7, 2011

A month may not seem long for some, but we're not often away from each other and it seems like it was more then 3 weeks at times!
Following making the banner, and cleaning the rest of the room the night before we went to pick Matthew and Micaiah up, Mom and I found Marscel fast asleep perfectly poised in the middle of writing a letter to the boys.
Upon arriving in St. Louis we headed to the ice rink... the last day it was opened of the season.
Ready to cut the ice...
One of the boys had the idea for everyone to wear a hat. It's funny how many people asked where we were from because "I've never seen anyone dressed like you while ice skating" :-)
Since we could only go in one direction we swept in wide sweeping circles in one long chain breaking apart to avoid running anyone over and re-linking again.
A stroll in the park

Micaiah helping wash the dishes... Hannah height
Capturing a few more memories of the memories that were captured

Taking DDR to a new level... the ultimate arm exercise
Nothing beats farm fresh eggs!
The race is on!
When Mario-cart is too easy to beat with your hands, try it with your feet.
Coloring with Coreen

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
         The fruit of the womb is a reward.
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
         So are the children of one’s youth."
 I can't wait to see the newest little Niednagel blessing arriving, Lord willing, near the end of the month!


Cochran Family said...

We sure had a blast with you all last Monday!! We will definitely have to do that again. :)

We'll be praying for safe travels for you all this weekend and look foward to seeing you again - we'll miss you while your're gone!!

I'll look forward to emailing Baxter with you, Melanie. I'm really enjoying doing that together. Be sure to post pictures of your new niece/nephew -can't wait to see them!!



Joanna said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! St. Louis is a great place. :-)

A couple months back I saw that you all went to a masquerade and made your own brother and I are going to one in a month or so and would like to make our own masks. Are there any tips you could give us, or a website with a tutorial? Thanks so much!

Melanie said...

Hi Joanna

For the boys masks they followed this tutorial they found on youtube for the base:
After it dried they painted it with acrylic paints, and for Matthew and Micaiah, a gold leaf pen, gold puff paint (for the squiggles), and for one side they stamped a music stamp on paper and dipped it in water to soften the paper enough to form it to the mask. They glued the ties to the inside with a strong glue and good size ribbon (at least 1/2 inch thick).

For Pa and I, we bought a basic form at JoAnn's, cut it down to a smaller size and covered it with fabric (putting the glue on the inside of the mask and stretching the fabric to lay smooth over it)and for mine, decorated with a button, feathers, and little crystals.

I hope that helps and that you enjoy making them!

Joanna said...

Thanks! Making our own with plaster looks really fun, but I think we'll go with mask blanks for this project because of our time constraint, school, life etc.
Thanks again!

Simply me said...

Aww! Such adorable pictures! I love the ice skating ones. You all look so cute while embracing "winter wonderland" :-) Love and miss you all..these pictures make me miss you even more!
Love in Christ,