Friday, October 26, 2007

Today's Featured Aszterbaum

ELLIE!! lover...thumby...inquisitive...munchable
"Belles" "Ellie Bellie" "Ellie-Boo" "Chunka Chunka Bootie Bootie Girl" "Elles"

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Today's Featured Aszterbaum


full of LIFE...fearless...snuggly...hilarious...goofy...inquisitive...flippy...floppy...somersaulty...
absolutely nuts...caring...pure at heart...awesome...heroic...adventurous...brave...touchy...feely...peaceful...sweetness embodied

"The Beat" "Peanut" "Eater Beater Bear" "Buddy" The Nut" "The Hero"

Even heroes need a nap

Saturday, October 20, 2007

umm...just for fun

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Homeschooling Adventures

Many of you already know we've taken on the adventure of homeschooling. It has been fun! And totally insane. ;) It's hilarious when God calls you to something and equips you as you go, rather than all at once beforehand. And that is exactly what He is us what we need, when we need it. Conversations with other homeschoolers, timely encouragement, resources dropped out of the sky, Aha! But I do often find myself thinking, what's next? But God has proved Himself to be faithful time and time again.

I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into our world, if you care to take a look! I've added some pictures and will continue to over time. Check in with us every once in a while!
Ethan and his Phonics Fighters (they have to fight with their letter's phonetic sound)
Kids making a paper mache globe (Josie said it felt like tuna salad...gross) Field Trip to the Oak Tree Village Wild Animal Exhibit
Yes...we call this Science. It is most definitely Chemistry.
Adjective Apple Tree "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Josie's garden grows red boots!

Playing in 70 mph wind? Oh yes, most definitely Science.

Our field trip to the Orange Railway Museum. This place was so cool, we had it all to ourselves because we went on a weekday. We snuck onto old train cars to see inside...Shhhh...Our replica of the Nile. We planted grass seed in the soil to represent the crops surrounding the Nile. We flood the Nile with water and watch how the flooded river would water the crops every year.

We've been studying the ancient Egyptians. Our history book is called The Story of the World. It is a classical approach to teaching history, basically, it is told through stories! It's a really fun way of looking at history. Not just fact after fact, date after date memorized.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Kyler's Art Show

Kyler's art show was awesome! Look at that cutie over there. That's my boy.

To be honest, L.A. just isn't my top choice of where I want to drive, walk down the streets of, smell, or hang out in. But this night gave me a glimmer of lovin for the place! Just off of Figeuroa and the 110, stands a tall wherehousey building. Inside that building on the second floor sits my brother's studio. My brother, Joey Grana II is the owner of Scout L.A. Of course, anything Joey Grana II is going to be quality, bizarre, creative, and welcoming. And it was. There was wine and cheese. There were vintage drapes hanging from the ceiling. Joey had blown up several of Kyler's drawings and displayed them around the studio. There was a rack of Kyler's designer tees (with a Scout L.A./Kyler Aszterbaum label) and a couple of mannequins wearing some of Scout's new line. It was so exciting for us! My brother asked Kyler if he would draw in the bathroom stalls. What 9 year old boy would turn that down?! The night was awesome. It was such a joy to observe Kyler talking to adults about his art. A special love thank you to those friends and family that came to support Kyler last Saturday. It made it so special. And not to mention Kyler's art was admired that night by world-famous runway model, Erin Wasson! (see pic!) (She's the gorgeous one who's mostly legs)

One of the highlights was the kid to adult ratio. Let me explain. Our 4 kids were there, Sophia, Max, Tiara, Michaela, and Baby Maegan were there. I heard my brother and a guy talking about the kids. It was exciting to hear them discuss how happy they were that children were there. They were saying that at these L.A. fashion parties, it's never about the art, but just about who's with who, who's wearing what, etc...but having the kids there totally broke that down. Seriously, kids are just so much cooler than adults. I will always believe that.


Cousin Max

Auntie Becky, Maegan, Moi, and Ellie

Dancin Cousins Sophia, Tiara and Sister Josie

Papa, Grandpa, Grandma Sandy

Grandma and Brother Ethan

Dad...and a head of a ram

Erin Wasson, Uncle Joey (Pirate & Owner of Scout L.A.)

Singer, Songwriter, Jonathon Wilson

Also...Auntie KeKe and Michaela

About the Bathroom Stalls Video Clip

The Sweet Thing Josie Did for Her Daddy

One day, a little girl named Josie told her Mommy "I want to make a party for Daddy. He works so hard for us so we can stay home with you, so I want to make him a party." So...she did...(all by herself)

She picked and placed flowers on the table...

She hung a sign saying, "Thank you, Daddy" by two balloons...

Crepe paper was hung...
And a menu was made...
Some featured items were "Dried Mango with Chili" and "Cold Water with Ice"

And he was a very grateful Daddy, indeed.