Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Little Fairytale Mix Book by Ali

My Little Fairytale Mix Book
by Alaethea Maschke

Once upon a time, Little Red Riding Rapunzel was taking cookies to her Grandmother when she saw Papa Bear.

It started to rain. When Little Red Riding Rapunzel saw the BIG BAD WOLF, she ran and Ran and RAN!

When Little Red Riding Rapunzel got to Grandmother's cottage, she gave her the cookies, and the Big Bad Wolf's tree fell down and he got rained on.

The Bear tried to find Little Red Riding Rapunzel, but she switched the signs so the Bear was like "Uh Oh, it's the end of the story," and he never found Little Red Riding Rapunzel.

The End

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Spectacular at Seven

Hello, my sorely neglected blog.  I'm not sure you will ever be a regular occurrence, but if at least Birthday posts get up, I will be happy.

We celebrated Ali's 7th Birthday today.  Seven seems old.  You are no longer a little kid.  Ali is just getting so big.

So, what is our seven year old Alaethea Ruth like?

She is passionate.  She cares deeply about things.  She's a rule follower, and likes it when others follow the rules as well.

She's our creator.  She loves to make things.  She loves to give handmade things to others.

She loves being with others.  She loves making new friends.

When we asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she couldn't really come up with anything.  Finally, she said "I really just want to go to San Fransisco for the day with you."  Um, we can do that.  So today Ali and I took BART into the city and had a fun day.  We went to the Exploratorium.  It was fun to be there with just her. We wandered around, made art, and had a great lunch where we could talk, uninterrupted.  I asked her some questions when we were there.  Here's what I learned about my seven year old.

Favorite color:  Pink
Favorite toy:  Samantha (my American Girl doll that I passed down to her)
Favorite fruit: Strawberries
Favorite TV show:  Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
Favorite thing to wear:  Shirt, skirt and leggings
Favorite food:  Mac and cheese
Favorite Game:  Crazy Eights
Favorite animal:  Giraffe
Favorite Song:  California Gurl (an extremely edited version)
Favorite Book: Frindle
What she wants to be when she grows up:  An art teacher and a babysitter.

Since the few people that see this will have already seen the pictures on facebook, here's a different one of my newly minted seven year old.
I love you to the moon and back, Alaethea!
Here Ali is in the monochromatic room at the Exploratorium.  She got some jelly beans and then we had to guess the color before she ate them. Fun and interesting!