Thursday, February 26, 2015

Family Craft Night

So, I stumbled on this fun idea while having my morning coffee (It was shared on Facebook by "The Laurie Berkner Band" and here is the "how-to" page at "Therapy Fun Zone").

Dad cut and prepared the box. Mom used the "hot glue ray". Ben drew the maze and decided how to cut the straws.
Here, Ben, is waiting for the glue to solidify.

It works! We successfully made a Marble Maze toy! Yay, team! That puts a twist on our Family Game Nights, now doesn't it?!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Green Fairy

I am convinced that Benjamin is an author. I plan to do all I can to capture his stories, through dictation, every chance I get. Here is the seed of a story he has been working on this morning.

There was this group of bad aliens and monsters who came to get the Green Fairy and her Monkey friend.

The green fairy turned invisible and got the dragonflies to fly around, to guard the bad Rock Man. They make a shield.

After the green fairy put that invisible shield on the bad Rock Man, she came to the safe circle. She has saved the day! The aliens and monsters decided to be good and they are guarding her. First they were bad guys then they turned into good guys.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Throwing Snowballs!

While talking about the changing seasons, Ben lamented that we never got to have a winter snowball fight.
We had to do something about that!
Careful what you wish for little man! Mom may not have very good aim, but she has unlimited snow because she knows where the paper recycle bin is!
Energizer Bunny Ben quickly learned to stock pile his snow balls while I was up for a drink of water.
Take that! And that! And that!

This boy may only be 5 years old, but he is quite athletic! Keeping up with him is quite a challenge!

This kid is pure joy and energy!

It seems that I could run, but could not hide.
Ben broke out his shield for a game of "Shield Back Ricochet".

We stopped many times to cool down, and decided that having a non-moving target was good too. Aiming for the tub sounded good, but prompted Ben to make more snowballs to "fill it up!". With all the extra snowballs, the game took off anew all over the house! Look out, David. When you come in the door tonight, you'd better duck!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


What have I been up to? Oh, my. We have had a lot of crazy stuff going on at our house, but none of us have been committed to a padded cell yet. I haven't really felt like venting here, but I do owe everyone a long overdue update.
So in summation, when I am not breathing into this bag, I am dizzy with a long list of crazy art projects.
(Clarification: No, I have NOT taken up huffing glue. This picture is a reference to a common hyperventilation "cure" in which you breathe your own carbon dioxide by breathing in-and-out of a paper bag.)
My wee art student is creating some pretty exciting stuff this week, utilizing art materials from the recycle bin.
This "Speed Bus" is still being decorated, but it already takes passengers up and down the hallway. It is always fun to help Benjamin use that amazing imagination of his. He gets such a kick out of the smallest things. It is wonderful to see him get so excited about something as ordinary as an empty egg container.
But, honestly, these are the most exciting cartons in my house right now. I can hardly "contain" myself! You see, most of my art projects have been for clients who wish to remain confidential for now. I am hoping to add a few things to my JAB Graphic portfolio soon. However, the materials in these boxes are for my own, fine art, big ideas. Once I can clear my JAB Graphic schedule enough, then I will be bringing out the box cutter!
Last, but not least on our artistic agenda, is David's role as George in the Hamilton Players production of "The Drowsy Chaperone". The play opens this Friday, the 13th. It is a very funny musical, with an amazing cast and fantastic director. In addition to acting, David will be singing and tap dancing in this one! He has worked very hard on it. The show will run for three weekends, to include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday matinees. Tickets are now available at the Hamilton Players "Box" Office or online (click here)!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Guess Who Is Engaged!?!?

Dylan & Sarah
are officially engaged!
My first born is about to become a husband! My head is still spinning a little. They set the date for August 16th, 2015. We plan to get more details, and celebrate their engagement with them, next Saturday!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Confession

I suppose this will go down in Burkhart history as our version of "The Leg Lamp" incident.
(If you are unfamiliar with the incident, please click here to refer to the scene from "A Christmas Story", the movie).
No one is going to believe this was an accident. However, I am innocent I tell you. Innocent.
 You see, once upon a time, David was dating some chick from Russia. It got pretty serious and he followed her back to her home town of Almaty in Kazakhstan. He met her family, drank copious amounts of vodka, bathed in a barrel, ate a rock; he can tell you the whole romantic story. Anyhow, in the end he came back to the states with this souvenir bottle of Russian wine, for his parents.

This last Christmas, the bottle re-appeared from deep within The Cougar Creek Winery Cellars special stash. As luck would have it (that is, if Lady Luck was a white elephant), I was "gifted" the treasure. It had aged to PERFECTION, complete with enticing flotsam and jetsam floating around in the yellow liquid.

We yearned to taste the bejeweled nectar. We speculated on the subtle nuances of Russian flavors suspended in that well-aged Crimean spring water. The lips of the entire Burkhart family puckered in anticipation of what was sure to be the wine tasting event of the century. We speculated on the possible medicinal qualities of that non-homogeneous potion.

Alas, it was determined that it was too precious to uncork (unscrew the cap?). It was decided that it should be moved to a more secure location. The storage conditions were to be monitored closely, so as not to disturb the maturation process and to preserve the naturally-occurring flavor enhancement which was clearly happening within its fine silicon containment.

The treasure was placed within a sheath of finely crafted, ornamental, light-shielding, paper (white elephant gift bag to be re-gifted next year) and placed upon the top shelf of its intended security vault. Then the unthinkable happened.

I guarded it with my life. Additional barriers to harm were placed in front of the treasure. Yet, as I pressed, protectively, against the treasure, it was pushed to the back of the storage space to its detriment. The treasure slipped out down the back side of the shelf, where it fell out of its sheath and plummeted 5 feet to the concrete floor below. Investigations are still under way, although the scene had been scrubbed clean by the time authorities had arrived. It does appear as though the manufacturers of the storage unit erected a shelf which did not reach to the back of the wall. This oversight left a gap of roughly 4.5 inches at the back of the vault, though which the loss occurred.

The entire 750 milliliters of the precious liquid were lost during the incident. However, the haunting aroma will stay with me as long as I live. Every effort was made to recover the amorphous solid portions of the treasure, but we were, tragically, out of glue.

Five Year Old Math Teacher

Five fishes MINUS four fishes equals one fishy.
Five fish PLUS five fishes equals ten fishes!
If six penguins go out on a snowmobile...
and two fall off... 
and one gets eaten...
then how many penguins crash into the polar bear?

It is a grisly world when you are in Ben's class, but at least math can help you keep score!