Wednesday, July 28, 2010

wooden chair.

awhile back we looked around for plastic kids' chairs. samil was pretty young and we needed a place for him to sit. amalio found these plain wooden chairs with goat skin seats for super cheap. only 100 pesos (about 3USD) for a perfect, sturdy little chair. we only had samil, so he only got one. fast forward two years. amely was fast approaching her chair-sitting days, so amalio set out to find new chairs. only 20 pesos more than they were two years ago, he brought home two.

they are just plain chairs - made out of crude (though splinter-less) wood and an animal skin seat.

the first one i painted with some acrylic paints i had lying around. it's pretty beaten up now, but i think it's withheld some abuse in its lifetime.

this is amely's chair. it's amely's because it's got more pink than anything else. i only have a few acrylics lying around and pink was most abundant. i did get some blue after i finished this, so i'll make samil a predominantly blue one as soon as i have some time to sit down and finish it (after they go to bed, of course!)

it's things like these that i LOVE about the dominican republic. good quality, handmade goods for good prices. and these chairs were made out of scrapwoods that couldn't be used for other projects and the seat cover is made from animals that were killed for food. less waste. perfect.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

a visit to santo domingo


after a long two weeks of beach, pool, campo, cows, summer camp and driving... this is what happened when we got home.

that's her pack-and-play all folded up. i sat her on it for a minute and when i came back... out cold.

samil slept on the couch for 2 hours.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


it's been raining something awful for about two weeks now.

the last i heard the reservoirs are overfull and might need to be opened. which in any other situation might be okay, but last time they were force-opened a lot of people lost their homes. and lives.

we spent a week in cabrera, where my in-laws live. it rained i did get to go to camp esperanza three out of the five days which made staying that long just about bearable.

my dad will be here tomorrow night. i'm excited.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rainbow Tot School

It's been a long time since i posted a tot-school. We've been running around a lot since it's summer, but we do throw some "school" in when we get the chance.

We've been working on the letter "R". Here's Samil using his letter blocks to trace an R.
I made this file folder from materials I got from Confessions of a Homeschooler and Homegrown Hearts
There are rainbow patterning, a puzzle and a size sorter. I also printed out this dot-page, which we used with magnetic bingo dots.

We also did some painting and coloring, but mostly we're just un-planned over here for awhile. The next theme, as soon as I get the printer to work right, is Noah's Ark.

Check out Carissa's blog to see more tot-school posts.