Irish Music Camp



This year my family and I went to an Irish music camp and at the end every person was assigned to a group and they either danced, played their instrument, or acted a skit. I danced which is the Irish step dancing. This is me watching all the skit’s and things.





This is my brother (He’s wearing the superman shirt) taking the slow session class.






This is me after one of my dance sessions we had lots and lots of fun!

– Corrie –


Museum Gift Shop: how have we lived without…



We went to the Nasher sculpture center gift shop these are just a few things we found and loved!



This is me holding a man with pants you can take off of him and inside the pants is pepper inside the man is salt.



These are some pictures of the sculptures they’ve probably had there before.





This is a picture of my little sister Helen reading a book.




This is the book. The book was about what zombies hated (clowns, romance, robots, and electric wires) what they sort of liked (out houses and chain saws) and what zombies loved (you).







these are some other things we found.



– Corrie –

How to Dip-Dye your Hair


Recently Corrie and I tried a summer hair dying experiment. Here is a simple step by step on how to do it yourself and what we thought of the results.

To dye your hair you need…

  • 8 packets of sugar free Kool-Aid (cherry makes red, grape makes purple, and raspberry makes pink)
  • 2 cups of water
  • a pot
  • a large mason jar
  • a stove
  • and a spoon.

To make the mixture, boil 2 cups of water in the pot. Then add all 8 Kool Aid packets. Stir until all the Kool Aid is completely dissolved. Then pour the mixture into the mason jar. Brush your hair so there are no snags or tangles then separate it into pigtails (or section it in some way or another). Make sure there are no products in your hair when you dye it.

Put your hair in the Kool Aid one pigtail at a time. Leave the pigtail in for 7-40 minutes. For a deeper brighter color leave in longer, for a lighter color leave in for less time.


If the jar is to hot to hold wrap a towel around it. Your hair will absorb the most color when the Kool Aid is hot. Hair also absorbs the color better if it has been washed the day before. If your hair is too damp or too dirty it will not absorb as much color.


When you have finished dying one part of your hair, pat the section dry with a towel until it stops dripping. When you have completely finished let your hair air dry. Put the leftover Kool Aid in the refrigerator to save for the next time you use it.

To keep the color in your hair wash it with warm water and color safe shampoo and conditioner the next day. DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR WITH COLD WATER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!!!!!!! The color will come right out. The color will also fade slightly when you go swimming.


Corrie did purple in her hair, and I did red. We both think it turned out really well. I enjoy the red so much, that the next time I do it, I might consider dying all my hair that color, not just the ends. Although I do enjoy how it sort of fades from brown to red.

I would recommend using purple or pink on lighter hair so that it shows up more. Red works well on darker hair because it shows up beautifully when it is very concentrated.


I found this activity very successful and wish well on all of you who try it!


Lots of love!

🙂 Abigail


Rodin and Maillot Outside

I love the sculptures of August Rodin. Metal stretches in imitation of flesh, taut or bent or unhappy. Sometimes larger and softer and more crazily dimpled than flesh can be. When I find one in a museum, I usually try to imitate the pose displayed, if I can. I wonder if I feel the way his models did?

This one is not a Rodin, it is by Aristide Maillot.


There was a Rodin across the lawn and Abbey posed beside it. Titled “Eve”, James thought it might represent Eve being born: unfolding from her natal rib into a whole human woman. Rodin sculpts skin as if it is still moving with energy, maybe by creating a dimpled, uneven surface to the metal although it is polished and reflective.


Here are tall men looking serious. This particular installation was a row of headless human figures. They had a frightening, serious appearance but looked much more mundane, like folks standing in line at the checkout counter, when the guys stood behind them. Eggs, milk, bread? Oh, good, I’ve got it all!


Seeing art in dappled summer sunlight feels marvelous. The back of the Nasher Sculpture Center is an open yard landscaped to spotlight different pieces of art. It is a relief not to have to be quiet and slow for the whole museum experience, especially if you are younger than 12 and the museum was your Mom’s idea, not your own! – Katie

Mushroom summer

I find things and sometimes I don’t know where they have come from. Little plastic dinosaurs in the drawer of my desk, or half an Easter egg underneath my easy chair in the living room. Today I found a lovely bit about mushrooms on someone’s blog but I don’t know where they got it.

“Mushrooms that are in a close group but not close enough to be called a cluster are said to be in a troop. Mushrooms in a group that is a bit more scattered and irregular (loose discipline!) are said to be gregarious.“

I think this is definitely the summer of the gregarious mushrooms. Between my big kids and my little kids family activities tend to pull in differing directions. all the time. I like living with loose discipline better than trying to control things, so as long as we don’t travel too near the edge of the cliff we should all be able to get where we’re going…

Much rain fell during the month of May. As those pools in the middle of yards and roads slowly eased into the ground strange mushrooms sprouted under shade. Orange caps and white domes and circular ruffs straight off the neck of Queen Elizabeth 1. The firm foamy texture of mushrooms and their short lives fascinate me – where do they go? Do they just wither down into the grass? How come you never see dead mushrooms, or mushroom casings?

Like a good mother deathly afraid of any possibly poisonous bit of nature, I will not allow mushroom experimentation, even by the son who regularly dissects any foul rotting thing he finds in the yard. (“Look, Mom, it’s a baby rabbit but it’s just intestines and one foot! And the tail!”)

I appreciate these mysteries… I like not knowing things better and better lately. Less weight to carry.

More reports on the Gregarious Mushroom Jarrett group to come. – Katie