Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, July 25, 2010
He is very proud of his room and is very comfortable in it. I love his sense of style -- and he has a definite sense of style. He is quite sure about what he wants and what he doesn't. I've shopped with him on-line and off quite a bit and I have a pretty good feeling for what he's going to like. He likes clean, modern lines. Nothing old fashioned, nothing with too much going on. But he does like bright colors. I took a bunch of pictures so you can see what I mean.
First, his wall color. It's orange. Really, really orange. I was opposed at first and tried to convince him to just have an accent wall of orange. But, if you've ever tried to convince T of something, you know that this didn't work out so well (especially if you initially told him that he could do whatever he wanted in his room!) He paid for the first gallon of paint out of his 100 bucks, and M and I paid for the second gallon when the first coat didn't cover up the previous color so well. (By the way, T is in M's old office. M moved his office to the basement.)
I still am having trouble uploading images that I have rotated, so you'll have to tilt your head to the side to see this one correctly. T picked out the bedding at Target and immediately fell in love with it. He loves how it incorporates his nice orange color "without being too girly" like some of the other orange-ish comforters. Notice the nice poster on the wall? That's a $12 IKEA purchase from when we went to Chicago a couple of weeks ago.
T picked out the lovely bright green curtains to compliment his walls and comforter set. I just love these bright colors. He got the curtains out of his budget, but supplemented it to get the cute black mini-papazon chair. He just discovered the green blanket in our garage this morning that he draped over the chair before our photo session. In the corner is that tall Japanese light that he got at IKEA for something like nine bucks. The boy knows how to work a budget.
Tilt your head for viewing...Finally, his storage unit. M and I were going to buy each boy a bookcase, but T wanted this cube unit, so this replaces his bookcase. You'll see the caricature of him fencing that he bought at an amusement park as well as his prized pine wood derby trophies (right next to his big jar of plastic army men). His school supplies for the fall are in the bottom right corner. I have no idea what's in the colorful boxes because I didn't look.
Here he is in his favorite corner. You may notice notice the electric guitar. He saved up his money (most of it from a garage sale that he had) and bought it with his own money. I'm trying to arrange lessons for him that will start soon. I mentioned that his shirt matched his room. He said that he didn't plan to match, but it would look good on the blog.
T paid attention to every detail, including his alarm clock. He picked this one out because of the black and white art on it. The design is a replaceable card that can be exchanged with four different prints that came with it.
Despite his grownup room and his great sense of design, it's good to remember that he's still a kid, or a "tween" as he likes to call himself.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Iron Chef America,
Iron Chef America,
Iron Chef America,
Iron Chef America,
Although he makes fun of this show, it's one that he really likes. He even records it each week. He loves the competition and the interesting dishes. (He does think, however, that the Chairman is a bit dramatic...and he can't believe that there are so many non-chef, cooking experts in the world to judge.) If you've never watched Iron Chef, you should check it out....and think of R.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We're going to see a BNL concert this week, which is my mother's day gift and M's father's day gift. They boys get to go with us - luckys!
T wrote this at school for me for Mother's Day:
M most pretty
O outstanding in every way
T talented at everything
H honestly fun
R really cool
D de best (you gotta love his creativity on this one!)
Y you are great!
Friday, March 05, 2010
Gramma and Grampa Smith drove in, as did Uncle D, Uncle D, and Aunt J.
R called the color guard, but I couldn't get a good picture of him. Here are the boys in his den saluting the flag.
R was one of three (very serious) boys who got a very special award. It's called the Super Achiever award and is given to Webelos who have earned all 20 Webelos pins. What an achievement -- one that took them two years to complete.
R also received an award that has not been given out in over a decade in our pack -- simply because no boy had ever earned it. It's called the God and Me award. R worked with our pastor and had weekly homework over the first semester this year. That's Pastor Matt giving him the award. It's pretty cool and looks like a medal. R also gets to wear a special patch on his Boy Scout uniform and as an adult (if he helps out in scouting when he grows up) signifying his hard work.
Then the cross-over ceremony began. M asked the Boys Scouts to do the full-blown Native American ceremony. The Boy Scouts walked in to drums - it was cool. They then put blue and gold "war paint" on each boy. The blue is for virtue and the blue sky and the gold was for the sun, warmth, and loyalty.
Since T is into fencing, he chose Uriah Jones, an olympic fencer. Here he poses with his creation. Notice the big white foil (sword) going across the whole box with a small picture of Uriah Jones in the middle. I like the graphic way that T did Uriah's name on the box.
This is part of the back of the box with T's summary on it.
Good job on a neat project, T!