Spring. I love it. Here are some reasons why: flowers. bubbles. swings. trees. birds. friends. expploring. SUN. Ellie had a playdate with a new friend today. They love the same things I love. So happy spring is here.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The National Geographic Museum in Washinton DC has brought the MOST amazing exhibit to our area. The 'Terra Cotta Warriors', guardians of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. In 1974 farmers were digging in fields outside of the Xi'an Shaanshi provence, and found this amazing discovery of funerary pits, and deep inside these pits are thousands of terra cotta sculptures. Qin Shi Huang had built an impressive mausoleum to house an entire royal court including sculptures of horses, warriors, chariots, archers, musicians, entertainers, and animals to accompany him in the afterlife. It is estimated that there are over 8,000 figures buried at this site, but only about 1,000 have been excavated. According to historical documents, the immense mausoleum construction began in 246 BC and required the labor of 700,000 workers. The emporer was 13 when this project began. Qin Shi Huang is responsible for establishing a universal currency in China, as well as a system of writing that is still used today.He is also credited for starting to build the first versio of the Great Wall of China. Image of Qin Shi Huang:
The exhibit was very interesting and even the kids seem to enjoy themselves. I was fascinated at the immensity and scope of the project that this emperor invisioned. Qin Shi Huang was very paranoid about assisnation attempts, and had many palaces built. He slept in a different one each night so that he would evade assassins. In 221 BC Qi Shi Huang successfully united the warring states of China under one ruler, and so he called himself the first emperor of China.
As we walked around the exhibit, I was amazed to read about the intensive process of building each warrior and statue. To this day, historians do not know how they fired and built the horses, they are so immense. The figures were intricately painted to represent and reflect its role and purpose in the court or army of the emperor.
Friday, March 19, 2010
We had a great time today. We are all feeling so good now that the warmer weather is here, (me in particular) I am so glad that spring arrives tomorrow. The girls are enjoying playing outside now everyday, and we are taking trips to the park and getting the bikes ready to be ridden. The days are longer and the sun is kind. Spring, such a welcome guest after our long winter visitor.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Cute, huh? And oh yes, I do want them in gold. They will look cute with lots of things (including the blah black dress and pregnancy skirt I will be wearing to church for the next infinity). But they will have to wait. In the mean time I am so enjoying the sun that is coming out more, and the fact that the snow is slowly melting makes me believe that I will survive this lonely winter.
So while I wait for Spring, and my baby bulge to become a bump, I am loving watching my 5 year old play make believe and snuggling with my almost three year old before her nap time. I am enjoying preschool and tea parties. I am trying to soak up the sweet moments with these girls as much as I can. I know that soon my time will be divided even more with a new baby, and I want to remember how much fun it is to just have my girls. Ellie is reading so well right now. She read her ENTIRE talk by herself at church this week. Talk about a proud mama. I am ready to go to the local nursery and plant some spring plants. Spring is coming, spring is coming it's right around the corner.