University game break.

The Sims 3 Collection
The Sims 3 Collection (Photo credit: origami_potato)

Not everything is entirely educational and good for you. Sometimes a game is just a game. I haven’t figured out how to properly spoil the fun of the University expansion for the The Sims3, so the girls are still enjoying it. Perhaps they’re goal-setting in a way. Thinking about life after high school.
{Perhaps I could just tell myself that.}

Hope real life isn’t much like this game for them. I didn’t have the traditional university/Greek experience, so that’s literally all Greek to me.

We did try to do some experiments with the Sims3 game play. Red2 tried to make juice with ingredients of different quality ratings. They score the produce you grow with a simple system: good, great, excellent, etc. She found clearly that you could sell the sqeezings that were made with finer ingredients for more money. The extra sim work was worth the extra ‘simoleons.’

Indiana Jones movies map
Indiana Jones movies map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought the traveling expansion would be a tad bit useful. We had some conversations about China, Egypt, and France, but in the end, they were just game play. Brushing up against geography a bit.

Maybe some good geography lessons would be to do an Indiana Jones-style map of all the locations in James Bond movies or all the places on the globe that Jennifer Garner went in Alias. They’re a bit young for Alias still, but I bet there are some good ‘sight-seeing’ value to these movies. Did they actually film in all the locations or was it just movie magic? That would be a good research project.

Have any subversively devious and fun ways to talk about geography?

Shh…. go back to sleep

Red1 tossing leaves.

This is a quiet little shorty post today.

When you’re a parent you get to experience some strange and sweet things your kids do. They will deny it because they’re doing it in their sleep.

Late, or only a couple of hours after bedtime, I occasionally hear crying. Red2 appears to be awake, sits up and dries her tears. We adjust the sheet and find the pillow again.


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Quilty by Association

Sew, you have a fiber arts minor, did you think you’ll escape your love affair with textiles?

Mrs SFDaddy is a rock star in the quilting and fabrics game. This is a link to one of her sample quilts  that uses the fabrics from wonderful designs of Eric Carle who does the Very Hungry Caterpillar series. The girls are quickly becoming “Rockettes” in their own rights. Red1 is altering tshirts into skirts and tank tops, looking cute. Red2 can weave up a friendship bracelet like its a military exercise.

I am a little quilty by association. What am I doing? I helped with two quilts and have a third one in the UFO pile. In quilt-speak that’s an UN-FINISED-OBJECT. The first was a quilt for Red1. we took our old shirts and cut them up into squares, layered them together, sewed then up, snipped the edges and we had a great scrappy quilt.

The second project was a quilted pillow, not pictured here. Red1 picked the fabrics and we figured out how to make a giant pillow.

The UFO is my pirate quilt. We all used to play an online pirate game and I had a character I grew pretty fond of. This is the sketch and fabrics selected to pull it off. The fabrics run from tropical to treasure. We’re looking for the original sketch of the quilt. The drawing here is on Red1 drew up.

You don’t have to be sewing to have a UFO. But you also don’t have to be haunted by them. I’m granting you all amnesty from being chased down by your UFO’s. Just try not to be abducted by them.

What’s your UFO?