...............The Hellwig Family

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Painting day

by Mama H.
It was a picture perfect day in NC today, and to take a break from chores and lessons, Christianna, Elliot, Jedidiah, Tobais and Benaiah decided to do some painting. While Gabrielle, Timothy and Arianne participated in our local Walk for Life event this morning, we brought out the water colors and "hair pencils" (as Benaiah likes to call them.... he's been reading about Benjamin West!) and set to it.

Benaiah and Tobias comparing notes (strokes?)
(Mama Grinch likes painting outside. )
The whole group
Mixing colors....

Benaiah contemplating his work....

Christianna concentrating.....

Elliot and Jedidiah both bent over their creations...

" Oooops! I have green fingers!"

And the results :

Jedidiah and his "For Rent Sign House, at night, with Chimney Smoke"; and "The Tornado."

Tobias : "Angus and Toasty" and "Tornado in the Cactus" (hmmm, I detect a theme, here!)

Christianna : "The Treed Cat"

Elliot : " Walk for Life"

Benaiah : "A Three-year-old paint Sampler" (I've seen "modern art" that hardly rivals this one for action and color!)
It's so much fun to paint. Perhaps we'll have another paint day soon.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Birthday Adventures

Posted by Gabrielle

A couple weekends ago, we celebrated Timothy's 18th birthday! Most birthdays in our family have been fairly uneventful, but this was one birthday which will be long remembered.

On the afternoon of April 16th, a tornado passed through our area with high winds and pouring buckets of rain. Shortly before we were to put the birthday dinner in the oven around 4:00, the power went out and did not come back on until shortly after 8.

Seeing that birthday dinner was already out on the counter, and parts of it were in the oven, we decided to go ahead and have a "midnight feast".

Christianna read to the little boys while Mommy and we older ones prepared dinner

The sumptuous birthday fare spread and ready to be eaten

And guess what? Dinner was done in less than an hour and the microwave clock read 8:52 pm as we sat down to dinner.

18 candles and a wonderful smile!

Little Brother's Lofty Ambitions

Posted by Gabrielle

My little brothers have very lofty ambitions in life as was evidenced in a conversation Mommy overheard between Benaiah and Christianna this morning.

C: How old will you be this year, Benaiah?

B: Hmm...I'll be 4!

C: Yes, then how old will you be next year?

B: 5!

C: That's right. And then how old?

< long pause... >


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What I've Been Busy With Lately...

Posted by Gabrielle

I do have a number of posts in the works and I shall be trying to blog more consistently, but in the meantime, do check out the latest post on my blog to see what I've been busy with lately!

See you there!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cowboy turned Colonial Gentleman

Posted by Gabrielle

For his 3rd birthday last year, Benaiah was given a handsome cowboy hat. He loves hats, especially this one and his 'workerman hat.'

It seems that after our recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Benaiah was smitten with the tri-cornered hats as he wasted no time in asking a sibling to bend his cowboy hat into a tri-cornered hat!

~pictures by Arianne~