Sunday, June 27, 2010

Aiden's Eagle Project

So this was Aiden's eagle project. He had been stalling getting it together for several months. As summer began, I took away all his video gaming paraphernalia and told him he could get them back as soon as his eagle project was 100% complete. That kicked him into gear. Two weeks later, he had it all planned, scheduled, and completed. He had to work hard to accomplish it in that amount of time, but he did it!

Aiden chose to record stories for the blind. He contacted The Society for the Blind in Sacramento. He gathered all his friends' computers to the church. And people came in and read stories into a computer set up in a classroom. He had to get trained by the Society, and then train his fellow scouts to help the people that came in. This was the check-in table.

Here is Sis. Barker sitting at a computer just about to record something.

Aiden organized a system for people to find the necessary classrooms. The doors were numbered, and they could follow the tape on the floor.

Here are people in the waiting area waiting for a computer to open up.

This is Aiden and Dad cleaning up at the end of the long day. Aiden's project went from 10 am to 4 pm. He was at the church from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

When Aiden got home, he crashed on the couch.

After the recordings were finished, Aiden and his friends spent several more days burning them onto cd's. This is Aiden outside the Society for the Blind headquarters delivering his cd's to the volunteer coordinator.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TNT's Silent Auction

Stone belongs to a Shakespeare acting troupe called Take Note Troupe (TNT). Every year they have a big gala dinner, and a silent auction. For the past two years I have donated 2 quilts to the auction. These are the quilts I am donating this year.

I always have fabric left over from the quilts. So I started making matching tote bags to go with each quilt. The tote bags are sitting on top of each quilt. I will let you know how much they sold for after Friday.

Going, Going, Gone!

Aiden asked if I would mind if he shaved his head. He said he wanted to try it atleast once in his life. He was a little surprised when I readily agreed. I have been trying to get him to cut his hair for months. I thought his longer hair made him look like he was still in 7th grade. I think a shorter hair style would make him look older. I was right. So this is the beginning stage where I just whacked away at his long hair.
We played around with it a little. First we did the mullet. This is the mohawk stage.

Another shot of the mohawk.

Then Richard jumped in to try his hand at a flat top. That was not successful.

This is once it was all shaved off. I like the look of his dark eye brows with the shaved head. He has a nice shaped head atleast.

Here is am just cleaning it up a little. As we were rubbing his head, Aiden said it felt like we were rubbing his brain. He will have to be careful about sunburns on his head now. Although that would require the sun to come out at some point this summer.

And here is the final product. He kind of looks like a juvenile detention candidate, but that's okay.