I loved 4th grade (although I did NOT love my 4th grade teacher). I loved learning about the California Gold Rush. I loved learning about the missions. I loved learning about our state flag and flower and our state bird (our own California Valley Quail - I've seen them run across the country roads here in the fall). 4th grade is when my love of history began.
I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but my degree is in U.S. History. Maybe my love of vintage started then too.
Well Baby Bee came home with a special project a couple of weeks ago. Her assignment? Build a model of a California mission - there were 21 of them. Well my sweet Baby Bee picked Carmel - one of the most beautiful missions in all of California - and one of the most complicated.
So for the past few days our library has been a mess of paper, cardboard, craft paints, spackle, and hot glue threads.
I found a pattern for us to use, but Baby Bee traced it out. I cut it (sharp knives, you know). She then spackled it to give it an adobe texture and painted it.
Do you see how she scalloped the roof?
That was to make it look like roof tiles.
Can you see inside?
We even made a spackled floor that we tried to make look like the terra cotta tile on the floor of the mission. There are benches in there for you to sit and rest a spell.
|Don't worry! The real mission doesn't look like an earthquake just hit it.|
I am proud of Baby Bee. She definitely had more patience with the project than her mom did. She set a good example for me.
Best thing about the whole thing?
Getting to spend time with my girl and seeing how grown up she's getting. I miss that little girl I had, but I am proud of the young lady she is becoming.
Oh and she gets to be one of the class ambassadors at her Open House tomorrow night and wear her prairie girl costume from Halloween 2009. She is so excited!
So.....I can proudly say........and Baby Bee can say.......