Author Archives: Mel McLellan

Seven and Serai’s Birthday Bash

Seven and Serai’s Birthday Bash

We only do birthday parties on odd years, and because all of our kids have a sibling with a birthday that falls within 3-6 days of their own, we pair everyone up for joint birthday celebrations. This means I get to save up all my enthusiasm for party planning and go nuts about once a year.

You’ve probably seen Seven’s Dr. Seuss party and you know that I can get a little out of control. I’ve covered our entire living room with blankets for a pillow fort party, and thrown some massive outdoor summer flings since then. We’ve talked about it before many times, but it bears repeating because it’s just oh-so-true: the detailed birthday party is my love language.

As soon as I realized Seven’s monumental 7th birthday and Serai’s big number 5 would coincide, I was fully prepared to pull out all the stops for an extravagant extravaganza. I’ve been thinking about those crazy plans for years, but then something happened… Continue Reading

Kandinsky for Kids, Art Project and Study

Kandinsky for Kids, Art Project and Study

I love exploring abstract art with kids because they’re so naturally good at it. Adults (myself included) get very stuck in their perceptions of things and struggle with it, but the abstract flows so freely from children.

A few weeks back we studied Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist in the first half of the 20th century. He is credited with creating some of the first works of truly abstract art and is known to many as the father of abstract art.

“Yellow-Red-Blue” by Kandinsky


Kandinsky loved music and color and wanted his work to be about those things above all. He used color to convey emotion rather than actual objects.

We looked at various pieces by the artist online and in books before beginning our own.

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Our New Nephew and the Story of Embryo Adoption/Donation

Our New Nephew and the Story of Embryo Adoption/Donation

On Saint Patrick’s Day we welcomed our nephew into the world and his story is already a pretty incredible one.

You see, my brother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Cari, struggled with infertility for 2 years and during that time, found out that having children biologically wouldn’t be possible for them.

Despite the truth of that statement, here is my beautiful sister-in-law pregnant with their firstborn. Continue Reading