Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yesterday (Monday) was the first day back to school and to continue with our tradition from last year, I turned on "The Red, Red, Robin" song to wake the boys up in the morning. It always seems to get them up with a smile.
Click Here t Listen to the Red, Red Robin Song.
BTW, another blog I love is my friend Jamie's over at Lyrical Journey where she is creating the soundtrack of her life, travels and memories. Check it out! I've picked up some great songs from her.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It all came down to this. Spicy Doritos and a cool uniform.
We got a call late this summer that there was an opening on the tackle football team for Wes' age group, but he would have to loose 5 pounds before the first game to make the team. (I know that sounds cruel making kids lose weight to be able to play, but I understand the logic. They don't want the big kids pounding the little ones.) So the last three weeks of summer were spent at the football field practicing every afternoon from 5-7pm. Wesley happily cut out ice cream and his favorite pasta to get into shape.
So Saturday was his first game and it was a nail biter waiting to find out if he made the weight requirement. And he did it!! Woohoo! We were so proud! We didn't even care that he sat on the bench for most of the game. Two of the three times he went in (Defensive Line) the other team made touchdowns. But who cares! He made the team!
We're so proud of "ewe" Wes. Go Braves!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
As you already know from my recent posts, school starts next week. I've got bags and bags of school supplies that need to be organized, several loads of laundry to be folded, dogs to be walked, kids that need to be fed and entertained, football uniforms to be washed, and school volunteer tasks to be completed. Oh, and I need to get to the gym at some point. There's tons of other stuff I should be doing, but I'm just blocking it out.
I've found that when I get overwhelmed with the day-to-day stuff that needs to get done, I crave more creative time. My latest escape is a delightful e-course I'm taking with Marisa Haedike and Creative Thursday called "Commit to your Creativity". (Like I have time for that.) So the assignment for this week was to step outside my box and create something in 3D using natural and/or found materials to build a piece. (side note: I learned about this assignment on Tuesday night around midnight-ish while checking in on the blogs I follow.) Exhausted from a long day with the kids (Chandler, incidentally, is out of town for the second week on a row), I laid in bed thinking about what I could do for this assignment. I knew I didn't have a lot of time this week to devote to my creative side and I wished I had more time... More time... That was it! So last night, I created this.
Wouldn't it be great if we had a couple of extra hours in the day?
Monday, August 16, 2010
Happy Monday! I know, I know. I'm totally in school mode right now. It's the last week before school starts for the kids and I'm on the Bulletin Board Decorating Committee. Woohoo! So while I was working on decorations last night, I pulled out my old Claudine Hellmuth "Beeswax Collage" video and thought I'd try experimenting with beeswax again. This piece is made using tissue paper, some scrapbook paper, material, ribbon and cheap (crappy) oil pastels. I need to get myself some of those Shiva Oil Paint Sticks. Anyway, it was a fun experiment.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This morning I was asked to do a quick and simple cover for my kids' 2010-2011 School Calendar. (fyi, the Bulldog is the school's mascot). I don't usually share the stuff I do for the kids' school, but I had fun doing this one. I can't believe we only have two weeks left until school starts again. I love our lazy days of summer!
"Bird Meeting" (Super-sized)
30" x 30" stretch canvas
I painted... or rather... re-painted a "Bird Meeting" for my friend Kelley while on vacation last week. She wanted something to put over her bed and she loved my birds on a wire painting, so we went and bought a huge canvas. I was really nervous because I've never painted anything that big before AND I knew I would have eyes watching me while I painted. Considering the circumstances, I'm glad she picked something I've already painted before. I started the painting at 9:30 or so after we put our kids to bed and we (Shona, Kelley and I) watched "My Sister's Keeper". I finished around 2am. And Kelley was a happy camper the next morning!