September 19, 2018

Art of the Week – Sketching


Tad’s new art class at the studio was supposed to start this week.  Then I got a phone call on Monday from his new teacher, telling me that the building was actually closed for the day because the parking lot was being repaved a day earlier than scheduled.  Surprise!  Tad took it in stride (once he was reassured that it wasn’t an emergency), but he is ready to go back to class.

However, he is taking art this semester at school, under Ms. A, who he had last year (and is an absolutely amazing art teacher AND a former special ed teacher – we love her), and her 7th/8th grade art classes are much more like “real” art classes than the 6th grade ones.  So the class is keeping a sketchbook, which they will be graded on, and they have a list of different sketches that they must complete for credit.

Assignment and sketch #1 – draw your own hand.

This confused Tad initially, as realism is not his oeuvre.  But once I told him that it could not be a cartoon hand, and we looked at different sample images online, he “got” what he needed to draw.

This is…. pretty great for a first attempt.

Yes, it’s heavily influenced by the pictures he saw online, but he had to draw it.  (This is not a case where Mom could do his homework.  At all.  This is waaaaaaay outside my wheelhouse.)

I’ve been waiting for Tad to develop his own “style,” especially because he’s a pretty gifted mimic when it comes to copying cartoon characters.  I’m hoping that being assigned “realistic” sketches opens up new developments in his art.

September 18, 2018

Kindergarten and Mondays


Thumper is getting adjusted to his new school plus therapy schedule.  I have to take him out of school three days a week to accommodate his ABA schedule, but fortunately most of his therapy appointments are now at home.

While ABA is still familiar, it’s a lot of work.  And add in the new environment of school, and all the adjustments there, and you get this:

Poor kiddo.  There’s just so much going on for him right now.

September 17, 2018

Inching Ever Closer To The End


I haven’t taken any pictures of the house work lately, because right now it seems that it’s “two steps forward, one step back.”

The carpet is currently covered with a path of ram board to protect it, while people run all over to keep working.

The electrical panel had a major fix done, but the freshly painted wall is now slapped all over again with mud, and needs to be re-textured and re-painted.

We are still working on odds and ends everywhere.

And then it started to really rain, which just makes everything that much more fun.


Someday, this will all be over, right???

September 14, 2018

Flashback Friday


Sorry for the late post yesterday – I was out very late at Tad’s school, because they held their curriculum night right away.  I got to meet all of Tad’s teachers, which was good – but why oh why must parking always be a wrench?

Anyway, now that Thumper has started kindergarten, I thought it would be fun to look back.

Here is Ane’s first day of kindergarten.

Here is Tad’s first day of kindergarten.

Here is Rerun’s first day of kindergarten.

And here is Thumper’s first day of kindergarten.

I love that all of them have stood in the exact same spot for these pictures.  Tad’s not standing up very straight in his picture, but just judging from where each kid’s ears meet the mantel shelf, I think Thumper is the tallest kindergartener, with Ane a close second.  And after looking at some other angles in other pictures, Tad might have been the shortest kindergartener – but he was also the youngest one, having only just turned five years old a couple of weeks before school started.

But yes, Thumper is a tall kid – but he’s also skinny and can curl up into a ball quite easily.