October 16, 2018

Art of the Week – Still Life, Again


Doing a good still life painting is a skill.  Tad’s new teacher, Teacher M, is absolutely amazing at still life (some of her pieces are up at the studio) and it was the first major “project” the class was going to do.

Each kid assembled a little collection of toys, fruit, animal figures, or other objects that could be composed into a picture.

You’ll never guess what Tad included in his still life.

The top figures are a fox smoking a pipe, and a cat, with a spoon, all balanced on top of a cup, with a shark lurking below.  Tad accidentally clipped the fox’s ear a bit when he was painting the background, but still.

One of the other teachers who Tad knows, Teacher J, was in the adult painting class last night working on her own piece, and asked how Tad was doing.  I told her I thought he was doing well, but I wished he would take more time to complete his pieces, instead of trying to rush through them each week.  She nodded and said, “Well, all the kids do that.”

Someday, I hope Tad develops enough patience to really put some thought and time into his work.  He’ll get there.

October 15, 2018

Homecoming 2018


Oh, how did she grow up to be old enough to go to homecoming???

Ane went to the game on Friday (a little late – she has a regular babysitting gig on Friday evenings and money > high school football game), and she was all decked out for it.

She actually bought a set of makeup crayons so she could paint her face properly.  There’s dedication for you!

But she was all dressed up for the dance on Saturday.


Ane found this dress at H&M this summer, and wore it to a wedding in July, but it was perfect for homecoming as well.  And I scoped out several other girls’ dresses as their parents posted them on Facebook for homecoming dances (both Ane’s school and other schools), so I was pleased to see that her dress fit right into the crowd (even though I know she wouldn’t have worn it if it didn’t.  Her mother is tragically unfashionable, but she is not).

*sigh*  My little girl is not little any more.

October 12, 2018

Flashback Friday


Ane has been working very hard, and enjoying swim team this year.  It reminds me of when she was just a tiny little thing who loved playing in water.

Those pictures are from July 2007, when she was only 3 and a half, and Ane, Tad, and I were visiting the Major and Q-Bee (and Belle, she was the only child then) in Missouri.

Look at them, they’re so little and cute!  And now they are all as tall as me.

October 11, 2018

Please Just Go To Sleep


What does it take to get the boys to actually fall asleep around here???

Even Rerun, who takes melatonin to fall asleep, is having issues doing so.

Maybe it’s because the daylight hours are ending sooner, and they just want to keep pushing bedtime off?  Maybe it’s because bedtime has also been doubling as “rock concert levels of music” time?  Maybe because all the wrong people are sharing bedrooms???

I vote for all of the above, but things are definitely going to run more smoothly with a room transition and some roommate swapping.