October 10, 2018



Since the electrical inspection got the thumbs-up, it was time to get the big one out of the way.

Hello, county inspector, please come in and have a look.

Fortunately, the Webmaster was on-hand to answer a few questions, but….  WE PASSED INSPECTION.

The remodel is officially cleared for occupancy!  YAAAAAY!

Of course, we still have some minor fixes to get done here and there, but with the last inspection done and the POD gone, we really are staring at the end of the tunnel – not just the light, but the end!

The fun isn’t over, of course – we still have a lot of moving and organizing to do, and then we get to start in on getting the kids shuffled around to new bedrooms!

October 9, 2018

Tad, Student Art Helper


Tad’s heart really does belong in the art studio.  We have a unique set-up for him this year.  He helps out his previous teacher, Teacher E, with her class of much younger students on Monday afternoons.  He helps prep projects and does whatever other handy work she asks him to do.

I often hang around to make sure he stays on task.

After Teacher E’s class is over, Tad hangs around, eats a quick dinner (which I bring in for him), and then his class starts a half hour later, with Teacher M.

This has required an adjustment to our Monday evenings (Tad is now at the art studio from 4:30 to 8 pm), and with the studio having moved to a new location slightly further from home (the old studio was just under 4 miles from home, the new studio is just slightly over 6 miles from home), there’s a little more driving involved.  But Tad is happy, and he’s getting a chance to stretch himself a bit with the volunteer work (something his ABA therapist wanted him to achieve), plus he is now in a class with more kids closer to his own age.

It’s worth the effort.

October 8, 2018

Art of the Week – Skull Sketch


Mondays are Tad’s “art day.”  Not only does he have art class at school (thanks to block scheduling, he has art on Mondays and Thursdays for 2 hours, and on Wednesdays for about 45-ish minutes), but he also spends his entire evening at the art studio.  We’re all still getting used to the new studio (adult students and teachers included), but it’s quickly becoming one of Tad’s happy places.

It’s also a convenient spot to actually work on his sketchbook homework.  His next sketch? “Draw a skull in a setting – cannot be floating in midair.”

Um, we don’t own a skull?  And the point of these sketches is to draw from real life.  Then I remembered… the art studio probably has a skull.

And I was right!

I really love watching Tad work.  And the finished product certainly showed his effort.

This week, Tad will probably finish his first major art project from his new class.  I can’t wait to see it and share it!

October 5, 2018

Flashback Friday


Oh, college days.

Not mine – Auntie’s.

I was scrolling through old pictures and found this one from six years ago.  Gichan, Ane, and I all went to Auntie’s softball jamboree this first weekend in October 2012.  I was pregnant with Thumper at the time.  But Ane made her own sign to cheer for #25.

And here was #25 at third base.

Now she teaches third grade and cheers on Ane at swim meets.  How the wheel of life does roll around…