Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Gabby and Evie enjoying their friend, Minnie Mouse, at Disneyland last week.

I have many more photos to share from this past weeks' celebrations, but this is it for today as we attempt to 1. recover from the weekend (oof! Mondays are HARD) 2. get our schoolwork done...we are on double duty this week in an attempt to not get to far off schedule when our friends come to visit next week and we take 3 days off to party with them!!!...and 3. get dressed (yet again! this is our 3rd time!) in our costumes to trick-or-treat at daddy's office then the neighborhood.


I'm tired and it's not even noon.

but I'm throwing another post out in the blog world, and that's all I promised I would keep doing. for now. Eventually I will up the ante and will actually promise content and quality. eventually.

And it's Halloween! So, let's all go have fun, be safe and Rot Those Teeth :) (you are welcome, dentists).

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Good I've Found (TGIF) : schematic drawings and math

I have always loved sketches. Perhaps because my dad is an artist and it reminds me of watching him begin a drawing or lay the ground work for a painting. Perhaps because I did so well in jr. high shop class and am still so proud of the A's I earned in a traditionally 'boy' class.

But I think it is more than just that. There is just something so intriguing to me about the plans/dimensions/numbers being visible. A skeletal, mathematic base from which the final piece will emerge. The necessary blend of creativity and precision.

a very good reminder for me as I struggle through teaching my children math. 

My artistic mind wants only to read, to 'rite...but certainly not to 'rithmatic. yuck.

yet, looking at this simple charcoal and ink, I am humbled. Math is everywhere. And I have been blessed with children with strong, capable minds...minds that deserve the opportunity to experience life unhindered by predjudices against this subject. 

yes, MATH is my TGIF this week. (and, yes, I'm surprised, too!)

The Good I've Found (TGIF) : an explanation

The saying TGIF, or Thank God (Goodness) It's Friday,  is used to express a relief that the work week is almost at an end and the weekly time of rest is upon us.

I am stealing this acronym (sue me) and renaming it The Good I've Found, to express my favorite thing (or something I've chosen to see in a good light) each week.

My inspiration is the Bible verse:

'Whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable
 --if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.'
Phillipians 4:8

I shall, of course, continue to complain and whine all other days of the week. ;)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Starting Again...again!

 Coming out of bloggy hibernation is never easy for me.

The pressure to create the perfect awakening post is intense. Enough so to delay this moment quite a while.

But there is stuff to say. Photos to share.

And I miss you all. And writing here will ensure that I check my sidebar and read your blogs...and jump to others...and widen my world.

If you are seeing this today, I am impressed. You truly never gave up on me. If you are noticing that I began posting again and it is now November...or December...or 2012...Well, I am sorry I left for so long ---But! I'm back :)  So, be sure to catch up ;)

If I go back and fill in a post that was begun but never posted, I will be sure to put a link to it in a current day. There are a number of birthdays and events that I want to keep chronological that I have not yet published.

Tomorrow:  TGIF ! I know you've heard the saying before, but you'll have to come back to see just what it means on this blog :)