Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Card Announcement

So you don't feel neglected...

I am pretty much not doing them this year.  Yup.  That's right.  Unless you send one, then I will try to get one to you.  I didn't get them made, and at this point, it isn't happening.  So, if you want a card, you better send me one, too! 

It isn't that I don't love you, it's just that I have so little time (contrary to what certain people think- home schooling is an all day job).  I bought the supplies, but school lessons had to come first.  Blasted school.  So please forgive my lack of carding you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drawing Classes

Just a head's up for anyone interested, that still checks the blog...

I am going to start drawing classes at my house in January.  All the info is on my art blog!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's Beginning To Feel Like Christmas

I don't know what it is with this year, but I have not felt very Christmas-y.  Maybe it is the lack of winter weather.  Joe usually takes his trip to Israel the end of November into the first part of December and that is usually when I decorate and bake and stay up until the wee hours of the morning singing carols and cleaning and more baking.  That didn't happen this year.  Maybe the home school thing has me too busy. 

I don't know what it is, and I am leaning toward the weather theory, as I write, it is a balmy 52°, and is supposed to be like this for a few days.  I love that it feels like spring, and it will give me time to plant the trees I ordered and haven't planted.  But, really, it sure needs to feel like Christmas!

So, in an effort to feel more Christmas-y we have been crafting.  The details are on my crafting blog, but here are some pictures....

The picture doesn't do the snowflake justice, it is really pretty, silver and covered in silver glitter.  I thought Bryn did a great job.  She was super pleased with it, too!

 These are mantle decorations I made with Kesia.  She was super helpful with my crafting day.  It is nice that the kids are getting old enough to wield paintbrushes, and even handle glitter.  I do miss the funny toddler moments, but not enough to go back to them.  I enjoy more and more how much we can do now as they get bigger!  This was our reward for finishing this semester a week and a half ahead of plan. 

And we also made these beautiful pinecone ornaments.  Love them!  I need to make more, but will probably do it for next year.  I have to watch those sales and grab the supplies when they are half off!
We have a couple more crafts to make, but they were more tricky and time consuming.  So I decided we'd tackle that later.  We have a full 3 weeks of Christmas break to get them done!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sports 2010

I am catching up on a few things.  Little baby steps....

Here are some of the layouts I just finished that are from the sporting events of 2010. (some of the digi kits are mine, some of the templates I used were mine, but most of them are from other people because I was in a hurry to use my Shutterfly groupon!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

New blog with my craft adventures

Since I am so great at blogging.... I started another one. :)  It is my craft stuff.  Feel free to peek or share.

New blog with my craft adventures

Since I am so great at blogging.... I started another one. :)  It is my craft stuff.  Feel free to peel or share.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

So, blogging is not a talent

Of mine. Clearly I don't do well at this. I don't really enjoy it, and that is probably the root of the issue. It is a journaling thing. I hated keeping journals, and this is very similar. This has the added benefits of pictures. And I like pictures. But alas, I don't really blog well. Maybe next year.

So, for the last year: I've been a full time student. I am going crazy with keeping up on a good GPA, clean house, garden/lawn maintenance, raising the kids, making sure said kids have their homework done, etc.

Brynja has started tumbling again. She also had some minor foot surgery, which made her have to break from tumbling for 2 months, and that has nearly killed her. She has braces, and is now more than half way through that experience. She is playing violin and viola. She got straight A's last semester! And she turned 14 and went to her first dance. Phew!

Josh has been active as usual. He played football last fall. That was fun, and we'll probably do it again. He gets to see an orthodontist in a week and we'll decide whether the torture will begin for him. He is registered for soccer, baseball and swim lessons for the next few months. And he wants to be home schooled, which I think we may just do.

Aliyah is still learning Spanish, and she was able to help Mom help a guy during the winter. We have a steep hill that is on the route home, and it always gets covered with snow drifts, icy sheets of frozen yuck, and now has a stop light at the top. The guy in front of us did not have 4 wheel drive, and the light turned red. He was just toast. Aliyah helped me get him help from a guy behind us who had a tow rope. It was pretty exciting for us both to see her use her Spanish! Aliyah has been taking dance again. She will have more swimming lessons in the spring, and then she wants to do tumbling.

Joe has been having issues with toys. He bought a mini-bike, restored the tote-goat I wanted to throw in the trash (having sat in our backyard untouched for 6 years, I figured it must be garbage.) And then he sold his 4 wheeler and bought a motorcycle. We can take bets on how long it will be before the first injury occurs. It will help us pay for it.

I am closer to graduation, but was really disappointed to find out that even though I will have completed all of the required classes in one year, I am still 27 credit short of graduation minimums. That is so obnoxious. So, I have to figure out what I will do. I can do the BFA, but I don't know that it is worth paying for the studio time with teachers who have completely different styles and preferences. I could add a minor. Or I could get the teaching degree, but that is about 35 credits, and I would only teach if I am needing to be the breadwinner (and haven't started selling paintings).

K, that is my summary of the last year. You may not see anything else until next year. :)