Category Archives: Our Family

!!!Happy New Year 2016!!!

Happy New Year 2016

Here we are starting a New Year. What does that mean? I think it can mean so many things, so many new possibilities. I see a trend of people choosing specific “words”  to use as general goals, rather than specific promises, or New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps because New Year’s Resolutions seem to be made to be broken, and Read More →

Step-by-step Blythe’s Christmas gift

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This is the step-by-step of how I created Blythe’s Christmas present, although I didn’t take quite as many photos during the “process” as I did when I was creating Ashleigh’s present. If you want to see a more detailed step-by-step of the process, you can look at the blog about Ashleigh’s gift.  I will also post Read More →

Step-by-step, how I drew Ashleigh’s Christmas present

Framed and ready to gift! It was well received (or at least she faked it well!)

For those who are interested, this is a step-by-step on how I created this piece of art. I will also include links to the materials and supplies I used, at the bottom of the page, if you’re interested. I hope you enjoy! I use an Ottlite task light for lighting up the specific area I am drawing. Read More →

It’s all done but the paperwork


Yup, the final interrogation (home interview) is over. The adoption social worker pretty much asked us an abbreviated set of questions that she already asked us downtown in her office. I wonder if she thinks our answers will be different when we are in the comfort of our home? I really feel like they are trying Read More →

She wants to do it HER WAY!

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The other day my li’l Rosebug revealed to me that the reason she gets so angry with me when I tell her to do her schoolwork in a certain way is because she “…wants to do it her way!”. Well sometimes that is okay, but oftentimes, with schoolwork, it is not. There is usually an Read More →

Clothing Store


I have a client who has a very well dressed little girl who is slightly bigger than The ‘Bug. She handed me down a TON of really cute clothes. As you can imagine, I am loathe to give these all to ‘Bug at once. Especially since she already has a closet bursting with clothes. So Read More →

George vs. The Kestral

Kestral vs. George

I was in the classroom early Sunday morning this last weekend, enjoying my music and my daughter. The Rosebug and I were both drawing. It was a mellow Sunday morning for us. Suddenly, The ‘Bug exclaims “Look at that bird!!!” I looked out the window, and sure enough, there was one of the most beautiful Read More →

Patterns, math before it starts…


    Patterns are a precursor to all early math. Some of us may think this is obvious, but some of us might not realize that most math is all about recognizing patterns, solving patterns that aren’t quite complete or that are missing a part. We create patterns for memorization of all basic math facts. While Read More →

The Great Goat Wrangling and Metal Detecting Contest of Julian 2015

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For Veteran’s Day the Treasure Seekers of San Diego County (a club that Bob and I belong to) put on an event in Julian. It was a metal detecting contest and a gold panning contest. As members began to gather at the farm across the street from the Julian Mining Company, the first thing that we Read More →

The Lost Lizard Run

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The Lost Lizard Run We all get together cause the lizard is lost! And we must find that guy At whatever the cost! There is grit in our teeth and sand in our eyes as we smile through the dunes and look for the prize. An artistic waltz by the sand and the wind Changes Read More →