This crazy swing is the best purchase I ever made. It hangs from one of our giant oaks. I can push 4 kids on it at once. It spins and swings. Somehow the rule became that whoever is facing me can talk to me. I learn more about what is on my kids' minds this way than anyway else.
June 5, 2014
January 2, 2014
November 29, 2013
November 3, 2013
At any moment, our lives can change. My Dad's did a couple years ago. Then last month, he packed his car and drove across the country, Oregon to Florida. He had one of my old paintings in his trunk that was titled "Lonesome". He's sitting on a beach now, with a completely different life ahead of him. I am impressed with his courage. Life changes, we just need to embrace a new path.
October 1, 2013
July 26, 2013
July 19, 2013
June 24, 2013
June 17, 2013
June 2, 2013
May 26, 2013
A chipmunk has moved into the drain pipe in our back yard. He also spends time in the hollowed out part of a nearby tree. Dagny named him Zippy. Nolan and I took a look inside his tree hoping to catch a look at his home life.
May 17, 2013
In the city, architecture dominates over nature...but here in the county, nature has the upper hand.
May 3, 2013
April 27, 2013
January 21, 2013
January 19, 2013
January 11, 2013
December 16, 2012
I had my hair cut short this week, I've been thinking about it for awhile but I didn't tell anyone. Upon seeing me, Dagny cried inconsolably and refused to look at me. Nolan was aghast, and tried to politely tell me he liked it better before. I like it...but mothers are not supposed to change. But, like all change, they will get used to it and then it will seem normal.
December 9, 2012
November 27, 2012
Mike broke a vertebrae in his spine 2 months ago while playing tennis. PAINFUL. This past week his mom came out to visit for Thanksgiving. She saw how much pain he was in and offered to buy him a comfortable chair. This began a week long search for such a chair. It took our combined brain power, time and commitment...but we found a chair. It's coming this Friday.
November 17, 2012
November 16, 2012
There is a tall pole in our backyard with a collection of bird feeders. It was in sorry shape when we moved in, but Mike has taken it upon himself to fix it up and consistently provide birdseed to the birds. We all love to watch the birds. But Mike really loves those birds.
Strangely, the middle peanut feeder has recently disappeared. A human would have to climb a ladder to get it...so our best guess is a squirrel somehow made off with it.
November 1, 2012
Goebbert's Farm. Our favorite attraction was the pumpkin-eating mechanical dinosaur. A man hidden in a shed controlled the dinosaur like a giant claw game, making it pick up pumpkins and crush them with it's monstrous metal teeth.
October 25, 2012
The goals, the badges, the uniform, the survival skills, the comradery. He's read the handbook front to back several times. If ever there was a group well-suited to Nolan, it's the Cub Scouts.
October 19, 2012
October 4, 2012
September 8, 2012
About a month ago, our family left our apartment in Chicago and moved into our own house in beautiful Tower Lakes. We managed to get all of our belongings into the house and have slowly been sorting things out. What an insane process!
So many changes. Wildlife, a lake, a yard, new schools, commuter rails. It's all sinking in...I truely love it.
July 29, 2012
We spent last week on vacation at Cape Cod with Mike's family. One day Dagny and I got locked out of the house with nothing but a bucket of sand toys. So we camped out on the beach, got really dirty, and took a little nap.
May 27, 2012
May 8, 2012
April 19, 2012
My mother came to visit the week before Easter. She brought some magic jellybeans and planted them with Nolan and Dagny before she left. On Easter morning, we discovered that they had grown into giant lollipops!
April 7, 2012
A couple weeks ago, we had a string of hot days in the middle of March. One of those days we spent every possible minute outside soaking it up. The sun was going down, and we finished off the day with a bag of Pop Rocks. It was Dagny's first time. She just stuck the whole bag on her tongue.
March 11, 2012
January 11, 2012
Santa brought Nolan a new pet for Christmas. It is a baby bearded dragon, Nolan named him Cocoa. He is a very charming little lizard and we are all smitten with him. Along with Cocoa, we also care for 20 or so crickets each week. They have the grim fate of being Cocoa's breakfast.
December 28, 2011
December 16, 2011
Mike and Nolan have started a penny mining business together. They buy pennies from the bank, sort them for copper (1982 and earlier) and then sell them on Ebay. They have a fascinating machine that sorts the pennies and it is worthy of it's own blog entry. They asked me to make a logo for their business, that is what this illustration is.
December 4, 2011
This is another illustrated recipe contest entry. The contest was to make a healthy holiday recipe. You can see the full sized version on the They Draw & Cook website.
I had fun cutting up lots of radishes for research! Dagny was intrigued, so included a black-haired version of her in the picture.
November 26, 2011
Lately when Dagny is eating at the kitchen table, she covers her eyes and says,
"Me scared, the dinosaur is roaring at me."
From her chair she can see into Mike's office. I didn't see any dinosaurs in there. Then a couple days ago I was walking into the office and noticed the telephone pole outside the window.
November 19, 2011
I used to love eating at restaurants, someday I will again. But right now we are a family of four picky eaters with different tastes and the youngest one refuses to sit while eating.
Once in awhile we find a place that works. Last weekend while coming home from the zoo we stopped for Chinese food and everyone was happy. It was an overall awesome day.