July 21, 2016
Nolan's math teacher challenged his class to solve a Rubik's cube and thus began Nolan's new obsession, speedcubing. He is rarely seen these days without a cube of some sort in his hand. There are many different kinds of cubes, not just the iconic 3 x 3 (I am learning). We went to a speedcube competition a month ago and Nolan clocked in at 15.3 seconds for the 2 x 2 cube. But you need to clock in under 4 seconds to get to the finals!
July 6, 2016
This has been an eventful week for Dagny, now 6 1/2 years old. She lost her front tooth, learned how to ride a bike, learned how to kayak, and was in a talent show. When I was young like her, I really loved riding my bike...could do it for hours...I think Dagny might feel the same.
June 5, 2014
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.
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
The night Nolan got his block of wood to prepare for the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby, I said that we could work on it in the morning. At 5:57am, I awoke to noises downstairs. This is the scene that I found. Really. The table had been clear the night before. I'm not sure what he was planning for that giant saw.
January 19, 2013
January 11, 2013
We were surprised to find that people ice skate on the lake once it freezes. It never occurred to me. I don't know how to skate and neither do Mike or the kids. It looks like fun though so we got skates and have been trying to teach ourselves. Luckily for us, there is a small wooded island by our house that hides us while we fall down. Try to spot us in the picture!
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.