Thursday, April 25, 2013

IF - Train

Illustration Friday time again.  The word this week is "Train."  Griffin really loves this one.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time Out and About = More Baths

  Hello!  I can't believe it's been a week already!  I guess we've been busy.  Now that the weather is improving, we've been spending a lot more time outside, exploring.

Griffin, Holly, and I went to a new (to us) playground in Round Hill one day (and picked up some great new finds from someone's collection (ahem...garbage) pile), then went to the beach at Port Lorne the next day.  It's a very small beach, but it's the closest place we've found that is sandy.  Plus, I always find good driftwood pieces there, so everybody wins.
On the weekend we all went to Bunchberry Nurseries and attended the building with willow workshop, then came home and started a willow playhouse for the kids.  Right now it mostly looks like some twigs poked into the ground in a circle, but one day, hopefully soon, it should be pretty cool.  I did take pictures, but haven't got them off the camera yet.
Yesterday we gardened and played in the natural playground by the house.  It's been SO NICE to be outside so much, and it helps with the housework, too!  It also means more baths...
We  had some fun taking these pictures of the kids in the bath.  I tried to pick ones with not too much nudity, for modesty's sake.  They both love bath time, and then bouncing-on-the-bed-time afterwards.  This picture might be one of my all-time favourites:

They sure are a couple of characters!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

IF - Wild

Hello!  Here's another Illustration Friday, completed!  Late Thursday night.  Very late.  (Past my bedtime.)  Yup, it's a bee beard.  A mighty one.
EDIT:  Huh, looking at it this morning, I feel like I might have gone a little overboard last night.  Here's the original, pretty much straight off the scanner:
Sometimes late nights are not my friends.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Lamb!

 Hello!  Happy Spring! We've had a couple of nice warm days here - yesterday Griffin and I had an ice cream at the local ice cream truck stop, and today we had a picnic at a friend's house.  Hooray!  We even took our coats off today.
 These pictures are from a visit to another friend's house.  They had a new baby lamb, which was almost as exciting as checking the mail and digging in the ditch.

Last night we moved Holly's crib out of our walk-in closet, and into Griffin's room.  Or should I say Griffin and Holly's room.  Everything went pretty well last night, but tonight could be a whole different ballgame.  We figure we'll give it two weeks, and see.  Any change in the bedtime routine is always scary!
We don't really have another bedroom available at the moment, the "spare" room being full of stuff.  Mostly my stuff.  And a big mattress on the floor that serves as our guest bedroom.  One day the plan is to finish the attic, move the stuff up into our new studio space, and renovate the spare room into Holly's room.  Quite a list of accomplishments!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

IF - Urban

Hello!  New Illustration Friday day.  The word this week is "Urban." This week I just played around digitally for a while, and came up with this little digital doodle.  Something a little different.  Sometimes I daydream about all the things I will do when I have a little more time.  Then I wonder if that day will ever come.  Then I stop feeling sorry for myself and go play with my kids.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Easter happened. Again.

Hello again!  So, we're a little behind this week.  It seems like every year, right around Easter, I'm catching up.  I seem to recall, in last year's Easter post, saying something along the lines of, "So, Easter happened."  And here we are again:

We drove into Annapolis for the giant Easter Egg extravaganza that happens every year.  Everyone who has witnessed it compares it to a plague of locusts descending.  5000 eggs, gone in under two minutes.

There's a certain restlessness that comes with the beginning of Spring.  We were happy to hang out inside for the duration of Winter, but now that we've had a couple of nice days, days that were spent as much out as in, it is very, very hard to go back to being stuck inside.  We get a little antsy.  We get a little restless.  We get a little tired of more of the same.  It's a good time to head out for a trip, or to daydream about big life moves, or to get a little lazy with the housework.  

 It's also the time of year when things start to speed up again, and suddenly I have many plates spinning in the air.  Plans for the natural playground, for photo shoots, for family days, for gardens, for the yard, for the business, for everything.  Oh, Spring... what will you bring?

Friday, April 05, 2013

IF - Egg

Hello!  Yikes!  It's Friday morning already!  Here it is, with minutes to spare!  The Illustration Friday word of the week is "Egg".  The kids like this one: